With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is the perfect time to make a reservation for a perfect night on the town. Here are some Irvine-based options that will be sure to satisfy anyone’s special someone.

Cheferbly is a new, Irvine-based private dining experience curated by Orange County native Kevin Kim. The goal of the Kim’s Cheferbly platform is to “demystify” private dining, while allowing guests to try exclusive pop-up dinners spotlighting private chefs.   

Lobster Mac n’ Cheese. (Photo courtesy of Cheferbly)

“The process for booking catered dinners was so complicated, time-consuming, and seemingly antiquated, given restaurant reservations can be made with the click of a button,” adds Kim. “I wanted to simplify the relationship between private chefs and consumers by creating a solution that would make their service accessible to everyone. Cheferbly was created to bridge that gap.”

For more information on private Cheferbly’s Valentine’s Day Events in Orange County, please visit Cheferbly’s website

Kura Sushi

Kura Sushi is well-known for its rotating sushi bar concept, and its adorable robotic table assistant Kur-B the KuraBot, which was introduced in July. This year, Kura Sushi is celebrating Valentine’s Day with limited time Valentine’s Day Chirashi bowls. The bowls, wrapped with a bright red bow, are filled with a variety of seafood.  

Photo courtesy of Kura Sushi

Kura Sushi will be offering these special V-Day themed bowls between Feb. 10 and Feb. 14. They’re stuffed with shrimp, real crab and crab claw, salmon, tuna, eel, red snapper, scallop, tamago, ikura and cucumber. Guests will also find a heart-shaped ramekin inside these specially-themed Chirashi Bowls.

Kura Sushi in Irvine is located at 2700 Alton Parkway #133

Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Twenty Eight 

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Three words: Wine. Whisky. Wagyu.

19530 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92612

Wednesday – Thursday 4 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Solstice Kitchen + Bar
Currently serving its fall and winter menu on a nightly basis, guests will find elevated dishes, featuring starters like Parker House Rolls with plum glaze and cultured ginger butter and Mason Jar Deviled Eggs served alongside house-made toasted focaccia and relish. 

Carrot Spaghetti / (Photo courtesy of Outshine PR)

Alternative starter options include the Branzino Ceviche with shiitake mignonette, which is served with radish, cranberry gelée and dashi broth. The Celery Root Tartare with chermoula, red wine vinaigrette and celery root chips is also a popular dish. 

Solstice is located at The Boardwalk in Irvine at 18555 Jamboree Rd. 

Lunch, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brunch, Sunday only 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dinner, nightly –  4 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Thanks to its master brewer-backed cervecería, a well-rounded cocktail menu and some incredible Mexico City-style tacos, Puesto has become one of Orange County’s most well-respected eateries.

Puesto Filet Mignon Taco (Courtesy of Puesto)

How respected? In addition to a decade of service, Puesto has another milestone to celebrate in 2022 — a quest for 20 million tacos sold. In April, the San Diego Tribune reported the company had sold approximately 18.3 million tacos since 2012 — roughly 1.8 million tacos annually.

With a few locations in Orange County, including two in Irvine inside Los Olivos Shopping Center and Park Place, taking advantage of Puesto’s tequila and mezcal flights seems like an incredible way to spend any Valentine’s Day.

8577 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar

Boasting spectacular rooftop views of Irvine, Hive & Honey is a must for any date night. With access to Heirloom Farmhouse Kitchen, Hive & Honey is the perfect way to begin a relaxing evening admiring the sunset with that special someone.

7905 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618

Tuesday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Postino WineCafe

Welcoming guests with a boastful umbrella-lined outdoor patio, the recently opened Postino, a new 5,200 square foot “WineCafe” at Park Place in Irvine, looks as desirable from the outside as it does from inside.

Irvine Postino

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With the opening of her first location in California, Postino Co-Founder Lauren Bailey explained to Irvine Weekly the “WineCafe” has expanded out of Arizona, and is designed to accommodate casual meetings with friends, dinner dates, or simply a quiet place to work and enjoy a glass of wine. 

Postino at Park Place is located at 2981 Michelson Dr, Ste. E, Irvine

Daily 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations and TEN Sushi + Cocktail Bar
Having celebrated a dual grand opening at its newest location at Lakeshore in August, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations and TEN Sushi + Cocktail Bar has been a go-to for Orange County nightlife for years. 

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Designed like a modern whiskey room, the establishment features more than 5,000 square feet of restaurant space and 1,200 square foot outdoor patio.

Lakeshore is located at 18101 Von Karman Ave.

Daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

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