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Trattoria Mediterranean Cuisine

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216 1/2 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-6430
+1 949-566-9525
12:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Arcadia, CA
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159 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

This outstanding restaurant, run by a Persian businessman with a love of Italy, was a pleasant surprise in touristy area like Balboa Park where one can easily overpay for mediocre food. The chef/owner personally took care of us with an extremely pleasant attitude for a relaxed mid-afternoon meal.The scallops plate enjoyed by my wife was outstanding and tasted authentically fresh,... More 

Thank SteveLicata
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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230 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

A very small, intimate, quiet, cozy, favorite of locals and regulars, trattoria near the middle of Marine Ave wth grillwork and fountain in entryway that blocks out streetside tourist hustle and bustle. Casual, consistent, reliable, this husband and wife team provide professional, knowledgable, casual service and true southern italian "comfort" food. With "almost outdoor" seating for about 8-12 inside the... More 

Thank Ginna W
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We completely enjoyed our lunchtime visit to this small, Mediterranean restaurant on our visit to the Newport Beach area! I had a special, the Butternut Squash Ravioli, and my spouse had lasagna. Both had excellent flavor; the service was friendly and attentive.

Thank Carhydancer
Newport Beach, California
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorite locals restaurants in the heart of touristy balboa island. Family owned by a couple who both wait on you and prepare consistently awesome food in a quaint setting. Our favorites are the salmon with artichokes and the veal parmigiano, which is not on the menu but is prepared on request. Prices are reasonable and... More 

1 Thank Katherine M
El Segundo, California
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231 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

A group of 9 of us made reservations and went in for a early dinner. Only one other table had customers...should have been a clue? Food was just marginally okay. A few in the group said the food did not sit well with them. We had a large variety of the menu...pastas, shrimp, chicken...etc. I personally had the pasta Pescadores...shrimp,... More 

Thank nancyesca
Newport Beach, California
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487 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

The people who run the restaurant are friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. I found the Lasagna to be superb, as is their "soup of the day." I would give this place 5 stars except that the tables are cramped and it can be noisy when they have a large group.............still no where near as noisy as Ciao, across the street.

1 Thank Goodness4you
San Clemente, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 August 2016

This is a really great place. One of those little hidden gems. I think the Mediterranean may be a bit misleading as the menu seems more Italian. Small comfortable dining room, family run with great service and awesome food. Sent many friends and family there. Give it a try if you are anyway near Balboa Island.

Thank Kyle B
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful location in Balboa island Newport Beach. Food and service were lovely. We followed the recommendation of the owner and everything was better then expected. Will come again.

1 Thank Frankpol10
california central coast
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We wanted to love it. It is a quaint little place and the servers were lovely people, although possibly overwhelmed, based on the long pauses between seeing them. However, none of that matters. Suffered all night with food poisoning. Suffered.

1 Thank ccc2
Redondo Beach, California
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

A small bistro, tight space but the food was so good, it was worth the wait! I ordered chicken kabobs and ate to the last bite. Even the grilled onions and peppers were tasty! My friends had seafood pasta and salmon dish. I had to pick from their plates. In unison and with our mouths full, we all kept saying,... More 

1 Thank TravellingEye0402

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 1/2 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-6430
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: +1 949-566-9525

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?