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

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://paulmartinsamericangrill.com
  • Phone: (949) 453-1144
  • 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: American, Seafood
  • 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 (949) 453-1144
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had dinner there on a Saturday night. The food was deliious. My husband and I had the shrimp. We also each had a glass of Katherine's Vineyard Cambria Chardonnay. The service was excellent! The only problem was the patio. No ambiance at all and a screaming baby! We would defineitly return but would choose a table inside."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you want great fried chicken, go here on Tues. They have the Fried Chicken 3 course meal only on Tues! It is my 2nd favorite fried chicken in the World! (My favorite in in New Orleans.)"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "First time to this restaurant and I was very pleased, I always have reservations about a restaurant in a mall but Irvine Spectrum has become a hot restaurant destination. Rarely do I find a restaurant like this that has a Vegan soup but it was on their Seasonal menu also with a delicious mushroom burger. My husband and another friend both had non Vegan options and enjoyed there Did as well. Definitely recommend, our waiter was very attentive and personable. Definitely recommend"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We enjoy for quick happy hour, family dinner, Celebrations, Sunday Brunch..name it, this is the place! Great food, Perfect drinks, Friendly staff, cant beat it!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We arrived around 6:45, but was told by the hostess that it would be an hour and 40 minute wait. Thanks to Open Table we got a table in less than 30 minutes. Our server took 20 minutes to inform us they were out of the beer we ordered (during this time he served other tables) We ordered, one meal as is the other with modification (two of us wanted to share it) and they easily complied. We asked that there be some modifications and the food came out incorrectly, they took it back, then brought it back 5 minutes later the same way. I decided to eat it but realized all of the modifications had been ignored, a sauce I can't eat was amply applied, the bacon wasn't cooked, etc. I then decided I would get something elsewhere. We won't be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant for a business lunch. Located at the Irvine Spectrum there is Valet parking right outside the door as well as plenty of self parking. The service is very good, the food is excellent and it won't break your expense account (unless you drink a lot of wine). It is also not too noisy so you can have a conversation without competing with big screen TVs or too many other conversations due to the varied seating layout, inside seating, bar seating and outside."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Paul Martins is excellent on ever Level. Service was impeccable, wine selections were excellent top notch, and the food was excellent. It really is one of the only non commercial, fine dining establishments in the Irvine Spectrum. It made a special night even more special. You are in for a great experience."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great for working lunches or movies and dinner date."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was the first time we went to this restaurant. We went on a Saturday night around 830pm and got right in. Service was slow but it seemed our waiter was very busy. We notice 3 waiter(s) standing around not doing much while our waiter ran around serving everyone. The food was OK and it wasnt quite my taste. Ordered the tacos and it had a tiny bit of fish and a lot of corn type mix with it. I would not go back again although everyone should give it a try."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Wonderful food and wine. Enjoyed everything that was ordered...delish!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had the wine dinner special which is normally offered on Monday evenings. They had a special for the 4th of July weekend and we took advantage of it. It's an incredible deal on a place which I think is already fairly priced. As usual, their menu had plenty of desirable options and they do a great job in disclosing potential problems for those with allergies or sensitivities."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had such a delicious meal. The menu ws wonderful and clearly marked for gluten free options, which I needed. We were delighted to find that all the beef was grass fed and chicken was all free range. We were told that the menu changes seasonally. The chimichurri sauce on my steak was amazing. The staff was so attentive and enthusiastic. It was a terrific evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Been here a number of times and it is consistetnly good. Food is cooked well and service is just right - not visiting too often, but just enough to keep an eye on things. Had a great salmon for lunch and it was cooked perfectly. You cannot go wrong from all that I have seen."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Phone manner was good when we called in to inform them that we'd be running late. When we arrived, our table was given away which is understandable. The manager was very accommodating and personally came to apologize for the long wait and comped 2 appetizers which were delicious. Unfortunately after the waitress got our order, we waited another 35-40 min for food to come. I had greater expectation for the food quality, but my order of black cod turned out salty and overpriced for what I was getting. It seems like everyone else's food choice in my table was just meh....I would give them higher rating because the staffs were friendly, but I had really hoped the food was better."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great steaks and wine list. Ambience is just right. Exceptional food at a reasonable price. The communal bar brings in an energetic crowd. The proximity to the theater nearby made it easy to dine and walk to the movies."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We've been here several times and love it! This time was for my birthday. The only complaint I have was that the Banana Cream pie they sent home with me was terrible."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "we had skirt steak and salmon and it was perfection"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Everyone seemed very nice, but they can't seem to get a prime rib right to save their life! I've gotten burgers at their El Segundo location in the past no problem there... If you can get hot fries out of that location, they are very good also. But Irvine I don't know... Maybe I just need to replace the entire kitchen staff."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My daughter and I were on a date. We had a great time at Paul Martin's American Grill in Irvine."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Paul martins irvine has as close to no ambiance as can be. Parties for tens of people set in the middle of booths. Just an expensive dennys"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time here and it was great again. My husband and I went before a show at Verizon Amphitheater and had 5:15 reservations. This timing was perfect to get us out to the show. We were greeted immediately and seated in a great big booth. Our server Justin, was there right away with specials, drink orders, wine suggestions, etc. I had the hoisin pork chop and my husband had the ribeye. We started with the jumbo prawn cocktail and shared the homemade ice cream for dessert. Everything was prepared so fresh and delicious! We will definitely return again. I also had one of the best Grey goose dirty martinis ever! I am afraid I do judge a place by this drink :) Theirs was the perfect mix and 3 olives, which I love!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My family and I met here for an early Father's Day dinner. We were greeted and seated within 5-10 minutes. The menu is seasonal and they promote farm fresh food. Three of us ordered the short ribs and they were delicious! My husband ordered the French dip and he loved it too. My mother-in-law started with the mushroom soup and she said it was the best she ever eaten. They didn't have a children's menu but had options for $7. My daughter chose the cheeseburger sliders and she ate them all! We ordered the spinach dip which was delicious and different from what you typically get. The calamari was light and the dipping sauces were absolutely divine. They were all very professional and the wine list is diverse and tasty. This place is a gem!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "For only a $14 pre fixe brunch, we got a plate of fruit, beverage, honey biscuit and a brunch entree. Great price and great ambiance! I'm surprised it wasn't more crowded for a Saturday at 11:30am."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The fish dishes are always outstanding. I had a baby kale Caesar salad that was out of this world. The artisan drinks are always creative and delicious and the wine list is extensive enough to have variety but is not overwhelming. Great service and a relaxed elegant atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience - food - service - all the best of the best. You will enjoy your meal here!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Very good service from Cesar. Excellent food for the most part. My companion thought the salad dressing overpowered the grilled salmon'which was excellent. I had the French dip and liked it. Overall very good!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great service, food very well prepared and flavorful, hot and quickly served . Started off with the calamari, had the grilled salmon tacos, requested corn tortillas rather than the flour they come with and the tacos were delicious, couldn't eat all three. The booths are comfortable but they sit low so you feel you need a booster seat, next time I'll ask for a regular table."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We weren't sure what to expect, and pleasantly surprised. Tasty drinks, generous happy hour, even on Saturday. Food was yummy and service and ambiance were pleasant. Loud enough to be fun, but not so loud we couldn't talk, even though we were near the bar."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The restaurant is fantastic! The manager & servers were great! However, it could be better if the beer selection was better and if the dining areas were separated. Large groups and children kill any sense of a romantic dinner (or lunch)."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Paul Martins has the most friendly, accommodating staff, and the food is wonderful, drinks are on point.. consistently FANTASTIC!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Luckily the food can stand on it's own because the service is really too young and spotty for a place that charges this much for their entrees. Needed to constantly ask for water fill up and bread refills. Hopefully it was just an off night. Fish and pork chops were delicious. Calamari appetizer very light and well prepared. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Sad to see this place go downhill. Perhaps expansion is the reason, but just not as good as it used to be. There are other, better options in the center."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Passing through Irvine and wanting a decent dining experience with my wife. We had never heard of it before. We quickly discovered that Paul Martin's was a great dining experience. From drinks to desserts and everything in between including great service it was just what we are looking for."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent food. All fresh and organic. So good!! The fish tacos are delicious !!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and wonderful ambiance. I would definitely return to this restaurant for lunch or dinner. This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, business dinner or lunch. The service was quick, professional and attentive. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I've been here on multiple occasions varying from lunch with friends to drinks with colleagues. It can accommodate large groups or even a small intimate dinner with ease. Of course, the food is amazing as well. I've mostly enjoyed their fish tacos, but their burger is also a favorite. They are able to satisfy any and all picky eaters (from my experiences). "
    Dined on 5/20/2014