686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.pinotprovence.com/
- Phone: (714) 444-5900
- Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7AM–10AM
Monday - Friday: 11:30AM–2PM
Tuesday – Sunday: 3PM–9PM
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
- Executive Chef: Alfonso Ramirez
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: For catering at off-site locations, please call 714.540.0500
- Special Events: Pinot Provence offers event artistry for celebrations of all kinds, from early morning breakfast meetings and business dinners to personal celebrations, such as bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Elegant French décor and the Mediterranean-French menu lend a sophisticated air to every event. As an added bonus, the sommelier will pair your custom menu with the perfect wine from the award-winning collection. Restaurant and private rooms available, from parties of 14 to 130 guests.
To receive more information about our catering and private event options at this location, please contact our special events manager Stacey Wacker | 714 428 0814
A word from Pinot Provence
Escape to the sun-soaked borders of southern France at Pinot Provence. Our executive chef creates sophisticated French and Mediterranean dishes with a contemporary twist, along with a changing selection of globally inspired dishes. The extensive wine list features a variety of French and California wines, as well as a growing selection from the new worlds of wine. With a romantic Provencal atmosphere, patios and intimate dining rooms, Pinot Provence is an elegant getaway for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.Continued
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Pinot Provence reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (48)special occasion (40)romantic (37)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (16)good for groups (12)great for brunch (11)neighborhood gem (9)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (3)hot spot (1)Show More
- Oasis in Segerstrom BusynessCustomerVIPDined on 11/19/2014In the Westin hotel, parking was easy just pulling up at the entrance and the valet took the car. Parking is $6 with validation in the restaurant. Having recently eaten at Scott's which was noisy to the point it was very hard to talk, Pinot Provence was elegant from entrance to table and conducive to conversation. Jonathan came promptly and asked if we had a show deadline, which we did. The bar did not have my wife's gin so she changing to scotch and the drink that came was probably not what was ordered. The wine by the glass list was very good and close to excellent. Wines by the glass are poured at the table so tasting for preference is possible. The meal was very tasty but worked hard to stand out. Onion soup was very hot, good, with plenty of onions and cheese. Sherry was evident making for a sweet-type soup. The frogs legs were braised with red-wine sauce and some diced veggies - only a few. Again, very tasty but frog legs are good on their own and the preparation was more noticeable than the taste of the frogs legs. The mussels were excellent but very good sized. My wife raved about them even the next day as some of the best she has had. The cassoulet was made with a fresh lamb loin and cooked to taste - not you usual stew simmering on the back of the stove for days. Again, the taste was very good but different than might be found in a french bistro. Various folks brought out the dishes from the kitchen as each course came together. The meal was very pleasant and not rushed by we had plenty of time for dessert. Reflecting the next day, the experience is probably one of the best if attending a Segerstrom performance - quiet, good food, pleasant surrounding and excellent service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 3 reasons we come here oftenJazzmanDined on 11/15/2014We come to Pinot Provence for 3 reasons: 1) As season ticket holders for the Jazz Club events, the restaurant is one of a handful of good places to eat within walking distance of the theater. Also the valet will keep your car in one place for dining and show. 2) No corkage fee. I always bring one or two from home and love saving the fees. 3) The food really is great. Every course we've had here (and we've dined here at least 2 dozen times) has been excellent. My only disappointment has been that the service is often mediocre. Several of the wait staff score low in personality. Our most recent visit was a nice exception. He was very good and we enjoyed his company and advice and he enjoyed some of our wines.. Please find a way to bring back fois gras to California! We used to order whatever version the chef was making, every time we came.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Pre Theatre OptionPageantGoersDined on 11/15/2014Was very surprised to find a gem of a restaurant inside a chain Hotel. But Pinot Provence was fantastic! Service was great and the food as so tasty and wonderful. Portions on the entre were a bit small, but not bad. Short Ribs were wonderful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect for Pre-TheatreDanutsDined on 11/15/2014Nice range of menu selections including items for foodies and the less adventurous diners. Beatutiful decor. Valet parking; it's an easy walk to the OC Performing Arts Center. No corkage fee!! We'll be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful brunch!AnnieEVIPDined on 11/9/2014Had an elegant brunch outside near the fountain before going to a matinee at Sergerstrom. The food was amazing and the unlimited Mimosa add-on can't be beat! The "appetizer" courses for brunch were such large portions that they could have been entrees. All delicious, but the star of the show for us was the short rib hash--heavenly! The only thing that could have improved our experience is more frequent refills of coffee (or maybe bigger cups?). Pinot Provence is the PERFECT place to dine, relax and unwind after driving to Costa Mesa before enjoying a show nearby.Special Features:
- reviewDined on 11/8/2014Although the service was good, my wife and I were a bit disappointed with the food. Nothing was bad, but everything was just average. That being said, the prices were too high for the food. My wife and I travel a lot and are regular diners at various restaurants around the country. As such, we were hoping for French food that was more innovative, not the typical standard dishes. We had escargot, bouillabaisse, cassoulet, duck breast, mac n cheese, and brussels sprouts. Perhaps the worst mac n cheese and brussels sprouts I've ever eaten. Mac n cheese was bland and tasted like pasta with milk poured over it. Sprouts were very bland as if they were simply boiled and cut in half.
- Nice To Be BackkpurpVIPDined on 11/5/2014My husband and I had not dined at Pinot Provence for several years - the service and the food had just gone downhill. After receiving an email showing some of the fall specials offered at the restaurant, we decided to return for dinner. What a pleasant surprise!!! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. The waiter offered helpful advice regarding wine and its pairing with our meals. Our evening was relaxing and quite enjoyable. We will return!Special Features:
- chuck1Dined on 10/18/2014Ordered musels as an entree - received bouillabaisse in error. Dinning partner fineshed her entree before musels came. Should have acepted the bouillabaise because the musels were tiny and not very flavorful.Special Features:
- Theater goerTheater2nightDined on 10/17/2014Great location for dinner before the theater! Very nice French ambiance! I was looking forward to the Mediterranean Mussels but they were no longer available @ 6:00! We had the venison special which was excellent! When our waiter saw me watching the table next to me eating mussels which were the last order, he did offer me another cocktail on the house!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of my favoritesXKXKXDined on 10/4/2014Quiet, friendly, great service, great food. Rack of lamb was terrific. I am looking forward to the re-introduction of cassoulet to the Fall menu.Special Features:
- GlennVIPDined on 10/4/2014It's all about great ingredients and professional service. Bravo!Special Features:
- Perfect for a ladies luncheonOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/29/2014Perfect place to meet the ladies for lunch. Nice menu, champagne, wine and great service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful!MalbecVIPDined on 9/27/2014We had the most delicious dinner at Pinot. My hamachi followed by mussels was super and my husband loved the rabbit. Our waiter Mircea is the best. This is a perfect spot whether it be for a romantic dinner for two or a pre theatre gathering.Special Features:
- Pinot Provence for birthday dinnereileenDined on 9/27/2014couldn't have had a lovelier dinner. service outstanding (management and chef included). Roberto took care of our table with charm and concern. thank you for such an enjoyable and delicious evening.Special Features:
- HansiDined on 9/26/2014Pinot Provence is just a wonderful dining experience. And, they made me a very special salad.
- Loved Pinot ProvenceSoCalEaterVIPDined on 9/24/2014We had not been to Pinot Province in years, since they stopped serving lunch some years ago. We were delighted to find they are serving lunches again and we had a delicious lunch, our waitress was friendly and knowledgable and we loved our lunches! We will definitely return to Pinot Provence.Special Features:
- Fantastic Dinner, Attentive Servicefoodiefun1Dined on 9/20/2014Had dinner at Pinot Provence this past Saturday. Everything was great & the service was amazing. Starting with the bartender who made me this great drink called a Natasha. Excellent! Our food was well-prepared and well-presented. Not an inexpensive choice for a meal; worth the expense. One negative - we weren't thrilled with the Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler - a bit too liquid in texture. Otherwise, awesome. Will be backSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 9/19/2014Pinot Provence had very few diners on a Friday night. However, the service was impecable and the food was pretty good. We had the frog legs appetizer, the filet, and the duck breast. Of the three, the duck breast was the best, but I felt like they tried too hard and missed, mixing pureed nectarine, cipollini onions, and baby eggplant. It sounded interesting, but was really bland. The steak was too well done and just boring. The food wasn't terrible, but for a restaurant that probably thinks more of itself, they missed the mark.
- Wow, great every time.MBADRVIPDined on 9/14/2014Great place with consistently high standards in food prep and ingredient quality, all this and no corkage charge.Special Features:
- Wonderful anniversary dinnerKarenDined on 9/6/2014Our table was cozy, once they knew we were celebrating they brought us champagne. the food kept coming and we had plenty of time to get to South Coast Rep for our play.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A lovely eveningTheaterfanDined on 9/5/2014I'd heard mixed things about Pino Provence, some very good and some not so great, but we thought we'd give it a try. Although we got there pretty early, it was a Friday night, and we were surprised to find the place virtually empty. Any concerns that raised were wiped out immediately, as the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The food was delicious: my salmon was perfect, creamy and moist inside with a lovely crispy skin outside, and my wife absolutely loved her lamb chops. Throughout the meal, our waiter and the manager were attentive and friendly, possibly some of the best service I've ever experienced. All in all, a wonderful experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.Special Features:
- lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/5/2014I love Pinot Provence and go frequently for dinner and Sunday brunch. The menu is outstanding and I've loved every dish I've ever ordered. Had lunch there for the first time and was disappointed in the food choices. Lunch was good but ordinary....nothing special. The service and ambiance was wonderful as usual, but I think I'll stick to brunch and dinner there from now on.Special Features:
- Excellent foodjjfoodieVIPDined on 9/3/2014Outstanding heirloom tomato and burrata salad compared to other restaurant's mundane versions. Excellent burgers.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just to cold, such a pity!Nini1809VIPDined on 8/27/2014Enjoyed my lunch here but the restaurant is just to air-conditioned. It blasts down on you and you just want to leave as fast as possible. Would ask to sit on the balcony in future.Special Features:
- Patina? Really?GidgetDined on 8/24/2014We are fans of Patina group and attending a performance at Segerstrom Center, we"ll try Pinot Provence. The braised short rib was over cooked. Saturday night slow? Should have known as well traveled diners, restaurants in hotels not best choice. Interior lovely French, stone fireplace, comfortable booths, nice lighting. We love the Beatles, Aba, Journey, etc. I have never thought this music as dinner music for a French restaurant and it was loud. The service was attentive-too much. "Are we having wine this evening?" is he joining us? He forgot to decant the wine-Really Patina?Special Features:
- Always a lovely dinner placemydinereviewVIPDined on 8/22/2014We have gone to Pinot Provence for special occasions - birthdays, New Year's Eve - and it is always a lovely experience. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance. Everything is perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful lunch date with my HubbyDanaDined on 8/22/2014Have been coming here for several years and have always left pleased! Went on a lunch date with my husband and today was no exception. It happened to be restaurant week so we had 3 courses. I ordered the nectarine salad - delish! Next we both had the Pinot burger with some of the most delicious fries I've ever had. We ordered med-rare and it came overcooked as well as waiting quite a while for it...not very notable. What was however a surprise was that without complaining our waiter Robert noticed our wait and our over cooked burgers and comped us our meal...not expecting that! We finished with a divine chocolate molten cake. Service was great and except for the small hiccup everything was spot on...will definitely keep in rotation!Special Features:
- ExcellentcoachkentDined on 8/21/2014We went before the play and the timing and the food and service were perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely Dining Experience1BaymomVIPDined on 8/21/2014We love dining at Pinot Provence prior to attending a show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The service is terrific and the menu items are interesting and always well presented and tasty. We went tonight for a pre-theater dinner and ordered off the Costa Mesa Restaurant Week special dinner menu. Three wonderful courses for $40- what a deal! Of course we added wonderful wine by the glass and a generous tip, well-deserved tip.Special Features:
- Enjoyed!cdreyerDined on 8/18/2014Came here during Costa Mesa restaurant week for lunch. Had a wonderful 3-course meal. Each course had a ton of unexpected flavor. Service was excellent. Can't wait to return!Special Features:
- Excellent OC Restaurant Week MealOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/16/2014I enjoyed yet another excellent meal at Pinot Provence, this time during OC Restaurant Week. My family and I had three courses (starter, entree, and dessert) for $40, which is an outstanding value. We all opted for the steak as our main course and we all found it to be very well prepared.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/16/2014several of my guests tried the special restaurant week menu, they liked the salad but the main course was mediocre at best.
- Quiet cuisine timeHiflyingBeeDined on 8/6/2014Dined before going to the segerstrom and we were 2 of the 7 folks eating inside. There were a scattering of diners outside. Service was a bit slow. All was good. Too quiet. It is a lovely space and food is good but when there are so few diners you wonder what is wrong? Will continue to go but hope they get a lot more customers.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Early closing timewonderfuloxnardVIPDined on 8/3/2014We booked for an after theatre dinner however, the show ran a little longer than scheduled so we were late for our reservation at 8:45. When we left the theatre at 9:00 to walk to the restaurant, only 5 minutes away, we had a phone message(at 8:45) saying that the restaurant would be closing at 9PM. We were staying in the hotel that the restaurant was located in and had planned this dinner for over a month so it was disappointing to find that the restaurant closed this early. The Pinot restaurants are among our favorites so we were disappointed, but, understand the decision to close at 9:00 on a Sunday evening.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another wonderful experiencespjolyDined on 8/3/2014Pinot is out "go to" when its theater time, birthday, or just a nice night out with a wonderful dinner experience. Their menus are outstanding, brunch was the best we've had in a long time. Endless bloody mary's - need I say more! We have had dinner several times and its is always out favorite. The inside atmosphere is just calming and wonderful. We can't say enough good things about it. The best night would be a beautiful dinner and just walk up to a suite at the Westin. Maybe spend the next morning lounging by the pool.Special Features:
- Great Brunchsnickersm0mDined on 7/27/2014Excellent bottomless mimosas, fruit and eggs benedict. My initial plate had over cooked poached eggs but they re-made it quickly and it was better (the other egg was still overcooked but I was hungry so I dug in!) - I would recommend it. Nice ambience; really low keySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
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- Amazing ChefAmyKVIPDined on 7/24/2014Chef Alfonso Ramirez was doing a farmers market tasting menu on Thurdays. We went last Thurs. but the tasting menu wasn't available. We were disappointed but our excellent server, Jeff, asked Chef if he would do a tasting menu for us. Chef was more than happy to accommodate & I am so happy he did. We started with asparagus vichyssoise soup with cantaloupe balls & a slice of albacore. Next was loup de mer. So delicious! 3rd course was suck breast with grilled nectarines & eggplant. 4th course was rack of lamb over roasted cauliflower & pea tendrils. Dessert was panna cotta with blueberries & sliced plums. Excellent food by an excellent chef! Service was great. You should try this restaurant!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- would not returnTherubickcubeDined on 7/2/2014We had tickets for a show so we arrived at 5 and had a great cocktail while reading menu. On the online menu it stated that they had scallops but they were taken off the restaurant menu a month ago. Not a great selection of appetizers or dinner items. The dessert menu did not have one thing that was cholocate, who ever heard of a dessert menu without chocolate??? Our waitress was great and she knew we were unhappy and she did everything to please us. I told the manager that I was to mention to him I was with Open Table to receive extra points and he said he had no idea how to do that. We usually go to Scotts before the show and will return there next time we go to a performace at the Segerstrom Center.Special Features:
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/28/2014Pretentious & over-priced, with an uninspired wine list and slow service, Pinot Provence is on my avoid list. I asked my server for mid-sweet white wine recommendations. The two tastes she brought were not even close and she had no further ideas. The artlessly presented lamb cassoulet was slightly gamey in spots. Even the decaf was bland but I will compliment them on the chocolate gelato. For a restaurant that was not crowded, I'm unsure why the service was so very slow. Additionally, right after my meal was delivered, the manager checked in with me. I had yet to taste anything. All are friendly but they need to working on timing and check backs.
- Working out the kinksOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/18/2014We took a a business colleague we wanted to impress, to lunch here recently. With the main menu came a build your own fancy burger menu. We all decided to have hamburgers. The best out of the three was the traditional one. The other one (Morrocan Lamb) was just OK and the third, the veggie, was not good. Originally the wrong burger was brought out for our colleague instead of the veggie, but they finally got it right. I would NOT recommend the veggie burger. It's a warmed sliced veggie sandwich in a bun, no patty. It was not even a good veggie sandwich and our colleague could only eat the french fries. It was frustrating, but the staff really came through. They offered us dessert and comped us the entire meal. That was appreciated!Special Features: