The arrival of Summer means the perfect temperatures for spending as much time as you can outdoors. However, there's no denying that our Summer season looks a bit different this year due to the impact of the pandemic. Although we are able to still visit the beach or partake in hiking and biking through one of Irvine’s parks and trails, these hot months are usually also spent enjoying outdoor dining. With some restaurants being able to only offer take out and or dining (only if they have adequate outdoor seating with social distancing in place), navigating which restaurants to dine at may be difficult. With restaurants operating at much more heightened sanitation measures and guidelines to ensure guests' safety, we've shared 10 Irvine restaurants offering al fresco dining. Some require reservations due to the limited amount of seating available, so be sure to check with the restaurant you would like to dine at before going.
Breakfast Republic at University Center
4213 Campus Dr Suite P166B, Irvine, CA 92612
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, we 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 we serve. We’ll give you something to crow about here. And that’s no cock ‘n bull.
Bacchus Bar and Bistro at Quail Hill Shopping Center
6735 Quail Hill Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92603
Their patio is open and bigger than ever. Bacchus Bar and Bistro's newly extended bier garten themed patio, wine is welcomed on the Patio woo.
Take-Out or Curbside Pick Up is also an option for food, wine, and beer.
Left Coast Brewing Company at Sand Canyon Plaza
6652 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
Left Coast Brewing is now open daily with their extended patio dining service! Enjoy hand crafted cocktails or Left Coast's own brews and a sandwiches, salads or sliders!
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
13290 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
Your furry friend may be very attached to you after being in quarantine with you, so you'll probably want to take them along on your next dining excursion. 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.
Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar
7905 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
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!
Little Onion Mexican Restaurant at Walnut Village Center
14429 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604
The Little Onion's roots in Southern California run deep. They've served Traditional Classic Mexican Cuisine made from fresh and local California ingredients since 1963. And they recently opened their Irvine location!
CUCINA enoteca | Irvine Spectrum
532 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
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.
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
2607 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614
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.
Twenty Eight Restaurant & Bar
19530 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92612
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 Ave, Irvine, CA 92612
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. Bistango features live music 6-10pm Wednesday through Sunday.