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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza
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Seafood | Costa Mesa
Seasons 52 - Costa Mesa
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North Italia – Irvine
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FIG & OLIVE Newport BeachFIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
2792 reviews
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Mediterranean | Newport Beach, South Orange County

Thank you for our dinner, we always go back when we come back to California and it’s at the top of our list to come to. More

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BungalowBungalow
1278 reviews
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County

I love this restaurant. The decor is warm and inviting. The food is excellent, and so is the service. More

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Five CrownsFive Crowns
3913 reviews
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County

Do yourself a favor and request the server Amy . She is amazing goes above and beyond her job to deliver white glove boutique customer More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - IrvineRuth's Chris Steak House - Irvine
2059 reviews
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Steakhouse | Irvine, South Orange County

Never fails to please. Great steaks! But I do wish their dessert menu was more creative. IMHO. More

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Gratitude - Newport BeachGratitude - Newport Beach
387 reviews
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Vegan | Newport Beach, South Orange County

This was my second visit to Café Gratitude. Very reliable and delicious food. I love that they’re vegan and gluten-free options taste amazing. The service was excellent and the ambience very pleasant. More

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Tortilla Republic Laguna BeachTortilla Republic Laguna Beach
665 reviews
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Mexican | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Margaritas were great - spicy jalapeño highly recommended. Staff was very accommodating to get the games with volume on for us. More

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FIG & OLIVE Newport BeachFIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
2792 reviews
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Mediterranean | Newport Beach, South Orange County

Thank you for our dinner, we always go back when we come back to California and it’s at the top of our list to come to. More

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High Park Tap HouseHigh Park Tap House
15 reviews
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Contemporary American | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

The Korean ribs were the best More

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South Orange County's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
The Dock1. The Dock
748 reviews
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Seafood | Newport Beach, South Orange County

My wife’s 60th. Best meal we have had in OC in 20 years coming down here. Service matches the food. They slso throw in a few surprise offerings More

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Pascal2. Pascal
214 reviews
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French | San Juan Capistrano, South Orange County

It takes us about 2 hours to get to Pascal, but it is worth the drive. Our third visit in about a year, the menu hasn't changed much, but Chef continues to plate interesting variations of the menu items. Everything was delicious, and the (very small) restaurant was packed for the evening. The single waiter had his hands full keeping up, but did an excellent job. It would be nice to see some new, seasonal entrees. Yes, we will return. More

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Starfish Restaurant3. Starfish Restaurant
546 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Couldn't have found a better place with very reasonable prices!! More

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Hannas Prime Steak4. Hannas Prime Steak
1763 reviews
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Steakhouse | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

My aunt and uncle had a great time. This was a great start to their romantic day. They had a great date and where so happy when they got home. More

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Nick's - San Clemente5. Nick's - San Clemente
734 reviews
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American | San Clemente, South Orange County

Nick's is always good, all around. Food and service always outstanding. More

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El Adobe de CapistranoEl Adobe de Capistrano
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Mexican | San Juan Capistrano, South Orange County

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in a historic setting at El Adobe de Capistrano. This landmark features a wedding chapel, stained-glass windows and additional beautiful architectural details. Its kitchen has a mesquite-burning grill where chefs prepare deliciously flavored seafood and steak dishes. Soups, salads and appetizers are also on the menu, including tasty desserts.Owners Tony Moiso and Gilbert Aguirre have kept the atmosphere and traditions of the El Adobe de Capistrano going. This establishment still prepares the dishes that President Nixon and his wife enjoyed while visiting during his administration. It has a full bar that serves various drinks, a lounge area for socializing and a patio in the front. El Adobe de Capistrano offers private rooms for banquets and other events. The Palenque features a retracting roof, making it ideal for hosting an event under the night sky. It offers brunch and has a Happy Hour.More

Discover South Orange County

With more than a thousand restaurants to choose from in the Orange County area, there is something to suit every taste when dining out. Orange County is best known for its coastal location, and many burger joints, seafood restaurants, and other eateries feature amazing beach views that you can enjoy while you dine. Seafood caught from the Pacific Ocean is dominant in local dishes, and this includes everything from sushi to sweet and sour shrimp. Because Orange County is located very close to the Mexico–United States border, you can also find incredible Mexican restaurants, and many serve homemade tortillas and hand-rolled tamales. Orange County restaurants serve American fare as well as international cuisine like Thai and Japanese dishes.