Permanently Closed - Tustin Grille

4.3
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154 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Located in the heart of historic Old Town Tustin, CA. this location provides the perfect setting for locals to call home.
The concept is built on a made from scratch menu featuring a modern approach to classic and contemporary American favorites with a farm to table approach, utilizing fresh seasonal foods with sustainable resource"s protecting our guests and environment. The flavors will be clean and complimentary to all of our preparations sprinkling in organic foods and house-made spice blends. All desserts will be fresh and made in house.

We will offer classic and forward cocktails of today using fresh squeezed juices and house infused liquors with an extensive but complementary wine list.

The service will be professional, gracious with a memorable casual elegance.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(714) 824-6800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ivan Cruz
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Catering
Personalized catering for office parties, business meetings, birthdays, celebrations, and more! Inquire with Jim Osborn at (714) 824-6800.
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Cross street
Main St.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service. We’ll be back. Nice neighborhood type restaurant and bar.

RJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We went with family for a birthday. This has been our go to for special events for several years now. Unfortunately they have changed; the menu has been changed and really not for the better, there is no more three course choices. More has been added to the menu which is ok. Unfortunately, one of our members had to send his food back because it was so under cooked, bloody chicken is not appetizing; and then he was left eating his dinner all alone. We were very disappointed in this visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great! Very nice to have the owner and his wife take a personal interest!

CP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always delicious. I actually brought a friend that had never tried Tustin Grille before.

GF
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good but a bit noisy
A bit pricy for the venue
Served burgers on menu but also had expensive steaks
Had the New York steak special and did not have much flavor not served medium rare as requested
Not as classy as I thought it would be

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was great. The food was not great. I ordered the French onion soup that was soo salty I could hardly eat it. The mashed potatoes that came with my steak were tasteless. I probably won’t be back.

DA
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening!! It was a beautiful casual evening with top notch service!! Will always come back!

LS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating an anniversary and found the table seating a bit too exposed to room “energy level” so we were kindly/graciously accommodated to a quieter area leading to a wonderful evening and a truly delicious dinner experience! Thank you all! See you again soon!

E
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I would come back again for the french onion soup. It was seriously a 10/10. Other than that, basic food for an extravagant price. Their 3 course menu is around $50 per person for a steak plate, dessert, and starter. Extra $3 upgrade for each thing requested that was not on the pre-fix menu.

We ordered a bottle of wine which was nice and was presented beautifully. Steaks had a thick fat pieces going through them and the sauces used on the other plates left me wondering if what we received was Chinese food. They ran out of a few things that each of our plates are supposed to come with and the substitute did not match what we felt like having that night but it was too late to cancel the meal, so that was disappointing. They informed us as the meal was being prepped that they were out of certain food.

Service was excellent. Loud ambiance and a nice bar area. Still, I felt like I left unsatisfied from the meal and a little confused as to how a $175 bill between a few people was justifiable for what we received. Definitely a nice place to try if you are in the area, but expensive for what you get in my opinion.

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

The food was delicious, my steak was cooked to perfection. Service was wonderful, they were very knowledgeable.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place for a quick bite.

PD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner for Mother’s Day! The menu was wonderful, appetizers over the top, and our steaks and salmon were just delicious. Our sweet server was so lovely, we will definitely be back!

AC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. My only critique was getting a prime rib which was cooked medium well instead of medium rare.

MG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place with good food and personable service. We will be going back and would recommend.

OC
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My second visit. I ordered the Price fixe ribeye with parsnip mashed potatoes. The steak came rare as ordered and needed no adjustment in salt or pepper, a rarity for me. The steak was tender and flavorful. I would rate it in the top ten. Julie had the shrimp risotto and did it was some of the best she'd had.

The bananas foster was great. Ice cream served over a cake with the usual whiskey sauce. A great cap to the dinner. They gave a fair selection of single males but I was disappointed they did not have a listing of liqueurs and had to rely on the owners memory.

Now, service could use some work. The staff are obviously earnest and hard working but lack training. A dinner house needs style that is led by staff attitude and experience. I think if the owner (who lends a hand everywhere) wants a first class dinner house be really needs to bring in someone to properly train his staff.

In the meantime, we will keep coming here for dinner because we like the place overall. It's one of the real gems here in Old Town.

PP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesom and food was fresh, hot and yummy!!

MU
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service were top notch. The complementary rolls and the Parmesan fries appetizer were amazing. However, my husband, daughter and I all ordered the filet mignon and were very disappointed. My daughter’s filet was fine bit my husband”’s filet was over cooked. Plus his and my filets tasted like sirloin - flavorless and tough to cut. Very different from my daughter’s. We notified the manager who argued with us and insisted they buy quality meat (“a step below the best”) and didn’t discount the bill at all. We spent over $200 and my husband and I didn’t even eat.

TL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, friendly staff, really good food. Our table was ready upon arrival.

DA
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar was a little noisy and distracting but other than that perfection.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

decent enough restaurant...decor a bit 80's...good attentive service but food a bit slow to get to the table...due, we were told,to a souz chef not turning up for work...all in all a good night out ..

L
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food takes well over 45 minutes to get. Super slow. But staff was nice

PK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was charming. We did a $5 split but the portions of the sides were quite small. 4 asparagus and about 1/3 cup or less of potatoes. It’s all we needed, really. Fish portion was huge and flavor was quite delicious.
We’ll be back, wish you and OPH had lattes. We had the bananas foster.

SB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was Valentine’s Day. The reservations were made thru open table. I was called by phone two times to confirm. We arrived exactly in time. We were seated at the WORST table in the place. The prices were very high. It felt like we were ordering high end food at IHOP. It was noisy and unpleasant. Geez make an effort people! You knew we were coming! We were seated by the kitchen and a door to the patio which waiters were going thru constantly and letting cold freezing air in. We asked to be moved. We were rudely denied. We ate our salads and left because we were miserable. We had sharp words with the manager who was rude and curt. We’ll never return. We see why they were the only restaurant with $30 entrees with availability on Valentine’s Day.

RP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Prime rib was dry, tasteless and tough, to top if off it was an expensive entre.

JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the bananas Foster is the best I've ever had.

J
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing evening at Tustin Grill🙁
Waiter forgot our order and forgot to come back and check. Manager came over to check but just blamed the waiter. Food didn’t come for 1 hour and 40minutes!! No compensation was offered! So sad because this was a favorite of ours😪

DS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Want to thank the restaurant manger and wait staff as they did an outstanding job with both the service as well as the excellent food. We will be back in the near future for more!!

JJ
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly greeted and escorted to a perfect table.
The menu was eclectic.
Our waitress had good suggestions.
And the owner checked by a few times to make sure everything was okay.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent and the food was also very good. Everyone in the group(5 people) thought it was great and would return in the future.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a beautiful New Years Eve dinner with friends. The atmosphere was lovely, the service great and the meal was delicious. We will be back.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ate here for NYE and I’m so glad we did! The staff was very friendly (I think it’s a family owned/run restaurant). We both ordered the filet and it was amazing! My mouth is watering just thinking of the herb seasoning again. We will definitely be going back!

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

I enjoyed our first visit to the Tustin Grille. I checked the menu online before we went and we decided dining here would be within our budget. Unfortunately, it was New Year's Eve and there was a limited holiday menu and the prices were significantly higher than those online. Our meal was good. It was not outstanding. It was not anything I would go back for but certainly there was nothing to complain about. Our bill was much higher than I anticipated but we enjoyed our evening and the service was very friendly and very attentive. I would certainly be open to returning.

GC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very noisy bar, untrained staff, blah facilities. Will not go back.
Idea for owner: the bar seems to have priority so turn the whole place into a “pub” serving quality small plates prepared by what seems to be a competent chef.

FH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious; however, service was slow and our dinners did arrive at the same time. We had to wait over 10 minutes for the last two entrees to arrive.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was amazing! Our server, Mandy was the best!

AV
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. The service was great and the mood was perfect.

KF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best steaks I've ever had. And I love that they serve an alternative to mashed potatoes, parsnip potatoes.

RL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First time visit overall very impressed. Enjoyed the outside seating for a quiet first date. French dip and salmon salads were both great, service outstanding, manager checked in 2-3 times insure all great. The only draw back is they allow smoking in the patio, but even that would not stop me from returning.

CC
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

On a Thursday night, the bar was crowded with about a dozen loud middle aged guys who made so much noise, the almost empty main dining room was not pleasant. Food was good but slow for an empty restaurant, service was good, but the noise level is hard to take.

SR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Tustin Grille got good reviews, so I decided to take my husband there for his birthday. The food was good, he had the salmon and I had the sea bass. The taste was good and the presentation was nice. The server and her helper were extraordinary. The restaurant could be a little more updated, but that was a minor.

The bad part was that the bar is there as you first walk in and the only thing separating you from the bar in the dining area is a partial wall and glass panel. The bar patrons were noisy and I do not understand why there has to be televisions tuned to sports in every daggum restaurant. In the bar fine, but then make the bar more closed off from the dining area.

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