Global Gastronomy for the Tastemaker

    Irvine is an oasis for food connoisseurs seeking authentic global cuisine. From Michelin recognized restaurants to sushi straight from Japan, Irvine’s selection of restaurants will please even the most discerning of palates.

    Agora Churrascaria

    Brazilian

    1830 Main St., Irvine, CA 92614

    Enjoy the sumptuous taste of South Brazil’s “Rodizio” style dining at Agora Churrascaria, where servers in Gaucho attire move from table to table carrying skewers of succulent meats, carving up to 16 different cuts. Upon being seated, every guest is given a green and red-sided circular chip to signal the servers whether they want additional servings or not. Agora Churrascaria roast their meats to perfection in their custom-designed, 100% wood charcoal grill, and season them with rock salt to enhance individual flavors.

    Baekjeong Korean Barbecue

    Korean

    14160 Culver Dr., Irvine, CA 92604

    Baekjeong is widely recognized by food critics as the gold standard and industry leader in Korean barbecue. Marinated beef, kimchi pancakes, bibimbap, and ramyun is the hallmark of Baekjeong’s outstanding Korean cultural dining experience.

    Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

    American

    18169 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612

    With over 300 select bottles of whiskey, bourbon and scotch and a private whiskey room, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations is a whiskey connoisseur’s delight and more. Serving tasty American comfort food, its Saturday and Sunday brunch has gained a loyal following. Share a pork belly poutine or pig candy kimchi in rye whiskey caramel and toasted sesame, topping it off with New Orleans style beignets complemented with pb&j dipping sauces.

    Breakfast Republic

    Brunch

    4213 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92612

    For a hearty brunch, try Breakfast Republic, located at UC-Irvine’s town center. Packed with shrimp and Portuguese linguine sausage, the breakfast jambalaya is a flavorful alternative to your usual bacon, egg, and cheese. The pancakes come in different flavors, so order their Flight of 3 and share the sweetness.

    Chan Chan Chicken and More

    Korean

    14250 Culver St., #A, Irvine, CA 92604

    Curious to try Korea’s famous kimbap? Chan Chan has them in different varieties from grilled beef, sweet pork, kimchee, and more! Choose from sweet garlic, sweet chili and honey for their juicy chicken tenders. The selection of rice cake is a delicious substitute to your usual rice topping, with seafood, kimchi, cream cheese and spicy squid options.

    Coco Ichibanya Curry House

    Japanese

    2710 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606

    At Coco Ichibanya, everything tastes good with curry. Dumplings in curry? Meatballs? Sausage pork? Spicy teriyaki fried chicken? You name it! Let your imagination run wild! You can adjust the spice level to your tastes. Since curry is best enjoyed with rice, you can also double up, triple up your rice servings!

    Gui BBQ

    Asian Fusion

    4860 Irvine Blvd., Suite 101, Irvine, CA 92620

    For an authentic selection of Asian street food, Gui BBQ have plenty to choose from. Make your skewers a variety of lamb kidney, A5 Wagyu beef and Hokkaido scallops, and pair it with Kyoto Matcha IPA. Their signature dishes include stir-fried duck tongue, pork intestine, and spicy frog.

    Habana

    Cuban

    708 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

    For a bona fide Cuban fare, Habana’s tasty empanadas, ropa vieja, shrimp ceviche, medianoche, and sweet plantains are methodically prepared to capture the intense flavors of Pan-Latin America. with Irvine being one of six locations around the country.

    Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

    Japanese

    670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

    Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the latest evolution of the Hello Kitty Cafe experience and the first cafe of its kind in the US, offering an expanded menu featuring freshly baked cakes, cookies, donuts, seasonal goodies, and handmade hot and iced drinks, along with a selection of Hello Kitty Cafe merchandise and a sweet seating area to enjoy the experience. Additionally, special Afternoon Tea and evening Cocktail Service are offered via reservation at The Bow Room at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe.

    Hiro Nori Craft Ramen

    Japanese

    2222 Michelson Dr., Suite 234, Irvine, 92612

    HiroNori is the #1 destination in California for craft ramen and received Michelin’s Bib Gourmand recognition. Their tonkatsu broth is simmered for 24 hours accompanied by artisan crafted noodles. For the perfect shoyu ramen, they only use soy sauce barreled for 2 years, where the barrels have been used for more than 300 years at one of the oldest soy sauce factories in Japan.

    Irvine China Garden

    Mandarin and Szechuan

    14825 Jeffrey Rd., Irvine, CA 92618

    Irvine China Garden prepares truly authentic Mandarin and Szechuan cuisines. Popular for their daytime dim sum, arriving early or ordering in advance is recommended. Begin with the traditional shumai, bean curd roll and har gow. For the main course, treat your tastebuds to the intense flavors of their Peking duck and lobster noodles and for a delicate balance of sugar and puff, try their egg tart or sesame balls for dessert.

    Little Sister

    Vietnamese

    896 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

    Little Sister is Vietnamese cuisine redefined, infused with Dutch and British colonial influences, mastered with French techniques. Start your meal with “goi du du” green papaya salad with Vietnamese beef jerky, grilled prawns, peanuts and chili lime vinaigrette and their signature imperial rolls with shrimp, crab, pork, taro root, glass noodle, roasted peanut, and chili lime sauce. The grilled lemongrass chicken banh mi is served with a spread of house-made egg yolk mayonnaise and salt and vinegar shrimp chips to complete the explosion of flavors.

    North Italia

    Italian

    2957 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612

    Transport yourself to Italy at North Italia, where they serve pasta handmade from scratch. Excite your tastebuds with the glazed short rib cavatelli, topping it off with the salted caramel budino. The Chef’s Daily Pizza is a constant new creation, surprising diners at every visit.

    Ootoro Sushi

    Japanese

    2222 Michelson Dr., Suite 246, Irvine, CA 92612

    Ootoro Sushi’s methods of preparing first-rate dishes from the freshest fish selection directly imported from Japan every morning, has earned it a following with sushi aficionados and a place in the Michelin Guide. Their exceptionally trained Sushi Chefs give an expressive, artistic performance and will carefully guide you through its 5-star Omakase menu. Feast on live abalone, trios of tuna, duos of salmon, seared shima aji, eel drizzled with unagi sauce and A5 Wagyu.

    Pandor Artisan Bakery & Cafe

    French

    13124 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92602

    Pandor Artisan Bakery is founded on family history, cherished recipes, and exceptional ingredients. With imports from France including the restaurant's founder and chefs, Pandor serve guests superb authentic French bread and pastries through artisanal baking process. French artisan bread, viennoiseries, pastries, tartines, paninis, and salads are made fresh daily in-house.

    Puesto - Park Place

    Mexican

    3311 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612

    Puesto’s 5,000 sq. ft. Park Place location, exemplify the vibrant art, culture and energy of Mexico City. Relish in a trio of mix and match tacos. The braised free range Jidori chicken al pastor, marinated filet mignon and crispy tamarindo shrimp – all wrapped in handmade, organic, non-GMO corn tortillas, make for a perfect taco trio.

    Solstice

    American

    The Boardwalk, 18555 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92612

    Solstice is a modern-American, seasonally-focused, and ingredient-driven restaurant, featuring fresh, craveable food, including steak, seafood, pasta, and more paired with delectable desserts, craft cocktails, and award-winning wines with elevated service in a friendly and approachable environment.

    The Goldfinch

    American

    2000 Main St., Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92614

    A classic American cookery, with seasonal fare complemented by an exemplary bar offering in an upbeat yet elevated setting. Open your appetite to The Goldfinch’s goat cheese stuffed artichoke flowers, followed by their savory house butchered ribeye.

    Tim Ho Wan

    Cantonese

    2700 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606

    Tim Ho Wan, the Dim Sum specialists, hails from Hong Kong where they have been awarded a Michelin Star for nine consecutive years and where they earned the title of the world’s most inexpensive Michelin starred restaurant. Since gaining popularity around Asia, Tim Ho Wan expanded into the United States

    Taiko

    Japanese

    14775 Jeffrey Rd., Suite K, Irvine, CA 92618

    A staple in Irvine for over 40 years, Taiko has been serving innovative Japanese fare. Combine the freshest selection of sushi with shrimp tempura and unlimited rice. Aside from their sesame chicken and specialty rolls, Taiko’s generous rewards program keep guests coming back for more.