Provenance

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$30 and under
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Italian
Newport Beach is now home to a new dining concept that delivers elements
of California’s wine country to Eastbluff Village Center. This is an exciting new restaurant concept that focuses on bringing seasonal, local and responsible fare to the community. We are ingredient driven, everything is made from scratch, and we use only fresh, seasonal and local ingredients of the highest possible quality. Those ingredients that are not from our garden are sourced from a network of small-scale producers. We believe that sharing emotions with the customer is what cooking is all about. Our kitchen at Provenance unites tradition and modernity and we have a deep respect for our product and our guests. We are going back in time with our own garden, and the experience is just about as local and as natural as you can get...Come in and sample Napa Valley here in Newport Beach!
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OD
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

What happened to this restaurant? It used to be so good but now it's really dropped in quality. My first indication that something was different should have been when the server was acting rude and almost poking fun at us for asking about an item that was no longer on the menu. But it was no joke, he was just being rude to us. Any normal server might have suggested something similar to what we wanted, but he just told us that a lot of people really liked that dish and they've taken it off the menu. Sidebar; why would you take off a really popular dish?
I ordered the Korean Short Rib pasta and was pretty disappointed, even the pasta itself was bland. The ribs were so-so, but there is no reason to order that dish.
The salmon pasta was also bland, but the salmon was fair enough.
Sorry to say that the Provenance I used to know no longer exists. Instead we're left with this restaurant that looks the same but is a sorry replica of what once was.

LG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants that we used to brag about to friends. Alas, something must have changed from a management standpoint and we won’t going back. I made a reservation on February 15 in order to miss the Valentines Days crowds. Even through the restaurant was not very crowded we had a horrible experience. In addition to waiting an extremely long time for my wife to receive her cocktail, we wound up having to leave after an hour due to our entree still not having arrived. Overall, the situation was a hot mess. Too many good restaurants in Newport Beach to go through anything like that again.

S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Valentines Menu was NOT worth $80. Disappointing menu items and portion sizes. Quality of food was like wedding/banquet food. Hostesses were very friendly and nice, and servers were alright. But the Valentines dinner was overpriced and not special at all.

s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

horrible experience, the restaurant didn't honor the reservation time, had us wait at the bar, the food was served cold and our waitress was MIA the entire time. Only when we asked for the check in the middle of the 3rd course did she realize we were miserable, probably because she hadn't been by once after taking our order.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Pre-fix menu for Valentines Day. Sub-par waiter. Food was all right. Not sure if it was worth going again on Valentines Day. Will go back on normal day to try it again to see if this was a fluke.

OC
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Valentines Dinner disappointment. Mediocre food and a rude GM named Michael. One and done with this place.

AB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

First experience was Valentines day.

Cold food. Undercooked. Terrible presentations. Extremely bland (3 pieces of asparagus with a poached egg and a few slices of prosciutto = salad?... hard pasta dough.....hard risotto....). Rushed the entire time. In fact, my wife and I couldn't stop laughing after every course. $280 before tip. There was an older gentleman that was nice and stopped by our table a few times, although this was not our server who was not present most of the time. Sorry but this was a COMPLETE failure, and I will not return.

G
Orange County
77 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding as usual
My neighborhood restaurant

We both had hamburgers Very good
Fries with top quality

CW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious food with so many different choices. Can't wait to return and try something else from their menu.

OT
Orange County
135 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyable every time we visit. New surprises each time. The tomato and beet salad was out of this world served on a wooden cutting board. A must to try. We so enjoy the friendly and relaxed atmosphere while enjoying fresh and well presented
menu items.

GE
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I tried out Provenance with some friends during Restaurant Week for their brunch. I have to say I felt it was over promised and under delivered. To start with, we were served coffee that was cold. Then we had to sit with it for a REALLY long time before we got our food. When we did, the food didn't live up to it's billing. Like the "Whiskey and brown sugar cured lox" is really just regular lox. Nothing special. During brunch the menu is much reduced too, which was bad for my vegan friend. Overall was not memorable in a good way.

JJ
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Provenance is consistently a great dining experience. I am gluten free and found many options that were delicious. Always a good choice for us!

SG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Provenance for Newport Beach Restaurant week and man was that a good decision. The food was all fantastic and we plan on coming back to Provenance at some point. Every dish was delicious and the service was great. They were very on top of refilling our waters and clearing our table. It's a little loud when its busy but overall we had a wonderful experience. The portions were just right and have they have a great variety of options on their menu. I'd highly recommend Provenance for a nice date or even celebrating an event.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A party of eight enjoyed their wide variety of delicious entrees and wine — an excellent restaurant for large groups where you can talk and eat great food.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food & Ambiance were good as always - service required a lot of patience - it was “restaurant week” and they were understaffed and overwhelmed

OT
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Provenance is one of our local "go to" restaurants. We enjoyed the Newport Beach Restaurant Week menu during this visit. BTW - the bisquits that they serve prior to ordering are over the top good.

MY
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

All the Food, the atmosphere is always awesome but the server is always disappointed 🙁 Never asked like ”How is everything?” by the waiter(server). Just average or below service... 1/24/20 NPB Restaurant Week / Lunch

BS
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I would with provisions, go on a nice day to enjoy the outdoor dining. The spinach fettuccine with bolagnese lacked seasonings and was bland. The artichoke appetizer was nice and very simple. My friends chicken sandwich was good but the bread was very dry on the edges.

BG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The noise level is awful. Very difficult to hear across the table.

B
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cathy Pavlos, chef Luis along with the staff serves a well prepared meal you can't find any where else. We started with a beautifully crafted charcuterie board composed of a variety of delicious meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, etc. A glass of champagne set my mood and the sand dabs were prepared perfectly. A deconstructed apple pie with a gingerbread cookie (fantastic flavor combo) and topped with ice cream rounded out my experience. For a Wednesday evening the house was packed and impressed our business associates. My next visit to Provenance can't come soon enough!

PH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Very mosey.
Quite good food.
Fernando the waiter was not good. Water glasses empty. He never checked on us when meals were delivered. We had to ask for our cocktails after 15 minutes.

G
Orange County
78 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My tennis friend and I sat on the outside patio for lunch.

Food was outstanding.

Michele was our waitress and she is very professional while being friendly.

WR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The server had too many customers (tables) to be efficient

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, good wine list, friendly staff, what's not to like?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience1

The pork scallopini dish is excellent, a delicious explosion of flavors that all work well together. Service was erratic. Ambience is fine IF you like a concrete and metal cafeteria setting and noise. But the WORST was the maitre’d. Rude, rude, rude!

FF
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for restaurant week brunch and it was excellent. We sat at the side of the patio next to the raised planter beds. Loved the herb planters hanging on the wooden fences. Service was good and attentive. I had the omelette and my wife had the smoked salmon eggs benedict and the lemon doughnuts with lemon curd, yummy. I should imagine the interior would be a bit louder than the patios.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I would give it another try based on the photos and previous reviews. We were there for Sunday Brunch during Restaurant Week. We all ordered the Newport Scramble on the brunch menu. My "scramble" was more like an omelet that was overcooked on one side and still had liquid spots on the other and appeared as if it had just been slid onto the plate diner style. There was a tablespoon of some cooked tomato which was described as something that sounded tasty but was just cooked tomato, and a thick piece of grilled Brioche, with nothing on it. The tomato could have been spicy and flavorful too spread on the toast or a sweet-spicy kind of thing. The large piece of grilled bread just seemed awkward...even if they had brushed it with a little evoo infused with thyme or lemon or?? The small salad that came with the brunch was also uneventful...dressing was very bland, no vinegar taste at all. It seemed like things were not thoughtfully prepared and like the kitchen was rushed. I will say that the fruit plate that a friend had with their dish was presented with thought and looked fresh:) We were "home" for the weekend and carefully selected this restaurant over many others, including oceanview places because we wanted a wonderful food experience. As I said, I would try again because I think they are passionate, but things were just way off.

SL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. I love taking guests for the first time.

AM
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for patio seating because it is quieter. Restaurant week 3 course ordered by 2 of us. The dessert here is always something special and not to be skipped

R
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The restaurant was very busy and they seemed unprepared for the crowd. A number of very unhappy people were at the check-in desk who thought that they had made reservations by phone only to find out that the restaurant personnel had been so busy that they hadn't checked the phone mail. Even though we had reservations, the only seats available were on the patio. We were told we would have to wait at least an hour if we wanted to be seated inside. There were space heaters but it was not ideal. After being seated, the waiter brought us two "complimentary" biscuits that managed to be undercooked on the inside and slightly burnt on the outside. Both of our appetizers were underwhelming. My main course, sand dabs, was quite good and my husband's sole was also good. The deserts were small but nice, but we had to wait about 35 minutes for just a piece of cake. The waiter was very nice but constantly apologized because the kitchen just could not keep up. It was a very disappointing experience and we will most likely not return.

LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Provenance. We made a reservation last week and were delayed due to the game we attended prior being delayed. They were so gracious in extending our reservation and even stayed open later to serve our large group! We really enjoyed our meal, the service and the ambiance.

P
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for the second time for Newport Beach restaurant week, and it doesn’t disappoint.

OT
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We love it here and have eaten here often. Our server, Andrew, is a real gem. He remembers us when we return and really has his act together. The food is always very good however our party of 6 was seated outside and even though they tried to offset the cold I was so cold the entire time. The corner table had a small heater behind it and there should be another one placed around it.

I appreciate the attempt but please revisit your approach to the tables outside when the weather dips under 50.

n
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Five years ago, Provenance was way above average: food was good, service was good, ambiance was good. And then, about three years ago, things changed. The food was either undercooked or overcooked, service was sketchy, but the ambiance remained garden cozy. We had not gone back until a few days ago, when we decided to give it another try. This time, we were seated next to the noisy service area, the food was pretty good, not great, but the service was excellent. I would only recommend this place with reservations because of its inconsistency.

J
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I took my friends there to celebrate a special occasion. Each of us ordered a different meal. We were all disappointed. The food was really skimped on and not like it used to be. The service wasn’t good either. We had to get up and find out waiter a couple times. I would not come back again

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding!!!

NB
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this wonderful neighborhood gem. The food is healthy and delicious. Great service as well.

CM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The restaurant is tucked away in a plaza near the CDM school. It has a nice outside area with a small garden hanging on the fences and in some planters on the ground around the table. My 4 girl friends went during Newport Beach Restaurant week for the $20 lunch meal which was a 3 course meal - app / salad, main and dessert. It wasn't big portion, probably because it was restaurant week and it's to entice people to check them out and hoping we will return again. What was disappointing was when the waiter asked us if we wanted a bread basket, and my friends said yes, of course, thinking it was complimentary. Well, it wasn't and we were charged $5 for 4 little biscuits. And since there were 5 of us, we were charged an additional $1.75 for it. What a rip-off! He should've told us that there is a charge of $5 or say something to that affect. I would rather have something better than have bread for $6.75. Yes, it was warm and tasted like rosemary or some other herbs, but not worth the price. Would I go back to this place...if someone wants to splurge and pay for me, then maybe. Otherwise, I rather go somewhere else.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff and great ambiance. First visit was 10/10

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Unfortunately this must’ve been an off night because I love this restaurant. The biscuits have always been my favorite they were the worst dry and cold. Meatballs weren’t even lukewarm the pasta was salty. One guest had butternut squash ravioli and it was perfect. The Caesar salad was very good.