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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
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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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.7

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The food was amazing. All of us were so delighted with our meals. Pina and her family make the dining experience very special.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Authentic Italian by an authentic Italian

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Exceptionally delicious Italian food at reasonable prices served with much love in an unprepossessing setting.

Pina's covers all the usual Italian bases, augmented by a changing list of specials. Veal chop special was huge, perfectly cooked and seasoned, served with a side of linguine with a light oil-garlic topping that matched very well. The crab ravioli special came in a creamy, light tomato sauce, that reinforced but didn't overpower the delicate crab.

We quickly gobbled up a bowl of clams in a heady wine-garlic broth; there wasn't much of the sauce left after we finished dipping bread in it. Calamari in a slightly spicy tomato-caper-black olive sauce went equally fast, again dipping our bread into what was left of the tasty sauce. The chef cheerfully responded to our request for a not-on-the-menu antipasto to share, offering a delicious selection of cold cuts, olives, pepperoncini, and cheese. Everything is cooked to order, & the chef is happy to create dishes not on the menu.

The wine list is small, but includes a good selection of bottles from reasonable to expensive. The staff is helpful in selecting wine, as well as in providing details on the food.

We finished with cannoli (home made filling, with a few chocolate chips at each end!) that offered just the right amount of sweetness to finish our meal. Espresso and cappuccino were prepared beautifully by the barista-grandson who helps out on weekends, and by the daughter-waitress-hostess during the week.

This is a family restaurant that welcomes you as if you were a part of the family. If you like Italian food, do not pass up the chance to eat at Pina's table. While the setting is simple, they serve food worthy of "big name" restaurants with a genuine warmth for their guests that you rarely encounter these days. Frankly, I hesitated to write this review for fear that it'll make it impossible to get a table at this tiny gem, but the food is too good to keep secret!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was amazing and Pina and her daughter are friendly care about customer comfort.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is genuine homemade, delicious Italian food. It is a teeny place so make a reservation. Family run with all the expected benefits to the customer.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

PInas is a wonderful locals spot with amazing food just be prepared for a slow unrushed dining experience as Pina cooks it when she gets to it, this means it's always fresh never pre made and simply delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Pina's was recommended by a co-worker, so we sought it out. How could we have missed this great little restaurant for the past 22 years right in our back yard! It's small, so reservations are a good idea. Pina took our order and told us about her pastas and sauces. She hand makes much of what is on the menu. I had the lobster ravioli and it was excellent. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Boise)·Dined on January 5, 2018

For over 20 years, our dinners and lunches at PINA’S BISTRO have always been the high point of our trips to So. Calif. Pina, her daughters and excellent staff are so dedicated to serving top quality, fresh Italian cuisine as it is made in the countryside around Napoli where Pina was born. When you first walk into this charming little restaurant, the aroma from the kitchen puts a smile on your face.

The magic of PINA’S BISTRO is that she has mastered so many of the reasons for going to an Italian restaurant: a hardy welcome; delicious bread; freshly made pasta; flavorful tomato sauces that are worthy of a detour from Los Angeles’ eateries; housemade Italian sausage; her delicate vinaigrette for salads. The Bistro’s large and varied menu is supplemented by Pina’s blackboard of changing daily entrées, such as lobster stuffed ravioli, Chilean sea bass in her arrabbiata sauce and filet mignon prepared Italian style.

If you’re looking for a restaurant that has mastered Italian-Napolitano cuisine, try PINA’S BISTRO. It’s a real gem!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I love this place. Family owned and operated. Great food. The best salad ever. the mozzarella is a must try it's the real deal, no breaded cheese sticks here. Our favs are the veal chop, the filet and there's a pasta dish with a cream sauce, Pina's homemade sausage and sweet peas - yum!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I've eaten at a lot of Italian restaurants and Pina's hands down beats them all. From the appetizers to the main course and desert everything is real authentic Italian. I've hosted two business lunches and had dinner with my family and everyone loved the food and service. I highly recommend Pina's and know we will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great family run and neighborhood bistro. Lucky to have it in town.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 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
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 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
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 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
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Always delicious with great service. A favorite Italian bistro.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 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!

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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
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 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
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 31, 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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Always a wonderful experience & great food!

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

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 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
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Pina's is a fantastic little Italian place! Most nights you will find mama in the kitchen cooking with her daughters serving the most wonderful home-cooked style Italian meal. It's so good and comfortable, you'll forget that you are in a restaurant. My husband spent several years living in Italy and he is very picky about the Italian food that he eats... Pina's is definitely our favorite in Orange County/LA area.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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

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 (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
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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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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

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

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

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