Zov's Bistro Tustin

4.8
1170 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I love Zov’s, but this last visit was just so-so. Our server forgot 2 things from our order entirely. When we asked why we didn’t receive them, he apologized and said he totally forgot. The salmon dish sauce didn’t really pair well with the dish. The Brussel Sprouts could have used more bacon and was bland in comparison to previous visits. Great wine, fantastic pappardelle pasta, great burger. Great ambiance. Very friendly staff. I’ll come again in the future.

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PamK
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional! Our server was friendly and certainly knowledgeable about the menu.

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vipLunchlady
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I have eaten at Zov's Tustin many times and it is usually good. However, this time I was very disappointed. I ordered the Moroccan salmon salad and it did not live up to it's menu description. It had only a very sparse amount of Feta cheese, no kalamata olives and the salad part was just generally mediocre. The salmon was very good. The rice was somewhat bland. The dessert menu was rather lackluster but as it was a birthday, we ordered the butter cake. It was dry not buttery. One would think that with all the wonderful pastries in the bakery, Zov's could come up with a decent dessert. Also, the service was mediocre. I would have asked for some kalamata olives for my salad but our waiter never appeared so that I could do so. overall, a disappointing visit and I will not be coming back soon.

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VictoriaG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

First of all I would like to start with I’m only making this review for Dining day of May 9 Mother’s Day brunch .. I’ve been there before and have never had an issue.. Lets start with the pre fix menu that we were not aware of.. I understand prefix menu on this day is very common so be it.. however the price of $56/person was ridiculous drinks ( example mimosas not included) . We were a party of 7. We had two people in our party that are vegan and were told no vegan options.. We asked if they can get the salad that was on the prefix menu but without cheese.. The waiter annoyed went to ask the manager only to have the manager come and almost yelling say” sorry to ruin your day but but absolutely no modifications! I wanted to leave but my son insisted we stay .. since it was my Mother’s Day.. so he and he’s girlfriend watched us eat. I felt so bad ..The salmon I ordered was so dry and tasted like it was sitting out all morning .. we all left half our meal .. Definitely not worth the $$$ !! And the service was horrid! Again I’m only speaking of Mother’s Day brunch!! Would never recommend any special event celebration at Zov’s..

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noisier than we would have wanted.

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JonS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. Professional staff, excellent service, and wonderful ambiance; it all adds up to a memorable evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the ease of making of the reservation, to the friendly greeting and immediate seating, to the professional and thoughtful waitstaff, to the tasty and visually appealing food, to the flower-less chocolate cake dessert, the meal was great. We could carry on a quiet conversation and hear easily, we were not rushed, we were pampered and treated with care. We have already planned a return trip. Thank you Zov’s for a great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful environment, great food and service!

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vipKristineL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute favorite restaurant for atmosphere and food. Great service and recommendations from the staff. Ended with the famous butter cake!!!

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vipRobinS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zov’s is our favorite restaurant. Excellent food and quality. Friendly staff and very welcoming.

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vipRuss
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat next to the fountain...very lovely...it was my friend's birthday and our server was extremely attentive, even giving her a birthday dessert. Our meals were also very tasty. We have been here before and because of the food and service, continue to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Beautiful food that reminds me of Armenian restaurants in Lebanon. Everything is good.

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vipNice
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday for two friends!!

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KatieA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing!! Food was delicious and came out promptly. They always had a waiter filling my water glass and picking up dirty plates.

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LindaB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family favorite -
Consistently delicious and great wait staff.

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GrapeNutz
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous attention from our waiter. I also like the dish prep here better than Irvine. Great experience!

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vipKathleen
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was exceptional as always even though the lunch menu is much smaller. All of the staff were welcoming and helping out in any way needed. We selected our dessert from the bakery. This is always a good choice to meet friends and linger over lunch or dinner.

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vipRonB
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had another enjoyable lunch at Zov's. The Sea Bass was delicious.

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DanB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I judge Zov's as high end so I expected excellence . . . however, two of us ordered tea and had to send it back to be heated (it was warm but should have been hot), two of us ordered the delicious lentil soup and it arrived barely warm (did not send back but expected it to be hot), one of us had a soda with lunch and it was nearly flat (no bubbles).
I am o'k with Zov's high prices . . . but for those prices I don't expect to be sending plates back to the kitchen as I do not like to have to complain (e.g. I "sucked it up" about the tepid soup and flat Coke).

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Rush1040
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zov's is one of my regular places! Never....Never disappointed! The menu is always changing a little at a time, but preserving old time favorites. Tried some of the new entrees this time, along with delicious beet salad and their spectacular lentil soup, but the short rib pasta dish was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrive until the moment we settle the bill everything was perfect the food was served warm the bread is excellent the coffee is wonderful the meals for tasty the wait staff were friendly and helpful it was a great experience

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GinaB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zov's - Always great menu, food and wonderful service!

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KateinCA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food server was over-the-top excellent, which made everything just that much better! Food is always stellar in this place and ambiance is very good. Enjoyed our ladies lunch out at this great restaurant!

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DENBO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was very uplifting being in a restaurant that was vibrant. Really indicates that OC Californians are ready to burst out of their confinement and enjoy life. The food was the usual very good, served timely, and hot. The only complaint we had (three in the party) was the service was slow.

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IreneV
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little noisy but food soooo worth it!

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HeidiC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! Our Server Angelica was fantastic!

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DavidW
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food and service. Just a little bit noisy for cross the table conversations. Overall, a super place to dine.

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AliciaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I made a rev for a particular part of the patio, as I specified in the comment section of my online rev via opentable. When we got to the restaurant (this was made for my mom's bday, at no time did the staff even make mention of it) it turned out a private party had taken over the patio, so we had to eat inside. My parents are extra cautious due to covid, so they were pretty unhappy about this. My dad wanted to leave. We stayed, as they reserved us a great table in the corner by the window, in my opinion, the safest option.

I guess I would have liked a heads up in advance about not being able to get a table outside. We would have gone elsewhere to be able to eat outside and feel more safe/have peace of mind. This made me think that the comment on the rev was probably not read. Who knows?

Regardless, we stayed and had a nice meal. Food was great. Server was pleasant. I felt bad my dad let his grumpiness be a factor in the beginning which may have made the hostess feel uncomfortable. I told him to cool it! Overall it was a nice time. Thank you for asking, OpenTable! ;)

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for everyday dining or special occasion. Fantastic food and service!

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vipChristineC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

New waiter. Seemed to be overwhelmed and we waited for him to return on numerous occasions during our visit. It’s ok. We love Zov’s and the food and ambience. Just think this waiter was new and getting up to speed.

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jackstraw86
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service is always excellent. It's a bit pricey though but the overall experience is very satisfying.

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RoyC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always top notch. A little pricey, but this is not a "hole-in-the-wall" place to grab a bite to eat.

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vipKenn
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

awesome breakfast and service, highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! I had purchased 4 flourless mini cakes earlier in the day, and the server hit them out of the box and presented them beautifully on a platter!

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JamesC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly, caring and the food was excellent.

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ReginaS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto is awesome. Had the best pomegranate martini.... food was amazing as always.

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vipOPAnana
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t eaten there in quite a while. Great service and the food exceptional!! Three of us had the almond crusted salmon and it was outstanding! Won’t wait so long to you go back!!

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vipRNsMom
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back after a year of Covid restrictions. As great as I remember it. The Moroccan Salmon was perfect. Service was excellent! Love this place!

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number1girl
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful lunch and appreciated that the music was turned down when I asked. I still do not believe that the outdoor restaurant needs music- everything else is perfect

FAQs

Zov's Bistro Tustin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 838-8855.

Zov's Bistro Tustin is rated 4.8 stars by 1170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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