Bistango
Bistango

Bistango

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistango.com/
  • Phone: 9497525222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm Bar Menu: 11:30 am - Close; Saturday 5:30pm - Close Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm to 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm CLOSED SUNDAYS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Javier Montoya
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We offer live entertainment nightly.
  • Special Events: From a corporate luncheon in our Galleria room to a wedding in the Atrium Courtyard, Bistango can accommodate 20 to 350 guests with the perfect setting. Contact our event coordinator today!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Martin and Von Karman
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet and self-parking available.
A word from Bistango
Bistango offers artful New American cuisine in the award-winning Atrium Building in Irvine, California. Bistango hosts an extensive bar and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with over 400 varieties of wine. The ambiance is further enriched each season by revolving modern art exhibits which are available for purchase. Bistango offers a full-service patio with comfortable furniture and heat lamps to provide al fresco dining at its finest. Our nightly live entertainment and dance floor will complete your experience as you listen to everything from Latin Jazz to R&B to classics to contemporary cover tunes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Bistango reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)fit for foodies (50)romantic (49)great for lunch (42)neighborhood gem (37)vibrant bar scene (37)good for groups (35)notable wine list (31)hot spot (16)great for outdoor dining (14)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Awesome service & food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love Love Bistango!... great food, service & music. Restaurant very classy.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Diner
    nickname
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Probably one of the best dining experiences in the OC. Great range of appetizers and entrees and don't forget the soufflés for dessert. The music was varied with a sophisticated vocalist but still comfortable for dining. The entire dinner party of 6 had a great time with delicious food. Simply the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Consistently good food, service and ambiance since they've updated the main dining room and bar area. Best dishes are the kobe beef ravioli, the mushroom crusted halibut and the lamb chops. Only problem this time around was the air conditioning was not turned on before service started on a hot day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Natily
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Bistango is a great find with nice ambiance and very tasty food. Salads, soup, crab and lobster cakes were delicious. We also enjoyed the art work displayed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistango in Irvine
    Duane
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Outstanding food and service every time I've gone there. The venue is very attractive and parking is a breeze. Very worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best GF place
    GFgirl99
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love this place and try to come every time I visit NY. The first thing they do is ask if you have food allergies and then are careful about it. They have gluten free ravioli, pasta, bread and desserts. Everything is delicious. Service is friendly. And the place is clean and charming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • notamuncherVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Seating has an impact on you overall experience. The mentality of the person at the desk is to fill the least popular tables first. Don't be afraid to refuse unacceptable seating. If necessary let them know of your dissatisfaction and put the burden on that person to step or leave. Do not accept anything below your standards.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    Maralle
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had been there many times and many times it's been great but this time it was exceptional!! Our server Mario went above and beyond to make this a special birthday for my dad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Another perfect meal in every respect. The pepper crust on the seared tuna is an improvement over the sesame crust (which, to be fair, was also quite good) and the jalapeno risotto (made by special request) is the perfect companion to the spicy meat. Service was again impeccable and Hall of Fame bartender, Steve, was again in fine form.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place - would go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Loved the restaurant and the food. The only thing that kept this from being rated 5 stars - we found a band-aid when we opened one napkin - really disgusting and made me pay closer attention to everything else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RobannonVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bistango was recommended to us by friends and it did not disappoint. Our service was excellent, and the food was delicious. The kobe beef and black tuffle ravioli is very good!!! As is the beet salad and garlic soup. My husband had a fish dish and really liked it also. The decor is nice (you would never know its inside a large office building). The live music in the background was a nice bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food and service
    CillaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing. The rack of lamb, crab and lobster cake, and souffle was delicious. Our waiter was incredibly nice and attentive. I definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    marty
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Bistango continues to be a gem -- ambiance, cuisine, service are all without peer. The forver general manager continues to make this a total experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    Foody
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great place to go for lunch. They have a special every day of two courses for $22. Crab cakes were marvelous.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice but overpriced
    EthanGT
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    decent enough food and a great ambiance for business lunch, but food is way overpriced for what you get
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fantastic as always
    jiggawuah
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was excellent, as was the food. Our waitress took very good care of us, and my water was never empty. My wife and my go to spot for romantic dates. We've been coming for the past 5 years and their food has never disappointed us so far. Their souffle is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service .
    currambaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The attitude of the hostess,and the person that opened the wine ,terrible. The waiter (Mario I think) even worse. The person that finally took care of after waiting for a long time and complained was: Alex ( new manager at Bistango's) was outstanding and well as the busboy Jose Luis. We have been loyal costumer of Bistango and Bayside for many years. We are not planning to go back to Bistango's . Never had such a bad experience in the past. Food was good thanks to Alex..
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  • Order the garlic soup
    LizR
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Entire meal was great but that soup was over the top.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Once again,a perfect evening at what is my favorite O.C. restaurant. Rack of lamb was perfect, the mushroom crusted halibut outstanding, the garlic soup truly unique and wonderfully tasty, and the crab and lobster cake spectacular. Service by Gary was impeccable and, speaking of impeccable, how about a nod to bartender Steve who mixes some of the best drinks anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right level of privacy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a group of 7. They placed us in a nice "round" niche of the restaurant (the far back right) where we felt like we had a private dining room almost. It was a rotunda of sorts and it perfectly sat us at the table - plenty of elbow room. It was very conducive for conversation and connection. The wait staff was fantastic and attentive. The menu was delicious and plentiful. In many cases - two people could share a dish. We also ordered a few desserts for the table - the waiter was smart to ask us early in our meal if it was something we were interested in because it would take approximately 25 minutes to make. Delicious. Worth it. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous lunch!
    OCMom
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was my first visit to Bistango. I brought my mother-in-law here for lunch, wanting a nice atmosphere and good food. I was NOT disappointed! The atmosphere is cool, upbeat and refined without being stuffy. The artwork displayed is very interesting and the service was impeccable. My mother-in-law ordered the baby spinach salad with chicken and said it was excellent. I ordered the confit of duck leg salad and I have to say it was one of the best meals I have ever ordered. I can't wait to return and order it again. The menu is extensive and would be excellent for dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    ARAD
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I was so pleased with the reception received upon arrival. The birthday was acknowledged by the hostess and that was wonderful. The table and service, food, drinks were very good with just the right amount of service throughout the evening. My salad was a little disappointing because of my not liking the bitter taste of the greens. I don't remember if they were specified on the menu. The steak and lamb chops were excellent! The birthday dessert treat was disappointing with stale puffs and whipped cream - it looked pretty but just wasn't tasty. We would have ordered a dessert but were delightfully satisfied with our meal! We will return as the evening was just delightful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Bistango the Best! Excellent Food
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I simly love Bistango, the service is immpecable, the food is amazing and the ambience is enjoyable. If you want to enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner, personal or professional, Go to Bistango! You wont regret it, I promise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We dine at Bistango often and the food and service are always outstanding. This time arouond we had the garlic soup and the brescaola for appetizers and the lamb and the filet on the bone as entrees. All were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very yummy...
    BongoVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We have been wanting to try Bistango for a long time, finally met a friend there for lunch. Love how the restaurant is situated amongst the office bldgs. Really don't have one complaint and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but not nice enough to return!
    PattiD1919
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us by another restaurant owner.....so, we had high expectations. He said 'try the garlic soup" so I did. It was a little watered down for my taste. I had the Seabass.....again, I've had better!! I like the art work but the furnishings looked a little tired....better chairs would help a lot.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    LuvGoodService
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    It has been a while and I chose to bring a colleague for a business lunch. I don't know what the deal was- maybe because we just ordered burgers and salads- but we were not taken very seriously. I ordered my burger medium rare, it came out 25 minutes later way overcooked and the fries were cold. I had no chance to complain because Eduardo, our waiter, never checked on us once. Not once. We also waited a while to pay our bill. A couple years ago I had all my business meetings here and was always treated very well. Very disappointing....
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  • RickVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food and service was impeccable. The rack of lamb is the best anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Superb food and service. Ahi tartare is a spectacular appetizer and the venison loin is one of the truly fine main courses you'll find anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delighted1VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Maybe we dined on a slow night. Beautiful ambiance, but disappointed in the food. Service was very nice, but in a slower mode. I can't really recommend Bistango but as I say, it was somewhat of a disappointment.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EdwinVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    THE BEST in the Irvine market place. Suggest you try the chopped California chicken....its great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • boots
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Good food but not outstanding enough to merit the high prices. The artwork and music are plusses
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • SIMPLY FABULOUS AS USUAL :-)
    GlobalTouristVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We are frequent diners at Bistango, went for my birthday and it was spectacular as always. Best food, ambiance, & top notch service - just an all around great vibe. Excellent food and wine list, must try the swordfish - lite and oh so tasty, a personal favorite. I have food allergies and they are as always very accommodating with no hassles and our orders always arrive perfect without any reason to send them back. Happy dining! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Great After All These Years!
    LaLaViews
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Bistango has a wonderful atmosphere, very trendy, nicely appointed, live music in the bar, and fantastic food with top notch service. It's on the bottom floor of a high rise office building, but you would never know it. Valet parking. There's a creative ambiance that you feel immediately when you walk in the door. Bistango is one of the few OC restaurants that has maintained a high level of excellence for over 20 years. Go, you'll love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Livia
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Have been there before but this time service was slow and rather sloppy. Had to ask for the special of the day, it was not mentioned. Food took a long time coming but generally it is a fine place to eat. I will return.
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  • Ambiance and service over taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Ambiance is the reason for this restaurant. The art work and the open feel of the restaurant are what first get you with this restaurant. Then the great service. Food is only marginal and does not compare to Maestro's or Flemings. However, the food is also not as pricey as those too. Serving sizes are also smaller. Also the website may have different pre-fixe meals than when you order. I had my eyes on the hanger steak and it was not available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    everything is always perfect and I am never disappointed!
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I'm sure by now most people are getting tired of my weekly reviews of Bistango so I'll keep this one short. Try the pizza topped with shrimp, corn, cilantro,et al---it's fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Went here for my fiancee's birthday dinner. Expected more from the crab and lobster cake than a single patty which was nothing to write home about. The presentation was very nice though. My fiancee had a Malbec and I had a Pinot Noir which had a decent bite to it. She had the Prawn Risotto which she loved. I ordered the Venison which tasted really nice but I thought the spinach was a bit salty and I was not a fan of the poached pear. It came with a german pasta that was a bit bland. I remember that the live band played "Somewhere Beyond The Sea" and "Besame Mucho." It was not noisy and obtrusive but just right. It was my fiancee's birthday so they were very sweet and surprised us with a cheese cake with a birthday candle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    emthanks
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great dining experience. Paella was superior with Rose (wine). Get a booth on the atrium. Perfect choice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet