Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

4.6
2500 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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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
35 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!

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

Nice place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a pleasant afternoon catching up with an old friend! The service was awesome! Summer did a great job of checking on us but didn’t push us to finish! The food was delicious as always! Will definitely be back again!

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DeepakO
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salvatore the Manger is so cool and so as Richie great place

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AM33
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super fun. Just had a good time. Drinks, apps & light meals. Will head back in the near future.

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CynS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All fo the servers were very attentive and very nice. The restaurant is lovely and the food was delicious!

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BillF
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had my Birthday Dinner at Paul Martin's American Grill and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My wife had the St Louis Ribs and rated them a 5. My daughter had the brick chicken and thought it was excellent. My grandson had the Buttermilk fried chicken and he loved it. I had the skirt steak, which was OK, but I wished I'd ordered the Rib-eye. The desserts were outstanding.

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vipOscarito
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!! Amazing food and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant and delicious food. Our server was very nice and attentive. Noise level was as expected on a Saturday night. Will be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great ambience, catch of the day was excellent, loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was yummy!!!

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vipbrea2942
Orange County
113 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy and yet our service was excellent. The food was delicious, including the spinach and artichoke appetizer and the flatbread. Our server was extremely attentive and gave us ample time to enjoy our drinks and eat the apps before taking our dinner order. The halibut was fabulous as was the fried chicken and the short ribs. We were celebrating a birthday and the choice was up to the birthday girl. She ordered the butter cake and it was amazing! There was plenty for the four of us and it was comped. This is a fine restaurant with a versatile menu with food to please just about every palate. Seating on the patio was delightful and much more quiet than inside. Although our reservation was for indoor dining (we weren't sure about the weather), they accommodated our request to sit on the patio. Delightful experience.

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AllisonC
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service.

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Frybomber
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was mediocre. Ordered the pork ribs, served luke warm. Limited beer menu unless, no curated list. Pretty disappointing for our first visit to the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The overall experience was great. Our server, Wes, was amazing. He was extremely helpful with his recommendations and very attentive, always checking in, giving us updates on our food and anticipating our needs. Although the food was very good and environment was pleasant, it was Wes that made the dining experience great.

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MyrtleJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would recommend Paul Martin's all of friends we had a very nice time the food was great and the service was out standing we will back soon

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GosiaM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our Service was very good although they missed our bread basket but the waiter was training so it’s understandable. The food was just OK, my braised rib was a tad tough and my daughter’s filet was bloody inside not so much a medium rare. Ambience was very nice and the noise level was low.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was really good and the ambiance was nice! The service was also exceptional everyone had great attitudes and customer service. The blackened chicken, steak and mashed potatoes is a must!

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ocpatty
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I had been there and the food was amazing. I ordered the filet mignon medium well and it was perfect. I will definitely be going to Paul Martin's again.

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poptart
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always forget how great this place is. Great food, great service, great drinks. I always like their extra steps to make sure we’re happy all along the way.

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TeriR
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner. First time for one couple. They enjoyed it. That salt on the tables was very hard to get out. I tried 3 of them. Just use regular salt please.

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JennieC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I enjoy going to Paul Martin's but I am always struck by how expensive the bill is when it arrives. Perhaps our group needs to drink less.

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vipSylviaB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary! It was a lovely evening.

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Ninae
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Bar service is super slow. Second time this has happened. I saw bartender just chatting and had no drinks to make yet I was sitting there waiting for my drink. Then they finally brought it to me with my food. As we all know you would like to have a drink before your food while you are waiting

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

In found the prime rib special a little smaller than I read, meaning, I cut was thin and I did mentioned something to the server. He informed me that we were the last two orders and maybe the cut the meat thinner than normal to make it last. I’m not one to complain, but I also thought, if I’m paying good money for the dinner it wood have been nice for them to tell us they ran out. I would have ordered singing else. I do love to go to this restaurant about once a month and I even took my daughter to the one in Austin, where she lives. So over all it was a good experience but just disappointing meal for two.

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YvetteC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Thank you Curtis for humoring our crazy kids.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated and attended to appropriately for our whole experience!

FAQs

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 2500 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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