Prego Mediterranean

4.4
575 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Adding a splash of Mediterranean color to California, Prego's ambiance blends the warmth & rustic charm of old-world Italy with the electricity and vibrancy of a cosmopolitan restaurant. Lively exhibition kitchens allow diners to view the artful chefs creating delicious dishes. Our restaurant seats up to 300 guests and has several small scale options, too. Prego features a full bar & offers private events & catering services.
The menu at Prego emphasizes regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic pizza, freshly made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats & fowl, and an extensive list of wines from Italy and California that will please even the most discriminating wine connoisseur. Our homemade desserts & pastries make a perfect ending to an unforgettable dining experience.
Prego has received fine-dining awards from the Restaurant Writers' Association & the Wine and Food Society of Southern California. It has been a culinary destination for over three decades.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate mom with us! Mother's Day Brunch featuring gourmet buffet with carving stations, made-to-order omelettes, fresh salads, pizzas, pastas, housemade desserts & pastries. 11AM- 3PM. $48 per guest, $20 kids ages 3-10.

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What 575 People Are Saying
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JR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at the new location. It was just lovely, delicious and service was fabulous.

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RE
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really great and had perfect flavors. The staff was even better.

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Y
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prego has become my new favorite Italian restaurant!! Not only do they have s great menu but the chef and staff are very accommodating. The restaurant is elegantly decorated and lively. The tables are spaced well from each other. Staff are professional, friendly and extremely courteous. But let’s talk about the food!! Portions are good and the tastes are developed well. There was a good wine selection and the waiters were well informed. Overall, I enjoyed our meal and we were so happy that we dined here 3 times in just one week!! We brought family and friends do share in our experience as well.
If I could add one thing, it would be light guitar music periodically Or on certain nights just to add flare but otherwise a great ambiance and meals!!

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LW
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch! Perfect location for a business meeting! Just go!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff

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G
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to Prego for lunch and dinner -- always with either two additional people or up to six. The service is always excellent and the food is terrific. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enjoy such a beautiful place. Martha

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E
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I was expecting more of this place. The food is average. From all food we ordered, appetizers, dinner and dessert, there's only one thing I can say it was good. The tiramisú, all the rest was just average

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MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great - thank you!

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BB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to Pierce who set our table up perfectly and to Shawn and staff for their excellent service.

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CL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, staff was very friendly and helpful. Even owners stopped by to help us out/talk to us. We were able to bring our four legged family members and was accomodated in the patio plus still able to take advantage of Happy Hour while even seated outside. They even provided us a comp dessert as we were there to celebrate a birthday. Food was delicious as well and we tried a wide assortment of items off the menu.

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RR
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

The four of us ordered different items and found that only the child's chicken fingers didn't disappoint the 10-year old in our group. It's too bad that the food was so bad in such a nice restaurant. Won't be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, we had the lamb and the short rib dinners. Our server Mario made our evening special offering excellent recommendations . Really appreciate that we were able to relax through our dinner and not feel rushed.

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OT
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our second visit. Had a nice early dinner. We enjoyed their clam chowder, very tasty. We skipped their bread sticks but enjoyed their yummy focaccia bread. I had their Mediterranean salad with added chicken, delicious. Husband had their Maria Elena mixed greens and oear salad, he liked it. Owner was nice answering my questions about their room that's available for private events. Our waitress was very attentive as were the other supporting staff.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The customer service is top notch!! Our server and all that interacted with us were kind and very helpful. The food is delicious. Originally, we were set up inside, but it was a lovely evening and they were flexible in accommodating us outside in their beautiful patio area. Did I say The food is delicious! Perfectly cooked Fish! Prepared just right with lots of flavor. All other dishes complimented by our group as well. Thank you, Prego staff!
Highly recommend!

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J
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Would go with 4 and 1/2 stars but not available on site

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B
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Try another restaurant.

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UC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes were neither jumbo, nor crab (mostly potato). Otherwise great service and reasonable casual Italian

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OT
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit on a Friday night. Impressed with the decor and ambiance when we walked in. Their New England Clam Chowder was tasty but a little thin. My husband had the Lobster & Shrimp stuffed Sole with vegetables and said both were very good and he would recommend it. I had their Marguerite Pizza which had a thin crust and was also good. They were out of decaf tea bags but enjoyed a good cup of decaf coffee instead. Service by the wait staff was excellent! We eat out a lot and discussed how Prego could be a regular place for us. On a second note, we sat near their private room in the back. After taking a look at the room which was very nice, we were thinking of holding a dinner party there. And, I was thinking it would also be a nice place to celebrate my husband's retirement party. When leaving we noticed a special & beautifully displayed table for 6 at the front that looked like it belonged in someone's home. When asked about it we were introduced to the owner. He explained what it was for and again, my mind was imagining coming here with 4 of our close friends for a special evening. However, people who were leaving caught the attention of the owner and he then abruptly left us. It was apparent these were close friends or regulars. We stood there for awhile feeling ignored when a waiter handed us the business card of the person who does private parties. The owner waved to us as we walked out, still talking to his friends. Wish he could have answered some of our questions.

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NY
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant does a great job of presentation. Everything looked really good. However, taste wise not so much.
For instance, thinly sliced pears in salad had zero flavor. My entree - short ribs was dried out. And, our dessert, which was a layered pastry like a Napoleon, had nice filling but inedible pastry.
To sum up - great presentation, nice menu, good service, but so so food in our opinion.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, a friend, and I had dinner on Monday, March 11 and we had a great time. The service was excellent and we all enjoyed our meals. I had the short rib pasta which was fantastic. The tables are spaced appropriately so that you have a chance to talk and enjoy each others company. We had a great time.

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BB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food combined with wonderful service. By the way, I was told as well, that they would prepare anything off the old Prego menu.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband ordered the breakfast beef hash and the over-easy eggs were cooked through, which is a easy mistake. Then, the replacement came back with the whites completely runny. He was holding the plate sideways while the whites ran of the plate. The potatoes on both of our dishes were hard and underdone. The crab Benedict has yummy real crab. The eggs were good, but there was no sauce. It was just a slice of grilled bread, crab and an egg. Maybe they forgot. The bread and burrata salad was good. We went with a Travel zoo coupon, so maybe they are looking for more customers. It was our first and last time there. Food was subpar. Service was great!

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DS
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary
Great food friendly staff
Easy to get to parking very close and free
Try this great place for a happy hour you will live

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NW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef is super nice he walked around and personally great the customers. The one waiter is super tentative!!

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C
Orange County
85 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm glad that OC Restaurant Week made me remember how much I love Prego! It was also a nice surprise to run into old friends during Happy Hour! Chef Ugo was there to greet us & find us a table for happy hour. When we were finished with happy hour, we were seated in the dining room for our reservation. I always recommend the Beef Carpaccio on the HH menu! Then I had my favorite Lobster Ravioli and decaf Affogato for dessert. I'm a very happy camper!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My waiter for the night made us feel rushed. They took away our food before we even finished and brought out the dessert before we were done with our main course. The food was too salty and even after informing our waiter about it, the waiter didn’t do anything about it. The service was very disappointing and I will not be returning to this place.

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j
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent Service. My daughter had the mediterranean chicken and I had the prime rib sandwich. Both were excellent. My ice tea glass was refilled frequently.

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JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My husband and I were excited to return here for my father’s birthday dinner because we had such a good experience prior. This time was the opposite.

We were greeted initially by the general manager/executive chef. We told him about the birthday in our party and he relayed the message to the hostess with the directions to make sure our server knows. Our server was overly busy and it took well over 30 minutes before we even placed our order. The food took a very long time to come out too. The birthday was never celebrated even though we did order dessert. Very disappointed in our choice to come here for a celebration.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Confused restaurant. They say Mediterranean but they only have two dishes that are Mediterranean. It’s really general Italian.

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NC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had soup and chopped salad. They were good. The desserts were spectacular.

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S
Los Angeles
174 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a team meeting/business lunch. The lunch special menu was excellent and the portions were just the right size.

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JN
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Will definitely dine here again!

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience and I highly recommend this place.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding. Prego is one of the few restaurants that you can enjoy a conversation with your family and friends and not be silenced by blasting music.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gnocchi was a little pasty

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PB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was slow considering they were not busy.

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OT
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good. Fast service.

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MO
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Smoke and smell from kitchen was in the dining area and it was all over us when we get back home. The service was very poor, forgot the lemon, forgot the vine, don’t even came to take our entrees order. My dish was too salty and may add other issues to this list, it was a disappointing experience over all.

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l
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. And the food was exceptional. We would definitely return and recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my mother and seven of her friends here for her birthday, and Prego delivered 100%. Everyone loved the food (even if I personally thought my steak was good, but nothing amazing). The service was outstanding too. Prego even took a store bought cake that one of our guests brought, and cut it up to present to us with garnishes. Just, wow. Outstanding! It's one of my mom's new favorite restaurants, and I'd gladly come here again.

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