Good food but to expensive for this economy. We went here with another couple and had a great time. The service is great and the place is nice, but at times a little to much going on. I like it because it is not corporate and you feel that it is more family style. I guess it is owned by one man that has owned it for many years. I have been here once before about 4 years ago and it is pretty much the same. I don't reccoment ordering the steak or steak specials they have. Rib eye is my favorite steak and the one I was served here was very tough. I should have stuck to Italian food. My wife had raviolis and they were homemade tasting which was nice for a change. The bar area was very small and not much to offer there. No reason to get there early for a pre dinner drink like we enjoy doing befor dinner. We actually went for an after dinner drink at Mortons which is right next door. Overall we will not be back until things get better with the economy this place is way over priced for what you get. The quality is not in the meat thats for sure.
Great Food and Service.
My fiance and I went here for the first time together. She is a big italian food fan and she loved this place.
We had the Carpaccio, Caprese, and Calamari to start.....all of which are awesome.
For Entree I had the Pollo Parmigiana, which was great and was rather a large portion. She had the Seafood PAsta that had clams, mussels, crab and jumbo shrimp....it was great .
We will be returning soon
Best Italian Restaurant in the OC. This is by far the best Italian Restaurant in Orange County. From their bread to the assorted dishes, everytings I have eaten here has been wonderful.
South Coast Plaza Italian restaurant has been an Orange County institution since 1979, serving old-fashion fare in a romantic setting..
Couples slide into romantic, secluded booths stocked with pillows; larger groups are seated in one of several ornate dining rooms framed by dark-wood ceiling beams, hanging vines and oil paintings. Old-fashioned Italian fare--soups, salads and pastas, as well as a variety of traditional fish, poultry, veal and beef entrees--is served in sizeable portions. A menu highlight is crab-stuffed ravioli, served in light tomato-cream sauce and accompanied by half a lobster and jumbo shrimp.
A Dining Experience Like No Other.
Service starts with a voice on the other end of the phone. That voice was Sarah, a highly professional and hospitable hostess.
Our tableside service (provided by Carlos) was second to none. His passion for providing an ultimate dining experience is seen in his every movement, his diction, and his smile!
The ambiance of this exquisit restaurant was unforgettable! Entering into the dining area fills you with visual delights including the works of Aldo Luongo. Lighting is perfectly set, with tasetful instrumental music playing in the background.
The talents of Chef Franco Barone gave Italian dining a new name in both authenticity and creativity. The last word in this evening of fine gastronomic adventure was Grand Marnier Soufle...never to be forgotten!
From the moment we pulled into the valet area, to our departure of the porte cache, we were nothing less than thrilled with our visit at Antonello's!
A Night in Italy.
This was truly a wonderful dining experience. The combination of great food, service, and ambience made the night a fantasy.
I felt as if I was in Italy without ever having to leave the county! This is a restaurant that I will definetely return to with friends and family.
Simply the Best. Antonello has been one of my favorites for years. They are simply the best restaurant in OC for both their food and service. Their prices have risen over the last year such that you could easily spend over $100 for two and still ordering wine by the glass. Add a bottle and you are looking at an easy $200 for two. However, save your money because it is worth it. You will spend a delightful evening there (an easy three hours or so) in a relaxed atmosphere and feel compelled to refer all of your friends and anyone else you meet. It is that good. We even had our wedding reception there. Be sure to ask Thad about their ability to host special events. They will master any event down to the smallest detail~they made us a tiramisu three-tiered wedding cake! They are the best!
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