Colleary's Bistro

4.4
114 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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About

Tempting classics sure to have your mouth watering the moment you walk in the door. Try one of our Famous Eggs Benedict, Roman Empire Omelet, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Feta Cheese & Artichoke Gourmet Flatbread, Farm Fresh Salads, Bistro Grill options such as Prime Rib, aged Angus Filet Mignon, Tri Tip and Leg of Lamb. Many classic Italian dishes prepared to perfection.

Excellent selection of wines by the glass or bottle, local craft beers on tap and top shelf distilled spirits.

$5 Well Drinks, House Wine and Craft Beer on Tap Tuesday - Saturday 3pm - 6pm.

We are currently serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. This family-friendly restaurant has already attracted a large following of loyal and new customers. Visit and taste for yourself what everyone is raving about!

Open 7 days a week
Free Wi-Fi
Daily Specials
Open kitchen
Large L-shape bar that accommodates 12 guests
Family friendly
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Mon: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Tue-Thu: 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am-2:00 pm
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Phone number
(714) 633-8650
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marty Colleary
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Catering
We would love to cater your next event. Contact us to discuss menu options and pricing. We will deliver, setup, pickup and can provide food servers if needed.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tustin & Meats, Target Shopping Center
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Parking details
Big parking lot.
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Public transit
We're located at Tustin Street and Meats, across the street from the Village at Orange in the Target shopping center. Several bus routes stop at the Village. Check your local bus routes for service times.
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Special events & promotions
Wine and Craft Beer dinners and tastings hosted throughout the year. Check our website, OpenTable events or our Facebook page for future events.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Palm Springs
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

We went a couple of weeks ago and had a so-so evening and I put this in a review. The owner called and asked us to give them another chance. I’m glad we did. We had a lovely dinner and wonderful service. I guess everyone can have a bad evening, even a restaurant. Thank you Jennifer. We will definitely be back.

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Palm Springs
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

We confirmed with restaurant this wAs 20th anniversary. We’ve been here before, but not a good experience this time. No mention from staff, owner never came around, only talked to regulars. Service wAs so, so. Sorry, probably won’t be back.

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F
Orange County
4.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Always enjoy the food, service and experience...

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OT
Hawaii
4.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

Enjoyed our dinner . Shrimp and scallops risotto ($28) was really delicious. As was the linguine Alla pescatore ($26). Jennifer was friendly and efficient even if she was so busy with multiple tables. My lemon drop ($12) was a good starter lol

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KF
Orange County
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Knew it as soon as we walked in, we had been here once before, for a going away cocktail party, but did not recall the name. From the name, Colleary's, (me thinking that's Irish) you would not suspect that the food is Italian, and very good Italian at that. There are a few good Italian restaurants in the area, including our fav. In our family the test of a good Italian place is the lasagna, and if they have Osso Bucco and is it lamb or veal. Well lets just say, Passed the Test, with flying colors. I had the chicken risotto that was cooked perfectly. I make this myself, but never seem to be able to cook the rice correctly, so I was a little surprised when it had a bit of tomoato sauce . We ordered an Osso Bucco (veal) for "the table" and we all dug in. I started with the stuffed mushrooms, lightly topped baby bellas with very finely ground hot sausage and a delicate buerre blanc. Cesar Salad was nice and refreshing, crisp lettuce and just the right touches of garlic and parm in the dressing. The other pasta dishes that our guests had were very, very good. Not your grandmother's spaghetti and meatballs. Really nice variety and something for everyone. The birthday boy got dessert, complementary, which he graciously shared (there was quite enough), a decadent chocolate fudge cake, very dense, thick layers of cake and fudge and ganache, with a drizzle of caramel and bittersweet chocolate sauces. Remember the owner is of Rockwell's fame. Definately going back. In fact, Colleary's may very well be the go to spot. We're luck in the City of Orange to have some amazing restaurants. Glad we stumbled upon this one.

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JM
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 28, 2018

We all enjoyed our selections. Good food, though high noise level.

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k
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 28, 2018

Colleary's meals are always delicious and their mimosas are the best I've ever tasted!! Their Ramos Gin Fizz - AMAZING!

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K
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

This visit was so different from the last. Food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. Made a great impression with my friends who had never been.

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food.... great service

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S
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

Colleary’s is a neighborhood gem that we found while running errands one weekend and had a lovely brunch (eggs Benedict were delicious). We liked it so much we came back again for dinner the following week (cioppino and crème brûlée - both very authentic - were delectable). They also have prix fixe dinner menus for early birds (3-5:30pm).

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CP
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and very reasonable. The different Egg Benedicts are fabulous!

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J
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful little spot where everyone from the servers, to the bartender, to the owners (who are always there) are so nice. Good food, nice bar, good vibes.

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K
Orange County
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

It was unfortunate that we hit them on an off night. Our bacon wrapped dates was burnt black, one of our entrees came at the end of the meal, and the creme brulee was curdled and chunky and the caramelized sugar was strangely chewy, not crunchy. It was very odd since my only other time there the service and the food was great. I was disappointed because I took my foodie friends and they were not impressed. They took the one dessert off the bill but that was because the entree was so late. It was a bummer. I will be back since I do like the food.

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J
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 6, 2018

Close to home, great with friends and family and kids. We always feel welcome and love the unique menu items!

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GW
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

This may be one of those things where you read so many good things about a place you just have to be disappointed. Kind of an odd start...we arrived, gave our name, party of 8 and the host brought us to two tables. One with 6 chairs and one with 8. She said, pick the one you like. I though, well, only one has 8 chairs...so we took that one.
Our waiter greeted us and asked if we wanted anything. Since there were eight of us, I though some appetizers would be a good start. So, I asked. He said, we don't have any appetizers but you could get some pancakes. Pancakes? Uh, ok, as an appetizer? Well, you'll never guess, we passed.
Everyone found their choice, ordered and waited. Maybe because there were 8 us it took longer but we were by ourselves for a while. Would have been nice to see the waiter a bit more often.
But, eventually the food showed up. It was good, nothing extraordinary but good enough to match the prices.
Since they didn't have any appetizers, we didn't ask about dessert. Instead, we drove across the street to the mall and found a few places to grab some ice cream and some Filipino desserts. That was a good choice.
So, I'd suggest trying this place for breakfast and maybe leave the lunch to another place. Enjoy!

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k
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

The food at Colleary's is always delicious; the service extraordinary, and the cocktails are perfect!

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OT
Orange County
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service. Food needs to be delivered hotter. Food was warm

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C
Orange County
5.0
Dined on April 12, 2018

Great menu selection and our service was excellent. Our overall experience was excellent.

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DK
Orange County
4.0
Dined on March 3, 2018

Date night. We were seated quickly with our opentable reservation. Drinks and bread with a great red bell pepper dipping sauce were provide quickly. Nice server, super sweet, very helpful with our food questions, took our order and the food came out timed nicely between courses, no rush. The food was really good and we split a dessert that was fantastic. We are already planning a return trip with friends.

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 25, 2018

Really solid local restaurant. We were looking for a place to go for dinner with our son who is attending college nearby. This place is terrific. My wife had the fish special, it was Mahi-Mahi with scallops, very well cooked and flavorful. Our son has the lobster ravioli, rich and also full of flavor. I had the linguine with clams, shrimp and mussels. Cooked well, the pasta was very good - the flavors were not intense but OK. The wine by the glass selection was good and we will definitely be back when in the area.

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TN
3.0
Dined on February 18, 2018

The wait staff was really nice & they were accommodating to our party of 11! The food was ok...flatbreads & eggs were over cooked and most dishes were not a great value for the price. One redeeming item was the lemon ricotta pancake, delicious!

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K
5.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

I made reservations for my birthday brunch. I was incredibly satisfied with the communication up until then. Thank you for making my birthday so much fun. Bottomless mimosas are a must. Great customer service! Will recommend to others and will be back again!

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LT
Hawaii
5.0
Dined on February 15, 2018

Enjoyed our Valentines 4-Course meal! Always a great place to dine!

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OT
Orange County
1.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

We made reservation for Valentine’s Day. Found our after the fact that there was an over-priced fixed menu. The Charcuterie was skimpy to say the least. 2 of the 6 entree choices included scallops & they ran out of scallops & our reservation was only at 7 pm. Very disappointing evening. We will not return.

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t
Orange County
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

excellent service, the waitress did a 200% service for us

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JF
Orange County
5.0
Dined on February 11, 2018

The Sunday brunch time is great as the food is consistently good and the portions and prices are in line with each other. I like some of the interior upgrades and will more than likely be back at this time. Only one drawback is that they close at 2pm.

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GW
Sacramento
4.0
Dined on January 27, 2018

This establishment was recommended by our VRBO host in December. Having tired of our usual Orange/Tustin dining options, we thought we'd give it a try. We found the food to be tasty, the portions right-sized, and the waitstaff extremely friendly and accommodating. Maybe the risotto could have been cooked a little more, and the Osso Buco prepared a little differently, but when asked, all diners said they'd go there again. I think that says it all, don't you?

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CB
Miami
4.0
Dined on January 19, 2018

This was a fun neighborhood spot, very good service. The people that were there were definitely local, and they chatted amongst themselves, which we loved. The food was good and obviously very fresh. I would love to go back for brunch

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OT
Orange County
5.0
Dined on January 15, 2018

What a fantastic restaurant. My husband and I ate breakfast and cannot wait to go back to try their dinners. The egg benecict is made to perfection!

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S
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner, lasagna, chicken saltimbacco, (special of the day) and prime rib. This was my second visit and will return again. Made room for dessert and ordered tiramisu and chocolate cake, grateful we did.

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PL
Orange County
5.0
Dined on December 27, 2017

I had the crab cakes Eggs Benedict with your potatoes. For me, the food was too greasy. There was too much excess oil on the potatoes. The crab cakes had some kind of coating what was too greasy even after I cut off the coating. I will be back; I'll just be sure to order something else.

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F
Orange County
5.0
Dined on December 24, 2017

Perfect breakfast and they let us linger over coffee and visit.

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l
Orange County
5.0
Dined on December 23, 2017

try it and enjoy the great food and friendly service

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S
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a party of 7 and our server, Maureen, did a wonderful job with us. The flavors of the food was fabulous.it was our first time to visit and we will return.

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RC
Orange County
5.0
Dined on December 8, 2017

We come here quite often. The food and service are outstanding. I had the cioppino and my wife had the salmon. Other meals we’ve had here were the osso buco, pasta carbonara, and the tournedos of beef (though I think that has been dropped from the regular menu). All were delicious.

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OT
Orange County
5.0
Dined on November 25, 2017

We ate at Colleary's for the first time on Thanksgiving weekend and the server said it was less busy than usual. It was nice to be able to have a conversation without the din in many local restaurants. The food was excellent and the service was quick friendly and efficient. The Lamb Burger and Shrimp and Scallop Risotto were delicious. They were more than willing to alter the entrees for our picky kids. The kids rated it a 10 out of 10 and they are a tough croud. We are going back next week to introduce some foodie friends to this local gem!

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OT
Orange County
3.0
Dined on November 24, 2017

We have been there numerous times and have always enjoyed great service and food but this time it was different. We made reservations a week in advance and asked to be put in a room where the noise was minimal as my 93 yr old mother even with hearing aids has difficulty hearing the table discussion. The table we were to sit at was not ready and we waited 10 mins while they got a bus person to clean it. We were finally seated in the room given water and sat there for another 10 minutes with no menu when they came by and asked us to move to the main dining room as the room was reserved for a party coming in 2 hours later! While we moved it ruin our entire family dinner! We were sat next to a family with small children being noisey as they will be having fun. Our food was good as usual but our annual dinner together was awful! My mother missed 90% of the conversation and just sat there staring into space as she couldn’t hear what was going on! The usually great service was terrible! Didn’t complete 2 of our orders, never brought us water and offered us 2 desserts to share among 7 people as an apology for Moving us! The chocolate cake had been refrigerated and was dry and the Tiramsu was awful! My son asked for coffee and the waitress said “oh we turned it off because we are closing” REALLY? That was the last straw!
They had an opportunity to tell us when they called to confirm the reservations about the incoming party and we could have moved our time to accommodate them! It’s a small neighborhood bistro that we have enjoyed but we were treated horribly and will never go back there!

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on September 29, 2017

Caollearys is wonderful. Great food great appetizers, specially the meatballs, all the time.

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KA
Orange County
5.0
Dined on September 15, 2017

Service was outstanding. Food presentation was great.
Great value.
Very nice local restaurant with great service.

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JF
Orange County
5.0
Dined on September 6, 2017

This is a definite hidden gem. Can't wait to go again. Stick with the specials especially any seafood pasta dish

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