Zov's Bistro Tustin

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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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AN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The music entertainment was great!!! Loved the musician playing that night. Great song collection. Food was good but would like more vegan options.

K
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I knew I could count on Zov's food and service for my out of state guests to enjoy the evening. We were surprised that a guitarist who sang soft ballads was present that night. Wonderful experience altogether.

GP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , excellent service — priced right. Go again and again.

EH
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times. Never disappointed. Went on Saturday evening with the family for a belated Valentines Day dinner. Our server was fabulous. There was another gentleman that assisted the servers and he was ON IT. Never had to ask for a plate to be cleared or a drink to be refilled. The food is always delicious. Their lemon cheesecake is absolutely amazing!! You can’t go wrong with this place.

JT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, the ambiance was just perfect and the noise level was not loud at all. It was just right, the food was delicious. The service was on point, didn’t wait too long in between food.

AP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Live music made it a perfect Valentine’s evening.

CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Valentine's dinner, delicious. The music and singer was a lovely touch. The glass of wine was a generous amount, not found in most dinner houses.

SC
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very enjoyable and comfortable dining. A favorite restaurant.

TR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was absolutely delicious, as always! However, the service was not what we've become accustomed to at Zov's. Although the restaurant was not very busy at all, our waiter was not very attentive and failed to offer us all of the extra items that all other servers have in the past. We will be back for the food of course, but will specifically request a different server.

LK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place to lunch. LOVE the bakery - everything about it felt like it was made with love.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veronika was awesome!

EM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and the most delicious meals. The noise level this time was ridiculously loud (on the fireplace side). If you are there for a business lunch, plan to arrive early or dine on the other side of the bistro (but away from the fountain)

OT
Cancun
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our special little place always comes thru we are never disappointed. And specially when they surprise us with some new on the Menu!

MW
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our dining experience at Zov’s was outstanding!
The service and ambiance were great, and the food was terrific!
I confidently recommend Zov’s for either lunch or dinner.

J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

What do you get for $42 lamb chops? Good but not delicious. Rosemary just visited then left, watery mashed potatoes, a tomato from Albertsons. Zov's has definitely gone downhill. I had good memories of the Tustin location in contrast to the waste of space that's in Newport Coast, so I thought we'd give it a try. The hummus was good, the babaganoush was very good, the 4 generation lentil soup was so-so. A decent meal but way overpriced for what it was.

M
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner. Our service was great. Our waitress was very nice. The food was very good. We decided we need to go there more often and not wait for a special occasion.

BP
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Zov's for over 30 years but it's been awhile since we're at the beach now. The same great service, INCREDIBLE food and Zov's personal passion for perfection is the same as always. Great seeing Gary too. We had humus and I had the seared Ahi salad and it was to die for!!! Zov hummus....yummy as always. Wonderful eatery, family business and staff treat you like royalty. Fun too!!!

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance!

CC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Fresh and delicious food. We keep going back when in OC.

JL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place. There wasn’t much really bad about it... everything was solid and good. Just wasn’t excellent. So, 4 out of 5 stars.

j
Orange County
83 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were in Zov's a month and a half ago and I mentioned to the manager how much I loved Cioppino (a seafood stew made famous in San Francisco's Fisherman's wharf). We had dinner Saturday night and he walks over to our table and points to the menu, and sure enough it was on the menu. What a memory he has. I love this restaurant.

My wife had the chicken, my son the special New York Steak and I had the Cioppino. Wonderful!!!. All seafood, fish, scallops, shrimp, mussels with a great broth. Some restaurants put pasta, or rice or some other "filler" in theirs which had started the discussion with the manager. This was all seafood and great at a great price under $30. Oh by the way my wife and son loved their chicken and steak. I love this restaurant.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not our first time there. Never disappointed. Enjoyed the food, the drink, and the service. Very friendly and efficient staff.

CD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is excellent - food was superb!!
Ambiance is great.
Had not been to Zov’s in several years - as I was not living close by - it is now one of my go to places whether it be for lunch or dinner
Excellent!!

ML
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Arrived on time for our open table reservation only to be told that the restaurant closes on Sundays at 2 PM. Why they would accept reservations after their closing time is a mystery. They claim they tried to contact us to advise us But surely they are familiar that an unrecognized number showing on your phone these days rarely gets answered and logically they would need to leave a message if that’s what they did.

LS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good but service was not. Our waitress was a scatterbrain and seemed to forget a lot of things, including putting our order in for brunch.

OT
Cancun
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jessica is the face we see as soon as we walk inn .
she is a bright friendly face we are alway excited go back.
She makes us feel welcome and takes care of us by last name she payes attention to you. The food is alway great they never miss on any of the ingredients very consistent. The servers are attentive to you . We look forward coming to Zov’s every month now we know what to expect!

C
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was a little over salted but the drinks were great and the service was really outstanding

EH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my sister’s birthday on Friday at Zov’s. My sister and bro-in-law had never been before. The cocktails were great, appetizers unique and delicious, and the meal was fabulous. Loved the live entertainment too. Our server offered great recommendations and he added to the fabulousness of the evening. We’ll definitely be back.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and excellent service by Hugo.

S
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zov's is always wonderful a little noisy for me but I'm hard of hearing, its still worth it! Need to try the other locations.

Sheila
Yorba Linda:)

g
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Enjoyed live music, food and service were great.

W
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat, well-prepared Mediterranean specialty dishes, served with the highest level of class. Live music adds to the ambiance and the exquisite creme-brulee tops the evening.

OT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with a friend and we wound up at Zov’s. Had a very delicious steak dinner the line was excellent I would highly recommend a visit

C
Orange County
81 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Zov's bistro is different from the bakery, not that I've ever eaten there. To our surprise, I discovered the latter takes no reservations, but the former does. So we abandoned the outside seating of the bakery and went with our reservation into the dining room. We weren't disappointed.

An imaginative drink menu with appetizers and entrees appealed. Lamb tacos were a hit. Salmon on a potato cake proved memorable. A terrific key lime pie brought in the from the bakery side was incomparable. Even a lamb burger with french fries delighted. Best of all was our server, Jason, who helped us make good choices, kept our water filled, and made us laugh. He even made sure to take a commemorative picture that in which we all looked younger than we are. Overall, Zov's afforded us a great meet-up experience for friends from San Clemente, Dana Point, Balboa Island, and Los Angeles!

s
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our server had overpowering cologne on. There should be a restaurant policy against this.
Lentil soup was bland/tasteless, and N.Y. strip steak was non-tender.

DV
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zov's is always a sure thing! Great food, ambiance and service!

d
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Below average in food and service. Bad table and below average food. Sea bass was awful

j
Orange County
84 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Zovs for New Years Eve. Unlike some restaurants which jack up the price and have a very limited menu, their menu had most of the their normal entrees and about the same price.

I love that you can bring in one bottle of wine with no corkage, and this night we brought in a special bottle. We started with the beet, Greek cheese, walnut & Vinaigrette salad. Prior to eating this at Zovs I did not like beets. Now this is one of my favorites. My wife had the Filet Mignon and I had the New York Steak. There are other restaurants that call themselves steak houses which could take lessons from Zovs. The Filet you could cut with a fork.

Even though it was quite busy, the service was great. Server and bus person, were very attentive and friendly. Very relaxed evening

f
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was fine and food servers were great. I knocked two points off of service only because the host rudely waved us toward a server to seat us while texting on his phone without even greeting us. Maybe there was an urgent matter involved, but it was a jarring way to be treated upon checking in.

JJ
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation which they acknowledged immediately and guided us to the perfect table.
Our waiter was helpful in guiding us through the menu.
The dishes we ordered were innovative and well prepared.
Part way through the meal one of the owners came by to make sure everything was,ok.
I plan to return soon.

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