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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

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Healthy (8)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Authentic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Live Music (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Fun (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

We used to come here all the time and this was our first visit in several years, we were very disappointed. The food is not as good and the service was frustrating. The restaurant looks great, the singer was having a difficult time with some of the songs. Maybe expanding was not the best idea.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Great for a date with someone special. Lamb two way was great. The atmosphere was unique and comfortable. The staff was all very kind and accommodating. The scallops were tasty. The beet appetizer and the calamari appetizer were both very good.
Good beer and wine. The noise wasn’t bad. I’d definitely come back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2018

While the service was acceptable, the restaurant aspires to be a fine dining establishment, and unfortunately...it isn't. Prices compete with The Summit House, Maestro's, etc...; but the food is only "OK", and the location is in a strip mall. If you come in on the wrong side of the restaurant, you get to walk through the dingy hallways and bathrooms en route to the dining area.

Whereas other fine dining restaurants would have a quiet ambiance (e.g. piano playing in the background) on a special day like Valentines Day; this one piped in '80's rock.

Dinner for 2, including a modest bottle of wine, and tip, for roughly $200. You can do better!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Very pricey for nothing special. Gina our server was exceptional though. Our steak was not prepared as we ordered and we had to wait longer for them to bring out the correctly cooked item. Gina did her best to make us feel welcome and make up for the kitchen's mistake.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I always love going to Zov's for their unique dishes and for the fireplace ambiance on date night. However, we were quite disappointed during our most recent visit. We did put in a special request, as we always do, for seating by the fire. When we arrived the entire section was blocked off due to an upcoming party and we were not allowed in the area. The regular seating just isn't very quaint. Sadly upon leaving 2 hours later, there still was nobody seated in the fireplace area. Had we been properly notified of the unavailability we would have gone elsewhere. This was a special occasion for us and Zov's missed the mark.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Still consistently great after all these years. Beautiful patio for a girls lunch or romantic dinner. Their calamari appetizer is to die for!

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Special Occasion, People Watching
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We have eaten at Zov's for many years. The food was excellent with some a new menu since our last visit. However, our service was very disappointing. We first felt totally ignored and then our waitress finally came to the table and suggested a strawberry red wine. We declined her suggestion and had to ask for a wine menu. We received our salads and had to ask a helper for our wine. We finally got a new waitress who was very good. No one seemed to care that our service was way below the usual standard at Zov's. I also wanted to take my leftovers home and had to finally ask for them. Not sure I could recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Service went above and beyond. Came with my aunt who is a restaurateur and not the easiest to please. Server was so gracious (wish I remembered his name!). Food was delicious, perfectly portioned and presented beautifully. Loved the tahini tacos with chicken and jalapeño lime margarita.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Another outstanding meal at Zov's! The food, service and overall dining experience was excellent.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The best service ever. 5 stars take a lesson on how to treat your customers. Fleming’s are you listening? Delicious & yummy if you are in the mood for Greek style food.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always great at Zov’s...I’ve been a fan for 30+ years.

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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The food and service were fantastic. This is not my first time dining at this Zov's and it continues to not disappoint. We both had salads on was the Chicken Piallard and the other was the spinach salad special with chicken ... excellent!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 4, 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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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 28, 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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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 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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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 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 15, 2017

Wonderful dinner out with friends. Lamb chops were amazing

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 15, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (Orange County)·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 6, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 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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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We chose 3 shared plates and all were excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 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 13, 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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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 7, 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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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 28, 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 27, 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 21, 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 14, 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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food5
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vip
 (Cancún)·Dined on October 13, 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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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 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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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 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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