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Tue, 1/23
10:30 PM
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Prego at the District

410 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (7)
  • Bar Seating (6)
  • Business Meals (6)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Steakhouse, Fish
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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
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Phone number
(949) 553-1333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ugo Allesina
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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.
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Cross street
Located inside of the Tustin District
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Parking details
Valet service offered on weekends;
Lot in front of the restaurant is open to all guests
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
What 410 People Are Saying
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Rontini (Hawaii)
Dined 3 days ago

The service was not very good. The helper asked repeatedly if we wanted bread, even though he had already brought. Salads about 20 minutes after we ordered and then my major peeve occurred when our dinners arrived half way though our salads. We watched both runners walk around past our table with our food before bringing to our table. My dinner was not very good and of course the baked pasta was cool by the time my wife finished her salad. Sorry Prego- no reason to come back.

vipKLM12 (Orange County)
Dined on January 15, 2018

We were less than impressed. The food seemed to take a long time and the staff all seemed to be congregated near the kitchen socializing. Some BIG group was booked the night we were there and they had a mariachi band. Totally ruined our night. They were LOUD and we had ZERO desire to listen to mexican music when dining at what we thought was an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant. We will not be coming back! Food was average. We miss Blue Water Grill...meanwhile there are plenty of other restaurants which have a way better dining experience. This place seems like they should only cater to large groups and corporate events and not mix small families dining and trying to enjoy a meal.

DanielleG (Orange County)
Dined on January 14, 2018

drink order was not put came late. the whole evening was a bust.
it will be a l-o-n-g time if ever if our group comes back.

vipOpenTable Diner (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 ...

vipJamonJo (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!!

OpenTable Diner 
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!

vipOpenTable Diner (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.

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 :)

vipMsCaryG (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!

vipPsalsa (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.