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Pinot Provence
Pinot Provence

Pinot Provence Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pinotprovence.com
  • Phone: (714) 444-5900
  • Hours of Operation: BREAKFAST:
    Monday - Friday, 7 - 10:00am
    Saturday: 8 - 11:00am

    BRUNCH:
    Sunday: 8am - 1:30pm

    LUNCH:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    DINNER:
    Sunday: 4:00 - 9:00pm
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean
  • 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 & Promotions: 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bristol
  • Public Transit: OCTA South Coast Plaza stops
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available at the main entrance of the restaurant: $6 flat fee
    Self-parking available in the Westin covered structure, $2 flat rate with validation
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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Diner Reviews
  • "Chef 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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Pretentious & 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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We 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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Pinot's food is always delicious. The mussels were spectacular, as was the salmon."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The room is lovely, the service very attentive and the venison delightful."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I agree with some of the reviewers, that the chef has stepped up his game and has a very creative menu. This time around we had the frog legs and crudo as appetizers and the halibut and the duck as entrees. We tried the chefs take on s'mores and it too was very creative. We hope that the chef will start serving the 5 course menu that he's been serving on Thursdays on the weekend. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wonderful food......not crowded.......great service. Very nice spot for an anniversary dinner!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Outdoor patio with 3-4 tables, umbrella shaded. Makes a nice outdoor spot for brunch (brunch ONLY menu available on Sunday). Bottomless Mimosa or BloodyMarys (try the cucumber flavor) add some variety to the brunch menu."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I enjoyed the chef s market tasting menu with wines perfectly paired to each course! The s'mores dessert was unbelievable with its milk chocolate chantilly. Although I finished my meal in time for a planned event...better coordination with bringing the wines out just before each course would have made a great meal run even smoother."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Chef Alfonso Ramirez is really elevating the level of this restaurant. On Thursday evenings he is doing a farmers market 5 course tasting menu. He buys produce at a local farmers market and incorporates the ingredients into his menu. We started with asparagus vichyssoise with burrata geese, fried squash blossom & sautéed shrimp - delicious! The next course was ahi tuna & uni which was draped over a fresh peach. The 3rd corse was loup de mere with carrot hummus. The fish was excellent & the carrot hummus was the perfect accompaniment. Next was venison with Fava beans & ramps. Dessert was his take on s'mores . So good! Service as always as perfect. Portions were huge. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Quality of food top notch - try the salad with roasted chicken - wonderful! Nice ambiance to have a good business discussion without a lot of noise."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our wine was hot when brought to the table. Our food took over 40 minutes to get to our table and we had to rush everything in order to make it to the show. Food quantity was very small and we left hungry and a bit frustrated. Not going back!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Chef Alfonso Ramirez is creating some wonderful dishes. We had the special soup - vichyssoise. It was buttermilk based & instead of potatoes he used asparagus with crab & sautéed shrimp on top. It was absolutely delicious! The octopus salad was very good. The pieces of octopus were tender but still had texture. The Caesar salad was beautifully presented & garnished with a Parmesan crisp & anchovy. The salmon was cooked perfectly & the skin was nice and crispy. My husband had the chicken which was moist & tender. Service was professional and friendly. This is one of my favorite restaurants because of Chef Alfonso. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I took my mother here for Mother's Day brunch, though normally I would have gone to Patina in LA. But this was closer for my sister and her husband, so I relented. It is a lovely space and the service is very good. The food was very disappointing, so much so that I would never come here again. I was taking my mother out for Mother's Day and my brother in law out for his birthday. They seated and began serving the party before my mother and I arrived. The appetizers and the service were great. Two of the entrees (the other two of which were the same) were awful. One was a croque Madame that was literally a fast food ham and cheese croissant. It was insulting bad. My entree was inedible but I was still charged. Simply awful."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We've not dined at Pinot Provence in quite awhile, but Saturday evening's dinner and service were superb. For appetizers we had the frog legs and the hamachi and for entrees the mussels and the duck breast. All were delicious especially the frog legs in a black garlic sauce and the duck breast on a bed of steel cut oats in a wonderful sauce. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We have been coming to Pinot for several years for special dinner's and birthdays with us telling anybody that would listen about how great this restaurant is. Sadly, on Saturday we invited friends to dinner with us for my wife's birthday. I specifically added comments on OpenTable about the special celebration. We received no recognition about her birthday, disappointing service from our waitress. We bought two bottles of wine with us to celebrate and she couldn't get the two straight on several occasions almost poured the wrong wine into glasses containing the other wine. We also had to refill our own glasses and pour from the decanter because she was no where to be seen. Also NO birthday dessert like the previous times at Pinot."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had a number of things go wrong. A private party was using the patio, where we were planning to sit. B/c we weren't on the patio then, I couldn't order the wine/meal pairing I'd seen online. No great crime, just a mild disappointment. My pregnant wife was uncomfortable at first, but we switched sides, and a lady sitting next to us offered a pillow. This was all nice, but should have been done by a server had they been attending to us much sooner, like they should have. There was another mix-up when they brought out the wrong dish (short ribs) which my wife assures me was better than anything we actually ordered. Someone from the kitchen came rushing out to correct the error before I got to bite in. Good, but not $120 good. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant for the first time and were very pleased with the service. My mom is gluten free and although there were no explicit options on the menu, the server was very helpful in helping her find something she could eat and enjoy. Overall a lovely experience. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The champagne (or in this case sparking wine- that didn't sparkle at all) was flat and tasted cheap. The burger was overdone. The fixed menu was OKAY. I still think it's odd to have a combination of fried chicken and pancakes. Not what I expected. After my below average, mediocre meal, I kept wondering why this restaurant was listed as one of the top 10 brunches in OC. The vanille dessert was bland. The raspberry sherbert gave it a much needed kick. A mystery.............."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The Easter brunch menu had a vast variety from which to choose and each dish we ordered boasted flavorful blends of culinary delight. The coffee was dark and rich and the mimosas were excellent. The staff were accommodating and most pleasant from host to valet. I would recommend Pinot Provence to anyone seeking tasty French cuisine but simply delicious. The atmosphere is a verdant French garden theme which my wife and I enjoyed. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent! Great experience!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant, great staff and excellent food"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We arrived on-time for a 5:45 reservation to have dinner prior to attending the symphony. Neither the restaurant nor the bar was busy. It took 20 minutes to get a drink, and an hour to receive the appetizer we ordered. Neither the waiter nor the manager paid any attention to this problem until we started complaining. They did comp us drinks and the appetizer, but it turned what should have been a pleasant meal into a stressful experience, because we had tickets to the symphony following dinner and had a time schedule to keep, a detail which the waiter was aware of. The octopus appetizer was quite good, but the main courses (mussels for me, chicken for my husband) were average. No time to consider coffee or dessert due to the delays."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was outstanding...especially the pea salad!! The waiter knew we were headed for a show at Segerstrom Center but by the time we received our check, we were VERY nearly late despite being on time for a 5:30 reservation for a 7:30 performance. A disappointing end to an otherwise lovely evening..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I'd been to Pinot Provence for restaurant week and it was stellar! Perfection. Came back for brunch and I couldn't believe I was at the same restaurant. Very slow service - we waited at least 20 minutes just to get a glass of wine! Food was average - when the entree finally arrived it was tepid without sauce. The whole experience was such I probably won't go back. Too bad."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food here is greatly improved. Restaurant seems to be earning back some of its old customers. Service needs some work - they are slow, somewhat confused and don't seem accustomed to having a room full of clients."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Waiter and service was very helpful and excellent"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very good food, good service. Perfect pre-theatre dinner"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We took advantage of the 2-course brunch with endless Mimosas, Bellini's, or Bloody Mary's. The Pinot Provence Bellini and cucumber Bloody Mary were delicious. The presentation of the dishes was simple but striking. We had the French Onion Soup, Exotic Fruit Salad, Egg in a Hole and Eggs Benedict. Overall very well done. The best part was the Salted Caramel Bread Pudding with Green Apple Gelato. Service was excellent, we even over heard our server deftly handling a table with several special orders and he was friendly, professional and personable the whole time. Will definitely be back before the next matinee at Segerstrom."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Server was perfect, she understands food, wine and beer. Spot on!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Awesome meal. We had the chopped salad, the short ribs and the salmon. No corkage fee was an unexpected and welcomed surprise."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We are season ballet ticket holders-and have a season "date" with Pinot for the entire year. This is now going on ten years. the ballets vary in talent and charm, but Pinot never does."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have enjoyed dinner here many times and very consistent, flavorful, dinner options with good service. No corkage is a plus for us wine enthusiasts. This particular time we sent to brunch before an afternoon play. The menu was not what we expected and had to scramble for a dish my husband would like. I would not hesitate to come back for dinner but not likely for brunch unless the menu options change."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had reservations for 6:15 p.m. on a Sat. night. When we arrived at 6:15 they were not ready for us--no table ready. The restaurant was crowded because people were eating before a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Segerstrom. We were seated about 10 minutes after arrival at a small table in a poor location of the restaurant. It is not one I would have chosen, but the restaurant was crowded so we had not choice. The waiter was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the evenings food and wine. Overall, the food was decent and the atmosphere was pleasant, but for the seating."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "After all these years adjacent to the Segerstrom center/South Coast Rep, PINOT should be prepared/experienced handling the theatre rush. We arrived for our 6:15 reservation and were encouraged to sit in the bar for over 20 minutes. Lo and behold the bartender comped our cocktails. That was helpful. Yet once escorted to our table, it was to a table that was open when we originally arrived. HMMMM. The bread/salad/appetizers arrived fairly quickly, but we waited and waited and waited for the main courses with regular apologies from our server and maître 'd on the daily. Once arrived, entree were well prepared and indeed tasty. Good thing we had an 8pm curtain time. Not what you would expect from the PINOT brand--Good food nonetheless."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My Husband and I had to skip our annual vacation to Paris this year, so my husband surprised me with dinner at Pinot. Our first time and won't be the last. Authentic French Food we dove into the Frog Legs and Escargot. Entrees were exquisite with the duck for myself and then my husband veered off the beaten path and got the Kansas City Steak! We both agreed that the steak was better than anything we have eaten at Mastro's or Capital Grille. Our only complain was the lack of desserts. There is nothing French about them and I was hoping for a Souffle. The chocolate molten cake did suffice. As for service they were professional, courteous and fun. We will definitely be back as we might of found our new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "For years, we've been choosing Pinot Provence for our pre-concert meal mainly because of the no corkage fee policy since there are several excellent food choices in the area. This time we told our server that we were in a time-bind and gave him the exact time we needed to have our check and be gone. In spite of the warning, our entree arrived 25 minutes after the salad course was cleared and 45 minutes from our order time. This left us with 15 minutes to eat, order coffee (we had to get to-go cups) and settle the bill. As always, the food was terrific but as happens often, the service was less than perfect. Note: I always tell the server up front how fast or slow we wish to proceed. Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food. The dishes were great. The clams boullibase was outstanding as were the cassuleuts. They are getting ready to redo the wine list which is desperately needed. Our server was sweet but had no idea about the dishes and how to serve and open wine! We will definitely be back as this is one of our favorite OC restaurants."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Thanks Jonathan for making two birthdays so special! The endless champagne didn't hurt!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014