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Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center Feed Travelers an Outstanding Menu of Dining Options and Culinary Experiences

April 5, 2014 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

Dining in Southern California is an experience savored by visitors from around the world. From fine dining to outdoor cafés, Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center offer a wide range of culinary delights sure to please even the most finicky palate.

“The Irvine Company recognizes that travelers have many choices when it comes to dining while visiting Southern California. We’re proud to provide visitors with an expansive range of unique restaurants, specialty food options, and inspired culinary treats at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center,” said Stacie Ellis, Senior Director of Marketing, Irvine Company Retail Properties.

The great selection of fine dining at Fashion Island expanded dramatically last year with the addition of several exciting, new restaurants including FIG & OLIVEand Red O. New York-based, celebrity-favorite FIG & OLIVE kitchen and tasting bar exudes refined elegance and offers classic flavors inspired by the Riviera and coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Guests enjoy ocean views and more than 60 olive trees and a fireplace in the outdoor garden areas. Red O, from renowned chef Rick Bayless, also joined Fashion Island late last year.

This upscale Mexican restaurant features bold décor and authentic, California-inspired fare. Lemonade, a popular and charming cafeteria-meets-café concept also opened last year with a menu that includes 20 prepared salads, eight kinds of pot roasts and, of course, six kinds of seasonal lemonades including Blueberry-Mint and Ginger Guava. Other new dining fare includes Lark Creek, from the Bay-Area based restaurant group of the same name, the award winning revolving sushi bar, Blue C Sushi, opening this spring and CUCINA enoteca, one of Orange County’s hottest restaurants, which opens its second location this summer, following a successful launch at Irvine Spectrum Center.

These exciting new restaurants join long-time favorites, including Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, with a variety of fresh pastas, sauces and delectable desserts.Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine offers a taste of the islands complimented by tropical drinks and Asian-inspired cuisines. A visit to award-winning Chef Pascal Olhat’s Brasserie Pascal offers patrons an unrivaled, traditional French dining experience punctuated by fresh ingredients, excellent service and an expansive wine selection. (A complete listing of Fashion Island dining establishments follows this release.)

A visit to Fashion Island isn’t complete without experiencing the unique culinary product offerings at the center’s recently opened Whole Foods. Designed and built with the environment in mind, all of the wood used on the walls is reclaimed lumber salvaged from old canneries in Northern California. In the wine and dairy areas used wine tank staves, stained deep purple and light red from the wine barrels, were used on the walls. More than just a market, it’s a gourmet treasure featuring specialty foods and beverages, hot and cold food services, bakery, coffee and juice bars and so much more! Exclusive to this Whole Foods location is Back Bay Tavern, a coastal themed tavern offering a rotating selection of 36 craft beers on tap, plus wine and spirits, along with an extensive menu including beef, seafood, vegetarian and vegan meals.

Unique culinary treats also abound at Fashion Island with Orange County’s only ‘lette Macarons, featuring authentic French macarons made fresh by hand. The 12 everyday classics, in vivid hues, reflect the natural flavors and essences that infuse the ganache filling of these delicious almond cookies.  California-grown culinary treasure and Cupcake Wars winner, Casey’s Cupcakes, tempts visitors with 12 delectable cupcake confections as well as a cupcake-of-the-month flavor. Another Southern California-original and celebrity-favorite, Pinkberry, delights Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center guests with its Zagat-rated frozen yogurt filled with trademark Swirly Goodness®. Minamoto Kitchoan, opening its first Orange County location at Fashion Island later this spring, has introduced “wagashi” or Japanese sweets to U.S. customers for years.

Irvine Spectrum Center must also be included in travelers’ Orange County dining itineraries. The center has been repeatedly voted by OC residents as the best place to dine in Orange County, thanks to a wide range of tantalizing options. Visitors enjoy the attention to detail that Paul Martin’s American Grill delivers while creating dishes infused with local, sustainable, peak-of-the-season ingredients.  A Southern California original, The Cheesecake Factory (also featured at Fashion Island) provides guests with a wide variety of inventive menu selections, classic American fare and more than 20 varieties of mouth-watering cheesecake. A Laguna Beach original, Javier’s Cantina & Grill offers the finest, authentic and regionally influenced home-style Mexican cooking plus the largest selection of premium tequilas in Orange County, all in a sophisticated upscale setting. CUCINA enoteca Italian kitchen and wine shop, evokes a modern, California-inspired kitchen coupled with the history and comfort of an old, rustic, country farmhouse. The menu features Italian classics with fresh local produce and organic and sustainable ingredients. Ruby’s Diner, a Southern California institution famous for 1940’s inspired dining offers the memorable ambiance of the original Ruby’s Diners while featuring new décor and an enhanced menu with innovative entrees and “greatest hits” sure to satisfy today’s sophisticated dining customer.

The country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club debuts its new and expanded location at Irvine Spectrum Center this April, welcoming Umami Burger, part of the popular chain of gourmet burgers. Other new restaurants joining Irvine Spectrum Center later this year include Brio Tuscan Grille, a polished casual restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine, Del Frisco’s Grille, an award-winning restaurant known for its creative twists on American comfort classics and TLT Food – a fast-casual, chef-driven dining destination from Daniel Shemtob, winner of The Food Network’s Great Food Truck Challenge. (A complete listing of Irvine Spectrum Center dining establishments follows this release.).

Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center offer visitors an array of exclusive offers and amenities from participating restaurants via the OC Stylish Savings program. Multilingual vouchers, which can be exchanged at each center’s Guest Services Desk for OC Stylish Savings Books, are available to travel trade, hotels and attractions upon request by emailing Julie@RetailTourism.com. They are also available online at ShopFashionIsland.com or ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.com. An exciting new visitor offering is the launch of prepaid, commissionable OC Dining Cards valid at both Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center and available for groups of 12 or more.

Visitors are invited to avail themselves of the many other services and amenities offered through Guest Services, including information about restaurants, stores, events, local attractions, airport shuttles and taxi service. Both centers offer convenient valet parking and Fashion Island provides complimentary personal shopping services as well.

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