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Eats Kitchen & Bar

17900 Jamboree Rd. (Main St.) Send to Phone
Throwback Hotel Irvine restaurant featuring creative, Asian-influenced gastropub fare.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.

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Eats Kitchen & Bar, Irvine, CA

Eats Kitchen & Bar Restaurant Review

: The redesigned Hotel Irvine (née the Hyatt Regency Irvine) has created a sleekly retro flagship eatery that takes the starch out of the hotel dining concept. Light woods, bright hues and an open space with booths and tables lend the kind of relaxing vibe that business types might want after a long day of presentations, while the mid-century-themed lounge furniture in the adjacent Red Bar makes it a cool place to grab a cocktail. Consider composing your own flight of pours from the interesting wine list or California craft beer selections. Large glass doors open out to the patio, which features a fire pit. The kitchen presents a fun, flavorful spin on gastropub fare by infusing various Asian-inspired touches throughout the menu, such as pork belly buns stuffed with house-made kimchi as well as the honey-kissed sweet and spicy wings. Mains include steak frites and bonito furikake-crusted ahi with sautéed baby bok choy, puffed rice and umami sauce. There are also good takes on the usual gastropub suspects like mac ‘n’ cheese, flatbreads and burgers, available for lunch and dinner. For dessert, you may find vegan banana bread with caramelized bananas and streusel crumble. Early-risers can stop by for breakfast and enjoy a buffet or plated items like chilaquiles, while weekenders can explore an extensive Sunday brunch menu featuring several well-crafted Filipino dishes.


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