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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 - 9:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 14
    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
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This restaurant is a very unique Italian place. The food is Italian but not your typical spaghetti, etc. The wine list is impressive and I highly recommend the place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
judybmccoy
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Tustin, CA
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Park City, Utah
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135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Had the stuffed squash blossoms and the pasta shrimp puttanesca (highly rated dish). Not sure why this pasta dish was highly touted. The portion was very small and the shrimp were tiny. I was also half way done with my meal when my request for grated parmesan cheese arrived.

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So Cal
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This place is pretty cool. You don't need a reservation if you plan to sit at the bar, which is a large area. You can select a wine bottle from the wine racks and have it with appetizers, your meal, etc. The food is really good. They have very interesting combinations of ingredients. My favorite is the pasta with short... More 

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Tustin, CA
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a very unique Italian place. The food is Italian but not your typical spaghetti, etc. The wine list is impressive and I highly recommend the place.

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Irvine, California
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121 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Hipster style Italian restaurant featuring well made staples (pasta, pizza, grills) and wine in a wildly innovative space. For is great, ambience is casual but slightly upscale, with full spirits and wine bar.

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notts
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is a great restaurant and the food is delicious. Love the decor too! Only thing I would change is to revamp the menu and add some specials to change things up.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I've been here twice and love the vibe. I had the lasagna which was awesome! Unfortunately I had it both times so I can only review that Lol! But I loved it! The wine list is great as well and rather surprising. Didn't know this little place had such the selection. Its semi-dressy but casual is fine as well. Great... More 

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Salt Lake City
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about Cucina Enoteca - Irvine

Address: 31 Fortune Dr, Suite 306, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA 92618-2940
Phone Number: +1 949-861-2222
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Organic, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar

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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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