Prego Mediterranean

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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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Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Prego in the old location. I have moved to Atlanta and was in Orange County for a visit and went to the new location. I loved it too. Our server was a terrific guy.

JE
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice place.
food was way above average.
service was excellent.
perfect place to take someone you want to impress!

H
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant addition to dining choices at the District. Our party of four enjoyed different entrees, and they were all outstanding. We found their wine prices to be fair and of good value. We will be back soon.

IB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Over the entire dinner we saw our server twice. She took an order and brought back my credit card.
She opened a bottle of wine we bought and poured the first pour; we self-served the wine.
Didn't get amuse that other tables got. We had a question when they brought the food, another waiter came to answer our questions. Were charged for a wrong wine, they corrected the bill, but our waiter didn't even bother coming to our table to fix it. Instead a busser brought a new bill. Our server was working the bar when we dined. I don't know if this is normal experience in this place, but we never felt like we had a server.

Food was ok, tagliatelle were very good, tortellini pretty good, if not slightly undercooked to our taste, seafood medley was rather tasteless.

I hope our experience was abnormal, but we'll be taking our business elsewhere.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Prego and really like their new location. They will make special order items if they aren’t on special. Their salmon is always excellent. A big hit with our kids and adults. Service is always friendly and we love being remembered. “Prego” to Prego!

S
London
73 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Calamari appetizer was really great, entrees (lamb chops, short rib pasta) were ok but not great. Service was really good, and overall it’s a good value.

P
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! Great Italian and other types of food. If you are vegetarian you can find something here too. Salmon, Chicken and other great menu items. Service was 5 star and not rushing you like some other places trying to clean the table quickly. Amibiance wonderful for birthdays and anniversaries. Very nice decor and prices more reasonable than other Irvine restaurants. I could see a nice large room for parties or events inside and outside they have a nice patio that could be used for parties of about 15-25. You won't be disappointed.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, great staff. Always going the extra mile for every occasion

G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining, excellent service, excellent ambiance, and very friendly atmosphere!

EL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I was up all night with an upset stomach... I suspect the shrimp was not good quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Tasted so amazing it was hard to even talk. Classy place! All dishes are good.

OT
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Really it is worth going to ! You will love it!

a
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu lacked fish options, only had seafood options.

Salmon was not premium quality.
Steaks were good.

MA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. Enjoyed happy hour at the bar, then dinner on the patio. Great service. Excellent food. Very warm and friendly people. Highly recommend it.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was wonderful!

p
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service is one of the worst. I have to look for the waitress many times and she is always having fun somewhere provided we are the only table she have. Food is pretty bad, the lamb chop was cold when they bring out but well done we ordered medium rare. Very salty but not tasty.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our experience st Prego. We love the food, the ambiance, and especially the people!

MH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at this Sunday brunch. Generous pour and food servings were quite large. Food was outstanding. Location is perfect with options of patio or inside dining. We will definitely be going back.

j
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great business lunch spot with easy parking and central location. The flank steak with arugula entree was terrific. Service was attentive and offered helpful suggestions on the menu. We will be back soon

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

O
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
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.

t
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! We go back time after time and it’s great.

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.

OT
Los Angeles
346 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.

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.

OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
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.

SM
Orange County
42 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.

P
Los Angeles
66 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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

Excellent service and food!

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

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

G
Los Angeles
8 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

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.

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

Always have a wonderful. Very attentive bar tender.

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

A solid 4 stars across the board!

JF
Orange County
157 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.

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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