La Cave has been thriving for 50 years, opened on Valentine's day in 1962. This subterranean gem has been popular for its fine steaks and seafood, vibrant lounge with live music, DJs, dancing and more. So it doesn’t matter if its a dimly lit cellar because it is great escapade from the daily grind to dine and unwind. Here's to La Cave, uncork the bubbly!
Nick's San Clemente's is nestled in the heart of downtown San Clemente and is a great place to have hangout with friends whether it's for cocktails by the fireside or lunch or dinner in their gorgeous dining room. The interiors will warm you with their wood and stone decor highlighted by lovely lighting, giving it a cozy look. Nick's only use natural and organic produces in their food and the well thought menu comprises of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages. The restaurant's cuisine is combination of the traditional and contemporary cooking that has resulted in the creation of some great food. Their full bar features an impressive wine list and unique cocktails.
The Anthill Pub on the UC Irvine campus has a a great drink selection and amazing pub food menu. If you're not sure what to order the fire ants dish, buffalo popcorn chicken with Louisiana hot sauce and blue cheese dipping sauce, is especially good. The rotating beer menu is carefully curated and has one of the best selections in all of Irvine - the fact that this is on a college campus is a recipe for an interesting atmosphere. Live music and other events are held here often.
Perched on the beautiful hilltop inside the uber cool Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers you panoramic views of the golf greens and the wide blue Pacific ocean. A delicious farm to table menu highlighting the wood fire stove with specialties like wood-roasted chicken, New York steak and fries, salmon served with shiitake-ginger vinaigrette, and the scallop and shrimp duo. Or try the gourmet pizzas and the signature spicy tortilla soup with shredded chicken, cotija cheese and avocado puree. All these wonderful creations you can see being made in their open kitchen or just head to their chic lounge and catch the game on two huge screens. Pelican also offers an outstanding alfresco dining on their heated terrace with an ocean-view. Unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and groove to the live band music every Thursday through Saturday.
The House of Blues at Anaheim is the place for astounding live music and superb southern cuisine! It is heaven to all music lovers from Rock n' Roll, Punk, Alternative, Rap, Country, to Classical you can find any genre of music here. Alongside with their love for music comes their passion for food. One can find delicious traditional southern favorites such as BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Creole Jambalaya to their own unique creation like Voodoo Shrimp. The House of Blues is the destination for diversity, culture, music, and fine cuisine.
Vine San Clemente is warm, intimate and features wines and a menu inspired by Napa Valley. Following a similar aesthetic, the restaurant and bar offers guests a choice of dining spaces from the chef's pub, dining room to the semi-private dining space and a lovely outdoor patio. The menu features the use seasonal ingredients to prepare fresh, flavorful dishes like the Grilled bone-in ribeye steak, Baby belgian endive & black kale salad and House made pumpkin raviolis. Besides an impressive selection of over 100 wines including 25 by the glass varieties, the bar also offers craft beers on tap and craft cocktails. For reservations, call the restaurant.
Cream Pan is a family-friendly restaurant that is known for its baked items, especially croissants and breads. It also sells sweets at various shops across California. Children and adults alike can relish croissants in varieties like plain butter, almond, banana, blueberry and strawberry. The menu also features croquette and turkey avocado sandwiches, pork katsu curry and sushi platters. Seated in the charming interiors, enjoy desserts like cream puff, pear tart, mango cheesecake and Boston cream donut. And if you can't get enough of the confectioneries, hire their catering services for your next party.
One of the most popular seafood restaurants's in Irvine, The Kickin Crab is where you can dig into a large plate full of spicy crab delicacies while taking your taste buds on a flavorsome adventure to cherish for a long time. Not only do they serve crabs, they also prepare some really delicious Cajun and Creole-style shrimp, oysters, and calamari as well. Go for the Coconut Snail if you wish to try something truly unique.
One of the Biggest Chinese-owned bakery chains in the states, this location in Irvine is the place to be if desserts are your weakness. Their pastry chefs are some of the most qualified professionals in the field and produce some truly exquisite masterpieces such as their signature Almond Half Moon, Deluxe Strawberry and the Dong-Po Pastry. They also serve up some amazing savory items like the Cheese Dog, which is a must-have here.
Tokyo Table in Irvine is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a chic and urban ambiance. The extensive menu is a mix of traditional Japanese dishes and other ethnic influences. It's not only about sushi and teriyaki, here you will find diverse family style dishes such as Fresh Homemade Tofu, Mochi Cheese Gratin, Sushi Pizza, Chicken Kaarage and Ishiyaki style sizzling dishes made at your table side and more. The tastefully done lounge and patio offers cocktail specials, martinis, traditional and innovative creations of sake and soju. Affordable and revolutionizing the Japanese dining, it is the ideal place to celebrate and gather with friends and family.
Taco Rosa is a gourmet Mexican restaurant in Irvine serving a wide array of award-winning dishes from across Mexico. A beautiful blend of the traditional and the contemporary, Taco brings the best of Mexico. Using only natural, grass fed beef and fresh wild sea bass in their steaks, fajitas, enchiladas, salads, tostadas and ceviches, they have created a distinct flavor in their dishes that you can only associate with them. Everything is handmade and from scratch, giving their food and drinks such as fresh fruit margaritas, sangrias, mojitos and martinis, a delightful freshness and flavor. Must try's are the Blackened Chicken Taco, Carne Asada Taco, whole wheat tortilla and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Alfresco dining at the patio is also available.
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is a Californian restaurant with a farm to table menu using only local, sustainable and naturally grown produces. Inspired by nature, you will be welcomed by a towering waterfall in the lobby, and then greeted by the elegant onyx and granite bar, while the dining room is cozy and inviting with its eco-friendly pecan wood floors. The creative menu, which is Californian cuisine with a blend of Mediterranean flavors, is designed for meat lovers, vegans and vegetarians and gluten free diners. Some of the menu highlights are the octopus salad, beef short rib, flatbreads, sweet potato fries and mahi mahi. The bar has a great selection of cocktails and a nice happy hour. Live entertainment is on three days of the week. A great place for foodies and special occasions.