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“Authentic French cooking” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pinot Provence - CLOSED

Pinot Provence
Price range: $15 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bristol
Transit: OCTA South Coast Plaza stops
Big Bear Lake, California
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Authentic French cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Superior meal and a French martini. Our waiter was authentically French which was fun and he was great - making suggestions, giving us French food tips, great service. Mushroom risotto was divine.

Visited April 2013
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Thank In2trees
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83 reviews from our community

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    Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Surprisingly delicious meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

I'm usually cautious of dining at hotel restaurants, but was pleasantly surprised here. The service was great and my meal was very good

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Kate G
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Anaheim, California
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395 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“New Spring Menu at Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa, CA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Prawns are spot prawns (local shrimp from the Pacific Ocean), Yukon potatoes, uni (sea urchin), Osetra Caviar, and pistachio vinaigrette. This is an artful blend of flavors, very light and awesome. The prawns were cooked to a soft consistency, missing the typical snap from a perfectly cooked shrimp. The potatoes were soft and velvety. The sweet uni contrasted well with the slightly salty caviar. The pistachio vinaigrette was a bit too light in flavor but that didn’t diminish the overall flavor perfection of the dish. The only thing missing was a contrast in textures. The elements of the dish were soft so just a bit of crisp or crunch would have been an interesting addition. This will not appear on the regular spring menu, but may pop up as a special now and then, so be on the lookout for it. Thumbs up, way up!

Halibut is roasted halibut, pea puree, Hen of the Woods mushrooms (maitake), and saffron emulsion. The halibut was perfectly roasted with a crispy, buttery exterior and melt-in-your-mouth juicy interior. The fresh peas resembled edamame (soy beans) in flavor. The pea puree was refreshing smooth and better than any pea mash you’ll ever have. The mushrooms had a woody flavor and chewy texture. The saffron emulsion was light and paired well with the halibut. Thumbs up, way up!

Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta served with blood orange and honeycomb. The panna cotta was perfectly smooth and the lemon flavor was just right, not overbearing or sour. The honeycomb was a nice surprise adding a crispy texture to contrast the soft, creamy texture of the panna cotta. The oranges were perfectly sweet and tasted fresh from the orchard. Thumbs up, way up!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank OCFoodDiva
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lake charles louisiana
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Short Ribs and Wine Yummo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

This restaurant is located in the Westin hotel . It is not your standard hotel restaurant though. Great wine list , great ambience and food was outstanding.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank graciegirl
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Adelaide, Australia
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62 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Exquisite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

As a frequent guest at the Westin Costa Mesa, I have dined at Pinot Provence a number of times so this review is based on multiple visits.

The food really is excellent. I'm not going to overdo the food analysis, but my favorites are the mouth-watering moules, the delicious duck salad, and the scallops - scrumptious! All highly recommended.

I'm always a little dubious of hotel restaurants since they don't really need to try that much - there's always a ready-made clientele. Not so Pinot Provence which offers a wonderful silver service experience. Be prepared - the waiters are not your usual actor/model types you typically find in southern California.

Certainly not an inexpensive evening, but a truly wonderful restaurant with excellent, refined service from real waiters.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank mmppwwzz
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