Old Vine Café has been serving up delectable Italian dishes for half a decade, and they just keep getting better. Chef and owner Mark McDonald opened the restaurant in 2007 with the mission of sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local farmers. He also has made the restaurant an essential part of the community’s food education, volunteering to teach cooking classes at the local elementary schools.
The menu here is quite well-regarded, with regulars praising the amazing salads. The three-course prix fixe lunch menu is a popular choice – start with a salad or the excellent porcini mushroom bisque and then enjoy one of Old Vine’s panino sandwiches. Dinner is adventurous, offering both a la carte ordering and a host of tasting menus, including a vegetarian one. Their wine list is also quite good, featuring great pairings with the menu.
Old Vine Café
2937 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626