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Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

1515 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
MON - THUR: 11 AM - 10 PM
FRI - SAT: 11 AM - 11 PM
SUN: 11 AM - 9 PM
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Phone number
(949) 453-1144
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet parking across the street or free parking structures in the center
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Public transit
Route D on the Irvine Shuttle
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine


What 1515 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLizzie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Good food stupidly expensive almost like they’re trying to be more upscale by being costly. I live in nyc so 18 buck a glass is not unusual but in nyc you get far better wine for that price.
The steak was very nice quality the potatoes were cold I should have sent them back but every side dish was room temperature while they should have been much hotter. All in all though I actually like the ambiance and the staff is very nice

vipSenior (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

their new decor was beautiful - service was very slow because they were too busy on a Sunday early evening - some of the staff were huffy to us about the slow service

vipOpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Had some great food and wine. They thought we waited too long for our appetizer and gave it to us free, even though we had no idea that it was a long time. Thanks for looking out for your guests so well!

2.0  Dined 3 days ago

I had a reservation for 5:00pm. When my family (+ 3 children - ages 10; 12; 14) arrived at this time, the hostess said she went to check on our table. She went back and forth a couple of times, and had brief discussions with one of the managers. We waited for around 10-12 minutes, and I was puzzled because I already had a reservations. We were eventually seated, but we didn't like the table that was located in a busy area with lots of walking traffic from both waiters and also customers , so we requested another table. The hostess accommodated us, and it was much nicer and in a less "busy" area. I was a little bothered at first because I got the impression that the delay was due to our hostess/manager deciding to change our table location. I could be wrong, but that is how I felt.

The food was good, but nothing impressive to tell all my friends about. We visited for during the Christmas season of 2016, and I thought the food was better before. We were also celebrating my wife's birthday, and overall we had a nice time.

vipGlinda (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I planned a belated Valentines and we were NOT dissapointed . Great staff

MelliB (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

The short ribs and brick chicken were excellent. As always the food and drinks were very tasty. Was disappointed in our table crammed between two other tables, it was very awkwardly close to both other parties especially for a date. The s’mores sundae was insultingly small, we should have sent it back. I’ve never seen such a small scoop of ice cream, if you could call a scoop. It’s a $9 ice cream sundae - it should have been a decent sized dessert considering it’s mostly ice cream.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was our first time eating at Paul Martins and we were pleasantly surprised. The salt and pepper shrimp was delicious. We asked to have a few different sauces. I loved the cocktail sauce and my husband loved the chili aioli. The quinoa bowl looked delicious, and They were able to accommodate my request to have salmon instead of chicken for a small extra charge. It was amazing. The best blistered tomatoes I've ever had! The salmon and veggies were perfectly cooked. My husband had the ribs and fries and he was not disappointed either. Great service and nice ambiance. We will definitely go back and we are happy to have another go to restaurant for date night.

Defjeff (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Our server was awesome and the food was excellent. The restaurant has a great vibe and well decorated.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Best crab cake ever! The wait service was a bit slow but kind. The host/hostesses were so welcoming.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The filet was amazing and my wife really enjoyed the Asian salad. She also had the best mojito she’s had in a long time. But the chocolate cake was WOW!
Busy Valentine’s Day May have been the reason for the slow service, pricey but expected for the Spectrum, will definitely return.