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About Zov's Bistro Tustin

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.

17440 E. 17th Street
Tustin, CA 92780
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean, Bistro

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

Cross Street:
17th and Yorba

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 838-8855

Website:
http://www.zovs.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Ample self parking available.

Executive Chef:
Zov Karamardian

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

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

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.

Zov's Bistro Tustin Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Healthy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Romantic (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Live Music (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We love Zov's, and the food and the service were superb. But, the noise level absolutely precluded conversation. We had planned a dinner with old friends with the plan of catching up -- it wasn't to be. We needed to shout to convey even simple sentences; no nuances of thought were possible. I think we happened to have the bad luck to hit a Friday night with a crowd and two sources of music going. Wouldn't it be possible to put people who want to have conversation in a separate room? We'll be back to Zov's - but not on a Friday night!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We have never been disappointed with Zov's. Food is very good, as well as the service. Try it, you will like it, we are sure.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Entire staff was polite & courteous. Also, the food was excellent as always. Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place for a special occasion or regular dining. Our meal was outstanding! We had the braised lamb and eggplant! So delicious, the best dish I have had in a long time. Not surprised as this place has been in business for a long time. Great svc, ambience and the staff is very pleasant.

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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The stuffed grape leaf appetizers were amazing. I had the Kebabs, the steak was perfect. The food at Zov's never disappoints whether in the cafe or restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I was here in September. My steak was much better the first time, so disappointed this time. The food has good flavor (except the steak). Our server was fantastic the last time. Different one this time and she was terrible. Just bad.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food3
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service2
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We love to go to Zovs for breakfast, lunch and special occasions! We are treated to a menu that continually is updated but retains the classics!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Awesome squash ravioli...highly recommend. Good wine too, although a little pricer selection than I'm used to. Crème Brule was good. Service was good. I would go back for this ravioli alone. I had squash ravioli a couple of weeks ago at Il Fortinatio in Irvine,
and it didn't come close to the dish I had at Zov's!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Zov's has excellent food as well as great service. The atmosphere is welcoming and it is a pleasure to dine there.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful dinner out with friends. Lamb chops were amazing

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is one of our favorites. They added some live music on certain nights that makes it a lot of fun. I had the Osso Bucco and it was fantastic. The service, food, and music were all fantatstic again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was fantastic! Four of us had different dishes and each of us enjoyed the quality and quantity; and for desert we ordered from the bakery -- a bomb and a lemon tart that were both European quality.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We always have our Christmas celebration at Zov’s, the foods are delicious, the service always wonderful, I had the salad special with lamb meat in it and it was delicious. This place is good for group. Definitely we’ll be back again

Tags: Notable Wine List, Organic, Romantic, Late-night Find, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Authentic, People Watching, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

When we purchased our home, twenty one years ago, the salesman told us about a neighborhood gem one mile away. That gem was Zov's. It is still a gem. Like other high-end resturants, portions are small and prices are hgh. Oh, but the taste! Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Zov's has both a bistro and a cafe/bakery; we ate in the bistro. The food was excellent. This time we tried the 5-hour braised lamb and short rib papparadelle. Both excellent, especially the lamb. The lentil soup and butternut squash soup were also fine. We only finished about half the dinner, so had an excellent lunch on Sunday.
On the downside (for us), the light level is dim to dismal, and no flashlight was offered to aid us as we pored over the menu.
We both felt though that the noise level was too high, coming in part from the live music, which transitioned to recorded music, and a largish boisterous party at an adjacent table.
The setting is a bit unusual, being neither truly indoors nor outdoors, but in a semi-open structure that appears to me like a harden tent.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We chose 3 shared plates and all were excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place with outstanding food and service. We celebrated my husband’s birthday with friends. Even though the restaurant was having a private event going on, we still received great service and food, which we appreciate. My daughter’s steak was served a little under done and they took it right back a cooked a new one that was perfect. And we didn’t have to wait forever. Love Zov’s Bistro!

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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Zov’s never misses, always providing great service and amazing food. I love the short rib papardelle pasta, but there’s so much good to choose from. It’s a beautiful restaurant, too!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Although pricy, what good thing isn't? The food was good, the service great, the ambiance good to great, it bit noisy but it sounded alive and busy. The Mediterranean style food was quite abundant, taking home left overs from every plate, and management checked into the table twice to make sure our experience was good. I was a bit shell-shocked from the sticker price, but I'd return because it was predictably good - and when it comes to food, I prefer that.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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service5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food always - service was very good - half-price wine Tuesdays is great -

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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food4
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Exceptional value for money; quality food and service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food is mostly Mediterranean style but many has plenty of variety. Food was very tasty and portions generous. Specialty cocktails and nice wine selection available. Overall very good. It was our first visit. We will return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very good service and I think the menu and food quality and taste have improved.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our annual First Date nite at Zovs for the past 7 years. We have been married for 5+ years We always look forward to our evening here and the great food! we drive up from mission Viejo so it is not really in our back yard.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I always have a lovely time at Zov's. It's a great place to meet up with friends, as we did on this visit; it was their first time. We enjoyed many of the appetizers (including the hummus and the cheeses) and the lamb meatballs. And my entree was the beef and chicken kebobs, which were excellent. Oh, and I enjoyed a pomegranate margarita.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cancún)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Like always a great place for a nice date night
For my husband and I. We love and look forward to eating at Zov’s.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Hot Spot, Cozy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food is fresh and tasty. The lunch menu is limited, but offer good choices. Service was very attentive. The ambiance was slightly noisy.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Honestly feel like they have lost half a step from our prior experiences. Not crowded at all on a Friday night, so maybe others feel the same way. Good overall experience. But, it's been better.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food3
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The overall customer service was very good. An upbeat attitude was demonstrated by all employees we came in contact with.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cancún)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My husband and love coming to Zov's is our special Date night. We have our Favorite waiter Justin who always comes with great wine paring ideas and desserts.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was a lovely dinner/evening with great food (perfectly cooked to order), a table that wasn't nearly as noisy as most, and wonderful service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've eaten at Zov's many times and we have never had a bad meal there. The service is always wonderful and the food is great. We usually try something different each time and we're always pleasantly surprised.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I love love love this place! I prefer to sit on the Bakery side. Parking is better and the outdoor seating is great. Pomegranate mimiosas are the bomb and their pulled pork nachos are ridiculously good!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 12, 2017

My favorite bistro in O.C.; wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and great service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Zov's is staple in Tustin. I celebrated my birthday with friends and the food was delicious. The service was extremely good. Our server could not have been nicer. We were not rushed and felt very comfortable lingering through lunch. It has been one of my favorite restaurants for years.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

A dinner at Zov's is always a wonderful experience. We received excellent and attentive service, which included food and wine recommendations. We enjoyed a selection of cocktails and wine as well as five delicious appetizers. And our entrees were delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our first experience here. Met friends here for dinner. It's one of their go to places. Excellent food and service.

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vip
 (Cancún)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Love this place we come here at least every other month.
Justin is one of our Favorite waiters he is Great ! The food is great you never go wrong with seafood linguine.😋

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 25, 2017

An outstanding lunch today. Our server was outstanding and attentive. The special Salmon Salad was well liked as was the Chicken Pilliard Salad. Sat on the patio and with the breeze the temperature was perfect.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Iris was our waitress and she could have definitely been more attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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