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Bistango Introduces a New Menu

Bistango 2-Tier

Bistango, a popular dining spot located in the Atrium building in Irvine, has rolled out a 2-tier menu featuring entrée selections that come in both traditional and petite sizes. Executive Chef Tim Doolittle, a protégé of luminaries Wolfgang Puck and Emeril, says that the expanded offerings are ideal for those with lighter appetites or who may be on a budget. The 2-tier menu is available during lunch and dinner.

Among the dinner entrees are a grilled Pacific swordfish served atop lemon risotto, roasted pepper, olive tapenade and white balsamic vinaigrette for $32/$21; filet mignon served with roasted carrot and pearl onions in a wine reduction topped with bleu cheese and served with garlic mashed potatoes for $41/$21.50; and rack of lamb in a port wine reduction and served with garlic mashed potatoes and heirloom carrots for $39/$27.50.

Lunch items include wild salmon in a basil crust and served with ratatouille, fennel polien and a lemon butter fondue for $33.50/$23.50; a flat iron steak in a red wine reduction and served with wilted spinach and potato au gratin for $28/$19; and Chilean sea bass with truffle oil and Concord grape demi-glaze served with mushroom risotto for $38/$29.

Bistango has been a critically acclaimed and popular Orange County dining institution since opening its doors in 1987. It is renowned for its diverse menu of fine American cuisine set in an airy atmosphere and distinguished by fine art exhibits and white linen fabrics that suspend from the ceiling to lend intimacy. An extensive cocktail list of classics and house specialties and a 400-bottle wine list that was heralded by Wine Spectator round out the offerings. Also available are 20 craft beers by the bottle, which include some difficult to acquire selections.

Bistango serves lunch and dinner weekdays and dinner-only Saturdays. Live entertainment can be enjoyed each evening in its sophisticated lounge where couples may enjoy dancing the night away. Ideal for the summer months is the restaurant’s patio dining, where guests can enjoy the full menu or an extensive menu of small plates. Bistango is located at The Atrium (19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine). For more information, visit or call (949) 752-5222.

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