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Best American Restaurants in South Orange County

Nick's Laguna BeachNick's Laguna Beach
(758)
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American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - Newport BeachMariposa at Neiman Marcus - Newport Beach
(430)
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American | Newport Beach, South Orange County
BungalowBungalow
(1197)
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
Nick's - San ClementeNick's - San Clemente
(631)
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American | San Clemente, South Orange County
Bayside RestaurantBayside Restaurant
(1591)
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American | Newport Beach, South Orange County
BistangoBistango
(1605)
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American | Irvine, South Orange County
Splashes at Surf & Sand ResortSplashes at Surf & Sand Resort
(2393)
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American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Del Frisco's Grille - IrvineDel Frisco's Grille - Irvine
(686)
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American | Irvine, South Orange County
Farmhouse at Rogers GardensFarmhouse at Rogers Gardens
(2120)
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
Dizz's As Is RestaurantDizz's As Is Restaurant
(364)
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American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Five CrownsFive Crowns
(3731)
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
Coastal KitchenCoastal Kitchen
(620)
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American | Dana Point / Monarch Beach, South Orange County

Best Italian Restaurants in South Orange County

Modo Mio - Newport CoastModo Mio - Newport Coast
(1032)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Piccolino RistorantePiccolino Ristorante
(561)
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Italian | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County
il Barone Ristoranteil Barone Ristorante
(296)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Rocco's RestaurantRocco's Restaurant
(439)
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Italian | San Clemente, South Orange County
North Italia – IrvineNorth Italia – Irvine
(1570)
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Italian | Irvine, South Orange County
Rothschild's RestaurantRothschild's Restaurant
(621)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
PirozziPirozzi
(547)
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Italian | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
CUCINA enoteca - Newport BeachCUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach
(1003)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Delizie Ristorante & BarDelizie Ristorante & Bar
(313)
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Italian | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County
Salerno by Chef PirozziSalerno by Chef Pirozzi
(339)
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Italian | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Andrea at Pelican HillAndrea at Pelican Hill
(1547)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Canaletto Ristorante VenetoCanaletto Ristorante Veneto
(1314)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Il Fornaio - IrvineIl Fornaio - Irvine
(2200)
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Italian | Irvine, South Orange County
Ciao PastaCiao Pasta
(157)
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Italian | San Juan Capistrano, South Orange County
Ristorante RumariRistorante Rumari
(451)
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Italian | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Popular restaurants in Orange County

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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza
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Seafood | Costa Mesa
Seasons 52 - Costa Mesa
(945)
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American | Costa Mesa
North Italia – Irvine
(1448)
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Italian | Irvine
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FIG & OLIVE Newport BeachFIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
2652 reviews
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Mediterranean | Newport Beach, South Orange County

The food was superb! Ingredients are fresh and every dish was just so delicious! Our server was very friendly and helpful, and all other staff was very professional. Their olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar are just fantastic! More

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Canaletto Ristorante VenetoCanaletto Ristorante Veneto
1314 reviews
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County

Wonderful meal with exceptional service! Homemade pasta was authentic as well as delicious. More

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BungalowBungalow
1197 reviews
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County

We were there for my friend’s birthday last night. The food was amazing and that butter cake was out of this world! We had a bumpy start with our server but a quick conversation with the manager and all was made right. The evening went well after that and we ended on a high note. We will definitely be back! My fave was the rib-eye... perfectly season and perfect cook. That butter cake was perfection! The molten cake was also amazing. Thank you to Kevin for making the evening special for us. More

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Roy's Newport BeachRoy's Newport Beach
1481 reviews
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Seafood | Newport Beach, South Orange County

My sorority big sis and I decided to do a last- minute, quick dinner. I was not dressed for the occasion. In a visor and yoga pants, I waltzed in. No problems, no judgement... we talked, ate our dinner and were out the door in about an hour thanks to our Roy's Newport Beach staff. More

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

Buffalo cauliflower, nachos, and Mediterranean plate are delish! Drinks are great too - full bar! More

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Specials at top restaurants in South Orange County

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JT Schmid's Restaurant & BreweryJT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery
651 reviews
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Brewery | Tustin, North Orange County

One of the marvels of District area. Highly recommended More

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71Above71Above
1300 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, Downtown / South and East LA

71Above was an exceptional dining experience. The variety of food options was extensive. The food itself was prepared wonderfully. The service was truly outstanding. And the view of the City at night is truly worth seeing. More

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

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Can’t go wrong at Il Dolce. Order something on special. Black Truffle Pizza and short rib ravioli are amazing. More

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WolfWolf
427 reviews
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Contemporary American | West Hollywood, West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Great food and great service. More

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Pearl's RooftopPearl's Rooftop
287 reviews
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Contemporary American | West Hollywood, West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

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Such a cute place! Came for the awesome happy hour and was greeted with the best hospitality from the staff! It was my birthday and they all made my night special! Definetly a birthday I won’t forget and will be returning! More

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South Orange County's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Clay Oven1. Clay Oven
621 reviews
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Contemporary Indian | Irvine, South Orange County

My family absolutely loves this restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is even better. They make you feel like you are part of their family. I won’t eat Indian food anywhere but here! More

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The Dock2. The Dock
678 reviews
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Seafood | Newport Beach, South Orange County

Great dining experience. The food was excellent and the service we received was outstanding. The rack of lamb was one of the best that I have ever had and the diver scallops were cooked to perfection. It was our first time at The Dock for dinner, but it will definitely will not be our last. More

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Hannas Prime Steak3. Hannas Prime Steak
1652 reviews
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Steakhouse | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

Great food - excellent drinks - impressive wine list - extremely friendly and attentive service. Highly recommend More

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Dublin 4 Gastropub4. Dublin 4 Gastropub
206 reviews
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Irish | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

Delicious food and excellent wine and spirit selection. More

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Wineworks For Everyone5. Wineworks For Everyone
132 reviews
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French American | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

The food was spectacular- textures, flavors, well-plated, and the wine list is the most unique I’ve seen in Socal More

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South Orange County restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
El Torito - Dana PointEl Torito - Dana Point
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Mexican | Dana Point / Monarch Beach, South Orange County

Founded in 1954, El Torito is the authority in great Mexican food. A festive & hospitable restaurant rich in heritage, we focus on offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family, as if we are welcoming them home.

Using the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors, our menu offers a range of quintessential Mexican food, along with culinary innovations we know guests will love. We are known best for our tableside preparations, including our made-to-order guacamole and flame-grilled fajitas, which arrive sizzling to the table.

Our standard is great, and we don’t do anything without passion. Over 60 years, we’ve learned a lot about Mexican food, like how not to mess it up.More

El Torito - IrvineEl Torito - Irvine
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Mexican | Irvine, South Orange County

Founded in 1954, El Torito is the authority in great Mexican food. A festive & hospitable restaurant rich in heritage, we focus on offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family, as if we are welcoming them home.

Using the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors, our menu offers a range of quintessential Mexican food, along with culinary innovations we know guests will love. We are known best for our tableside preparations, including our made-to-order guacamole and flame-grilled fajitas, which arrive sizzling to the table.

Our standard is great, and we don’t do anything without passion. Over 60 years, we’ve learned a lot about Mexican food, like how not to mess it up.More

P.F. Chang's - Irvine SpectrumP.F. Chang's - Irvine Spectrum
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Asian | Irvine, South Orange County

P.F. Chang's is a restaurant concept that honors the 2,000-year-old Asian tradition of wok cooking and believes in making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. With a Farm to Wok™ food philosophy at its core, P.F. Chang's chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand chop and slice all vegetables and meats, handcraft every sauce and wok-cook each recipe, every day in every restaurant using wholesome, fresh ingredients. With roots in Chinese cooking, the culinary landscape at P.F. Chang's now stretches across Asia with diverse, culturally inspired recipes including hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family style noodles and rice. All made from scratch every day.More

P.F. Chang's - Newport BeachP.F. Chang's - Newport Beach
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Asian | Newport Beach, South Orange County

P.F. Chang's is a restaurant concept that honors the 2,000-year-old Asian tradition of wok cooking and believes in making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. With a Farm to Wok™ food philosophy at its core, P.F. Chang's chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand chop and slice all vegetables and meats, handcraft every sauce and wok-cook each recipe, every day in every restaurant using wholesome, fresh ingredients. With roots in Chinese cooking, the culinary landscape at P.F. Chang's now stretches across Asia with diverse, culturally inspired recipes including hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family style noodles and rice. All made from scratch every day.More

Robata WasaRobata Wasa
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Japanese | Irvine, South Orange County

Robata Wasa, a high-quality Japanese cuisine and sushi restaurant, provides an elegant ambiance with outstanding service. For an authentic dining experience with healthy quality ingredients that are tasty, fresh and beautiful, visit Robata Wasa. 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.