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Il Barone Ristorante

4251 Martingale Way, Ste A, Newport Beach, CA 92660-1925
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Ranked #44 of 393 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $35
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: We saw this place on Yelp and thought we would try yesterday. It is new but the chef was the lead chef at Antonello's, our favorite restaurant in Orange County. We were NOT disappointed! Carpaccio di Cinghiale, which was excellent. We also had the Trofie al Ragu' di Coniglio which is pasta with rabbit ragu. The pasta was homemade and the ragu was different but really flavorful. We never would have thought of rabbit as an entree, but here we would order it again!
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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We had a small business dinner party at Il Barone. It was fantastic, the food was delicious and the service was amazing. You can tell the food is made with love and it is definitely served with a smile. On my next trip to Newport Beach, I will be back.

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Newport Beach
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a quality restaurant recognized by the elite of Orange County. Yet it is tucked away in a little strip mall in Newport Beach, CA. There is no fancy fanfare here, and albeit clean, you are not in an intimidating fine dining place. However, fine dining it is. The food is prepared by Franco Barrone team. Franco was Antonello's... More

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Newport Beach, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Sometimes when an outstanding chef leaves a fine restaurant and opens his own, it does not work out. This fine restaurant is an exception to the rule. The outstanding couple who own this restaurant are a great team with his cooking skills and her administrative/customer service skills. Their staff is well trained and friendly. The food is ALWAYS well prepared,... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We just finished another spectacular lunch. The staff is friendly and inviting, the food is wonderful. A little pricy for lunch but worth the extra $$$. I had the wild boar today and it was excellent. The tomato soup, is probably the best I've had. This place is a little hard to find but once you've been there you won't... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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68 reviews 68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We went here on recommendation of a friend with a party of five. The place is very unobtrusive from the exterior, and not real easy to find, but centrally located near the John Wayne airport. When I entered I was immediately greeted by the owner, and as I was the first arrived, elected to have a glass of wine at... More

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Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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111 reviews 111 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is a new restaurant on Balboa Blvd and I hope they make it. We were greeted as soon as we entered for lunch, the service was excellent and our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The owner was making dough and looked like he was having fun with it. Our pizza came amazingly fast - the homemade crust was... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I have been going to Il Barone almost since the day it opened, having eaten at Antonello's and actually taken a couple of cooking classes from Chef Franco. I have seen the restaurant grow and change, the décor has matured, and the artwork is modern and understated. I have taken many friends there, and my special waiter is Nadal, who... More

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Houston, TX
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Food was great, the service was terrible. Our waiter was smug and he was clearly not pleased with our menu choices and let us know it. He was pushing the specials... For us, service is as important as the food. We will not be returning.

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Jacksonville, FL
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is probably a good restaurant for groups and for special occasions, but as a solo diner, in town on business, it was only OK, but not much more. The food was pretty good, typical Italian, nothing special, but not bad. But I got stuck at a table in a corner and pretty much ignored. There were several groups and... More

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Where do I start?!?!?! Love italian food and this was by far the best I have ever had. I am very fortunate to travel a lot but can't begin to say how good the service and food was. We started with the Facci ri veccia which was incredible follow it with whatever you want you will not be disappointed. Cheers... More

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