Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

4.6
2516 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 2516 people are saying
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AimeeM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING!! Service was outstanding. Ambiance was perfect. We had made a reservation at another restaurant about 3 weeks prior to Thanksgiving. The night before Thanksgiving we get a call at 9pm from the other restaurant letting us know they aren’t open. I started calling around probably 10 different places. We had 5 in our party they weren’t open or booked solid. Then I found Paul Martins and it was THE best experience we’ve had in a long time. We will definitely be back.

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Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

our cocktails were delicious, the turkey dinners were delicious except at 4:00 had already run out of butternut squash soup, disappointed in that but the salad was good. our waitress was outstanding, she and my husband had running jokes going. it was a pleasant afternoon on Thanksgiving.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome. Food was great too!

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vipTEHT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Our dinners were nothing to write home about. I ordered Cajun shrimp that was not edible. They were very overcooked. My husband ordered the large filet which was good but again, a little over cooked. Wedge salad was excellent. Our server was nice. Not impressed.

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miscony
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They fit us in when we came early for our reservation. They turned the heaters on outside just for us. The food was wonderful and everyone was so kind and accommodating. Loved it!

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SandyO
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They were short staffed in the kitchen so our food service was delayed, but great service, really tasty food, and a management staff that pitched in to help made it a good experience.

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Eileen
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This was perhaps our 100th dinner at Paul Martin’s. Like many places these days, prices are up, and the basics are not always attended to. Salad and entree served simultaneously, and we received cold mashed potatoes and fries. Even the little glass bottle of Coke that they’d always served with Jack & coke is now just made with fountain soda. The brick chicken was delicious, but everything was smaller than before, including the sprig of rosemary. The server was lovely and worked hard to accommodate. In past visits, a manager would routinely stop by, esp if anything was sent back. Not this time. It’s hard for restaurants post-pandemic, so we make allowances. We will go back, but not for a while. Gone are the days of friendly bartenders at PM who would remember your name and recommend wines. Now they just talk to each other and the customers are something of an unwelcome distraction.

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vipGoose
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

The stink outside is almost unbearable. It smelled like we were eating in a sewer, which of course does not enhance the flavor of the food. The Ahi Crudo was warm. Half the asparagus was overcooked the other half undercooked (still hard). The saving grace was the steak was cooked perfectly.

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RogerB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. And great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying out this place. They also did an amazing job. Great service and great food. They did an amazing job helping and serving an anniversary dinner for us!! Definitely recommend and will be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex did an amazing job taking care of us.

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Elwayfan
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fantastic experience with our server Brooke. My girlfriend had a halibut, And I had a lamb shank. Extremely tasty, great portions, and extremely attentive server. Great first time experience! Highly recommend to all

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vipJimS
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Been here many times. The restaurant was busy, but the noise level was such that we could carry on a conversation. I rated the value not because it's the restaurants fault, but because of the higher cost of food due to inflation.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great! Food tasted good however the salads were very overpriced. The Wedge salad is $12 and is the smallest slice of iceberg. Wouldn’t recommend. Spinach dip was fire!

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StacieR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The halibut dish was the best I ever had and the creamy mac and cheese was truly divine. Great food for the price.

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Ljho
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was fabulous!

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Jason
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our anniversary. We had been before and always enjoyed our food. This was no different! Skirt steak was cooked perfectly and the salmon sandwich was delicious. We got a side of mac n cheese and it was great as usual. Ordered a couple of drinks and enjoyed our time on the outdoor patio. We were surprised at the end of our meal with a complimentary butter cake dessert. Great touch to end a very nice evening. The servers were friendly and attentive. The prices are very reasonable for a great restaurant in a prime spot. We will definitely visit again!

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lovesfood
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour deal

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Webby
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great option for a business lunch. Great setting, good service and quality food.

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vipLaLoca
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delish shrimp linguini and cocktails are great! Service was very attentive. Butter cake too sweet but tasty

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great recommendations from our waitress. Perfect portions

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vipsteve
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Thank you Paul Martin’s

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we visit PM-Irvine Spectrum! Service and food is always excellent!

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vipDavidO
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Great service,
New interior makes it feel like a cafeteria. Pretty bad .
It was cold and cavernous. Put the booths back
Food was okay. Expect more from Paul Martins and for the price . The food presentation was weak. Drinks were great. Way over priced for what we received . Was dining w two executive chefs , both agreed the experience was bad . Will not be back to the Irvine Location.

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vipCina
Sacramento
96 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent with generous portions. We enjoyed the complimentary butter cake with fresh berries and a scoop of ice cream. It was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Had a reservation, and when we came in the (clearly flustered) hostess said it’d be “just a moment”. Three other parties that came in after us all got seated before us (only one of which had a reservation) and a party who had walked in seconds before us with a reservation at the same time was seated immediately. Meanwhile we are waiting 30 minutes with a hungry 4-Year old. I finally went back up to hostess and asked what the status was, and it was obvious she was having a hard time trying to “figure it out”. Finally another person came over and took over and had us seated in the next few minutes.

They seated us outside (never asked about preference), and my wife asked for the heater to turned on over our table. I also asked for a booster seat for my child. Neither request was fulfilled, and we had to make the request multiple times before someone finally got us a booster seat and turned on the heater.

They promised us bread and butter, but as we waited and time passed, noticed all the tables around us were getting bread and butter, just not us. And many of those had been seated after us.

The kids “burger” meal was way overpriced and didn’t even come with cheese. The fries tasted like pure salt. I had the French dip and the meat was fatty and tasteless, and the wife had steak salad which was, you guessed it, super fatty. Both of us barely ate because it just was no good. Basically paid just under $100 for our son to get an overpriced so/so burger because the rest of the food and service was terrible.

Only time the server seemed to really care about how we were doing was when it was time to pay the check. He seemed concerned that we didn’t want to-go boxes for our barely touched food. Total waste of time and money, will not be coming back here.

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Booo
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the main course but the mashed potato side tasted like powdered mashed potato and had a runny consistency.

Good atmosphere and staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always awesome and the service is superb. But the best part of this restaurant is their playlist. They play the most fantastic music. 70s 80s classics love it

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TriciaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and they have a really good wine list. Prices are very reasonable. Our server was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve never had any bad experience at Paul Martin’s! Exceptional customer service and the food is always great. We had a party there last month too and their manager, Christian is just the best! Very professional! We will definitely come back again. Thanks so much.

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JerryS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good food and the waiter was pleasant and attentive. I would recommend.

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TiaraC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner spot for a birthday celebration or date night. Elegantly casual atmosphere—great food, excellent service.

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RogerC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul Martin’s is an all time favorite. Great food and great decor. Hands down a strong recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place for a relaxing meal

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vipocgem
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter - amazing service - always a pleasure returning to our spot:)

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vipsteve
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date or for taking the family here.

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KathyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The fried chicken was over cooked and too oily.
Also, our waitress was not very knowledgeable of the food and didn’t check to see if we needed anything after receiving our meals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service from Ryan. We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place.

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Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 453-1144.

Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine is rated 4.6 stars by 2516 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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