The Balcony Grill and Bar

2710 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
The Balcony Grill and Bar +

Meranda Carter


  • Daily 11am-2am
  • $$
  • Business Dining, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
Balcony Grill & Bar might call itself that, but anyone who's actually been there knows that the restaurant does better with their shabu shabu and snow ice than they do grilling and bartending. On first inspection, you wouldn't think shabu shabu could be possible here. None of their tables are equipped with or plugged into any sort of heating device. But order one and a small pot of broth is brought out, propped up over a lit can of Sterno. The broth is customizable in a dozen ways ranging from a simple Japanese miso to a perhaps Droog-inspired milk and cheese shabu. Add the options of meat to swish in the boiling liquid and you have flavor permutations not possible anywhere but here. Once you've warmed your gullet, cool it down with their snow ice, an ice cream and shave ice hybrid born when a block of frozen milk is scraped to soft, icy ribbons and then topped with fruit, sweet beans, fudge and nuts.

Related Stories (3)

  • Drink of the Week: Yogurt Nigoritini at The Balcony Grill & Bar
    Friday, August 5, 2011 at 8 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    At the beginning, when Diamond Jamboree first opened, it was Tokyo Table that got all the attention. You had to make reservations days in advance. After that it was 85°C Bakery Café, which, to this date, has handily won t...

  • Neveria Flor de Mexico Offers a Treatise on Icy Treats
    Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    You needn't settle for McDonald's soft serve, a convenience-store slushie or another overplayed frozen yogurt when the sun sizzles and you're nowhere near an air conditioner. Our county has all manners of icy and frozen confections ...

  • Your Essential OC Happy Hour Guide
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 3 p.m. by Edwin Goei

    Hmm. The happy hours feature on our food blog is called “Drunk After Work,” and the print headline of this list of OC’s most alluring weekday watering holes is “Intoxicating.” So, a moment for a word of...

View All

More Asian Restaurants in Irvine

View All

More Asian Restaurants in Orange County


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >