About Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

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.

534 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
MON - THUR: 11 AM - 10 PM
FRI - SAT: 11 AM - 11 PM
SUN: 11 AM - 9 PM

Cross Street:
Pacifica

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 453-1144

Website:
http://paulmartinsamericangrill.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking across the street or free parking structures in the center

Public Transit:
Route D on the Irvine Shuttle

Private Party Facilities:
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business meeting, we have the space for you. From menus to décor, we are happy to customize every detail to fit your needs. At our Irvine location, our semi-private wine cellar table seats up to 14 guests. Our heated patio seats 30 guests, our cocktail lounge seats up to 35, and combined seats up to 90 guests. In addition, our private dining room a 60” flat screen monitor and seats up to 65 guests. Full restaurant rental is also available. All spaces are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, full computer and audio/visual connections, and a wireless microphone.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Happy Hour (19)
Special Occasion (18)
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Bar Seating (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Business Meals (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Romantic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Healthy (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Casual (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Organic (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great Beer (5)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

their new decor was beautiful - service was very slow because they were too busy on a Sunday early evening - some of the staff were huffy to us about the slow service

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 3 days ago

Had some great food and wine. They thought we waited too long for our appetizer and gave it to us free, even though we had no idea that it was a long time. Thanks for looking out for your guests so well!

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·Dined 3 days ago

I had a reservation for 5:00pm. When my family (+ 3 children - ages 10; 12; 14) arrived at this time, the hostess said she went to check on our table. She went back and forth a couple of times, and had brief discussions with one of the managers. We waited for around 10-12 minutes, and I was puzzled because I already had a reservations. We were eventually seated, but we didn't like the table that was located in a busy area with lots of walking traffic from both waiters and also customers , so we requested another table. The hostess accommodated us, and it was much nicer and in a less "busy" area. I was a little bothered at first because I got the impression that the delay was due to our hostess/manager deciding to change our table location. I could be wrong, but that is how I felt.

The food was good, but nothing impressive to tell all my friends about. We visited for during the Christmas season of 2016, and I thought the food was better before. We were also celebrating my wife's birthday, and overall we had a nice time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I planned a belated Valentines and we were NOT dissapointed . Great staff

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

The short ribs and brick chicken were excellent. As always the food and drinks were very tasty. Was disappointed in our table crammed between two other tables, it was very awkwardly close to both other parties especially for a date. The s’mores sundae was insultingly small, we should have sent it back. I’ve never seen such a small scoop of ice cream, if you could call a scoop. It’s a $9 ice cream sundae - it should have been a decent sized dessert considering it’s mostly ice cream.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

It was our first time eating at Paul Martins and we were pleasantly surprised. The salt and pepper shrimp was delicious. We asked to have a few different sauces. I loved the cocktail sauce and my husband loved the chili aioli. The quinoa bowl looked delicious, and They were able to accommodate my request to have salmon instead of chicken for a small extra charge. It was amazing. The best blistered tomatoes I've ever had! The salmon and veggies were perfectly cooked. My husband had the ribs and fries and he was not disappointed either. Great service and nice ambiance. We will definitely go back and we are happy to have another go to restaurant for date night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server was awesome and the food was excellent. The restaurant has a great vibe and well decorated.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Best crab cake ever! The wait service was a bit slow but kind. The host/hostesses were so welcoming.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The filet was amazing and my wife really enjoyed the Asian salad. She also had the best mojito she’s had in a long time. But the chocolate cake was WOW!
Busy Valentine’s Day May have been the reason for the slow service, pricey but expected for the Spectrum, will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food tasted amazing, we had crab cakes, the Red fish, Steak (although this was nice it was just a piece of steak on a plate with 4 x pieces of sweet potato) it tasted great but looked a little boring

The service was terrible, really let the meal down, 20 minutes for a bottle of corona when there were 3 x tables in the restaurant is rather pathetic, and our kids meal which we ordered as soon as we sat down came out after our appetizers and was the last main meal to be bought to the table.

Id probably go again during the happy hour to give it another go but definitely not for an occasion meal again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Bottom line is I understand that nothing I write will make any difference in the big picture. However I still feel that something should be said.
Paul Martin management: $40 steak choices... really??
Where is the ocean and/or the glorious view?
What on earth justifies that you can get that price?
Yikes!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A nice ambience and overall fun restaurant. However, the food is not quite up to par with other good restaurants. For example, when you order filet mignon, it does not come with any house made sauce - you get A1 sauce instead! We had a large group of 16 for a birthday celebration and we had only one waitress helping, who was also serving a few other tables! So the service was inadequate. I mainly recommend the restaurant for its ambience alone - so a good place for drinks and appetizers with friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was excellent, but we were seated r at a table that nearly butted up against the diners next to us. That felt a bit like dining at a Denny’s booth.

Steaks are a bit pricey, as they only include one side dish, but all entrees were delicious.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food and service was great!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great service and food as always! Love the shrimp salad.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our steak was medium when we requested well done. They rectified the situation.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food and service are first rate. they recently reconfigured the dining room seating, eliminating many booths, so now it's less cozy feeling but still and excellent restaurant. Delicious appetizers and great happy hour.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We normally would rate this place much higher, which is why we chose Paul Martin’s but on this particular occasion we were sat next to the kitchen extremely noisy) the salad came out without the requested salmon, and the waiter was actually argumentative about why, and everyone mentioned how extremely salty the food tasted. It was an attorney luncheon that was quite important to us, so it was a little disappointing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was fabulous. I knew nothing about this until my son recommended it. Now we can't wait to go back.
Lemon drop martini was outstanding at Happy Hour, which runs till 7:00.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This was our first visit to the Irvine location. We came for happy hour and ordered two glasses of cabernet, the butcher board and smoked salmon crostini along with a ribeye entree. Everything was absolutely delicious, cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Our server Lauren was extremely attentive, efficient and friendly. Staff and management were welcoming and observant in every way. We look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Well organized, consistent wonderful food, atmosphere beautiful

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 30, 2018

So good! Everyone at the table was super happy. Cauliflower was heavenly. Also ordered the butternut squash soup per server's suggestion and it was one of the best I've ever had. Pricey though!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Monday night wine and dine a good deal. Short ribs tasty. Pleasant ambience. Placed our drink orders including water. Took over 5 minutes for water, drinks longer. Time between courses a little long. After entrees were served a request was made for a condiment. Server returned to our table twice but not with the condiment. Request was repeated and server commented, “I only have two hands!” A bit brisk and unprofessional I thought.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Always attentive staff & quality food and drinks. The Monday night special is a fantastic deal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Hostess was nice enough. Reservation was for 8:00 o’clock. We arrived at 7:40. She told us we would be seated closer to eight. Although we had some 20 minutes till seated she did not bother to offer us to wait at the bar or to have a seat at the lounge. Very young girls hosting. More interested in talking to each other. Although the hostess would have been fine with us standing at the door for 20 minutes we decided to find our way to the bar. We found friendly and professional service at the bar and from all other employees. The restaurant and bar area beautifully decorated. Food was wonderful and unbeknown to us, those celebrating a bday can choose a complimentary dessert from anything on the menu. We had the carrot cake which was delicious.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I can't remember the name of our server but she was a delight!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I would feel more comfortable and relax if the waiter can write down our orders instead of remembering orders by his memory.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Our server, Courtney, was not friendly and tried to rush us through our dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 20, 2018

A Saturday afternoon was a great time for a quiet lunch, with very good service. Quiet enough for lots of conversation, and taking our time with a very nice menu.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday. We told the waitress we were celebrating a birthday. She brought a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a little whipped cream to be shared at the table. We all thought this was great until we received a $9.00 charge on our bill. I don't know of any restaurant that charges for a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a birthday celebration.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First of all we waited more than 20 minutes to be seated despite our confirmed reservation. Then the waitress came 20 minutes later while we waited with 3 kids. We ordered food for kids first but they came after another 20 minutes mentioning the food was not available. The food came very late. The service was really bad....

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was very good as always, but service had an off night. No water for 10 minutes, bread 20 minutes after that. Drinks took 15 - 20 minutes to arrive and glasses stayed empty, then food took over 30 minutes to arrive as well.

I've been here too many times and know this was an aberration, but it was disappointing.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Noisier on the patio, than inside the restautant. Had a great meal.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was delicious. Our server was very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was great and so was the service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

PM's is a nice place. But getting VERY expensive. Their Happy Hour prices are quite high. And as for dinner, with a couple of glasses of wine each, an appetizer, and some plank Salmon, you can run up over a $170 bill. That's getting up into Fleming's territory, and this isn't Flemings.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food; good variety; healthy options; not too noisy for a business lunch

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Was seated for more than 20 minutes before a waiter approached our table, and then only after asking the hostess to get someone. Food was very good, but my steak salad came without the steak. Again, it was difficult to get a server ‘s attention. By the time I got the steak, others at the table were finished. Never an apology. Never an attempt to make it right. Never a visit from the manager. The meal would have been comped at a well run establishment.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I have been to Paul Martin's on several occasions and they always hit the mark for both meal and service. I highly recommend this restaurant for either a nice evening out with your friends or for a business lunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Hot Spot, People Watching
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