First time trying the place. Impressed with the layout, dark wood, wall of wine, and bar union entering. Menu was very good, manageable and diverse without being ridiculous. No spaghetti enchiladas, tofu brownies or teriyaki souvlaki. Just solid, well prepared and moderately healthy and fresh choices. Great martinis. Reasonable for quality.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant. Excellent food.
Food was fresh and good. Cocktails were excellent and the dessert was sweet, just the way I like it. Would go back again.
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Night Out
Great place. Great ambience and really good food. Attentive service. Will go again.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Staff and good experience
Really nice waitress and hostess. Enjoyed the patio seating and access to full menu and happy hour options. Great night with friends
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was really good...and the price was very fair. Great service. We felt we were in a five star restaurant. Loved it.
We will be back again.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful experience at Paul Martins. The food, service, and ambiance were all great. The wine list is excellent. All the meat and veggies were great, I can't believe how good the tomatoes were in their salad. We will definitely be returning
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Quality Food
I love Paul Martin's ! My husband & I dined here for the first time the other night and loved it! Both of entree's were amazing!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I planned a dinner/comedy show birthday celebration for my best friend and the most beautiful woman in the world. The first part is reviewed here, dinner at Paul Martin's. First time here but it won't be the last. The service was outstanding. I had the butter lettuce salad and my friend had the beet salad. They were two of the best salads we've ever had. We both got the ribeyes with sauteed spinach. The ribeyes were cooked perfect. Not the best ribeyes I've ever had, but they were very, very good. The spinach was also delicious. We wanted to stay longer for dessert but we were late for the comedy show. Overall, it was a great start to a fantastic evening.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not perfect, but I would recommend!
Beautiful decor, menu made up of local and sustainable ingredients, and attentive service. Not perfect, initial wine order delivery was delayed because bar was backed up and when entree service came I had to pull a new knife from an adjacent table. That being said, I would definitely return again. My server was very knowledgable about the restaurant and menu items. He also made sure our entrees were delivered quickly since this was a pre-concert meal (Verizon Amphitheater).
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The grilled salmon over arugula and white beans was exceptionally good as was the mahi mahi special and the seared ahi entree. There is a good wine selection and the wines are reasonably priced. Love the decor--bright, tasteful, very clean
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took my mom here on Sunday and had a great meal. The soup was fresh. The prime rib was cooked well. The waiter and rest of the staff was incredibly friendly.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Weekend Lunch Spot
Saturday Lunch at Paul Martin's American Grill was a great experience, we had a great patio table, well versed service and food that tasted great and was well priced.
We began with the butcher's board of artesian cheeses and meat, bread and butter and a great glass of Rose!
Steak and Bacon Taco's with an Avocado and Tomato Salad- priced at $11 what a deal for my date, I ordered the Brick Chicken which I have enjoyed on prior visits and the chef did not disappoint this time either.
Great White Lager from the North Coast was great with our entrees.
We finished up with a Banana Cream Pie to share; what a great suggestion by the always ready service staff.
We will definitely be returning because we want to try the House Ground Burger!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Short ribs of beef was melt
Short ribs of beef was melt in mouth good. Enjoyed the spinach dip appetizer. And you must try their great Bloody Marys.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of My Pit Stops...
I come here 1-3 times a month and I do like going here. I just fell miserably into the trying a new thing and to me it actually was kinda nasty. But everything else was very good. The waiter was ok, but the manager was very accommodating. Which is why I go here...food and service.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The local after work hot spot. A large communal table in the bar to enjoy drinks and appetizers. A lounge area off the main dining room with comfortable couches and chairs. A beautiful dining room area decorated with bottles of wine from their wine selection. Service was impeccable. The food was local fresh, and delicious. I started with the White Bean and Arugula Salad and my wife chose the Corn Chowder, both were outstanding .My St. Louis Style Pork Ribs were tender and juicy as well as full of flavor. They were accompanied by a fresh corn on the cob smothered in cheese sauce and topped with Caquei cheese. My wife's Rainbow Trout was prepared as she likes it (no body parts) and was also full of flavor.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our go to restaurant
When we don't know where to go, we go here because we know we will never be disappointed! When I'm feeling bad, my man takes me here to cheer me up. He know that they will treat us like royalty!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Paul Martin several
I've been to Paul Martin several times and have introduced my friends to the restaurant. I especially like that Paul Martin has happy hour 7 days a week, the food and wine choices are excellent not only for happy hour but also for lunch and dinner! And they have a nice patio to dine in when you want some quiet.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Paul Martins a dozen times or so. Every time the food and service is great. Brunch and Happy Hour are great. I highly recommend for any occasion.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
They never disappoint
Food and service have been consistently really wonderful.
I have probably dined here 10 times and have introduced a number of friends and family, all of whom have been pleased enough to return with their friends.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a large group dinner, and the food was great. We ate on the patio, and everything progressed nicely. We had limited menu, given our size, but they even accomodated us when I called 2 hours ahead to see if we could move our reservation up one hour.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Good Business Lunch
This is conveniently located at the irvine Spectrum. This is a nicely appointed restaurant and the service is excellent. The food is very tasty and features farm to table.
My only complaint is the parking is terrible! Used the valet service right in front of the restaurant. Took over ten minutes to retrieve my car.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, could improve on service
checked in 30 min earlier than reservation time. told the hostess that we'd wait @ the bar. she agreed she'd come fetch us if they can seat us sooner, or at least by ressie time. after 45 min (15 min past our reservation time), asked the barkeep if it'd be much longer. the bartender was kind enough to go check w/ hostess, who arrived 25 min past our reservation time and stated, "i forgot what you looked like & couldn't find you." this is the funniest and the rudest thing i'd heard a hostess say re:a wait! you forgot the only asian@ the bar?worse, she was southeast asian! food was great but this set the wrong tone. i'm used to better service @ el segundo location. no offer to comp a drink or anything!! disappointed, likely will not return.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
our first time at paul martins............awesome margharitas.....very good food .......and fun and attentive service....definitely on our list now
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu is great!! The service is a little slow- but we love this place.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the second time I've been to Paul Martin's and both times, the service and the food were excellent! Fresh, wholesome, and creatively put together meals. All items are fresh. All are cooked up and presented so that you want to eat them! Great for people who want fresh food, nothing processed, and healthy, delicious meals. Martini was great also!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Good place for a business dinner or lunch as the tables afford some privacy. I met a business associate for lunch and we had great food and the service was on time, we had a great lunch and got in and out in a timely manner.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, great service, great atmosphere. I'll be coming back again and again.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite OC restaurants
Paul Martin's is definitely one of the best OC restaurants. I particularly appreciate the quality of the food, sustainably farmed and locally grown. Every meal is prepared as it is ordered, which does mean that you may wait a little longer, but that to me is dinning! The service is excellent and the ambiance is modern and appealing. I'm not a bar scene person, but have noticed that it seems to draw a crowd that looks appealing.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of my favs
love this restaurant! hip, beautiful, classy, gorgeous. food is amazing and the menu has great variety. not cheap, but worth every penny. very friendly service, great bar atmosphere. love everything about it.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were here for their weekend brunch. What a steal! They offer an $11 prix fixe menu, which includes drop muffins with butter, fresh fruit, a main course such as an omelette or French toast, and a beverage (and that includes a limited selection of cocktails, such as a mimosa). The food and atmosphere are great, and for that price, you couldn't eat at Coco's!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great from the service to our food, our waiter Jake was very helpful in our decision making since it was out first time there and we will be back for sure
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Anniversary Evening
This was a great local spot to celebrate our anniversary. My expectations were exceeded and we had a wonderful evening.
The staff was great and the food was amazing! I can't wait to go back and try other items from the menu that caught my eye.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for the gals
This is a great place for the gals to meet for Happy Hour. Valet parking right at the entrance to the restaurant. The "Taste of Paul Martin" and the Happy Hour menu and drinks are perfect for us gals on a budget, but appreciate great food and wine.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought two of our good friends for their anniversary and had a wonderful dinner experience. Service was great and what a great wine list. My New York Steak was made just to my liking, and the banana cream pie is a must if you have room for it! Overall I would dine there again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for our occasion!
I walked through Paul Martin's restaurant at the Irvine Spectrum and tucked this beautiful place in the back of my mind for our next birthday celebration for our family. It is gorgeous with larger than normal booths and lush dark woods, a beautiful bar area, it was stunning. We had brunch/lunch just a few days ago and we weren't dissapointed. Reservations are honored, we sat in a beautiful booth and had wonderful service and food!! The menu had something for everyone including our picky daughters who are into vegetarian dishes and no gluten. The menu is reasonably priced and the brunch an excellent value! The sweet millet biscuits that came with brunch were yummy! We can't wait to go back. We highly recommend Paul Martin's!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second time at your restaurant
Our second time at your restaurant (company group) and outstanding again. Thanks for everything.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Traditional dishes done in a non-traditional way with farm fresh ingredients and a twist in preparation. The taste was satisfying and worth every bite. We had a large party and the restaurant was unusually busy, and although the meals and food were well worth it, the table service was a bit slow and lacking in attention. However, the staff was extremely friendly and responsive.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding with large potions and delicious. I asked for a "Rare" steak and received a rare steak. Our server-Stephen was exceptional
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice lunch experience
We booked a table for five for Friday lunch to celebrate my sister's birthday. We were promptly seated upon arrival and given a nice table. Our waiter, Tim, was very pleasant and quickly provided water for the table. the wine list is not massive, but very adequate. Quite a few selections by the glass as well as the bottle, and the price point for wine is fair, unlike some other restaurants. We ordered a Santa Barbara Pinot Gris to start, and also the artichoke appetizer, a charcuterie plate, and seared shrimp. All were excellent. The artichoke was perfectly prepared. . We enjoyed a Paso Roles Syrah with lunch - again, very tasty and a good price point. All in all it was a nice lunch, very good service and tasty food.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good with a chainy ambiance.
Many many wines by the glass, interesting beer choices, eclectic menu, wonderful service, good food. The only knock on Paul Flemmings concept is that it has a strong chain restaurant feel. Of course it is located in the capital of chainville The Spectrum. There is a sea of tables packed into the place. However, don't let that scare you away from a terrific spot that "IS" in fact different from typical choices. Something for everyone here and it is well worth a visit. The boneless half chicken is prepared to perfection. Mac n cheese with prosciutto devoured by my teenager. I would recommend to Paul to beak up the large spaces to create several intimate areas. I would recommend to you to give it a try. Paul Winston's will not disappoint.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service by Edie E
We had the wonderful Lobster prix fixe dinner which included soup/salad and a lobster tail over green beans. The food was delicious. My husband and I ordered appetizers, the entree, and dessert along with wine and cocktails. Edie knew when to leave us alone and when we needed help. I have been to this restaurant before and have scheduled event dinners in their private dining room. The food is always good
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well rounded, classy yet casual
I liked everything about this place. Didn't give it 5 stars because I have yet to find a place that blows me away. I'll definitely be coming back here again. The seared albacore was delicious.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Experience
The family was in town, so we went for a nice dinner. Everyone couldn't have been more pleased with the food, the service, and the atmosphere. I can't afford to eat here all the time, but it was lovely for the occasion. Can't wait to come back. Thanks!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great dinner. It wasn't too loud, we could talk business and the food was great.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good decision
I have been to Paul Martin's several times and each time was a great experience. I am always impressed by quality of the food and the ingredients that made it. I have taken my girlfriend there a few times and she has always left there feeling good about what she ate and wanting to go back.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Lobster Tail Deal
Great Date Night Find! Usually the Lobster Tail "Market Price" listing on the menu is outside our Date Night Spending Comfort Zone. But we recently received a "Friends of Irvine Spectrum" email deal for $25 for a 2 course Lobster Tail dinner! Full size soup or salad and a lobster tail that was almost half a pound! Perfect amount of food and a special treat! Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection! We have also had their $11 brunch which our included a small bowl of fruit, coffee and eggs benedict... we almost pay that at Denny's, how crazy is that??? My next visit will be for their $25 3 course Prime Rib Dinner on Mondays! Can't wait!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent as always...
Whenever I can, I always choose this place for a first date meeting spot. Thanks Paul Martin's. You always make me look good !!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A trendy spot for business dining
Very friendly service from the host desk to the server to the manager. Beautifully understated decor with very comfortable seating. Great value for lunch specials at $11. Fresh, high quality menu items. Delicious desserts. Impeccable service where they bring you a fresh cup for coffee refills.
Will return again!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh Quality Great Service
I came to Paul Martin's for a recent birthday dinner celebration and I was not disappointed. Our food which included the Spinach Dip, New York Steak, and Short Ribs tasted very fresh. The wine list is very extensive with great choices covering all price ranges. The ambiance inside is dark but with great style. The bar also looked very nice, extremely modern with cool lighting effects. The Patio seating area also looked like a great spot to dine.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had not been to this restaurant in two years because we were disappointed at our last visit. We decided to try them again because we attended a function in the area.
Our group of eight was treated to a great dining experience thanks in great part to the attentiveness of our server. While the entrée selections were few, each on that our table ordered came fresh, hot and delicious.
We will return much sooner than the last time!! Thanks
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM