Local Area Restaurants

Il Fornaio

Italian. Entrée price range: $20-$40

This upmarket Italian chain prepares regional favorites with fresh ingredients, complemented by its freshly baked house made bread. Antipasti, salads, soups, pizzas and pastas are part of a robust menu. On select evenings, they open their wine cellar and feature bottles from a specific region.

949.261.1444

Houston’s

Fine dining. Entrée price range: $19-$40

American classics are on the menu and a relaxed evening is on the agenda. Houston’s prepares all its menu items from scratch, from burgers to salmon. The atmosphere is relaxed, more so if you dine on the intimate patio near the stone firepit. The menu includes a wide range of selections as well as handcrafted sushi made to order.

949.833.0977

North Italia

Italian. Entrée price range: $16-$40

Pasta made from scratch and a special daily pizza highlight a handcrafted menu of delicious cuisine. From savory burrata to strozzapreti, you’ll enjoy traditional recipes of Tuscany and Veneto prepared with a modern twist. You can even sip a traditional spritz!

949.629.7060

El Torito Grill

Mexican. Entrée price range: $15-$29

Whether it’s tacos, fajitas or enchiladas you crave, El Torito cooks up your favorite Mexican creations with their own personal flair. A relaxed atmosphere and friendly service invite you to linger a while over earthy and rustic flavors as you watch over the exhibition kitchen with its wood-fired mesquite grill.

949.975.1220

Agora Churrascaria

Brazilian. Entrée price range: $37-$57

Inspired by the centuries-old open fire pits used to spit-roast beef, lamb and poultry in Southern Brazil, Agora Churrascaria (“House of Barbecue”) exudes a warm spirit and culinary camaraderie as gaucho waiters circulate among tables with skewers of succulent meats. The set menu here one of the most unique dining experiences in Irvine.

949.222.9910

California Fish Grill

Seafood. Entrée price range: $9-$14

Partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, California Fish Grill sources all of its menu items responsibly. When you’re craving carefully crafted and grilled seafood prepared with passion, this is the place you want to find a table. Settle in and observe the open kitchen, where fresh vegetables and herbs are chopped, fish is hand-battered and meals are cooked over a signature flame grill.

949.654.3838

Tokyo Table

Japanese. Entrée price range: $7-$19

In Japan, the dining table symbolizes home and our most cherished relationships. That’s what’s behind Tokyo Table, a modern and inviting Japanese restaurant with more than 100 tantalizing items on its menu, from tempura to sashimi, stone bowls to udon noodles. Innovative and chic, the Japanese fare with a twist draws a bustling local crowd.

949.263.0000

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

American. Entrée price range: $25-$42

Serving food that is thoughtfully sourced and artfully presented, Andrei’s has a solid reputation in Irvine for its organic local ingredients. This elegant establishment has been serving a health-conscious menu since before organics trended their way into the restaurant scene. Stop by for small plates, hearty entrées and signature cocktails.

949.387.8887

Bistango

New American. Entrée price range: $25-$44

Boasting a stellar bar and a wine list recognized by Wine Spectator, Bistango provides a unique cultural experience thanks to its revolving modern art exhibits and nightly live entertainment. Its six dining venues run the gamut from classy to gorgeous while the menu features a tapas selection and a host of finely prepared entrées.

949.752.5222