Boasting the only full-service outside bar in the area, the Crab Pot offers casual patio seating, king crab specialties and a children's menu. Moderately priced, the adult menu includes New York steak and an herb chicken dish for those pesky few who don't partake of seafood at a seafood restaurant. The Crab Pot serves fresh seafood daily, all mesquite broiled, and is home to the famous sea feast! Inside you'll dine in a family-friendly atmosphere while surrounded by nautical décor, i.e. fishing nets, a big stuffed salmon, and a dinghy hanging from the ceiling. Landlubbers are welcome. Open for lunch at 11 a.m. everyday.Services: Full bar. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. All major credit cards accepted. Parking available. Crossroads/Westpark Plaza DiningBarranca Pkwy. & Culver Dr., Irvine, (949) 857-2606
The Crossroads Shopping Center in Irvine features a variety of dining choices from food-court style to sit-down restaurants. Enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors, complemented by a beautiful fountain, as you sit and eat lunch with friends or coworkers. For dinner, whether it's take-out or courtyard dining, choose from a great selection of fast-food restaurants, such as California Chopstix, La Salsa, Pasta Bravo, Sagami, Steak Escape, Subway and Wienerschnitzel. Listen to a variety of musical entertainment Wed. evenings from 6-8 p.m. For a more leisurely lunch or sit-down dinner, try Hof's Hut, the Soup Exchange or Vessia Restaurante. Vessia now features patio dining and evening entertainment.
Westpark Plaza on Alton Parkway in Irvine caters to a variety of diners—the "dinner and a movie crowd," the "weekday business lunch crowd" and the "family-night-out crowd." Conveniently located in this shopping center are popular sit-down restaurants including Chili's, Chinez Restaurant, Claim Jumper and the Olive Garden. The Food Faire section of the plaza offers Noah's Bagels, Goro Japanese, Jalapenos and Round Table Pizza. In addition to the variety of restaurants here, Luckys features convenient freshly prepared meals for busy, working people as well as for "on the go" families. Just visit the refrigerated section.Cuban Pete's1050 W. Ball Rd., Anaheim, (714) 501-3449
For a taste of Cuban charms and Caribbean romance, try some of the authentic dishes like the Ropa Vieja or the Zarzuela Basque. Seafood delights include camarones enchiladas en salsa verde, pargo frito and the delicious paella Valenciana and Marina. Got a craving for a stogie? Take brandy and have a smoke in the cigar-friendly lounge. Also check the unique collection of authentic Cuban art that augments this dining experience. The ambiance at Cuban Pete's is thick with warmth and culture that makes it hard to leave!Services: Catering available. Full bar. Open Tues.-Sun., 5 p.m. on. All major credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested. Din Din at the Bamboo Terrace1773 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 645-5550
Din Din was added on to the family-owned restaurant's name, Bamboo Terrace, to signify the transfer of operations to the family's third generation. They are committed to serving great-tasting Chinese food using only high-quality ingredients, such as 100 percent white-meat chicken and USDA-choice flank steak, all sans tenderizers and MSG. The dining area resembles a bamboo terrace, and the walls are adorned with Asian art and early 20th-century black-and-white photographs depicting Chinese immigrants. Other aspects reflect the current owners' assimilation into American culture complete with hip music to groove to and big-screen TVs in the Asian beer-house-style bar. Tuesday through Friday features Bingo in the bar, with the winners receiving $20 off their bills.Services: Takeout, delivery and catering available. Full bar. Open Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs. & Sun., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. AmEx, MC, Visa and Diner's Club accepted. Parking available. Dublin's Irish Whiskey Pub4225 Campus Dr., University Center, Irvine, (949) 823-1030
There are pool tables, dart boards, karaoke, air hockey, and 15 beers on tap with a vast selection—over 100—of bottled beers for you belly-uppers at this pub. Hang out in a low-key sports bar that boasts more than 100 TVs, a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m., and an "everybody-knows-your-name" kind of vibe when you walk in the door. Before you get bloated with beer, though, try the killer bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes, Irish-style) to sate your "man's" hunger. And the staff is a hip hodgepodge of gregarious friendlies who make you feel right. Is that so wrong? On weekends check out Dublin's house party, featuring a happening DJ crew throwing down dance tunes.Services: Takeout available. Open daily, 11 a.m.-2: p.m. All major credit cards accepted. Parking available. Eastbluff Village CenterEastbluff Dr., off Jamboree, Newport Beach
A tradition you can count on! Restaurants include Bistro Le Crillon, with incredible pizza and French cuisine, and the critically acclaimed SAGE restaurant, featuring a menu of grilled and roasted meats, fresh seafood, mouth-watering pastas, gourmet pizzas and sumptuous deserts. And if you're too busy to dine, Ralphs features a make-it-yourself salad bar and service deli for a speedy meal.Farfallina19881 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, (714) 962-7777
Northern Italian cuisine in a quaint romantic atmosphere is what one can expect at Farfallina. For dinner, the Fettucine Del Pouvero is a splendid composition of chicken, broccoli and sundried tomatoes, or try the Risotto Di Asparagi that features delicate crab meat in a white wine sauce. Meat lovers must partake of the veal chops baked in a cognac and mushroom sauce, served with broccoli. For an appetizer the Carpaccio Di Manzo is a sumptuous serving of thinly sliced pure filet with arugula, capers and artichoke hearts. Different Italian specialties are created daily, and don't forget to try the homemade tiramisu. Bring your own wine and have a romantic interlude on the new smoker-friendly patio or stay inside with the rustic Italian décor.Services: Takeout and catering available. Open Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. All major credit cards accepted. Glide 'Er Inn1400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Seal Beach, (562) 431-3022