TAPS Fish House & Brewery

13390 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
714-619-0404

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  • Open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Full bar
TAPS Fish House & Brewery is an American restaurant in Irvine. Happy hour is the whole point of going here. It’s always the busiest time, with the bar area barely visible through all the bodies crowded around it as though steel shavings to a magnet. You have to be lucky or come early to score one of the coveted first-come-first-serve booths. By dinnertime, they’re usually snagged by whole office departments toasting the end of the workday. If you manage to squeeze yourself in, TAPS’ award-winning beer is the first thing you should order. Though this branch doesn’t have an on-site brewery, it serves all the beers produced by the Brea and Corona outposts, 14 in all, amounting to more choices than offered by either of those locations. To eat, get the happy hour menu’s tempura shrimp, exceeding delicate things paired with oil-shriveled shishito peppers and a kimchi-flavored aioli dipping sauce--one of the best things the kitchen makes.

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