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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (33)
Business Meals (31)
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Live Music (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Great for Lunch (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Romantic (24)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Groups (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Fun (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Casual (12)
People Watching (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

I enjoyed LaGrande's energy as well as his music. Nick was very hospitable and engaging to my guests. I will be back to enjoy some more of the Bistangos atmosphere.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

The tuna sashimi was fresh and very well presented with water cress, cucumbers, spicy peppers and horseradish.
The scallops were also fresh although I found the accompanying mash too rich for me.
My wife loved the fillet mignon , done exactly the way she requests, medium.
The lobster bisque was OK.
We shared dessert which was adequate for two. The bread pudding was marvelous.
Service was quiet and efficient.
An altogether pleasant way to pass the evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent from the moment we walked in the door. Food was outstanding. Service excellent without being over bearing. Creative food and blend of spices per dish; excellent

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Love Bistangos....our favorite restaurant. 11/14 was their 30th BD! We were lucky enough to be there on opening night 30 years ago.....consistently one of the best restaurants in OC. Food is delicious with generous servings with efficient and friendly servers. Also a restaurant where you can hear each other.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

had fun with my friends, a delightful waiter, good food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My boyfriend and I had a great dinner on Saturday night. The food was delicious (although the super crunchy sourdough bread was a bit of a challenge). I have to say that our server (can't remember her name) was amazing! She was funny, attentive and brought us fresh bread without us asking!! This is a great place for a date or work dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

A beautiful place to dine. First time here and was not dusappointed. Ceasar salad and filet mignon with a side of st francis cabernet. Perfect. Ambience wss perfect for the first date. Cozy booth to snuggle with soothing jazz in the background

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was good, prices were high and dinner came out later than people who were seated much later than us...will not return!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Go to Bistango frequently but had never been on a Friday. Their Paella lunch special on Fridays is simply amazing.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great spot for lunch. Pleasant ambiance. A small group of us toured the Irvine Museum across the street and then stopped in for lunch. Also nice for a romantic dinner at night.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We have lunch here several times per year, and the food is always excellent. The wine prices are a bit high, as are the food prices, but we always enjoy eating here.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great place! Wonderful food! Nice atmosphere! We really all enjoyed our lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our second time here and as usual the experience was wonderful. We had Victor as our waiter and service was excellent! Food was so good. It is a great place to have a romantic dinner.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Sterile environment and mediocre food. Sorry, but we wouldn't recommend this restaurants or go there again.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Service was attentive but not overbearing. Steak was very good. Everyone very nice.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Live Music, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our group Really Enjoyed the Evening of Dinning and Dancing It Certainly

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Just a great night. Everyone’s meal was delicious and the music was very enjoyable

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, timely and courteous waiter, tables not crowded together, very enjoyable in every way.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was our first visit after doing a Google search. Really enjoyed the restaurant after a rocky start with the waiter not being available for 20 minutes after saying hello. Loved the good and attention of the managers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very enjoyable, great service! Environment artsy and upscale.
Noisy and expensive for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food. Nice decore.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our first time at Bistango and we both really enjoyed it. My BF eats out at really nice places regularly and he was impressed. The waygu beef raviolis are a must!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed my first visit to Bistango for Happy Hour. The food was delicious, and the service was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Bistango is a great place for a business lunch, central to a lot of companies but parking that is assessable and good for a late afternoon lunch with service that is accommodating.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent service from older, professional waiters!

Meals are delicious and served with proper
Condiment.

Always look forward to dining there!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I have always been a fan of Bistango, but since retiring from the Business World,
no longer go there regularly.

This was a luncheon gathering of "long term business friends". All was well with
one exception - the prices on their menu seemed to have had a MAJOR increase
since I was there last. They were EXCESSIVE -- not high -- Excessive.

Four meals - off the menu - + tip, and NO alcoholic drinks from the bar other
than 2 bottles of beer -- $207.00. THAT is over $50 per lunch. I OBJECT.

I am used to good restaurnts, and am able to pay for any level at any
time......BUT, $50 for Bistango's is beyond reaonable.

You asked. You have my opinion.

Louis B. Horwitz
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Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Roasted beat salad was delicious as were the spicy brussel sprouts. Chilean sea bass was outstanding.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I brought our office staff there for dinner after an office spa day. We made reservations through OPEN Table. They have complimentary valet service...that's a plus! The hostess was very friendly and we were seated right away. Our waiters were very attentive, helpful, descriptive with the menu and specials. Pricing a tad bit on the expensive side. They have a good selection of cocktails and wines. We were very happy with our meals. The steaks were done to perfection. One ordered a medium-well done steak and medium-rare and both were cooked the way they ordered. They also had live band singing Jazz which was pleasant. Great place for business meals, groups, or a date night restaurant. Enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Live Music, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was great. Food was perfect. Location perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It was such a joy to be treated like a Queen on my Anniversary date. The server was amazing and the gentleman who served the hot delicious bread was so accomodating. He would glance over to our table from time to time and refill our bread supply. All in all it was a very pleasant luncheon and I felt really special. Thank you for your kindness! I will be back again with my family...Blessings to you!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We had an excellent meal. Enthusiastic staff, well informed of all aspects of the menu. We had venison and the sea bass, wonderful. The soufflé was great, but honestly we enjoyed the cheesecake more. Highly recommend and will return when are back in town.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was excellent! but service was not...... We had dinner at the bar, which was relatively busy but not slammed. The bartenders were pleasant when spoken to, but they would casually walk by and ignore empty drinks. We had to wave them down every time, even when they didn't seem to be doing anything. We heard other customers complain as well. I will say our food was delicious!!

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was my first time at Bistango, we came here because we heard there was love music and BOY did they deliver. Not only was the first band great but they had some sort of special guest the night we went called "4 The Culture". I think the lead was named Manny Ayala and they were so great and hip. What a fun night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Made the mistake of ordering the sea bass which turned out to be perfectly cooked - and then ruined with a heavy overpowering sauce. First time I have ever not finished a serving of sea bass.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always reliable with excellent food and ambience. One of the few restaurants where it is possible to have a normal volume conversation.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The swordfish was incredible - Probably the best I have had Unfortunately the fillet mignon was overcooked ( definitely not medium rare), but it was edible the vegetables and potatoes were perfectly cooked. Absolutely delicious. . It is definitely a very classy restaurant which caters to all ages, and the owners take pride in great service and creating a very nice atmosphere. They also have a great happy hour!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This was beyond fabulous. It was a perfect evening.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food and the service were excellent and the restaurant is the perfect atmosphere for a business meeting and lunch or dinner. The waiters are very experienced and do not rush you through the meal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Although, Bistango usually serves delicious food with excellent service, on this last visit the food was exceptional. Don't miss the Chilean Sea Bass and the Profiteroles!
Highly recommend this restaurant...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The experience was better than expected. The food is not that refined, but ingredients are good . A little pricey for what it is.

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