The month of March is kicking off with a week long array of pre-fixe food menues for you to experience during Orange County Restaurant Week. There are at least 125 restaurants for you to select from, see all of the participating restaurants here, and you can search by city or pre-fixe lunch or dinner menus. In this post, I'll be highlighting three restaurants at the Irvine Spectrum Center that you must try during OC Restaurant Week starting tomorrow March 3rd through March 9th. I always enjoy experiencing OC Restaurant Week because you really do get bang for your buck with the pre-fixe menu options, it's an excuse to dine out or do a date night and it's a fantastic opportunity to get to try a new restaurant. Here are three restuarants at the Irvine Spectrum Center to try:

Dishes at Paul Martin's American Grill

PAUL MARTIN'S AMERICAN GRILL

The moment I walked into Paul Martin's American Grill at the Irvine Spectrum Center, I noticed how much more open the space is compared to my previous visits. The bar area has increased seating which includes a plush lounge area to welcome guests into the restaurant and the menu is really a delight to experience. Both the lunch and dinner menu have a variety of dishes to choose from, and I specifically tasted a dinner menu. Choose from salads, quinoa bowl, sandwiches or a burger for lunch; or chicken, salmon, short rib or linguine for dinner. For dinner specifically, guests receive a specifial dessert! I especially loved the brick chicken which paired well with the mashed potatos sitting atop some yummy herb jus and topped with morsels of garlic. Paul Martin's American Grill serves for a great backdrop for dining with business associates or with your family and friends, and you won't want to miss out on their OC Restaurant Week menus. I always pair their raspberry martini which features a house infused raspberry vodka, try it with your meal the next time your in Paul Martin's American Grill. 


534 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.453.1144
Website  |  Reservations

​Lunch $15  |  Dinner $30

LUNCH - $15 per Guest

starter choice of  

SEASONAL HOUSE SALAD tomato, red onion, avocado, cauliflower couscous, herbed croutons, lemon basil  

HOUSE-MADE SOUP seasonally inspired recipes

main course choice of

ASIAN CHICKEN SALAD roasted chicken, red cabbage, snow peas, carrots, Marcona almonds, crispy wontons, peanut vinaigrette 

COLUMBIA RIVER STEELHEAD SANDWICH grilled salmon, arugula, avocado, pickled onions, housemade pesto aioli, sweet potato fries 

CLASSIC AMERICAN BURGER ground Black Angus beef, Tillamook cheddar or Shaft blue cheese, black pepper aioli, fries 

SMOKED CHICKEN SANDWICH cold thinly sliced hickory-smoked chicken, tomato, arugula, pesto aioli, toasted ciabatta, fries

QUINOA BOWL spinach, blistered tomatoes, seasonal vegetables, grilled avocado

DINNER - $30 per Guest

starter choice of  

SEASONAL HOUSE Salad tomato, red onion, avocado, cauliflower couscous, herbed croutons, lemon basil 

french onion SOUP sweet caramelized onions, gruyere, provolone, parmesan

main course choice of

CEDAR PLANK STEELHEAD SALMON crusted with caramelized onions and bacon, spinach, mushrooms, savory 

BRICK” CHICKEN pan-seared, herb marinated chicken, mashed potatoes, croutons, herb jus

SHRIMP LINGUINE fresh pasta, spinach, tomatoes, garlic lemon butter, grilled ciabatta 

BRAISED SHORT RIB mashed potatoes, horseradish cream, housemade beef jus

dessert

CAMPFIRE SUNDAE vanilla ice cream, warm fudge, candied walnuts, graham cracker crumble, toasted marshmallow fluff  

Brick Chicken at Paul Martin's in IrvineBraised Short Rib at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Braised Pork Piece at Paul Martin's in IrvineSandwich at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Sandwich & Fries at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Braised Pork at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Bread Pudding at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Bread Pudding at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Raspberry Martini at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Sandwich at Paul Martin's in IrvineSandwich at Paul Martin's in Irvine
Interior at Paul Martin's in Irvine

DEL FRISCO'S GRILLE

No matter what time of day I dine at Del Frisco's Grille at the Irvine Spectrum Center, it always has an upbeat atmosphere. I've gotten to dine at Del Frisco's for brunch, lunch and a private event, but surprisingly not for a dinner service. Therefore, I was extremely excited to get to come in for a bustling dinner service. The restaurant's OCRW menu takes classic dishes and elevates them for a truly tasty culinary journey for the guest. I am a sucker for deviled eggs, and I could keep eating these all day the way Del Frisco's makes them with a truffle chive vinaigrette (I know it's gonna be extremely delectable when truffle is involved). Choose from a cheeseburger, steak, chicken or salmon for lunch and beef stroganoff, chicken, salmon and filet mignon (as well as a dessert choice between a decadent pudding jar or nutella bread pudding) for dinner. Don't forget to pair your lunch or dinner with their featured "The VIP" cocktail (which incorporates pineapple infused vodka that the restaurant makes themselves), Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc or DFG by Paul Hobbs Malbec (which pairs well with the beef stroganoff). The restaurant has a fun atmosphere in the evenings and is great for a date night or a gathering with friends. I especially loved the pappardelle egg noodles of the beef stroganoff, which includes perfectly balanced portions of short rib and crispy tobacco onions. 

Interior at Del Frisco's in Irvine
Menu at Del Frisco's in Irvine

772 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.341.0376
Website  |  Reservations

Lunch $25  |  Dinner $50

LUNCH - $25 per guest

Starter Choice of

Deviled Eggs
Truffle Chive Vinaigrette 

Artichoke Beignets
Fontina, Parmesan, Sweet Basil Dressing 

Iceberg Lettuce Wedge
Hickory-Smoked Bacon Crumbles, Tomato, Blue Cheese Dressing 

Entrée Choice of

The Grille Prime Cheeseburger
Double-Stacked USDA Prime Beef Patties, American Cheese, Lettuce, Red Onion, Sloppy Sauce, Tomato, Pickle 

Hand-Shaved Prime Steak
Creamy Horseradish, Artisan French Roll, Au Jus 

Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad with Chicken
Roasted Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Orange Segments, Shaved Manchego, Creole Mustard Vinaigrette 

Seared Salmon Fillet
Charred Broccoli with Honey Tahini, Crushed Citrus Herb Oil

DINNER - $50 per guest

Starter Choice of

Deviled Eggs
Truffle Chive Vinaigrette 

Artichoke Beignets
Fontina, Parmesan, Sweet Basil Dressing
 
Iceberg Lettuce Wedge
Hickory-Smoked Bacon Crumbles, Tomato, Blue Cheese Dressing 

Entrée Choice of

Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff
Pappardelle Egg Noodles, Sour Cream, Tobacco Onions 

Brick Chicken
Locally Farmed, Hand-Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Roasted Chicken Jus 

Seared Salmon Fillet
Charred Broccoli with Honey Tahini, Crushed Citrus Herb Oil
 
Filet Mignon
6 oz. with Hand-Mashed Potatoes

Dessert Choice of

Salted Caramel Pudding Jar
Whipped Cream 

Nutella Bread Pudding
Coffee Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce 

Cocktails at Del Frisco's in IrvineDeviled Eggs at Del Frisco's in Irvine
Deviled Eggs at Del Frisco's in Irvine
Artichoke Biegnets at Del Frisco's in IrvineArtichoke Beignet at Del Frisco's in Irvine
Wine and Glasses at Del Frisco's in IrvineDrinking Wine at Del Friscos Irvine
Salmon Dish at Del Frisco's in Irvine
Braised Pork at Del Frisco's in Irvine
Nutella Bread Pudding at Del Frisco's in Irvine
Salted Caramel Pudding at Del Frisco's in IrvineSalted Caramel Pudding at Del Frisco's in Irvine

CUCINA ENOTECA

Add a bit of color and quirkiness to your dining experience with a visit to Cucina Enoteca. This restaurant is one of my favorite spots to dine for lunch or dinners and I like to take creative meetings here as well. Although I personally didn't get to taste the OC Restuarant Week menu, their menu is sure to not disappoint with pizza, pasta, salad, soup or burger for lunch and pasta, chicken or salmon (with a starter and dessert) for dinner. Pair your meal with one of Cucina Enoteca's delightful cocktail concoctions! 

Outdoor seating at Cucina Enoteca
Dishes at Cucina Enoteca in Irvine

532 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
​949.861.2222
Website | Reservations

Lunch $25  |  Dinner $40

LUNCH - $25 per guest

First choice of

Soup chef's whim

Tricolore Salad parmigiano reggiano + lemon + olive oil

Second choice of

Margherita Pizza san marzano tomato + house made mozzarella + basil

Polenta + Ragu creamy mascarpone polenta + chef's ragu

Spaghetti cucina meatball + pomodoro + parmesan

Cucina Burger smoked cheddar + lettuce + pickle + tomato + honey mustard aioli + truffle fries

DINNER - $40 per guest

First choice of


Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms lemon ricotta + mint arugula gremolata

Chopped Salad casalingo pepperoni + cucumber + green bean + tomato + provolone + pepperoncini + almond + dill + rosemary breadcrumb*

Beet + Citrus Salad grapefruit + pickled kumquat + mache + chile granola + labneh*

Second choice of

Bucatini guanciale + tomato + onion + calabrian chili + pecorino + hen egg

Rigatoni eggplant caponata + baby zucchini + burrata + pesto + sourdough breadcrumb

Fra Diavolo Rotisserie Chicken cracked potato + grilled broccolini + sheep yogurt

Grilled Atlantic Salmon cannellini bean + potato + kale + creme fraiche + herb brodo


Third choice of

Tiramisu espresso + chocolate feuilletine + dried raspberry

Malted Milk Budino milk chocolate + sea salt crema + meringue cookie

*Nut Allergen