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Discover the Irvine Spectrum Center!

In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of the Irvine Spectrum, one of Orange County's hottest shopping, dining and entertainment centers! The Spectrum's distinctive architecture, scenic fountains and lush landscaping provide a relaxing getaway in addition to providing world-class meals & merchandise. You're certain to encounter something here to please every member of the family!

Irvine Spectrum Mall overview

Picture: Beautiful archway, Irvine Spectrum Center Mall in Irvine, California The always-growing Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Orange County's most beautiful shopping, dining and entertainment malls. Simply meandering through its scenic alleyways admiring the fountains, the striking decor (and, at night, its beautiful lighting) is a joy---even WITHOUT doing anything else at all!

The Irvine Spectrum Center opened over a decade ago as a small entertainment hot spot featuring mainly movies and restaurants...and it's never stopped growing ever since!

The Edwards 21 Multiplex Cinema and IMAX opened with the original part of the mall as the shopping center's entertainment centerpiece. And, even today, the Edwards Theater still remains the mega-popular highlight that it always was. This Edwards Theater was extremely special: it was Orange County's first movie theater to feature stadium seating! (And, in addition, was also one of the first stadium-style theaters in the entire USA!)

Meanwhile, over the years shopping options for visitors to the Irvine Spectrum Mall have exploded! You'll now find clothing and accessories for the entire family decor for the home and garden, as well. On this page, we'll talk about the list of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues that you'll find at the Irvine Spectrum...along with the contact info you'll need to reach each one if you should need to ask a question.

Irvine Spectrum Center Restaurants

The Spectrum's list of restaurants is sure to include some of your favorites!

Picture: P.F. Chang Restaurant at the Irvine Spectrum Center Mall, Irvine, California The Irvine Spectrum has a plethora of restaurants and snack bars for you to enjoy.

AMERICAN CUISINE: If you're taste buds are shouting for familiar American food, you'll have several options among the Irvine Spectrum Center restaurants. There's The Cheesecake Factory (phone number 949/788-9998)...which, despite its dessert-y name, is just as much about main dishes as it is about cheesecake. You'll find a sampling of American-style chicken, beef and fish-dish favorites, plus pizza and pasta dishes, as well. Needless to say, desserts are a specialty here!

Have some "retro" fun! For 50's "diner" style food, the Spectrum Center has a location of the popular Johnny Rocket's restaurants (phone number 949/753-8144), featuring fat & juicy hamburgers and cheeseburgers, home-style french fries, and super-thick milk shakes and malts. The decor is retro-fun...and just being among the '50's memorabilia at Johnny Rockets turns your meal into an "event." Another retro-themed eatery at the Irvine Spectrum is Ruby's Diner, phone number (949) 753-9829.

Also for American food, you might want to try the Red Robin restaurant (phone 949/727-0113) or the Corner Bakery Cafe (phone number 949/727-4461.) Also featuring American Cuisine are the Veggie Grill (phone number (949) 727-9900) and The Yard House (telephone 949/753-9373.) Another restaurant that's all about "fun & games" as well as dining is Dave & Busters, phone number 949/727-0555.) You'll find more info about Dave & Busters in the Entertainment section of this page.

Paul Martin's American Grill, phone (949) 453-1144, is yet another choice at the Irvine Spectrum that you might like to try.

Like BBQ? That favorite American cooking style is now represented at the Irvine Spectrum, too. Head to the Wood Ranch Smokehouse BBQ & Grill, phone number (949) 337-4850, to enjoy some lip-smacking comfort food that'll make you want to come back for some more.

PIZZARIAS & ITALIAN: For Pizza...but with a California'll want to try the California Pizza Kitchen, phone number 949/585-9531. If you haven't yet visited a California Pizza Kitchen, you're simply not going to believe all the unusual varieties of pizza you'll find on their menu! Another choice for California-inspired Italian cuisine is Cucina Enoteca, phone number 949/861-2222. Cucina Enoteca's menu offers classic Italian recipes made with fresh local produce...including organic offerings.

Picture: Irvine Spectrum Center stele

SEAFOOD: At the Irvine Spectrum restaurant, Izakaya Wasa, sushi and socializing are the specialties of the house...and the reviews are favorable! The Izakaya Wasa phone number is 949/453-9500.

ASIAN CUISINE: For Mandarin Chinese food, the Spectrum offers you the P.F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant (phone number 949/453-1211) which features both updated classics and new creations served in a "casual fine dining" atmosphere. Please see the "Seafood restaurant" listing above for other Asian restaurants specializing in sushi and other seafood. You may also wish to try out the Capital Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant and Bar, phone number (949) 788-9218.

MEXICAN CUISINE: Rounding out the Irvine Spectrum's restaurant choices is Javier's Cantina and Grill (phone number 949/872-2101), serving a variety of your Mexican new twists on Mexican cuisine, as well.

For the Baja California-style food that's so popular throughout the Southwestern USA, you'll have a choice or several---either Wahoo's Fish Tacos (phone number 949/753-0251,) Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill (telephone 949/727-9527,) or the Chipotle Mexican Grill (phone 949/753-0554.) All 3 are good choices for enjoying the Baha cuisine.

FAST FOOD & SNACKS: There are a number of fast food and snacking choices at the Irvine Spectrum mall, as well. You can get ice cream, fruit smoothies, specialty coffees and chocolate desserts, plus a wide range of quick meal choices. Please refer to the mall's official website (link below) to see a full listing.

Irvine Spectrum Center Movies & Entertainment

Edwards Stadium 21 Theaters and IMAX

Irvine Spectrum Center ---  Photo of the Edwards Multiplex Theater

At the Irvine Spectum Center, the Edwards 21 Megaplex Theater (phone number 949/450-4920) is the "star of the show." You'll find your favorite 1st run movies here at Edwards Cinema.

In addition to screening "regular" films, the Edwards Irvine 21 Theatre ALSO has an 8-story-tall IMAX screen for showing special IMAX presentations.

To find out the Edwards Irvine Theater's list of movies and schedule of showtimes, you may call the phone number listed above. Or, if you'd rather browse through the movie listings online, you may use the following link to view the Irvine Spectrum Showtimes page of the Edwards Theater/Regal Entertainment official website.

Picture: Giant Wheel ride at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, California

Other Irvine Spectrum Entertainment

--The Improv Comedy Club (phone number 949/854-5455) is another entertainment option at the Irvine Spectrum. The first shows on Wednesday thru Sunday evenings are dinner shows; later shows serve appetizers and snacks.

--Dave & Busters (phone number 949/727-0555), the chain famous for making arcade game fun popular with adults, has a location at the Irvine Spectrum. As it does in all of its locations, this Dave & Busters venue includes a restaurant featuring American style foods, in addition to the arcade.

--24 Hour Fitness Sport, phone number (949) 885-1921, is a good place to have fun at the Spectrum while getting fit. Choose from a structured class, or plan your own workout from this health club's many offerings.

--Barnes & Noble Bookstore, phone number (949) 585-0233. While active entertainment is what you're sometimes seeking, there are other times you'd just like to curl up with a good book. Barnes & Noble at the Irvine Spectrum provides just the right atmosphere for choosing a cozy chair and browsing through the hottest new book titles to see which you'd like to buy. Or, grab some music to enjoy on your home stereo system.

--Giant Wheel: As you can see from the photo to your right, the Irvine Spectrum is the home of an attraction called the Giant Wheel, a ferris wheel ride that will give you a spectacular view of the Orange Co area around the Spectrum. The gondola cars on the Giant Wheel can hold up to 6 people. And, FYI, one of the gondola cars is wheelchair accessible.

--Irvine Spectrum Carousel: Another ride at the Irvine Spectrum is the children's Carousel, featuring 32 fiberglass horses and menagerie animals (made from molds of actual antique carousel animals.) The Carousel is also wheelchair accessible. As you can see in the carousel's photo (further down this page,) this is a lovely merry go round which always gives kids a delight when they ride it.

Irvine Spectrum Center's List of Stores

Some of the hottest brands in clothing have store locations at the Spectrum!

Picture: Nordstrom Department Store, Irvine Spectrum Mall in Irvine, California The Irvine Spectrum Mall has expanded its retail shopping opportunities for its guests in a big way since it originally opened. There are several department stores at the shopping center. Macy's Department Store (telephone number is 949/341-9111) has a popular location here.

At the Irvine Spectrum Center Mall, there's also a Nordstrom department store (phone number 949/255-2800), and a Target discount department store (phone number 949/885-0114,) noted for its trendy styling in both clothing and affordable prices.

You can find almost any category of merchandise at the Irvine Spectrum. There are quite a few clothing stores for men, women and teens from which you can choose, along with stores selling accessories of all kinds---jewelry, footwear, handbags, hair doo-dads, belts, wallets, name it!

Here's a clothing & accessories store directory for the Irvine Spectrum:

Active Ride Shop, phone number 949/296-3094
Adidas Sports Performance Store, 949/753-0305
Aeropostale, phone number 949/753-0921
ANGL clothing, phone number 949/341-0234
Anthropologie, phone number 949/341-0104
Bakers shoe store, telephone 949/585-9401
Be Unique, telephone number 949/295-7752
Bebe, store telephone number 949/585-9591
Brighton Collectibles, phone 949/754-0485
Buckle clothing, phone number 949/585-9521
Cathy Jean shoe store, phone 949/727-4656
Charlotte Russe, telephone number 949/727/1417
Claire's Accessories, phone number 949/453-0338
Cotton On, store telephone number 949/789-0603
DC Shoes, store phone number 949/754-0955
Demetrios Bride, phone number 949/923-4923
DownEast Basics, phone number 949/753-1020
Eilatan footwear, phone number 949/453-1222
Finish Line, contact number 949/453-8804
Flip Flop Shop shoes, phone number 949/450-0791
Foreign Exchange, phone number 949/585-5134
Forever 21, phone number 949/727-0635
For Love 21 Accessories, telephone 949/727-0635
Francesca's Collections, telephone (949) 753-1049
Frederick's of Hollywood, phone 949/585-9221
H & M store, phone number 949/754-0681
Hollister clothing, phone number 949/727-4388
Hot Topic store, phone number 949/727-3588
Icing Accessories, phone number 949/341-0028
JazTime Jewelers, telephone number 949/453-0511
Jos A Bank Clothiers, phone number 949/753-0959
Kaitlyn clothing, phone number 949/450-0488
Kay Jewelers, phone number 949/453-0794
The Levi's Store, phone number 949/585-9238
Lids store, telephone number 949/753-0982
Lids Locker Room, phone number 949/341-9170
Loft clothing, telephone number 949/788-0847
Lucky Brand Jeans, phone number 949/753-1582
Lululemon Athletica, phone number 949/585-9830
Macy's Department Store, phone 949/341-9111
Max Studio, telephone number 949/450-1174
Nordstrom Department Store, phone 949/255-2800
Oakley "O" store, phone number 949/788-0255
Old Navy store, phone number 949/727-1968
PacSun, store phone number 949/727-4431
Parc 81, store phone number 949/789-0661
Quiksilver, phone number 949/753-5031
Reflection shoes, telephone (949) 753-1921
Robert Wayne Footwear, phone 949/341-0887
Salvation, store telephone number 949/753-1065
SGH (Sunglass Hut), phone number 949/453-8361
Shemoni Silver, phone number 949/450-0458
Skechers shoes, phone number 949/450-0994
Solstice Sunglasses, telephone 949/453-8267
Swim Spot, telephone number (949) 727-4790
Target store, phone number 949/885-0114
Tilly's, store phone number 949/788-0781
Tommy Bahama, phone number 949/753-8808
Torrid, store phone number 949/585-9380
Urban Outfitters, phone number 949/727-0951
Vans, store phone number 949/341-0288
Wet Seal, phone number 949/450-0899
White House/Black Market, 949/450-9284
Windsor Fashions, phone number 949/788-0804

Close-up photo of the carousel at the Irvine Spectrum Center Mall in Southern California

Here's a list of children's stores at the Irvine Spectrum Center Mall---
Bonjour Chaton Hello Kitty, 949/453-0544

Carter's babies & kidswear phone 949/727-4124

Cotton On Kids, telephone number 949/341-9076

Kiddie Kandids, telephone number 949/453-0352

Naartjie children's clothing phone 949/450-1439

Rated G, telephone number is 949/754-0607

The Children's Place, telephone 949/788-0528

Home, Electronics, and Pet Stores---
Apple Store,Store Telephone number (949) 255-1500
Bose Electronics, telephone number (949) 727-1843
Brookstone, Store telephone number (949) 453-1787
GameStop, store telephone number (949) 450-0728
Pure Light candles, phone number (949) 753-7873
Russo's Pet Experience, telephone (949) 453-1951
Sleep Number by Select Comfort, (949) 417-3827
Sur Le Table, store phone number (949) 585-0031
Target department store, telephone 949/885-0114
Things Remembered, phone number (949) 753-1968
Village Gallery, telephone number (949) 450-8282
Yankee Candle Co., phone number (949) 753-5180

Beauty and Health Stores---
24 Hour Fitness Sport, phone number (949) 885-1921
Aveda Belle Isle Salon, phone number (949) 450-0300
(The) Body Shop, store phone number (949) 753-1833
Brow and Beauty Bar, telephone number (949) 892-5060
Happy Nails and Spa, telephone number (949) 727-0600
JR Watkins Naturals, telephone number (949) 754-0664
L'Occitane en Provence, Phone number (949) 450-0502
Lenscrafters, store telephone number (949) 585-9818
Oro Gold Cosmetics, telephone number (949) 585-9294
Perfume Gallery, store phone number (949) 753-0716
Planet Beauty, store phone number (949) 727-0576
Skinfood, telephone number is (949) 753/9200
Supercuts,store telephone number (949) 453-8405
Toni and Guy Salon, phone number (949) 341-9080
Vitamin Shoppe, telephone number (949) 753-0016

Irvine Spectrum Center -- Map and Directions

Picture: Irvine Spectrum Center; palm trees line this outdoor mall's walkways The Irvine Spectrum phone number is 949/753-5180.

Irvine Specturm store hours are as follows: Sundays through Thursdays, the Spectrum's stores open at 10 am and close at 9pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, the mall opens at 10am and closes at 10pm. These hours are for the retail stores only. The Irvine Spectrum restaurants and entertainment venues set their own hours.

The Irvine Spectrum address is---
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Directions to the Irvine Spectrum Center---
The Irvine Spectrum is nestled in the spot just above the "Y-shaped" convergence of Interstate 5 and I-405. Thus, you can easily reach the Spectrum in Irvine by either of these 2 freeways.

Irvine Spectrum Map: If you'd like to take a look at a map to get your bearings about where you'll be heading, use the following link to see a Google map to the Irvine Spectrum shopping center. If you'd rather see a store locations map, here's an interactive map of the Irvine Spectrum Mall's layout from the center's website.

Irvine Spectrum website: For further information about this lovely Orange County mall, including the list of stores in categories not covered by this travel review, please visit the Irvine Spectrum Center official website.

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