Grab a cold brew and a bite during this year's Orange County Restaurant Week which kicks off this upcoming Sunday March 8th. With 150 restaurants in participation for this exciting culinary event, I've put together three brewery style restaurant options in Irvine to try. Whether it's a restaurant I frequent or a new dining spot, I always look forward to OCRW because of the robust pre fixe lunch and dinner menus offered. Take advantage of this foodie experience!

Eureka 

4143 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 596-8881

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"Discover Eureka!, located in Irvine’s University Center. Known for its expansive American selection of craft beer, small batch whiskey, and locally sourced ingredients, the all-American restaurant offers guests a unique dining experience complete with 40 American craft beers on tap, over 40 small-batch whiskeys, in a modern yet rustic atmosphere. Eureka! provides the surrounding community with a trendy casual place to dine, drink, and socialize while enjoying special events and entertainment throughout the week.

If you’re looking for a place with all-American food, the best craft beer selection and the best whiskey bar in Irvine, then Eureka!, you’ve found it."

Dinner $30

Beverage
Choice of one
Permanent Beer List Option
Any Non-Alcoholic Beverage 


Starter
Choice of
Truffle Cheese Fries
Crispy Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Deviled Eggs


Entree
Choice of
Eureka! American Cheeseburger
Fresno Fig Burger
Cowboy Burger
Veggie Beet Burger
Protein Chopped Salad


Dessert/After Dinner
Bonfire Stout Brownie

Vegetarian options are available.
Beverage, tax and gratuity not included. No splitting or sharing.

TAPS Fish House & Brewery

13390 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 619-0404

Taps Fish House & Brewery beer flight

"Reminiscent of a grand old New Orleans or San Francisco brick warehouse, TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea Downtown has become a landmark in North Orange County." Stop into the Irvine location to experience a "celebration of seafood and steaks, along with award-winning ales and lagers handcrafted in the European tradition. A connoisseur’s wine list recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine showcases a variety of wines from California’s best vintners. Enjoy the hospitality of the Manzella family with your choice of fine dining or the more casual, spacious bar and lounge. Stop in for a bite at the 21 seat oyster bar or a leisurely repast at TAPS’ Sunday Brunch Extravaganza."

Lunch $25

Soup or Salad
Choice of
TAPS Clam Chowder
New England style, chopped clams, potatoes, sherry
Maine Lobster Bisque
Crème fraiche, finished with brandy
Classic Caesar
Romaine, freshly baked croutons, Pecorino Romano cheese

Entree
Choice of
The TAPS Burger
Our proprietary blend of chuck, short rib & brisket. Sliced cheddar, burger aioli, vine-ripened tomato, red onion, butter lettuce, toasted brioche bun + fries
Baby Spinach & Blackened Salmon
Roasted beets, shaved fennel, green beans, avocado, toasted pistachios, citrus poppy seed vinaigrette
Corvina Bass Fish Sandwich
Cast iron blackened, red onion, pesto aioli butter lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, toasted sesame brioche bun + fries

Elevated Entrée Options
Maine Lobster Roll +$10
Butter poached Maine Lobster, brown butter aioli, drawn butter, toasted brioche bun + fries
Louis ‘Slice of Ice” +$10
Crisp iceberg, lump crab meat, poached shrimp, vine-ripened tomato, European cucumber,

hard boiled egg, red onion, avocado, Louis Dressing

Dessert
Choice of
Classic Crème Brulee
Caramelized Tahitian vanilla bean custard topped with fresh berries
New York Style Cheesecake
Cream cheese, Tahitian Vanilla, graham cracker crust, seasonal berries

Dinner $50


Appetizer
Choice of
Classic Caesar
Romaine, freshly baked croutons, Pecorino Romano cheese
Marinated Beet & Goat Cheese
Mixed field greens, baby arugula, citrus infused goat cheese,
toasted pistachios, lemon-poppyseed vinaigrette
Maine Lobster Dumplings
Fresh lobster, shallot, chive, lobster bisque, white truffle foam
Torched Japanese Hamachi
Sushi rice, sashimi grade Hamachi, soy vinaigrette, green onion, 
crispy shallot, cilantro, tobiko, ginger

Entrée
Choice of
Cold Harbor Cioppino
Calamari, Manila Clams, Mediterranean Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops, fresh fish,
spicy marinara, sweet onion, garlic, red wine, fresh herbs, linguine
Aged Balsamic Grilled Salmon
Crispy fried Brussels Sprouts, orange, applewood smoked bacon, scallion,
shaved red onion, Cotija Cheese, fingerling potatoes
Miso-Marinated Chilean Sea Bass
A TAPS legend, Japanese sushi rice, sautéed spinach, red, green & yellow pepper jam
USDA Prime Top Sirloin
Prized cut/TAPS exclusive Angus Beef aged 32 days for optimal tenderness and flavor.
Served with roasted garlic country mashed potatoes & fresh seasonal vegetables

Additional Offerings
Crab Oscar +$13, (5) Shrimp Scampi +$15, (3) Seared Sea Scallops +$25

Elevated Entrée Options
16 oz Ribeye +$10
Hand cut and well marbled USDA Choice Angus Beef aged 32 days for optimal tenderness and flavor. 
Served with roasted garlic country mashed potatoes & fresh seasonal vegetables 
10 oz South African Lobster Tail +$15
Cold water Lobster Tail – steamed or grilled. Served with roasted garlic
 country mashed potatoes & fresh seasonal vegetables. 

Dessert
Choice of
Classic Crème Brulee
Caramelized Tahitian vanilla bean custard topped with fresh berries
New York Style Cheesecake
Cream cheese, Tahitian Vanilla, graham cracker crust, seasonal berries

YardHouse

620 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Beer at The Yard House

"If you're looking for innovative foods, look no further than the Yard House located in Irvine, California. Near the 5 and 405 Fwy, the chefs at Yard House are always looking to introduce globally inspired flavors to favorite American dishes, giving our menu a worldly yet familiar feel. Our restaurant is conveniently located in the Irvine Spectrum Center Mall. The beer menu at Yard House features a variety of new craft, local, seasonal and imported beers on draft and by the bottle. We look forward to your visit to our Yard House location at 620 Spectrum Center Drive!"

Lunch $15


Appetizer
choice of
Guacamole & Chips V
pico de gallo, feta (cal 760)
Buffalo Cauliflower V
with spicy tahini (cal 740)
Hummus V
roasted poblanos & jalapeños, pickled vegetables and pumpkin seeds, choice of crispy flatbread (cal 630) or baked pita (cal 570)
Cup Organic Tomato Bisque V
fried basil leaf (cal 240)
Classic Ranch Salad V
iceberg & boston lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, sweet corn, jack, cheddar, croutons,  buttermilk ranch (cal 390)
Mixed Field Greens V
baby tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, croutons, balsamic vinaigrette (cal 240)
Cup Chicken Tortilla Soup
creamy white cheddar soup, roasted pasilla, tortilla strips, pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro (cal 530)

Entree
choice of
Chicken Cobb Salad
greens, kale, baby tomatoes, edamame, carrots, radish, egg, bleu cheese, corn, bacon, avocado, ranch (cal 640)
Small Ahi Crunchy Salad*
seared rare, field greens, asian slaw, crispy wontons, soy vinaigrette, cilantro (cal 380)
Small [Mac + Cheese]2
gardeinTM option available chicken, bacon, wild mushrooms, cheddar, parmesan, truffle oil (cal 1110)
Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich
all white meat, spicy sweet slaw, aged white cheddar spread (cal 890), fries (cal 360)
Blackened Shrimp Tacos
two tacos, spicy rice, pinto beans cabbage, cilantro, cumin crema, pico de gallo, guacamole, mango, papaya (cal 680)
The Beyond Burger® V
pickles, vegan mozzarella, red onion, tomato, arugula, smashed avocado, onion bun,  with mixed field greens tossed in  balsamic vinaigrette (cal 850)

V-Vegetarian

*CONTAINS (OR MAY CONTAIN) RAW OR UNDERCOOKED INGREDIENTS. CONSUMING RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEATS, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, SHELLFISH, OR EGGS MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS. WHILE ITEMS MARKED “VEGETARIAN” ARE MADE WITHOUT MEAT OR STOCK FROM AN ANIMAL, YARD HOUSE USES COMMUNAL COOKING EQUIPMENT AND PREP AREAS FOR ALL OF OUR MENU OFFERINGS. ADDITIONAL NUTRITION INFORMATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. 2,000 CALORIES A DAY IS USED FOR GENERAL NUTRITION ADVICE, BUT CALORIE NEEDS VARY.

 

Dinner $30


Appetizer
choice of 
Fried Calamari
spicy tomato sauce, roasted jalapeño tartar (cal 1010) 
Poke Nachos*
marinated raw ahi, avocado, cilantro, serranos, green onions, nori, sesame seeds, sweet soy, sriracha aïoli, white truffle sauce, crispy wontons (cal 870)
Onion Ring Tower V
beer-battered, parmesan, chipotle ranch, buttermilk ranch (cal 1330)
Avocado Toast V
toasted artisan bread topped with smashed avocado, red onion, whipped feta,  arugula, baby tomatoes (cal 750)
Jumbo Bavarian Pretzel
with horseradish mustard, beer cheese sauce (cal 1210)

Entree
choice of 
Kurobuta Pork Burger*
spicy candied bacon, white american cheese, arugula, blueberry ketchup (cal 1000) 
Nashville Hot Chicken
fried sage, sweet potato pancakes, pickles, ranch dressing, honey hot sauce (cal 1570) 
Coconut Shrimp
pickled vegetables, sweet chili sauce,  basil pesto (cal 850) 
Fish & Chips
beer-battered white fish, fries, roasted jalapeño tartar, malt vinegar aïoli (cal 1360
Caprese Chicken
fresh mozzarella, baby tomatoes, basil, roasted garlic, mushrooms, kalamata olives, white wine sauce, parmesan mashed potatoes (cal 740) 
Sesame Chicken Bowl
gardeinTM option available spinach, asparagus, edamame, smoked tofu, shiitake mushrooms, green onions (cal 1580) 
Poke Bowl*
marinated raw ahi, crispy rice, arugula, avocado, cucumbers, nori, seaweed salad, baby tomatoes, edamame, garlic, crispy wonton, masago, soy vinaigrette, sriracha aïoli (cal 1030)

Dessert
choice of
Mini Chocolate Soufflé Cake
vanilla ice cream (cal 410) 
Mini Cheesecake Brûlée
caramelized crispy sugar topping (cal 400) 
Mini Peach Apple Cobbler
caramel ice cream (cal 410)

V-Vegetarian

*CONTAINS (OR MAY CONTAIN) RAW OR UNDERCOOKED INGREDIENTS. CONSUMING RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEATS, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, SHELLFISH, OR EGGS MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS. WHILE ITEMS MARKED “VEGETARIAN” ARE MADE WITHOUT MEAT OR STOCK FROM AN ANIMAL, YARD HOUSE USES COMMUNAL COOKING EQUIPMENT AND PREP AREAS FOR ALL OF OUR MENU OFFERINGS. ADDITIONAL NUTRITION INFORMATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. 2,000 CALORIES A DAY IS USED FOR GENERAL NUTRITION ADVICE, BUT CALORIE NEEDS VARY.