About Onotria Wine Country Cuisine
The name "Land of Vines" was given to the South of Italy upon its discovery by the Greeks, for it's great expanse of vines across its rich & fertile country sides to seaside cliffs along the coast.
Master Chef Massimo Navarretta was raised farming & making wine at its heart, the region of Campania. At "Onotria," savor the gastronomy & oenology of wine producing regions of the world.
True to a farmer's spirit, all our food products are 100% natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, & of the highest quality of organic & biodynamic seasonal offerings.
Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday:5 pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: Closed for Private Events in Our Banquet Rooms.
$30 and under
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Entertain in the luxury and comfort of your home or professional setting with Onotria's catering services, customized food and wine pairing events or private wine cellar showcase parties.
Complimentary valet parking
Private Party Facilities:
Whether a celebratory occasion with family and friends or a formal business lunch with clients, Onotria Wine Country Cuisine is the perfect spot for you next special event. We have two private dining rooms and can accommodate a maximum of 85 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: 8773280392
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly food and wine pairing dinners featuring special guests such as winery proprietors and/or wine makers are a signature service and memorable experience. The four to seven course seasonal menues are designed by Master Chef Massimo to accentuate the featured wine selections. Presentations are made by Chef and Wine representatives throughout the course of the evening.
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Onotria Wine Country Cuisine Ratings and Reviews
Our food was terrific. They serve the be ...
Our food was terrific. They serve the best rib eye steak in town but you have to ask for it because it's not on the menu. The service was excellent too.
Four of us had lunch. We split two appe ...
Four of us had lunch. We split two appetizers - stuffed zucchini blossoms and octopus ceviche. Main dishes: penne pasta with wild boar in a red currant sauce (a little spicy), Salmon salad with spinach, calamari salad, and an ahi steak. Good, good, good!
They've revised the menu so that it's no ...
They've revised the menu so that it's now user friendly. It's condensed and now easy to navigate with headlines as to best wine category to choose for your appetizer or entrée. The food choices are numerous and you can find something you'll enjoy. That said, though, the entree's we had were swimming in sauces. They need to dial back on that. My chicken breast, spinach and fontina cheese was immersed in a soupy sauce. Worse yet, it was luke warm when served, as if it hadn't been in the microwave enough. (or at least that's what it tasted like). YUCK. The Seafood ciapinno was salmon based (lovely) but again the tomatoish sauce was way too much for the plate. We've had delightful meals here....perhaps this evening's entree's were off base. Worth trying again, if only because the wine list is tantalizing and intrigueing.
Superb every way. Wait staff are charmin ...
Superb every way. Wait staff are charming, knowledgeable, and good-humored about toddlers.
While I have been here before, each time I ask myself why it has taken me so long to return. Intriguing farm to table approach with excellent food and service.
Very nice hidden gem of a restaurant
Great service and excellent food. My first visit was last week, came back again this week - service was consistently good and the food outstanding! Will make this one of my regular haunts for Italian food. Portion size is perfect for the richness and complexity of flavors.
Love the decor, service is excellent and ...
Love the decor, service is excellent and the seasonal good is always great.
This was my second visit to Onotria for ...
This was my second visit to Onotria for a Pre-theatre performance. Last time I ordered the Whole Branzino, which was the best ever. This time I decided to try the brick-pressed half Chicken with a wonderful lemon and garlic sauce. Also ordered a side of the roasted fingerling potatoes. Very delicious meal! Highly recommend!!!
Very nice neighborhood restaurant with a ...
Very nice neighborhood restaurant with a lovely wine list and excellent service.
Finally found authentic Italian in the O.C.
We spent three weeks in Italy and have been looking for a restaurant that matches the delicious food we had there and Onotria is it! We began with octopus ceviche that was fresh and flavorful. My husband had the sausage and bean dish that was rustic and delicious. I had the orecchiette with a spinach pesto. It was fabulous because the pesto was more about the veggie than an overpowering basil pesto. My serving was so big I took half of it home. The bread was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. The tiramisu was about the best I've had. Huge selection of Italian wines and we enjoyed a red from Montalcino. Mateo, our Italian server, made our meal because he gave us wonderful service and was really into the food and wine. We went on Mother's Day, and it was a lovely special occasion. However, I'm not waiting for another holiday to go back because it was so delicious!
1st time diners. Very good appetizers-Br ...
1st time diners. Very good appetizers-Brushetta & Zucchini blossoms..larger than normal portion sizes....spinach & pear salad very good....now the disappointments. Had the fish special Grilled Branzino which was flavorless & mushy - adding insult to injury it cost $45.00 - shame on us for not asking the price first - special indeed. Our other entree was sausage rapini pesto - bland and dry...sides are ala carte so be prepared to spend....might try again but not sure
Wonderful neighborhood dining
The food, service and ambiance is superb. We throughly enjoy dining at Onotria. Highly recommend.
Good food slow service
This is the second time we have dined here and the second time we had slow service. We were happy with the food and wine selection, however, getting our waiters attention was at some times very difficult. We will probably be back, but not if we are in a hurry. Only problem is that this is located near theaters not home. The wine list is impressive, however, they were out of one of the wines we wanted. Food is very good.
A Costa Mesa Gem
I always enjoy returning to Onotria Wine Country for dinner... I've brought several customers here and it's always a hit... this time, I tried something other than the Wild Boar Penne (my usual) and had the pheasant... it was outstanding. I'll be back!
We hadn't been to Onotria for a while, but I'm so glad we went back. The ambiance was warm, the food amazing (great seafood stew, salmon in a mediterranian sauce and yummy kale salad with garlic and lemon),and the restaurant was humming. I love their amazing list of Italian wines and even though I always have to ask for help choosing, I'm never disappointed. We really enjoyed our evening, as did our friends, who had never been there. We liked it so much that we're going back again this Wednesday!
Not as good as last time
We loved our experience at Ontria last time so much that we took our friends who have never been there to try it Unfortunately the food was under seasoned and not nearly as tasty as we had hoped Server was nice but sort of neglected us Too bad because it should have been great
Always enjoy the meal, ambiance and serv ...
Always enjoy the meal, ambiance and service. Great for business occasions.
Odd Location - Great Italian Chef
We found Onotria on opentable.com as a dinner spot before going to Orange County Performing Arts Center. Arrived at 5:00 p.m. and was super quiet at opening and noise level was moderate when we left at 6:45. Matteo, our waiter was excellent. The food was really good too and all menu items seemed to have a creative adaption making it different from other boutique Italian restaurants. Ambience was a little weak but the food and service made up for it. Wine is a HUGE feature of this restaurant with wines you'll not likely find anywhere else.
Consistently delicious with seasonal selections
I have never had a bad meal at Onotria, the food is fresh, delicious, large portions and the bar is casual and fun for dining as well. Their wine list is superb...when meeting the staff and patrons you feel like old friends!
Reminds us of the many great meals we ha ...
Reminds us of the many great meals we had during our numerous trips in Italy. Great food and great service. Thank you.
The restaurant is unassuming from the ou ...
The restaurant is unassuming from the outside, but inside... It's another story. Loved the ambiance and view of their vineyard. The service was excellent and my meal was absolutely delicious. They have an extensive amount of wines by the glass and by the bottle. Overall, had an excellent dinner and drinks for Valentine's Day. Would love to come back again.
Fantastic as Always
Went to Onotria for Valentines Pre Set Menu. I always prefer the Branzino that is not on the menu, the food was still very good. The wine as always was excellent with Massimo (the Owners Suggestion). Service Excellent, and terrific ambiance.
Good Italian food but pricey
I've dined here several times. The food is always good with interesting menu items. The wine list is also excellent. Service has been spotty -- sometimes rushed and sometimes inattentive. The price is high for the quality and location.
Upon arrival I noticed the surrounding garden looking like it was on its last limb holding on to dear life. The drought had surely gotten to the herbs and vegetation of this self-proclaimed 'farm-to-table' restaurant. Once I walked inside, the hostess was very sweet, but I felt like I had just stepped into the set of The Godfather Part 4, where Michael Corleone's son decides to turn his back on his family business and open up his own restaurant. The decor was tacky and screamed "I'm from Italy if you couldn't tell" or "Roma victor!". The music was awkwardly loud as if I were watching the fountain show at the Bellagio, but no waterworks here. Unfortunately, that would be saved till after I saw the bill showing how much I'd have to pay for a supremely mediocre dinner. On to the food. The menu is pretty standard with nothing too far off from what you would see at any other italian restaurant. We ordered the fried zucchini blossoms, calamari, and the special yellowtail crudo. The first two were decent, I mean how could you really mess those up. The crudo was unappetizing in appearance and taste. Thick mismatched cuts of the tuna with the silver/grey tissue and "fishy" essence all included. I ordered the filet mignon medium rare and what I received was far from it. The waiter placed a large plate with an oblong shaped charred meat swimming in a thick dark red sauce. It was a straight up murder scene on a plate. I was given an enormorous knife/small machete to make the cut but even that couldn't penetrate the thick skin that had formed because of excessive overheating. After forceful sawing I finally cut off a dollar coin shaped piece and had to chew on it for about a minute - it was dry and flavorless. I tried some of the grilled whole branding which was fair, but once I left and saw the cooks grilling the fish in the parking lot I had a sudden gag reflex. Overall my experience has led me to believe Onotria is overrated and should be stripped of its 4.5 star rating.
Great location, great food!
Great location, great food!
Food and Wine Excellent as Usual, but...
We visit Onotria frequently and the service is usually excellent, but this last visit they assigned a server who confessed to us that he only worked one day a week and he was very unfamiliar with the menu and specials, etc. He said he could not recommend a good wine pairing from the extensive wine list as he was "learning". This all very odd for a restaurant that features fine wines...just sayin' that management needs to train their people better before releasing them to the public. We hope our next visit is better. Thanks
Food was great and service right on poin ...
Food was great and service right on point. There had to have been 5 birthdays in the place tonight....chorus after chorus but overall a really nice evening
A Great Meal!
I had a business dinner planned for 4 of us... we arrived a little early and they sat us immediately... the starters were wonderful, stuffed calamari... and the wine was superb... they had just received some of the first black truffles from Italy and were offering a pasta special with them... again, great. I had the boar penne... and, as always, the food was outstanding.
Good food amazing service
Good food amazing service
The grilled Branzino was excellent! Serv ...
The grilled Branzino was excellent! Service was top notch. Authentic Italian cuisine.
Italian as Italian gets
There are many so called Italian restaurants. Growing up with Italian restaurants and friends in Europe has made it very hard for me to get used to the americanized Italian cuisine. Onotria provides a good selection of food and wine, especially the pasta selection is worth exploring. Add to this the recommendation of the waiter and you can't go wrong but enjoy some really good food.
We were a table of six. Everything was quite good, as always. Just be aware that gratuity of 18% is already added to your check. Unusual for a party that small. I am used to it on parties of 8 or more. We missed it on the check and added an additional 20%. We will be a bit more careful next time. This is a great restaurant.
Always a home run
Great food and wine selection as Mossimo was on point creating some fantastic plates of food. From wild game selection to Seafood to pastas. you get to experience a variety of flavors with each dish. Fresh and delicious!
This is our "go-to" place for family celebrations and also any time we feel like really good Italian food without making the transatlantic journey. We do go to Italy often, and this is the closest food we have found to our liking in California. Massimo is wonderful and makes us feel very welcome every visit. Everything we have eaten there is wonderful....the filet, the duck, the ossobuco are all outstanding, and the baked fish is excellent. We love the salads (dressings are gorgeous) and poached pears for dessert!
Wonderful and often overlooked restaurant...
We have been here a few times before in the past, but we recently booked an intimate dinner with my husband's boss and his wife. The food was delicious, the service delightful and the overall experience a general pleasure. I will definitely visit again.
We were quite disappointed in the servic ...
We were quite disappointed in the service of this place. The prices were high and the food just OK and we told them we had theater tickets got there early but food took over 1/2 hour. Arranged ahead of time that we would be bringing cupcakes for our daughters bday. Waiter asked if we wanted plates and then proceeded to charge us $2.50 each for their use! He should have told us that as we didn't need the plates. We brought it to his attention he said he would talk with Mgmt. He came back and said that he messed up but could not adjust it. When we said we would not be back he quipped well you have to admit every place would charge you for the plates. I answered no that is not been our experience and that this was a huge disappointment and we would not be back to their "family friendly" place. He said "old well". Guess they won't miss our $345.
Good food and good atmosphere
We had the octopus ceviche and zucchini blossoms for appetizers and pheasant and the wild boar sausage penne pasta for our main courses. All of which were very tasty and well presented. We brought a nice bottle of wine and paid the $25 corkage, which seemed a little bit high. All in, our bill was about $115, which was a good value considering the quality of the food. The decor is not fancy, but the lighting is just right and the grape vines outside the front window give the place an authentic feeling Napa vibe.
Service and food was impeccable. The bread given at the beginning was crunchy on the outside and soft in the middles. Just like I like it! Pasta was absolutely wonderful
Great place for a casual dinner
We met clients there for dinner and had a great time visiting and enjoying the food and wine... a great place
The best filet ever. Topped Maestro's and Flemmings. Unbelievable service. They happily accommodated every weird request from 10 of us. We will return. So far the best food in all of Orange County, and off the beaten path to boot.
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