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Irvine Lake Cafe

Map & Directions 4621 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676
  • American, Diner
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Snack Food
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Not Necessary
  • No Parking, Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

Irvine Lake Café is in Irvine Lake in Orange. Okay, so it's not a real lake. But almost. The big blue body o' water formerly known as the Santiago Reservoir was formed by the Santiago Dam (built by none other than, you guessed, the Irvine Co.) in 1931 and was opened to all for fishing fun 10 years later. The Santiago Creek still feeds the 750-acre lake, which sits in a serene wooded area off Santiago Canyon Road; this flow makes for catches of the huge blue catfish during the summer months. But alas, this is Orange County, and what is Orange County without a dash of man-made madness? The lake is also stocked with rainbow, brown, California, gold, steelhead and brook trout between the fall and late spring. So if you rent a boat any time during the year, you're sure to come home with something. Great hot dogs.

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Tips from foursquare

  • OC Weekly on 06/02/11

    Get down and dirty (literally) at the Irvine Lake Mud run. Check out this video to see why this mud run is so unique... http://youtu.be/phAAp6Blvfw

  • Karen C. on 03/30/14

    Fresh water fishing, hear there is trout and catfish the bass is catch and release

  • Aaron G. on 08/14/13

    Awesome fishing, the customer service at the bait shop was tremendous!

  • Travis M. on 09/17/11

    Stop by and get a free Activate Drink with a "like" on facebook

  • Allen on 06/10/11

    Don't drink the water, the beer is colder.

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