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Il Barone Ristorante

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4251 Martingale Way, Ste A, Newport Beach, CA 92660-1925
949-955-2755
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: We saw this place on Yelp and thought we would try yesterday. It is new...
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Simply the BEST!

Il Barone has become the ONLY place I take my parents out to lunch or dinner when I visit them in Newport Beach. The food is truly unique and makes you feel as though you're dining in the home of a gracious and loving family with exceptional taste and culinary skills in Northern Italy. Owners... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
DesertLovr
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Rancho Mirage
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Rancho Mirage
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Il Barone has become the ONLY place I take my parents out to lunch or dinner when I visit them in Newport Beach. The food is truly unique and makes you feel as though you're dining in the home of a gracious and loving family with exceptional taste and culinary skills in Northern Italy. Owners - Chef Franco creates his... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

let's get real. Italian food is made from real good and honest ingredients. This place is trying really hard to get that on your plate but with time, fame and reputation, it is likely that the chef becomes lazy while his wife greedy. The meal we had was good but nowhere near matching the price we paid for. As foodies,... More 

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rainb0wtraveler
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140 reviews 140 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I love Italian food and this one is a winner! I had a salad to start - burrata cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, and fresh beets ($18) and then had the seafood linguine $32. Wonderful!! Food was perfectly cooked with a nice blend of flavors. I walked in by myself at 6 pm without a reservation and the owner put me... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Exceptional and personable! Reservations are a must! Family owned and filled with great amount of passion and love for serving their patrons and for their food! Location is in the Mecca of OC, found in a very unassuming location(you may need your GPS). It was Very memorable Birthday!❤️

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Minneapolis
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4251 Martingale Way, Ste A, Newport Beach, CA 92660-1925
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-955-2755

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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!
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?