Bistango

4.7
2476 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Bistango offers artful New American cuisine in the award-winning Atrium Building in Irvine, California. Bistango hosts an extensive bar and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with over 400 varieties of wine. The ambiance is further enriched each season by revolving modern art exhibits which are available for purchase.

Bistango offers a full-service patio with comfortable furniture and heat lamps to provide al fresco dining at its finest.
Our nightly live entertainment and dance floor will complete your experience as you listen to everything from Latin Jazz to R&B to classics to contemporary cover tunes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2476 People Are Saying
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DavidF
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We came for a date night it has been a long time since I’ve been to this restaurant still have their chocolate soufflés but not the venison anymore which used to be their specialty which is OK the problem is when I made my reservation they allow you if it’s a special evening I wrote date night and they said do you have any special instructions I said I would like to dirty martinis upon arrival or sitting we got there early it was not busy at all our reservation was for 530 two people came to our table to help us with bread and drinks because we did not see our server for a while she apologized when she finally got there she was very nice we ordered and I know better so I ordered the soufflés at the time of dinner and she said thank you because they take 20 minutes which I know and still we had to wait about 30 minutes after eating and waited and waited and didn’t even want it when it finally came
With a nice restaurant you expect the little details in service in food in ambience and Bistango’s let us down on all three we will go back to Ruth’s Chris which is where we were deciding between

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vipKenR
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience4

My comments are impacted by a totally packed restaurant and people waiting standing at the entrance. If it was not so noisy with all the people everything would have been just fine. Thanksgiving dinner was a zoo.

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troublemaker
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding experience. Very enjoyable with ambience enhanced by fine pianist and drummer nearby and music audio loud enough to appreciate but soft enough to allow normal conversation. Our favorite restaurant in OC for special occasions.

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MaryP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Thanksgiving meal was delicious. I’d highly recommend eating there

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GaryM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went to Bistango for Thanksgiving Day dinner. Check in for a 5:45pm reservation was a bit hectic but was seated about 6:00pm so no big issue. The food was good as usual the service a bit slow but not too bad, turned back a 2nd glass of wine because it was brought to the table well after the meal was complete. Attribute the slowness to a holiday staff level but they were busy. All in all not an A+ that we are accustom to but a solid A because the food was great!

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LynN
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Horrible Thanksgiving experience. We were seated 30 minutes past reservation time, in a wind tunnel, even though many tables were available under shelter. My salmon was inedible. The “glaze”, which I expected to be carmelized onto the fish, was a thick cold spread that tasted like mustard. It permeated the rock hard potatoes and broccoli, too. So, I ate nothing. I would have told the waiter, but he never came back. My husband ate half of his turkey entree. The squash soup had a weird grainy texture. We asked the busboy to bring dessert to go, since our waiter had disappeared. The pumpkin cheesecake tasted like gingerbread, rather than pumpkin. It was a very expensive disappointment.

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vipFrankC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for Thanksgiving. The place was crowded, but they did an excellent job of getting everyone seated and food & drink delivered. Background music was great (Al), and server (JJ) did an excellent job!

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WilliamK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Turkey was too dry. Whatever fish dishes were being served smelled from one table to another.

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Bret
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went out for thanksgiving because we don’t like the traditional Turkey meal. We picked Bistango because it was not advertising the usual Turkey affair.

When we arrived they were offering the usual Turkey meal but also additional items which was good. However they would not provide side vegetables, nor other options severed with the Turkey even through our meals were at a higher price.

Not what I would expect from this level of eatery.

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Lolo
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Thanksgiving meal. A bit pricey.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place was awful. What a disappointment. I was fooled by the 2500 5 star reviews. You guys really let me down. The food was abysmal. The service was mediocre and the ambiance was Irvine-tacky.

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vipHowarddrfish
Las Vegas
198 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an excellent nite out. Great ambience and service. Never go wrong at Bistango

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Victor.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to dine. Service amazing, food AMAZING, ambiance amazing. Live piano playing - I couldn’t say better. Not a single thing I would improve. Will absolutely be back!

Also, get the grand mariner soufflé!

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vipOnthego
Orange County
77 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointing meal at Bistango. Swordfish and Bolognese - both delicious. Love the ambience of the restaurant and the warm welcome that awaits you from staff and Ray, GM. Another enjoyable evening with friends.

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vipRLogistics
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent detailed service, great lunch in a classic environment

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

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vipChrisB
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bistango! Great vibe, awesome cocktails & music - a little jazz quartet. Started with tuna tar tar - a generous portion, garlic soup which is creamy & not over powering. I had lamb chops cooked perfectly & my husband had steak with au gratin creamy potatoes. I wish we had room for a soufle but we were stuffed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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vipSonjaP
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Last night’s experience was not what we had hoped for. We made the choice to make a reservation with Bistango to celebrate my husband’s birthday with another couple because we have had some wonderful experiences there lately and we expected a repeat of sorts. In my reservation I made note that it was a special economic for us all. The service was poor from start to finish. Our server was very slow to either acknowledge us or come to our table and he exhibited little desire the entire evening to do any more than the absolute bare minimum. No warmth at all. We are so disappointed as we had expected so much more and we felt we had somewhere reliable and quality to enjoy regularly. It will be quite a while before we give it another try.

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vipEdisonE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , the sweet garlic soup paired with the prime rib is what I ordered, and it was very delicious!

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vipMschyichyi
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Been here twice. Everything on the menu is amazing. Just sucks food takes forever to cook. But will come back again. Super cute live music and romantic.

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foodivore
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is VERY good. Some of the staff is a little less than respectful. Found a couple who were very pleasant and a couple who were borderline or out right rude.

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vipEraineA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was spot on .

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic classic steak dinner! Pianist was amazing.

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JM333
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with the family and accommodated my little ones

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!

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BillSan
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful inside dining and comfortable outdoor patio. Friendly staff and delicious food. Complimentary valet parking. A great place for lunch or dinner.

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vipJoanneF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS- it was beautifully presented PLUS the prices were tolerable. I will return!!

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vipFosh
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants and consistent with outstanding service and food!

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vipMitchG
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the single best dining experience in OC FOR 33 years. Yet everything seems as fresh as the day they opened, staff and food are A+,

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CherylG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We arrived at 7pm last Saturday and were seated on the patio. Although it was a chilly evening, the heaters were warming and comfortable. The biggest issue was who exactly was our waiter. We had three people that came to help, but, at various times and reasons. There’s was significant waits in between service. Our food was good . About half way through, a three piece band began to play. The band was not good and it changed the atmosphere of the meal. Overall, I would recommend for food, but, not the entertainment.

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Eleni
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Didn’t feel rushed, water glass was never empty. We started with cocktails they were pricey but a nice pour. First course was pear and beet appetizer very good and the garlic soup, tasty but not as thick as I expected. Both salads were large and perfectly dressed. Shrimp puttanesca, salmon, and the shrimp risotto was ordered and everyone was ever satisfied with their meal. We ended with the chocolate soufflé yum. I highly recommend just know it’s a little pricy but worth it.

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vipchico58
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long overdue visit with friends after Covid!

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KellyB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very attentive service. Food was delicious. Enjoyable evening.,

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vipMarkU
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice jazz, fun atmosphere. Definitely recommend.

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MichaelK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blaine was our terrific waiter and provided excellent customer service!!

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carold
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ambiance and food were excellent. The service was a fair, the waiter did not check on us once the food had been delivered and we had to ask for refills for our water glasses twice. But the ambiance and food made up for it

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance… outdoor patio with live music

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vipConnie
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went to celebrate my bday and had received an email from the restaurant that lead us to believe that there was a shuttle to the Barclay for Jazz - like they do for the sister restaurant Bayside to the Hyatt - that was not the case. Very confusing and put a little of a damper on the otherwise pleasant evening.

FAQs

Bistango offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 752-5222.

Bistango is rated 4.7 stars by 2476 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 bookings at the moment.