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Concert in Irvine . . . Where to eat

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I am going to a concert at the venue formerly known as Irvine Meadows and need some advice on where to eat. The concert is Saturday and I am looking for some good food and drink before the show. Preferrably in Irvine or Costa Mesa. Any advice???

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  1. What kind of food would you prefer? If you like Japanese, right across from Verizon is a place called Fukada.

    And of course, there's all the chain-y places at the Irvine Spectrum.

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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    1. re: elmomonster

      We were looking for something kind of nice, but not superfancy. I want to have good food and really good drinks. I was thinking of Onotria Wine Bar in Costa Mesa or there was a couple of places in Irvine on Zagat that sounded okay.

      1. re: PD Girl

        Old vine: http://www.oldvinecafe.com/

        Make a reservation.

        1. re: PD Girl

          Onotria is wonderful, but would be more upscale than what you are looking for. I second the rec for Old Vine. You could also go to Javier's at the Irvine Spectrum-more upscale Mexican and a great drink/cocktail menu.

      2. My advice is to pack a great picnic dinner, get there early, and tailgate. That's what we do every time we go to Verizon and we have a blast.

        1. Luca Cafe off of Sand Canyon.

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          1. re: holy chow

            Great suggestion! And close to boot.

            http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

            1. re: holy chow

              Don't know your timeframe (guessing very leisurely), but just a heads up - they close between brunch and dinner on Saturdays. Reopen at 5pm.

              On the bright side, their cheese and wine shop (don't think you can stay and eat) is open from 9-9 daily.

              http://luccacafe.net/index.html