Prego Mediterranean

4.4
529 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 250 guests with al fresco. Prego features a full bar & offers banquet & catering services.
The menu at Prego emphasizes regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Let's start with what's good about this place.
The service was great and quick, also probably due to a relatively slower night (rain, Tuesday). The steacks we ordered NY Strip and a Ribeye temperatures we're spot on, juicy and delicious. Although the ribeye was a little oversalted on the crust. Drinksreasonably priced, although the happy hour should apply to the whole restaurant, not the bar side sitting only.
The bad...
The caesar salad was a joke. The romaine lettuce was old/stale and we mostly got the stems, not the leaves. For the price it could have been way better.
The NY strip came with a side of fries, which I did not even know, probably my fault for not reading it properly. I barely touched them. But I would have substituted them with mashed potatoes or something. And no steak sauce provided nor offered.
And again, the happy hour drinks should not be limited to the bar side only.

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e
Salt Lake City
42 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oregon was an excellent choice for well crafted fresh entrees. The chef had some wonderful combinations that were difficult to choose between. I settled on the waiters recommendation of the pork chops and it was fantastic. The roasted potatoes and vegetable side were a good pairing with the chops. Also tried the sea bass and it was fresh and light. Good wine selections available and desserts were too tempting to pass up.

Our waiter, Mario, was the perfect guide for our evening at Prego. His recommendations were spot on and his attentive service was thorough but not overbearing. He was also delightful to get to know.

We will be back soon.

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always

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AT
Orange County
89 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. One of the best Italian places around.

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CC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reasonable prices, good food, great staff! A great restaurant for weekend or weeknight.

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S
Los Angeles
152 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very quiet for a lunch time business meeting. Food was good, and the waiter did not hover. Thanks.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Three friends went to Prego for Nee Years Eve. It wasn’t busy so not sure if people know about it! Only complaint is that the booths near the kitchen get a little noisy and lots of activity. But service was very attentive, the food was good but a little salty. We had the pear walnut salad which had a lemon vinaigrette but it was a little salty, which was odd. An odd taste. Split the lobster ravioli which was tasty but a little over priced at $24 for 5 half-moon shapes raviolis. For desert we shared their chocolate banana pie and the white chocolate ganache & berries pie. Both were very good. I also like that they have about 5 or 6 types of house wine including Chianti.

Overall, a nice experience and I will probably go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Just ordered a couple of meals that we didn’t care for. The Mediterranean Chicken has too much curry in it. If that is how it’s supposed to be, get ready... it’s heavy on the curry. The Chicken Marsala was good but they really cheap out on the sauce. Overall a good place. The appearance of the place leads you to think you would just get a bit better quality food. The third person in our group got the Seafood Linguini and he loved it, so it’s a hit and miss sort of place.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went for Xmas eve dinner and the food was beyond over priced for what we ordered. The menu looked amazing but the food was horrible. I won’t be returning.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Worst service and worst food I have had in over 12 months. The bar staff watched us get our own water. The neighboring table shared their breadsticks. The previous Prego was excellent for many years. This current Prego should be closed down.

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JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The soup and the pasta were tepid. The "medium-rare" prime rib was well done. When replaced, it was medium-well.

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b
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Skip it. Nothing outstanding about this place. Dry duck, average veal dishes and uninspired vegetables (mashed potatoes and green beans). Not worth the money.

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MF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service. Will return soon again!

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CR
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and the food and service was even better than the first. We were greeted and escorted to our table by the chef! Food was outstanding, and our waitress was delightful. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holiday season and everyone was in a festive mood. We will definitely return.

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E
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went with girlfriend for birthday dinner. Didn't tell them ahead of time, just mentioned it casually to the hostess as she seated us. They brought out a terrific dessert with a candle! No embarrassing serenade, just several Happy birthdays from staff clearing the table or delivering food. Great place with great food.

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meals and the service! There were 11 of us on a Saturday night celebrating two graduations. They were qracious to accommodate all of us. Food was tasty, and even the marinara and breadsticks were delicious. I am an Italian from the East Coast, and am very picky when it comes to authentic Italian food. The Chicken Marsala was excellent. The ribeye, though a bit pricey, was also excellent. Food servers were quick to correct any problems (there were two plates that had cold vegetables). We will definitely go here again! Prego!

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MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. They treat us like family. The food is always delicious and they are open to creating custom pasta dishes that are not on the menu for you. Beautifully decorated for the holiday season too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was fair however I had asked for my salad dressing on the side and I guess the waiter didn’t know that meant not to put any dressing on my salad. Cuz my salad was soggy AND I got a side of dressing. I was also never offered a refill on my coffee. A little disappointing, but at least the company and conversation was great!

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EE
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wait Staff, Chef Victor Sanchez and the food, the Food was fabulous! They really outdid themselves to make it a great evening all around. Our guests had never been to Prego before but will definitely be back as they were taken by the warmth, the ambiance and the Food.
Thank you again to Chef Victor and the staff at Prego. You all make it worthwhile.

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RL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, well prepared and presented. Other reviews have complained of poor service, but we dined early on a Friday evening and we were well cared for.

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TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Great pizza, pasta, reasonable wine prices. Excellent.

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IJ
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour… Lots of food and drink choices.

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J
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Worth going to!

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NW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food beautifully plated and professionally served. Ample parking always appreciated. Diverse menu items I look forward to sampling soon.

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FD
Orange County
178 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Butternut squash was very good. Pizza was good as well.
We do enjoy coming here for lunch.

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CA
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My friend enjoyed her lunch special but my salad was just okay. I found it a bit pricey for what I experienced. Also the service was only fair, especially with the restaurant basically empty when we arrived. I really wanted to like it but I probably won't go back.

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R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place

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EN
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating friend’s promotion

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s
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife chose Prego for our date night dinner based on her previous dining experience. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. Definitely a do again, and I would recommend Prego's for any date night.

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SS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great with large portions. We all loved out dinners.

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a
Orange County
129 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an enjoyable meal. The waiter said they don't do substitutes, but since it wasn't crowded, they were able to accommodate my request. Thanks!

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KL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prego is amazing. The food is fantastic and service is impeccable

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ZP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We only gave 4 stars because Prego is not always spot on. On this night one of us got the wrong soup. The beef was supposed to be filet mignon but kind of chewy. Service was a little absent eventhough restaurant was not crowded.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was nicely decorated and conveniently located. The food was great and with variety to choose from. The wait staff is very attentive and accommodating. I like the desserts.

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e
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Calimari, filet mignon and lobster ravioli were very good. Crab cakes were horrible. Mushy. Good house wine. Very good service. Quiet.

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G
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Normally very successful experiences at Prego. This last visit we had a very nice but inexperienced waitress and out of three New York steaks ordered, two were very nice, tasty pieces but mine looked more like a cube steak, small and pretty dry, on the medium well side and not on the medium requested. All other three meals were very good. The stars above were based on my experiences that day!

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FD
Orange County
178 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was our first time at Prego's new location. Our visit for lunch.
The lentil soup was thin and salty; grilled salmon was dry; and, pappardelle was very bland. Overall, disappointing.

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G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for the meal. Service was very, very good.

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LY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The old Prego was a much better restaurant............better ambiance, better food, better location.

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P
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eryn. Ice happy hour selection. The patio is very quiet midweek, but intolerable on Friday night, due to the. Volume of the music. The combos playing are very good, but one cannot have a conversation. Terrific drinks and service.

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