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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 - 10:00 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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent "Wine Restaurant" !

Though not advertised as a wine bistro or wine-themed restaurant, that is what this is and a very good one!... Wine selection is amazing (you can buy a bottle at retail price and have them open it for you for a nominal corkage). The menu is eclectic, creative and overall very good for the wine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Dana Point, California
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Salt Lake City
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Unique decor and ambiance. Lots of fun details that make the place quite charming. Food presentation was in keeping with the setting--fun and a bit artsy. Items ordered were tasty. The only negative was a lot of background noise making it hard to carry on a quiet conversation. Service was pleasant and non-intrusive. I would go again.

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Dana Point, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Though not advertised as a wine bistro or wine-themed restaurant, that is what this is and a very good one!... Wine selection is amazing (you can buy a bottle at retail price and have them open it for you for a nominal corkage). The menu is eclectic, creative and overall very good for the wine pairing. Grilled Octopus is our... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have been there before, never disappoints. Very busy on weekends, I mean very busy so reservations are a must. You can sneak in sometimes at the bar if you are by yourself but it is trendy and the food is off the charts!

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OC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I have been here on several occasions and have a like/dislike relationship with it. A few times I had great food, drinks and service, and other times the opposite experience. The menu is a big difficult. I want to like it, but it can be difficult to find something you really want to eat for some reason. Maybe it's the... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We have been at this restaurant several times and always have great times dining here. The restaurant is in the middle of the Irvine Spectrum, in front of Edward Theater. The atmostphere is trendy, warm, informal, lively and diverse. The service is attentive and always good.The restaurant has a good array of food selection; some are seasonal, but always trendy... More 

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Irvine, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I LOVE THIS PLACE~ it's like a trip to Italy with out the plane ride~! The atmosphere is wonderful and diverse. Intimate cushy chairs and tables in the main dinning room; community tables in the bar area (just like the neighborhood eatery's in Italy) two out door patio's and a large party patio for your special event. Everything I've ordered... More 

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Orange County, CA
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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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65 reviews 65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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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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

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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