The arrival of Summer means the perfect temperatures for spending as much time as you can outdoors, including dining al fresco. Irvine's restaurants provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Southern California summer.
Breakfast Republic at University Center
4213 Campus Drive, Suite P166B
Breakfast Republic is raising feathers in Southern California as a top spot to enjoy the most important meal of the day. Serving tasty takes on American classics, such as Oreo Pancakes, Chicken Wing Breakfast Bowls and S’mores French Toast, they are an innovative breakfast destination that locals and visitors are flocking to when they’re in search of a fun and unpretentious place to begin the day. Raising the “bar” is BR’s rotating list of 20 beers on tap, which are available as samplers to complement many of the unique dishes they serve.
Bacchus Bar and Bistro at Quail Hill Shopping Center
6735 Quail Hill Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92603
Cited as the best wine bar in Irvine, Bacchus Bar and Bistro is an ideal location for happy hour.
Left Coast Brewing Company at Sand Canyon Plaza
6652 Irvine Center Drive
Left Coast Brewing is open daily with their extended patio dining service! Enjoy hand crafted cocktails or Left Coast's own brews and a sandwiches, salads or sliders!
13290 Jamboree Road
If you want to spend your meal with your four-legged furry friend, the patio at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is dog- and cat-friendly. Order from its seasonal menu, and don’t be surprised when even your fur-baby gets a plate; furry guests get treated to water and a bowl of meat and rice.
7905 Irvine Center Drive
As the only rooftop bar in Irvine, Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar has 360-degree views and a well-curated cocktail list and snack menu. Make a reservation to snag a dining spot with unobstructed views overlooking the city. Open Thursday - Sunday, with a new Sunday Brunch!
CUCINA enoteca | Irvine Spectrum
532 Spectrum Center Drive
Currently open for dinner only, CUCINA encoteca is a California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop, evokes a modern kitchen coupled with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse. The menu features Italian classics made with the freshest local produce, and organic and sustainable ingredients. Popular dishes at CUCINA enoteca include the short rib pappardelle, stuff fried squash blossoms, ricotta gnudi, and bucatini all'amatriciana.
2607 Main Street
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails pays as much attention to what goes into the dishes as it does to the ambiance, and both are spectacular. The perfect place for a romantic night out, Andrei’s is a family-owned spot that puts the spotlight on local and organic ingredients because it knows that the best ingredients make the best dishes. A night at Andrei’s also means that you’re supporting The Andrei Foundation. Hundred percent of the restaurant’s net profits support charitable causes and organizations that the foundation works with.
19530 Jamboree Road
When it’s time to celebrate something special— an anniversary, a birthday, a big accomplishment - Twenty Eight is your spot. Reserve a table in the atrium and nibble on exotic dishes like its roasted bone marrow, Mediterranean octopus or crab tajarin. End the night with a fried banana cannoli, which comes topped with coconut caramel and coconut ice cream. Nothing says celebration more than this dessert to end your night.
19100 Von Karman Avenue
Liven up your dining experience with live music at Bistango with their Summer Jazz Series. Fresh air, live tunes, great food - It’s just the mini escape you've been yearning for. Under the palms at Bistango lush patio, it's the perfect setting for an outdoor summer dining experience. Featuring live music 6-10 pm every night.
2010 Main Street., Suite 170
Irvine's newest restaurant, Porch & Swing is a tribute to the cuisine of Charleston, South Carolina; coastal southern fare with a true farm-to-table approach.