Irvine is home to unique dining options that traverse the globe in flavor. Many of these restaurants are only available in Irvine, contributing to Irvine’s growing reputation as a foodie destination in Southern California. Below are a few dining options you’ll only find here.

All That Shabu

All That Shabu is one of the best all-you-can-eat restaurants in Irvine. For those of you that aren’t familiar with shabu, it is basically Japanese hot pot. Before you start your meal, you choose a broth in which you’ll boil your food in. The staff then brings over platters of sliced meats, while everything else like the vegetables, noodles and seafood are all served buffet style.

15315 Culver Drive #145, Irvine

Chan Chan (Audrey Fong)

Chan Chan

Chan Chan is unlike any other Korean restaurant in Irvine in that it largely focuses on Korean street food. They are most popular for their delicious fried chicken that comes in a variety of flavors (sweet garlic is a fan favorite) and their various rice cake dishes.

14250 Culver Drive, Irvine

Everyday Eatery

Not only is this spot super cute, but the service is exceptionally friendly, making Everyday Eatery one of the best spots for brunch in Irvine. Most of their dishes lean towards the healthier side; think lots of fresh vegetables and lean meats. On top of having beautifully plated and delicious meals, they also have a team of baristas to brew your drink to perfection.

6634 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine

Le Diplomate Café

From the outside, this café may not look like much, but Le Diplomate Café has been a favorite among UC Irvine students for decades. What keeps hungry Anteaters knocking on their door are their famous garlic chicken sandwiches. These hot sandwiches come layered with chunks of chicken, oozy cheese, and an aromatic garlic sauce that makes everything better.

4237 Campus Drive, B161, Irvine

Sagami (Audrey Fong)


Sagami is an authentic, high-quality Japanese restaurant that offers regional specialties from across the island nation. From fresh sushi to steaming bowls of udon and soba, Sagami’s menu is large enough where the whole family can find something they will love. The best part of Sagami is that it cooks up unique dishes like ceviche sushi rolls and tori namban (a fried chicken marinated in soy sauce and topped with tartar sauce).

3850 Barranca Pkwy, Suite B, Irvine

Taquiero Taco Patio (Audrey Fong)

Taquiero Taco Patio

From its outdoor patio to its extensive toppings bar, Taquiero Taco Patio is a fun spot to hang out at. While the menu isn’t large, everything here is delicious and made to order. The must-try taco here is the al pastor, which comes topped with pineapple for a savory and sweet combo that cannot be missed.

4517 Campus Drive, Irvine