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Prego Ristorante - Irvine

Adding a splash of Mediterranean color to California, Prego's ambiance blends the warmth and rustic charm of old-world Italy with the electricity and vibrancy of a cosmopolitan restaurant. Lively exhibition kitchens allow diners to view the artful chefs creating delicious dishes. Our restaurant seats up to 250 guests with al fresco. Prego features a full bar and offers banquet and catering services. The menu at Prego emphasizes regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, freshly made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats and fowl, and an extensive list of wines from Italy and California that will please even the most discriminating wine connoisseur. Our homemade desserts and pastries make a perfect ending to an unforgettable dining experience. Prego has received fine-dining awards from the Restaurant Writers' Association and the Wine and Food Society of Southern California. It has been a culinary destination for over two decades.
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300 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
(300 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 300 reviews
5 stars
(145)
4 stars
(104)
3 stars
(33)
2 stars
(13)
1 star
(5)
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
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Prego Ristorante - Irvine Reviews List
Review 1 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/27/2016
 2007
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Review 2 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 3 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/21/2016
 2010
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Review 4 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/18/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/18/2016
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/18/2016
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 5 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/17/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/20/2016
 2007
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2007
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2007
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Review 7 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great food ... Nice environment ... Great service ... Very reasonable prices ... Highly Recommended !!!"
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2008
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Review 8 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/14/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2008
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Review 9 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
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Review 10 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/10/2016
 2011
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Review 11 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list
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Review 12 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/04/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2016
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Review 13 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2011
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Review 14 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/24/2014
 2012
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Review 15 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/05/2016
 2007
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Review 16 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent Brunch!

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Dined on 3/27/2016
 2013
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Reggie served us for Easter Brunch. He and the brunch were both EXCELLENT.
My favorite was the seafood Ravioli and the Seafood Ceviche. I think this Bruch is only served on Special Holidays. It was soooooooo Good!"
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2013
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 17 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2007
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Review 18 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 19 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Always good. Servers are better now than years ago."
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
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Review 20 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2007
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Review 21 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/27/2016
 2010
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, special occasion
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Review 22 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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Review 23 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/27/2016
 2010
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2010
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 24 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 25 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 26 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/19/2016
 2008
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Review 27 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/23/2016
 2007
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Review 28 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good food with reasonable prices but slow service.

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Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 29 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great at accommodating last minute changes.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Prego was able to reschedule our lunch reservation when our meeting finished early and the group was already on their way to the restaurant. Thank you!"
Dined on 3/17/2016
 2007
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, good for groups
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Review 31 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/18/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2016
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 32 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 3/18/2016
 2003
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Review 33 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/17/2016
 2013
Dined on 3/17/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/17/2016
 2013
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 34 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/16/2016
 2014
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 35 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/10/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/10/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/10/2016
 2007
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Review 36 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great service during lunch

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Dined on 3/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/14/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Delicious appetizers and salads for lunch. I had the pear salad with a delicious citrus salad dressing. The fried calamari was very crispy and warm. Ice tea was tasty. The pasta is fresh!"
Dined on 3/14/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 37 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/26/2015
 2008
Dined on 12/26/2015
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/26/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 38 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 3/14/2016
 2005
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Review 39 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 40 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2004
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Review 41 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/14/2016
 2007
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Review 42 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/09/2016
 2014
Dined on 3/09/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/09/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 43 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/10/2016
 2003
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Review 44 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 3/09/2016
 2005
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Review 45 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Disappointing

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Three of us dined on a Tuesday at 6:30. There was a large party outside and according to the server, two more in a back room. I mention this because it might account for the slow service we received. But perhaps not.
We waited to be asked for drink orders, waited for the drinks, waited to be told of specials. Our server was supercilious and did not engage. His second-in-command, not sure if it was a new server who was trailing or a busboy, was very prompt and observant of things such as emptying water glasses, bread, etc.
Antipasto was very disappointing. It is priced by the person ($14 each) and though we ordered for two persons there was only ONE shrimp. Boring pickled carrots and veg. Very meager portion. I can't imagine what a serving for one person would look like.
We ordered meat lasagne (boring), pasta vongole with clams and shrimp (tasteless) and the lobster agnolotti (very tasty, easily the star dish of the night). Dessert was very good, and in addition, they brought profiteroles to acknowledge the birthday we celebrated.
The restaurant itself is lovely -- a warm, open, airy space that feels welcoming. But there are so many Italian restaurants around that nothing in our experience with Prego would induce me to choose it over a competitor."
Dined on 3/08/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 46 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Always consistently good

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/08/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/08/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I've had both lunch, dinner and cocktails at this location and have always been impressed with the service and the food. I use it as a go-to spot for business on a regular basis."
Dined on 3/08/2016
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 47 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/02/2016
 2006
Dined on 3/02/2016
 2006
Dined on 3/02/2016
 2006
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Review 48 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Though we were never offered the lunch menu, the food was good and prices not that expensive. Pastas run about $20-$25, and the portions are generous for lunch. Ganache for dessert was terrific."
Dined on 3/08/2016
 2006
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Review 49 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 3/04/2016
 2009
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Review 50 for Prego Ristorante - Irvine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/07/2016
 2007
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