Thanks to the fact Irvine hosts an amazing selection of eateries ranging from Michelin Star-rated ramen bowls to small coffee shops serving some of the freshest brews in Orange County, it may be easy to overlook Irvine’s restaurants serving fresh poke on the daily.
So, to help give Irvine’s local purveyors of poke some of the spotlight, here are a few Irvine-based poke spots that should be added to your must-try list as soon as possible.
Maka Poke & Teriyaki
Some die-hard poke fans in Irvine might call Maka Poke & Teriyaki a hidden gem, due to its slightly concealed location toward the back of a business complex on Red Hill Ave in Irvine. Maka Poke offers customizable three to five scoop poke bowls with a variety of different proteins including seared albacore, spicy tuna and tofu.
With standard toppings like fried garlic, wasabi and ginger, Maka Poke’s true claim to fame might be in its long list of sauces, which ranges from mild house sauce to “Armageddon.”
With an early closing time of 4:00 p.m., Maka Poke & Teriyaki might be a perfect stop those looking for a late weekday lunch.
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maka Poke & Teriyaki is located at 17300 Red Hill Ave #190, Irvine, CA 92614
With two bowl-size options, Poke Dot in Irvine likes to keep things simple. Featuring a variety of proteins including octopus, scallops, along with the traditional salmon and spicy tuna. While Poke Dot does not seem to have a website, online orders can be made through GrubHub and DoorDash, by phone or in person.
Monday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Poke Dot Irvine is located at 17921 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92614
With nearly a half-dozen locations spread out between Irvine and Pasadena, Bay Poke is all business when it comes to their poke preparation. With a variety of proteins including calamari, scallops and shrimp, poke lovers can load up bowls any way they please in two to four scoop poke bowls.
In addition to customizable poke bowls, Bay Poke also specializes in boba tea. Known as “Bay Tea” Bay Poke’s tear bar features a long list of boba beverages, including milk tea, Thai tea, strawberry and winter melon.
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bay Poke in Irvine is located at 6632 Irvine Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618
In terms of poke, Fish District offers salmon and ahi tuna in a variety of different flavor renditions, including Yuzu and Wasabi for those that like it spicy. Poke bowls come with chilled sushi rice, seaweed salad, nori, cucumber, pickled ginger. If you’re in the mood for red meat, Fish District also offers a Marinated Skirt Steak Bowl. With several locations across Southern California, Irvine’s Fish District is located in the Woodbridge Town Center. While poke is a solid fixture on Fish District’s menu, the seafood chain also offers other fare, including clam chowder, along with fish tacos and wraps.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:45 – 8:30 p.m.
Fish District is located at 6278 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92620
With a pair of locations in Los Angeles, along with a Palos Verdes store, Poke Me’s Irvine location was a no-brainer to include. Poke Me uses a sleek Instagram feed, with hard light and minimal vibes to showcase its picturesque love affair with poke bowls and wraps.
With the usual suspects — salmon, tuna, and spicy tuna on the list of protein to fill bowls and poke burritos — Poke Me also offers Albacore, Spicy Albacore, Octopus and Yellowtail (premium) as options, with nearly a dozen different sauces to choose from.
Monday – Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Poke Me is located at 18066 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
H2o Poke & Grill
Perhaps the only Irvine-based poke spot on TikTok, H2o Poke prides itself on sushi burritos and poke tacos, which are served in a seaweed shell. With a modestly-sized dining room inside the Irvine Market Place, H20 Poke is designed with the customer’s preferences in mind.
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
H2o Poke is located at 13262 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 92602
With bowl sizes ranging from three to five scoops, Pokenoya in Irvine allows customers to fill their bowls with sushi or brown rice, spring mix, or tortilla chips. In addition to serving traditional poke fare like regular and spicy tuna, along with salmon, Pokenoya also lists ginger and popcorn shrimp, tako and spicy bay scallops.
In addition to customizable bowls, Pokenoya also makes eight signature house-made bowls like the Dynamite, which is served with a choice of white or brown rice, seared salmon & scallop, spicy tuna and crab meat. Topped with cucumber, white onion, green onion, jalapeño, teriyaki sauce and Jane on Fire spicy house sauce.
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Pokenoya is located at 216 Technology Dr, Suite J