By Ashley Burnett

Irvine has plenty of movie theaters, from luxe options to indie cinema spots with the latest award-winning flicks. Planning a dinner and a movie date? Read on for our eating and watching itineraries around the city.

Around Irvine Spectrum

Edwards Irvine Spectrum hosts the latest s as well as fun cinema events from Fathom, including screenings of old movies and live events. If you’re catching the latest movie here, you might want to grab a bite at the following eateries…

CUCINA enoteca: This restaurant is an Irvine classic for a reason. With options like pappardelle, lasagna and more, it’ll be tough to save room for popcorn. What should you save room for? The dessert, including personal favorite malted milk budino.

Cucina Encoteca

Urban Seoul 2.0: If you’re worried about missing the movie, head to Urban Seoul 2.0. This Korean/Mexican fusion joint has plenty of crowd-pleasing plates (like any of their tacos, as well as their torta) without any of the fuss.

Around Irvine Market Place

Located at the Irvine Market Place, this Edwards Cinema is a great choice for a dinner and a movie date. To that end, check out these standout eateries after (or before) your next flick…

Wokcano: Load up on everything from sushi to black pepper beef mignon to Mongolian beef at this Asian eatery. With its dim lighting and fun vibe, this spot is the perfect date spot.

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Texas de Brazil: For an upscale dinner and a movie date, consider Texas de Brazil. This eatery combines the cuisines of Texas and Brazil for a dining experience like no other in Irvine, with a wide variety of prime cuts of meat and an assortment of fresh cocktails.

Around University Town Center

For a more low-key dinner and a movie excursion, consider University Town Center. Favored by locals and UC Irvine students alike, the theater at University Town Center is known for showcasing the latest and greatest in indie flicks. After catching a movie, consider eating at…

Ray’s Pizza: For something quick and delicious, Ray’s is the obvious choice. With fresh, heart slices and a chill family vibe, Ray’s is unlike most restaurants in Irvine.

Tender Greens: On the flip side, for something healthy head to Tender Greens, which offers a plethora of hearty (and heart-healthy) soups, salads and entrees.

Tender Greens food - blog post

Ashley Burnett is a writer and editor living in southern California. Her work has previously appeared in Locale, LA Travel Magazine, TravelAge West and various other publications.