Irvine >Food & Dining > Caspian Restaurant
14100 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA | Directions 9260433.708236 -117.783998
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Neighborhoods: El Camino Real
Nothing special – I had high hopes for the place before going and I was so disapointed when I walked in and saw the cheesy decor and ignorant hostess. We were seated and our server was not knowledgable about anything and was very rude when my American friend asked him to double check with a manager. My friend asked for a recommendation and the server just said “everything is good”! I don’t see how that can be a recommendation. Service here is really bad unfortunately, at least for us. There were many other Persians there who seemed to get better service than us. I know how a restaurant can favor their friends and family, or people they simply know. This happens a lot in a Persian restaurant, but Caspian was really obvious about it and I don’t appreciate that. I'm open to trying them again but I was very disappointed to find my kabab almost raw in some parts. The environment here is actually not that great either. It’s very loud and during the weekends you will have to speak very very loudly to your friends if you want them to hear you. Besides the terrible service, the kabab koobideh was ok and the salad shirazi was probably the best item in the menu.
Great Entertainment and Great Food – The ambiance is really amazing here! What a fun place to be on a Friday or Saturday night because the live music was flowing, the crowd was going, and the food was good.
As for the food, I ordered the salmon kabob with rice. The salmon was grilled nicely, but the rice wasn't my cup of tea; it was too dry from what I am normally used to.
This place is a bit pricey but a great place to go for special occasions!
classy restaurant – I went to this place with my boyfriend after a long day at the beach. I have to say the columns in this restaurant along with the marble, and paintings on the wall took me to another world. As for the food, I went with what I know, which was the Kabob Koobideh This is basically lean ground beef skewered and charbroiled served with rice and a grilled tomato. Although my boyfriend paid for the meal, I found the meal to be steep at $14.99. Other than the prices this is a fine establishment to go out and eat at.
Never a disappointment – This is a great family restaurant to entertain guests or a night out with a family, even a romantic dinner for two.. My family and i have been coming to caspian for years now and always have had a great experience.
try the crispy rice with the different stews for a starter and I recommend the Soltani a good portion of food and very delicious.
Something has happened to this restaurant - not customer oriented anymore – Something has happened to this restaurant. Don't know if it's the new management, but the quality has gone down the drain. For the first few weeks of the NEW buffet, it had some good Persian dishes, after that the quality of the food decreased and today it had almost nothing good, much less Persian food. The price they are charging is too high for the food they are serving at the buffet. Another thing, if you are with a group of people that want to eat from the buffet, according to the "new rules", you are not able to order from a menu and remain with the group, you will be moved to a different area of the restaurant where you can order from the menu. What is wrong with this people? They are not customer oriented in any way. I asked to speak to the owner and he told me that those were the rules and if I wanted to eat in his restaurant that I had to follow them. He told me that as a favor to me, he would allow me to order from the menu only for today, but the next time, I should be sitting by myself in another part of the restaurant where I could order from the menu. I was shocked and decided not to eat there and will not be going there any more. I had some VIPs with me from my company and it was an embarrassing experience to say the least. We have recommended this restaurant to many of our people at our company and always take big groups there. Well, that is not going to happen again unless this management gets its act together. I guess they don't need any more customers.... There are much better Persian restaurants where we can enjoy good food and excellent service, this is not one of them. I would not recommend to go there until they change the rules and get on with the program. I don't think that they realize how important "word of mouth" is, and for the owner to behave so unprofessional.... forget about it. It is too bad because the food from the menu is still good, but with this behavior, it leaves one with a bad taste in one's mouth.
Great food, entertainment and customer service – I went to this restaurant on a Friday night with two of my friends. It was really crowded and it took us like 20 minutes to be seated so I recommend you to reserve your place before going there especially on Fridays and Saturdays.
The food was great with large large portions. You never ever can finish one portion in one turn so the best suggestion is to share the food.
The belly dancing really dazzeled me, I had not seen such a thing even in arabic countries.
The entertainment and the singer were not the best but talarable for the money you pay and entertainment you receive during your dinner.
yummy! – very very delicious food in irvine! very good entertainment after 6. with belly dancers and persian/rumba/salsa/arabic music playing! its a good way to end your night if your in irvine!
Tasty, healthy food for a very reasonable price. Great Service. Fun Nights of Belly Dancing! – I went to this restaurant for a friend's birthday and had a really good time. The food portions were more than fair for the money being charged and the menu was all healthy, good fats, proteins and carbs kinds of eats. This particular Friday night was filled with live entertainment including a really talented orchestra/band that played a nice variety of Jazz and latin tunes and later, live belly dancing ladies. It was a nice dimly lit atmosphere with lots and lots of tables and comfy chairs. Our waiter was patient with all our questions about the menu and very attentive for both drinks and food to arrive prompty and accurately. The food itself was not greasy, overly spicy or cold. It was delicious, simple and plentiful. Most importantly however, it was probably under priced compared to other restaurants. I enjoyed the hummus with crispy onions, the fresh cracker/bread we were given and sampling my friends walnut fig and rice dish, suprisingly delicious! I'd go again in a second! Wish it was closer to my house!
Favorite Place – This has always been one of my favorite restaraunts. I think you have to know what to order or find something you really like and stick with it. I have not tried a lot of things on the menu but the chicken barq is my favorite.
Best tasting Middle Eastern Food, Clean, Great Customer Service – Beautiful surroundings, great ambiance, very clean (cleanliness is most important to me), great dishes, food was excellent in every way and really delicious, better tasting than anywhere I have ever tried Middle Eastern Food. Service was very courteous and fast. Prices were more reasonable than other restaurants I had tried. I will definity recommend it to everyone who wants authentic Middle Eastern food. I will be celebrating my birthday at Caspian Restaurant.
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