Bistango

4.7
1680 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bistango offers artful New American cuisine in the award-winning Atrium Building in Irvine, California. Bistango hosts an extensive bar and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with over 400 varieties of wine. The ambiance is further enriched each season by revolving modern art exhibits which are available for purchase.

Bistango offers a full-service patio with comfortable furniture and heat lamps to provide al fresco dining at its finest.
Our nightly live entertainment and dance floor will complete your experience as you listen to everything from Latin Jazz to R&B to classics to contemporary cover tunes.
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CG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my woman there for her birthday. Atmosphere was amazing. Service was amazing. Food was amazing. Live band was fun! Danced the night away... Worth every cent. Definitely going back again and again and again!!!

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FO
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant ambiance, attentive service, excellent food, good music and we particularly appreciate the attention of two managers that came to the table to make sure that everything was to our satisfaction.

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C
San Diego
90 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I requested a meal to meet dietary and allergy requirements. No Fuss, no worries and a dish so good I carried home 1/2 of it. I started with the beat salad. A little to much beat but the flavors were spot on. Highly recommend eating here

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived in the recent rain and really appreciated the complimentary valet right at the front door. Greeted at front desk by very pleasant hostess and an extremely gracious gentleman who introduced himself as the general manager, (Ray). It was a weeknight, and approximately 50% full, and he inquired as to what type of table we would like. Being 4 guys out on guys night that occurs every 6-8 weeks, we were looking for a quiet place where we could talk and were taken to a booth against the far wall where live music could be heard but didn’t interrupt conversation. Service was attentive but not invasive to talking. Menu was extensive in all areas including a wine list was a pleasure to read from not only the Napa region, but around the world. This included whites, reds, blends etc. The Alpha Omega was fabulous. The octopus appetizer was shared with small bites for all. The garlic soup, cream based, was just the right strength with no concern about bad breath. If you like soup, it was 5 star. Moving right along to 3 large, rack of lamb set on 3 portions of mashed potatoes with 3 large carrots and many pearl onions on a excellent wine sauce. Took a picture, the presentation was so spectacular. Had to show it at home. All were full, Sea Bass, apparently a signature dish, also strongly appreciated. In spite of being full, could not pass up chocolate soufflé and that was not a mistake. Professionalism again demonstrated during meal by GM stopping by table to be sure we were happy. End of a very comfortable dining experience. Wanted to take my wife back the next night. Will be planned soon. Thanks Bistangos

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J
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience. They have both regular dinners and prix fixes that include salad, entree and dessert. The salmon was cooked well...moist on the inside and flavorfully browned on the outside. My husband's steak was delicious as well. They came with great sides included, which is saying a lot these days. Exceptional desserts, including souffles, so save room!

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KY
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent varied menu. Delicious food. Large servings, good for sharing or taking home.

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CG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love coming here for lunch! Will let everyone know!

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G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely. Great date night with my sweetie. I’d strongly recommend it.

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m
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistamgo continues to remain an outstanding restaurant in every way, from the warm reception to the ambiance, the cuisine and the service.

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BS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's Great! We like going there. Music is nice, wine and drinks are very good.

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great staff that have been there a long time

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SK
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience (as ususal)
I am a long time customer and the great food, attentive staff and cool art will keep me coming back. Thank you to Ray who always makes my guest feel welcome.

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B
Orange County
108 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding as well.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening, from the meal to the service to the special event around the New Year’s celebration. 5 stars all around.

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DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always GOOD Food and Service is over the Top. They had everything decorated for New Years Eve and our Guest Loved the Evening.

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DL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Early seating for NYE...very festive and food and service were both good. Our first time there 😄👍🏼

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c
Orange County
114 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Booked a table for New Years Eve. Everything beautiful decorated and meals were very good. Beware the hostess's here have a little bit of an attitude. I would not normally call this out but its happened now a couple times. I made an early reservation knowing that it would be crowded so we did not eat all day in anticipation. Requested a booth and the hostess takes us to a tiny small table directly next to a party of 8. Literally on top of them. We of course refused this table and had reminded her that the entire restaurant was open and available and that we requested a booth. She said they were reserved. I said for who? Mind you all 10 booths were available and several were available when we left. Do we have to pay extra or did we not meet some type of standard when we walked in the door? Not sure why she directed this towards my wife and I but she relented and gave us the booth and was clear she made us feel un-welcome after we insisted we were not going to take the table she wanted us to have.

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n
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Always a great experience,

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CO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent for over 30 years. Great food and service. NEVER disappointed.

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MB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service at the table and food was good but having a reservation doesn’t mean you are seated as soon as you arrive - we were told a few minutes upon arrival but it was more like 15.

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SA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times, always very pleasant, from courteous, friendly, efficient servers to great tasting food with surprisingly large portions for an upscale restaurant. 5 stars all the way!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Xmas eve. I had requested a booth but they sat my family at a table so i had to request a move. We got the booth. This was a 5:45 reservation. The people they sat at the table after us were served first. Waiter took too long to come by and request drink order. Took too long to bring dinner. Did not refill water. And we did not know you don’t serve the soufflé on Xmas. Disappointing. Won’t be returning for a holiday meal ever agsin

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H
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Bistango is a really lovely restaurant, one of the few remaining restaurants where you and your companion(s) can have a conversation over dinner while appreciating the surroundings that are tastefully maintained. I just hope that its high levels of service and food quality can be maintained in this age of fast service, loud music, and average food.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday and we both loved it (and I’m a vegan!).

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EJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my best friend for her birthday. She loved it. Great food and service. We all had the boneless ribeye.... cooked to perfection. Our sides were au gratin potatoes, asparagus and cauliflower au gratin. The perfect place for a celebration. It's been my favorite restaurant for 20 years.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistango is always my go-to place for a very nice business lunch or dinner or any special occasion. Great food and atmosphere, excellent service. Everyone always leaves full and happy.

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AS
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

For years this was probably my favorite restaurant. Haven’t been back for the past ten years due to retirement and living down south. Atmosphere was great as usual. The food however was just okay. Kind of lost that special touch. Filetof beef on pre fix menu was a odd cut of meat. Hard to slice and eat. Caesar salad had too much dressing. A little dissatisfied.

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C
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great-food, service, ambience, warmth of welcome

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MJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

We really wanted to like this restaurant. There were 4 misses on the evening. I ordered an Aviation cocktail. They did not have a key ingredient. I then ordered a signature cocktail off their menu. And they had “run out”. During dinner, we orders off their touted wine list, we were told we had been given an outdated wine list and what we ordered was not available. There was no recommendation on how they would address this fail. We ordered a dessert and it didn’t print out so it wasn’t made. We had to wait without any regard to the value of our time. Dining experience was extremely lacking given this price point and comparable options in this locality. Disappointed with our choice.

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IS
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent except the Valet employee was extremely rude and very cranky for no reason at all. He was opposite from the first class service in the restaurant. He was an older Hispanic gentleman that seemed miserable to be working there.

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B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They were so busy that the great service was slow or non existence, busboys kept trying to clear the table before we were done. Felt very rushed. Timing was off!

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BS
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were hosting out of town friends and we’re disappointed with the service we received. There was a very large party that seemed to take priority in the kitchen. Our food took a very long time to arrive, and not all of were served at the same time. While we were comped a desert, it didn’t make up for the delay. Our server, Summer, was very nice and we could tell that she was embarrassed.

Also, we were hoping for more festive holiday decorations.

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NF
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having dinner at Bistango, and not my last. Everything was excellent, from the food to the service to the ambiance. We went here before going to see A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory (only 10 minutes from Bistango). Loved the food, had the pumpkin gnocchi with sage and brown butter, amazing! My dining companion had the petit salmon filet, she loved it (I tried a bite, superb). Cocktails were also perfect.

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ZE
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except our table was in an aisle and people were constantly passing by. Would have preferred a booth, but they were all reserved even though we had a reservation for two. Great food and service. Will return as a party of three.

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N
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

While the food is always excellent, the last two times I have take clients to lunch at Bistango they seated us in the lounge. On the OpenTable RSVP, we requested to be seated in the main dining room, not the lounge, but they still seated us in the lounge. This will be the last time I take clients to Bistango for lunch.

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c
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Sounds like the place is in a noisy railway station. My cream soup tasted suspiciously like a white sauce made with cauliflower water and too much flour. The salad was 45 minutes late and then arrived with the dressing mixed in instead of on the side.

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BG
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, met or exceeded my expectations. Great food, quiet atmosphere, great service and easy place to have a conversation. Like the artwork as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was a delightful experience from start to finish. On a busy Saturday night we were seated promptly within a few minutes of our 8:00 reservation time. One of our two servers provided us with menus and inquired about our drink requests. As several members of our party weren't immediately certain what they wanted to start with, our server gave us some time and then checked back to take our drink order.

Throughout our meal, service was attentive and courteous. Our servers were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in assisting several members of our party in selecting their dishes. Everything that we ordered came out perfectly prepared and we were all extremely pleased with our meals.

This was not my first time at Bistango and it will clearly not be my last. It is not an inexpensive restaurant, but the quality of the food, the kitchen's attention to detail in preparing each dish, the attentive but not intrusive wait staff, and the overall dining experience make the cost reasonable and appropriate.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I go through open table and always request a booth but never get one. They always say they are taken. I use to frequent the place more often and could get a booth most of the time as a walk in but when I make a reservation never get one. I am not sure if I will continue to frequent the place or be absent again.

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistango has always been a favorite of mine. It never disappoints.

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