The Beckman Center has a dining room. You can also go to:
The Bluffs (1302-1380 Bison Avenue Newport Beach, CA 92660). It has a sushi place Wasa Sushi, and fast food places such as Panera Bread Bakery and Pei Wei Asian Diner. Here are driving directions (1.8 miles, 2 mins).
The Beckman Center provides a list of (fancier) restaurants.
There are a few amusement parks and beaches in the area. Check out this page from another conference for tourist attractions.
About Irvine and UC Irvine
Irvine is one of the nations' largest planned urban community. A brief description of the city of Irvine can be found at this Website.
Wikipedia has an introduction about University of California, Irvine (UCI). UCI is a public research university, one of ten UC campuses. It was established in 1965. UC Irvine is named after the Irvine Company, which sold 1,000 acres of land to University of California at one dollar in 1960 and another 500 acres in 1964.
UCI is under constant growth. In the local lingo, UCI also stands for Under-Construction-Indefinitely. In 2007, U.S. News & World Report survey ranked UCI as 4th among public universities in California, 12th among all public universities in the U.S., and 44th among all universities in the U.S. The graduate Computer Science program is ranked 29th.