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Cucina Enoteca - Irvine

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Italian, Organic, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar
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31 Fortune Dr, Suite 306, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA 92618-2940 (Across from Edwards Cinema)
+1 949-861-2222
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego's award winning CUCINA...
Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego's award winning CUCINA urbana! CUCINA enoteca's menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Along with house-infused liquors, specialty cocktails and artisan beers, the restaurant's extensive wine list will follow a retail-priced program where guests are invited to visit CUCINA's wine shop, select a bottle to enjoy on site ($8 corkage will apply) or purchase wine to go.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Calitalian

Everything is on a large scale in California, so it is not surprising that Cucina Enoteca reminds one immediately of modern, Italian decor but on the XL side. In the middle of upscale, busy Spectrum Center on a Saturday night, reservations were a must. Service was excellent, noise level could be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
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Orange County, CA
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Irvine Spectrum has a vast array of eateries, and we have eaten at nearly all of them. Cucina Enoteca is one of the most popular, and for good reason. They have a pleasant patio, have a menu which is more interesting than the norm, and good service. Our son in law chose to have his birthday dinner here. It is... More 

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Lancefield, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Coming from Melbourne Australia and Cucina Enoteca in Carlton, we were somewhat disappointed. It was some time before a waiter acknowledged our presence. We placed our order. After at least 1/2 hour, we called one over. He apologised and disappeared to the kitchen, bringing back a bowl of brussells sprouts which we did not order. It had been doused in... More 

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Irvine, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family really loves coming to this restaurant. The food and service are great. We love the wine selection as well. We've been here at least 6 times and each time it gets better. Be sure to try the beet salad!

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Monrovia, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My family asked where I wanted to celebrate my birthday. Out of all of the restaurants in Southern California, I chose Cucina Enoteca at the Spectrum. It did not disappoint! The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Everything we ordered was so good. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Everything is on a large scale in California, so it is not surprising that Cucina Enoteca reminds one immediately of modern, Italian decor but on the XL side. In the middle of upscale, busy Spectrum Center on a Saturday night, reservations were a must. Service was excellent, noise level could be managed (but not a quiet place!) and the food... More 

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Nice decor and vibe. Nice place to go for a drink before going the movies or improve. Pizza is pretty good. Large wine selection.

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Fountain Valley, California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is one of my very favorite restaurants. Anytime we are at Spectrum for a movie, we have to go and eat. The service is always excellent, fun atmosphere, 2 very comfortable patio's and the food is always fabulous. I am not usually a creature of habit unless it comes to food. Cucina has one of my very favorite appetizers.... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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156 reviews 156 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

When we visit relatives nearby, it almost always means a trip to the Irvine Spectrum Center. During the holidays, we dined at Cucina Enoteca in the center. Great atmosphere, with dining inside or out. Restaurant has wine, olive oil, etc for sale as well. What makes Cucina stand out is the food. Took some time to be served, but you... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants. They offer a good variety of dishes and wines, and they make changes to the menu from time to time so it is great to try the new dishes. The atmosphere is very friendly. I especially enjoy the long family style tables and particularly enjoy sitting and eating at the bar.

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Monrovia, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My family had dinner here to celebrate accomplishments and we couldn't have picked a better restaurant! The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious! We all ordered different meals and every dish was amazing! I would highly recommend the pork chop and the short rib pasta. We all agreed that we will be coming back often!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31 Fortune Dr, Suite 306, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA 92618-2940
    (Across from Edwards Cinema)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-861-2222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Organic, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego's award winning CUCINA urbana! CUCINA enoteca's menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Along with house-infused liquors, specialty cocktails and artisan beers, the restaurant's extensive wine list will follow a retail-priced program where guests are invited to visit CUCINA's wine shop, select a bottle to enjoy on site ($8 corkage will apply) or purchase wine to go.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?