Zov's Bistro Tustin

4.6
701 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:

Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am,

Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30am


Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm


Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(714) 838-8855
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Zov Karamardian
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Catering
Zov's special events and catering department provides full-service catering on premise and offsite for social and corporate clients throughout the year. From bridal showers and weddings to company holiday functions, Zov's special events staff handles every detail from menu selection to valet services to make your event unforgettable. Let the bistro come to you.
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Cross street
17th and Yorba
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Parking details
Ample self parking available.
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Special events & promotions
Zov's Happy Hour at the Bistro in Tustin is 3-6PM Monday to Saturday. See our menu: http://www.zovs.com/media/zovs-menus/happyhour_tustinbistro.pdf
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Zov's offers numerous private dining options including the choice to reserve the entire restaurant, seating over 200 guests for a sit-down dinner or a stand-up cocktail reception. If you have a more intimate affair than there are private dining rooms for up to 10, 14, 50 or 80 guests.

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What 701 People Are Saying
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AC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My Chicken Tagine was delicious...buttery eggplant ragout and melt-in-your-mouth chicken punctuated with salty olives - yum!

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely experience. The food was tasty and the ambiance was very pleasant. Very attentive servers.

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JM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a family favorite! We have eaten hereon several occasions and found it to always be enjoyable. Service is quite good, food is always fresh and delicious.

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j
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Quality of food has done down-down. Second visit in a row we were disappointed.

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LF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! Loved the waiter! Atmosphere was very nice. Even the birthdaytreat was special!

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Can’t go wrong with Zovs .. However, gave it four star because my dish was too Spicy 🌶. Sorry, don’t know the name of the dish. ( Red sauce with generous amount of fish and shrimp over pasta) The shrimp was sooo spicy. Ruined my meal. This has become a problem with chefs in Orange County. They’re going overboard with peppers.
Everyone else was happy with their lamb chops and I was the only one who left complaining.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brandon is always the best

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j
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

My wife and I have dined at Zov's Bistro numerous times. This is the poorest overall rating I have ever given them and it was all because the service was the worst I have ever seen there.

I will get the bad over first. We had reservations, and were seated immediately. We had brought a bottle of wine with us. The waiter came over and introduced himself, said he would bring water and some bread over. 35 minutes we sat there and he never returned. No water, no bread and the bottle of wine un-opened. He was all around the restaurant serving other people, but not us. As I waved to try and get his attention the singer/entertainer saw me and called it to his attention. I finally asked him if he wanted to wait on us or should we just leave.

The good (as always) We ordered a Greek salad which was large and very tasty, which we split. I ordered my favorite which is the Kabob's two ways which is always good and my wife ordered the lamb meat balls which were delicious. Because of the free corkage, the entire dinner came to around $50 plus tip.

The manager came by and apologized for the delay, but by that time I had lost the anticipation of a nice evening. This is one of the really great restaurants and the waiter tarnished it a bit.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The scallops were delicious.

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JN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Good food. Excellent service but dining needs some serious updateing. Could use some tablecloths to make it a little upscale

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RP
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The food was great the service was amazing Justin was awesome. Our friends were really impressed and enjoyed the dinner that we shared with them. Thank you Zov's !!!

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Good food, good service. Good food, good service. Good food, good service. Good food, good service. Good food, good service. Good food, good service.

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A
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Server was not helpful in offering an alternative to a certain sauce when the order was placed. Insisted that the original sauce had the best flavor and then asked "are you allergic?" Ended up serving the meal with the sauce that the guest had wanted to avoid.

A few wilted leaves in the salad.

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PH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very kind and made great suggestions. I believe his name was Kade.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Carlos, was fantastic! The food was spectacular!! Just a great experience!!!

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MC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with my mom and my two nieces. This place is family friendly, the service was great, the server walked us to the back bakery because we finished dinner 5 minutes after their closing time and still accommodated us. The food, amazing!

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JC
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place for a business meal, I do think their pricing is a bit over the top. The food is of great quality, and the service was quite good, although we did have to prompt twice for drinks refill. This would be five star if their pricing was a bit more in tune with the neighborhood and cuisine, I will be back, but I wouldn't come here again for a business meeting as it is not a great value.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent dining experience, great food, excellent service, unobtrusive wait-staff. Thank you.

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MP
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere are wonderful. Great place to relax with a friend or meet for a business dinner.

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JJ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Father’s Day lunch with the family and father-in-law. Excellent service coupled with incredible food equaled an outstanding experience. The chefs food was preferably cook and the flavors outstanding. Always a dependable place for special occasions

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SP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and live music. Perfect night out!

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RF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zov's Bistro in Tustin is a wonderful place with nice atmosphere, and a wonderful menu. The staff does a very nice job of being attentive without being overly so. If you've never been to Zov's, try it. If you haven't been for a while, go back. You'll be glad you did!

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TS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had guests from out of town but were not informed of the "limited" menu until we arrived. There is a kitchen remodel underway. Be aware! I LOVE Zov's but this was a bummer. I blame Open Table -not Zov's.

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R
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not good. Had problems with kitchen. Very limited menu. Chicken on skewers not good.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Half off bottles of wine was added value.

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G
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely and delicious lunch for a friends birthday. Service was excellent....my only complaint was the noise level for conversation.

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a lovely time at Zov’s. We love coming in Saturday’s for the live music which is entertaining but you can still have a conversation. The food is excellent as is the service. Highly recommend them!

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OT
Orange County
115 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere. Great dinner. Will be back and share our wonderful experience with friends.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Just a bit loud.

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R
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day .

We had a fantastic waitress, and the prix fixed menu was wonderful .

There were lots of choices and food was very good .

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day. Wonderful on all accounts

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RP
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manager, server people here are so friendly. Food are awesome, price is fare so what can you ask for more? Even customers are so friendly too. :-)
This Zov's at Tustin, Ca is way better service then other Zov's.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We celebrated a birthday. Thank you for the delicious dessert celebration. It is delicious. We come to Zovs for all our birthday lunches.

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Would certainly recommend to anyone. So glad to have this lovely restaurant near our new home!

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LC
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have dined at Zov's for years, and it is consistently good. We especially love the free corkage, as we are wine lovers and have an extensive "collection" of California wines. Service is always great too!

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Z
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this local watering hole. Staff is friendly and efficient. Great food! Appreciate the small plate feature. Thank you Zov!!

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CL
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Zov’s! The hostess was very helpful and accommodating when we asked to move tables. Great service from hostess and waiter and the food was fantastic! Dessert menu is great!!! Make sure you save room for dessert!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table was ready, the wait staff attentive without being obtrusive, the setting was out of the hustle providing a quite place to visit.

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Z
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I really love this establishment and as a local, have been here many times. This most recent visit was only disappointing in the service area. Our server never came to ask if we were satisfied with our food. When he did return ( we were finished eating) we alerted him that some items we ordered were missing.." oh, they didn't bring those?"..ah..no.
That being said, it's a great place for any occasion!

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BS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife is a light eater so the purple plate specials were just right. She chose the lamb chops and said they were very good. I had the almond crusted salmon (regular size) and thought it was especially tasty. Ample wine list. Service was great. Our table was available at the time of our reservation even though the place was packed.

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