Ristorante Rumari

★★★★★
Authentic Italian Food at The Beach
  • 1826 S Coast Hwy

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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  • 949-494-0400

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Great food for a great price lightning fast service authentic Italian made me feel like i was in Roma, Italia.

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Great food for a great price lightning fast service authentic Italian made me feel like i was in Roma, Italia.

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While vacationing, the hotel concierge suggested this place. We walked there and where seated right away. Excellent warm cozy Italian resturant feeling. Service was impeccable! Whenever you sit down in an Italian resturant to eat and your waiter is an older professional gentleman you know you picked the right place. Not to mention the other staff that was right there to take your empty plate. Food was perfect, full of flavour, right temperature, eh...justa like momma used too make.... Priced just right. You have to go here if in Laguna Beach

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While vacationing, the hotel concierge suggested this place. We walked there and where seated right away. Excellent warm cozy Italian resturant feeling. Service was impeccable! Whenever you sit down in an Italian resturant to eat and your waiter is an older professional gentleman you know you picked the right place. Not to mention the other staff that was right there to take your empty plate. Food was perfect, full of flavour, right temperature, eh...justa like momma used too make.... Priced just right. You have to go here if in Laguna Beach

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My husband and I had celebrated the blessing of our wedding by the church here in July 2012. We had come earlier in the year and again this July. The food and service are always good; I especially like that they always have a gluten free pasta so I can still enjoy traditional Italian food.

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My husband and I had celebrated the blessing of our wedding by the church here in July 2012. We had come earlier in the year and again this July. The food and service are always good; I especially like that they always have a gluten free pasta so I can still enjoy traditional Italian food.

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Came here for Valentine's Day dinner and it was the perfect spot
to celebrate. It's a cute romantic restaurant and all of the table
cloths were red. Not sure if this was just for the holiday but either
way it was really sweet. Also, they had red roses and balloons
everywhere. I spotted the bartender getting a few ladies red roses
which I thought was adorable. Onto the food... They give you complementary bread and olive oil and vinegar. The bread was not great. It definitely needed to be warmed up and not so flaky. We also had a garden salad which was delicious with homemade croutons. We tried the fried mozzarella that in my opinion, Jack-in-the-Box mozzarella sticks for better lol. For our main course, we shared the spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli which was absolutely amazing. Our waiter knew that we were sharing everything so he put the ravioli on two different plates for us which was wonderful; he didn't charge us a plating fee. Overall, a great romantic experience and I would definitely come back and try some other things on the menu.

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Came here for Valentine's Day dinner and it was the perfect spot
to celebrate. It's a cute romantic restaurant and all of the table
cloths were red. Not sure if this was just for the holiday but either
way it was really sweet. Also, they had red roses and balloons
everywhere. I spotted the bartender getting a few ladies red roses
which I thought was adorable. Onto the food... They give you complementary bread and olive oil and vinegar. The bread was not great. It definitely needed to be warmed up and not so flaky. We also had a garden salad which was delicious with homemade croutons. We tried the fried mozzarella that in my opinion, Jack-in-the-Box mozzarella sticks for better lol. For our main course, we shared the spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli which was absolutely amazing. Our waiter knew that we were sharing everything so he put the ravioli on two different plates for us which was wonderful; he didn't charge us a plating fee. Overall, a great romantic experience and I would definitely come back and try some other things on the menu.

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Just got back from Italy and I can assure you I have had better food at Rumari then any other places. Since I love seafood, their swordfish palermitana is excellent. The linguine pescatore my girlfriend was to die for it. A perfect place for A quiet romantic evening at a competitive price.Buon appetitto

5
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Just got back from Italy and I can assure you I have had better food at Rumari then any other places. Since I love seafood, their swordfish palermitana is excellent. The linguine pescatore my girlfriend was to die for it. A perfect place for A quiet romantic evening at a competitive price.Buon appetitto

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There are good reasons we locals keep this place a secret. Excellent fish and meat. Don't miss the risotto. The chef is friendly and the kitchen is very flexible. If you want something special, just ask.

5
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There are good reasons we locals keep this place a secret. Excellent fish and meat. Don't miss the risotto. The chef is friendly and the kitchen is very flexible. If you want something special, just ask.

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We come here for dinner every time we spend the night in Laguna Beach, something special about this place, very informal and family type atmosphere, good service and food is delicous.

4
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We come here for dinner every time we spend the night in Laguna Beach, something special about this place, very informal and family type atmosphere, good service and food is delicous.

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I have been to Rumari's many times. My meal is always wonderful and the service is great; also very accommodating to special requests. One of my very favorites.

5
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I have been to Rumari's many times. My meal is always wonderful and the service is great; also very accommodating to special requests. One of my very favorites.

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This was the first visit to Rumari which was recommended to us by him brother who lives in Laguna Beach. It didn't disappoint. My husband loves meat sauce and the waitress recommended the spaghetti. He could have tried to upsell to juice the tip, but didn't and the spaghetti was outstanding. I had grilled Italian sausage over pasta with just the right amount of tomato sauce. We would have had dessert, but the bruschetta appetizer put us over the edge.
Good job.

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This was the first visit to Rumari which was recommended to us by him brother who lives in Laguna Beach. It didn't disappoint. My husband loves meat sauce and the waitress recommended the spaghetti. He could have tried to upsell to juice the tip, but didn't and the spaghetti was outstanding. I had grilled Italian sausage over pasta with just the right amount of tomato sauce. We would have had dessert, but the bruschetta appetizer put us over the edge.
Good job.

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The lobster ravioli with shrimp , cream sauce and saffron was fabulous. Very nice staff and ambience, easy parking.

5
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The lobster ravioli with shrimp , cream sauce and saffron was fabulous. Very nice staff and ambience, easy parking.

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Fantastic from start to finish. Appetizer special tonight was a wonderful pancetta wrapped asparagus with an Italian hard cheese on top. Absolutely amazing! For dinner we had the lobster ravioli and the gnocchi special. Both dishes were outstanding - clearly made from scratch, very flavorful, and well proportioned. One of the best Italian restaurants in Orange County!

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Fantastic from start to finish. Appetizer special tonight was a wonderful pancetta wrapped asparagus with an Italian hard cheese on top. Absolutely amazing! For dinner we had the lobster ravioli and the gnocchi special. Both dishes were outstanding - clearly made from scratch, very flavorful, and well proportioned. One of the best Italian restaurants in Orange County!

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The best veal I've had in CA. Tops most of the same in Italy where we spend lots of time. Our "Pakistani" :)) waiter from Sicily is the best!

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The best veal I've had in CA. Tops most of the same in Italy where we spend lots of time. Our "Pakistani" :)) waiter from Sicily is the best!

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People here are great! Sometimes that in itself is enough to keep you going back! However, the food was lovely and the dessert, the tiramisu and connoli specifically, were YUM! Love having great little local places!

5
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People here are great! Sometimes that in itself is enough to keep you going back! However, the food was lovely and the dessert, the tiramisu and connoli specifically, were YUM! Love having great little local places!

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Unfortunately I do not remember our servers name, but he was amazing, patient, knowledgeable and truly made our anniversary dinner perfect. And the perfect end to our wonderful night... Tiramis. Thank you to the entire staff. It was beautiful.

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Unfortunately I do not remember our servers name, but he was amazing, patient, knowledgeable and truly made our anniversary dinner perfect. And the perfect end to our wonderful night... Tiramis. Thank you to the entire staff. It was beautiful.

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Wonderful staff that makes you feel like you've been going to the restaurant for years. Great food, the tiramisu was awesome.
The food and service was top notch. Would definitely recommend.

5
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Wonderful staff that makes you feel like you've been going to the restaurant for years. Great food, the tiramisu was awesome.
The food and service was top notch. Would definitely recommend.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here and had a wonderful server. Parking is tough and unlike what open table isn't a parking lot behind the restaurant for easy parking. But, great place to eat though!!!"

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We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here and had a wonderful server. Parking is tough and unlike what open table isn't a parking lot behind the restaurant for easy parking. But, great place to eat though!!!"

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Wonderful staff that makes you feel like you've been going to the restaurant for years. Great food, the tiramisu was awesome.The food and service was top notch. Would definitely recommend.

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Wonderful staff that makes you feel like you've been going to the restaurant for years. Great food, the tiramisu was awesome.The food and service was top notch. Would definitely recommend.

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Beautiful location and view. Great food and excellent service. I will definitely be back

3
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Beautiful location and view. Great food and excellent service. I will definitely be back

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I would like to recommend Ristorante Rumari to everyone. I tried different dishes on the menu and they were all very delicious!

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I would like to recommend Ristorante Rumari to everyone. I tried different dishes on the menu and they were all very delicious!

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My family and I love this place! I wanted to encourage everyone to vote for them on Best of Citysearch.

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My family and I love this place! I wanted to encourage everyone to vote for them on Best of Citysearch.

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MMMM good. I highly recommend this place. It feels very homely and the food is fabulous. I highly recommend the Linguini Alla Salsiccia, it is my favorite.

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MMMM good. I highly recommend this place. It feels very homely and the food is fabulous. I highly recommend the Linguini Alla Salsiccia, it is my favorite.

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My husband and I wondered in on a Wednesday evening just in time to watch the sunset over a bottle of wine. The food was the best Italian we have had since moving to SoCal about a year ago. Our server could not have been more charming or professional. He welcomed us warmly, we chatted about everything from food to his Italian roots. We will definitely be back soon and recommend it to anyone looking for true Italian cooking in Laguna Beach.

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My husband and I wondered in on a Wednesday evening just in time to watch the sunset over a bottle of wine. The food was the best Italian we have had since moving to SoCal about a year ago. Our server could not have been more charming or professional. He welcomed us warmly, we chatted about everything from food to his Italian roots. We will definitely be back soon and recommend it to anyone looking for true Italian cooking in Laguna Beach.

Pros: True Italian food by Italians

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I love, love, love Rumari. I'm a sucker for great Italian food & bread. Rumari is definitely the place for that. I love their bread, it's so soft and fresh. This is very cute restaurant and pretty reasonable for the amount of food you get.

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I love, love, love Rumari. I'm a sucker for great Italian food & bread. Rumari is definitely the place for that. I love their bread, it's so soft and fresh. This is very cute restaurant and pretty reasonable for the amount of food you get.

Pros: The food & bread

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How can you beat a truly Italian family ran restaurant!
One of the owners cooks your food! Who does that anymore? The mom and dad make the bread and Cannoli! The entire staff are very friendly and welcoming, feels like Cheers! Great wine list with a full bar and a romantic decor.
If you haven't tried rumari get down to Laguna asap, your missing out!

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How can you beat a truly Italian family ran restaurant!
One of the owners cooks your food! Who does that anymore? The mom and dad make the bread and Cannoli! The entire staff are very friendly and welcoming, feels like Cheers! Great wine list with a full bar and a romantic decor.
If you haven't tried rumari get down to Laguna asap, your missing out!

Pros: Great authentic Family Italian food!

Cons: Out of the way for some people:(

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I came to Rumari one year for my birthday (2 years ago) and had the best Italian dish ever. I'm hooked and have been coming back ever since. I love it so much I drive from Costa Mesa just to eat here. Everything is so good from the warm bread they bring you, the food and the wine. The desert (especially the cannoli) is to die for. I've had almost every dish, but my favorite is the Seard Ahi Tuna. When ever I eat here I feel like I'm family, the staff is very friendly & welcoming. I keep telling the Owner he needs to open another Rumari closer to Costa Mesa :)

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I came to Rumari one year for my birthday (2 years ago) and had the best Italian dish ever. I'm hooked and have been coming back ever since. I love it so much I drive from Costa Mesa just to eat here. Everything is so good from the warm bread they bring you, the food and the wine. The desert (especially the cannoli) is to die for. I've had almost every dish, but my favorite is the Seard Ahi Tuna. When ever I eat here I feel like I'm family, the staff is very friendly & welcoming. I keep telling the Owner he needs to open another Rumari closer to Costa Mesa :)

Pros: The Cannoli

Cons: You want to go back for more!!!

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I read the review of the couple that complained about Rumaris. I'm guessing these two spend alot of time complaining about alot of things. I'm a Laguna local that's in the industry and I've never had a bad experience here!!!! I go in frequently because the food is CONSISTENTLY great, which in my opinion is the most important. The daily fish specials are so yummy and the portions are huge!! The bartender never forgets my name and always has great wine suggestions, and the servers are knowledgable, friendly and uber efficient. Chef Vince has come out from the kichen to talk to me on a couple of occasions when I've been difficult and wanted something special, like the fresh cuttlefish he just got in last night!

Rumaris is a great place to take a date, or just sit at the bar and enjoy the comraderie of the other locals who know about this gem!!! And as far as the prices, I will say that this restaurant is not cheap. But it is also not comprimising the quality of ingredients or the portions provided just to have the same "$6 Appy Hour " menu everyone else in town is slinging . You'll still need 2 or 3 of theirs!! So if you love authentic Italian food, a great wine list and a family style welcome, this is the place!
(As a side note, the last time I was there the couple sitting next to me said they were staying at the Montage and the concierge had recommended Rumaris to them. I'm pretty sure the Montage concierge knows what they're talking about. It's kind of their job. . . .) :)

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I read the review of the couple that complained about Rumaris. I'm guessing these two spend alot of time complaining about alot of things. I'm a Laguna local that's in the industry and I've never had a bad experience here!!!! I go in frequently because the food is CONSISTENTLY great, which in my opinion is the most important. The daily fish specials are so yummy and the portions are huge!! The bartender never forgets my name and always has great wine suggestions, and the servers are knowledgable, friendly and uber efficient. Chef Vince has come out from the kichen to talk to me on a couple of occasions when I've been difficult and wanted something special, like the fresh cuttlefish he just got in last night!

Rumaris is a great place to take a date, or just sit at the bar and enjoy the comraderie of the other locals who know about this gem!!! And as far as the prices, I will say that this restaurant is not cheap. But it is also not comprimising the quality of ingredients or the portions provided just to have the same "$6 Appy Hour " menu everyone else in town is slinging . You'll still need 2 or 3 of theirs!! So if you love authentic Italian food, a great wine list and a family style welcome, this is the place!
(As a side note, the last time I was there the couple sitting next to me said they were staying at the Montage and the concierge had recommended Rumaris to them. I'm pretty sure the Montage concierge knows what they're talking about. It's kind of their job. . . .) :)

Pros: Fresh fish, great portions, GREAT service!!!

Cons: I wish they were open for lunch!!

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One of the last few great Italian restaurants left. This place is family owed and operated, no joke!
Great food, ambiance, and service. A must for any Italian food Lover!!

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One of the last few great Italian restaurants left. This place is family owed and operated, no joke!
Great food, ambiance, and service. A must for any Italian food Lover!!

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Rumari offers a great Italian Cuisine and its located right there on Coast Highway. A very romantic atmosphere and a great varity of Italian dishes its a great place for a nice dinner.

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Rumari offers a great Italian Cuisine and its located right there on Coast Highway. A very romantic atmosphere and a great varity of Italian dishes its a great place for a nice dinner.

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As a Laguna Beach resident, we have dined regularly at Resturante Rumari. Almost everything is homemade by the Crivello family. Antonio, a retired Sicilian fisherman, makes the bread fresh EVERY day. Mama Bina and Antonio make the canoli and tiramisu from the best ingredients. (including fresh marscapone). The fishes are our favorite dishes. The Ahi Picchio (seared ahi) is the house specialty and worth every bite. Vince's recipes are simple, flavorful, and a real experience.

We are also very picky about our espresso. Rumari's espresso machine is magic. Ask for a 'proper Italian espresso.' They will make it rich and with the tasty crema (foam) on top. it won't fill up the cup, but don't worry, this is how espresso is made in Sicily and it is MUCH tastier this way.

Sicilians also have a tradition of great after-dinner drinks. Try the Averna (herb based) or some Limoncella, if you like something a little sweeter.

My wife and I stopped reading the menu long ago. We just ask our waiter to have Vince choose the menu, and then we ask Max for a wine suggestion. We have NEVER been disappointed.

Rumari is a wonderful warm atmosphere filled with regulars and guests alike. It is a much a place for a nice home cooked meal as it is for a very special occasion. (We held our wedding rehearsal dinner there).

This is not a place to go for the standard fare of lasagna (although it is on the menu). However, for incredibly delicious and authentic Sicilian food with just a bit of local 'spice', this is an absolute must for anyone who enjoys good food in a warm, romantic, atmosphere.

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As a Laguna Beach resident, we have dined regularly at Resturante Rumari. Almost everything is homemade by the Crivello family. Antonio, a retired Sicilian fisherman, makes the bread fresh EVERY day. Mama Bina and Antonio make the canoli and tiramisu from the best ingredients. (including fresh marscapone). The fishes are our favorite dishes. The Ahi Picchio (seared ahi) is the house specialty and worth every bite. Vince's recipes are simple, flavorful, and a real experience.

We are also very picky about our espresso. Rumari's espresso machine is magic. Ask for a 'proper Italian espresso.' They will make it rich and with the tasty crema (foam) on top. it won't fill up the cup, but don't worry, this is how espresso is made in Sicily and it is MUCH tastier this way.

Sicilians also have a tradition of great after-dinner drinks. Try the Averna (herb based) or some Limoncella, if you like something a little sweeter.

My wife and I stopped reading the menu long ago. We just ask our waiter to have Vince choose the menu, and then we ask Max for a wine suggestion. We have NEVER been disappointed.

Rumari is a wonderful warm atmosphere filled with regulars and guests alike. It is a much a place for a nice home cooked meal as it is for a very special occasion. (We held our wedding rehearsal dinner there).

This is not a place to go for the standard fare of lasagna (although it is on the menu). However, for incredibly delicious and authentic Sicilian food with just a bit of local 'spice', this is an absolute must for anyone who enjoys good food in a warm, romantic, atmosphere.

Pros: Food quality, service, wine list

Cons: parking

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My husband and I have eaten at Rumari on a number of occasions. We have had tried many different dishes. Being from New Jersey I am used to good Italian food. The food at Rumari is some of the best I have ever eaten. My favorites are the Gnocchi and the Risotto Di Mare. My husband loves the Cioppino and seems to order it all the time. He has also had the Giant Prawns and likes them a lot too. One of the things we really like about Rumari besides the food, is its location. We live in the San Clemente area and we drive up the coast highway and have always been able to get a spot on the street within one block of Rumari. We used to go to some restaurants in downtown Laguna but we got tired of paying to park and fighting the traffic.

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My husband and I have eaten at Rumari on a number of occasions. We have had tried many different dishes. Being from New Jersey I am used to good Italian food. The food at Rumari is some of the best I have ever eaten. My favorites are the Gnocchi and the Risotto Di Mare. My husband loves the Cioppino and seems to order it all the time. He has also had the Giant Prawns and likes them a lot too. One of the things we really like about Rumari besides the food, is its location. We live in the San Clemente area and we drive up the coast highway and have always been able to get a spot on the street within one block of Rumari. We used to go to some restaurants in downtown Laguna but we got tired of paying to park and fighting the traffic.

Pros: Food, Parking

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This is one of the BEST Italian restaurants in Orange County-Authentic and Cozy. The waiters are from Italy! Special orders do not bother them and they love to create exactly what you want.
Romantic and delicious...A Great find!

PROS: Romantic, Cozy, Delicious, Resonably priced!
CONS: None

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★★★★☆

This is one of the BEST Italian restaurants in Orange County-Authentic and Cozy. The waiters are from Italy! Special orders do not bother them and they love to create exactly what you want.
Romantic and delicious...A Great find!

PROS: Romantic, Cozy, Delicious, Resonably priced!
CONS: None

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The food is fantastic. They have quite a few excellent seafood dishes.
Staff is excellent. Very attentive and friendly.

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The food is fantastic. They have quite a few excellent seafood dishes.
Staff is excellent. Very attentive and friendly.

 

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