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Bistango
Bistango

Bistango Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistango.com
  • Phone: (949) 752-5222
  • 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: American, Seafood, Steak
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great place to go for lunch. They have a special every day of two courses for $22. Crab cakes were marvelous."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "decent enough food and a great ambiance for business lunch, but food is way overpriced for what you get"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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!"
    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.."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Entire meal was great but that soup was over the top."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food and service was impeccable. The rack of lamb is the best anywhere."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "THE BEST in the Irvine market place. Suggest you try the chopped California chicken....its great"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Good food but not outstanding enough to merit the high prices. The artwork and music are plusses"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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! :-)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "everything is always perfect and I am never disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Paella was superior with Rose (wine). Get a booth on the atrium. Perfect choice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "On a previous visit I suggested an alternative coarse pepper crust on the Ahi entree. Alas, there it was on this visit. The pepper gives the fish more spice than the previous sesame version and, when combined with the included wasabi, makes this a special dish. The side of jalapeno risotto was superb and was the perfect companion to the main dish. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went on a Thursday night, so it wasn't crowded. There was a terrific duo playing throw-back song from the 70s and 80s in the bar area. We were seated in a booth on the other side, so we could hear and enjoy the music, but it didn't disturb our conversation. We could see people on the bar side dancing and drinking--that's why I checked "Vibrant bar scene." My favorite thing about this place was the vibe! I LOVED the umbrellas on the ceiling, the artwork, the coziness of the booths yet openness of the room. Our food was also outstanding. We could have stayed there all night. We will DEFINITELY be back!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Bistango is in the top 5 restaurants in Orange County. Great food and bar with a very able and capable bartender in Steve."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I was invited to Bistango by a great friend and had some difficulty finding it as it is in a business district. This is a great place hidden among the office buildings in a beautiful Atrium area. Hostess was kind as gracious as my dinner partner was running late. She cheerfully said she would hold our reservation until he arrives, then seated us immediately. Mario, our server was immediate in his greeting and consistent in his service. Our glasses were never empty and no questions were left in answered. The cream of mushroom soup and baby green salad were amazing, followed by perfectly cooked steaks. Though mine was very fatty, my friends was beyond perfection. The wine list is extensive and varied. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Consistently outstanding in every respect. Rack of lamb is as good as it gets and the sea bass melts in your mouth. Try the Waldorf salad--it was a very pleasant surprise. The garlic soup is a classic and the spinach salad with added avocado was delicious. Service by Gary was perfect."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We've been here a million times as it is close to Newport and easy to get to, easy parking. The food is always consistent and on par with pricing in the OC. The rack of lamb and the mushroom crusted halibut are always favorites as is the chocolate souffle -- the best one in the OC with plenty of whipped cream and chocolate sauce."
    Dined on 5/31/2014