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Like the rest of Southern California, Orange County is known for its year-round pleasant weather. From April to November, you can hardly go wrong weather-wise, with temperatures that stay in the 70s and 80s ... Read more
(21-31). November through March is also mild, though more rainy than the rest of the year. Keep in mind that California is home to a number of microclimates, meaning that temperatures vary as you step off of the coast. In the summer, inland temperatures can reach 90 (32) and occasionally even 100 (38). Also beware of California’s “June Gloom” or “May Grey”, which can cause normally sunny beaches to become overcast and foggy.

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Irvine reviews

  • 9.8
    Foodies
  • 9.3
    Family Travellers
  • 8.3
    Luxury Travellers
  • 7.6
    Business Travellers
  • 7.5
    Students

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Los Angeles

Quite honestly Irvine is a good city to live. There is low crime and the place is clean. It does come with a high cost of hoa, mello roos and other fees. The schools are really good here.

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Mission Viejo

Love Irvine, has everything organized, clean and accessible. Great safe city

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San Francisco

Irvine is clean, great for families, always has awesome weather and lots of shopping. Not the most exciting city to visit if you're into night life and attractions, but good place to raise a family.

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Local from Orange County

I spend a lot of time in Irvine due to having gone to UCI and then working in this area for 10 years so I'm very familiar with the notable eateries around.

Irvine Spectrum is a popular outdoor shopping area with an Edwards IMAX, but the best places to eat there are Tender Greens (great salads and entree meals), Cucina Enoteca (italian), and Nordstrom Cafe (seriously great dishes here). I haven't had the pleasure of trying Paul Martin's just yet, but I've heard good things.

Diamond Jamboree plaza is an Asian dining/shopping area that has a korean H Mart Market, with 85C Bakery, the new Meet Fresh Taiwanese Shaved Ice, SWSH Shabu Shabu, Capitol Seafood (peking duck!), GuppyHouse (meh overpriced), and Bon Epi Patisserie (cakes/macarons). Parking is really insane here since the layout blows, but park in the structure behind the plaza and you should be ok.

Irvine is also home to some great parks and hiking spots too! In addition to the OC Great Park where there's a giant air balloon that you can ride in. They periodically have Farmer's Markets there too.

Overall, Irvine is a family-friendly city so it's a bit sterile, but it's slowly opening up to becoming a night-friendly city that people can "hang out" in instead of driving all the way to LA.

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Oceanside

Not much to do in Irvine but work...at least for me. Haven't found another reason to go up there.

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Local from Irvine

Also known as "Ir-FINE", because of the beautiful ladies. Yes, I am talking about you. So can get all giggly and tell your friends. I highly recommend visiting UCI if this is your first time in Irvine. You experience a great view only second to UCLA.

Before a start my review, I like to address the bad reviews. I understand that everyone has a right to their opinion, but come on! Without looking at the reviews, I can bet 100% of the bad review are from people living in LA. Don't hate on Irvine. Just because we like clean air and 4 lane roads with no traffic. I do feel sorry for you. I'm sorry you have no night life. You do not need to pretend that your life is something out of an MTV show. The people make the party not the location. Even LA Laker Kobe would not live in LA! He lives in Newport Beach aka Irvine 2.0 or Irvine's beach. Just understand that there's a reason we live in Irvine and you live in LA. A lot of South OC people would not be caught dead (or found dead) traveling north of Tustin.

Here is my unbiased review. Growing up in Nor Cal, I did not know much about Irvine. After college, I lived in the IE, LA, and OC but fell in love with Irvine. I DO! And I hope I can live here until death do we part. The sunny weather is beautiful! From my office window I can see picture perfect landscapes of unreal looking blue skies with hardly any clouds. The temperature stays in the 70s almost year round. A 100 degree day in Irvine is uncommon.

Everything is CLEAN!! I did not realize how clean Irvine is until I went to visit my friend in LA. The roads are clean with very few or no pot holes. Nice wide freeway and streets. The bathrooms at the Mall are incredibility clean! No papers on the floor or pee everywhere. I once used a bathroom at Arcadia Mall and I thought I was going puke because it was the exact opposite. Every car you see is clean and looks like it just came out of a car wash. The cars are in good shape without any body damage, maybe because drivers here with drive with care and not like manics in a hurry to get to their minimum wage jobs. Even the plants are clean and we kept. They are not brown and dying.

Irvine is a great suburb atmosphere. With a great education system and beautiful parks this is a great place to raise children. It is safe and people are friendly. Soccer moms and trophy housewives galore. Compared to 10 years ago, Irvine is more diverse so you will get to experience a lot of cultural food. Its hard to truly understand life in Irvine until you live here. So come visit!

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Local from Yorba Linda

Jamboree Diamond Plaza for Chinese food, bakery and karaoke! Great Park for letting your kids run wild without spending a dime. Yale Loop Lake for some down time kicking it by the water to read a book. Fukada for some organic healthy Japanese food.

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Los Angeles

The feeling is kind of artificial. Irvine after all grew around UCI in the 1960s. The roads here are wide but other than that you feel like you are in Pleasantville. As I'm told by a friend, all the homeless folks get sent to nearby Santa Ana.

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Los Angeles

Yeah, that's right. I'm reviewing a city in Orange County. Who knew this place would grow on me? Yes, everything closes super early. Yes, roads are freakishly smooth and clean. Yes, everything is sterile and looks the same.

But! You know what's awesome? People are really nice here. And I feel safe hanging out at a park at night with just girls. It's also nice driving without traffic.

Irvine, you are quite alright in my book.

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Walnut

Whenever I'm in Irvine, i feel less stressed about getting around and finding parking. It reminds me of the suburbs back at home in Illinois.

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