Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

4.4
1829 reviews
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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.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy freshly baked white cheddar biscuits, organic dark roasted coffee, a hand-crafted cocktail or juice, and a brunch entrée of choice, all for just $27 per person. Crab Cake Benedict drizzled with creamy hollandaise, anyone? Prime Rib, dinner menu, and $9 children’s menu also available all day.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy freshly baked white cheddar biscuits, organic dark roasted coffee, a hand-crafted cocktail or juice, and a brunch entrée of choice, all for just $27 per person. Crab Cake Benedict drizzled with creamy hollandaise, anyone? Prime Rib, dinner menu, and $9 children’s menu also available all day.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Easter Dinner - our server made us feel uncomfortable. He seemed very blah for lack of a better explanation. He would just stand over us and not say anything. We had to ask him if we could order or needed something. A few meals came out incorrectly (of which we didn’t ask for them to be corrected because we know we’re picky). He charged the wrong credit cards for the wrong meals (putting a $100 extra charge on one of the cards that should have gone to the other card). We only used 2 credit cards for 10 people so it shouldn’t have been too confusing, especially when it was “this half the table on this card and the other half on a separate card”. We weren’t split up all around the table. We’ve been here before with large groups and haven’t had any issues but the server’s behavior and the unappetizing meals (for the price) solidified our disinterest in the restaurant and we probably won’t return.

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HM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All was good, but very pricey overall. Server's apparel doesn't seem correct for a $100+ 2 person lunch.

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SE
Central Coast
61 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit, and it was an enjoyable as the first two. We shared an artichoke for an appetizer, and I had corn chowder (soup of the day) and the Harvest Salad with Salmon (which was plentiful and filling). The cocktail list has many interesting drinks to try. I had a birthday deal there for a free dessert, and I used it for a yummy sundae. Top it off with excellent, friendly service, and our evening was a winner.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was not good and over priced. Our server never came to check on us and didn’t smile once.

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CO
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Check in was very underwhelming.

Food quality is decreasing and prices are going up at the same time.

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KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 8 and food arrived later than we anticipated; if it had been a normal lunch hour, we'd have been in trouble. It was delicious and the waitress, Brittany, was outstanding. She even brewed a fresh pot of coffee for our dessert - and the smell alone was heavenly! My boss told me it was his favorite place to go as a group so I'm sure we'll be returning.

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VM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As a family celebrating a birthday, I love that they had round tables. Good drinks, conversation and something on the menu for all ages. We will visit again. I hear happy hour is the best! And for those looking for a private gathering, the patio room is a wonderful venue for 30+guests.

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t
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour, the food is very good...best smoked chicken wings, there a must....and the service is outstanding...we be back again and again

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was pricey. But bottles of wine prices very reasonable

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BD
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went there to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Unfortunately, the group sitting next to us were there for the same reason. They had a crying baby and a kid who loved to punch the helium filled balloons. It kind of ruined the ambiance of the evening. I wish they would of sat us away from since there was plenty of room. Besides that, the food was pretty good, and the $10 corkage fee was great. The waitress even asked us if we wanted our wine decanted. That was a very nice touch! The service was pretty good and right on time. We shared s small Butchers Board to start. That was a Zagat recommendation, and they were right. A great start to our meal and it complimented the wine perfectly. We also had dinner salads, which were fresh and delicious. I had the Blackened Ribeye which was cooked to a wonderful medium rare. I really liked it. My wife had the NY strip, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Good place and location. I’m sure we’ll be back for another visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. Won’t be my last. Great ambiance. Went with my family but ready to take some friends as well. Pretty large bar area where one could also dine. Great and tasty drink selection. Good service. Good food. Go!

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PA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow. Maybe short handed that day?

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K
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Our server Hunter was phenomenal.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Hunter was fantastic! His food & drink suggestions were know point. He made our birthdays extra special.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, bartender on Friday night was amazing. Food was excellent, my date and I had a wonderful evening

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Waiter needed to be less pushy. Never brought bread. Waiter also didn't listen to directions with dish timing. Also didn't clear extra plates, silverware and glasses off table to reduce crowding.

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HH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy hour sandwich/burger deal was fantastic! Can’t beat a full meal and a happy hour cocktail for $15. Salmon sandwich was delish!

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c
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls birthday night out

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a nice birthday dinner with good friends.

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MW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was ok, we had to flag down other table’s server to ask for our server’s attention.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hostess and staff... valet parking is directly across the road

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Meet at PMs for dinner w a few colleagues, great happy hour menu, very attentive and courteous bar staff and hosts. Appetizers and dinner where great everyone loved their food and dessert. Would definitely recommend PMs if your in the area and looking for a great business dinner location.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice staff. Nice table. Nice food

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great! The food was tasty, and the ambiance was very nice.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Some menu items are quite good, but others like the wedge salad or shrimp pasta not so much. A wedge salad should be crisp and cold - ours was not. Lettuce a bit limp and room temp. The pasta is definitely a one-off item to broad the menu of steak and beef specialties but it really missed the mark. Overall the apps were great, and desert recommended by the server were very good - as was the specialty cocktail and wine.

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JB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Sent 3 (out of 9) dinners back.. They couldn't even make the hamburger right

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space for a larger party. Thank you!

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Ana was very attentive and took care of all of our needs promptly. 5 stars all the way! Thanks for a great lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Can’t ask for much more. Well done.

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RL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit 3 - 4 times a month (live “down the street”), is our favorite restaurant to relax and enjoy a terrific variety of food and libations. The staff consistently provides sincere, caring service, too.

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JY
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first time at Paul Martins. We were seated promptly and the service was very good. Our waiter was very attentive and food came out promptly. I ordered the French onion soup which was good but not spectacular. My entree was a delicious salmon and I’d go back again just for that. My husband ordered a pasta dish that was rather bland and less than exciting. Desert was the most wonderful hot fudge sundae either of us have ever had - truly amazing. We were there during happy hour and it was rather noisy. Overall we’d go back again to try some other dishes.

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S
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food is always delicious at Paul Martin. Debi was a great and attentive server and Sean’s drinks from the bar are always consistently delicious. Wish they would bring back the Monday Wine Dinner for Two. That was one of our favorite deals.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was full of flavor and our server Ryan was excellent!

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

Brittany was fantastic and attentive. Food was great and ambiance is wonderful.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a company dinner. Started with refreshments in the bar area, and then moved on to our table. The service was excellent, and the food was better.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server, Alexis, was great. Quinoa Bowl was delicious!

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S
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went for Restaurant Week. For only $15.00, we received fresh bread, a big salad, and our entree. Mine was a grilled salmon sandwich and sweet potato fries. My friend had the Quinoa bowl, which she liked very much. My salmon was a little on the dry and salty side; but overall it was pretty good. The sweet potato fries were done perfectly. However, my friend and I thought they should have been served with Ranch dressing as opposed to the ketchup they came with. I would go back though as it was a great value. Our server was very attentive as well.

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C
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love your salmon tacos and grilled artichoke. 3 people in my party had never been to your restaurant before and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Our waitress was excellent. My only issue is that when my friend asked which is better, the salmon or the halibut, the waitress told her Halibut - but never told her there was an up charge of $4. Always better to say upfront versus having it be a surprise.

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B
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little mixup in the orders at lunch today as the order was taken by memory and then confused in the kitchen. Management was quick to bring out new food and comped a portion for the goof.

Service and food was very good!

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server had a rough night. Brought out the wrong meal for one person in our party; we had to wait a considerable amount of time for the right meal. She was a bit scarce in her visits to our table. She was apologetic, everyone has off days so I don't think it's reflective of overall service. Also, didn't love the weird curtain behind our table that divided customers from staff members taking a break and doing side work. It's pretty pricey, I would probably only go for Happy Hour in the future.

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