Irvine is a city in Orange County, California.

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Diamond Jamboree

A newer Asian shopping plaza located at Jamboree and Alton with several shops and restaurants. Includes Ajisen Ramen, Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, Capital Seafood (serves dim-sum in the morning and all day in the to-go side), BCD Tofu House, Lollicup (boba/bubble tea), Yogurtland (self-serve frozen yogurt), Guppy Tea House (tea, Asian dishes, and the popular shaved ice), and the 85ºC Bakery Café (with a wide selection of Asian breads). Also has H-Mart, a Korean supermarket, which has a very small food court inside. Diamond Jamboree is very popular and often gets crowded in the evenings, especially on the weekend.

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Heritage Square

Shopping plaza located at the intersection of Culver and Walnut. Features several Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants, including, [ Caspian Restaurant], Denny's, [ Elephant Bar Restaurant], [ India Cook House], Kaya Restaurant, Korean Dae Myoung OK Restaurant, Sumo Sushi & Seafood Restaurant, Super Mex, [ Wheel of Life]. Bakeries include Diho Bakery and Assal Pastry.

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Bren Events Center

Offers concerts for many independent and lesser known groups. Along with various dance groups and shows, they feature UC Irvine's Anteater Athletics events, most notably their well regarded basketball games, in which the men's team has had two NCAA Division II tournament bids, four NIT bids, and has been the champions of the Big West two times.

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Hosts Lowes, Ross, Barnes & Noble, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond to name a few. Several popular restaurants include California Pizza Kitchen, BJ's Restaurant and Brewery, Bucca di Beppo, Cafe Chin Chin, Corner Bakery, French 75 Brasserie, Macaroni Grill, On the Border,

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Walnut Plaza

The other Asian shopping plaza located at the intersection of Walnut and Jeffrey, also built around a 99 Ranch Market, along with Pho 99, House of Shabu Shabu, Taiko Restaurant, Lollicup, A&J's Restaurant, Shik Do Rak Korean BBQ, etc. Is actually two plazas on either side of Walnut.

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Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau

The Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau, also known as the Irvine CVB, exists to direct individuals traveling to Irvine in Orange County, California for business and for leisure. The city of Irvine offers hundreds of options for lodging and accommodations, dining, and entertainment.

Irvine Spectrum Center

has shops, boutiques, department stores, and plenty of merchant carts. The Spectrum is also considered by natives in Irvine as one of the better places to spend time. The spectrum is a common place of diversion by most people living in southcentral and southern Orange county.

Wild Rivers Waterpark

Was located next to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Open from mid-May until the end of September. There are lots of awesome rides including a wave pool and a lazy river. Recently taken down and currently being rebuilt into a shopping center.

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KUCI 88.9 FM Irvine

Located on the UC Irvine campus, KUCI is run by both UC Irvine students and community members. It is a free form radio station--DJs have complete control over their shows. Features a variety of music and talk show programming.

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Shik Do Rak

Korean BBQ with relatively cheap all-you-can-eat. May not have AYCE on weekends, so check before going. Garden Grove tends to have better Korean food, but Shik Do Rak is great if you're not willing to drive to Garden Grove.


A family amusement park near the intersection of Michelson and Harvard which features indoor/outdoor activities such as miniature-golf, batting cage, laser-tag, Go Karts, and arcade games

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SpringHill Suites

Suites with microwave, mini-fridge, large work desk, free internet, flat screen TV. Guests have access to free parking, free airport shuttle, free hot breakfast, pool and fitness center.

SLEEP   —  +1 949 757-0500 —  17601 Fitch

Film and Video Center

FVC screens classic movies, international films, art house cinema and more. Located on the UC Irvine Campus. Screenings typically occur at least once a week during the academic quarter.

Irvine Spectrum

The ''Irvine Spectrum'' has several restaurants in additon to its food court which includes: ''The Cheesecake Factory'', ''Johnny Rocket's'', ''PF Chang'' and ''Wolfgang Puck''.

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Woodbridge Movies 5

An inexpensive cinema, known informally as "The Dollar Theater," that screens movies a couple months after they have left other theaters. Highest movie ticket price is $2.

Courtyard Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County

State-of-the-art lobby, free Wi-Fi. The new Bistro provides guests with healthy food and beverage choices in the morning, and evening dinner service with cocktails.

SLEEP   —  +1 949 757-1200 —  2701 Main St

New University

Weekly UC Irvine student newspaper. You can pick up a free copy of the paper from various locations on campus as well as inside several stores near campus.

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Dave & Busters

Known for its food, bar, and arcade. During the school year, D&B is popular among UC Irvine students, especially on Thursdays. Located at Irvine Spectrum.

Culver Plaza

One of the two shopping plaza featuring a multitude of Asian stores and restaurants, including 99 Ranch Market, Sam Woo's, JJ Bakery, Morning Glory, etc.

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The Market Place

A two sided large shopping center divided by Jamboree the side opposing the Irvine side is the''Tustin Market Place''. It features a lot of restaurants

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Wholesome Choice

The food court inside of the grocery store offers a variety of food options: pizza, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Persian, American, Mexican, and Italian.

Harry's Deli

Affordable, no nonsense sandwiches made by a team of fellow food enthusiasts. Offers include pulled pork, ribeye, pastrami and chicken digiorgio.

William R. Mason Regional Park

Expansive 345 acre park with open grassy areas, trees, and lakes. Also features playgrounds. Great place to have a picnic or go for a stroll.

Park Place

Fat Burgers, California Pizza Kitchen, Houston's, Ruth's Chris steakhouse, and Wahoo's Fish Taco. Located on Jamboree and Michelson.

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University of California, Irvine

The fourth largest campus of the University of California, UC Irvine (24,000 students), is located in the west part of the city.

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Atomic Ballroom

Hosts evening dances (Mon-Sat). Styles include: ballroom, swing, and salsa. Charming venue that attracts people of all ages.

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Irvine Barclay Theatre

Features concerts, plays, and performances that range from student groups to world-renowned international artists.

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Irvine Valley College

Part of the California Community College system enrolling about 16,000 students. Popularly referred to as "IVC".

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Irvine Historical Museum

Small, house-sized museum that displays ranch artifacts and other items related to the history of Irvine.

SEE   —  +1 949 786-4112 —  5 San Joaquin

Verizon Wireless Irvine Amphitheater

Hosts various concerts ranging from rock to classical. Concerts generally held from May through December.

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The Great Park

Much of the park is still under development, but the Great Park Balloon ride is open to the public.

DO   —  +1 949 724-6247 —  Map

Residence Inn Irvine Spectrum

Free breakfast buffet, free WiFi. Near Irvine Spectrum. Easy access to Freeways. All suite hotel.

SLEEP   —  +1 949 380-3000 —  10 Morgan St

Irvine Spectrum

Features an IMAX theater, Edwards 21 Theater, [ Dave and Busters]

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ReggaeFest is an annual event in Aldrich Park on the UC Irvine Campus. Occurs in Spring. Free.

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Gina's Pizza

Delicious, handmade pizza, pasta, and salad. Very popular with local UCI and UHS students.

Irvine Global Village Festival

This annual event is Orange County's largest multicultural festival. Occurs in Fall. Free.

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Woodbridge Community Park

A 22 acre community park with basketball courts, volleyball courts, and picnic areas.

SEE   —  20 Lake Rd.

Le Diplomat Cafe

Tasty sandwiches. Chicken Broccoli Mushroom is one of their most popular sandwiches.

Irvine Improv Comedy Club

Comedy club and dinner theatre, featuring local and nationally recognized comedians.

Anthill Pub & Grille

Pub features Monday night comedy and other events. Located on the UC Irvine Campus.

DRINK   —  +1 949 824-3050 —  4200 Campus Dr

UCI Free Film Series

UCI screen movies each Thursday during Summer. Free admission and free snacks.

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University of California, Irvine

The largest (1500 acres) and highest ranked university in Orange County.

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A Comfort Inn Irvine Spectrum

23061 Ave de la Carlota, Near Irvine Spectrum Entertainment Center.

SLEEP   —  +1 949 581-5135 —  Map

Zot Zone Games Room

Offer pool games and video games. Located on the UC Irvine campus.

DO   —  +1 949 824-4636 —  Map


A student-run festival featuring food and games. Occurs in Spring.

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Irvine Museum

Displays California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930).

Concordia University

A Christian university of roughly 1800 undergraduates

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Edwards University Town Center 6

Shows independent, art house, and foreign films.

Visiting Irvine

City portal information on city and events.

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K1 Speed

K1 Speed is an indoor go-carting venue.

Musical Theatre Village

A non-profit, community-based theatre.

Embassy Suites Irvine - Orange County Airport

$6M Renovation completed April 2008.

SLEEP   —  +1 949 553-8332 —  2120 Main St

Irvine Lanes

A 40 lane bowling alley.

OC Register

Local newspaper.

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K1 Speed

Indoor go-kart.

About Irvine

Formally incorporated on December 28, 1971, Irvine is one of the newest and largest cities in Orange County, and it is still growing. Irvine is spearheading the growth in Orange County where almost everything is either new or refurbished. Most of the growth in Irvine was sparked by the donation of a large parcel of land to the University of California system in order to establish the 4th largest UC Campus (in terms of attendance) - UC Irvine. The city is becoming the de facto business center of Orange County with many national and international companies having a presence in Irvine. Most of Irvine bordering Newport Beach (and the airport) and the areas surrounding any freeways are commercial areas where most of the larger companies have their offices. The city is best characterized as a perfectly planned suburbia, which it is. The arterial streets are very wide and have very generous speed limits. Most residential areas are off the arterial streets on smaller two lane residential streets that lead to housing communities.

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