About Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

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.

534 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
MON - THUR: 11 AM - 10 PM
FRI - SAT: 11 AM - 11 PM
SUN: 11 AM - 9 PM

Cross Street:
Pacifica

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 453-1144

Website:
http://paulmartinsamericangrill.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking across the street or free parking structures in the center

Public Transit:
Route D on the Irvine Shuttle

Private Party Facilities:
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business meeting, we have the space for you. From menus to décor, we are happy to customize every detail to fit your needs. At our Irvine location, our semi-private wine cellar table seats up to 14 guests. Our heated patio seats 30 guests, our cocktail lounge seats up to 35, and combined seats up to 90 guests. In addition, our private dining room a 60” flat screen monitor and seats up to 65 guests. Full restaurant rental is also available. All spaces are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, full computer and audio/visual connections, and a wireless microphone.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
Business Meals (19)
Special Occasion (16)
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Happy Hour (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Bar Seating (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Organic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

First of all we waited more than 20 minutes to be seated despite our confirmed reservation. Then the waitress came 20 minutes later while we waited with 3 kids. We ordered food for kids first but they came after another 20 minutes mentioning the food was not available. The food came very late. The service was really bad....

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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good as always, but service had an off night. No water for 10 minutes, bread 20 minutes after that. Drinks took 15 - 20 minutes to arrive and glasses stayed empty, then food took over 30 minutes to arrive as well.

I've been here too many times and know this was an aberration, but it was disappointing.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Noisier on the patio, than inside the restautant. Had a great meal.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was delicious. Our server was very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was great and so was the service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

PM's is a nice place. But getting VERY expensive. Their Happy Hour prices are quite high. And as for dinner, with a couple of glasses of wine each, an appetizer, and some plank Salmon, you can run up over a $170 bill. That's getting up into Fleming's territory, and this isn't Flemings.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food; good variety; healthy options; not too noisy for a business lunch

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Was seated for more than 20 minutes before a waiter approached our table, and then only after asking the hostess to get someone. Food was very good, but my steak salad came without the steak. Again, it was difficult to get a server ‘s attention. By the time I got the steak, others at the table were finished. Never an apology. Never an attempt to make it right. Never a visit from the manager. The meal would have been comped at a well run establishment.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

I have been to Paul Martin's on several occasions and they always hit the mark for both meal and service. I highly recommend this restaurant for either a nice evening out with your friends or for a business lunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service and the food is great , it was just a lil noisy

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had booked reservations for New Years Eve but were late to our seating. We were informed that after 15 minutes they had to give our table away, which was quite understandable. They were completely booked but told us we could sit at the bar area where there was open seating, which we did. We were served promptly and efficiently by Nathan, one of the bartenders. We shared a Cajun rib eye steak which was excellently prepared and tasted wonderful. Nathan recommended the banana cream pie for desert and glad we did as it tasted great and fresh.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Paul Martins never disappoints. It has been remodeled and the new arrangement is perfect. It makes the restaurant feel more cozy. Happy Hour is great!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We dine at PMG at least once a month. We are rarely disappointed with the food & service, but on this occasion some chef went "jolly" with the salt [which we never use]. Everyone's meal was too salty, none of us could finish our food. The manager offered to bring us new servings, but we were done. The manager graciously took care of the entire dinner cost for us while apologizing for the salty suppers. FIRST CLASS service...especially when there's a problem...it will be handled...nice.
That's another reason we keep returning and recommending PMG to all our friends and family.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Paul Martin's menu keeps bringing my husband and me back. We love the specials particularly the wine dinner for two! Plus happy hour is seven days a week!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Was expecting a little more elegant given the price. Food was so so. Ordered the prime rib medium rare and didn’t see a bit of pink on or in it. Meat was tough. Mashed potatoes were great though. Waitress was really nice and helpful. Just didn’t think the value for the money was there.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were 6 people, however, the table was not large enough to accomodate all of us. If we were 6 business people, it would have been very uncomfortable. Since we were 3 couples, rubbing knees was not too much of an issue. The manager was very nice and appoligized for the inadaquate table and bought us appetizers. Overall the food was good, service was good, free corkage and we all left with a smil.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Mediocre experience.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The food was great, and the service wonderful. My guest really their dinners. We all had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The hostess gave away our table and we had to sit in the bar; food selection was sub par. Bartender was nice...probably the best part of the evening.
PM used to be really good....I’m sorry to see it’s gone downhill.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I have been to Paul Martin's American Grill several times and it's always very good. This last time we ordered the Seafood Platter and it was great! The shrimp and Dungeness Crab was outstanding!! Very fresh!! I had no idea I'd love this kind of crab. We also had the Dungeness Crab Cakes and they were very good. I especially liked the sauce as it was so flavorful and spicy too!

We are looking forward to going back soon.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Unfortunately, we must have hit an off night. The food was unbearably salty (and I like salt on my food!). The manager agreed and was very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. We all were able to get new dishes, as well as free desserts, but I'm afraid I can't get the taste of salt out of my mouth. Nothing should be sent out of the kitchen without knowing how it tastes! I've always liked this restaurant and the Monday special is a deal . I will give it another try.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food and service were great but it was really expensive for the meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love their renovations and our waitress Reno is fantastic! Always want her table when she is working

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and great service. Second time here and will be back again. Andrew K. Was our server and was very helpful and friendly during our visit

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Not happy with the new open seating. I liked the booths

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This was our first time there to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Our server, Andrew, was great but the little amount of food for the price was not good. We spent over $100 for a fried chicken dinner and small amount of skirt steak. No bread or salad cans with our meals. Too bad.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Like the new look of the restaurant. Food always tastes good with distinct flavors. Service in general is good but the fries always come out cold the first time and when you request no bread on burger what is so hard? We do go twice a month and worth going back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The remodel has resulted in much smaller tables for parties of two, which is often the case for my wife and me. We were felt kind of cramped even though the restaurant was almost empty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The happy hour menu is excellent. The staff is very professional, the interior is modern and the food is all prepared in house.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food and service was fantastic!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food tasted great. I got the pacific redfish which had Cajun spices. I don’t like my fish to taste “fishy” and it didn’t! It was perfectly cooked that it melted in my mouth! Another awesome dish was the salted pepper shrimp appetizer. It was a big size shrimp and the taste was delicious! Pastrami sandwich was good too but the hubby said he’d like a softer bread. The skirt steak my
Father in law got was “tasty”. And they have a couple vegan options which made my mother in law happy too! Will come back when I’m back in town

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The best meal my husband and I have had for a long time. We were talking about it the next day. I had the ribeye steak and it was so flavorful and amazing. Excellent service. We will be coming back.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overpriced for the ambience

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The steak is excellent, as well as the side dishes. Great place for special occasions.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Nice place for date

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We always enjoy Paul Martins. The waite staff always has wonderful personality and is attentive to our needs.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our experience at the Founders' Selects Review Tasting was PHENOMENAL! The service was excellent [especially Katie] and the host/sommelier was eloquent and informative. The food was sublime and the wines were superb as always at PMG. Let's get some full wine dinners happening soon!
IF you would like any suggestions for how to structure the wine dinners [from one who has attended hundreds over the last three decades], I would be happy to offer my input.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

First, they were “out”of 2 of the beers that my husband tried to order.
Second, they brought the wrong order to us. My husband ordered a ribeye and he was brought a pork chop. I ordered the quinoa salad w/grilled salmon but they brought me quinoa salad w/shrimp. We were starving and I actually like shrimp so thought that it was not a big deal but as I had my fork into the shrimp and about to cut it up the waitress came over and told us that we were given the wrong order and took our food away. We had to wait an additional 15 min to receive the correct food. The manager did come over and “apologize” but it was disappointing non the less.

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