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
198 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (90)special occasion (87)fit for foodies (79)notable wine list (68)great for lunch (65)vibrant bar scene (59)romantic (50)great for outdoor dining (49)neighborhood gem (48)great for brunch (37)hot spot (36)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Good Times...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Sever was friendly and informative.. Patio seating was great to enjoy good intimate conversation and Food was very tasting and good plate presentation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Baggypants2VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been here several times now I wish I could order something different then the Brick Chicken but I just can't it is sooo juciy. They poor a nice poor for cocktails and use premium brands. We love introducing this restaurant to friends since most people don't suspect this type of restaurant in a Mall would be this good. The minute you walk in the door from the hostess to the bus people everyone is reall attentive and friendly, we definatly will be coming back here again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent local restaurant.
    Lagunarn
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Looking back at the prior restaurant at this location is like day and night. What a wonderful change; it is great having an upscale restaurant in the Spectrum. One must try the shrimp appetizer and the mushroom soup; they are wonderful. The steaks etc etc...we thoroughly enjoyed everything. The only problem encountered is that the valet parking is so backed up that coming form across the street when the traffic light changed toe green we could not get into the valet parking. I could not have walked that distance currently but I was fortunate that my son was with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Selected this restaurant for Bosses Day because the menu has several beef dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    piccolapeste76
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our office used this restaurant for a group of 13. We selected a semi-private area behind the wine bar wall. Preset menu selection was spot on! Everyone enjoyed the service and the food. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phillynladudeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    my mom is a needy customer...no question, but it was obvious after her many requests for changes, cold food, etc., that our server wasn't happy. We said thank you, no reply, just fulfilling our requests. He was perfectly fine, but you could tell he wasn't happy with how difficult she was. A guest should never be led to feel unwelcome or a burden. if you don't want to work sundays, don't show it to your guests. The tension in the air was obvious and the rolling of his eyes as he walked away (he didn't think I saw) made me not want to come back. It's a nice place and the food was fine, but his lack of hospitality is not worth visiting again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paul Martin's
    marydiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We stopped here on our way home from LA to San Diego. Selected it based on website information. It is in a very busy mall, but the restaurant itself is a bit off of the main mall so it was relatively calm and quiet. Our waitress, Danielle, was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed her beer recommendation. My steak and fries were very good. Would come back again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New easy favorite
    Clover4dinner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had slouch a lovely time here. Not stuffy, great service, knowledgeable servers. Food tasted great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Had an amazing dinner here with my girlfriend. Jodie, our server, was attentive, friendly, and made our experience wonderful! We will definitely be back to see her. The food was incredible and cooked perfectly! We got the Monday wine dinner. Came with a bottle of wine, two starter salads, and the mahi mahi and brick chicken. Amazing deal and great experience. We also started with the butternut squash soup, which was incredible, and the castroville artichoke. The manager Jake came and checked on us as well and was very friendly! Sat at the bar after and got their old fashioned. It was wondeful as well. This is now our go to date spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great choice for any occasion!
    Glutton
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've been to Paul Martin's a few times, and it's always a great experience. Whether it's brunch with the kids, a business lunch, or a romantic dinner for two, Paul Martin's fits the bill. The atmosphere is upscale without being stuffy, which - especially in Orange County - is a tough trick to pull off. The food and the wine selection offer both variety and quality, and the value (what you pay for what you get) is the icing on the cake. This is one of my favorite restaurants, and one I will definitely return to in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for 1 time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was fine lacked a bit of salt. And priced to high. But decor was great. Server was great. Food a bit bland.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paul Martin's was a great find
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been told about Paul Martin's American Grill 2 years but had not made it there until this past weekend. I met some friends from down in San Diego there because some of my close friends kept bragging about it over and over. We were going to go to Javier's next door but they said... we've been there so let's try Paul Martin's. The ambiance and decor are really nice. Bar was gorgeous with plenty of seating. We were sat in a large booth, leather covered and very comfy. Started out with cocktails, ordered a nice bottle of wine and our starters were really good. Caesar Salad with fresh Kale instead of romaine. Homemade Fresh Mushroom Soup was lovely. The Cedar Plank Salmon, Brick Chicken and pasta with prawns were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise
    LSinLA
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was lovely & our server was great. She was very personable and was extremely helpful about suggesting menu items. Because of her, I tried their Marinated Skirt Steak with Maple Bourbon Potatoes and I was not disappointed. My boyfriend had the salmon with mashed potatoes and he loved it! We are total foodies so this was a perfect place. For the appetizers, we had the Salt & Pepper Prawns and the Kale Caesar salad. They were so delicious! The portions are normal sized and not like if you're trying to feed 4 people off of one plate. This was a good thing because we had room for dessert - the strawberry shortcake. We will definitely be coming back here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Ok
    OCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The best part of this restaurant is the ambiance. The food was good but just OK. Service was good. I just wouldn't go back because it was a forgettable experience. Nothing great - except the prices. To expensive- especially the wine. I wouldn't recommend to anyone because I think it's to high priced for just OK.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.