Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://paulmartinsamericangrill.com/
  • Phone: 9494531144x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Taste of Paul Martin's
    $5 - $13 small plates, craft beers and signature cocktails
    Daily from 3:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Mark Fitkowski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let Paul Martin's American Grill cater your special event or occasion, with every detail handled to perfection. For information please contact our Operating Partner, Carly Ward at carly@paulmartinsamericangrill.com for any catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Paul Martin’s® for your next event or celebration. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, holding a casual business meeting, or are planning a formal corporate event, Paul Martin’s® offers the ideal venue.
  • Private Party Contact: Neusha Tabrizi 9494531144x
  • Special Events: Paul Martin's offers several areas in the restaurant for cocktail receptions, group dining and presentations. Our Private Dining Room can accommodate groups of 20,30 and up to 60 guests. We have a semi-private wine room that can host up to 14 guests as well as a heated patio perfect for 20-40 people and a patio cocktail lounge that can comfortable fit 30 people for a social occasion.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacifica
  • Public Transit: Route D on the Irvine Shuttle
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is conveniently available in front of Paul Martin's American Grill. It is $6. Complimentary parking is available in designated areas at the Spectrum.
A word from Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Our founders, Brian Bennett and Paul Fleming, had a vision for a restaurant they wished was in their neighborhood — a place that serves you dishes made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients prepared simply and well, all offered at accessible prices. Embracing this concept and carrying these values into the restaurant kitchen, Paul Martin's American Grill was born.

Today our motto remains "Seasonal & Delicious." On our menu you will find the best seafood from sustainable fisheries, free-range and natural meats and poultry, artisan cheeses and cured meats. Alongside our food, we serve artisanal cocktails made with house-infused spirits, craft beers and a deep selection of over 100 wines, most of which are offered by the glass.

We encourage you to peruse our rich and varied menus, which are designed to foster sampling and sharing. Good times and thoughtful food are a way of life at Paul Martin’s.
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Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine reviews from OpenTable diners
211 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (99)good for groups (95)fit for foodies (86)great for lunch (74)notable wine list (73)vibrant bar scene (66)great for outdoor dining (61)romantic (56)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (42)hot spot (34)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Healthy, delicious food!
    tryintobeNONGMO
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wide variety of NON-GMO foods and free range chicken,etc. Best Happy Hour times around, 3-8pm everyday however limited seating in the bar. My new fave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for small group
    Shige
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant has good atmosphere . There are many tables for four or five and seats at the bar ,but it seemed that it had a few table for the group of more than ten. So I recommend it for small groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Amazing dining! Great food! Great service! Cannot wait to come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere!!
    BS23
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food and service were great! Not too crowded and making reservations helped for a Saturday evening...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing food
    shenanigans777
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I have been here numerous times and the food and service is always excellent. They change out a few items depending on the season so everything is always fresh and tastes delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group celebration
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The atmosphere is pleasing. The wait staff is nice but not as attentive considering it was a group of 10. Ordered a large seafood platter, oysters and calamari for appetizers. The lobsters were small but everything else was great which left room for dessert at the end.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great place to visit
    Polren
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice ambient music, assuming you sit away from the bar area. Food is consistently good, service very friendly and warm. Our favorite dish is... sweet potato fries, one of the best in LA/Orange Country market.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steak done right...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you love steak, this is the place. The less expensive marinated hanger or chimichurri skirt steak are so tender. The more expensive cuts are OK, I'd prefer the hanger steak. I had the heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese salad; that would be how I would do caprese from now on. My daughter has the corn soup that was so delightfully good. The salad and soup are wonderful as well. The service is excellent. Definitely will return to take advantages of the daily specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good HH menu/Not for vegetarians
    luv2dine8
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    PM has a refreshing Happy hour menu, great regular wine selection, and good main dish selection. However, if you are a vegetarian there may not be many options for you other than the fries, salad, or portobello mushroom sandwich.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable but not perfect
    Katya
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ambiance is great. I ordered from the wine list and they were out of stock; on a second choice I got my wine. I was looking forward to a great filet mignon, but it was not on the menu. My girl friend returned her Lobster Bisque, and said she didn't have room for a main course, so I gave up on a main course too, and ordered the Seafood Platter Appetizer. This was wonderful, and highly recommended. A medium is a good size to share. Good service and attitudes; reasonably priced for a high-end restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paul Martins - My Great New Find
    GreatNewFind
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My first time there based on a couple recommendations and I'll be back many times. My Salmon Salad was excellent and there are plenty of good choices on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for not ever being there
    foodwithfriends
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was a good place to meet friends. We had never been there before and did not know what to expect. Server was good and the food was even better. I would recommend this to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service & Loud Music
    Dinesallot
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This used to be one of our favorite places to eat at, not after the last visit. The service by our waiter, Tim L. was the worst we've ever had there. He was more interested in talking with the other staff & young girls. We had to flag him down to get drinks & after waiting over 20 minutes for our food we flagged him down to ask for some bread, in the past was brought to our table after we ordered our meal. The music was too loud even on the patio so we could barely hear each other the entire time. We noticed everyone had to talk super loud at each table, which isn't why people dine out. The food was ok, but we think it probably sat for awhile before we were served. We are not in a hurry to return after that experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant!
    Healthfoodie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I cook all of my daughter's meals from scratch because of her special diet. It is very hard to find restaurants that serve quality food and accommodate her needs. This restaurant is a diamond in the rough! Found it on google and was so excited to try. There was six of us and everyone loved their food! My daughter is not allowed to have marinades because of the sugars in most of them. There was only ingredients she could have in their marinades, she was so happy to eat like a normal person! Highly recommend to other foodies out there!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice - would go there again
    judyinoc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    the service was great, and the attitudes of everyone we encountered was positive, professional & gracious
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    cblv
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food and service are always great. I'm from Las Vegas and every time I come to Southern California, I come to this restaurant. I wish they would open one in Las Vegas (but not on the strip), I would dine there all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went here before a movie & enjoyed drinks, appetizers & a delicious dinner. The service was amazing, the ambience was great. The manager was friendly & came up & chatted with us. The after dinner dessert wine list was yummy too. Will most definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You Will Like Paul Martin's
    RealtorCamille7VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is our 2nd time at Paul Martin's. We ate at their Westlake Village and their Irvine locations. Both times everything was excellent. The decor, service, food, menu choices, even the home made lemonade is excellent! If you just want a nice meal or are in need of a great business lunch location, Paul Martin's is it. We ordered the smoked salmon salad and the French Dip sandwich. Both were excellent and beautifully prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come for the Martini....
    ScoutLeader
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    ... but be sure to sit in the crowded bar or patio between the hours of three and eight PM daily, or you'll be charged over double the price for it! I was dismayed that this was the case when I made dinner reservations based on their generous online offerings. Nowhere on this venue's site did it make that distinction and we sat less than 12 feet from those who imbibed for less. The food was OK. Service was slow and unengaging. I will be back for their Martini, but will skip the rest.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service that goes the extra mile
    jburkiVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My girlfriend and I met at PM's before the Go Fest Concert and we had a great dining experience. We had asked our server if they were still serving the biscuits and was told they were sold out from breakfast. We ordered our entrees and drinks and waited for our meal. Our server surprised us with two biscuits and boy were they delicious! Our server also presented our burger on two separate plates because she heard we were splitting the burger….I was very happy with the service. By the way - the burger is juicy and flavorful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    southernbelle
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The restaurant is an East Coast experience in atmosphere with delicious food and good service! We have been to Paul Martin's 3 times and will continue to dine there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed the second time here
    OCmom
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Husband & I loved our 1st experience here last year so we brought the kids back to try it out again... unfortunately not sure if it's the time of the day (around 8:00PM Saturday night) we pretty much had zero service from the crew from the time we were seated to done with dinner...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but.......
    Lglilja
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Husband and I started with super fresh oysters and split the kale salad. Delicious. For the main dishes he had the plank salmon and I had the mahi mahi. Both well seasoned. However my fish piece was the size of a fat fish stick. Disappointingly small portion. How sad. We've been here several times for the great happy hour. Good deals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the grilled corn!
    Tina
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I like their grilled corn. It was sweet with a hint of spice. Tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT Place
    Anthony
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have been to Paul Martin's both for lunch and dinner. Service is always good the food even better. At certain times of the year they have these wonderful Brussels sprouts they are to die for. The green beans were nice and crispy in garlic. But the steaks we had were excellent cooked perfectly. Dessert was fabulous chocolate cake.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wowzers
    Suebdoo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Amazing food, farm to table... Freshest spinach dip EVER! Was hard to decide what to try, so glad I went with the short ribs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best St. Louis style Ribs ever
    Freshandtasty
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I like the ribs here more than any other restaurant- the meat is so tender and falls off the bone and it is not covered with gooey corn-syrup-like sauce. The steak salad was very fresh and the marinated skirt steak on arugula with heirloom tomatoes were also very good. The Mac n cheese had some interesting spices that may not appeal to everyone...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectrum standout
    Pickyvicky
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Amidst a lot of competition Paul martins stands up to my picky tastes. The spectrum is a busy place but most of the food establishments cater particularly to teens & bar life. Very noisy & predictable deep fried everything. Paul martins is my choice for a fun & friendly happy hour & attentive dining experience serving fresh healthy food. I love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sparkfc
    sparkfc
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Met a friend there for lunch. A large very nicely appointed restaurant. Service was excellent as was the food. Great ambience even at lunch. We arrived early to beat the lunch rush and glad we did as the restaurant filled quickly at the noon hour. Food was very good. Paul Martin's was recommended to me by another friend, and I'm glad I gave it a try. I will definitely go back for dinner soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review of Paul's grill
    cats4
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Disappointing, especially given prices. Will not go again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well Done Team
    PetPal
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I dined at Paul Martin's for the first time a few days ago to celebrate our 22-year wedding anniversary and had a wonderful experience. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, the food was outstanding from the appetizer to dessert, and the entire staff was very pleasant, friendly and helpful. We will absolutely dine here multiple times in the future, and look forward to bringing friends and family to enjoy it with us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Spot
    Roland
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My mahi mahi was flavorable, although slightly overcooked. Certainly not up to Hawaiian standards. My wife's salmon was much better! Service was excellent, but they do like to turn over their tables. We did not feel rushed, however, as we finished our wine after dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for NICE dinner/lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've been here for business lunches and dinners as well as celebration family meals. The menu is diverse but not overwhelmingly long. The main courses are generous but not too large and have great flavor. The appetizers are fun and everyone I've been there with has enjoyed them. The cost is in line with what you're having, not an inexpensive place but the food is good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Pattyl
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Recommend to anyone for any reason and they have a great GF menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good location
    CarlosO
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I had to make last minute plans for a business lunch and it was fantastic and vbery easy to deal with. In my line of work, I like places that are very accomodating and I originally made reservations for 8 but had to reduce to 5, and they were able to help immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find
    Mcgee
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We needed a restaurant near the Improv in Irvine and found this place on-line - and what a great find it was! There were six of us, and we all had a wonderful dinner. The food, the wine, the atmosphere and the wait staff were all excellent. Our server, Wesley, was not only everything you could ask for in a server, he was also handsome as all get out - which was a little added bonus for the three ladies at the table. Then the manager, Daniel, was also an absolute gem. We spoke with him at length and it became immediately apparent that this young man was THE right choice for a manager. We would all highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous
    Bday
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything was really great. The grilled salmon was remarkable. The wine list is extensive and impressive. I have been here twice with no repeats and will do the same the next time I order here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    ShoshanaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my first time at Paul Martin's and we're already planning our next dinner there. The blackened ribeye was amazing as was the grilled salmon. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating good food never so easy
    capocarol
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My first visit here. Tried the grilled corn soup, really delicious. Then the grilled salmon with greens and quinoa and bulgar wheat. Everything was very tasty super fresh. Eat good, no guilt works for me! My only issue was that the chair seat distance from the table was so great that I had to request a cushion to keep from looking like "Edith Ann" at the table. Sitting at a booth was out of the question for me as I am not a tall woman.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vivelle
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Environment and food was very good. Enjoyed generous serving on the prime rib special. Expected a higher level of service, but overall, a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate