Yard House


16 Reviews
Yard HouseYard House

Type: Bar, Eatery

71 Fortune Dr
Irvine, California, 92618-2917
United States

(949) 753-9373 | map

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I met a few friends here before the Jimmy Buffett concert. We had a few hours to waste and all of us had been to Buffett concerts before and we did not have any reason to relive the extreme partying going on in the parking lot before the show. It is fun, but after a few shows it can wear on a person. It is much better to spend the afternoon enjoying some pints in a quality beer hall. Even if the beer hall is extremely corporate.

This Yard House is located in an very large mall with so many shops and restaurants that a person could get lost. In fact, I have been here before, years ago, and I thought the mall was large. It has gotten larger. Us Americans love our malls. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing? I do know there is a place in this mall to get a few pints of quality beer. That is a good thing.

This Yard House is quite large. The style is typical of every YH I have been to. A large eliptical bar with many taps in the middle. Plenty of booths on the side and tables where they fit in. There are also many tvs for the sports viewer. In fact this YH has a tv station area for the staff to keep track of what sports and shows are on at any given time. When you walk in look to your right and you will see many small monitors displaying what they are presenting on the monitors in the dining and bar area.

This may be enjoyable for some and others may not care, but if you are seated in a booth on the right of the entrance there are small windows which show the cooler where the kegs are stored. A person can figure out that the beer lines go from the cooler in large tubes connected to the ceiling and then down to the kegs. All beers are served too cold here.

I had not been to a YH in a few years. The food was good, but the portions were inadaquate. We first ordered a few appetizers, thinking this would be enough before the concert. The food was of good quality but there was not enough of each appetizer to satisfy the group. Some of us ended up ordering extra appetizers or entrees to satiate our hunger. A bit more for the price would be nice. Good quality food, even if the portions seemed small.

Our service was good but not great. When we got there the place was packed at the bar. We were quickly seated at a large table. Our waitress was attentive but a bit too quick for our mellow style. She would take an order from one person and be gone before another person could order. Her timing was off. Speed kills. Our waitress needed to settle down. She was very nice but too high strung.

The beer selection is very good. No one is going to find obscure beer here but this YH had a very good selection. Not too many repeats on the taps and not one beer that a person at our table ordered was missing. As far as the group was concerned, we had: IPAs, Belgians, Lambics, Browns, Dark Ales, Pale Ales and then some. A good quality selection.

This is a Yard House, so who knows what to expect. Overall, they have a good tap selection and some quality food. I don't search out Yard Houses, but if they are in the mix they are definately worth the stop. We had a fine time before the Jimmy Buffett concert. Just to let you know, JB put on a fine show and we had a great time. He is quite a showman.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DWolf
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As an East Coaster, I arrived at happy hour in this West Coast establishment. HH is 3-6 Pm. What in the hell is THAT all about. Good for me, but that has to suck for everyone else living and working in California. As such, the place was relatively empty at the hour I was there, so I was treated to good service and good prices. My ratings influence/reflect that. I am left to wonder if all that changes once the place gets busier and the hour increases, as I was beginning to experience before I left. Still, 100 beers on tap? You cannot argue too much with the selection.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I usually make it to the Yard House at the Spectrum every time I'm in Irvine, and I'm always glad I made the stop. It's definitely got a chain-restaurant atmosphere, but it's also the most pub-like place I've been in Irvine, and I like the dim lights, dark wood, long bar and TVs offered in the place.

The beer list is long indeed, but doesn't offer anything terribly rare or exotic, with a few exceptions. I had the house Amber Tripel on my last visit, and was quite impressed with it; I would be inclined to try more of their house offerings next time.

It's really a restaurant as much as a bar, and the service reflected that. The staff seemed well-trained and were friendly and competent. The food is good, and while I thought it was a little bit pricey, it's probably well in-line for Irvine cost-of-living.

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Photo of sasdragon
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Yardhouse.. how to surmise. You know those bars that the fratboys dominated during college? This is basically version 2.0, with an amazing tap list (the ONLY saving grace of this place). Atmosphere made me want to puke. Have no idea how we found a table, but there was no room at the bar, nor did I want to sit up there and watch guys get denied by uptight princess OC girls.

I also had a Ruination, and maybe 1 other beer (I was driving, sucked). They were good. That's about the extent of it. If all you care about is selection, go here. They have a VAST selection, not necessarily a rare one. If you care about atmosphere, stay away from here at night at all costs!

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Photo of SteelerChris
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Yard House is always a good choice to fall back on. Despite being a large chain now, they still stay true to their dedication and passion for beer. I recently visited and wanted a light refreshing beer to pair with my seared ahi tuna. I noticed a Tangerine Hef and decided to give it a try. It was a great pairing and the bartender came by to have a quick chat. He was surprisingly knowledgeable about all the beers that were available and actually spent time tasting me on some interesting new arrivals. I always have a good experience here, the food is great, the beer list is never a disappointment, and I really hope they get some life and limb in one day.

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Photo of bradford
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was very impressed. I started with a St. Bernardus Abt 12, (2) Speakeasy Double Daddy's, and an Old Rasputin. The total bill was less than $25. The service was incredibly quick and the beertendress was very knowledgeable. She served a hefeweizen to a customer who asked for a lemon and she insisted they try the beer before "tampering" with it.
Overall a very positive experience. I will be back.
I was originally put off by the $7 St Berny's 12, but the rest of the beers were $5, and with that type of selection, I was willing to pay while my girlfriend shopped at The Spectrum. Anything that keeps me out of Urban Outfitters is a plus. If it involves beer, it is even better. Can't wait to come back
Clean, affordable, knowledgeable, and pleasant

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Your standard Yardhouse. An obscene about of beers on-tap, somewhere around 140. Lots of macros, domestic and imported. Maybe about 15 beers that would get a beer-geek excited. They don't seem to rotate their taps much, the list is printed on a menu and it seems like it doesn't change much. The atmosphere is rather sterile and a bit corporate. It's not at all like a bar but more like a slightly upscale restaurant. If you ever find ourself stuck at the Irvine Spectrum it's certainly a good place to stop and have a brew.

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Photo of Vansmack
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Yardhouse is my all time favorite bar anywhere. With over 150 beers on tap, you really have a great selection to choose from. It took me half a year, but I finally got through every single beer they have on tap (including all the light beers!! yuck).

The service at the bar is definitely exceptional. The bartenders are really easy to get along with and are extremely friendly. I would give them a 5 on service, except for this rude ass bartender named Andrea. What a bitch. Sorry to say, but she acts all snobbish and if you get on her bad side, peace buddy. But if you run into Bobby, Danny, or Jesus, definitely order a brew from them.

About the food... wow. Lots of selection and it all really tastes great! I have to recommend the chicken wings and the crab cakes. During happy hour, the pizza is amazing.

Happy hour is everyday from 3-6 PM. That's the best time to go to get CHIMAY for $3! What a steal.

Anyhow... I'm off to Yardhouse right now.


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Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I took a couple of my German buddies over to the YardHouse in Irvine for happy hour beers yesterday. We walked in with an oval-shaped bar right ahead of us. My buddies were amazed to see so many taps at one bar, even by typical YardHouse standards. They feature a mix of mainstream lagers, imports, and craft beers. I was happy to find St. Bernardus Abt. 12 on draft at this location. The bartender who served us gave us her opinions of what were the best tasting lagers (which my buddies were seeking and not familiar with the ones we have in the US). We each had two beers, with me ending witha Rogue Hazelnut brown. We ordered their chicken nachos as an appetizer, which were okay, a little more cheese and chicken wouldn't hurt. Overall, my buddies and I were impressed with the place.

As with any YardHouse, go for the happy hour M-F from 3-6pm, where you can get a St. Bernardus Abt. 12 for the same price as a Bud Light ($3.25), and half-off appetizers. If you can't, prepare to spend a little bit of money.

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Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1.5

The $3.25 pints at Happy Hour saved this place from a bad review

Cannot get St. Bernardus ABT 12 anywhere else for this price on tap

Also have Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock, both Brother David series beers from Anderson Valley, and Maresdous 8 Dubbel

Food was really disappointing, appetizers are expensive, small, and below average in taste

Service is bad when its busy because they only have 2 bartenders working a 360 degree bar

Lots of businessmen hang out here and have meetings

Inside the Irvine Spectrum across from a comedy venue

Happy Hour is awesome, but everything else is not recommended here

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I got to the restaurant at the tail end of happy hour, in time to get one appetizer and one beer at the discounted happy hour price. I wish happy hour went until 7:00 instead of only until 6:00. Happy hour is definitely the good call for this place. They have a long list of appetizers and pizzas that are half price (and thus a pretty good deal) during happy hour. And the beers are only $3.25 per pint during happy hour, whereas they run about $5 - $6 during normal hours.

I was there for the NCAA basketball national championship and was happy they put it on all the screens and turned off the normal music and turned on the audio for the game. As pretty normal, the large bar area was very busy with seats being filled as soon as they opened up.

I had a porter and a stout, then the bartender recommended and gave me a free taste of Lost Coast's Winterbraun (which was really excellent, I thought). I ordered a different beer because of the food I was having, but I was glad he took the time while it was busy to make that recommendation, and very glad to get a free taste of an excellent beer.

The place is usually busy, so the atmosphere can't be called relaxed or relaxing. The music is louder than I like (especially at the Irvine restaurant, it seems) and it is also darker than I like (though dark restaurants are just my personal pet peeve).

Of course Yardhouse sells itself on its huge selection of beers. However, many of their beers are common macro lagers and light beers. They do have a lot of pretty good beers, but not really a big selection of what I would call excellent beers. (Still, there was no excuse for the couple next to me to drink three rounds of Bud Light!) What is disappointing for me is that this restaurant is in southern Orange County, yet it has no offerings from AleSmith, Lost Abbey, or many of the other nearby high-quality breweries. They do have a few offerings from Stone, but only a few and no special releases or anything.

The food is good at Yardhouse, I have to say. Comparable maybe to Cheesecake Factory. But the prices are high enough that I won't be going back much outside of happy hour, except maybe for special occassions.

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Yard House in Irvine, CA
3.97 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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