CUCINA Enoteca

532 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Critics' Pick


  • Sun-Mon 11am-9pm, Tue-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • $$; $$$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Garage Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
CUCINA Enoteca is an Italian restaurant in Irvine. Try the polenta board. The rustic presentation of the cornmeal mush--creamy and faintly sweet but bland if you eat it without the shredded meat gravy--is kind of a revelation, an idea so rudimentarily perfect in what it communicates you'll wish every Italian restaurant did it. But then CUCINA enoteca is an Italian restaurant unlike any OC has ever seen. Owner Tracy Borkum has a theater background and three other restaurants in San Diego with the same kind of shabby-chic aesthetic as this place, her first venture north. Everything inside feels as though it's a patchwork quilt of found items, bought on a whim, cobbled together from disparate places but converging to make sense of the nonsensical.

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