Did you know there is a great Hawaiian restaurant right here in Irvine? Da Luau in northeast Irvine is one of our favorite family owned local spots for a casual meal. It’s conveniently located in the Cypress Village Center off of Jeffrey and Trabuco just off the 5 freeway, with plenty of parking.
Da Luau is great for an early morning (ok, in my case, late morning) breakfast, after game get togethers, meeting spot for Dole Whip or shaved ice, or catering for your next birthday party. The inside seating has a Hawaiian restaurant theme that is casual and comfortable and offers plenty of elbow room.
Have you guys been to Da Luau for breakfast? One of the tastiest breakfast places in Irvine! The morning breakfast specials cannot be beat! Come in before 10 am and get 2 fluffy pancakes and a coffee for only $1.99! How can you beat that? My kids come for pancakes, and I get a coffee. This Hawaiian restaurant serves amazing banana, blueberry, coconut, and macadamia nut pancakes too! They are are all so yummy.
Da Luau is perfect for our family because it satisfies the kids’ hankering for a sweet, sticky breakfast, but I am more of a savory breakfast gal. Give me some grilled meat, rice, or soup for breakfast any day! Da Luau throws down some delicious Filipino breakfast dishes as well.
I have two favorites: the pork adobo (tender chunks for pork marinated and simmered in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic) and garlic fried rice folded into an omelette; or the Tocino plate – marinated and grilled pork with eggs and garlic friend rice served with a little container of vinegar…use a touch with a some hot sauce…oh so good. One of my other favorite breakfast food is a bowl of comforting hot soup. The oxtail soup is done simply and perfect for a cold morning. My guilty pleasure is coming in for the kimchi ramen: the steaming hot ramen with the tang and spice of kimchi is the perfect cure for that hangover.
For lunch or dinner, we love the combos – just like a plate lunch in Hawaii! Pick a from the many meat options such as chicken katsu or teriyaki, pork or kalbi (or a grilled short ribs), grilled salmon, or the many others served with rice and a side dish such as macaroni salad – like I said, just like on the island!
So many options! Everyone will be happy!
If you prefer something on the lighter side, the Ahi Tuna or Salmon Poke Bowls are out of this world! My daughter loves Poke Bowls, but I must admit that it’s usually not my favorite. However, I really enjoyed the Poke served up here: these bowls taste fresh with quality ingredients and are beautifully served.
Ok, but want to know what the kids’ favorite food is? It is also the best picnic or park food ever…ready for it? Spam musubi! For those of you who are new to the musubi world…hold your judgement. Yes, I said Spam, the little tins of processed meat used as military rations. Well, fry it, wrap it up in rice and seaweed, and voila! Spam Musubi! They are the perfect little wrapped morsel for any park outing.
The kids squeal every time we say we’re eating at Da Luau. They love the food and are so excited to end their meal with a shaved ice.
And now even the adults are excited for the dessert here: they recently got a Dole pineapple soft serve machine, serving up light and fluffy, sweet and tart, pineapple Dole whips, just like the ones at Disneyland or the Aulani Disney resort. This is big news friends! We no long have to stand in the that long line in front of the Tiki Room at Disneyland – you guys know what I’m talking about! And if you don’t, no worries, just try it at Da Luau!
They also cater: great option for any party, but definitely a hit at kid’s parties. They provided catering for my son’s birthday party. The dishes are conveniently packed in tin trays, and they are generous with the portions. The island chicken is a sesame orange chicken that is always a favorite. Like I said earlier, plenty of options and choices for everyone, even the pickiest eaters. You can also get the spam musubi, which will be cut up into bite sized pieces. I love the fruit salad tray: a lovely tropical fruit mix with shaved coconut.
Come on in to your local Hawaiian Grill and enjoy! You may see me at the large table in the middle of the restaurant with our whole family, or sitting in a corner booth by myself slurping down a bowl of soup! There is also plenty of shared seating outside under a shady trellis by a fountain.
Mahalo, Da Luau Hawaiian Grill, for bringing some delicious Island inspired eats to Irvine with great Aloha service.
If you’re looking for a great Hawaiian restaurant in the Orange County area, go to Da Luau Hawaiian Grill.
Address: 14151 Jeffrey Road Irvine
Phone: (949) 748-8855
Mon: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Tue: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Wed: 8:30am – 9:00pm
hurs: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Fri: 6:30am – 9:00pm
Sat-Sun: 6:30am – 9:00pm