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I've seen a lot of Irvine posts for specific cuisine or cheap eats, but where would you go on a work expense account? I'll be with several colleagues and they won't want to drive far. Please give sushi suggestions as well.

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  1. For an expense account meal, I would go to Marche Moderne (I think it's technically Costa Mesa, but it's close). Sorry, I don't really know sushi in that area.

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    Marche Moderne
    3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    1. Id eat at Fukada in Irvine. It can get packed at lunchtime though. Handmade udon noodles are delicious

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      Fukada Restaurant
      8683 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

      1. If I was going to a restaurant on an expense account I would consider Mastros for steak. There is one by South Coast Plaza and another on the PCH. The best steak you can find in the OC.

        For sushi I would go to Wasa which is in the plaza by the Bluffs. It's west of UCI campus right up on MacArthur and Bison. Sit at the sushi bar and let them take care of you. Very good fish and great version of crispy rice and spicy tuna. They have a good variety of fish. The last time I went they had tempura cod sushi, great Uni, yellowtail belly, some type of snapper with sea salt and lemon and a bunch of others.

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        Mastros Restaurant
        2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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        1. re: js76wisco

          2nd Mastro's rec. There are a lot of nice restaurants in the Costa Mesa area (if you provide your cuisine of preference, we can provide more recommendations); you'll see more chains in Irvine. My other two favourites in the area lately are Charlie Palmer @ Bloomingdale and Old Vine Cafe.

          For upscale sushi on expense account, I'd do Blue Fin, http://www.bluefinbyabe.com/

          EDIT: Since you're from MN, I'd highly recommend getting some Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai or Japanese food...or something along the water esp since the weather's been rather summery.

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          Old Vine Cafe
          2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

          Mastros Restaurant
          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

          1. re: OCAnn

            I went to Old Vine Cafe after hearing raves here and was utterly disappointed (and frankly embarassed to have suggested this place to a friend.)

            We ordered the open face egg & biscuit breakfast as well as the pulled pork omelette, both of which were less than memorable (generously speaking).

            Insult to injury we ordered iced tea and were charged $6 dollars per bottle!

            I see no reason to return, and would NEVER recommend this place.

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            Old Vine Cafe
            2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

            1. re: Funwithfood

              Sorry to hear that. While I've gone for b'fast, I've never ordered b'fast there b/c I'm addicted to their burrata caprese (esp w/the flash fried arugula).

              1. re: Funwithfood

                Also sorry to hear you had a poor experience at Old Vine for breakfast. I've never been there for breakfast, but have gone for lunch once and dinner frequently for over two years, and its been excellent on every occasion. And I'll second OC Ann re: the burrata caprese.

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                Old Vine Cafe
                2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

          2. I love Bistango. It's closer to Newport Beach, but it's address is still Irvine. It's got a dance floor with jazz music which isn't very common these days. The food is good - new american. They don't have sushi, but they have a great tuna tartar.

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            Bistango
            19100 Von Karman, Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92612

            1. Kimera is a lounge / bar and restaurant that I rather like for drinks. It's casual but still stylish enough for a business dinner, especially if they're work colleagues vs an all-out wine and dine of a VIP client.

              The food isn't on the level of Marche Moderne or Mastro's, but then it's not at that price point, either.

              It's borderline Newport Beach, right next to Google's office. Check out the menu and see if it appeals to you. www.kimerarestaurant.com

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              Marche Moderne
              3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

              Kimera Restaurant
              19530 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92612