About Onotria Wine Country Cuisine
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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: (877) 328-0392
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
Onotria Wine Country Cuisine is a little gem, a stone's throw from South Coast Plaza. We picked the restaurant based on location to Segerstrom Arts Center. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The food and wine were great, and the setting was spectacular.
Went for Valentines Day! First off I've been here before and had a pleasant experience, but for this dinner we just had very poor server named Russo. He seemed overwhelmed with a busy night and we were not given much attention to. I told my wife to just not let this ruin our date night. It took over half hour to get bread that other waiters had on their tables immediately. He didn't know good wine recommendations and after dinner was served he never came by to check on us till the meal was over, and I had to waive down another server who rolled his eyes because he knows this guy was lousy! On the plus side, she had pheasant for the first time and really enjoyed it, I had the risotto with jumbo prawn and it was quite savory. We will go again and hope for better service next time. Valet guys did a good job too.
I visited Onotria for the first time in January, 2017 with 3 colleagues. The food was quite outstanding and the service attentive, but not obtrusive. I had the razor scallop ceviche special appetizer and the pork chop. I was surprised at how spicy the pork chop was, considering that this is an Italian restaurant, but it was excellent. Onotria has quite a large wine list, from good value to silly expensive and everything between. Highly recommended.
This restaurant was recommended to my by an associate. I was pleasantly surprised at the ambiance and level of service. The menu was authentic and everything from the Appetizer, Soup, Salad and entrée beat our expectation. The Filet was one of the best that I had ever eaten. I would recommend this restaurant for the overall quality, service level, and value.
The waitstaff is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The menu has a good variety to choose from, and the portion sizes are generous. The wine and cocktail selection is very good. Dessert selection is great. During my visit, I had the rigatoni, and my dinner-mates had the salmon and pork chop. All entrees were delicious. We shared a warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream for dessert and it was amazing!
The food was very tasty although overpriced. $24 for baked Fusilli is too much. But, given it is Orange County the prices were not out of line. What really sticks in your craw however is $4 for a less than one ounce of olive oil. We have eaten in Italian restaurants from Rio to Shanghai to Sydney to Capetown, and all over the United States, Canada and Italy. Not once was I ever charged for olive oil to dip my bread.
When asked about it, our server said that is because they use quality olive oil. What are the supposed to use? The dregs of the barrel? We will not be back.
Gave it another chance after they failed us more than 10 years ago. Didn't work, was just reminded why we never went back. Server was arrogant, loudly dragging his feet and was clearly annoyed that he had to work.
Food was less than mediocre, cold Foie Gras, truffle sauce without truffle flavor. Clearly overpriced.
Needless to say, this time they lost us for good.
The fennel citrus salad is delightful.; others enjoyed the spinach salad. The tiger shrimp fettuccine was very good but the shrimp were cooked about 3-4 minutes too long. Others enjoyed the pizza and the baked pasta was excellent. Big servings, shared entrees work well. The service was a little slow but did make for a nice long evening out. The only real complaint we had is the lack of cushions on the chairs. With a slow evening the chairs became very uncomfortable. It was our second visit and we will go back.
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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.
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