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Nello Cucina

Nello Cucina

Italian Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Cocktail Bar · South Coast Metro
3333 Bear St (in South Coast Plaza Crystal Court), Costa Mesa, CA 92626, United States
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:30 AM–7:00 PM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Nello Cucina is a classic Italian trattoria, located in the atrium of Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza.


Based on 39 votes

People like this place

  • Ranked #4 for Italian restaurants in Costa Mesa
  • What you need to know
    Diana P.
    "Try the Rigatini Al Piacere - #GlutenFree pasta, pesto, chicken."(7 Tips)
    Alex M.
    "The seafood and pasta is amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Scott M.
    "Best Italian food in the mall and they will customize your order."(3 Tips)
    Travel C.
    "Lunch $15/Dinner $30."(2 Tips)
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28 tips and reviews.

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  • Italian food
  • zucca
  • monaco
  • gluten-free food
  • pasta
  • risotto
  • ravioli
  • lasagna
  • crispy pork belly
  • happy hour
  • grilled pork chops
  • filet mignon
  • jumbo shrimp
  • people watching
  • bistros
  • burgers
  • chicken
  • asparagus
  • corn
  • brown butter
  • Ron

    Great pasta

    Ron · December 13, 2014
  • John O.

    $6 whole pizza Margherita during happy hour in the bar

    John Olsen · August 18, 2014
  • John O.

    Happy hour food specials at the bar are good

    John Olsen · August 14, 2014
  • Valeria D.

    Amazing food and amazing service! Absolutely loved it. It's like being in Italy for a little while.

    Valeria Daza Morelli · July 13, 2014
  • Dunja W.

    Best Italian Restaurant!!

    Dunja Wolf · July 13, 2014
  • Julie

    Don't let the location in a mall by the little carousel and Ruby's Diner scare you away! This isn't mall-talian. It's light, flavorful, with great service. Fantastic place for a shopping break!

    Julie · October 12, 2013
  • Travel C.

    This South Coast Plaza bistro is great for people watching & authentic Italian dining. Special prix fixe menus for #CMRW. Lunch $15/Dinner $30. See the menu: Read more

    Travel Costa Mesa · August 7, 2013
  • Mr Richards157

    Great food an service.

    Mr Richards157 · July 6, 2013
  • Laila K.

    Goooood food

    Laila K · December 15, 2012
  • Alex M.

    The seafood and pasta is amazing!

    Alex Mohamed · May 20, 2012
  • Diana P.

    Try the Burger All' Italiana - 1/2 lb. of Italian Sausage!

    Diana P · March 22, 2012
  • Diana P.

    Try the Swordfish - Grilled swordfish, heart of palm, tomato, cucumber, roasted corn, green onion, sherry vinaigrette

    Diana P · March 1, 2012
  • Diana P.

    Try the Risotto - Chicken, asparagus, mushroom & parmesan

    Diana P · February 21, 2012
  • Diana P.

    Try the Crispy Pork Belly - A Taste of Monaco, sampling!

    Diana P · February 2, 2012
  • Diana P.

    Try the filet mignon & jumbo shrimp - Filet, shitake mushrooms,Shrimp, asparagus & roasted potatoes

    Diana P · January 26, 2012
  • Diana P.

    Try the Grilled Swordfish, Pesto, Sun dried tomatoes - Love the pesto, sun dried tomato sauce!

    Diana P · January 3, 2012
  • Diana P.

    Try the Mozzarella Caprese - Fresh Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, oregano & E.V.O.O.

    Diana P · December 30, 2011
  • Diana P.

    Try the Swordfish With Saffron & Funghi - Delicious!

    Diana P · November 30, 2011
  • Diana P.

    Try the Rigatini Al Piacere - #GlutenFree pasta, pesto, chicken. So good!

    Diana P · November 22, 2011
  • Scott M.

    Best Italian food in the mall and they will customize your order. A real Italian eatery:)))

    Scott Mc Kiernan · November 13, 2011
  • Diana P.

    Try the Costata Di Maile - Grilled Pork Chop, caramelized onions, balsamic reduction

    Diana P · November 10, 2011
  • Diana P.

    Try the Ravioli Di Zucca - Ravioli filled with Sweet Butternut Squash, Browned Butter & Sage. #delicious

    Diana P · October 25, 2011
  • Viet T.

    Spicy penne pasta and salad for $5 if you're a mall employee!

    Viet Tran · October 23, 2011
  • Shamma T.

    Their lasagna is SO GOOD and their waiters are super friendly. I love it here!

    Shamma T · July 30, 2011
  • Paul W.

    The Alle Quattro Stagioni is amazing!

    Paul Woo · July 26, 2011
  • Leo L.

    I have yet to find a dish that I disliked. The best Italian food that I have ever had.

    Leo L · May 7, 2011
  • Marshall S.

    I decided where to eat lunch today based on who was offering Foursquare discounts. - Nello got my business. Make sure to ask for the Olive oil with your bread - very much worth it.

    Marshall Senkarik · April 12, 2011
  • Noura A.

    اللازانياا جدا لذيذه 👌

    Noura Aziz 🇺🇸 · January 18, 2015

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