Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

4.5
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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

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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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal fast and friendly service

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

We celebrated a birthday and had 8 people. Everyone had different items I like that the menu offers such a range

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food as always, was very good! I like the healthier options they have.

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

Delicious summer special, great ambiance

J
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skirt steak was terrific. Calamari was excellent.

A
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food is excellent!

OT
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always a great meal. They have always accommodated our gluten needs without any judging or issues, great place for dietary limitations.

GT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Halibut was way overcooked.
other than that, it was great.

L
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was awful. Couldn’t finish our burgers. Service was fair. They were reluctant to bring bread/butter and overall uninterested in serving us. Didn’t help that the food was just not good.

o
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe. Enjoyed an amazing special available for 2; entrees, soup or salad and bottle of wine at a great value. Service was excellent. Table spacing comfortable. Will definitely be back!

p
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous time it was for the four of us. Very courteous and friendly server, wonderfully prepared and presented cuisine. We all had prix fixe. Would recommend!

DX
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for happy hour on a Sunday. Not crowded, great food, decent prices. Would return!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was slow and the food was not worth the ticket price. Will not be returning .

R
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Took almost an hour Gor our dinner yo be delivered

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

Love Paul Martin's. The Brick Chicken is to die for. Service is always awesome.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Birthday Celebration!

B
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hadn’t been to Pail Martin’s in a long time and thought it would be the perfect place to meet a friend for dinner before we attended an event. We arrived just before 6pm on Friday night and were seated immediately. I was glad that I made the reservation because the place was packed and people were standing and waiting within 20 minutes. Very popular place! We ordered the harvest salad and the ahi salad. Both were excellent. Why made the evening was our waiter who was so attentive and friendly without being overbearing. I wish I could remember his name because he was really outstanding. Will return soon. Highly recommend.

g
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waitress was a bit distracted but kind when she interacted with us. The food was good but I have enjoyed better meals at this restaurant in the past. The seasonal peach cobbler was very tasty. The warm wheat sourdough bread was amazing but wasn’t offered until 1 minutes before our food arrived. I am not sure what happened there. The food was also very very slow coming out of the kitchen.

The menu is excellent because it is varied; everyone can find something. Also it is a good place to sit and talk. The air is fresh even in the dining room so the restaurant is not stuffy. The prices are high and the happy hour specials are available in the bar area only.

Although this meal was not as outstanding as past meals at this restaurant, I will come back and try again. Everyone has an off night.

LB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I and two friends had an excellent dinner at Paul Martins. They have a dinner trio special that came with Pork ribs, grilled shrimp and fried chicken. It looked amazing and was delicious! It also came with peach cobbler with ice cream for dessert.
The ribs were excellent and the cobbler was flavorful and large. We couldn't eat it all.

The place is beautiful. I will be back again!

GF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. The food as well and the prices were fairly reasonable.
We had dinner in the formal dining area and weren't disappointed but will probably enjoy the happy hour drinks and food in the bar/lounge next time. That's a real value!

F
Los Angeles
105 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great food! nice friendly servers. not overly fancy but very comfortable! would go again!!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was slow.

D
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my friend’s birthday, the food was amazing and helped make the day special.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ryan, was very nice, funny, and entertaining. He kept us laughing and was very helpful in answering any questions we had about the menu. Love this place!

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our visit started out poorly as there was no one at the front desk to seat us so we wound up waiting almost 10 minutes until one of the wait staff came over and took care of us. Then it took another 10 minutes until they figured out who would wait on us, very unorganized. We finally were waiting on and from there everything improved. The drinks, appetizers and main courses were all very good.

k
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time to visit and really enjoyed my meal. We had great service. Our server was attentive and described the food very well, before we ordered. I particularly enjoyed the appetizers I shared with my friend. Good place and lots of fun.

J
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We have gone to Paul Martin’s the last three anniversaries, and the previous two were great and very special. This time was fine, we ordered the summer special, and everything was OK, but I felt there was nothing special about it this time even though we told people it was our anniversary, and put it on the Open Table reservation. I still enjoy going there and the food is good, but it seemed like just a regular dinner out this time, unfortunately. I will mention that the summer special was good except the shrimp was a bit burned and rubbery (overcooked), but everything else was fine.

R
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always good at Paul Martin's but the service is always excellent

PN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Had good meals there before. Service is always good. The French Dip sandwich was terrible. Bread was not fresh and the meat tasted like it was old and boiled.

JJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first visit to Paul Martin’s and I will definitely be back. Everything was excellent, from the cocktails to the dessert, and the service throughout. I had the harvest salad with wild salmon. It was healthy, delicious, and filling.

KB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Brussels sprouts were under cooked and the Brick Chicken lacked flavor. My husband on the other hand loved his rib eye! The staff was very friendly. Our waitress Rachel was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

DF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Dirty dining room. Dirty bathrooms. Server was good.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I don’t normally leave a review but our experience was horrendous. We were excited to go to Paul Martins for Burger Week but not only did one of the burgers come out literally still bleeding on the plate (after requesting it be done “medium”) but, we noticed ants crawling along the ledge of the wall we were sat next to. We’re not talking about just a few ants. There were nearly THOUSANDS of ants crawling along the entire length of the wall on this ledge. We were disgusted and could not finish our meals. We quietly brought it to our servers attention so as not to make a scene in their crowded restaurant and she was very apologetic. She informed the manager who attempted to remove the ants with a napkin. A napkin?! There were so many ants crawling back and forth that a napkin did nothing to solve the problem. He told us he would deal with the situation after we left. Unfortunately I’m not able to upload a video with my review but I’ve attached a few screen grabs from the video. I feel like this needs to be brought to peoples attention. If this is what the main restaurant looks like, I can’t imagine what the kitchen looks like. I feel sick to my stomach after eating here and seeing this.

LF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner there on Friday July 19 dinner was terrific Christian the operation partner was amazing he came over and talk to us spend some time with us wanna make sure everything was well I’ve had a few events there one that I could think of was Eagle community credit union and they treated us first class it’s my go to place I had halibut for dinner my guest had steak It was outstanding our waiter was first class the wine was good atmosphere was good it was busy I love the place I would deathly come back thank you for your hospitality and your kindness

O
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
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.

NZ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
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!

MR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
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.

OT
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.

B
Orange County
65 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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