Irenia

400 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
657-245-3466
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  • Tues.-Wed., 5:30-10 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Full bar
Irenia is a Filipino restaurant in Santa Ana. Ryan Garlitos—a young chef inspired by his grandmother’s Filipino cooking and mentored by Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado—has put himself and Filipino food out there for the widest possible audience. In 2015, he started Irenia, an itinerant pop-up he named in honor of his lola. Its success led him to this newest project: Irenia as a brick-and-mortar in the downtown Santa Ana space vacated by the North Left. At his new restaurant, Garlitos doesn’t waste any time throwing the non-Pinoy into the deep end of the pool. One of his starters is dilis, tiny dried anchovies he deep-fries and serves as finger food. And it packs a punch—every piece of fish a crunchy shard that disintegrates in the mouth, dipped into a lip-puckering bowl of spicy vinegar. It’s a proud proclamation that Filipino cuisine favors the sharp, the fishy and the sour.

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