TAPS Fish House & Brewery- Irvine Marketplace

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At TAPS, our eclectic, award-winning menu blends together the flavors of France, Asia and New Orleans in a celebration of fresh seafood, steaks and thick chops. Our decadent desserts prepared on premise by our Executive Chef Ryan Robertson are a perfect way to conclude your evening. TAPS offers a charcuterie bar, an incredible lounge,big screen TV's, fireplace, banquet seating for 20-125 people and a cigar friendly heated patio. Enjoy Brewmaster's award-winning handcrafted ales and lagers, or enjoy our wine list honored by Wine Spectator. Whether you’re joining us for our incredible Sunday Brunch, popular happy hour, or a wonderful lunch or dinner we are sure you will agree that TAPS FISH HOUSE & BREWERY is on the cutting edge of dining.
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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from start to finish. Every food choice we made with the help of our amazing waiter was excellent. We’ll definitely be going back.

JN
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent time with our customers. Food was fantastic - halibut was perfectly prepared (came highly recommended) and the salmon over grilled brussel sprouts and fingerling potatoes was excellent as well. Would highly recommend.

a
Orange County
164 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I'm wondering if there was a change in management since there is a new menu. We were coming here for the previous menu which was much better! Our waiter was inexperienced. My husband ordered a 12 oz glass of wine. Her brought 6 oz. When he brought the other 6 oz, he neglected to refill the glass! I had to ask for bread which came after the appetizer. There was a huge lag between the appetizer and entrees.
The wild black bass was a tiny portion. The fish entrees are way overpriced for the food and service. Prices more inline with French cuisine. The complimentary dessert was nice as we were celebration our anniversary.

TR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast!!

R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Great service. Very nice setting. Great for lunch.

BS
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Has gone down hill. Halibut was overcooked and dry. The rest was not memorable. Likely will delete this from our list of places to regularly visit.

HT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food and ambience was good, but it took nearly 3 hours from the time we walked in to getting the check. Food came VERY slowly. Our server was generally good/friendly, but only apologized for the delayed drinks delivery - no recognition of the extended food waiting time.

I wouldn’t usually complain, except that we have noticed this a number of times since several management changes have occurred in recent months. Seems as if the kitchen is often “backed up” every though the restaurant doesn’t seem busy.

Hope TAPS solves this soon, or else we won’t return for what is usually good food and friendly service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. A little loud but it was peak lunch time. Good food. Always great to share a meal with coworkers or friends or family. Thank you!

a
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service. Folks were getting a head start on their holiday gatherings, which contributed to the noise level and tight quarters -- the latter requiring extra careful steps while navigating from the buffet to the table with a full plate. Looking forward to returning!

RP
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love TAPS Fish House & Brewery-Irvine Marketplace, servers are so friendly.
Food is great and service is awesome. Awesome family or friends gathering place.

RG
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were really good. We just like going to Taps! It’s becoming one of our favorite places to go.

MK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. The wait staff were attentive and got everything right.

a
Orange County
164 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrating my birthday! Service was good; Nice wine and halibut. The waitress said it used to say wild-caught on the menu, but now it doesn't. She did say it was wild caught. Nice complimentary dessert.

LS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our first time to TAPS - not disclosed in the reservation- but the server took the initiative to ask. He was very informative when asked menu item question on the fish and an appropriate sauce for it, he was attentive and gifted us a baked chocolate suffle for dessert since it was our first time. We had originally come for what we thought was industry night(later finding out some locations do and do not- this location does not - Incase you too are looking) but we decided to stay and give it a try. We were pleased with the beet salad, clam chowder and main entree of fish, mashed potatoes and asparagus. Calamari would not be recommended. The best part was the server, food runner and hostess! They were all genuinely wonderful! Thank you !

OT
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was EXCELLENT! He guided us through our menus and came over often to assist us in completing our night out. Even gave us a complimentary dessert and paid attention to our special notes. The door staff and lobby staff were also great in assisting us. The food was delicious and portion size was big. It was a perfect night out.

RG
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gretchen provided excellent service! Our food was prepared well and was very tasteful. We’ll definitely go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, and the food was to die for!

EU
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What made this experience so good was our server. Joel did an outstanding job with great recommendations.

LC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch is amazing!!! Been several times now and never disappointed! Love it!

MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible service. We waited almost two hours for our entrees. We had a reservation. They seated us underneath an enormous TV mounted to a wall in the middle of a room. The lights we blinding and also very hot. We we’re sweating while we waited for almost two hours for our entrees to be served. I mentioned we had made a reservation. This was a special occasion. When we were being seated there were several beautiful large leather booths that were vacant. I asked if we could be seated there and she said “no” they were reserved. I then asked the hostess how I would go about requesting a booth for the next time. She said it was not possible to request and that they had no way of fulfilling requests, even though she just said those booths were reserved by request. What a disappointment and embarrassing since I made the reservation and had spoken highly of the restaurant since we have dined at TAPS Brea. Will never go again.

EM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!!

AT
Orange County
98 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the happy hour prices. Extremely good value.

JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food (New England clam chowder and lobster roll) was very good. Service was good as well. We enjoyed sitting in our big booth. Looking forward to returning and trying some of the other menu items.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Every year 6~10 times
We celebrate Bdays with family.

This location has been changed a lot,
Receptionist who is rude, who knows nothing about serving and listening to customers.
Just ruined dinner and I promised I will never give chance again to this taps.

RG
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simone gave us good service and allowed us to enjoy our time together. The food was very good and the wine list is very reasonably priced. We enjoy Taps!

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here for brunch every other Sunday and we love this place. Such a good variety of food and I LOVE the Dover sole they serve! If you haven’t been here....you’re missing out.

T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We made reservation for s special birthday celebration. The restaurant did nothing to make us feel as if it was a special occasion at all, no mention of happy birthday or a complimentary desert or anything, and we did even mentioned it to the chef. On top of that, the food was just ordinary (we ordered Chilean Sea Bass). The service was just ok as I mentioned above.

AS
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Amanda was very attentive and the food was great!

MH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

5 stars (hands down) for the TAPS burger. The burgers are so filling, juicy, good taste, and for a not-so-burger person like me, I could gobble it up by myself.

However, the restaurant offers other dishes, and this is where the stars decrease... sadly.

I had the yellowtail hamachi appetizer, lobster bisque, house salad, shrimp scampi, salmon, garlic mashed potatoes, and chocolate bread pudding.

Food is SALTY! Beware. The lobster bisque was salty. The salmon was salty. The brussels sprouts were extremely salty. Why is everything have to be so salty?! I wanted to complain to the chef to stop making his dishes so salty.

The hamachi appetizer is quite oily and the fish isn't completely raw, but slightly cooked.

The shrimp scampi was alright, but if you're not into creamy dishes, I would stay away because there's a lot of cream in this dish. I had so much left over that I needed several slices of bread to clean the plate. I think the portion between the noodles and the cream is a bit disproportionate.

The garlic mashed potatoes were alright. It wasn't too garlicky, but it was quite a lot! Portion was about 2 heaping scoops of mashed potatoes.

For dessert we had chocolate bread pudding with ice cream. Chocolate bread pudding was a bit overly sweet for my taste. I wish it was more "bread budding", but the chocolate was quite overpowering.

Warning! If you ask for bread for the table, go easy on the balsamic/oil/herb/garlic mixture!! It's very garlicky! (avoid on dates :)

JE
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a great evening. Loved the round tables instead of square for a group of six. Service was slow, but maybe that's because they were short-staffed for a Sunday night and had at least 2 larger groups. We enjoyed the menu option with the voice of 3 items plus discount on bottle of wine. I enjoyed the salmon; however, it was extremely spicy and there was no indication on the menu that it was a spicy item. Overall, the food was very good as was the quality of service, if not the speed.

SA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Sunday brunch is overpriced. And very odd rule not to turn on TV till 12:30 which end up starting on 1PM. We were hoping to watch some football but big screen in front was OFF

KM
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We happened onto TAPS Fish House & Brewery while we were staying overnight in Anaheim during a road trip. Lucky us! The food was very good, nicely prepared and the three-course menu was a great deal. The chocolate bread pudding was worth it! It was a great meal after a long day of not eating much "real" food and the atmosphere was casual but upscale. All around a great place, would definitely recommend TAPS.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Just a little too noisy for our group meeting. Would be nice to have a quieter area for our dinner meeting so that we can hear each other talk. But, that's not your fault. Next time we'll specifically ask for a quieter section, but service was very excellent and accommodating for separate checks. The Poke Don is a little overdressed so you can tame that down a little. The Tacos and Spinach Dip was awesome...definitely order that again. Wish you offered pitchers of beer, but that's OK. Keep it classy!

PC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beyond amazing! So many different things to choose from! The highlight for me of course were the crab legs, the dessert station and bottomless mimosas :) Service and atmosphere were great as well!! Make sure to make reservations!

N
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and exceptional service! Great for lunch, happy, hour, dinner, or brunch. I love this place!!

CI
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waiter did not pay attention to us and would leave for extended periods. I asked for my food to be placed in to go containers but he forgot. Overall the waiter was a very poor server and inattentive.

RP
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We came to TAPS to celebrate our anniversary. I have the macadamia nut encrusted rockfish which was slightly salty for my taste, but otherwise very good. I went to salad I had lots of fresh blue cheese, and was delicious.

I has been have the devil cat 16 ounce pork chop, which was amazing. It was to see and tasty and cooked to perfection. We enjoyed our dinner very much.

BB
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good just to hang out on date night with my hubby! Good food

p
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place, good food, good service.

SS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall4food2service4ambience5

We wished the food was better. Left something to be desired. The service was great, our server Jason was very attentive and helpful. We thought his serving was really what put the dinner experience above and beyond a mediocre dinner.

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