Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Prego Ristorante - Irvine

Prego Ristorante - Irvine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pregoristoranti.com/
  • Phone: 9495531333
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am to 2:00pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ugo Allesina
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: LET PREGO RISTORANTE CATER YOUR NEXT EVENT
    Prego Ristorante has taken exquisite food, attention to detail, and gracious service and extended it to a sophisticated catering operation. Capable of accommodating large parties and perfect for intimate gatherings or smaller parties, Prego invites you to allow our experienced staff to assist you in creating your next memorable event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michelson and Von Karman Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet service offered; Complimentary at lunch time $3.00 a vehicle at dinner time. Validation good for 24 hours in parking lot in front of Prego Ristorante.
A word from Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Adding a splash of Mediterranean color to California, Prego's ambiance blends the warmth and rustic charm of old-world Italy with the electricity and vibrancy of a cosmopolitan restaurant. Lively exhibition kitchens allow diners to view the artful chefs creating delicious dishes. Our restaurant seats up to 250 guests with al fresco. Prego features a full bar and offers banquet and catering services. The menu at Prego emphasizes regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, freshly made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats and fowl, and an extensive list of wines from Italy and California that will please even the most discriminating wine connoisseur. Our homemade desserts and pastries make a perfect ending to an unforgettable dining experience. Prego has received fine-dining awards from the Restaurant Writers' Association and the Wine and Food Society of Southern California. It has been a culinary destination for over two decades.
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Prego Ristorante - Irvine reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (19)great for lunch (16)good for groups (16)romantic (15)fit for foodies (13)great for brunch (8)neighborhood gem (7)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Good venue
    Prego
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a good stand-by for me anytime I want to take a client to lunch somewhere a little nicer. The service is always great, it's easy to get in last minute, and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dreadful dinner
    Graham
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had not been to Prego in a very long time and decided to try it out again. We will not be going back. 2 of our dinners were probably microwaved. The pizza was marginal. We couldn't eat our salads because they were literally dripping with dressing. The service was bad. There was a large, noisy party of 2 large tables seated in the main part of the dining room right next to us when they could have been seated in another room. The restaurant was not full and I can see why.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get Together with friends
    RichVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Quality of the food has gone down. Maybe they have a new chef or revised the menu, but it was not as good as before. Service was okay, but a bit slow. However, Prego's was accommodating and we all had a good time.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Can always be assured of good food, and never have to worry about bringing a business associate or a good friend, any having an enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to be a stand out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Been frequenting Prego for years. Recent experience this week for lunch continues the trend. Innovative Italian receipts, great professional servers and lovely setting all confirms your decision to dine in this fine establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always
    somethingnew
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Got there a little before closing, as usual. Fortunately, there were a few large parties still there so we did not feel as guilty as we probably should, and since we have been coming here for decades, the staff welcomed us in and treated us as old friends. Food great as always - had the arugala beef and lobster raviolis - never disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I have always had an excellent experience at Prego and I have been going there for well over twenty years,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was disappointing. The special, filet of sole, was terrible. Mushy and tasteless. No acknowledgement of the birthday. Expensive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and good service
    AndyM
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I almost always get the fusilli pasta and it does not disappoint. The sauce is not too heavy, but it is still delicious. The bread they serve with all meals is also very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prego Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I called the restaurant about 5 minutes after my reservation time of 12:30 to let them know that I was still in a meeting. Before I could say anything they put me on hold. I waited 5 minutes on hold and then hung up without being able to let them know I would not be able to make my lunch reservation.
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  • great food and service
    debstand
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Once again we enjoyed a great meal art Prego. The service was great and the wine list superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously consistent
    CESFVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Wonderful meal once again during a late evening meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dining experience
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    the service is always impeccable in this restaurant and the food consistently delicious. i love the extra touch of the warm bread with a tomato sauce dip, and of course italian breadsticks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster Ravioli
    swhite999
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Lobster ravioli is always the best. Also, the garlic toast dipped in marinara sauce is a great way to start a meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marginal expensive food
    CrackerVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    As I was with a client, I didn't want to tell the waiter, but the $30 halibut plate lunch was marginal at best. Marginally warm, no flavor and $30 for lunch. Unfortunately the restaurant is in the complex I work and it is convenient, but they should work on the food!
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  • Nice place
    littlecat
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We loved the atmosphere and the service. The decor was warm and inviting while the entire place looked well attended to. Our food was ordered and arrived in an prompt courteous manner. I would save this place for special occasions because it is a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Terrible service. Waited on ourselves. What an embarrassment to our guests.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was great!!
    Kate
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Saw some negative comments about the restaurant from other review site, but actually it was great!! Our server was friendly. Food was good, not extraordinary, but it was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful and great service
    Pamela
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food is wonderful and the ambience is perfect to relax after a hard day of work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 187 reviews are from the Prego Ristorante - Irvine reviews archive.
  • Good Experience at Prego
    Agent314
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had not been to Prego in like 10 years, maybe. We went on a Friday night. It's a big restaurant, it was moderately busy but we got a very nice booth away from the more crowded area. Either would have been fine. The service was excellent. Top notch waiters with great sense of humor. The food was very good... my only disappointment was the ceasar salad... which unfortunately just did not have a lot of flavor... mostly tasted like lettuce... but that may have been an anomaly. I would try it again with a request for more of something. Banana chocolate cake was terrific. Best of all, however, they really know how to make a great Ketel One Dirty Martini... very smooth and just the right amount of dirt and a generous size. A good experience!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Brunch
    Lov2eatwell
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was our first time for a Sunday Brunch. We previously had eaten dinner here, also a great experience. We were greeted promptly, including a salutation from the Chef, just beyond the receptionist. Nice ambiance, varied selections to order from the menu (all tantalizing). The food was served hot, was very tasty, and the champagne flowed. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, and the manager came by a few time to ensure we had everything we needed. We will make arrangements to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Saturday Brunch
    DDDDine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Uncrowded allowing for a leisurely brunch. In business area, so no view or other nearby activities.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Professor Mark Lunch
    Mark
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good lunch and restaurant, but started out poorly. Arrived on time with Open Table reservation and confirmation. Restaurant had no record of the reservation. They didn't seem to be supportive of Open Table at all....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Difficult to have a conversation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food was excellent, but the noise level was too much. We could not carry on a conversation beyond the person directly across or next to us and that required shouting. We had a group of 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast lunch
    Toughbutfair
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We only had 45 minutes for lunch, then an important meeting back at the office. We called ahead and requested a selection of pizzas to be on the table when we arrived. I thought they might balk at this request, but instead, received a pleasant, "Sure we can do that." When our group of 7 people arrived at the restaurant, all was ready. The pizza came within 5 minutes (a record for pizza anywhere), and the food was outstanding, service prompt, friendly and they got us out in time for the after-meeting. We will definitely go back when we can enjoy a more relaxing experience. The Prego team did a superb job for us!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service and ambiance
    Dbizz
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had a very friendly server. We had a big party and unfortunately the order got screwed up and I didn't get my food till some people were almost done with theirs. The server said that my order will be removed from the bill, but it wasn't. I didn't bother mentioning anything anymore since I'm sit everyone had a long day during Mother's Day
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My Wife and I took my Mother-in Law to Prego's to celebrate Mother's Day. We are from Eastern USA and always look forward to a meal at Prego's when we visit. The ambience is always wonderful and the food quality and taste never disappoints. The service was a bit lacking and did not meet our expectationon this occasion, but certainly not a deal breaker. The staff is always pleasant. Treat yourself to excellent classic Italian cuisine and visit Prego's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service was rushed. The host had no clue what open table is nor she give our points. My wife had to tell her again after dinner to make sure she checks us in. 44 min to dinner I get a call from the restaurant telling me if we are coming. I am like um i am here sitting and finishing my food. My dinner was good but my wife pasta was under cook. Well not be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Delicious, "Molto Delizioso"
    YumYum
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It has been many many years since I dined here and it was a wonderful re-introduction experience. We dined for Mother's Day and the staff is very service oriented, we did not feel rushed. Dessert is delicious, save room. The pasta with shellfish, Spaghetti Mare, was prepared perfectly. I will be returning sooner than later again. Thank you for a nice evening (:
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a fantastic Mother's Day Brunch at Prego! Nice buffet with lots to choose from - great Prego quality food. Service was great! Plus an unexpected rose for Mom from Prego. Still great after all these years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    JRinOC
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I took a client for lunch and we had a terrific meal, service was great and even a visit from Ugo, the head chef. We split the lobster ravioli as an appetizer and had grilled salmon over arugula for the main course. Service was impeccable and the valet parking makes Prego one of the best restaurants in the John Wayne/Irvine area for easy access. I've been coming here for years and will continue to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best local Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Best italian in orange county. Great food, great service and a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    mykie
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The brunch crostini with salmon was good; the shrimp omelet was skimpy on shrimp.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't go back or recommend it
    Carebearq
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had a coupon off of travelzoo; perhaps this was our first mistake. 1) the servers were incredibly understaffed. Our service was very slow 2) the food was very so-so. Glad we had a coupon 3) they didn't have egg whites. That makes me uneasy.. Were they using artificial eggs? 4) not a great location at all; next to business buildings. Many other nice places around. Not worth your time/money/calories
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoy
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I have been going to Prego's since the 80's its great. Very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch Meeting
    Starcoach
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    What a perfect place to meet a client flying in from out of town for a lunch meet and greet. Food, Service and atmosphere were great as well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    BobM
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Love Prego! Never disappoints with its great food and experienced staff. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    AndyM
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The food at Prego is always delicious. The service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable work dinner
    Heidij74
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Made a last minute reservation for 12 colleagues in town on business. Restaurant was vet accommodating and service was great! Food was good - octopus salad was great but seafood pesto pasta was overcooked (pasta and seafood). Others at table seemed to enjoy their food and cocktails. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was inedible, cold
    3himalayansVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The food was inedible, cold and poorly presented. Five minutes after I sat down the manager came over and said " So what's happening with your other guest? Have you heard from him? Is he coming or not?" I was stunned into silence. The restaurant was NOT full and I had arrived five minutes before my reservation time. The wait staff kept trying to deliver 2 entrees that were not ours. They carried those entrees around the restaurant for over 15 minutes until they delivered them (cold by now) to the table next to ours. Prego used to be a top brand. I started going to your restaurant in San Francisco over 30 years ago. I will never go to this one again. Never.
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