My mother is taking a weekend trip to Irvine, California in early May. She will be flying into Orange County (John Wayne) Airport, renting a car and staying at the Hyatt Regency Irvine near the airport, on Jamboree Road.
Mom is an adventurous diner. She loves fine restaurants and likes to try new ones, but when traveling alone, she often takes her meals in the hotel.
Are there any restaurants -- not too far from her hotel -- that you would recommend she try? (She will have a rental car, but I don't want her to risk getting lost in an unfamiliar city.) Of course, it would also have to be a place where she would feel comfortable dining alone, and one which takes reservations. It doesn't matter whether it is very expensive or inexpensive, dressy or casual, as long as it is interesting and has excellent food.
Saturday evening is already planned, but she needs suggestions for Friday and/or Sunday evening. And perhaps lunch on Saturday as well.