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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza
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Seafood | Costa Mesa
Seasons 52 - Costa Mesa
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Costa Mesa Restaurants

The Capital Grille - Costa MesaThe Capital Grille - Costa Mesa
2518 reviews
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Steakhouse | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

this place never disappoints, service is superb. More

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Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi BarHamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar
323 reviews
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Sushi | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Came here to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We had the VIP lunch. Excellent food and service!! More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - Costa MesaMastro's Steakhouse - Costa Mesa
5327 reviews
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Steakhouse | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

I went to this Mastros for my birthday. It’s beautiful inside and outside. They put my name on the menu. The food was delicious everything about it was sooooo good. More

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Seasons 52 - Costa MesaSeasons 52 - Costa Mesa
5678 reviews
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American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Went here for grad dinner and the staff was so amazing! They all signed a card for me! More

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Water Grill - South Coast PlazaWater Grill - South Coast Plaza
2545 reviews
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Seafood | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Came here for our anniversary and Water Grill was on top of it! The service was excellent! Felt like a celebrity. Food and drinks were delicious. We love this place and will be back soon. Just wish there was happy hour. I have to say that if it wasn’t for the general manager Dominic who reached out to me after our first and horrible experience at Water Grill, we may not have come back. I’m so glad we did. Water Grill knows customer service and how to do it right! Thanks for a wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. More

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Hachi- Costa MesaHachi- Costa Mesa
29 reviews
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Japanese | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

If you want good food experience Hachi will not disappoint!!! More

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Casablanca The RestaurantCasablanca The Restaurant
2 reviews
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Mediterranean | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Great place and great food. The atmosphere was really nice and included a belly dancer. The staff were very nice and gave my wife potted roses as a gift for our anniversary. Highly recommended! More

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Terrace by Mix MixTerrace by Mix Mix
73 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Perfect for lunch, foods was very good. Will be back More

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Il DolceIl Dolce
108 reviews
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Italian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Andre was awesome. Food was great and the whole atmosphere was very enjoyable. More

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Maggiano's - South Coast PlazaMaggiano's - South Coast Plaza
8713 reviews
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Italian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Delicious relaxing lunch. Firmly suggest the family style ordering for a larger, more leisurely meal. More

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Mesa RestaurantMesa Restaurant
282 reviews
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Contemporary American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Lauren was great! More

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Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast PlazaRuscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza
97 reviews
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Mediterranean | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

The food was fresh and flavorful. Service was great. A bit noisy, but it was expected for a lunch crowd. More

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Boathouse CollectiveBoathouse Collective
112 reviews
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Californian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Really good vibe, food, service, and live music !! More

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AnQiAnQi
533 reviews
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Asian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Great shared menu choices. Garlic noodles, Brussel sprouts, skewers etc #yumminess More

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Vitaly CaffeVitaly Caffe
52 reviews
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Italian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

The food is and tastes like “real” food. Like straight from the farm and forrest. All truly home made. The opposite of chain concept restaurants and sot corporate America food substitutes. The staff was super caring and sincere. The cool and friendly Italian owners blended in seamlessly and elevate the experience to an even next level that I thought was not possible. This restaurant was a life long love at first sight. Mmmmm More

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Habana - Costa MesaHabana - Costa Mesa
753 reviews
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Cuban | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

This is my favorite restaurant and I have been wanting to try their brunch for quite some time. It did not disappoint! A little pricey but well worth it. You can try a little bit of everything on the menu! I would highly recommend it! More

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La CaveLa Cave
452 reviews
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Steakhouse | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

A very elegant experience based on historic and traditional decor. Flashback memories of wonderful times past. More

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WestendWestend
23 reviews
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French American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Always a good time with GREAT food at Westend. You can't go wrong with any of their menu items but the shrimp poboy is one of the best I've had in our out of Louisiana. Consistently good food with a great atmosphere! More

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Leatherby's Cafe RougeLeatherby's Cafe Rouge
1594 reviews
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Steakhouse | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Great service from Carlos &reception. Duck always good & beef stroganoff delicious from special menu. More

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Pizzeria OrticaPizzeria Ortica
1300 reviews
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Italian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

The only problem we had was the salmon was served too raw and they said that’s the way they serve it. We were credited. If we were told ahead we wouldn’t order. More

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Acapulco - Costa MesaAcapulco - Costa Mesa
47 reviews
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Mexican | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

First time coming to this location. We came for the mother’s day brunch and it was delicious. Very busy but food was kept well stocked and nice and hot. Service was great and champagne was a plus! Will be returning. More

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Newport Rib CompanyNewport Rib Company
335 reviews
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Barbecue | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Our server Carlos was awesome. Half price bottles of wine on Tuesdays was a nice touch. Had the combo platter and it was all very good...the brisket melted in my mouth. We will be back! More

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Silver Trumpet Restaurant & BarSilver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar
937 reviews
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Contemporary American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

We love this restaurant. The food, the service is always spot on. It is a very beautiful place. More

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Wolfgang Puck at Macy's South Coast PlazaWolfgang Puck at Macy's South Coast Plaza
21 reviews
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American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

One of my favorite lunch spots. Love the Chinoise salad. More

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Umami Burger - Costa MesaUmami Burger - Costa Mesa
58 reviews
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Burgers | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Air conditioning turned up way too high Saturday night at 6. We were all cold! More

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Descanso RestaurantDescanso Restaurant
105 reviews
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Mexican | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

This was our first Plancha meal. We had discerning international visitors with us and they totally enjoyed themselves. Although busy, our waitperson was on point. Acoustics were surprisingly good. Our table chef was friendly, skilled, pleasant and could tailor the dishes to our preferences. We'll be back! More

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Le Chateau Garden Bistro - Ayres Hotel and SuitesLe Chateau Garden Bistro - Ayres Hotel and Suites
38 reviews
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Contemporary American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

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It was a Sunday brunch for mother’s day with champagne and mimosas. Had multiple selections including an omelette stand as well as ham and steak stand More

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La Vida CantinaLa Vida Cantina
171 reviews
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Mexican | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

I went with my 2 friends for taco Tuesday. The tacos came out within 10 minutes of ordering and they were very good. The service was great I even got a free shot since I was celebrating my birthday. There is a 2 hour limit on the table but other than that I would highly recommend this place. More

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Claim Jumper - Costa MesaClaim Jumper - Costa Mesa
11 reviews
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American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

We had reservations before going to the theater. No issues with timing. Our waiter was friendly and our orders were filled quickly and our food was hot and delicious. Will definitely be back! More

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Fireside TavernFireside Tavern
29 reviews
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Contemporary American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

What a nice surprise. We were looking for a light meal before a performance at the Segerstrom. Found the Fireside Tavern online and decided to try it because of the proximity to the theater and the menu. The staff was so attentive and Carmela made us feel very special. For a light meal, it was dinner the next night as well. The pasta was fresh and delicious. The value, excellent. Noise level was a bit high but it was Friday night with a playoff game on the big screen and a corporate party on the patio. Didn't bother us as we were in the dining area of the space with few diners around us. It will definitely be on our 'go to' list. More

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Wafu of JapanWafu of Japan
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Sushi | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

***Please Note: Sushi Bar is for walk-ins only.*** Wafu of Japan is a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. The restaurant has a colorful interior setup and comfortable seating arrangement. Ideal for a casual dining experience, the restaurant is good to take family (including kids) out for dinner. The Wafu of Japan has a warm ambience and the place is usually filled with groups resulting in an average noise level. The restaurant has televisions for entertainment; and also serves beer and wine. The popular sushi options at Wafu of Japan include variety of salmons, bluefin tuna, toro, kanpachi, yellowtail, halibut, Japan scallop, mackerel, snapper and Fiji Island albacore. The entrée options include sesame chicken, beef teriyaki and tempura. The cuisine are accentuated by salads, appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages. More

The HarperThe Harper
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Fusion / Eclectic | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Orange County’s newest private event space nestled in the heart of Costa Mesa, California. Whether planning an intimate dinner or a grand celebration, The Harper offers a luxurious and comfortable venue while our in-house kitchen, roomforty, provides an unparalleled culinary experience.
Our in-house beverage team, Pharmacie, serves up both timeless and innovative libations.

You can view our twenty-eighteen holiday menus here on OpenTable or inquire and our team will create a custom food and cocktail menu just for your event.More

Costa Mesa Diners' Choice Winners

Costa Mesa's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
The Capital Grille - Costa MesaThe Capital Grille - Costa Mesa
2518 reviews
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Steakhouse | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

this place never disappoints, service is superb. More

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Hachi- Costa MesaHachi- Costa Mesa
29 reviews
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Japanese | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

If you want good food experience Hachi will not disappoint!!! More

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Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi BarHamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar
323 reviews
$$$$
Sushi | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Came here to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We had the VIP lunch. Excellent food and service!! More

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Mastro's Steakhouse - Costa MesaMastro's Steakhouse - Costa Mesa
5327 reviews
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Steakhouse | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

I went to this Mastros for my birthday. It’s beautiful inside and outside. They put my name on the menu. The food was delicious everything about it was sooooo good. More

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Seasons 52 - Costa MesaSeasons 52 - Costa Mesa
5678 reviews
$$$$
American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Went here for grad dinner and the staff was so amazing! They all signed a card for me! More

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Terrace by Mix MixTerrace by Mix Mix
73 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Perfect for lunch, foods was very good. Will be back More

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Water Grill - South Coast PlazaWater Grill - South Coast Plaza
2545 reviews
$$$$
Seafood | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Came here for our anniversary and Water Grill was on top of it! The service was excellent! Felt like a celebrity. Food and drinks were delicious. We love this place and will be back soon. Just wish there was happy hour. I have to say that if it wasn’t for the general manager Dominic who reached out to me after our first and horrible experience at Water Grill, we may not have come back. I’m so glad we did. Water Grill knows customer service and how to do it right! Thanks for a wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. More

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Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast PlazaRuscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza
97 reviews
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Mediterranean | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

The food was fresh and flavorful. Service was great. A bit noisy, but it was expected for a lunch crowd. More

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Maggiano's - South Coast PlazaMaggiano's - South Coast Plaza
8713 reviews
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Italian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Delicious relaxing lunch. Firmly suggest the family style ordering for a larger, more leisurely meal. More

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Mesa RestaurantMesa Restaurant
282 reviews
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Contemporary American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

Lauren was great! More

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Discover Costa Mesa

Home to the largest shopping mall on the West Coast as well as Orange County's airport, Costa Mesa is also one of the OC's favorite food destinations. Sample fine French dining on the roof of huge South Coast Plaza or taste European-inspired small plates with exotic ingredients in a trendy eatery. Seafood restaurants aren't plentiful, but you'll find some of the county's Asian-style hot crab and shrimp restaurants in this Costa Mesa neighborhood. Eclectic restaurants gather near John Wayne Airport where surprisingly excellent breakfast spots are hidden in anonymous-looking office parks and grand sushi restaurants share parking lots with high-end Mexican food establishments.

Discover Costa Mesa

Home to the largest shopping mall on the West Coast as well as Orange County's airport, Costa Mesa is also one of the OC's favorite food destinations. Sample fine French dining on the roof of huge South Coast Plaza or taste European-inspired small plates with exotic ingredients in a trendy eatery. Seafood restaurants aren't plentiful, but you'll find some of the county's Asian-style hot crab and shrimp restaurants in this Costa Mesa neighborhood. Eclectic restaurants gather near John Wayne Airport where surprisingly excellent breakfast spots are hidden in anonymous-looking office parks and grand sushi restaurants share parking lots with high-end Mexican food establishments.