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“First Time in a Long Time”

Gabriele Ristorante Italiano and Bar
Ranked #4 of 85 Restaurants in Orange
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We had lunch at Gabriele Restaurant today. It has been quite a while since I've eaten here. The opportunity came up when a work colleague suggested we give it another try. I am happy to report that if you enjoyed this place before you will not be disappointed. Everything is as it was. That's a good thing. Portions are generous. Bread is made in house. Salads are always enjoyable. None of that dreaded iceberg here. Waitstaff is super attentive and professional. Our only complaint is that prices keep creeping up. Lunch prices are almost the same as dinner prices just a few years ago. Restaurants have gotten more expensive for sure. Gabriele is probably still a reliable choice for a satisfying Italian style meal.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The comment below me couldn't be further from the truth. I come here multiple times a week, and the bread is fresh. ( made every day) The bus boy is one of the best I've ever seen, and the staff pleasant & professional. I recommend chicken Al Pepe or the Chicken Marsala. ( but all dishes are very good) Sometimes I find it insane how self entitled people are. Obviously a party of 16 on a peak night bringing a birthday cake, and not ordering food is going to irritate management anywhere as they need the space for paying customers. Perhaps next time you have an office party and don't want to order food or spend money Macdonalds is the perfect location for that.

1  Thank Ruben M
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

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1.0 star rating 1/9/2017
By far the worse bar experience I have ever had! Let me start with saying that this is the FIRST review I have ever written but after my experience Friday evening, I felt it was necessary. If you are looking for a place to have a small gathering, stay clear of Gabriele's!

It was my boss's birthday and we choose to have a work happy hour in the bar. Out of courtesy to the restaurant, a coworker had called four days prior and reserved a table for 12 in the bar. We could all feel from the moment we walked in that a large party was not wanted, stares and attitude from the manager and bartenders. There were about 15/16 of us total, the extra who joined sat at the open bar seats. The manager was not happy about this and told us to stay quiet because we only reserved for 12 people not the extra. After singing happy birthday and handing over a cake we ordered, before my boss could even dig into the dessert, the manager came over and asked us to leave as she "needed the table for other customers". At no point during making the reservation did they tell us there was a time limit, I could understand if we were in the dining room or if they told us when we called four days ago. Our party was in the corner of the bar, kept to ourselves, there was no line, and no "other party" waiting to have the table. The staff continued to push us out as they cleaned up, moved chairs, and then the tables around us. Mind you, all of us ordered food and multiple drinks though out the evening. We were high paying customers who live and work in the community, All professional working adults.
I promise you that Gabriele's lost many customers that night.... When you treat your community in such disrespect, it is unforgivable. We will bring our money to another local bar that will be happy to serve us.

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3  Thank Christina D
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorites. We love sitting in the bar if we can and the bread is made in house and is magnificent Also the eggplant is magnificent

Thank Prisco P
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Visited for dinner based on business partner's recommendations. We cannot experience real Italian cuisine in SOMD, so Gabrielle's fit the bill. They had a nice selection of wine; I am partial to Muscato and thoroughly enjoyed my glass, which was a pretty good size.

Starting with the rustic bread, my coworkers and I were pleased with the entire meal.

The salads were fresh, no iceberg lettuce in evidence, and the choice of dressings was exceptional.

I had the Risotto Putanesca, which was loaded with shrimp, fish, calamari and lobster. Thoroughly enjoyed my meal. My friend ordered the chicken in champagne sauce; plate came out with two breasts, a sauce he wanted to lick the plate to get it all, and fresh asparagus on top.

Prices were not bad for the amount of food and quality of the dishes. Apparently we'll be going back next time we're in town.

Thank pmcm2008
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