“While were looking to expand our brand in Southern California, Irvine was an obvious choice with it’s sophisticated consumers and proximity to UC Irvine,” says Paul Frederick, Managing Partner of Eureka! Restaurant Group. “Eureka! Irvine is an oasis exuberating an exciting ambiance while providing guests with exceptional hospitality, an innovative bar program, live music, sports programming, and a well- rounded dining experience for all to enjoy.”
The design of Eureka! Irvine embodies neoteric yet industrial aesthetics with a Zen influence. The main dining room is lit by 32 pendant-hanging lights and features a mesmerizing 22-feet infinity pool fountain lit by firestones. The modern restaurant incorporates Southern California-sourced design elements, such as tables and paneling locally handcrafted from reclaimed pre-war Old Growth Douglas fir, recycled steel, and North American pendant lights, hardwoods retrieved from historic barns, factories, and whiskey distilleries. The 190-seat restaurant features a main dining room comprised of an eclectic selection of sitting options including extra large booths, three industrial community tables, bar area, and an al fresco patio and garden featuring fresh herbs and citrus fruits to be used throughout the extensive bar program.
Each dish is thoughtfully prepared to showcase quality ingredients, local produce, and locally baked breads. The restaurant specializes in American classics with modern twists with its diverse selection of appetizers, signature plates including hand packed, vegetarian fed, hormone and antibiotic free all natural beef burgers in as well as delectable desserts. Menu highlights include the Osso Buco Riblets featuring red wine braised pork, lightly tossed in a fire cracker aioli; the Bone Marrow Burger with bone marrow porcini butter, charbroiled onion, mustard aioli, and an oven-roasted tomato; the All Day Breakfast Burrito which includes flat iron steak, potatoes, fried hen egg and ranchero sauce; a Slow-Roasted Beet Salad with toasted walnuts, apple, arugula, orange sections and watermelon pop rocks; and the Goldengate Butterscotch Rum Pudding served with a homemade whipping cream, caramel sauce, garnished with flaky sea salt for dessert.
To complement the diverse menu, Eureka! has created an innovative cocktail menu featuring classic and contemporary libations with distinct American roots. The cocktail program at Eureka! revolves around the restaurant’s commitment to serving all American craft beers, small batch whiskeys, and specialty cocktails, curated by small and locally owned artisans creating a premium, innovative product that is highly sought after. Signature cocktails include classic recipes like the house Old Fashioned made the way your grand pappy drank it with Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, bitters, fresh orange zest and a block of ice and Mint Julep with bourbon, mint, and sugar to contemporary creations like the Penicillin featuring smoked whiskey, ginger, honey, and citrus and Rosemary’s Ruby Red with gin, rosemary, grapefruit, and citrus.
Eureka! features 40 specialty craft beers, two wines on tap, and a selection of 40-45 small batch American whiskeys – sourced from artisans in California, Iowa, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas and Utah – in tribute of the 21st amendment outlawing prohibition. Additionally, a special off-menu selection features various hard-to-get and strictly allocated whiskeys like Pappy Van Winkle and offerings from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection available to the most discerning whiskey drinkers.
Eureka! Irvine is located on 4143 Campus Dr., Irvine, California 92612 at University Center outdoor shopping center. Hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight from Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information on Eureka!, please visit www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com.