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Lounge  - YNK, Irvine, CA

YNK

4.4
4.4
55 Reviews
$31 to $50
Speakeasy
YNK, a speakeasy that guides you on a cocktail journey through various global regions, eras and fanciful interpretations of an ever changing cocktail experience, where You.Never.Know where the journey will lead you to next.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Speakeasy
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (949) 553-0100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 55 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Innovative

  • South Orange County

    Innovative

  • South Orange County

    Lively

55 Reviews
  1. AustinA

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    poor excuse for a "speakeasy." Marriott had a useless room and pretty much was like, "let's put a few cupboards and mood lighting in here and call it a speakeasy" Also PLEASE GOD REMOVE THE GIANT FLASHING SCREENS with poor-quality youtube videos of the '20's. So distracting and nauseating. Just turn them off.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The idea is really fun and nostalgic. Tiny space tucked behind main bar in the Irvine Marriott. Tried to get in with no reservation and was turned away. Made reservations for the next night and was no problem. Drinks are super over priced and unless you get a "Spirit Forward" aka strong drink, you may not get much alcohol in your drink. Mine tasted like watered down sprite. Waiter had no personality for working in what should be a fun and enjoyable space. Overall cool place to pop your head in to see but you may be better off at the main bar of the hotel.

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  3. RobinS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely FUN place. We spent 3 hours there, chatting away!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is such a quiet and cute place to have drinks after a dinner our. We are at Ten sushi across the street and then went here for drinks. Amazing decor and ambiance + delicious and creative drinks! Music was quite enough to have conversation. 10/10. We will be back

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  5. EdgarV

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Place and ambience is super chill however the services wasn’t very good. Drinks were ok

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  6. Catherine

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservation highly recommended. Difficult to get a walk in after dinner. Drinks were great! Service a bit slow since there was only one bartender.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Slow server, bartender was not attentive, didn't provide great customer service. Came for the cocktails, it was excellent, wanted more but the service took too long so we left.

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  8. RickM

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a last minute decision to go. YNK was way more than what we expected. We have been to many speakeasies and prohibition type cocktail lounges. This was exceptional with it ambiance, drinks, and service.

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  9. Jonc

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience with Nick, the bartender, so creative , kind of cool, a Prohibition speakeasy in the middle of a Marriott hotel 

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first experience at YNK and it was amazing. I can’t believe this is located inside the Marriott and I never knew. Our server Nick, was amazing. He was knowledgeable about everything on the menu and was able to make recommendations based on my preferences. Definitely make a reservation as it’s not that big of a space so they will fill up quickly.

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  11. yesmelissa

    Dallas

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
     This was a really fun experience in an intimate setting. An unexpected surprise to find it at the Marriott Irvine, but we sure had a good time trying out unique cocktails at what is, these days, a reasonable price for a good cocktail. The bartender couldn't have been more obliging or charming, and he really made us want to visit again the next time we're in town. Check it out. Note there are only open Wednesday through Saturday. Make a reservation on OpenTable because it is very small but they do accept walk-ins.

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  12. TerryV

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Romantic for me and my bf. Great ambience . Love the decor.

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  13. Jessica

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nick was amazing. Love the Signature cocktails and the spooky theme was to die for.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice and very good food and drink. Staff were outstanding!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I love to come here! The vide is amazing and the themes are always great. The guy who bartends is super nice too.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was less than desirable like we were bothering him. Not at all like the hype around the place. Tried. Won’t be back

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  17. abbb

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Cocktails were good but very pricey. I would lean more towards the cowboy theme and stuff, or whatever the theme is, it was lacking.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We just had drinks here, it’s small but with a real cool speakeasy vibe! Drinks were only okay for the price, but the presentation was amazing! 2/4 drinks came out on fire. There was only one bartender and our drinks came out one by one, which was a little odd. Not a place I’ll be running back to but I’m glad I tried it out!

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  19. DrCharlesW

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect date night location. Quiet and intimate. Don’t expect to burn the night away with drink after drink. Take the time enjoying the craft cocktails and conversation.

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  20. ErinD

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We didn’t order food, but the drinks were spectacular! I couldn’t believe that Nick took care of the place all by himself making all those drinks. Will go again!

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  21. ChristineM

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mixologist was excellent and very friendly. Will return again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No food on the menu and only two Mocktails available, but delicious drinks and a really cool atmosphere

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  23. AdreseR

    Nashville

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time and it did not disappoint! I'm not sure I would call it a "speakeasy" but perfectly crafted cocktails that the mixologist created were nothing short of amazing! I wish I could remember the gentlemen's name but he was able to conjure up a cocktail that I will come back for time and time again! And the food paired perfectly with our cocktails!

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  24. DoctorDave

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was actually cocktails. They were delicious. And "quiet" was exactly what I wanted, so not sure how that rated.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a nice chill vibe. My friend and I enjoyed the ambience. Our mixologist was very knowledgeable and explained the cocktails and how they were crafted.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nick was amazing !!!! We will return . Those drinks were on point !

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  27. Awa0403

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I made a reservation for yesterday evening ahead of time as I read in local social media that it is quite small and can only accommodate maybe 18 people comfortably. Also not guaranteed that walk-ins will be seated. The ambiance was very chill and quiet. However, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and relaxed. We were sat at the "chef's table" in front of the mixologists, Ben and Sean. Their customer service and friendliness were impeccable. They were sociable, funny, and enjoying their time making creative drink art! We ordered from FLOE (their restaurant next door) to have with our drinks and the food was delicious. Overall, fantastic speakeasy bar and the decor was awesome!

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  28. KerriLynn

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute speakeasy bar with amazing mixologists

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  29. Davey

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool decorations and intimate touches of old world artwork. Great job with the colors and interior design too. Great drinks for the price.

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  30. NurseMary

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great find in Irvine with rotating themes every 3-4 months. We loved the Asia inspired cocktails and Nick was superb in crafting his cocktails. We will be back!

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  31. Ernie

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place should not be called a speakeasy. It’s a small bar with a bartender who is not happy to be there. The drinks were mediocre at best and way over priced. 21 bucks for an old fashion made incorrectly? Waste of time. The hotel was great but this bar needs to be replaced.

    3 people found this helpful

  32. DrNelson

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ok, well.....I guess it was ok. Interesting that it is kind of tucked behind the lobby. Small, really cute decorations, great drinks that are made to order. I just was a little underwhelmed by this place. Not sure if my expectations were too high that led to the disappointment but it was just ok. I think it is a one time experience. The bartender was very knowledgable, engaging and described the cocktails well. We didn't order food so I can't comment on food. The lace is very small. If I were staying at the hotel this would ben a fun place to grab a drink at the end of the night before heading up but I don't believe I would drive there, deal with the parking and walk through a hotel lobby for this experience again. Give it a try.....at least once.

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  33. gourmaemial

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nick, I believe was his name, was very helpful and his mixes were delicious! The Wanderlust was the best of the 6 current drinks offered. The Monkeypod and the Tea Ceremony were the strongest out of it all. Food was great as well!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pretty nice place

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  35. jrvandy

    Alabama

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I found YNK last minute while looking for a place to hang out for a few hours. The bartender and the cozy atmosphere were very welcoming. Not a place for large crowds but very comfortable. The drink selection was not huge, but it was very good quality and creative mixes using very good ingredients. The food menu was larger than expected and service was fast. I had a salad, but it was not inspired.

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  36. FoodforThought

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The drinks were good but service was chaotic to start. The entire team acted like they didn’t know what was going on. We spent an hour and a half in the bar and we’re only able to get 1 drink.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nick our mixologist was absolutely amazing! Loved this spot!

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  38. Chad

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Inside a marriot

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  39. SandraC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was great. The drink I ordered was very good but a bit on the pricey side. Although it was worth it. I felt sorry for for the server as he was a little over whelmed with a big crowd that showed up and did not have a reservation. But he very graciously handed it. I would go back if I where in Irvine again.

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  40. BORING

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The bartender was so slow and boring! He even kicked us out before our time was expired. You need a way nice and more fun Bartender ASAP!!!

    3 people found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

YNK is rated 4.4 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for YNK

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1004

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Irvine
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Speakeasy
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Self Parking will be validated up to 3 hours
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 553-0100
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