Date Night. noun,  a pre-arranged occasion on which an established couple, especially one with children, go out for a night together.       -Oxford Dictionary

How romantic.

Even with the best of intentions, date nights can become as stale and predictable as the definition above. The same place. The same food. The same old, tired routine.

Beginning Friday, January 11, Irvine Restaurant Week comes to the rescue, giving all local couples a chance to spice things up a bit.

More than 30 of Irvine's best restaurants will be offering two and three course menus at special prices. Just imagine: an entire evening of good food and conversation without a booster seat or kid's menu in sight. During Irvine Restaurant Week,  liven up your old date night routine by trying someplace new or enjoying an old favorite at a special price. 

Here are Three Sure-Fire Date Night Destinations for Irvine Restaurant Week:

CUCINA enoteca 
@The Spectrum
31 Fortune Drive, Irvine
 
Linger awhile....

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Warning: If your date night plans consist of dinner and a movie, you may end up changing your plans. Once you've settled into the comfort of CUCINA enoteca, you may decide to skip the movie altogether.

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A modern kitchen meets country farmhouse in this Italian bistro infused with California Cool. Shop for a bottle in the retail wine shop ( enoteca means "wine store")  and enjoy it with your meal. You may even meet some new friends at one of the lively community dining tables.

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CUCINA enoteca has all the ingredients for a memorable evening: phenomenal food in a distinctive setting at an affordable price.

LUCCA cafe
6507 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine
 
Urban Sophistication with a neighborhood feel....

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Right smack dab in the middle of Irvine's Quail Hill neighborhood sits LUCCA Cafe, a destination restaurant only minutes from home. Chef Cathy Pavlos has created a menu inspired by her Italian family's traditional Sunday dinners and her European travels. 

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The result is a delicious marriage of fine food and wine, served by the fire or on the patio. 

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The quality of the food may be first class, but the staff at LUCCA do their best to make you feel like you're right at home.  

Mastro's Steakhouse
633 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa 
 
The perfect place to splurge....  

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Why wait until February to celebrate your Valentine? Dining at Mastro's Steakhouse is a memorable experience any time of year.  

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Everything about Mastro's is classic: the perfectly prepared filet sizzling in clarified butter, the impressive wall of vintage wines, and the exceptional service of an attentive staff. 

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During Irvine Restaurant Week, Mastro's is offering a special, 3 course menu that finishes the evening appropriately with the devilish Chocolate Sin Cake. 

                            Friday, January 11 - Thursday, January 17

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