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Il Barone Ristorante
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Ranked #72 of 512 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, 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!
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Walked in on a Saturday night without a reservation. Greeted and seated by the owner, her husband was in the kitchen cooking. The dining area is attractive and modern, lighting is subdued. The food and service was very good. All four of us enjoyed our dinners. The salads, soups and seafood all excellent. We're looking forward to dining there again on our next visit to Newport Beach.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had heard many positive things about Il Barone and had high expectations. Our assessment was that the food was fine, but no better than a number of other nearby Italian restaurants. The ambiance -- which was more on the stuffy side of fine dining -- was not so appealing to us. This may be more of an attraction for others.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the wine list. It was very-Italian focused on generally overpriced. Despite the fact that it is small, they didn't have our first choice. Our second choice was slightly warm on arrival.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

It doesn't look like much on the outside but very nice & elegant inside. At 5:30 on a Friday afternoon we were the early ones but the place filled up very quickly. All the staff was very attentive even as busy as they got, our waitress Sabrina was very personable & knew her wines.

The food had good presentation, well prepared & tasty. The fried on the outside & soft on the inside rice mixture was an unusual appetizer, good but at $15 a liittle pricey. Our main courses were specials, an oxtail stuffed ravioli w/ a wine must reduction sauce. The other was a blackened cajun pepper crusted salmon mild & flaky. They ran about $35 each. The italian glass of wines were a reserva red for the pasta & a white for the fish came to $24.
Total ended up over $100, pricey for al lot of folk but here at Newport Beach about average.
We are staying at the Faimont NB, across the street with a few restaurants nearby within walking distance but Il Barone is one of the higher rated ones & in my opinion rightfully so..

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

The service was excellent and the waiters were extremely helpful when choosing an entre. My sister and I shared two entrees, one appetizer and desert (to go). Everything was perfected prepared, presented and tasted marvelous.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

We have been a fan of this restaurant, but sad to report their success has gone to their head. What was one of the best , if not the best Italian restaurants in OC, is now ordinary at best.The servers are still very professional, but the food does not justify their enthusiasm .I ordered the cuttle fish pasta with lobster. It was over sauced , with little if any lobster meat . My wife and both son ordered the chicken Parm, nothing special. Really , how can a" 4 starred "restaurant fail to make that dish? It is Italian food 101.
The prices are way out of line for quality of the food. Hopefully the Chef owner will once again regain control of his operation.

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