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

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (34)
Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (32)
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Business Meals (32)
Live Music (27)
Great for Lunch (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Good for Groups (22)
Romantic (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Casual (14)
Fun (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Cozy (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
People Watching (8)
Authentic (7)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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Spicy (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (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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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Birthday for friend l

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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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