Old Vine Café

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Reviews & Press Coverage

Chef Mark believes that there is no way to appreciate authentic Italian food without going to the source. Chef Mark and Chef Nocita are ready to take you there
Food Travel

 [T]his “cozy” Costa Mesa Eclectic is best known for its “delectable” prix fixe wine-pairing dinners (you’ll always leave “stuffed, drunk and happy”)
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Zagat Guide

“This Costa Mesa restaurant fully satisfies”
Coast Magazine, November 2013

One of Orange County Register’s Top 10 Hot Spots in Orange County 2013
Orange County Register

Winner of OC Weekly’s Best Service in a Restaurant – 2011!
OC Weekly

Sibling Vinery, Riviera Orange Country
“I always recommend Old Vine: it’s approachable, inviting and the McDonald brothers have perfected the art of less is more.”
Riviera Orange County, Feb 2011

“For Mark and Brandon McDonald, Old Vine Café is a labor of love and you will love the results of their labor.”
Daily Pilot, November 24, 2010

Daily Pilot’s article about our culinary Splendors of South Italy 2011 tour! (tickets are still available for this year’s trip, click here for more information)

Writers at the OC Register’s Food Frenzy blog try the Crispy Blue salad and the Char Grilled Lamb Chops.

Should Old Vine Café chef Mark McDonald be featured on Top Chef Masters? OC Weekly thinks so!

Voted Best Restaurant in OC by OC Weekly!
“[A]s a sunrise-to-nighttime experience, no local eatery can hold a gourmet blowtorch to Old Vine Café.”
OC Weekly Best Of 2009

Great review from COAST Magazine August 2008 issue….”delightful,” intense flavors,” and “fresh-from-the-market aromas” lauds the article, which explores our commitment to community supported agriculture (CSA) and the use of artisanal products and mostly organic meats and dairy in the menu.

‘Fresh off the Old Vine’ – “…the BBQ Omelet, stuffed with pulled pork and smoked gouda, really hits the spot. The sweet and salty meat combined with the intricate flavor of the cheese is a perfect pairing.”
OC Register local edition, April 12 ’08

Old Vine Cafe – Named one the three ‘Best of the Best” restaurants in OC by Orange Coast Magazine, March ’08 issue

“…Then Old Vine moved into a smaller space hidden in the back of the eco-friendly shopping plaza and RAISED the bar with its mouth-watering menu, spot-on wine parings and intimate, comfortable atmosphere.
OC Register Food Frenzy Dining Blog, Jan ’08

“Old Vine Cafe emerged this year and is the best reason I can find to go to The Camp in Costa Mesa. I enjoy the unique factor in dining that comes from this menu, much of which is built around small plates that can beordered a la carte and as part of a prix fixe lunch or dinner. And, if you thought breakfast was routine everywhere, Old Vine Café’s clever twists on everything for the morning hours will convince you breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It’s snuggled among the trees and winding walkways of that center, another plus.”
– Orange County Business Journal Restaurant Critic, Jan ’08

OC Weekly  ‘Best New Restaurant’
“Old Vine Café has been open only a couple of months, but it’s already besting veterans with its affordable gourmet entrées such as Spanish omelets (stuffed with artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, shitake mushrooms, proscuitto and Manchengo cheese) and a tapas-style dinner menu that guarantees many nights of swapping.”
– OC Weekly, Sept ’07

“The tasting menu, which features small plates with wine pairings to complement each course, is a favorite with diners. McDonald said the menu will change every few months…”
Daily Pilot, Aug ’08

“Let’s see … breakfast? Love it. Wine? All the time. Cheese? Please! At the Old Vine Café in Costa Mesa, open for two months, brothers Mark and Brandon McDonald have created a Euro café-style experience that emphasizes these three essentials, and much more.”
Orange County Register Aug ’07

“The brothers love breakfast, they love wine and they love cheese so they are doing it all. Old Vine serves breakfast, lunch and dinner nearly every day; sells wine and artisan cheeses out of a small retail area; and offers catering.”
– SHOP-EAT-SURF.com Jul ’07

“Old Vine serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and everything succeeds. Breakfast brings large, subtle omelets that bounce around the globe for inspiration: a pizza variety sings with salami and freshly made pomadoro sauce, while the omelet España—proscuitto, bell peppers, mushrooms and artichoke hearts—dances around salty, sweet and hearty flavors.”
– OC Weekly Jul ’07

Featured in the ‘Best of Orange County’ blog by Orange County Landscape Contractors