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“Valentines Day Disaster”
Review of Old Vine Cafe

Old Vine Cafe
Ranked #4 of 536 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$60
Cuisines: European, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Old Vine Cafe! We are open daily for breakfast and lunch, and Tuesday through Saturday for dinner! Stop in and join us, or call us about catering options.
Reviewed March 26, 2018

My boyfriend had booked and reserved us the prefix menu for Valentines Day with wine pairing.

First of all: service was slow, they were understaffed for the number of reservations they had. It took over 20 minutes between courses, after you finished. By the second course (we had been there almost an hour), we were frustrated., we left. Oh and by the way, the food was MEH. Not all the hype I had heard of before.

The manager didn't even offer to compensate the loss, or do anything which would appease us. Customer service fail.

Overall would never return.

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Thank katietej
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Triper5554, Owner at Old Vine Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2018

I am terribly sorry that you left feeling that the experience was less than excellent. With Tasting menu dining, including wine pairings, we certainly allow more time for diners to enjoy the pairing experience. Upon request we can always expedite the speed in which courses are served, but as a rule, we fire each dish upon completion of each previous course as everything is cooked to order, and food never sits in the window. We were more than fully staffed for Valentines Day and as it is a special day, we allow 3 hours for each reservation so that guests can enjoy the experience without feeling rushed.

Kind regards,

Chef Mark McDonald - Owner

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Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

Food and service were excellent. Quality is unreal. Very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend.

Thank Atlanta_GACindy
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Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

I’ve live in the area all my life and just found this gem. Excellent flavors and variety. We had the fried artichoke salad and the spinach salad.
Both were enough for a meal. The octopus was the most tender I have ever tasted. Not chewy at all. The blueberry lamb chops were heaven as well as the scallops. Generous portions. They offer wine parring suggestions for each course. Tucked back in the “camp” you won’t be disappointed. We will be back!

Thank Joe L
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

First rate food. Omelets are very, very good - large portions (as is the case with crepes); attentive, pleasant service. Excellent coffee, staff refills. Usually food left to take home - for another meal. Not the lowest cost but reasonable value and excellent quality. Can't think of a better breakfast in Orange County.

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Thank Mark H
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Reviewed January 25, 2018

Terrific choices for breakfast and lunch. Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Mimosas were good. Wine choices appeared to be extensive. Showed a lot of imagination in menu options. Can't wait to return again! This cafe is toward the back of The Camp Both indoor and outdoor tables. Look for it.

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Thank X8890CGchrisb
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