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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Orange County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Orange County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (1971)
$50 and over
Seafood
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
THE DOCK located in NEWPORT BEACH CALIFORNIA requires a valid credit card to book reservations on-line via OpenTable and via our website or you may contact The Dock at 949-673-3625 to provide your credit card. We have a 24 hr cancellation policy. The Dock reserves the right to cancel your reservation without a guarantee.
We DO NOT accept table requests. We only have 12 tables. We are a very small intimate restaurant and every table has a view of the bay. No pets only ADA defined trained service animals.

VOTED TOP 10 RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY 2022 BY OPENTABLE DINERS! Our quaint, waterfront venue offers fresh air patio dining with an infused contemporary American menu. Corkage Fee is $75 per 750ml, maximum one 750 ml for parties up to 4, maximum of two 750ml for parties 5 or more, as long as wine is not represented on our list. Please present your wine for corkage to the receptionist who will ensure it is given to the service staff. Corkage not available for private events.



Top review
lesliekn
Dined 1 day ago
Delightful experience all the way around...food, service, view!
A photo of Station Craft Brewery + Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (141)
$30 and under
Californian
Dana Point / Monarch Beach
About the restaurant
Craft beer and food.

We take a craft approach to everything we do, and we have an overwhelming appreciation for all things Californian.


Station Craft Brewery and Kitchen, nestled in the vibrant Lantern District of Dana Point. We are the coolest spot in town, offering a unique experience that combines delicious craft beer with a coastal vibe. Voted the number one brewery in Dana Point, our eclectic menu and robust cocktails complete the perfect recipe for an unforgettable dining and drinking adventure.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Server was attentive, knowledgeable. Excellent choice of beers and wines. Food was delicious.
A photo of Palmilla Newport Beach Cocina y Tequila restaurant
4.8
4.8 (66)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila features home-style Mexican cuisine featuring the freshest seafood and the finest cuts of beef, along with an amazing selection of premium tequilas, mezcals and globally inspired wines. Both Palmilla Hermosa Beach and Palmilla Newport Beach feature lovely outdoor patio areas, perfect for soaking up the sea breezes from the Pacific ocean just footsteps away. Palmilla’s sophisticated, yet inviting dining rooms showcase imported, custom-made furniture and decor that transports guests to Mexico’s luxurious coastal landscapes. When dining at Palmilla, you will feel as if you’ve been transported to an upscale boutique hotel in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which is where much of the inspiration of the design came from.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was perfect. Unfortunately, the server we had was unpleasant and miserable. Anyways the food was AMAZING.
A photo of Fig 313 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (764)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
San Clemente
About the restaurant
Built in 1927, Fig313 stands today as an original historical landmark of San Clemente, with a history that is meant to be shared with its seaside community. Carefully constructed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, distinctive design features include red-tile roofs, white stucco walls, hand-crafted windows and arches, painted tiles, and open-air courtyards.

Originally owned for the first 33 years by John and Jeanette Riley, 313 El Camino Real was renowned as Riley’s Waffle and Coffee Shop. Legend has it that actor John Wayne frequented the restaurant for a hearty American breakfast along with many travelers from all over the world. From 1960 on, Riley’s Café would change ownership many times, evolving into a furniture store, French restaurant, tequila company, and catering business. In 2012, the current owners purchased the property and began renovations and restoration, while staying true to the integrity of the original style.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great ambiance along with service and food. Recommend.
A photo of 608 Dahlia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1845)
$31 to $50
American
Corona del Mar
About the restaurant
Executive Chef Jessica Roy brings her fresh interpretation and style to Garden and Farm-to-Table cuisine right inside the botanical oasis that is Sherman Library and Gardens. Daily pickings from the Gardens and local farms populate the ever changing seasonal menu that highlights the best and most flavorful ingredients of the season. Look for ingredients at their peak, stunning edible blooms and herbs right from the Sherman grounds, and cuisine that is nothing short of inspired and delicious. .

Please note: we are located within the Sherman Library and Gardens, to which there is a $5.00 per person admission fee. Each admission supports the Sherman Gardens (a non-profit organization), who maintain the sweeping panoramic views that our diners get to enjoy! Come for the food and stay for the views (and insta-worthy pics).
Top review
Wendyvip
Dined 2 days ago
I LOVE this beautiful Sherman Gardens patio dining ambiance, and the food is wonderful
A photo of LSXO restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1308)
$50 and over
Southeast Asian
Huntington Beach
About the restaurant
Behind an unmarked door adjacent to the wine room, guests are transported to District 1 (China Town) in Saigon via Blackhouse’s 28-seat restaurant-within-a-restaurant, LSXO. A spinoff of the Little Sister brand (Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach & Downtown Los Angeles), LSXO is love letter to the culture, heritage, and lineage of Vietnam (Vuong’s relatives hail from the region). While Little Sister is known for its French Vietnamese menu, LSXO follows the same Southeast Asian inspiration with a more refined feel.

“There is no signage for LSXO—you can spot the entrance of it tucked into a section inside Bluegold, but you’ll have to know it’s there. While Bluegold is light, bright, and airy, LSXO is its darker, edgier little sister,” says Vuong. “Both restaurants operate out of the same kitchen, though the menus are completely different. LSXO offers straight-up, honest, home-style Vietnamese cuisine—the type of food I grew up eating with my grandparents in the San Gabriel Valley
Top review
DrKwongvip
Dined 6 days ago
Food is great, lots of flavor with every dish. The 90s hip hop in the background is awesome. The views of Huntington Beach can’t be beat.
A photo of Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove restaurant
4.8
4.8 (9994)
$30 and under
Californian
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
Voted as one of the "Top 100 Restaurants" for 2023 by OpenTable in the United States

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove provides "world class" ocean front dining in the Historic District of the Crystal Cove State Park with breath taking views of the Newport Coastline and Catalina Island. Situated on the sandy beach, The Beachcomber's outdoor patio provides the perfect spot to enjoy the ocean's breeze while sipping on your favorite cocktail or enjoying one of the many favorite entrees and appetizers.

The Beachcomber's outdoor tropical bar 'The Bootlegger' with thatch roofing provides the perfect spot to escape from the world while enjoying one of many tropical libations.
Top review
PrettyGreen
Dined 5 days ago
We love dining at the Beachcomber whenever we have friends from out of the area. It's a rare restaurant in Southern California that is right on the beach and the entire historical Crystal Cove setting makes for a unique experience. Our mahi mahi tacos were generously portioned and delicious. Our waiter, Nathan, was helpful and accommodating when we needed to split the check a certain way. The Beachcomber never disappoints . . . except sometimes it is hard to get an actual reservation ;-)
A photo of Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10735)
$31 to $50
American
Corona del Mar
About the restaurant
We are excited for your visit, and welcome you to experience our beautiful outdoor dining room in Newport Beach. That being said we are outdoors and encourage all guest to dress appropriate to the season. We have added a beautiful heated covered awning for the winter months. We offer blankets for sale that can be kept, or left behind and donated to a local charity we support. We will still be requesting a two hour dinning limit per visit.
Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens offers the freshest, locally sourced , seasonal farm-to-fork cuisine paired with exclusive wines and craft cocktails and beers. Located on a seven acre home and garden center in the heart of beautiful Corona del Mar, Farmhouse provides a dining experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else and can be quite romantic. What sets us apart is the unparalleled beauty of Rogers Gardens combined perfectly with a unique cuisine created by Chef Rich Mead.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Absolutely perfect date afternoon. Service & food above expectations & flavor.
A photo of A Crystal Cove restaurant
4.8
4.8 (767)
$31 to $50
American
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
carolavip
Dined 5 days ago
A's at Crystal Cove is always a win. The food, service and ambiance continue to be exceptional.
A photo of Pelican Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3161)
$31 to $50
American
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill celebrates the best of the California lifestyle with its gorgeous seaside location, delectable menu prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, stylish and comfortable décor, Italian-inspired architecture, terrace with ocean and golf course views, gracious personalized service and sophisticated, yet relaxed bar with nine-foot HDTVs for sports viewing. In the open-display kitchen, a masterful culinary team creates innovative seafood and steak dishes. Dining indoor or al fresco on the terrace, equipped with hidden heaters and sunscreens for year-round comfort, is the quintessential California dining experience. The generous, balanced wine list features mostly California selections and more than 30 wines by the glass. The Tasting Table invites diners to sit right next to the open-concept kitchen in the main dining room for an intimate, chef-led dinner featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients and creative presentations.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Always attentive service and great contemporary American food - overlooking the Pacific
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