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Cucina Enoteca

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532 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA 92618-4955 (Across from Edwards Cinema)
+1 949-861-2222
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Irvine, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere is very nice. Particularly the patio area. The food is just OK in my experience. It is pricey for what you get. It is better for drinks and appetizers than for a full meal.

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Thank Binnie A
St. George, Utah
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cucina Enoteca is a typical version of Orange County dining. Crowded, very noisy, and mediocre food. The environment reflects the current infatuation with fancy farm house decor, lots of barn siding on walls with splashes of brightly colored wall panels and an eclectic group of chandeliers. An entire wall of different wines tastefully displayed is an added attraction for those... More 

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The O.C., California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service are very good. What sets this eatery apart from the others is their unique wine program. The front of the house is a retail wine purchasing area. Find the bottles that you like, take them into the restaurant and they are opened with your meal for a minimal corkage fee. A great way to explore the... More 

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Irvine, California
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We came here for a holiday party for the office, and had the outdoor, side patio to our little group of about 14. The weather had turned cool so the overhead heaters and fireplace gave not only heat, but ambiance. Our servers were attentive, thorough, and caring. Due to our group size, we had a fixed menu, with 4 entree... More 

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North Dakota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I liked the dining room and patio here. There was a warm and inviting feeling to it, and something somewhat rustic too with the well-appointed wine shop that is a part of the restaurant itself. We chose to dine on the patio on a sunny Sunday at lunch, when brunch or lunch was available. Our waiter was the perfect combination... More 

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Washington State
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I needed a gluten free vegetarian meal. When the server offered to "make any any entree vegetarian- we can just take a fork and pull the meat out of the sauce" I realized they do not understand the term vegetarian. We learned there was a vegan pasta available though not on the menu- just pasta, veggies and a marinara. Fabulous!... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I love the bechamel sauce lasagna, the little jars of gorgonzola with toasts for a starter, and not to forget the Lavender lemonade. Always a treat to eat here because it is a little pricey.

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Laguna Beach
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Enjoyed the chopped salad followed by a really delicious, chile-accented linguine with clams. The broth left over was a decadent treat to be sopped up the supplied crusty bread. Still thinking about the flavor this morning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Lunch after business meeting across the street. Excellent food & flavors. Service was prompt and attentive. Will return again.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We went here because it had good TA reviews. It's a very pleasant environment and they have an extensive wine list. The menu is not outstanding but ok. I had beef short ribs over polenta and it was rich and creamy. The other entrees were a margarita pizza which was excellent, brisket with pasta (papperadelle) and a pasta with shrimp... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 532 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA 92618-4955
    (Across from Edwards Cinema)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-861-2222
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.