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Old Vine Cafe

2937 Bristol St A-102, "The Camp", Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714 545 1411
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Ranked #2 of 412 restaurants in Costa Mesa
Price range: $10 - $60
Cuisines: European, Eclectic, Californian, Café
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Now in its sixth year, Old Vine Café continues to redefine dining in Orange County offering top-quality food and wine in a non-pretentious, casual atmosphere. The award-winning restaurant, run by chef-owner Mark McDonald, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with menu items that reflect a focus on 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. Chef Mark continues pursuing new ways to introduce unique food and wine to customers by collaborating with winemakers from around the world. His search for fresh interpretations of traditional food and wine pairings drives the creativity behind the often-changing seasonal tasting menu. Chef Mark and sommelier Mario Miranda are often found in deep conversation with winemakers and distributors, analyzing potential wine pairings and bringing on up-and-coming selections for their popular "6 for $60" wine program. Additionally, these discussions spark theme ideas for Community Wine Dinner, educational events in which diners explore a specific region or winery through a seven-course food and wine pairing dinner. Engagement with customers and the community remains a priority for Chef Mark -- he is proud to partner with Community Supported Agriculture programs, and can often be found participating in local festivals and events. Chef Mark is currently booking spaces for the third annual Splendors of South Italy tour, a culinary-driven trip through Calabria and Sicily featuring hands-on cooking lessons from master chefs; winery, historical site, and agriturismo visits; and multi-course meals featuring regional cuisine. Additionally, Chef Mark teaches cooking classes to young "aspiring chefs" at local elementary schools, and to adult students pursing professional culinary education. Located in The Camp retail & entertainment center
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English first
San Luis Obispo, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

My family of 20 were shuttled to the Old Vine by a wonderful driver from the Wyndham. We had no reservation but were seated in a very reasonable time. The French Toast was recommended by a member of the cast of "I Love Lucy, the Musical." She was absolutely spot on. You will never have a better breakfast. We sampled... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

God, where do I begin... Ok, we were looking for breakfast places that were new and different. I caught this place on YELP! and we decided it looked good. The decor is woodsy, camp ground with a sprinkle of hipster. Does that make sense ? :) Anyways.... The wait staff was very friendly and drink came quickly. We ordered the... More

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Costa Mesa, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Orange County. It is an experience and you need to plan the time to enjoy. I took my dad here once when he visited now I think he visits me just to go to this place. The set menu with wine tastings are the best. Anything you order will be amazing. You... More

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Irvine, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

This is a tucked away, quiet, friendly gem of a place. A bunch of us had the Reuben, one us had meatloaf grits and eggs, we shared a couple of desserts. Totally wonderful experience. I'd like to go back tomorrow. And the sixer of wine to go is a great assortment and smartly priced. Highly recommend !!

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Some say the place is small, I think that is one of the many things I liked about this place. The food was more than expected in terms of quality and presentation. Great menu options. I had the Premium Tasting Menu and was not disappointed. The sauteed shrimp with Indonesian lemon grass curry sauce was outstanding. My lamb chops were... More

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Costa Mesa, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I had known about Old Vine's reputation for a long time before bringing the family for a big breakfast. Outstanding service by a genuinely upbeat waitress who made great suggestions. The food was creative and fresh... and served HOT (immediately). The restaurant is fairly small, so if you're claustrophobic there's some tables outside on a nice patio.

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Houston, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Whoever writes the menu descriptions for the Old Vine Café is my candidate for the next Poet Laureate. Read any of these on the lengthy menu and I defy you to walk away without your mouth water. The reality, unfortunately, did not live up to the hype, at least in my meal. The Old Vine is a small restaurant within... More

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Seattle, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The lines were long. For a Sunday breakfast/brunch, we waited for an hour. However, the wait was worth it. The lamb meatloaf was quite tasty and did not have a strong gamey taste to it. I was pleasantly surprised that each piece of the meatloaf (4 total) was deep fried. The pumpkin french toast was soft and it felt like... More

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Palm Desert, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is in a unique and fresh location. Their food matches this experience. I really enjoyed the food and it's creativity. Keep up the great work, it is truly appreciated.

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Santa Ana, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS PLACE OUT! My friend kept telling how good the brunch at this cute restaurant is and it really is, one of the best brunch places I have been to. Hidden behind The Native Foods restaurant at the camp, you really need to know about it to see it. Not a super large restaurant, but very... More

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