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Old Vine Cafe
Old Vine Cafe

Old Vine Cafe

8.523 reviews
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American, Italian, Wine Bar
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2937 Bristol St A103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 545-1411
https://oldvinekitchenbar.com/about-ovc/
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Old Vine Café, now in its 10th year, continues to redefine dining in Orange County, offering top-quality food and wine in a non-pretentious, casual atmosphere. The award-winning restaurant is the ... Read more
brainchild of brothers Mark and Brandon McDonald who have more than 30 years of restaurant experience between them. Old Vine Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with menu items reflecting regionalism and the use of seasonal ingredients, a hallmark of Chef Mark's culinary training in southern Italy. Daytime customers choose from a wide variety of panini, omelets, specialty breakfast items, and small plates, while evening diners can be found leisurely enjoying four-course tasting menus, complete with expertly selected wine pairings.

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Orange County, CA

Did you know that Old Vine Café has expanded next door where Ecco used to be, and is now Old Vine Kitchen & Bar? The new location has a larger interior and back patio. I was recently there for a late dinner and drinks with some friends. They have late night happy hour starting at 10 pm which includes $3 off signature cocktails and reduced pricing on the bar bites menu. Since I was there for dinner, I sat at the bar and opted to try the beef tenderloin stroganoff made with their in-house tagliatelle ($21). Just consider, melt in your mouth chunks of beef with delicate strands of tagliatelle in a mushroom cream sauce. It was freaking delicious, I almost ate the entire plate but I also wanted some dessert. As for cocktails ($12), I ordered the Manhattan with bourbon neat and the Boulevardier with bourbon. My friends also ordered some cocktails as well. We were there until the late night happy hour started and ordered the Queso fundido ($5) and Focaccia with soppressata ($6). Both Bar Bites we tried were delicious. The queso was not spicy but who doesn’t love melted cheese? The focaccia was thick, pillow-like, topped with cheese and soppressata, which was akin to pepperoni. The service was off the charts. Everyone was really nice and even Chef Mark came over to chat with me on preference of bourbon or rye whiskey. The food is still delicious and I plan on returning for brunch and more late night happy hours.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Pretty decent, but nothing that wowed me. I got the Open Faced and the Apple French Toast. Open Faced was rich and heavy, would actually recommend this. However, the French toast just tasted like an ordinary moist cake to me.

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Local from Santa Ana, California, USA

I walked in with major food deprivation from waiting for about an hour during brunch time.... and proceeded to walk out with one of the biggest, fattest food comas I can recall to this day.

I got the 3 course lunch set, although I did swap one of the orders with someone else because I wanted to try an omelette instead. Order in:
- Porcini Mushroom Bisque: Mmmmmmmmmm. Yum.
- Omelet España: not what I'm used to for an omelette, but not bad. Fairly big portion!
- Grandma's Cheesecake: Mmmmmmmm!!

If only the wait wasn't super long, I'd come here more often for brunch. Next time I'd have to come either fairly early or late to avoid the majority of the patrons...

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Long Beach, California, USA

Tasty but too hip to be called cozy. Their innovative menu featuring a smattering of foodie keywords such as "goat cheese", "panko-crusted" and "all natural pulled pork" is worth checking out at least once.

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Local from Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove, California, USA
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This place is as good as they say it is! I've been wanting to try this cafe out after reading sooo many good reviews about it. It's only a couple miles away from my workplace, located at The Camp. The parking is atrocious, so if you're not lucky enough to find a parking spot at The Camp, you're better off going next door or across the street in hopes that your car will still be where you last left it.

My friend and I sat outside since it was such a nice day out. There was no wait, and we were seated immediately. It was cute and almost hipster-like. They offer beer, wine, and a variety of tees and coffee, but I stuck with water since I was planning on consuming more calories than I should for lunch.

Based on the many suggestions I ordered the Lengua Omelette ($14.50) off the breakfast menu, which they serve from 9 AM - 3 PM. You have a choice of ordering the entree with Spanish potatoes, grits, or greens as they call it, which is pretty much a salad. It also comes with toast, English muffin, or for $2 more a Cinnamon roll or buttermilk biscuit. I opted for the greens and Cinnamon bun.

When I received my omelette I was surprised at how big the portions were. It pretty much covered the entire plate with a huge handful of greens on the side. It was really tasty and they did not skimp on the lengua at all. The whole thing was pretty much egg, lengua, and tomatillo sauce (not too much to make it overwhelming, and it pair really well with the lengua). YUM! They even threw on some jalapenos. The cinnamon bun was also pretty good. not as warm and moist as one would hope but it was not overly sweet and had the right amount of cinnamon. I would definitely recommend this combo! I ate everything off my plate, and that was a LOT of food!

Thy do accept credit cards here and the restrooms are right around the corner. Service was good and quick. I would definitely come here again. This is not a good place for large groups since it was small, but it did look like it would be a really good date or hang out spot, especially having indoor and outdoor seating.

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San Diego, California

Fantastic little cafe with fresh, flavorful, unique offerings for breakfast, lunch, n dinner. Fresh juices, cocktails, wines. Tucked in the the back of a cool hippie plaza called "camp."

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I've been wanting to try this place ever since my friend posted a picture of their french toast on facebook. French toast is my favorite breakfast food.

I had a brunch date with my ex coworker Saturday afternoon. I spent the night in Huntington Beach Friday night and she lived near Costa Mesa so we decided to meet at Old Vine Cafe :)

Good luck finding parking on a busy day, I got lucky with mine. My friend was running late so I put my name down for two and got to relax outside under the shade for 45minutes (I was pretty exhausted because I went to Dinsneyland the night before).

I love this plaza! It's covered in lots of green and all the stores looked hipster and artsy. Cute place to stroll around after breakfast/brunch/lunch. There's a small hipster coffee shop nearby.

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I was not in the mood for something sweet but I was determined to order the pumpkin spice pecan brioche french toast I've been eyeballing on yelp for days. I didn't want to spend extra money on side order so I settled with a glass of tomato juice to satisfy my crave for something salty. Pumpkin french toast was great, probably best to share it with people as a dessert. It was denser than a regular french toast.

My ex coworker ordered smoked salmon omelet. I am not a huge fan of smoked salmon but I tried her omelet anyways. She really loved it :)

I was pretty satisfied with the meal but I don't think I will be driving almost an hour to try this place again. If I'm in the area then I will keep this place in mind.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Had a salmon omelette and it was delicious. Comes with potatoes as well. Service here is quick and the prices are a bit high but you get a good meal!

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Open faced
Spinach salad
Reuben omelet

Tried those 3 and were delicious.
Space is small so if you have a large group be prepared to wait. They have nice outdoor seating for waiting though.

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Local from Irvine, California, USA

For the price you pay, you would expect a better service than this. First time I came, I already got a bad taste in the month with their terrible service. I thought I be nice and give it another try; well, nothing changed! Bottom line, just because you got good food it means nothing if you can't match your service with the food.

Tip: Have to make reservation at night or you won't get a seat. Be prepared to put up with the snobby attitude if you're younger than 40 years old. I guess they only want to serve older crowds.

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City of Industry, California, USA

Out celebrating a birthday for one of my friends met up for brunch on Saturday.

She had already been to the cafe for her birthday the year prior and wanted to go again.

All but one of us opted for breakfast. I got chicken apple sausage and eggs with their own homemade english muffin.

The sausage and eggs were great. The english muffin tasted more like a biscuit but I guess we are splitting hairs at this point. They have their own home made jams and nut spreads as well. a few of us also got the berry lemonade which was quite yummy and refreshing.

The birthday girl got a few items, one of which was a berry with hazelnut chocolate ganache, which we all commented it was probably Nutella, however, it wasn't. It was dark chocolate with actual hazelnuts swimming in it.

Everyone loved what they got, including one that was adventurous enough to order a side of scrapple just out of curiosity.

Service was great. Our service was nice and attentive and we had originally had 8 people which ended up being 5 before we got seated, they were making sure to get us seated asap and made sure to let us know their progress as we waited, which was awesome.

FYI - this restaurant is SMALL and does not seat a lot of people. be prepared to wait -especially if it's during the peak meal times - since they don't take reservations or come during an off time to save your wait time.

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Local from Newport Beach, California, USA

Fixing to end 2011 in the most delightful way possible, Vanessa H. was able to secure us a table for a NYE dinner following our Bungee / Hiking Adventure in Azusa earlier that day. We all opted for the Original Tasting Menu, which is listed at the bottom of the review.

Service: Chef Mark is a very front of the house kind of guy, and was very present throughout our service, checking in with us on our dishes, and working the room. Each course was paired with a hand selected wine and all the pairings were explained in detail. We were given complementary champagne paired with a lobster bisque, so all in all we had 5 glasses of wine and 5 courses for $70. Had I drank all my wine I would have been in no state to drive.

I thoroughly enjoyed the wine pairings, and especially enjoyed the Argentinian Zolo Cab Sav that blew my mind when I saw that it retailed for about $10 a bottle. Definitely picking up a case of that little piece of wonderful. (Incidentally, Old Vine has a "Six for Sixty" deal that can be found here if you enjoy their wine http://www.oldvinecafe.c…).

Traditional menu:

First dish:
Sautéed Sea Scallop on a nest of Crispy Fried Yucca finished with Tarragon Chardonnay Sauce. Paired with a 2010 Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay from France.
This pairing was superb. The scallop, which can be off-putting to some, was cooked perfectly and the fried yucca helped to give some textural balance to the softness of the scallop. The tarragon chardonnay sauce was full, yet light, and it went wonderfully with the chardonnay, leaving me yearning to just pour it all in my wine glass and drink it together. 5 Stars here.

Second dish:
Handmade Fettuccini Pomodoro garnished with Aged Pecorino Romano Cheese. Paired with a 2009 Castelvero Barbera, Piedmonte Italy.

This dish was my least favorite of the night. While the noodles were cooked right, the pomodoro sauce didn't garner any depth from me, and I enjoyed the romano cheese the most of all. As least it was paired correctly with the Barbera, which enhanced the overall flavor of the dish in my opinion. 3 stars on this dish.

Third dish:
Four Ounces of All Natural Filet Mignon & Crispy Fried Onions with Bleu Des Basque Demi Cream Sauce. Paired with a 2009 Zolo Cabernet Sauvignon.

This dish blew me out of the water. The crispy onions on top and the demi cream sauce below could have been totally absent and the filet still would have shined, but together they blended perfectly, and still highlighted the taste of the meat, which is how it should be. I felt like I could cut the filet with my fork it was that delicate. And the Zolo just brought it home with, for me, a subtle chocolate flavor that was a dark and full finish to each bite of the filet. I could eat this every day for the rest of my life. 5 Stars.

Final dish:
Grandma's Cheesecake, Wild Berry Puree. Paired with a NV Ferreira Ruby Port. Can we say butter? Thank God the portion was small because this cheesecake was more like a buttercake. Thankfully the berry on top brought it down a bit, and the sweetness of the port brought it home, because on its own it would have been a bit to rich for me. But then again, isn't cheesecake supposed to be decadent? This was a 4 star dish for me.

What a wonderful way to finish off 2011 with great company, and a fantastic meal. Thanks Chef Mark!

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Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, or Community Wine Dinner -- Old Vine Cafe is Orange County's best restaurant, and best kept secret. Breakfast includes items like lengua omelettes, rabbit mole and eggs, and southern brunch.

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Great brunch and amazing wine pairing dinners. The wine list offers a great variety and a global selection.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Old Vine Cafe is a great brunch spot tucked away behind "the Camp" in Costa Mesa. It has a cutesy, woodsy feel to it, and the food is delicious!

I've tried the pulled pork panini, which was super tasty. I also had the bluberry brioche french toast, and that was AMAZING. The texture and taste were spot-on! Perfect to satisfy my sweet palate without being overbearingly sweet.

The staff is friendly and quick to attend to their customers.

I highly suggest Old Vine! :)

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San Francisco, California, USA

My friends and I had brunch at Old Vine Cafe this past weekend. In the past we had tried eating here, but our party was too large and we did not want to wait too long. However, this weekend we only had a party of 4, so we figured we'd give it a try.

I like the atmosphere of Old Vine Cafe. It a quaint little spot with a rustic feel. Half of the seating is indoor, while the other half is patio seating. It is located in a nice quite corner of The Camp. There are nice trees and a hammock you can sit on while you wait. They even had live music playing.

The service was attentive. Orders were quickly taken and food came out in a timely manner.

The food was good. I ordered the Reuben Omelette and substituted the toast for a cinnamon roll. Everything was delicious.

Overall great experience. Only real complaint is the wait time. Even with a party of 4 we waited nearly an hour for our table. I wouldn't mind coming again. However, this place seems more fitting for parties of 2. They seem to cycle through parties of 2 rather quickly. There aren't too many 4 tops, so expect a wait during peak times.

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San Gabriel
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In this cookie cutter town, it's sometimes hard to find a good breakfast place that isn't a national chain. I love this place, get the Omelette Espana with cheese grits or the Pumpkin French Toast (the blueberry brioche is also good).

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Long Beach, California

Wonderful food and best attention!

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