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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 419 restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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 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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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The French toast I had was more like a bread pudding topped with a blueberry compote and a side of fresh strawberries. It's clear that the chef takes great pride in creating all the dishes served here. The scrapple is a house specialty that can't be missed. The service was excellent, our waitress knew the menu well, they were friendly,... More

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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

So charming and delicious food! Service was great and a welcoming atmosphere. Would highly recommend! The petite filet and Chilean sea bass were delish and you must get the dark chocolate cheesecake. Wine pairings were very helpful and right in!

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have always wanted to try this restaurant at the Camp but kept forgetting to do it. Finally, we decided to have breakfast at Old Vine and confirmed that this is a wonderful restaurant. It was hard to decide what to try first with such an eclectic menu so we ordered that they recommended and shared. We had the reuben... More

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Los Angeles, California
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309 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Excellent! Everything was amazing here! The wait is ridiculous though. CAme here on at 10 on a Sat morning and we waited over an hour. But the food was so good it was worth it!

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Huntington Beach, California, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food and service! The food is utmost quality and very delicious. My palate was pleasantly surprised with all the flavors. The presentation was excellent and well done. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I've had the open face, Reuben panini, albacore panini, and blueberry French toast. The cheesecake was absolutely delectable!

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Irvine, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My husband and I frequent Old Vine every other weekend for breakfast. Truly amazing!! The service is out of this world and each item on the breakfast menu is divine. Coffee is amazing and am considering switching my Keurig for a Lavazza Blu brewer. If you go for breakfast you must get there 15-20 minutes before opening to be seated... More

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Came here for my birthday "breakfast". Read many reviews about it most very good but some said very crowded. My advice is get there at 11:30 am like we did. Immediately were seated and the menu was a big variety of Yummy sounding items. Unfortunately, I am on low carb so I had the salad with Hearts of Palm,Ham, and... More

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Four of us met for breakfast in this "alternative" shopping center. As one reviewer already pointed out, a weekend visit can mean a wait for a table. Our orders arrived as requested. Some of the food was quite good but other was only fair or average. The setting is fun. Our take on this was that it was only average... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

three words, oh my god! slow cooked pulled goats meat omelette. served with fried potatoes. the portion size was large, i struggled to finish it, but it just tasted so good, i couldn't stop. just make sure you get there early, it opens at 9am for breakfast. i got there at 9.05am and had to wait a little while for... More

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