Permanently Closed - Holsteins - South Coast Plaza - Private Dining

3.9
134 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Holsteins Shakes and Buns at South Coast Plaza offers a wide range of hand-crafted burgers, modern interpretations of American snacks and a variety of craft and draft beers available on tap.

Holsteins Shakes and Buns offers options for everyone. Start with an appetizer like the ahi poke tostadas, buffalo wings or the ahi sliders. Then, order a signature burger like the Classic, California Turkey, Captain Hook or the Crazy Bird. All dishes are made to order. Holsteins Shakes and Buns is good for small and large groups, dates or just a night out on the town.

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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
3.8
ambience
3.4
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipIPv6
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Truly top notch food, but let down by slow/lacking service

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vipDiscerningDiner
Orange County
337 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We've been here a couple times and were very surprised that the place was completely empty, but we had good service, The food was decent and the milk shakes were delicious and fun. I had the Pumpkin milk shake that came with candy corn and a small piece of pumpkin pie. It was a nice evening.

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vipJeannine
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the Standard Burger and the Ahi Salad, both were delicious. Also the waiter came around with a bucket of Icy liquid nitrogen treats. He gave us one, we rolled it around and then popped it in our mouth. The steam/smoke would come out of your nose, if you kept your mouth shut while eating it. Was fun! The prices are a little more here, but the burger and ingredients were super fresh and very flavorful.

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jchamm
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Waitress was nice but overworked. Had too many tables to contend with. She was unable to remember little requests and was slow to respond. The burger was just ok. The bun was a bit dry and the milk shake was overpriced. Nothing exceptional about it. Overall, not a very good experience.

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vipRobin
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was absolutely horrible. Our food took nearly 45 minutes - just some burgers . I kept asking the waitress to check when people all around, who came in after we did, got their food. I don't think she ever really checked because eventually a manager came out and said there was a mistake in the kitchen and our order wasn't put in. If the waitress had bothered to check any one of the four times I asked (whenever I saw food going out to someone who came in after me), we probably wouldn't have waited so long. Had to wait another 5 minutes to flag someone down for ketchup and salt. They're just not very attentive. The burgers were terrific; we just didn't appreciate having to gobble them down.

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Jackie
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Poutine was delicious as were the malts. However the service was poor from the moment we were seated which was disappointing. Decor is fun and hip but overall when service lacks and you visit a place that isn't cheap so you expect a certain level of service like greeting the guest in a timely manner or accommodating a request in a timely manner.

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vipShane
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Came with three other guys for lunch. Really enjoyed the wide open feel. One thing that was kind of a bummer were the televisions, the glare at any angle made catching a score challenging. The food was delicious. I had a salmon sandwich rare and was blown away! Seared salmon filet with gravlax across the top... Impeccable! Will definetly be back!

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vipbgarbmachine
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall3food2service1ambience2

This restaurant took over for the old Charlie Palmer and did not do anything to the space which is weird for a casual burger place. The food was average nothing special, the waiters seem lost and unorganized.

There are much better burger places.

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vipJnlising
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Seated next to a very noisy table w a crying baby. Couldn't hear each other's voices at times and even the waiter had to speak loudly. Our server changed more than once or twice & service was very very slow...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
765 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great onion rings. Me licked the delux turkey burger. Me date thunk him burger a little bland was. Me no recall burger name. Us no shake have but looked meaty great did they.

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vipSpecialplace
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good Turkey burger and bacon cheeseburger. But service was horrible. We waited 15 minutes to place drink order and then had to flag down a employer as we were not sure who was a server. Then another 20 minutes and flagging down a manager for meal. Server never checked on us and we had to track her down again to get check. Extremely disappointed for very poor service especially at prices. And the manager didn't seem to care much.

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NatieE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Over priced for what you get. Hamburger was nothing special.

JL
JayL
London
45 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a pleasant experience, enjoyed both the service and the food. Travis, the manager, made certain that everything went well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was quiet on a Thursday night, but that didn't take away from the experience. The waitress was professional, attentive and personable. The food was great, nothing out of the ordinary but tasty.

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vipSIGDinner
Phoenix
212 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holsten's was a superb place to grab a burger with quick and friendly service. Thoughtful and elevated ingredients are used on the burgers and you get a classic burger with top end ingredients. The service was quick and attentive. Tons of drink options and a good value for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food...fun atmosphere

MC
vipMCLINTL
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I wish we could give half stars. This location is deserving more 3.5 then 4 stars. Reason being is that I found their burgers not as up to par with their Vegas location especially their millionaire burger. The service was def deserving of the 4 star but overall I was expecting at least the same overall as their Vegas location.

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vipJames
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This is usually a decent place to go for a meal if you're shopping at South Coast Plaza. Normally the wait staff is pleasant and attentive. Our waiter during this visit seemed preoccupied with something else, and was a bit detached. The food was good and we got it quickly. A little too quickly since our drinks hadn't been delivered to the table yet. Still happy with the meal though.

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vippaulb
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was greeted by a very wonderful hostess (Danielly) who was not only professional but genuinely interested in ensuring my first dining experience would be the best it could be...Great start!!! Our server Gretchen, equally as sincere and exuding great energy, made recommendations that lived up and exceeded my expectations. The Gold Standard burger was AMAZING. The ingredients fresh, the meet juicy and the fries crisp and NOT greasy. It was nice to see the manager (Christine) working the floor ensuring her guests were satisfied. Great food, wonderful ambiance...AMAZING STAFF!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this restaurant. Best burger I have had in a long time. Decor is modern and fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We received a warm welcome on Friday around 830pm. Our waiter was friendly. The popcorn was a nice surprise. We ordered a medium well done burger but it came out too well done. The lobster mac and cheese was bland. We definitely expected more flavor from it. The poutine was good. The smores milkshake was really good. We like the look of the restaurant, the artwork, and the live music. Some of our food was a bit underwhelming so it might be a while before we go back.

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Greg
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience5

3rd time back but wasn't as impressed with my burger this time. The meat itself seemed tougher than I remembered.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was good, and it was a cute restaurant. The food just didn't wow me. I've had better burgers and fries other places in town. I was a little disappointed. There was nothing wrong with it, but the flavor wasn't out of this world or anything. For the price I felt it was not up to par.

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mykie
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Interesting variety and combinations of ingredients for burgers but so overpriced.

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vipAlro
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great burgers

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vipStudioLady
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Great burgers and fries.

GB
GaryB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I found the food to be rather pedestrian, the noise level too high and the wait staff just so so. It was a disapointing meal. I asked for one thing and got another and they charge extra for sweet potato fries. Not much to write home about.

MB
vipMariaB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience3

overpriced, cobb salad not good............................................................................................................................................]]]]]

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vipOuttoLunch
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I sure miss Charlie Palmers. I had been anxious to try Holsteins since they opened. Overall, the food was tasty. We were greeted with a small bucket of popcorn. It tasted like the kind you'd get prepackaged in the grocery store - nothing special. The tostada appetizer was good and was the Caesar Salad. The chocolate shake was very tasty. The service wasn't much. Our server sure was pleasant but rarely around. The manager/host never stopped by to check on us. He just stood at the front for much of the time. I would have expected more attentive service for the price.

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vipJAD1
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best burger I have had in a long time! Same impression from the other 3 folks who dined with me. Great staff, excellent recommendation by our server Nick. AMAZING beer list!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Shakes and burgers were interesting and tasty.

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DanielN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Thought we would try Holsteins for a business lunch. We all had burgers and everyone enjoyed their meals. The burgers were very good but I thought they were not good enough to justify the price. The interior of the restaurant, which was previously a fine dining restaurant, did not fit the cuisine. It was OK but I will not be going back.

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vipmissionviejo
Charlotte
70 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This was our 4th visit for lunch. This time, my burger was well done while I had asked for medium-well. That's not so bad. I ate it. I also tried a 'boozy shake' for the 1st time. It was good. My wife asked for medium-rare steak and first got well done. They took it back and brought a rare steak back. Still not medium. So she just ate the edges. Our waiter was Joshua. He was great.

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vipDrBunny
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was SO BUMMED to see that the previous restaurant was gone, as it was my FAVORITE in OC. Holstein's is a much more casual setting, but pretty good nonetheless. The lobster mac n cheese is creamy and full of lobster, but not too heavy or too watery like most restaurant mac n cheese can be. The vegan burger was great, and the fries are yummy and crispy. Not a fan of milkshakes, so I didn't have any of those. The burger my friend had was one of the best he'd had in a while, and my other friend said the poutine was great! I'll be going back!

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vipGourmet
Los Angeles
394 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hamburgers, beautiful restaurant and great service.

KC
vipKathyC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely good burgers! Pricey than the average, but for gourmet, that's expected. You get a really good meal here though--they know their stuff. Shakes were a hit and miss. I had a drunken money shake with the alcohol and didn't taste any alcohol at all. My friend loved hers. The nitro meringue was different and good. Small "drop" but all I needed to cleanse my palate. Cool to see the "dragon's breath" when you ate it.

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DawnaF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Was hard to find even with 2 GPS devices. Was not listed on Open Table or restaurants own website that restaurant is inside bloomingdales. Got lost, and tried calling restaurant but it went to voice mail. Finally went into mall to look at map and had to get back into car to drive to other side of mall. Bloomingdales is a large building. When we got inside the restaurant was not listed under restaurants in their directory. Located a sales associate and found restaurant entrance. Went in and a tiny sign at hostess counter said go to front entrance. Really.....where. Through the whole restaurant. Then hostess takes us back of restaurant where we originally entered. Waiter had a trainee. Forgot sweetener for tea. Asked 2 times for a refill and did not get. Food was hot and good. A little grossed out by dirty ketchup and mustard bottles.

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ChaseH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holstein's is a fun, upscale gourmet burger and gourmet shake restaurant and bar. The shakes were delicious and imaginative with spiked shakes available sans alcohol for those like me during the workday. The classic burger and fries were excellent, one of the best I've ever had in California.

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mikeB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best burger I have ever had .... Kobe Sun Rise burger ALL WORLD

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
765 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat at the bar on Saturday for lunch and had fantastic service.

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Permanently Closed - Holsteins - South Coast Plaza - Private Dining is rated 3.9 stars by 134 OpenTable diners.