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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
Nothing about the food here was good. Th ...
Nothing about the food here was good. The bread was ok but perhaps I felt that way because the rest was so bad. Brushetta was bread thrown on the grill where it had picked up odd flavors from whatever else was cooked on it. The bread wasn't crispy enough to withstand the wetness of the tomatoes. There was no garlic or enough olive oil to add any interesting flavor and the slices of cheese were nondescript. My main dish was Sausage Cassoulet. It didn't have much resemblance to a real cassoulet. Instead it was more like a very soupy sweet and sour cabbage with a few white beans and a single sausage added. The sauce wasn't even good enough to bother dipping my bread into it.
We had a beautiful lunch. Started with b ...
We had a beautiful lunch. Started with burratta over tomatoes with a sun-dried tomato sauce. We all went for the special salmon with baby artichokes and a cream sauce. Added a plate of grilled vegetables to share. Mmm.
11 of us met up in their private dining ...
11 of us met up in their private dining room. Service was great, the wine list is very, very large with some wonderful labels. We tried a $200/bottle and a number of $40/bottle wines with no disappointment.
Most of us ordered the specials, Osso Bucco and the salmon- we all very much enjoyed the food and pricing was reasonable for the service and room.
Be aware the private room requires a minimum $800 in charges. We of course, went way beyond that and no complaints
The food was really poor. Garlic permeat ...
The food was really poor. Garlic permeated everything, the seafood stew looked like a mess and was disgusting overall. I don't know what happened to this place, but the chef/owner had better get themselves reacquainted with their restaurant. Also, the grounds outside were deplorable. If you are going to have tables that overlook your gardens, then the gardens should not look like they hadn't seen any care in months.
This was my first time here and came for ...
This was my first time here and came for lunch about 2pm and was surprised that I and my companion were the only customers in the restaurant, which was fine with us. We were able to be seated wherever we wanted and we naturally had excellent service. The food was very good and we had a pleasant quiet afternoon.
The food and service were exceptional. W ...
The food and service were exceptional. We ended up outside on the small but cute patio. The wine list is extensive but meets all budget ranges. Don't be misled by the curb image...go inside and enjoy a delightful Italian meal.
The zucchini blossoms are just perfect. ...
The zucchini blossoms are just perfect. The calamari ceviche was well prepared. This is our second time at the restaurant and we will be back again. The ambiance is good. The wine list is impressive, however ; a bit pricey for some wines !
the wine list, appetizer and salad was g ...
the wine list, appetizer and salad was great. The main courses were not good at all. Very disappointed. We ordered the shrimp with Pasta and the Pork Chop. Shrimp had no taste and the Pork Chop was overcooked and had no taste.
I took my clients to dinner and they sea ...
I took my clients to dinner and they seated us in a separate room, so it was easy to conduct a conversation, even thought the rest of the restaurant was quite busy. we had a great time - good food, good service and good company!
Service is not getting 5 stars because w ...
Service is not getting 5 stars because we waited a while to get our water, drinks, etc. They had 4 enormous groups, graduation party dinners it looked like, that night so maybe they were crazy busy with that... Once our waiter showed up though, the service was prompt and attentive. We had wine pairing that were outstanding. Black truffle risotto was yummmmmm!
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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
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!
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.
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