Restaurant Review – Old Vine Café at the Camp in Costa Mesa

I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into The Camp in Costa Mesa. From the outside it looks like a bunch of buildings made from recycled materials, but as we walked through the trails you realize the concept is a lot more than that!  The Campsite shopping center  was built in 2002 and is literally a city within a city, specifically designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, fresh organic dining, sustainability and community!

 We ventured into the Old Vine Cafe and were greeted by friendly staff and promptly seated.  I could tell by the surroundings and the attentiveness of the staff that we were in for a dining experience.  As I was reviewing the menu all of the food courses were jumping out of the pages, saying, “Eat me.  Eat me”.

For our first course we ordered a tossed fresh baby spinach salad with fresh spinach, fresh blue berries, fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, Marcona Almonds, goat cheese and a light honey balsamic vinaigrette drizzle with Herb Foccacia Crisps.  This was my first time tasting Marcona Almonds in a salad, delicious!  The light touch of  honey balsamic drizzle was also not over powering.  The freshest salad I have ever enjoyed.

For the second course we ordered the  Fettuccini Pomodoro pasta.  The egg pasta is  handmade, tossed in a Light Pomodoro Sauce & garnished with Aged Pecorino Romano Cheese.

By the time our third course arrived I was feeling a bit guilty, “How could someone enjoy so much flavorful food in one meal”  However, being the trooper that I am, I dove into the next course, a Petite Filet Mignon.  Four Ounces of Vintage Premium Natural Prime Filet Mignon & Crispy Fried Onions with Bleu Des Basque Demi Cream Sauce.  This small portion was enough for me and enough to share (just a bit).   Oh, this Blue Des Basque Demi Cream sauce is incredible!

Should we order dessert?  Of course, why not!  We ordered an organic Pistachio Crusted Blue Cheese Cake, drizzled with Wild Honey.

A Simply Delicious dining experience!

My Tip: Order several items from the menu to get the full dining experience.  The Old Vine Cafe also has several specials that are paired with wine.  The staff is very knowledgeable in wine pairing.  Although, we did not order wine with our meals, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Old Vine team sharing their expertise with diners.

Location: Old Vine Café at the Camp in Costa Mesa (View Menu)
Address: 2937 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7993; (714) 545-1411

Hours: Open Mon,Sun 9am-3pm; Tue-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri-Sat 9am-10pm

Price: $$
Ideal Meal: Brunch or Seasonal Tasting Menu items for dinner
Note: The restaurant serves a diverse menu. Vegetarian menu options.
Geek scribbles: Perfect relaxing atmosphere to unwind from a busy day. Bring a book and check out the hammock in front of the restaurant.  Stay awhile.

Let’s talk about it!  Have you gone to the Campsite in Costa Mesa?  What is your favorite restaurant at the Campsite?  What is your favorite menu item?

Eva Smith

Publisher at Tech Life Magazine
Eva is an award winning entrepreneur and Publisher of Tech Life Magazine. She has been recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Mujer Legendaria Inteligente (Smart Entrepreneur), USA Today Magazine as a Top Blogger to Watch and Latina Magazine as a Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology. Her work has also been featured on Mashable,, Babble, Baby Center,, USA Today, Latina Magazine, Huffington Post, National Parks Services, Voxxi, NBC Latino, Rolling Stone Magazine & more.She is technologist, engineer, bilingual freelance writer, speaker and digital media consultant.


  1. You captured the beauty of food in your pictures. Love the review.

  2. On my bucket list! I must go here!

  3. The beauty of your pictures are only matched by that of your prose. Brava on the review! Not only do I want to go. I live in DC and this review makes me miss my homestate of California. Love your blog layout, too. Very clean.

  4. you had NO business sharing that pistachio cheese cake! ay dios mio que delicia! 🙂 wow. i’m a huge fan of pistachios so this is right up my alley… i’ll be in Cali next week but not close enough to Costa Mesa to visit. will bookmark it though!

  5. I know exactly where the Camp is, we often go the the Lab right across the street. The food looks amazing and so fresh. Will definitly go check it out next time i’m in the OC. Thanks for review Eva!

  6. Eva! If i make it up to this area i will definitely be coming here! thanks for such a great review!

  7. The Fettuccini Pomodoro pasta looks amazing! Seems like a great place.

  8. the camp – noted.

  9. The entire event looked marvelous, but when you got to the end… “pistachio crusted BLUE cheese cake with *wild* honey” — the combination just made me swoon…! Ok, gotta check this place out. Thanks for sharing, and great pics. 🙂

  10. Eva, it’s 10 at night and your post made me soooo hungry, everything looks amazing! I’ve never been in Costa Mesa, maybe one day, and I will remember Old Vine Cafe!


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