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The Balcony Grill and Bar

Map & Directions 2710 Alton Parkway, Ste. 215
Irvine, CA 92606
  • Asian, Asian Fusion, Fusion
  • Daily 11am-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Business Dining, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available


OC Weekly's Description

Balcony Grill & Bar might call itself that, but anyone who's actually been there knows that the restaurant does better with their shabu shabu and snow ice than they do grilling and bartending. On first inspection, you wouldn't think shabu shabu could be possible here. None of their tables are equipped with or plugged into any sort of heating device. But order one and a small pot of broth is brought out, propped up over a lit can of Sterno. The broth is customizable in a dozen ways ranging from a simple Japanese miso to a perhaps Droog-inspired milk and cheese shabu. Add the options of meat to swish in the boiling liquid and you have flavor permutations not possible anywhere but here. Once you've warmed your gullet, cool it down with their snow ice, an ice cream and shave ice hybrid born when a block of frozen milk is scraped to soft, icy ribbons and then topped with fruit, sweet beans, fudge and nuts.

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  • G .. on 08/29/11

    service is lacking, but the strawberry mango shaved snow is amazing!

  • Mike C. on 07/23/11

    Been here a few times and definitely the shabu-shabu is a favorite for us. The shave ice dessert here is also exceptional.

  • chris on 03/26/10

    Taiwan beer - good!

  • Denise K. on 10/08/12

    Love their happy hour and drunk munchies! The fries are fat fries :D

  • Ryan H. on 04/17/12

    Popcorn... Awesome here!

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