Zov's Bistro Tustin

4.6
742 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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here after getting married with a total of 8 people. The customer service was great and the food was outstanding. My husband got the sea bass and it was to die for. Can’t wait to come back and try the bakery cafe side for breakfast. Thank you Zov’s for making my special day even better.

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T
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

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L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food and service. Extremely noisy that night with the entertainment. Very, very disappointed that the small plate dinners are no longer being offered.

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GG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very efficient service and excellent food. Parking is always going to be a challenge at this location.

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SD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service combined with the consistency of quality food makes this venue perfect for both business and personal.

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

This was our first time to Zov's but not the last! Service was great and the food was better. Had the calamari appetizer and it was fabulous. They should serve that over pasta and make it a main course!

Our waiter was Cristopher and he did a wonderful job. Checked in on us regularly and represented Zov's extremely well!

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

Good food!

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ME
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a good restaurant to meet friends for lunch and since it was during Christmas week I didn't want to go anywhere near a mall. Zov's was suggested to me and it was a great choice. The food and service were excellent and it was quiet enough to where we could have a conversation. I am definitely going back.

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BJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall good, food was excellent. Hard to carry on a conversation as the noise level was quite high when the room filled up.

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LS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner

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M
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

One of the entrees came out almost 10 minutes after the others. It was also only warm.
The pasta was sticky and one big clump.
The server was a nice person but our table seemed to be off his radar. We were not offered bread though the other tables in our area had bread and butter.
When making the reservation, I indicated that it was a special occasion but it was totally ignored.
This was the second consecutive visit with less than good service.
Historically, we have always enjoyed our visits to Zov's with good food and service.

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S
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food and service were good, but the noise level was very high. It made me feel stressed.
I was irritated too that I was marked as a "NO SHOW" and thus did not get my points on Open Table.
Due to the above, I don't expect to go back to this restaurant. There are too many other good restaurants to choose from.

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MM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary at Zov's. The food was fantastic and our server, Serena, was an angel. We'll be back!

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RO
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience as usual. We had dinner with our friends and it turned out to be such a great night! Thanks again Zov’s!!

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F
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We Celebrated our dear friend’s birthday!! Lovely, yummy food with great service. We checked out their Marketplace and took home some outstanding desserts!

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j
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Zov's Bistro for a casual dinner. Our waiter Kenny, was very friendly and open about the menu and never pushing us to order. We had brought in a nice bottle of wine (they have free corkage) and started with the Golden beet appetizer. I used to not like beets but these are out of this world. Two color beets, goat cheese and walnuts with a sauce blended to make an absolutely wonderful starter.

My wife had the 5 hour braised lamb with Jasmine rice and I had my favorite 2 way kebabs only I order two steak kebabs instead of one steak and one chicken. Both entrees were delicious. Tons of flavor.

Total for dinner, tax and 20% tip was $81. What a bargain. Makes you wonder why we go anywhere else.

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BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was perfect and wonderful and the added special touch was the beautiful singer toasting my birthday. Loved too that she had a wonderful voice but it didn't blare out the table conversation.

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G
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Made reservations for a special occasion through open table.

Restaurant mismanaged availability so that when we arrived 10 minutes early for party of 4 hostess was frazzled realizing that they had given away reserved tables to walk ins. At least 2 other parties were affected but I am pretty sure that 5 parties minimum with reservations were displaced thusly.

Restaurant hurriedly set up tables in empty banquet room. Not only could we not see or hear the live music but for half our dinner we were subject to amplified speeches from adjoining banquet room making it difficult to even hear others at our table.



We overheard another party say “never again” as they we leaving. And we concur. We have been supporting Zov’s for decades .

You would think someone would have apologized for Turning a special occasion into a significantly less than pleasant dining experience., mistakes happen but not caring is unacceptable .

plus I am still waiting for a requested response to my message previously sent

Putting profitability over customer satisfaction is not a recipe for long term success in a consumer oriented business.

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M
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a very pleasant lunch.

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MC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. Love the Purple Plate options, just right for lunch. Service is always nice.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food & wine were fantastic!

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M
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & drink. Our server, Serena, was the best! Nice touch when the manager came by to see if everything was ok.

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S
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food, manager came over to ask as if everything was good....5 star service

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JW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, my guests and I had a great time. The food was very tasty and well presented. I ordered Angel Hair Pasta and a salad and it’s my new favorite! Everyone else enjoyed their food as well. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and efficient. The entertainment was a little loud and distracting, so at times our conversations were difficult to follow. I’ll definitely go back! In fact, I’m going to Zov’s again next month.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was outstanding and their warm crusty rolls can’t be beat. Depending on the weather, it can be a bit cool as the sides are not completely enclosed. Also they had a live singer who was a little too loud for good conversation, but she had a great voice and we loved her song choices.

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CS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to Zov's (first was last year) and the service and food impressed both times. In fact, it impressed enough that our order was actually the same as last time: rosemary lamb for her, filet mignon for me. We also added a helping of calamari for a starter and it was great as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable restaurant to have a friendly conversation with friends . Our party of 5 had excellent and attentive service. . Allowing for the no corkage fee ,the dinner was reasonably priced. We have been dinning at Zoves for over 20 years. My wife took a number of cooking classes there over the years and we use the Zoves cookbook for inspiration and receipts for special meals. Regrettably the quality of food has decreased recently. The mezza platter was excellent as usual. My wife had the ravioli which she enjoyed. Two of us had the braised lamb which was tender but very fatty and lacked much of the Mediterranean spices that was customary to Zoves cooking. One in our party had the trout which again was bland and over cooked. Over the years we always enjoyed the fresh baked soft yeast rolls. These have been replaced with rolls that taste more like store bought and warmed rolls .
Zoves was always our comfort and go to restaurant . No so much anymore.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service and good quality have declined. Menu parred down from past menus. My husband and I have been having date night here for the past 20 years and it’s seems to have gone complacent. Unfortunately after all these years we will be crossing it off our list of places to fine.... sadly.

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AL
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was excellent, we were a party of 7. All menu items selected were excellent and prepared well.
We were there to test the menu for an upcoming event of March, we all agreed, excellent food, location, service.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for date night, and it was a great spot! The food was amazing, and the ambiance was beautiful. It was a little confusing to find, because we entered from the bakery side, but otherwise we were pleasantly surprised by how much we liked the place. Would definitely come here again!

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E
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Been a patron since they opened some 30 plus years ago and never a bad experience. This one was. Not sure if it’s under new ownership or management but I won’t be back or recommend it any longer.

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CC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and it's authentic Mediterranean menu. I would highly recommend to family and friends. I invited my sisters to Zov's and it was their first time. Both of them loved it and in fact said they would definitely go back and bring their family.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and birthday celebration!!

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DM
Salt Lake City
51 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were again excellent. We also enjoyed the great singer who played on friday. It adds a lot but is not overwhelming to the point where you can’t have your own conversations. The Trout special was fantastic and I hope it becomes a staple on their menu.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food, good service. Zov’s brought out a special, personalized dessert for my dad who was celebrating his 91st birthday.

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O
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guest, whose Birthday we were celebrating at lunch, and I had the purple plate special of the almond salmon. It was one of the most delicious meals I've had. It was the perfect size and delicious!!!!

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M
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening. It was a little loud when we got there but was better later on.
We had an excellent waiter. As usual the food was perfect. We brought our friend who loves lamb.
My husband had salmon and l had a steak cooked perfectly. I don't like spinach nor does our friend and there has no problem
having something else instead. We were celebrating our anniversary and they brought us a great dessert to share. All three of us together couldn't finish it.
Thank you Zovs for making it a very special experience.

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PA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Nice variety. We also loved the ambience and Kim the live musician. He was very entertaining! We had a great time!

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j
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were first timers, the food was incredibly delicious, the service stellar! We plan on returning !! Topped it off with this amazing dessert

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