13290 Jamboree Rd
Irvine CA 92602
Ph. (714) 731-9700
Alternate OC locations:
1623 West Katella Ave.
Orange CA 92867
Ph. (714) 769-7020
16310 Beach Blvd
Westminster CA 92683
Ph. (714) 500-1140
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The new Lazy Dog Cafe in the Irvine Marketplace will open at 5:00 PM tonight. They are taking over the spot that has been vacated by the failed restaurants French 75, Wilhelm's Chophouse and Martin Yan's restaurant that I can not recall the name of. Lazy Dog Cafe already operates restaurants in both Westminster and Orange. You can also find locations outside Orange County in Torrance, Valencia, Thousand Oaks and coming soon, in Temecula.
The Lazy Dog Cafe is a full service casual dining restaurant that was started by the founder of the Mimi's Cafe chain. It is often described as a cheaper version of Claim Jumper. The restaurant serves a large variety of comfort food, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, pasta and even Chinese food.
I was lucky enough to be invited down to a Pre-Grand Opening party this past Tuesday. The restaurant was generous enough to let me bring three guests. V, T and IG accompanied me to the party.
Here is an overview of what we ordered.
Boston Tea Party Fishbowl ($16.95*)
Hand Muddled Citrus Margarita
Trio of Hummus Dips ($7.95)
Wok-Fired Calamari ($9.95)
Angry Achiote Rocky Mountain Wings ($9.25)
Small Chicken Tortilla Soup ($3.75)
Small Caesar Salad ($5.95)
Bleu Cheese New York ($23.95)
BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs ($17.95)
Garlic-Butter Glazed Flatiron Steak ($17.45)
Fig and Prosciutto Pizza ($11.95)
Cinnamon and Sugar Pizza ($4.95)
Sweet Tooth Sundae ($2.95)
With the exception of a few tough ribs (some were tough, some were not) everything was really good. V really likes Keri's Mediterranean veggie pizza from this restaurant and used to think it was the best pizza she had ever had. She now thinks that the Fig and Prosciutto pizza is better. The Tortilla Soup is an item that Lazy Dog is known for. They do an incredible job with it. The Cinnamon Sugar pizza is a perfect dessert to share when you are dining with a group.
The portions here are generous and the prices are very reasonable. I have always enjoyed going to Lazy Dog Cafe in the past, but hated driving to Orange or Westminster. Now that they are open in Irvine, I can see myself going there any time I want a quick, casual, delicious meal. The service here is also top notch. Whenever I have dined at a Lazy Dog, the service has rivaled some of the finest restaurants I have been to. I highly recommend The Lazy Dog Cafe to anyone looking for a delicious upscale dining experience, without the upscale price.
*Prices are for reference only. My meal was comped.