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Old Vine Cafe

2937 Bristol St A-102, "The Camp", Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Ranked #7 of 422 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $60
Sun - Mon 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: European, Eclectic, Californian, Café
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Now in its sixth year, Old Vine Cafe 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 is 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 5th 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
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What a neat little area - really laid back but clean and tidy and definitely upmarket in the best way - for America it is a small area but there are great eateries here along with good shops. We ate breakfast there - Southern Brunch and Roger Rabbit - definitely good quality, good amounts and excellent service . The brunch... More

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Orange County, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Expect long waits for seating at this popular café. I have eaten here three times, and the service is excellent. The food is good, but not great. It's certainly not as good as the hype. The popular biscuit reminds me of the Bisquick biscuits of my childhood. Why would someone go through so much trouble to perfect that? Still, if... More

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Costa Mesa, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Food's pretty good, service is pretentious. When we arrived, she refused to tell how long it would be. She explained that it's her policy, but we overheard other greeters giving out approximate wait times. We waited a long time, but it's a small place. We ordered mimosas (over $10, but pretty good) and sandwiches. Then waited (again). Server never came... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Ambiance - quaint, hip and relaxed Service - wonderful without being intrusive. Waitress made great recommendations based on both popularity AND personal preference Breakfast - delicious. We ordered the open face biscuit with chipotle gravy, bbq omelette, a side of biscuit with apple butter & strawberry jam. All soooo good. Open faced biscuit was way too good. Will definitely go... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The lunch started with the address entered into my Navi system. The programmed address took us to a building with no restaurant signage. Called the venue, asked where they were, they said The Camp. We turned around and headed back 400 yards, to the first place we stopped and entered the first driveway. We asked the car park attendant for... More

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Irvine, California, USA
19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I went there with a couple of friends. Though we have been to Old Vine many times since they first opened, but it was quite a while since the last time we went. One of the reason we stopped going as often was that their set menus have to be purchased with wine pairing and that we... More

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Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Old Vine Cafe is a gem! Went for breakfast and had the best vegetable omlette I've ever eaten. It is worth it to upgrade from toast to the cinnamon bun ... the texture is wonderful, and it is so delicious. The coffee is brewed perfectly. This restaurant is small and you will have a long wait unless you are there... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a very nice, individually styled cafe with excellent service and food. There were quite a lot of people for a Monday morning but the two of us didn't have to wait. Don't miss out a breakfast there!

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Orange County, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Probably our 4h or 5th time at Old Vine, a small but terrific chef-owned restaurant in The Camp anti-mall, tucked next to another restaurant and a wine bar. Mark, the owner is a trained chef with a creative flair, very wine-oriented, and a tremendously gifted craft. Don't miss the slow-cooked beef tongue, or the blue cheese cheesecake, among many other... More

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San Diego, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Outstanding food, clean, friendly, long wait on weekends. We had the Blueberry French toast, Goat Omelet and the open face. French toast was almost 3 inches thick, full of blueberry flavor and almost a bread pudding texture. The open face was fantastic. The biscuits were good covered with scrambled eggs Full of sausage then the whole thing is covered with... More

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