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Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine

4.3
1561 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacifica
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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom with brunch at Paul Martin's! Brunch includes freshly baked white cheddar biscuits with honey butter, complimentary coffee, your choice of brunch entree and a hand-crafted cocktail or juice, all for just $24 per person. Full dinner menu and $9 children's menu is also available.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1561 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.4
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3.9
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always a great Experience!! Meal and Staff were excellent

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazing service lovely environment would definitely return!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Not worth the price. Food was good but wasn’t anything spectacular. The dessert menu was really unimpressive. There was mostly gelato and ice cream. For that type of restaurant, I expected a better variety on the dessert menu.

I probably won’t be back anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I loved the burger, and will only eat that from the menu, it was awesome.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great restaurant excellent service! We had the salmon tocos and salmon dinner both where great!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I always enjoy going to Paul Martin's, especially when Andrew is our server. He is a blast, love his company & entertainment. 👍

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I had a large party and we had one waitress she was very nice and good in terms of service. Food and drinks were great.. we were seated in a separate area which felt very private for me and my customers. This will be a place that we will come back too.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great food and service!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Got good poisoning from the one oyster I ate. My friend got good poisoning from the other oyster on the seafood sampler. Short rib was tasteless except for the salty sauce on the top. Service and ambience was nice. Food is just average for the price.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time. Unfortunately my date and I were disappointed. Granted it was Easter evening. The place was not really very busy. We were seated right away and then from that point on waited too long for everything. There is no complimentary bread. That would have been fine if we did not wait so long for someone to show up. They seemed short handed and we got the new waitress. Poor girl was dropping things all over the restaurant. She was nervous. I get it. I saw a table of 4 just get up and leave. The place was also a bit chilly but I resisted putting my jacket back on. I hate wearing a jacket in a restaurant. The biggest disappointment was the food especially considering the prices. I have had better food and service at outback at half the price. It was not clear to me that the three course prime rib was three separate charges. If I had known I would have ordered just the prime rib and not the underwhelming $5 plate of lettuce or the $5 single scoop of ice cream. The prime rib was tough and unevenly cook. I had to ask for au jus. I ordered the pistachio scoop of ice cream and got chocolate. We did not even complain. We ate it and left. The amount of food was small. The main plate seemed empty. My date finished the meal and that seldom ever happens. I think it was due to the small portions and the extra incentive that our meals were costing us $50 each. I am generally very forgiving to the servers. I would have been ok if the food was anywhere close to the level required by the prices.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Unfortunately this was not Paul Martin’s best performance. We were here for a 6:45 pm reservation as two of us in the party had to get up earlier than normal the next day. Medium level of patrons. Not overwhelming.

Three of the four of us had steak. All that the ribeye. Unfortunately all four steaks were served cold as well as the mashed potatoes and spinach. The Mac and cheese was hot.

Hard to make up for forgetting the food somewhere (apparently). They did knock off 3 sides so the dinner was only $180 instead of $280, but honestly none of us even hate half of the meal. Cold meat and potatoes just isn’t very good.

My wife’s comment when we were in the car...”we just handed them $200...and now we have to go home and eat....”

Pretty much sums it up.

Next time we go to Mastros...

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Always a GREAT meal and good service 👍
The restaurant is great place to get together.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The restuarant itself had a nice atmosphere. We were there for Easter Brunch and they didn't have a certain item on their brunch menu when we got there. It was disappointing to my husband. Plus, for what we got, the price for brunch was expensive.

The inside of restuarant was cold too.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was yummy and ambiance was nice. Service was very friendly. I’ll be back!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love the ambience at Paul Martin's. The menu is always creative and delicious. The service impeccable. Love going to the restaurant for Happy Hour and dinner, even when it isn't a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Today was my first time in the dozens of times that I’ve been to Paul Martins where my experience wasn’t so pleasant . Had a reservation at 10 and got seated 10 minutes later as others who didn’t have reservations got seated before . They stated because our party was 4 now and not 5. This was Easter brunch so they had a prefix menu . The bread and cocktails were great but our food took a long time . The food good, but was cold . Our server did apologize and gave us a 10 Dollar gift card but I had told my guests about how I enjoyed coming here but they didn’t really like the experience .

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Monte Cristo sandwich was great but would rather have sweet jam with it than fig. Our waiter was wonderful and I wish I had asked his name so we could get him again.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

American food that is skillfully crafted, great Mac n cheese. Great service, nice wine

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Waited 20 min past reservation time. When I asked for the booth that was open next to our table they said it was 'reserved'. Reserved for someone that was 'late' as we were on time for our reservation. Server was nice. Food was ok.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service (Katie). Had reservation through Opentable, but they were overbooked and did not have a table. They did set a private room with smaller tables and took us there. Waited about 30 minutes.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our food was cold and the service was poor

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Service was great and food was terrific.
Better ambiance than other places at Spectrum
Will be there again and recommend to others

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We LOVED our experience and food! Amazing!
And the service was outstanding. From hostess to waitress.
Thank you!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Enjoyed the atmosphere. Not sure how they do it but the noise level was somehow muted so we could actually have a nice conversation without having to yell at each other like at other places. Service was very good/ friendly. The food was very good but very very salty, evidenced by night sweats and swollen fingers the morning after. Fixing that would make this place a gem. Another downside, but not the restaurant's fault, is the construction going on in the Spectrum Center. Why are those nuts at Irvine Company always ripping stuff up; can't they do it right the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time? That alone turns me away from that place.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

St. Paddy’s Day with the friends! Great service and good food!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Food here is always great. Bartenders are best in Orange County.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We had a delightful dining experience at Paul Martin's. The food and service were excellent. My husband shared that this was the best hamburger he had ever eaten.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Did restaurant week menu. Amazing value and great food!

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

My friend and I decided to try this restaurant during Orange County Restaurant week. We were excited about the menu and thought it was a great opportunity to try a local restaurant. I don't know why Paul Martin's participates in OC Restaurant Week since the server seemed very annoyed when we had to ask to see the special menu created for the event. All of a sudden her demeanor changed and we did not feel welcome and while the food was good the snobbish attitude was not appreciated. I think this will be the first and last time we will visit Paul Martin's American Grill. My friend and I have enjoyed trying many restaurants during Restaurant week and have always been welcomed maybe something Paul Martin's needs to work on.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The service was slow, and the food was cold, and way overpriced for the quality. Will not be returning.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Went for the set menu for the OC restaurant week. I had the shory rib entree and my husband had the fish. Don't know why but the short rib was way too salty and his fish the same. I had a few bites of the short rib and couldn't eat it. I took it home to make it into a stew later to dilute all the salt. Dessert was really really good. I got the chocolate cake. The slice was HUGE!! Ate only 1/2. But yummy. Overall i give it 3 stars. If the entrees were alot less salty, would have been a 4 to 5 star rating. I'll give the restaurant another try for their regular menu later.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I love the new redeisgn. I was here for Valentine's Day and thought they made the greatest crab cake ever. Apparently, it is not a regular menu item.
The restaurant only had one bus boy for the entire restaurant this evening which made for really poor service. Our waitress was the sweetest girl ever even though she was pushed to the limit. They have been understaffed the last two times I was there.
The food is good. I love the butter lettuce salad and the shrimp cocktail was very tasty as well.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

portion size of halibut was ridiculous....size of a package of playing cards..Also was highly blackened and seasoned...no mention on menu...

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Burnt food, crowded, flavorless.


Seating Arrangements are terrible.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Went to Paul Martins for dinner with friends. It was perfect. The service was great. We had the artichoke for an appetizer which was excellent. I will definitely be going back.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The food was very salty which never happens but the manager was very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Love the food and service. A real dining experience.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Behind the sweeping wall of wine bottles adjacent to the bar waited a private area with seating for 12, affording an intimate setting for our party of 8 celebrating the Lunar New Year, our first celebration bridging two families. Our server, Jake, warmly greeted us and took all our orders and special requests with efficiency and aplomb. The majority of us had the Sunday prime rib special menu with fried calamari, fried shrimp and smoked salmon appetizers. All were cooked to perfection and artfully presented. The entire dining experience was even more memorable due chiefly to the attentiveness, polish and buoyant personality of Jake. Mouth-watering food, superb service. We look forward to returning soon.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Had to wait almost a half hour even with open table reservation. They tried to put us outside on a cool night. We had to get the manager to change. Overall not on top of the details.

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