About Prego at the District

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.

2409 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Steakhouse, Fish

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am to 2:00pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Located inside of the Tustin District

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 553-1333

Website:
http://www.pregooc.com/

Catering:
LET PREGO RISTORANTE CATER YOUR NEXT EVENT
Prego has taken exquisite food, attention to detail, and gracious service and extended it to a sophisticated catering operation. Capable of accommodating large parties and perfect for intimate gatherings or smaller parties, Prego invites you to allow our experienced staff to assist you in creating your next memorable event.

Parking Details:
Valet service offered on weekends;
Lot in front of the restaurant is open to all guests

Executive Chef:
Ugo Allesina

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Prego at the District Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I am not a fan. They changed locations and not the same. Empty restaurant ..don’t know if they will make ...

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Preto's is BACK!! We're longtime customers at the previous location and are very happy to find them again - excellent food, delicious drink, professional wait staff - everything a restaurant should be. They even made an off menu old restaurant recipe for me - fussili with sausage and mushroom. Yummy. Preto's is back...and we'll be back, too!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Had a wonderful birthday dinner at Prego this weekend. Great food, atmosphere and service. My husband even peeked in the bar for game scores. Everyone was happy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A little pricey for lunch. They had specials but we weren't told about them. We heard the waiter mention them to another table after we had ordered. Calamari was good but the sauces it was served with were bland. Caesar salad was also bland. Short rib pasta was good but needed some spice to add some flavor. Chicken sandwich was good and so were the fries. Didn't see lasagna on the menu and didn't think to ask if they ever had it. The place might be worth another visit after they've been open a few months.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The renowned Prego is now at the District open all day! We went there for a group lunch, moved to the bar area at 2 pm for happy hour and ended up spending the whole afternoon there! Such great and fun experience as it has always been in Irvine I'll keep coming back :)

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I was very excited to visit the new location since I loved the old Prego, but was hugely disappointed! I'm not sure if it was because we went on Christmas Eve or not! I was hoping they would have remodeled the former location of Blue Water Grill, but they didn't. It just didn't have the same vibe as the old Prego. I feel like they cheaped out on the remodel!

I asked about the wine list and they didn't have one yet! They had a few wines in a wine refrigerator at the front of the restaurant, but they weren't listed anywhere! They had been open for about 6 weeks, so who doesn't have a wine list knowing when you are going to be open?!

The food was terrible!!!! I ordered Halibut, which was the most expensive dish! It finally came an hour after we sat down. Even with a sauce all over the bottom of the plate, the fish was sooooo dry I couldn't eat it! I had to send it back! (I almost NEVER send food back!) When I received the next dish, it wasn't much better. The presentation was stacked, which looked nice. So I removed the julienned veggies on top with my fork and finger. They were cold!...out of the refrigerator cold! I couldn't believe it! I ate what I could because I was so hungry at this point! The only good thing was that the manager took it off our bill! (This is another thing I hardly do, but I just couldn't see paying top dollar for something that was barely edible.)

Unfortunately, this experience really doesn't make me want to visit the restaurant again. This is too bad as the old Prego was much nicer!!! Hopefully for them, they will get it together!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was great but food was ok. Special pasta was bad. Short rib pasta was good. Wine selection was good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food! Live the new location!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Weak Mediterranean menu, servers inattentive, food below average

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We were patrons of Prego when it was in Irvine. Service and drinks just wonderful! Food was prepared perfectly. We had the lobster ravioli, the short rib pasta and the carpaccio. We also had the wedge salad and the burrata. Burrata was better than Mozza! The zucchini soup was yucky! But otherwise great times had by all and we will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were so happy to see Prego reopen. We love its feeing and appreciate that it is not a large chain restaurant. Congratulations and Grazie!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We enjoyed the restaurant until a loud party came in, although we'd been told that there were no parties happening near our seating area. The service was slow, too - once we ordered our food, it took some time for the meals to arrive, and I had to request refills on iced tea.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Wanted to try Prego's new digs at The District. Chef Victor was there putting out the same great quality this restaurant has been known for under the direction of Chef Ugo. It has a younger, fresher look with a more relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, People Watching, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We often went to Prego when it was in Irvine. This was our first visit to their new location. My favorite dish was not on the menu, but they fixed it for me anyway. I wish them nothing but great success at their District locationj.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This recently reopened Italian was a terrific experience for our part of nine. A good, varied menu at most reasonable prices worked well for our group from ages 9 to 70.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I can't recommend this restaurant because they are closing their doors. The night after we were there was their last night.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! Outstanding Italian food, great service and ambiance. Thanks for 30 years of memorable meals!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Wanted to enjoy one last time since they were closing. Food was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 21, 2017

This was my first time here and I was well impressed.The restaurant itself is visually pleasing to the eye, and I understand that they will be relocating. I only hope their next location will be as lovely as this one. The food was delicious, I really enjoyed the complimentary garlic bread that they give you. I started with the caesar salad which had the right proportion of dressing to the amount of salad. Next I had the bruschetta misto which was good, then I had the spinach ravioli which was very enjoyable. I wish I would have had room for dessert but that was not the case. I look forward to their next venture wherever that may be.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Our valentine's dinner was amazing and perfect at the patio. Nice music, service and really good food! We are both vegetarians. He had the 4 cheese with mushroom and tomato pizza and I had breaded eggplant with cheese on top with spaguetti al pomodoro. Both very delicious! Will come back :-)

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Our meals were fantastic, but the service was extremely slow. We weren't seated until almost 20 minutes after our reserved time. It took about 45 minutes to get our drinks after being seated. Our appetizers and entrees were also very slow to come out. The food was delicious, but we were disappointed with the speed of the service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

i chose this place for Valentine's Day because i had great experience during business lunches and dinners a few years back. This time around the service and the food were absolutely horrendous. Confused staff, wrong/cold food, late service, overall subpar restaurant experience. Sorry, I'm not going back any time soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I had a problem at the front desk. I was told by Victor people who made a reservation directly with the restaurant, even those who came in after me but had the same reserved time, got preferential treatment over those who booked through Open Table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We truly enjoyed Valentine's Day at PREGO RISTORANTE. Our first visit to Prego was over 30 years ago. At that time we were single and dating. Fast forward to 2017 and we returned with our adult children to share Valentine's Day with them as we have visited through the years the menu the service and the overall experience has continued to be excellent

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This restaurant was great all around! Service, location, food was just excellent!

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Business dinner. Food was mediocre and service average

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Excellent service and amazing food!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Only downside was my husbands sole. Wasn't cooked enough and fish seemed mushy.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Professional and courteous service. Food was amazing.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Food and service is always terrific. The one exception was the swordfish was just ok! We went during the day and while they have valet parking, it just is time consuming to wait for one valet. I tried to self park in the lot for Irvine Towers, but many of the spots were coned off for the valet. This was in addition to all of the marked VALET ONLY spots. Ended up parking in the other lot instead.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Prego is one of our favorite restaurants in Irvine. Fernando is the best server EVER, and we always request to be seated in his area. The food, atmosphere and service never disappoint! If Chef has his special halibut with roasted tomatoes, don't ever pass it up!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Fabulous food, great ambience, perfect place for a power lunch.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The servers were not attentive. It was our first and will be our last time.

The food was so salty. 5 out of 5 entrees we ordered were so salty ! It gave us the biggest headache after. We couldn't get out of there quick enough.

Never again.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Went for anniversary dinner. We always love Prego. Very good food.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2017

We have been to this location many times over the years and have always left with a sense of great service, excellent food and value. Consistent and predictable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2016

food was great, but service was not. sat at our table for at least 10 minutes before anyone offered water, bread, or asked if we wanted a drink. Table next to us had 6 people and looked like at least 3 people serving them, not one of which even looked to us to see if we wanted anything....service was very slow....but the food was good. Was probably just an off night

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Gathered with family for a post-Christmas / pre-New Years dinner. Prego accommodated our party of eight with ease and made us feel cared for. We had a wonderful family time!

Tags: Romantic, Spicy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2016

This place is always reliable. Better than average food and service and reasonable prices. It's my go to for business meetings in the big orange...

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2016

It was very nice! We requested a booth and had a very private booth. Very nice for our party of 4. The food and service were both excellent! The dessert yummy!😊

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Always a good experience for me, my family and friends.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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