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

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Business Meals (22)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Romantic (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Great Beer (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Organic (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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