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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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Business Meals (24)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Romantic (13)
Casual (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Healthy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Cozy (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and service. A little pricey but a good option to have close to home. Good date night restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a reservation but still had to wait for them to prepare the table then after being seated no one came to our table for about 15 minutes. We had to flag someone down and ask for our waiter. The service was very slow. The Cesar salad was soggy and very fishy tasting. My sole was dry and flavorless. They brought my husband the wrong steak that was twice as much as the one he ordered. Overall it was not good and way overpriced!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Would definitely celebrate another birthday here!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always good for lunch. Really looking forward to being able to sit in a booth with higher seating.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

happy hour appetizers were great, but the combo sandwich meals were very underwhelming, mostly due to the driest, (stale?) hamburger buns I have ever had.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very nice, and perfect for lunch or dinner and then something fun at the Spectrum. Good service and a nice atmosphere. Strongly recommend it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was terrific but service beyond dreadful. Yhe first few minutes out waiter was spot on and attentive then we fell into the black hole. As delicious as the food was, when it finally arrived, I wouldn't return again. With ao many choices for fine dining, service is as important as the food.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Horrible Band

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I have a new favorite restaurant! Love the grass fed beef and free range chicken! Cauliflower is outrageous. Flavors are as amazing as the service. We'll be back many times!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was very good, I had the blackened Ribeye although they got my order wrong even after confirming it twice. Had to do with the sides. Service was so/so as we waited and had empty water glasses for a while, longer then was OK. Wine list was good and pricing on the wine was also good. Overall I will go back again as it was my first time there and sometimes things don't always go well. But I would say that I was a bit disappointed in the service and the attention to getting the order right. Hopefully that part of the experience will be better next time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We really enjoyed this restaurant. My husband and I have eaten here before at a different location. Easy parking with valet across the street. I rarely give a 5 star rating but I would give it a 4.5.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I tried their Sunday only Prime Rib, and oh it was very very tasty! Add in some buttery mashed potatoes and I was in heaven if only for a short while.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was amazing to say the least, and the service was phenomenal. I will definitely be coming back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great food as usual!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had a very nice and welcoming dinner experience tonight as we celebrated our wedding anniversary. The service and food was excellent and we really appreciated the manager's gift. Thank you!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was great!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Noted it was birthday celebration and nothing was done. Called beforehand to ask for a vegan meal as it was noted on their webpage that the chef would create a vegan meal per request. All that was offered was a quinoa bowl that was on the menu.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Went with friends for the Monday night wine dinner. Excellent food and service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Clients were impressed with the food and experience from your staff, thank you for great service

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We were treated very well on our 30th wedding anniversary

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Enjoyed the food but it wasn't fantastic as I thought it might be. The waiter was excellent. The prices were over the top for basic cuisine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Good food, excellent service. Made for a nice Anniversary.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I had never been here before, but my customer recommended it. It was a very important meeting and we had a group, so we sat in the wine cellar room - it was quiet, private, and the service was excellent - thank you Jodie M! The hostess was very friendly - I would love to come back over and over, but I don't live in CA. I will definitely come here again when I get a chance. I had the fish tacos and they were so mouth-watering good!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great place for big groups or small dinners. I came on a Saturday night and it wasn't too crowded. The food was delicious and we received perfect portions. I'll definitely come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very good food and excellent service. Was not overcrowded like the rest of the Spectrum and got to dine next to actor David Spade!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excellent dinner experience, as usual. Entrees were delicious, with two of us ordering the halibut and one the salmon salad. We will continue to retun here.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Ryan our server was excellent and food was great as always.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service was a little slow. Couldnt ever find our waitress even though there were only 4-5 tables occupied at that time. But the food was great and the value is excellent. Got a little turned off with one of the bartenders, didnt get her name but it's the shorter lady. We wanted to get some happy hour drinks to our table. We understand that we have to close the tab at the bar in order to get the happy hour prices but she brushed us off and said, who told u that it's cheaper to order at the bar? Well, if it's happy hour, it is cheaper. IF not, why promote it. Too bad she has that attitude.

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