Prego Mediterranean

4.5
596 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service good food nice setting. Chef was out talking to many diners the night we went.

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t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food quality lower than expected..not fresh. Sauce was not tasty and didn't taste like freshly made or authentic.

Even with discounts...not impressed and would not come back for the price.

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a
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal.. great to be back after a few months of being away. Food was great and service was even better.

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OT
Los Angeles
342 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

There were 4 of us for dinner. We all started with salad and the size was very generous. Beet salad was very good but I did ask for light on the dressing or it would have been too much. Our entrees were filet mignon, chicken Marsala, seafood marinara and grilled prawns. The filet was cooked perfectly and my friend was able to sub veggies for potatoes. The chicken Marsala was good. The seafood marinara was good but the shrimp were a little over cooked. The grilled shrimp were tasty but they were served in the shell and it was a little difficult to get them out of the shell even with the cocktail fork that was provided. Our server, Mario, was excellent! He was very accommodating and has a great sense of humor. This Prego is not like to Prego when it was in Irvine but at least sChef Ugo is still cooking.

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K
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Really enjoyed the ambience and quality of the food. The service was a little slow this time but the first time I went it was excellent.

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and the service was outstanding. Made you feel like you were dining with family.

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SM
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our first time. Didn't know we had to ask for olive oil and balsamic vinegar for the bread nor parmesan cheese for the pappardelle since none were offered. Then when we were waiting for our entree the bus boy came to pick up our utensils! Oh well. . . Otherwise the food was good.

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P
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks, salad and all dinners were well prepared. Our server was fun and very efficient.

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L
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we tried the new location since they moved from the airport area. The ambience is exceptional and the restaurant and bar are a pretty big. The covered patio area looks cool and refreshing (it was pretty hot outside that day). We went for Italian food but my wife ended up having the Australian Lamb Chops...OMG...to die for. I ordered the grilled stuffed sole with shrimp and lobster....delicious and really hearty and filling. They have a bunch of specials not published online. Next time we go in I’ll have to try the pizza and pasta that looked mouthwatering and why we went there initially lol. I plan to place an order to-go for lasagna next week on the way home. Greg was our waiter and is top notch and attentive. The chef stopped by to chat and was quite entertaining. Next family party we are coming here, great food and service. Kudos to everyone at Prego's.

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AP
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pasta was fantastic and saffron sauce was nice but my scallops were tasteless rubbery, and didn’t seem super fresh. Everything else was quite basic and overpriced. The bread wasn’t great. Wife’s special risotto did come with lots of giant shrimp that had good flavor. This is slightly better than basic Italian at much higher cost.

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DB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. The table runner was so thoughtful and took such good care of us. Food was outstanding. Fusili pasta with sausage was not only good but is going to give us at least 3 meals. The pork chops were the winner with the wonderful roasted potatoes and veggies! Also my sister loved the pasta she got. I think it was ravioli or tortellini.

All was wonderful! Another great dining experience at Prego!

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DN
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great overall experience and value proposition. We'll be back again!

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SR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food!

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P
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner. The food was delicious with every bite.

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G
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Prego several times and we enjoy the food, service and value enormously. Thank you for providing quality and value. Martha

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N
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful unassuming Italian. The food is good and is what you should expect from an easy Italian place.

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RA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always have a wonderful. Very attentive bar tender.

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DN
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A solid 4 stars across the board!

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JF
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fantastic meal - you will definitely want to try a special of the day.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, waitress was very attentive. Great service and ambiance.

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JR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
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
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
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
33 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
7 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
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great - thank you!

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BB
Los Angeles
13 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
31 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
44 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
67 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
25 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Try another restaurant.

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D
San Francisco
5 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
67 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
33 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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