Do you like Italian food? Have you been to Colleary’s Bistro?  If your answers are “yes” and “no,” get going!  It was a while until I took my own advice, and I’m sorry to have wasted the time in between, but dinner was worth the wait. Actually, in keeping with the owner’s Irish name, the menu is focused on, but not limited to, Italian cuisine.

Let me give you some examples. How about starting with baked brussels sprouts, stuffed mushrooms, or a bistro bruschetta? Of course, there are salads: sides or full-meal, such as grilled chicken with strawberries, red onions and spinach. To suit a smaller appetite, or to share, bistro flatbreads are tempting: feta cheese and artichoke, or barbecue chicken, or arugula and goat cheese. From the grill, there’s a heartier tri-tip, filet mignon and other tasty meaty choices. On Fridays and Saturdays only, Colleary’s serves a slow-roasted prime rib with cabernet sauce and horseradish accompaniments.  There’s more – choices such as osso buco, cioppino or a comforting meatloaf. And, of course, the pasta bar includes many traditional favorites, including lobster ravioli, lamb Bolognese and eggplant or chicken Parmesan.

With such a wide selection, choices can be difficult, but Frank and I stuck to tradition our first time around, selecting lasagna and chicken mushroom risotto. Both received high marks and came in generous portions. The risotto differed a little in that it had a tomato base.

 My friend Marilyn classifies breakfast there as “stellar.”  One’s mouth goes a-watering just at the thought of three-egg flatbreads, bistro benedicts (varieties on the classic poached egg, Canadian bacon, Hollandaise on English muffins), a good variety of omelets, and a dish that is calling my name -- bread pudding French toast.

Lunch is also popular at Colleary’s, where you will be offered homemade soups, farm fresh salads, pastas, hot and cold sandwiches in profusion.

Prices here are reasonable. Breakfast and lunch ranges from $8-$15; dinner is in the $15-$25 range. There is a full bar, a good selection of wines both by the bottle and the glass. The bistro is open Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Happy hour, with small plates and generous pours, happens from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 


You’ll find Colleary’s at 2143 N. Tustin (in the Target shopping center at Tustin and Meads). Telephone (714) 633-8650.

Buon appetito, and tell them the Sentry sent you.

Colleary's Bistro