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Pina's Bistro
Pina's Bistro

Pina's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pinasbistro.com
  • Phone: (714) 730-5442
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yorba street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Pina's Bistro
Pina's Bistro is a bright sparkling culinary jewel amid dozens of fine Italian eateries in South Orange County, California. Established in 1995 as a family enterprise (currently encompassing three generations under Pina's guidance), the cuisine of her native Napoli has been lovingly and masterfully recreated and served to her loyal patrons for the past sixteen years.

Using only the freshest and finest ingredients available in the marketplace Pina handcrafts all of her sausage, manicotti, cannelloni, lasagna, gnocchi, bread and sauces, not to mention her luxurious and sensual dessert offerings as well as all of her other exquisite dishes.
expect to experience exceptional quality traditional Italian cuisine created to meet the very highest standards of gastronomic excellence. Pina rigidly adheres to this standard and proudly proclaims – "I will not serve any dish that I would not be happy to eat myself."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Service was very slow. Staff were very attentive to what I would describe as "regulars." While we understood the family dynamic - with the two daughters serving, the waitress never bothered to take our drink order. We had to flag her down to order something. It appeared unless you were a regular patron, you would not get much attention."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "What a great little restaurant. Pina herself along with her daughters make everything fresh and they make it tasty. Southern Italian authentic and healthy. The sausage is sumptuous, the Gnocci fluffy and the veal voluptuous."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food!!! They really get to know you here. Great place to dine."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "One of my favorite neighborhood restaraunt. Delicious made with love food. True Italian homemade not a chain. Specials are always great too. The ladies are wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As always we enjoyed the food, the family and the service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places to go. Little hole in the wall place run almost entirely by a family (mom cooks; daughters help in the kitchen and serve) that is consistently friendly with great food. They always make you feel welcome and relaxed."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant after reading great reviews on Open Table. I was disappointed with the food and service which were average, but it was expensive for average food and service. The server who took our order, had to ask who ordered each dish as it was brought to the table. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have loved coming here for years. It is like a comfortable dining room in a friends home with Mom cooking and her Daughters serving. The food is always fantastic and Pina goes out of her way to please you. Her grilled Veal chop is the best and she knows I like the addition of Mushrooms. We have eaten her since they opened and keep returning. Great with friends as you are able to talk without having to shout."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Pina's Bistro has the finest Italian cuisine I've ever eaten! The tomato sauce is so savory and beautifully herbed, while not having an acidic aftertaste so common today. This restaurant offers unpretentious, delicious, beautiful, fresh food --in a pleasant locale and professionally served. The owners and staff are helpful and charming. "If you fail to dine at Pina's, the angels will weep for you!" "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great food, great service, and Mama Pina doin all the cooking! If you saw this place from the street, you wouldn't know what to think. A friend told me about this place 5 or so years ago, found it on OpenTable again, and thought I'd try it. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! If looking for Italian and in the area, try it. If out of the way and looking for Italian, MAKE THE DRIVE!!!!!!!! Worth every second in the car!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "From the time we were first seated to the time the server picked up the payment, we were there 2-1/2 hours and not by choice. The restaurant had accepted a huge party without putting on additional wait staff, so we sat for a good while with no water, bread or menu. By the time we'd received our less-than-hot food, we'd been there well over an hour. The servers were very friendly, but just couldn't keep up with everything. My food didn't have enough garlic, rendering it fairly blah for my tastes. I've read so many good things about this restaurant that I'm hoping this was an anomaly."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pina's was recommended by a friend that I respect and I was optimistic and really looking forward to it. I moved to California a few years ago from NJ and it has been a monumental task to find Italian restaurants in Orange County that come close to duplicating the East Coast experience that I so dearly miss. From the minute I walked in and was greeted by one of PIna's daughters, I felt right at home. After looking at the menu and wanting everything on it, I decided to let our server choose and she did not disappoint. The food was outstanding and the family feel made the evening even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Like eating in your Italian mother's home. The food is the BEST!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Pina's is a annual visit for us when we are in town for the Anaheim EXPO show - a great hidden secrete that you will keep coming back for. Not a bar scene, night a night club restaurant, but if you wasn't great service, awesome homemade cooking...... then Pina's is the place for you. From the boyz @ Manischewitz - Thanks Pina and girls"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "upon arriving at the restaurant, we were a little nervous as it was small and in a strip mall setting. however, from the moment we sat down you could tell that it was going to be a personal experience. pina's daughter was our waitress and she was upbeat, attentive and extremely helpful. the food was absolutely delicious. fresh, light and great portions."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This small restaurant is one of the best if not the best Italian restaurant in Tustin. I had her Veal ravioli and my wife had her sausage and broccolli with angel hair pasta. Both were excellent. Service tends to be a little slow, BUT it is well worth the wait. You can enjoy your meal without any rush. Pins's fresh sausage is always wonderful. Her white chocolate gelato is also great."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Love Pinas, the owner Pinas and her daughters are a treat along with incredible fesh ingredients and real italian flair. Would recommend to everyone"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good italian fare, however when its busy, this mom and pop restaurant gets a bit hectic as they could use one or two more in their staff for better service and attentiveness. Great neighborhood place to try out!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Family owed and operated. Our table awaited us upon arrival. As fairly regular guests, we were greeted personally, warmly and quickly served our usual beverages. My husband loves sauteed spinach and he is NOT a veggie eater at all. Next is the salad. OMG, love the dressing and the fresh mixed greens - yum! The veal chop and filet specials are to die for so don't miss the specials on the chalkboard. For more "comfort" type food, the meatballs are a "don't miss". I particularly like the sausage and peas in cream sauce, the sausage is homemade in house by Pina. The bread is excellent and a big part of a good Italian meal."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "A nice relaxing restaurant to unwind after the pressures of a rough workday. Nothing fancy, but good old fashioned comfort food. It was nice for the owner to greet us at the table to inquire how the dinner was. Will go again."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "In the homogenized world that is Orange County, what a delight it is to find a family-owned restaurant with superb food, friendly service, and an ambience that invites lingering over an additional glass of wine, coffee, dessert. We closed out the restaurant after a meal that lasted 2 1/2 hours. Unforgettable. Make reservations; you will need them."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Truly tasty homemade Italian food with the hospitality as though you're at a friend's house for dinner. Family owned and operated, Pina's Bistro could easily be situated on a hillside on the Amalfi coast instead of Tustin. Haven't had food this authentic in the states since the North End of Boston."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Only sorry it took us this long to discover this little gem of a truly awesome Italian restaurant.! All our fav Italian dishes on the menu. When there was a brief lull, the owner and chef, Pina, came out and greeted us at the table. So happy to see a small family owned restaurant doing so well and right in our own neighborhood. We will be going back, soon!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Pina's continues to provide excellent food and service. Our family goes to celebrate special occasions and we are never disappointed. The veal picatta is awesome, you don't need a knife to cut it. Pina's daughters are the servers and they are so nice and friendly, they make you feel at home. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food is homemade with fresh ingredients. Want it spicy they will make it that way. Lasagna is The best! Love this place."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Cannot believe that I just found this place. They have been there 18 years and there food was great. Family owned and operated. Don't miss out"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Love everything about this restaraunt. The food is delicious. Have not found anything I didnt like. The specials always amaze me. Overall ambience is wonderful. The sisters that are out front are great and sister/mom team in the kitchen can't be beat. Would highly recommend!! By the way, if you have room for the dessert, pann cotta or bread pudding. yummy!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Pina never disappoints when it comes to delicious homemade Italian food. I don't mind paying $20 for a plate of pasta when it is served hot, el dente, and bursting with flavor. What bothers me is when I make a reservation well in advance, arrive at the agreed upon time and am told there will be a 20 minute wait for my table (no bar or lounge to wait in, mind you, so we're talking about standing out in the parking lot) or else be seated out on the makeshift patio. We chose the patio where we were alternately sweating under the heat lamp or feeling the cold on our feet and backs (metal chairs are cold outside at night). Pina's was overbooked and the diners paid the price. Service was poor and we waited an hour for our first course. So sad!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This restaurant doesn't have enough wait staff. The service was rather slow -- in our case it wasn't a problem because we were on the patio and enjoying the ambiance -- but it took quite a while to even get our salads. The waitress was very friendly and brought extra bread when we asked, as well as a few other condiments (parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes) and she was clearly doing her best to keep up. But an extra waiter or two might have made a big difference. The food was good - not the best I've ever had, but good. Nice patio area with just four or five tables."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Time after time, the quality of the food has always been great at this restaurant. Their wine list is not extensive, but is well balanced. This is a neighborhood gem. The service is great as usual. It also has tables outside the restaurant that are also nice."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "This was our first time although this place has been here for years. It's very small - 7 to 8 tables inside and a few outside. The owner Pina is always there. She is very personable & proud of her food. Her daughter, Hannah, was our server. Very nice & a great personality. Some of the pastas are house made as is the sausage. You can make requests. My husband ordered the house made gnocchi with sausage in a red sauce. Very tasty. I had the pasta primavera in a light red garlic sauce, also very good. A very nice cozy place with very good food."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "Decent generic Italian cuisine run in a friendly and informal manner by mother and daughter. Good food, but somewhat Americanized cuisine."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Flew into town for the weekend to see a theater production. Had seven in the party. Based on the reviews made the reservation. Sits in a non-descript small strip mall. Has 8-9 tables inside and 3 tables on the small front patio. Casual and laid back with terrific food. We all had a different entrees: veal piccata, veal ravioli marsala, chicken piccata, veal marsala, manicotti, spaghetti bolognese. I had the penne with sausage and asparagus. All their sausage and pasta is fresh and made at the restaurant. The sausage has just the right amount of spice and excellent flavor. For dessert we had the bread pudding, creme brulee, and probably the best spumoni I have ever had. If you are looking for authentic italian food, this is the place."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "My wife and I dined here on June 22 to celebrate my birthday. I read the reviews of other diners and decided 'why not' - we weren't disappointed. The restaurant is family run, Mom's the chef and two daughters take good care of diners. We both started with Carpaccio; for main course my wife had the penne with sausage, I had the linguine with clams. All of the dishes were very tasty with reasonable but not overly large portions. Definitely will be going back."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "I gave this cozy diner 5 stars, meaning in the top-10% of its class. Everything was made from scratch and from a carefully-managed supply chain. As we tasted each dish, we started to realize this is how that dish was always supposed to taste, or how that dish could have tasted. If every Italian bistro in the US were this good no one would go to Tuscany anymore except for the lower drinking age. OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get my drift. This place ought to be much busier than it was, so I hope this review helps, even if just a little, to get the respect and notoriety it deserves!"
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "I can always count on the friendly family atmosphere along with great home cooking."
    Dined on 5/29/2013
  • "Pina's is one of those little hole-in-the-wall places that, once found, you keep going back to. It's a true family operation, with mom in the kitchen and daughters waiting on tables. They are all very friendly and will engage in friendly conversation. The food is consistently good and always super-fresh (they only make the food when ordered, not in anticipation of orders) and readily variable (including different sauces with alternatives in spiciness. Tell them how you want it - they're very accommodating. Pina's has a loyal following, and for good reason!"
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "This is the real deal ... Momma is the chef and the excellent service is provided by some of the daughters. And the food - butternut squash with fennel sausage ... so good, shrimp scampi ... as simple dish but the best I have ever had. The menu has all of your italian favorites - I really don't think you can go wrong in this restaurant. The decor is very simple ... it is a small place but they also have some outside tables ... this is a hidden gem ... don't miss it!"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "Pina's is the best restaurant in OC that you have never heard of. Pina and her daughters cook up excellent Italian classics and provide genuine, friendly service as if you have been invited to their home. Always an excellent time! One of our absolute favorites!"
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "We've eaten at this restaurant many times during the last several years and it's always a treat. The food is consistently excellent, made to order by the owner/chef, and she's eager to please."
    Dined on 4/23/2013