Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

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Order a glass of your favorite sauvignon blanc and share a plate of Town Dock calamari with friends or family at Paul Martin’s American Grill in the Irvine Spectrum Center. Or savor an indulgent hand-cut blackened ribeye masterfully prepared over the live fire of our mesquite grill. Paul Martin’s serves classic American cuisine elevated to a higher standard in our polished yet welcoming dining room that invites business luncheons, date nights, and camaraderie in equal measure.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather friends and family for a traditional Thanksgiving menu -- roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, savory stuffing, housemade cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake. Limited dinner menu also available. $34 per person, $16 per child. Open 11AM - 8PM.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 1961 People Are Saying
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AK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our family’s first time there, and we had a lovely evening with good food and service.

KE
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks, nice bar

S
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Always good food and ambiance. Normally service is great but there were a few instances where we had to wave down someone to take our order, and follow up on additional drink orders.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Did not care that it was our anniversary. Tried to get someone to take our picture, but no one helped us. Wait staff seemed more interested in hanging out with each other than actually serving. Food was mediocre at best. Crab cakes and cauliflower were good, but the kids hated their food (chicken fingers and mac and cheese). The cheese in the mac and cheese was still lumpy and way too salty.

KC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service by Alexis, Brittany and Diana was a 10. So professional. So nice to have great service from happy, polite people. Took my mom for her 76 birthday and it was perfect. Food was great and the butter cake dessert was incredible. The service made our night perfect!
Thank you!

B
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer lunch

m
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything good.

L
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. However, I made the reservation because I was of the understanding that I would receive 1000 points for Open Table. My reservation, after made, stated no point available for the reservation. I don't understand your process.

SS
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food

JB
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first experience at a Paul Martin's American Grill. It was really good. My wife and I were going for an early supper before going to a concert at FivePoint Ampitheatre. We just shared every dish. Started with the artichoke appetizer and an order of their crispy brussels sprouts...then shared the wedge salad and finished it off with the bbq ribs. We each had a cocktail and they were well crafted and served. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu. All of the food was excellent and we would definitely dine here again.

AG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Food came out surprisingly fast and our server Stephanie was awesome. Will be back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came in during happy hour and the place wasn’t packed at all. The food was amazing, service was great, and overall we are excited to come back again soon!

WK
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

First time dining here. Would not return. Service was great, ambiance was nice, food was mediocre at best. At least the beer was cold.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience at Paul Martin's. Such friendly staff and the best food! My colleague accidentally left his airpods there while on our business trip and they offered to mail them back to him in San Francisco! So great!

RB
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally enjoyed the Autumn Special... steak with shrimp and a wedge salad. Delicious!

NH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Extremely slow service. Dinner took over 2 hours even though it was not very crowded. Two prime ribs ordered med rare. One came med well with hardly any pink and the other very well done, not even a little pink. It took so long to get the food we didn’t want to wait to get another. Received the wrong deserts with the prix fixe (no cookies with the ice cream) but did ask for them since I just wanted to leave at that point.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great as usual, service was terrible.

TJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always delicious food and good atmosphere.

v
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the wedge salad and halibut. It was amazing! Our server was pleasant and efficient. Overall a great experience!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Took about 14 minutes before someone helped us once we sat. Refills on drinks took forever. Ambiance was awesome and the food was good. For the price the value was mediocre.

KK
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a fun spot, especially at the bar with the bartenders! Food is always good and the Happy Hour deals are also a treat!

RB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much nicer atmosphere since mall landscape renovation. No longer feels out of the way and isolated. Outstanding happy hour deals

BL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent season special for Summer

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is wonderful, our party of four had 4 different meals, each delicious. When they ran out of the dessert I wanted, the manager came to our table and told us he was having the chef make it just for us, very accommodating.

VB
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Christian in a great manager, always goes beyond to greet & welcome you.

TN
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the Asian chicken salad not sweet a little kick to it
Calamari appetizer very fresh
French onion soup kind of bland
Roasted cauliflower outstanding
Steak salad delish

s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food ,friendly service , nice ambience , relaxing. food was surprisingly better than other American restaurant around the area

RF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. Appetizer arrived before our water and cocktails. Tuna tartare was yummy. Quinoa bowl was salty, overcooked vegetables and chicken tasted like it came out of microwave. One cocktail we ordered was vodka soda - they forgot the club soda. It was straight vodka on the rocks! Will not come back.

K
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I feel they need to introduce more dishes? We like coming here cuz it's nice, but not wowed by any of their menu items? Happy hour is good and it's close to us.

DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

There are better options for dinner. It was just average.

OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

There were 8 in our party and the table was very nice and we were able to hear!
It took awhile to get our drinks delivered and the wine uncorked. We had to ask twice for a bucket for the white and a decanter for the red. We order 2 orders of calamari which was good and 2 orders of the tuna tower which had lots of avocado and a little bland tuna.
3 of us ordered the salmon with a carmelized onion and bacon topping and it was so salty, none of us finished it. Others at the table did enjoy the chicken, short ribs and halibut.
I also ordered a second glass of wine when they delivered the entrees, and didn’t get it until the table was cleared! Wouldn’t rush back.

JK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

service was extremely slow, took forever for our order to arrive. deviled eggs were delicious but steak on steak salad was way undercooked.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal fast and friendly service

RT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and had 8 people. Everyone had different items I like that the menu offers such a range

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food as always, was very good! I like the healthier options they have.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious summer special, great ambiance

J
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skirt steak was terrific. Calamari was excellent.

A
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food is excellent!

OT
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always a great meal. They have always accommodated our gluten needs without any judging or issues, great place for dietary limitations.

GT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Halibut was way overcooked.
other than that, it was great.

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