A high-protein diet can help build muscle, which comes in handy for fighting off a shark that is also on a high-protein diet. Take a bite out of the circle of life with today's Groupon for prime steaks and upscale fare at Gulliver's in Irvine. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of dinner fare.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch fare.
Gulliver's evokes the experience of an eighteenth-century English roadside inn with a bona fide collection of museum-worthy leaded glass pieces, intricate wooden furniture, intimate lighting with mood-setting fireplaces, and succulent meat-centric menus. After working up a hunger by staring into the abyss of the authentic prints from Hogarth, dine on a lunchtime plate of Dungeness crab cakes ($12.75) or ahi-tuna tartare with avocado relish and pickled ginger ($12.95). Sip on some of the daily-changing pottage, also known as soup for the teenage English soul ($6.75), or enjoy a plate of filet mignon medallions ($14.95) and barter your leftovers for a new powdered wig.
Gulliver's offers evening diners a panoply of protein-packed dishes, such as aged charbroiled rib eye, courted with port wine mushroom sauce ($29.95), or a whole rack of lamb ($33.95). The feather in Gulliver's three-cornered cap is the prime-rib offerings with portions fit for a king or several disenfranchised court jesters, including a prime cut ($28.95), English cut ($28.95), or Brobdingnagian ($37.95) that will secure your stomach in beefy ropes of satiety. Sup one of the house-specialty English trifles with layers of sponge cake, bavarian cream, raspberries, whipped cream, and strawberries, laced with sherry wine ($6.95) and languor for an evening in Jonathon Swift's mythical land without the pestilence and inadequate dentistry.
More than 90 Yelpers give Gulliver's a 3.5-star average, Zagat reviewers give it a 22 for food, 21 for décor, and 21 for service, and OpenTable reviewers and Yahoo! Locals give it a four-star average:
- Great old fashioned prime rib & steak house -- straight out of the '60s. Yummy comfort food – OpenTable reviewer who posted on 1/30/2011
- Best meal near John Wayne. They can still do great prime rib after all these years. Good service. Goofy waitstaff outfits, but the food is excellent. – GaryMBaum, Zagat
Gulliver’s Prime Ribs of Beef
Although Gulliver’s Prime Ribs of Beef name comes from the writing of Jonathan Swift, its menu draws inspiration from inns and pubs throughout the England countryside. Gayot praised the eatery’s commitment to hearty comfort food, claiming that “the steaks are thick and juicy, and the Yorkshire pudding adds just the right authentic Olde English touch.” This British influence appears throughout the menu, from the fish ‘n’ chips to the sweet english trifle. Prime rib slow roasts inside a specially designed oven, and cuts of prime steak age in-house, leaving ample time for the chefs to forge a variety of new American cuisine, which demonstrates a similar commitment to satisfying, homestyle flavors. In addition to baby-back ribs and crab cakes with honey mustard, the menu also includes decadent options such as Maine lobster tails in molten gold.
Even the Zagat-rated eatery’s ambiance manages to evoke the feel of a roadside cottage. Lit by a row of electric chandeliers, the main dining room’s wood-paneled walls feature an astonishingly vast collection of framed pictures, mounted tankards, decorative plates, long-stemmed pipes, and prints by illustrators of Gulliver’s Travels. The lobby area’s fireplace contributes to this cozy ambiance, although patio seating is also available for alfresco dining.
Irvine Business Complex
18482 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, California 92612