About Bistango

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.

19100 Von Karman, Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92612
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Bar Menu: 11:30 am - Close; Saturday 5:30pm - Close
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm to 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00pm to 10:30pm
CLOSED SUNDAYS

Cross Street:
Martin and Von Karman

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 752-5222

Website:
http://www.bistango.com/

Entertainment:
We offer live entertainment nightly.

Catering:
Off-site catering available.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet and self-parking available.

Executive Chef:
Javier Montoya

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
From a corporate luncheon in our Galleria room to a wedding in the Atrium Courtyard, Bistango can accommodate 20 to 350 guests with the perfect setting. Contact our event coordinator today!

Private Dining

From a corporate luncheon in our Galleria room to a wedding in the Atrium Courtyard, Bistango can accommodate 20 to 400 guests with the perfect setting. Contact our event coordinator today!

Bistango Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Good for a Date (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
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Business Meals (34)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Romantic (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Live Music (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Fun (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Cozy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
People Watching (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fabulous meal! I recommend the Parmesan encrusted cod!! The chocolate soufflé was wonderful as well

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Always great :)

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

I've lived in the South Coast for the past two decades, and I can easily say Bistango is the best dining experience I have had in Orange County. Absolutely fantastic atmosphere and service and superb food greets me every time I visit.

*I strongly recommend the chocolate souffle, one of the best desserts I've ever had*

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

As usual Bistango's offered us a fantastic meal , excellent service, and unique atmosphere. The artwork changes occasionally, and adds vibrant color to the tastefully designed restaurant. Would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

My favorite in Orange County, always interesting art display in an outstanding setting.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food and drinks are always consistent, and excellent, I may add. The wait staff is engaging which makes the overall dining experience so special. You can’t go wrong by ending the meal with one of the soufflé

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Xlnt busboy!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Bistango has been a favorite for many years. We are always so pleased with the menu, the service and the great art and music. Our waiter, Nick, takes service to the highest level. The food is excellent and beautifully presented. It will always be our favorite.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food, but not great. In the atrium lobby of an office building - they make a good effort to make it feel like its own 'location' but you still know you're in an office building. Both the food and service were good but not noteworthy or memorable. I wouldn't avoid this place in the future but it's not a destination place. It's a great and convenient location if you're in, or close to, the office tower they're in; in such case, its location outweighs getting in a car and going someplace else. Other than that, there are other fine places near enough to try.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went on Christmas Eve. We were seated in a back room that was nice and quiet but lacked ambiance. We have gone to Bistango quite a few times and this visit was a bit of a disappointment. The food, as usual, tasted outstanding. However, the beet salad was much, much skimpier than normal with only 1/2 of a walnut, half the normal amount of beets and avocado. It looked like they ran out of ingredients. Everyone’s cocktail didn’t come out together and the same happened with the appetizers and entree’s. They forgot the ice cream on the desert. The waiter was, as usual, a bit snooty and detached. Not a normal experience for Bistango.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It’s always wonderful!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner and everyone loved the evening, the food and the environment.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food, great service, options for vegetarians.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Bistango's never disappoints. The food is consistently great with options everyone likes. And the live music with small dance floor is an extra special bonus! It is a Christmas tradition to go with family.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Overall I am very pleased with this restaurant, however, my only complaint would be the ceasar salad. My guest and I asked for extremely light dressing and we were both served salads smothered in dressing. We did not complain or send it back. Our waiter was very attentive and personable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Very consistent for many many years the management is outsdanding often checking in on us good value

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food as usual and I really like the menu offering petit entrees.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I have been to Bistango many times, this visit was disappointing. Even with a reservation, we had to wait and then were seated at a small cocktail table in the lounge. This was my client’s first time dining there. The service was very slow. Only good thing about this visit was the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

A coworker and I do an annual Christmas lunch and this spot is always my first choice. Bistango is not like most restaurants in Irvine, a bit more upscale and out of the way, compared the all the more well know places. I've never had a bad menu selection, the staff is great at make suggestions, keeping drinks filled and checking on anything you might need.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Have dined here a ton of times and even though the restaurant was very busy, they managed to get the food out of the kitchen in a timely manner. Likely because we dined at 5 pm, but noticed many large holiday groups arriving at 6:30. Nearly all the servers seem new with the exception of maybe one. Menu seemed the same with a few additions. Lamb and scallop entrees were very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

it took our party of 6 30 minutes to be seated even though I made a reservation.
Other than that the service and food was outstanding. We all had something different top 3
1. Sea bass-amazing
2. Dry aged new York
3. Scallops

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The mixed green salad was excellent as well as the Penne

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have been to Bistango many time and the consistent excellence is amazing. I took my staff for a Christmas lunch and the food was wonderful, the service is spot on and because of the set up the noise level is zero. We had a table of at least 16 right next to us and I never knew it until I left the table for a moment. It is impossible to go wrong here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Bistango was fabulous as usual. We have been there many times. the next night we went to the Bayside Restaurant for the first time and it was also fabulous (same owners),

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We were two retired couples catching up at lunch. The service was outstanding. The server was always there when we wanted something and never hovering. We ordered a variety of foods from fish to filet to risotto to cheeseburger. Everything was outstanding. I would recommend them all. The serving sizes were generous for a luncheon menu. It was a bit pricey but worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Spectacular as always. Have loved Bistango since the day they opened. Never disappoints. So nice that Ray remains host/manager. He is delightful and runs a fine restaurant. California Chicken Salad is my favorite.

Tags: Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The staff at Bistango were more than accommodating. We had a last minute reservation at the restaurant and had an event that evening so we’re very pressed for time. We mention this to the host and he made sure the staff were aware, as well as checked in with us throughout our meal to make sure things were running smoothly due to our time constraints. The food was wonderful (I highly recommend the sea bass). Service was exceptional. We made it to our venue on time and are extremely appreciative to Bistango. Well done!! We look forward to visiting Bistango again were we can throughly enjoy this beautiful restaurant!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Bistango is an elegant, tasteful and reasonably priced dining experience. Live music augments the atmosphere and this all adds to the delight of the menu selection and food quality. Easily one of the best restaurants in Orange County, in my opinion.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was good. Service was not that great. Everyone we interacted with was a fairly new employee (2 weeks to 3 months). Is that saying something about management? Also, one side of the bar and our table in particular were within sniffing range of the bathroom sanitizer. Not appetizing. But it was our 1st visit and will try again sometime, requesting different table location.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Hostess tonight greeted us warmly and seated us at a nice private booth. We needed a quiet dinner tonight before all the holiday parties and bistango delivered. Food was well prepared and delivered in a timely manner. We've been coming for years and we're sure to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had an amazing meal here, and are looking forward to returning next Saturday! Highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service and good food. An evening you can count on!!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Live Music, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Petite Plate menu selections perfect to enjoy at one sitting..prefer to eat all of a delicious 4oz filet mignon rather than pay and take home part of an 8oz filet..then never get a chance to eat your leftovers.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have dined here since we moved to Newport Beach 27 years ago. Always a place to have a wonderful dinner and fun time without breaking the bank!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our hostess, Claire, was exceptional. Medhi kept up pretty well with a very large crowd.
The food was very good. The noise level was a bit higher than expected.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very disorganized checking in and seating request not honored - might have helped if we were 'known' guests on this busy Thanksgiving evening. Food and service were excellent though.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great interior and excellent service for everyone.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was a disappointment and a poor value given the cost for the selections....turkey and ham are inexpensive. Both ham and turkey dinners were "average" at best. My son had one of the the steak dinners which was excellent. This is a excellent restaurant but the Thanksgiving dinner was mediocre at best...even the pumpkin cheesecake desert was just average. I know they can do better!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I gladly rate B as 5-Star Place. The only thing that could match the great ambiance is better music.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent option in the financial district of Newport Beach. First rate service and incredible food. Menu is just the right size to allow for options while maintaining a focused effort. One of the best steaks...

Tags: Live Music, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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