Zov's Bistro Tustin

4.6
770 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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Orange County
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. This time we had a terrific new waiter that was very knowledgeable about wines. Service was great. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the relaxed atmosphere and friendly and helpful staff.

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OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

I asked for a quiet table for business and ended up on a small table very busy table in the middle of the room and we could hardly hear each other. The server was quite good. Just very noisy.

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c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvelous time. The mezza appetiser was great and we all enjoyed the birthday sundae you gave to Ruby.

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MP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was a little annoying that they shut off the heaters on the patio before we finished dessert. Sent a message that’s they wanted to close despite our reservation was 7:30 and it wasn’t even 9 o’clock.

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A
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent in all regards. Food was very good.
Noise level OK for lunchtime.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall a solid experience. The food was tasty and the service was quick and attentive.

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TG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Iced tea, mediocre salad and tip was $32. I started coming here many years ago and I'm sorry to say the original restaurant did not delight me like it used to back when Zov and Gary were wandering around checking on everyone.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lamb , pork chops ,scallops,chocolate Sunday, butter,Brussels sprouts,shrimp appetizer, was delicious..calamari appetizer didn’t have any flavor, feta appetizer was ok.....service was excellent...sat on bar side...to bright and the music was to LOUD!...I would come back but would sit on the dining side...thank goodness you had great heaters!...1/2 stars...cucumber martini was delicious!!

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RC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Their sea bass dish is my favorite in the OC.

Be prepared for lots of noise however.

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RB
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual. Salmon salad wonderful. Service very good.

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JC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Made my reservation days in advance.
Asked for a booth if possible.
Arrived just before reserved time.
Young man at front desk asked me for my name and told him and the reservation time. He tried to sit us at this tiny table. We requested to sit at the table by the fire place. We sat at our table for over 5 minutes when he came back and asked me if I had a reservation. I said, I did and asked if he wanted to see the confirmed reservation on my phone, he declined.
We waited for 10 minutes more before a server came to our table. I don't blame him, I don't think he was informed by the front desk person. The whole ambiance of the visit was not up to previous dining experiences at your restaurant Zovs Bistro.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and the food was and drinks were excellent/. Great place to celebrate any occasion!

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BB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, excellent service. The desserts are fun and a great way to conclude a meal.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food quality was great and the service was better. The price came out a little steep but we had a good time and good food so that’s what matters.

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MB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always, excellent. We've been customers for 24 years.

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b
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and outstanding service. The Lamb Burger came with either soup or salad. The lamb burger was seasoned perfectly, topped with feta on a homemade bun. The pea soup was fantastic.

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

Food was fantastic, service excellent. Carlos, our waiter was really good, and his suggestions were spot on.

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LS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ZOV'S NEVER DISAPPOINTS. IT WAS POURING RAIN AND SO COZY.
EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE - AS ALWAYS

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RP
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zov's Tustin consistently delivers great food and enthusiastic and friendly service.

My wife and I always order the Brussels sprout appetizer. The bacon gives it a nice salty crunch and the balsamic reduction has just the right amount of sweetness.

We tried the seafood linguine tonight and the salmon melted in my mouth and the shrimp was cooked perfectly as well. The sauce had just the right amount of heat and so much flavor - I wanted to lick the plat but I didn't.

Chris was our server. He is young energetic and very attentive, and really cared about making sure we were enjoying ourselves

Great job Zov's!

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DS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Zov's restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants; I've been going there for many years, from the time they first opened when there were just a few tables. The food and service is excellent, and I've never been disappointed.

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s
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were wonderful but it is noisy.
Sadie sacks

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T
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, and the food was excellent as well. I would definitely come back, and i would recommend this place, very good food.

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DC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service - can't go wrong. My business client went into the Bakery area instead of the restaurant, text'ed me he was there, and I had no problem having my server take my glass of wine to that side of the restaurant and turn me over to another server. Will definitely return.

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RB
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had another great lunch at Zov's. Had the Caesar salad with Ahi was fabulous.

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TD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent quality and service!

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RC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice selection of seafood and some organic items. Great enclosed patio and live music on the weekends. Highly recommended.

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J
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

We requested a fireplace seat or booth - got neither.
Ordered a burger with bacon - bacon wasn’t served with the burger
While live entertainment is nice, she was too loud. We had difficulties holding a conversation.
Our server was fantastic.

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CA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

They closed one area and had everyone in one side which was too loud. Waited too long to get our water. Server said it was the fault of the bartender while she was waiting for our drinks. Really!?! You get water first then your drinks. Food is always excellent but service was below par! Disappointed

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
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 12, 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 11, 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 4, 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 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner

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M
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on December 12, 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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