Pina's Bistro

4.9
331 reviews
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Pina's Bistro is a bright sparkling culinary jewel amid dozens of fine Italian eateries in South Orange County, California. Established in 1995 as a family enterprise (currently encompassing three generations under Pina's guidance), the cuisine of her native Napoli has been lovingly and masterfully recreated and served to her loyal patrons for the past sixteen years.

Using only the freshest and finest ingredients available in the marketplace Pina handcrafts all of her sausage, manicotti, cannelloni, lasagna, gnocchi, bread and sauces, not to mention her luxurious and sensual dessert offerings as well as all of her other exquisite dishes.
expect to experience exceptional quality traditional Italian cuisine created to meet the very highest standards of gastronomic excellence. Pina rigidly adheres to this standard and proudly proclaims – "I will not serve any dish that I would not be happy to eat myself."
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No trip to Orange County is complete without a visit to Pina's.

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JB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great atmosphere, perfect date spot.

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CC
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Visit every time I come to town. Pina and her daughter are wonderful! Every dish I have ever had DELICIOUS! Amazing dressing too

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LL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time visit and we look forward to many more. Pina instantly recognized that we were newcomers and welcomed us and explained part of the menu. We had reservations and were immediately seated. Service was exceptional. Started off with homemade bread and leafy green salads with very tasty homemade dressing. My husband had veal piccata served with angle hair pasta, and I opted for the sausage and peppers. They make their own sausage so my husband ordered a side of it. You could cut it with your fork! Wonderful! The menu is varied and will please most palates. We very much enjoyed our evening and look forward to visiting again soon.

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AT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can only say Pina’s has become my Go-to restaurant, not just for fantastic Italian food, but for any occasion regular or special.

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d
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is s local jewel operated by very competent family management. Been there for years and we have been a regular over the last 7 years or so.

The wide range of menu selection of food is fresh, tasty and ample, with a “family style” friendly experience.

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Pina and her daughters. They create an amazing family environment every night and Pina’s food is consistently delicious and yes, it’s truly Italian. She makes the best carpaccio in the world, including the best places in Italy. My to go place when at home.

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JF
Orange County
120 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I still see this as a hidden in plain sight gem. Penne with sausage & asparagus in tomato cream sauce rocks!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience of Pina’s is always good
Never have been disappointed
The food and Service is impeccable

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Wonderful friendly staff.

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R
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food in a cozy corner of Tustin. All hand made, fresh ingredients, though portion sizes were small. We ate outside, which was quiet and the service was very good. It was a bit more than I expected, but with the handmade fresh ingredients it was worth the drive.

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LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant we have ever been to! This is where we go for all our special occasions.

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TC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best family owned Italian food in Orange County.

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CC
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel to Southern California to visit her mother about every quarter and we never miss an opportunity to have dinner at Pina’s! Always excellent always reliable! I am in love with their signature salad dressing too.

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TW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant place for authentic and home style Italian food !! Pinas doing magic in the kitchen! We keep going back and loving it !

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is friendly and excellent! Food is always excellent.

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M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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TW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is like eating in a great italian cook's own hous!e! BELLISSIMO

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c
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

quality food, it tastes like someone cares about food

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J
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night again. Again, a warm welcome from Pina and her daughters. I had the special Beef Ravioli in cream sauce. Totally awesome. My husband had an off menu special of Penni pasta, broccoli and sausage in a cream sauce. We have a new favorite restaurant.

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M
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and service. Authentic and fresh, full of flavor.

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SM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!

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MO
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, very happy as usual 😊

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KK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Pina’s the salad dressing is yummy
The meals are made just for you
Hot and fresh

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Z
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fantastic meal and experience at Pina’s. The clams appetizer was terrific and so was the homemade ravioli.

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J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Gnocchi with homemade sausage was amazing !! Love this place😀

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J
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh homemade Italian food. We started with Calamari Umido, a delicious calamari salad alternative to fried calamari. Next course, dinner salad. A bright and crisp salad with a basil vinaigrette that’s made in-house and ready to take home. We selected two dinners that highlighted the in-house made sausage. I had the gnocchi Gorgonzola with sausage. Normally Gorgonzola is heavy and strong, Pina managed to make it light and delightful. My husband had the pumpkin ravioli and sausage. Both dishes were amazing. Be sure to save room for dessert.

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S
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was a cute little Italian Bistro with only 6 to 8 tables inside and 4 outside. It seemed to be run by ladies and mama was the cook who were all very attentive.
All the sausage was made in house and could be served with any dinner. The salad that came with the dinner was delicious. I had the canillonie which was good. Sauce alittle runny and not spicy enough for me. My friend had the butternut ravioli and sausage which he loved. I would go back and give it another try.

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Pina's many times. The food is consistently excellent. Every dish is made fresh and is delicious. They give you plenty of time for table conversation and pace out the food and drink visits to your table. If you are in a hurry, you just have to say so and they will adjust.

I have tried most of the appetizers here, and close to a third of the entrees. I have never been disappointed. And, Pina herself visits the tables when she is not busy cooking.

Overall, a small, intimate place that is casual with fantastic Italian cuisine.

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CO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our very favorite restaurant ... so much so that we travel almost 2 hours to dine here. We have never been disappointed. This family owned & operated restaurant serves THE most delicious food ever. Every item is freshly made using ingredients hand-selected by Pina and/or her daughters. She even makes her own salad dressing. As for her desserts ... again, over the top! Atmosphere is quaint and casual and service friendly and welcoming. Pina's is the best!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service - the server was there when we needed her but didn’t interrupt our dinner. Great value!! Highly recommend this place

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GF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good, but main entrees were a bit high for a small restaurant. They charged some high prices for the chalk board specials, as much as a larger restaurant or steakhouse. The pastas were reasonably priced as well as the wine list. The people were very nice, but took awhile to be waited on. I had a vea; chop and it was excellent but pricey, and the salmon was also excellent but also pricey. The quality was good as well.

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J
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pina’s Bistro is a hidden gem! The food and service are amazing! Pina does all of the cooking and it is truly like eating at your mom’s house, but the food is just better (sorry, mommy!) The place is small and intimate and is where I go for date nights and special occasions. I would make it my weekly weekend place to go, but it is just a bit far for me living in RSM. However, every time I make the drive to Pina’s I am never disappointed. I love their spinach linguine with fresh tomatoes, their grilled pork chops with their garlic and olive oil noodles, and their panna cotta with berry sauce. Don’t forget to make your reservations because if you don’t have one you may not get a table. It is so popular that reservations are a must.

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LL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good, but they have terrible service. I did not feel welcome.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is delicious. I suggest making a reservation it is small but very good food and friendly service it felt like eating at someone’s home.

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JF
Orange County
120 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the proverbial great hole in the wall Italian restaurant. Small with fantastic food.

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The food here used to be spectacular. We were excited to meet friends here and introduce them to a Tustin treasure. Unfortunately, the food was just mediocre. The waitress was surly and not very interested in helping us. It was actually embarrassing. On the bright side, there was a waiter who was fantastic. Overall, I would not return.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly family feeling.

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L
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food at this restaurant and the warm family owned atmosphere. Pina and her daughter are just so warm and friendly and Pin's food is absolutely outstanding. All freshly made, hot & delicious. Its also such a cozy, informal restaurant

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful
Love the family atmosphere

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