Zov's Bistro Tustin

4.6
822 reviews
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Rated as one of the top restaurants in Orange County by Zagat, Southern California Restaurant Writers and Orange County Business Journal. This chef driven concept is the original restaurant by esteemed cookbook author, Chef Zov Karamardian. Zov's Bistro, Bakery & Cafe has a commitment to providing guests with the finest dining experience. Zov's Bistro serves California Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a unique ambience which mixes the sophistication of bistro elegance, with the relaxed comfort of casual California dining.
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C
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a lovely time at Zov's in Tustin. My husband had the special of the evening which was the Halibut. I had the double Kabob that was simply scrumptious. Our server was Carlos and he was excellent. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

WH
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great place for a dinner meeting or just a great place to eat and meet.

B
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is great at Zov’s. Our server was very friendly and efficient. The lentil soup is great. The patio is a perfect SoCal experience.

K
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried this place for the first time. Food was great and service was very attentive.

j
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us had dinner and conversation Saturday night. Our waiter Cade, was attentive without being intrusive. Two of us tried something new on the menu, Baby back ribs with coleslaw and fries. Delicious but should have split a dinner. Both of us took at least half of our meal home. Meat just pulled off the bone.

Two had the Kebobs two ways and loved them. It is one of my favorite itmes. My Wife had the seafood linguine and really enjoyed it. As always free corkage on one bottle of wine.

With a cocktail apiece and 2 appetizers and dinner it came to $220 before tip for 5 outstanding meals. Great service and with mellow songs being put out by a guitarist/singer, thourghly enjoyed the evening.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and service was exceptional. Wonderful restaurant

GA
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were great. Salmon salad was delicious. Had a business meeting here and it worked out well.

S
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our experience at Zov's was mixed. The food was delicious, our server was exceptionally attentive (he actually brought a birthday dessert and didn't know it was a birthday, but overheard comments at the table). The noise level was exceptionally loud and it was extremely difficult for us to hear each other. We will definitely return, but will ask to be seated in the adjoining room or go to the cafe/bakery for a little quieter atmosphere.

RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Over priced ordinary food. No ambiance . When ordering a glass of wine , the waitress
promoted a wine. We found out why when the bill came. $20.00 for a glass of wine.
That translates to an $80.00 a bottle. It didn't taste that way.

DH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to lunch with a friend and due to the heat requested to be seated inside.
The location provided plenty of light and cool ac. The service and meal were fantastic.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Zov’s is one of our favorite restaurants so we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary there this year and again they didn’t disappoint. The food is always well presented, fresh and tastes fabulous. The noise level can be a bit loud at times but the service and food makes up for it. Did I mention the deserts? Fabulous!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love to meet friends here. Nice place to be able to catch up and you can “hear”

AA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Zov's for my parents 56 year anniversary and it did not disappoint! They had live music that night and asked us if we would like to sit in the lively section or in a quieter section. We chose the quieter option and ended up in a beautiful glass private room. We had the Mezze platter for an appetizer and it was delicious! All of our cocktails were fabulous! All the entrees were truly wonderful. My dad exclaimed we need to come her more often!

OC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always!

RP
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always love this Zov's Bistro in Tustin, we tried other Zov's but still like this one better.
The food, service and friendliness, even the customers are friendly too. How cool is that?
Love, love, love this Zov's.

CC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot be beat! And having Zov’s husband, Gary Karamardian, Greer every diner is so special and appreciated. We stop by Zov’s every visit to OC. And the staff cannot be more pleasant and professional. Absolutely tops!

RW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always!

R
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for our business lunch meeting.
thank you

k
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zov's once again is #1 in the OC in our book. The food is consistently delicious and fresh, service is always friendly and excellent. Perfect for date night. We are looking forward to returning.

MB
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zov's Bistro had a nice open, bright atmosphere inside and our server Christopher was very knowledgeable about all of the items on the menu - all of his recommendations were spot-on. The baba ganoush and brussel sprouts appetizers were great. The scallops entrée, pistachio sea bass entrée, and seafood linguini entrée all had great flavor. The "ridiculous sundae" dessert was our favorite (2 can share), but the bread pudding, campfire cake and butter cake were all good too. Everyone in our group enjoyed the night there. We would definitely come back again. (Parking was easy too, inside of the Enderle Center's lot).

LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful ambiance. We've been going to Zov's for years and it's a favorite. Highly recommend the lentil soup and filet mignon for starters but anything I've ever had here was good.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8 & did not reserve the meeting room. They put us in it just because and it was just nice to have that space for the night. They were kind, helpful and let us eat, talk, drink and enjoy ourselves.

j
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Zov's on a Saturday night and brought our own bottle of wine. They have free corkage. We were never pushed, to order and enjoyed the singer guitarist who played a lot of 60's/ 70's song that I wanted to sing along with. For dinner we split a beet, gorgonzola, walnut starter which has completely changed my mind about beets (used to hate them now I love them this way). I had the seared scallops for dinner and my wife had the seafood linguine. Both were outstanding. Before tip total came to $77. for what we ordered an outstanding bargain.

An enjoyable way to spend an evening, dining well with good music and not breaking the bank to do it.

DM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zov's is an outstanding restaurant. The food is always amazing and perfectly prepared. The menu offers a wide variety of food and styles. The best rolls in Orange County!!

S
Los Angeles
188 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the Sea Bass and scallops. Our waitress was attentive aand friendly. We enjoyed the dinner and the restaurant again. Thanks.

KD
Canberra / ACT
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy eating at Zov's. They make it so easy and delicious at the same time! It is my favorite place to go for business luncheons and family events. Great job Zov!!!!

ML
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was too hot where we were seated, otherwise, everything else was good.

b
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always delicious, inside or outdoor seating is available, and the waitstaff are cheerful and attentive.

F
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have been dining at Zov’s Bistro and Bakery for years and the last visit was very disappointing. We ate on the bistro side and the food was not very good. We ordered a Greek salad that was mediocre and the short rib parpardelle pasta dish. The pasta dish was poorly presented and served with a very heavy cream sauce that was not very tasty. The gelato they serve is also not good even though they advertise that it is Gelato Paradiso. Big deal...they do not know what good gelato should taste like. Beside all of my negative comments about the food, the server was excellent and friendly as well as the rest of the staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delightful restaurant with excellent service and tasty meals

EC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

wait person a little 'indifferent' - wish the mac & Cheese would be back on the menu.

TR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, pastries, and service. Great lunch !

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

Wonderful Mother's Day brunch experience at Zov's. Service was great even tho they were extremely busy. Food was, as usual, excellent. Finest ingredients, cooked to perfection. Made reservations and seated right away. We were seated right next to the bussing station and restrooms. Would have preferred a better location. First time on Mother's Day and would definitely come back.

JJ
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken & steak kabob plate was fabulous. Fri night also had live music playing which we really enjoyed.

N
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We celebrated my sister's birthday on the 8th May. Arriving at 12:30 the restaurant was nearly full and the noise level was quite high, making conversation difficult. Some sound attenuation work needs to be done. The food was superb, as always: delicious calamari, flavorful lamb chops, meatloaf with deep fried green beans, and a lamb sandwich. Then the surprise of the event...a scrumptious lava cake with ice cream, chocolate, caramel, and marshmallow sauces for the birthday!! Truly unique and wonderful. Thanks very much.

K
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cade is an excellent server, food was good. Wish you still served the chicken pasta Marsala.

OT
Palm Springs
73 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Zov's is always dependable. Today I had the small plate Salmon dish. Perfectly cooked, but could have been hot vs warm. Having said that it was delicious and just right for lunch.

RN
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Zoe's is one of our favorite places to dine. The food is alway delicious and service is excellent. We return often and will continue to do so!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been here many times but service wasn't up to par tonight

JH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food was delicious!

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