Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.49mi
  2. Distance: 0.51mi
  3. Distance: 0.67mi
  4. Distance: 0.91mi
  1. Distance: 0.49mi
  2. Distance: 0.51mi
  3. Distance: 0.67mi
  4. Distance: 0.91mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.49mi
  2. Distance: 0.51mi
  3. Distance: 0.67mi
  4. Distance: 0.91mi
  1. Distance: 0.49mi
  2. Distance: 0.51mi
  3. Distance: 0.67mi
  4. Distance: 0.91mi

About Pina's Bistro

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."

640 W. 1st Street, Suite C
Tustin, CA 92780
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Yorba street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 730-5442

Website:
http://www.pinasbistro.com/

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pina's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for a Date (5)
Comfort Food (4)
See All
Cozy (4)
Authentic (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Casual (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Sort by
S
254 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Pina is an OC treasure ! The food is homemade and delicious

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

This restaurant if very small. You have to make reservations to sit inside. There are about 10 tables inside. If you don't make a reservation you will have to sit on the patio. It isn't bad out there but a heater may not be enough in the cold weather. The staff is very friendly and the food is pretty good. It's pricey. But it's a cute little place to try. I will go again, but only special occasions like my recent visit. The restaurant is in a little shopping center. The exterior is a little off-putting, but the food and staff were very good.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We eat here often. Love the food, miss the daughter who was so attentive but moved away. Still one of our favs

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Pina's Bistro is very small, seating about 30 inside and outside. We dined with a screaming infant outside, but there was also one inside, so there was no escaping that at 7 at night. Wishing parents would dine at 5 if they must bring their babies along.
We arrived early, had to wait until one of the 3 staff could clean and reset a table for us. The waiting area is outside in front of the shop next door or the 7-11. Parties waiting after us bought wine and started drinking it while hanging out on the sidewalk.
Pina's tries hard. They will alter their menu items to suit your taste or health no problems. The issue is the food isn't that good. Starting with the bread they put on the table - why is no one in OC baking really good crusty Italian bread and selling it to all the restaurants like Pina's? The bread is soft and doughy, no one in Italy would eat it.
Dinner entrees come with a salad, a very boring salad. My eggplant parm looked great, but the plate was soon swimming in water - did they forget to drain my pasta? Everyone at our table had the same issue - water doesn't help taste at all.
If you really want to try Pina's make a reservation, and good luck.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I have always enjoyed the food here, despite the run down atmosphere. My chicken piccata, which I have ordered a couple times before, was not good. Very bready and not cooked well at all. I was really disappointed. We also felt ignored by the waitress. Won't be rushing back. I don't know why she doesn't move location and upgrade the interior.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience1
service2
value3

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Always delicious with great service. A favorite Italian bistro.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Pina's Bistro is fantastic everytime we go there. It's the closest you'll get to authentic Italian cuisine in a warm homey atmosphere unless your mom is an Italian chef.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

As always Pina's Bistro doesn't disappoint with the food, service and welcoming hello from Pina the owner. Every time we go, the food is always delicious and a reason to rush back soon. Peggy and Felicia as our servers were beyond attentive and just delights to know. The Sausage and Peppers, Linguini with clams and salmon were beyond great! A must!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 15, 2017

What is the reason why Pina's Bistro only gets five stars? Answer: Because they don't offer six or anything higher. We were visiting our daughter from out of town. She is attending Chapman Univ. but lives in Tustin. We looked up restaurants in the area and discovered Pina's Bistro. It was TERRIFIC. There is a reason why they have been in business in the same location for the past 23 years. The food is really as authentic as you can get it unless you travel to Italy. I've been to Italy and this restaurant beats most of those restaurants as well. If you have a salad you will be hooked on their dressing. We purchased two bottles. It is to die for! It should be mass produced and sold across the country! You won't be sorry by going to this restaurant, believe me. The family who owns the restaurant is from a town called Benevento, not far from Naples, Italy. Buon Appetito!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

As always the owner and staff welcomed us warmly. The food was delicious. I couldn't decide which of our four main dishes was the best! It's like visiting your Italian grandma's house- only better. Pina graciously fine tuned some of our dishes. And the limoncello cake!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Best sausage ever!!! We love the food at Pina's Bistro!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food is consistently well cooked and quality ingredients. Friendly family run atmosphere. The included house salad has a delicious dressing. Always love the veal chop.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Gluten free pasta is available ($4 additional charge)
Very good house salad!

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Always a wonderful experience & great food!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great Food
Welcoming environment
Pina will accommodate any reasonable culinary request.
Staff is awesome!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great Food, convenient and the service from the family is wonderful.

Tags: Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Pina's never disappoints. Quality, authentic food served with a personalized touch at an affordable price all tucked into a cozy, intimate space. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

If you haven't eaten at Pina's, you're missing out !!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Delicious salad. Love the gnocchi in alfredo sauce with sausage. Always good food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Pina's is a great family run restaurant. The food is always amazing. Each entrée comes with a salad and the dressing is delicious. Anything with the house-made sausage is a good choice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Pina's never disappoints. Already great food and friendly service.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Authentic Italian food! Cooked by mom herself! Small place big food! Like Sunday night dinners with the family used to be,

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 1, 2017

I had pasta Carbonara and my wife had penne with the homemade sausage and peppers. Both were great. One of the best Italian restauramts anywhere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We enjoyed our first visit, delicious meal and dessert. We will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Food is excellent, always! Everything you try is good. Reasonable pricing, great wait staff that are friendly, fun and efficient! It's a great little restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Family owned restaurant with great food and service. We love going there.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Drove all the way from Pasadena to try Pina's Bistro. I give it a A+! The food is delicious... everything is made fresh, even the desserts. It's family owned, so you get only the best in food and customer service.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 12, 2017

As always, exceptional meal. Italian home cooking at its finest!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We've been coming here for years, frequently introducing our friends to the great food. We got lucky this time as it was Easter weekend so the restaurant was less than full, but at least not closed.

The food was outstanding as usual. I always get Manicotti with sautéed sausage. Others got Shrimp Arrabbiata, Lasagna, and Cannelloni.

Another wonderful dining out experience.

Tags: Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Tried the veal Marsala and the sausage gnocchi alfredo. Both were very good. Love this little place. Delicious salad comes with the dinner. Also had the beef carpaccio. Very good appetizer. Looking forward to our next visit.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 8, 2017

My girlfriend found this restaurant doing a search of Open Table restaurants in Orange County (CA). It is a small, family owned, neighborhood restaurant.

There were a large number of specials when we ate on Saturday night after church. I had a salmon with angel hair pasta special that was outstanding. My girlfriend had a tortellini special with sausage that also was outstanding. The regular menu had good variety also.

Highly recommended but make reservations if it is a busy time.

Tags: Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Joined a friend for dinner on the patio. The service was great and the food was delicious. I recommend adding the sautéed sausage to any pasta dish. So good!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Pina's is the best Italian restaurant around! The food is authentic and the atmosphere very cozy. It is very small ( maybe 15 tables inside and out total) so make a reservation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We loved it! The food tastes so fresh. We will be back again.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Always great Italian home cooked fare, one of our favorite dining out locations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great food and great service! The best local Italian restaurant in Tustin for sure!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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

The food here is always great. Everything is homemade, the portions are big and very reasonable. It's a small place so it helps to have a reservation.

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Service and food are excellent. The dining room is small and intimate. I felt like I was at a friend's house. Don't let the location in a strip mall fool you. One of the best Italian restaurants in OC.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Pina's Bistro is an excellent restaurant for Italian food...very tasty and so delicious!
Intimate atmosphere as it is a small restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 9, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday and as always, the food was amazing and service so personable. And on a side note, Pina's has the absolute best carpaccio that I have ever had, including the ones from my multiple travels to Italy. Pina's Bistro never disappoints me!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.