Zov's Bistro Tustin

4.6
791 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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EC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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

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

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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.

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JJ
Orange County
19 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.

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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.

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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.

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OT
Palm Springs
69 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.

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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!

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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

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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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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.

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ND
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I met three long time friends at Zov's. Our waiter Kenny was very attentive, friendly, and funny. He was very patient with our non-stop gabbing. We all had different seafood dishes and we all LOVED them. This is rare that we all gushed over our meals.

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DM
Salt Lake City
53 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an unexpected large party and they were very accommodating. The service was exceptional as was the food.

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O
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and service was excellent - glasses always filled and were never empty.

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OT
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been customers for years, at Tustin and Irvine. We avoid Irvine, but tried dinner this past week at Tustin location. Feed was good but not great. We had pasta and salmon salad. Salad was not what it used to be, and posts was tasty but does anyone actually carefully prepare the pasta?

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AK
Cancun
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

We have been going to Zov’s for a while . But lately
The food portion has been cut down in size . And one of our waiters left the service is okay.

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RP
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love to go to this Zov's for our date nights. Love their service, food and decisions

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We gathered to celebrate the retirement of a valued co-worker (and my former boss!). We had a corner table where we could linger and talk without interruption. We appreciate how Zov’s arranged our seating and how they quietly and unobtrusively took cadre of our dining needs. We had a great - and not rushed - dining experience.

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B
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a little loud for intimate conversation, but the food was delicious and the service was great. Edward was our server and he was efficient, helpful, and friendly.

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l
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the attention from the servers and the food was very good.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Our waiter was so good I had to ask his name, which he said was Chris. He never hovered, never interrupted, and was very cordial and knowledgeable.

We were adventurous and ordered the brussels sprouts, a decision we were delighted with. I ordered the scallops and the shrimp was delicious, too.

The only criticism was that we thought the music too loud.

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s
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
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
19 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
13 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
26 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
3 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
33 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
11 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
Orange County
7 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
11 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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