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Guidebook for Irvine

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Guidebook for Irvine

Food Scene
Good Happy Hour Menus. Oftentimes a bit older crowd. Nonetheless, if you're looking for seafood and good chowder, this places has it.
Bluewater Grill
2409 Park Ave
Good Happy Hour Menus. Oftentimes a bit older crowd. Nonetheless, if you're looking for seafood and good chowder, this places has it.
Best Pho in Irvine. Fast, friendly service.
Pho Bac Ky Restaurant
14207 Red Hill Avenue
Best Pho in Irvine. Fast, friendly service.
Best authentic chinese food. Several items to choose from even sandwiches and spaghetti
Tasty Garden
15315 Culver Dr
Best authentic chinese food. Several items to choose from even sandwiches and spaghetti
Great place for steak, oysters, & live entertainment. Proper attire is required for dining area. If you go to bar area, casual attire is ok but you might feel slightly out of place if you have jeans and t-shirt.
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Mastro's Steakhouse
633 Anton Boulevard
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Great place for steak, oysters, & live entertainment. Proper attire is required for dining area. If you go to bar area, casual attire is ok but you might feel slightly out of place if you have jeans and t-shirt.
Steak is consistently good as well as the service
Ruth's Chris Steak House
2961 Michelson Drive
Steak is consistently good as well as the service
Best in Irvine. Sit at sushi bar for best cut of sashimi. It offers more than just sushi, soups & bento boxes are excellent.
Sagami
3850 Barranca Pkwy
Best in Irvine. Sit at sushi bar for best cut of sashimi. It offers more than just sushi, soups & bento boxes are excellent.
Decent BBQ. Service is sometimes slow but worth going.
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
3608 S Bristol St
Decent BBQ. Service is sometimes slow but worth going.
Great Peruvian spot for empanadas & seafood paella. Busy during lunch but dinner are slower & quiet.
Inka Grill - NPB/Costa Mesa
260 Bristol St
Great Peruvian spot for empanadas & seafood paella. Busy during lunch but dinner are slower & quiet.
One of very few restaurants in orange county that has ocean side seatings. Great food & drinks. Shows like Housewives of Orange County filmed an episode there. Go before sunset and enjoy the view. There's also s'mores on the dessert menu. If it gets cool and you forget to bring your jacket, they offer complimentary blanket to keep you warm.
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Deck on Laguna Beach
627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
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One of very few restaurants in orange county that has ocean side seatings. Great food & drinks. Shows like Housewives of Orange County filmed an episode there. Go before sunset and enjoy the view. There's also s'mores on the dessert menu. If it gets cool and you forget to bring your jacket, they offer complimentary blanket to keep you warm.
This is one of the best restaurant in Orange County I recently found. Entire menu is wonderful. A bit expensive but well worth it for any type of celebration or just a nice evening out for two. There's limited dining on outdoor patio. Try their hand craft drinks, it's well worth it. Ambiance is well done. It's own by the Anaheim Duck player.
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Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 South Coast Highway
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This is one of the best restaurant in Orange County I recently found. Entire menu is wonderful. A bit expensive but well worth it for any type of celebration or just a nice evening out for two. There's limited dining on outdoor patio. Try their hand craft drinks, it's well worth it. Ambiance is well done. It's own by the Anaheim Duck player.
One of best gelato selections in Laguna. You can smell the fresh wafers. Several variety of flavors.
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Gelato Paradiso
448 South Coast Highway
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One of best gelato selections in Laguna. You can smell the fresh wafers. Several variety of flavors.
Definitely a must try. There's no other burger in the world like this. My favorite is double double with grilled onions & yellow chili peppers on the side.
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In-N-Out Burger
4115 Campus Drive
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Definitely a must try. There's no other burger in the world like this. My favorite is double double with grilled onions & yellow chili peppers on the side.
Good food. Large portions & outside seating with covered patio available. They serve breakfast too. I've never gone there for breakfast but ought be pretty decent. There's parking in the parking structure or valet.
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Panini Kabob Grill - Irvine Park Place
3041 Michelson Drive
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Good food. Large portions & outside seating with covered patio available. They serve breakfast too. I've never gone there for breakfast but ought be pretty decent. There's parking in the parking structure or valet.
Best Thai food in Orange County and most authentic.
Thai Cafe
14715 Jeffrey Rd
Best Thai food in Orange County and most authentic.
Enjoy lunch on the beach. There's designated parking and attendance will shuttle you down to the restaurant. After lunch, you can walk on the sandy beach or just sit and watch the waves.
Beachcomber
5199 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Enjoy lunch on the beach. There's designated parking and attendance will shuttle you down to the restaurant. After lunch, you can walk on the sandy beach or just sit and watch the waves.
Great place to work outside the house and people watch. Stays open fairly late.
Starbucks
17913 Macarthur Boulevard
Great place to work outside the house and people watch. Stays open fairly late.
This is good for fast food. Lemonade & Sweet Tea, Chicken Noodle Soup & Spicy Chicken Sandwich is my favorite.
Chick-fil-A
2889 Park Ave
This is good for fast food. Lemonade & Sweet Tea, Chicken Noodle Soup & Spicy Chicken Sandwich is my favorite.
This is good chinese-vietnamese food, from soup to rice dishes. Smaller menu than most average asian restaurants but it's fast service, reasonable price & consistent flavors. It opens early as well. I normally get the duo beef soup. Appetizers are ok. I'd recommend the stir-fry green beans.
Capital Noodle Bar
3850 Barranca Pkwy
This is good chinese-vietnamese food, from soup to rice dishes. Smaller menu than most average asian restaurants but it's fast service, reasonable price & consistent flavors. It opens early as well. I normally get the duo beef soup. Appetizers are ok. I'd recommend the stir-fry green beans.
It's great for late night. Chicken Tacos & crinkle fries are good. Less than 2 minutes away from the house
Del Taco
3050 Main St
It's great for late night. Chicken Tacos & crinkle fries are good. Less than 2 minutes away from the house
It's open 24 hours. During busy hours, there is sign in sheet, you can sign yourself in. Good menu selection. Fairly fast and staff is friendly. The portion is pretty good size. You can maybe even split an entree.
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BCD Tofu House
2700 Alton Pkwy
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It's open 24 hours. During busy hours, there is sign in sheet, you can sign yourself in. Good menu selection. Fairly fast and staff is friendly. The portion is pretty good size. You can maybe even split an entree.
This is popular place for dining. Great for group or couple. It's a little bit pricey but entertaining. They cook the food in front you. Chefs are engaging & service is decent. My pet peeve about this place is that they charge for almost everything, from brown rice to hot sauce. Dinner, weekends & holidays are busy. I would recommend calling few hours in advance. They have a bar area but dining room is best. You don't have to dress up.
Benihana
4250 Birch St
This is popular place for dining. Great for group or couple. It's a little bit pricey but entertaining. They cook the food in front you. Chefs are engaging & service is decent. My pet peeve about this place is that they charge for almost everything, from brown rice to hot sauce. Dinner, weekends & holidays are busy. I would recommend calling few hours in advance. They have a bar area but dining room is best. You don't have to dress up.
One of my "go-to" places. Everything on the menu is good. I normally get the carne asada banzai bowl and onion rings. They're tortilla soup is excellent.
Wahoo's Fish Taco
2967 Michelson Drive
One of my "go-to" places. Everything on the menu is good. I normally get the carne asada banzai bowl and onion rings. They're tortilla soup is excellent.
One of the best fast food breakfast cafe around. I get the breakfast chorizo burritos. It's big enough to split. It gets crowded after 10:00am so get there early. Seating is limited.
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Rooster Cafe
750 St Clair St
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One of the best fast food breakfast cafe around. I get the breakfast chorizo burritos. It's big enough to split. It gets crowded after 10:00am so get there early. Seating is limited.
Drinks & Nightlife
Central Bar inside Union Square has great drinks & decent mix of crowds. There's Kettle Bar. They have awesome gumbo & creole dishes.
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The District at Tustin Legacy
2437 Park Avenue
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Central Bar inside Union Square has great drinks & decent mix of crowds. There's Kettle Bar. They have awesome gumbo & creole dishes.
This location is closer to the house. Jalapeño margaritas & tacos are fantastic. Must be seated at bar to get best pricing on tacos. There's no other place with great kick ass salsa than this.
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Javier's
536 Spectrum Center Drive
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This location is closer to the house. Jalapeño margaritas & tacos are fantastic. Must be seated at bar to get best pricing on tacos. There's no other place with great kick ass salsa than this.
Good Happy Hour Menus. Karaoke starts at 9pm. Mix of age groups. If you plan on drinking even just one, use Uber or Lyft as police station is only a block away
Pineapple Hill Grill
654 E 1st St
Good Happy Hour Menus. Karaoke starts at 9pm. Mix of age groups. If you plan on drinking even just one, use Uber or Lyft as police station is only a block away
Great food & drinks. There's outdoor patio with fireplace. Cigar smoking permitted.
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Gulfstream Newport
850 Avocado Avenue
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Great food & drinks. There's outdoor patio with fireplace. Cigar smoking permitted.
Small bar with open air patio. Drink prices are reasonable & strong. Good place to stop for local fun.
Port Restaurant and Bar
440 Heliotrope Avenue
Small bar with open air patio. Drink prices are reasonable & strong. Good place to stop for local fun.
This a restaurant and bar. Decent food and drink. It gets extremely crowded after 10 as that's when the live one man band starts to play. I recommend using Uber or Lyft as the drinks are stiff. There's always cops patrolling around. You wouldn't want to go sober as the crowd tends to be older. Popular place for people in the real estate industry.
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The Quiet Woman
3224 Pacific Coast Highway
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This a restaurant and bar. Decent food and drink. It gets extremely crowded after 10 as that's when the live one man band starts to play. I recommend using Uber or Lyft as the drinks are stiff. There's always cops patrolling around. You wouldn't want to go sober as the crowd tends to be older. Popular place for people in the real estate industry.
Sightseeing
Nice beautiful tides. Surfers. Live Catch of the Day. Plenty of places to eat and drink. Great for long stroll or bike ride.
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Newport Beach, CA.
West Balboa Boulevard
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Nice beautiful tides. Surfers. Live Catch of the Day. Plenty of places to eat and drink. Great for long stroll or bike ride.
LA Live is great for people watching. Game ticket can be bought using Barry's tickets.
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STAPLES Center
1111 South Figueroa Street
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LA Live is great for people watching. Game ticket can be bought using Barry's tickets.
Perfect way to see and smell variation of flowers. It's located next to outlet mall so you can spend your day a get to see a sliver of San Diego.
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The Flower Fields
5704 Paseo Del Norte
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Perfect way to see and smell variation of flowers. It's located next to outlet mall so you can spend your day a get to see a sliver of San Diego.
Parks & Nature
Great trails. There's a dirt trail that is moderate to difficult base on difficulty level and there's paved trails which is easy-moderate level. Restrooms are available on right hand side once you turn from the roundabout. They are actually clean.
Quail Hill
Great trails. There's a dirt trail that is moderate to difficult base on difficulty level and there's paved trails which is easy-moderate level. Restrooms are available on right hand side once you turn from the roundabout. They are actually clean.
30mins drive from house but if you're looking for a good workout and beautiful view. Check it out.
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Top of the World
West Ridge
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30mins drive from house but if you're looking for a good workout and beautiful view. Check it out.
Arts & Culture
Lots of beautiful art galleries and crafts
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Laguna Beach
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Lots of beautiful art galleries and crafts
Shopping
Essentially any retailers you're looking for, from Macy's to Saks Fifth Avenue.
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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
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Essentially any retailers you're looking for, from Macy's to Saks Fifth Avenue.
High end outdoor shopping mall. Indoor Food court. Several restaurants to choose. Ocean View. Ideal for afternoon or even strolls.
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Newport Center/Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
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High end outdoor shopping mall. Indoor Food court. Several restaurants to choose. Ocean View. Ideal for afternoon or even strolls.
This place is the best for knick knacks. They carry things that you'd never find at any other retail stores. Prices are unbelievably reasonable.
Tuesday Morning
17120 Magnolia St
This place is the best for knick knacks. They carry things that you'd never find at any other retail stores. Prices are unbelievably reasonable.
This is very popular international store that carries everything from office/home furniture, kitchen essential, picture frames, etc for very low price. While it's always busy, check out goes by pretty fast.
IKEA
1475 South Coast Drive
This is very popular international store that carries everything from office/home furniture, kitchen essential, picture frames, etc for very low price. While it's always busy, check out goes by pretty fast.
Essentials
Reasonable prices for fruits, vegetables, Hallal meats. Decent food court.
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Wholesome Choice Market
18040 Culver Drive
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Reasonable prices for fruits, vegetables, Hallal meats. Decent food court.
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Target
3750 Barranca Parkway
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Ethnic store that's reasonably priced. Huge selection of pre-cooked side dishes & marinated meat. Decent food court & bakery.
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H Mart Irvine
2600 Alton Parkway
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Ethnic store that's reasonably priced. Huge selection of pre-cooked side dishes & marinated meat. Decent food court & bakery.
You need a membership card to get in but you can get one at customer service. Membership fees varies. They carry everything. While you shop, there is small food court, optometry, tire center or low price gas.
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Costco Wholesale
2700 Park Avenue
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You need a membership card to get in but you can get one at customer service. Membership fees varies. They carry everything. While you shop, there is small food court, optometry, tire center or low price gas.
If you're looking for some R&R. You should definitely check this out. They have a spa & lunch package that's well worth it. The lunch package is a 3 course meal, includes dessert too. If you can't eat it all in one sitting, you can come back after your massage and have it then. Locker room and jacuzzi are small but I've always gotten a really good massage. Sometimes you can use the pool & beach service if it's not busy. During busy season, it's reserve for hotel guest but worth asking. On Sunday, they offer great taco bar. There's valet service. Once in awhile you 'll get lucky and there's parking in front of the hotel.
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Surf and Sand Resort
1555 South Coast Highway
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If you're looking for some R&R. You should definitely check this out. They have a spa & lunch package that's well worth it. The lunch package is a 3 course meal, includes dessert too. If you can't eat it all in one sitting, you can come back after your massage and have it then. Locker room and jacuzzi are small but I've always gotten a really good massage. Sometimes you can use the pool & beach service if it's not busy. During busy season, it's reserve for hotel guest but worth asking. On Sunday, they offer great taco bar. There's valet service. Once in awhile you 'll get lucky and there's parking in front of the hotel.