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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in North Orange County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in North 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!

A photo of LSXO restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1305)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined today
Wonderful ambiance and service was top notch. Food is great and family style portions
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4.9
4.9 (1307)
$31 to $50
Greek
Tustin
About the restaurant
Please contact the restaurant directly for parties of 6 or more.

***** VOTED BEST GREEK RESTAURANT IN OC BY OC WEEKLY (2016)


On April 1, 1996, Yanoula Christakis Wallace opened the doors of Christakis, a restaurant that represented her homeland and the passion she felt towards her culture. Whether you are looking for a quick lunch or celebrating a special event, Christakis Greek Cuisine is the place to enjoy traditional Greek dishes at a reasonable price. Since 1996, we’ve used only the finest and freshest ingredients to create traditional Greek cuisine. Today, the family at Christakis continues to bring the authentic spirit and warmth of Greece to Orange County.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Patio seating was very pleasant. Staff was very friendly. The food on the other hand was mediocre. Moussaka had a fairly thin layer of béchamel and a lot of celery which I’m not a fan of. Also chicken on the skewers was quite dry.
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4.8
4.8 (1829)
$31 to $50
Californian
Costa Mesa
About the restaurant
We believe in locally sourcing seasonal, farm fresh vegetables and the freshest, most sustainable seafood available. Our artisanal craft cocktails are the ideal aperitif and we offer a range of wines from which to select the perfect pairing.
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JoanneSvip
Dined 6 days ago
Best before theater restaurant around Segestrom! Food was plentiful we split 2 dishes and they plated them separately for us. Our theater card gets us a free dessert too so it was super affordable and delicious. The halibut was outstanding, seared to perfection, crunchy top and super moist interior. Service was excellent and proximity to theater makes it a perfect dining experience on theater nights.
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4.8
4.8 (489)
$31 to $50
Italian
Orange
About the restaurant
WALK-INS ARE WELCOME FOR PARTIES UNDER 6 GUESTS

If you can't find availability for your desired time and date please call us 714-288-1077

AVAILABLE TAKE OUT FOOD + WINE
(Delivery available through third party services i.e. Doordash, Postmates, Grubhub).

Extensive Italian wine selection available for take out.
Francoligourmet.com for available menu.

Experience authentic Northern Italian Cuisine in the heart of sunny Southern California at Francoli Gourmet. This classic eatery features classic flavors, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Francoli Gourmet features an onsite specialty store, carrying wines from all 20 regions of Italy as well as liquors. Francoli Gourmet's menu is a gourmet tour of Northern Italy, rich in regional specialties and popular favorites.

We provide also a retail section with Italian Imports such as liqueurs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, specialty pasta, plus so much more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing experience! The best northern Italian cuisine we've had.
A photo of Summit House - Fullerton restaurant
4.9
4.9 (7149)
$50 and over
Prime Rib
Fullerton
About the restaurant
Today high above the hustle and bustle of North Orange County, like a crown on the hilltop, you will find built in the tradition of an English country manor the stately Summit House Restaurant.
The Summit House, renowned for its magnificent panoramic views and old-world charm, is famous for the amazing flavors and incredible food presentations created by Executive Chef Timothy Plumb’s culinary team. Highlights include our world-famous Stockyards of Chicago Roast Prime Ribs of Beef, “melt-in-your-mouth” oak wood grilled USDA prime steaks, our thirty-year favorite sautéed John Dory, locally grown vegetables hand-picked from neighboring Back Sheep Farms, and of course our famous creamed corn au gratin.
Whether it be an intimate get together for two or two hundred of your closest friends, come to the “Top of the Hill”, the Summit House Restaurant, "Your Special Occasion Place".
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
First time dining there. This was for a very late Mother's Day for my grandma and her friend 😊😊😊. Our waiter was really nice and professional. Food was great for our first time. I recommend the scallops. As well as the lavender lemon drop alcohol was really good. We all had a good time.
A photo of The Cellar - Fullerton CA restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3337)
$50 and over
French American
Fullerton
About the restaurant
The Cellar is the perfect setting for an intimate and romantic evening of fine dining. In 1969, artistic craftsmen of Disneyland fame created a romantic rendezvous in the cellar of the old California Hotel. Intimate and cozy, the dining room is elegant amid structured arches and cave-like walls that are deecorated with wine casks and silver lanterns. Culinary excellence abounds with only the finest and freshest foods prepared in a lighter version of classical French cuisine and finely crafted cocktails which set a benchmark for all of Southern California!

If you are unable to obtain a reservation for the evening, please visit our sister restaurant which is located across the courtyard. https://www.opentable.com/r/hidalgo-fullerton
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Feels Iike you're going to a whole new world. Delicious food and intimate setting. Great for any occasion. Drinks are amazing!
A photo of Rock & Brews - Buena Park restaurant
4.7
4.7 (369)
$30 and under
American
Buena Park
About the restaurant
Situated in Buena Park, Ca next to Knott"s Berry Farm. With its charming, brick-clad indoor and alfresco dining areas featuring friendly picnic and striking fire-feature tables, expansive rock-inspired art collection, and flat screens showcasing some of the greatest moments in rock history, Rock & Brews Buena Park is a popular, multi-generational hangout. Guests can dine on Rock & Brews’ signature American comfort food while also enjoying a full bar with a broad selection of international and craft beers and an impressive wine and cocktail list. Keeping the entire family in mind, Rock & Brews Buena Park offers a kids menu and welcomes four-legged friends on the dog-friendly patio. For parties larger than 4 please call the restaurant for reservations at 714-266-0314.
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saulvip
Dined 3 days ago
Good atmosphere. Good food and drinks at a reasonable price. Service could use a little improvement. Waiters tend to concentrate on their little hub to chit chat a lot sometimes missing the needs of their customers. Host employees were nice.
A photo of Petrossian at Tiffany restaurant
4.9
4.9 (230)
$50 and over
French
Costa Mesa
About the restaurant
The new Petrossian at Tiffany restaurant concept—located at Tiffany & Co. South Coast Plaza—brings a one-of-a-kind dining experience to Southern California. With the world’s finest caviar and a French-influenced contemporary menu, Petrossian’s Executive Chef Carlos Cabrera masterfully unites the art of caviar with the Tiffany & Co. tradition of excellence.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
I had thee best experience at Petrossian. I love everything about the restaurant The food, drinks, staff, ambience was top tier. Will definitely return.
A photo of Filomena's Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (72)
$30 and under
Italian
Costa Mesa
About the restaurant
Filomena's Italian Kitchen serves old-world cuisine in a cozy setting in Costa Mesa. The restaurant is a labor of love for owner and chef Linda Johnsen, who has translated her Italian heritage and family recipes into a flavorful comfort food menu. From her grandmother's Sunday sauce gracing the chicken, veal and eggplant parmesan to the classic sauce in the pappardelle bolognese, traditional ingredients stand out at Filomena's Italian Kitchen. Johnsen has put her own stamp on the menu with creations like champagne chicken and agro dolce calamari (shrimp and calamari tossed in a sweet tangy glaze with pine nuts, raisins and sweet peppers).In addition to traditional first-course options like caprese angel hair pasta, entree and seafood specialties, Filomena's also serves a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas and calzones. End your meal at Filomena's Italian Kitchen on a sweet note with tiramisu, cannoli or flourless chocolate cake.
Top review
DeenaR
Dined 6 days ago
Always a memorable time at Filomina’s from the service to the food!
A photo of O Sea restaurant
4.8
4.8 (681)
$30 and under
Seafood
Orange
About the restaurant
O SEA — a seafood restaurant of time and place in the historic Plaza district of Old Towne Orange, recently recognized by the Los Angeles Times as the Best Seafood Restaurant in Orange County. Something fun, something different, something fresh — O SEA is where seafood is headed. Think salmon ceviche in coconut leche de tigre, tuna poke in gochujang dressing, crispy oaxacan hot shrimp, west coast oysters on the half with thai red curry and tajin’d lime.

Responsibly-procured, best-in-class products, served consistently and at a value, with deeply craveable and seasonal flavors — welcome to O SEA.

We can’t wait to serve you.
Top review
MichaelRvip
Dined today
We had a beautiful evening! The food, wine and service were exceptional!
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