Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

4.4
1892 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.

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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. Open 11AM - 8PM.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great place.

We were there during Happy Hour and it was noisy- but what Happy Hour isn’t. As soon as people began to leave, atmosphere was very pleasant. Our waitress was great!

HH cocktails variety was good and the 2 we tried were enjoyed. Very nice Old Fashion. Wine selection is excellent and the Conundrum super!

The dining room area looked very nice with an air of privacy.

We had either the HH Burger (with blue cheese) or the HH Salmon Burger. They were both excellent! The sweet potato fries with the salmon were perfect. Can’t say that about the regular fries.

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NZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Josh, was outstanding! He was humorous, attentive, and very relatable. The food was outstanding as well. I have been a few times, but I took my brother for his birthday and he was shocked at how delicious and amazing everything was. My husband even loved the left overs I brought home. Thank you for a great experience!

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MR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The skirt steak was not impressive. The meat was thin, and over marinated, just like Korean BBQ but expensive. The fried chicken was fried two long, the skin turned black. When made the reservation, I marked it was my birthday but I do not need Birthday songs. Not a gesture, not a small desert cake. Very dispointing.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Tables were not very clean, the salt shaker was very dirty. The table creaked every time you put even a little bit of weight on it. I ordered the Asian Chicken Salad and it was very bland and dry. I don’t think I’ll return.

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Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with terrific service. Their pork chop marinated in hoisin was excellent, and my friend loved their bbq spare ribs. The server was excellent paying attention to allergy requirements and going the extra mile to see everything was perfect. All in all, a terrific meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place! The food is outstanding, the atmosphere is nice, and the service is great. (Pro tip: ask for Andrew. He’s the best!

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for such a great review. We truly appreciate it. We look forward to serving you again soon. Christian Dimacali | Operating Partner Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine

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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent service!

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Responded on July 11, 2019

Andy, Thank you for taking the time to giving us a great review on your last visit! We truly appreciate it and hope we get to serve you again soon! Christian Dimacali | Operating Partner Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s birthday with her grandparents. Wife asked for quinoa with chicken but was served w salmon. Which is fine, mistakes can be made. Server and manager made up for it by bringing us side of chicken so the dish didn’t have to be remade. Also, daughter got an extra ice cream which she loved! Food was delish! You won us over with a Father’s Day coupon so we came back pretty quick .

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a great review! Our apologies for the error with the Salmon, but I'm glad our Team made up for it. We hope to serve you again soon. Christian Dimacali | Operating Partner Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine

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

Celebrating our Anniversary

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you so much for celebrating your special occasion with us. We hope you celebrate more momentous occasions in the future here at Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine! Christian Dimacali | Operating Partner Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine

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JG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience thanks!

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SB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our food had to be sent back. Brick chicken to Salty Salmon also overly salted. Asked to have chef try our Brick Chicken which we couldn’t eat. Waitress came told us Chef agreed. Took chicken off our bill. Salmon spinach to salty to eat. We will wait to go back.

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Responded on July 11, 2019

Sera, Thank you for taking the time to writing a review on your recent visit! We truly apologize that you had a less than satisfactory experience. Please feel to reach out to me anytime to discuss your experience even further as we hope to invite you back again soon! Christian Dimacali | Operating Partner Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Family get together

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DJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Very delicious and tender. Ordered filet mignon and the pork chop...perfectly seasoned and well done like we asked. The drinks are to die for!

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you for taking the time in writing a great review... we truly appreciate it! We hope to serve you again soon! Christian Dimacali | Operating Partner Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine

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AW
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an Anniversary dinner. When we were seated our waitress Allana greeted us with and anniversary greeting and told us to save room for desert because desert was on them. It was a great way to start dinner off. Our waitress was amazing, the food was great as was the atmosphere. We'll certainly be going back.

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Responded on July 11, 2019

Allan, Thank you for taking the time to writing a great review on your recent visit at Paul Martin's Amerinan Grill | Irvine. We truly appreciate it! We'll pass the sentiment over to Alanna as well! We hope to serve you again soon! Christian Dimacali | Operating Partner Paul Martin's American Grill | Irvine

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EO
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, very good service, and quiet enough to have a conversation. Good local spot for both casual and business. Would recommend.

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Celebrating two occasions in their "semi-private" area. We were a total of 11 people. Service started out okay, but after the food was served became nonexistent. I had to get up and ask where our waiter was. He apologized, stating it was busy, although it in fact was not. He offered dessert menus to the two people celebrating, but I had to ask the waiter to give one to everyone. Dirty plates were not removed from the table. He acted very disinterested and pretty much spoiled the event. This was our first and last visit. Food was okay, although nothing special, although the crab cake I had was disgusting. The waiter said there is a "special" ingredient that some people like and some don't. Well, I'd say remove that ingredient so EVERYONE likes it. The only crab cake I've ever had that's been inedible. The waiter removed the crab cake from my bill as well as the desserts (four), but I would have preferred to have received good service rather than a few dollars off.
I ended up tipping 15%, which was a good 10% more than deserved.
This was our first and last visit to Paul Martins. A shame, because the atmosphere is very nice. Our event was spoiled and I was truly embarrassed, because I chose this place rather than go to a tried and true restaurant known for good service. My mistake.

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OT
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, fabulous food. Save room for the peach cobbler when they have it.

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Stephanie was AWESOME!! Very attentive and very helpful in suggesting items.... A must is the Mac and Cheese and the Butter Cake!!

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C
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a really great spot in Irvine. Located at the spectrum where there are many choices, this location is awesome. The room itself is very modern with a upbeat vibe. I ordered the salmon and side of brussel sprouts, really awesome preparation. Perfectly cooked and plated. Drinks are well poured and the service was spot on.

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MM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food and service! No complaints. We will return for sure.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch is good amount

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GA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stephanie provided wonderful service.

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L
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and our waitress Debbie, made it a very special occasion. We were going to the Santana concert at the five point amphitheater and she got our orders placed and the meal was ready quickly. The complimentary birthday dessert was one of the best desserts we have ever had and I’d definitely recommend Paul Martin’s for special occasions. Our waitress Debbie should be named Server of the Year for her attention and service.
Thank you for a wonderful evening

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KF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great. Great food and service. And very comfortable. I also appreciated that the Bathrooms were clean.

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SC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

This was my birthday dinner and the food was not good. We are foodies so quite the experts on good food and this was NOT. The skirt stake was rubbery with absolutely no flavor, obviously frozen prior and old, not fresh. The side of sweet potato was also dry and with no flavor, I could barely swallow it was so dry. I didn't eat any of my meal. My husband returned his also for the filet, it was a little better, but still hardly any flavor in the meat, but at least you could chew it.
Besides this, they didn't make us pay for those two meals, but my daughter only had an appetizer, my other daughter pasta and the filet, the total bill was $180 which seems very high for 2 meals. Overall, I won't be back for sure.

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RM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The service was actually very good and our waitress was extremely accommodating, friendly, and professional, but she was not available in many cases when we needed something. My wife had their ribs, chicken, and shrimp special, which she said was excellent. I had the fish tacos, which were probably below average as far as fish tacos go. The food was pricey for what you get, which is probably why I would not recommend this place to a friend, unless my friend was not too concerned about paying too much.

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RR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Hostess was having a meltdown even though there were only two parties waited. Although we had a reservation we were told to go to bar to wait. It was a mess!! All tables dirty and only seat at bar. Everything in disarray. Gal who took drink order disappeared for awhile. Party was seated while I waited for drink and tab table service by Ryan outstanding.

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LM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It was great but it took us a long time to get our table even though we had a reservation. We noticed that majority of the tables were unoccupied but left uncleaned. My son had to send his filet mignon back because it was undercooked. But on the bright side,it was a great night out and the noise was reasonable. So overall it was nice (see pics of lounge tables that were left uncleaned), just a little disorganized.

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S
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the new layout and decor, the summer special is a great deal!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for Father’s Day dinner. Had a reservation at 5 30. Arrived an hour before and they graciously sat us early. Food was good service was attentive. All in all a good experience.

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YB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Our server made the evening tolerable since he was polite and professional. Unfortunately we found the food to be not only cold but seriously lacking in quality and seasoning. The meal experience definitely did not match the prices of items ordered. I would not recommend this restaurant which is a shame because they once were all about quality and service.

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TB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great menu. Service was slow. They forgot to bring our Macaroni & Cheese side, yet charged for it. Attentive server, I think the kitchen was just slow.

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DI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, really great food service was awesome only negative thing was the wait time on food arrival was a little slow other than that everything else was really good

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LR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I have always loved P.M. for H.H. & dinner.We took the Family for Father's day. The kids are adults and love meat.It was great for them..I eat on the lighter side...The fish that day was either Frozen or farm raised.I chose the harvest salad.It was one of the worst salads ever..I didn't eat half of it ..I did not complain about it, but left disappointed. We spent $300 for lunch and that will be the last time for that .Thank you for your inquiry...Sincerely Lori

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Father’s Day lunch

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GG
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Paul Martin's at the Spectrum in Irvine to celebrate Father's Day. They had several specials that day and we took advantage of it! Our daughters both had the summer special which included delicious fall of the bone ribs, juicy fried chicken, delectable shrimp, the best corn on the cob, hot cheese biscuits and a scrumptious peach cobbler. My hubby had the prime rib and mashed potatoes, with a Caesar salad and I had the vegetable frittata with the smashed potatoes, complimentary coffee and a white sangria. Overall, the food and service was outstanding! We also received a $25 gift card to come back on another date. We will definitely be coming back for sure!

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JM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I am sorry to say we did not enjoy our meal, crab cake not great, burger was overdone (asked for medium came well, cole slaw with ribs was awful. Service was good -although she charged the whole bill to me when we were with another couple and was suppose to split. Would not recommend your restaurant.

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lex provided excellent service during our celebration lunch on 6/13. She was friendly, helpful and we greatly appreciate all of her assistance. The food was outstanding and we enjoy coming to Paul Martin's for for our family meals. Thank you! Stacey Phillips

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NM
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Shane, was excellent! The calamari was not very good, dry and crunchy. Shane
made it right for us though.
We had the triple play special and it was great…ribs, chicken and shrimp. The corn was
outstanding, whatever it was rolled in!

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C
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Ate at Paul Martin's in Austin last year and decided to give the Irvine location a try before the Brad Paisley show. Food was very good, the service was a little slow when we first arrived but then became excellent. perhaps they were a little short handed when we arrived?

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