A fixture in Irvine for nearly thirty years, Bistango has long been known as a destination for power lunches and elegant dinners punctuated with nightly live entertainment, charming gardens perfect for al fresco dining, and a hopping dance floor. Located inside the award-winning Atrium Building, the restaurant features new American cuisine and is led by former Wolfgang Puck protégé Executive chef Tim Doolittle. Charred octopus salad, corn ravioli, and pizza di mare are amongst the highlights of the lunch menu while dinner choices include a variety of steak, seafood, and pasta options. Bistango's 400-bottle wine list has been heralded by Wine Spectator and the drink menu includes 15 craft beers as well as a diverse list of classic and specialty cocktails.
What many might not realize is that Bistango is also one of the best places to buy original art in Orange County. Owner John Ghoukassian works alongside art curator Antoinette Sullivan to bring the artwork of varied artists, both local and international, to the restaurant. In many ways, dining at Bistango is like dining in an art gallery. Installations are generally featured for 3-4 months at a time. This season's artists include painter Hugo Rivera, a fixture of the Laguna Beach art festival scene and gallery owner. Mexican neo-figurative painter and sculptor Vladimir Cora, self-taught expressionist Marcel Schreur who work is reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh, and Orange County artist Becca Fox.
Bistango serves lunch and dinner weekdays and dinner only Saturdays. Bistango is located at The Atrium (19100 Von Karman Avenue, ? Irvine). For more information visitwww.bistango.com or call (949) 752-5222.