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Best American Restaurants in South Orange County

Nick's Laguna BeachNick's Laguna Beach
(805)
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American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - Newport BeachMariposa at Neiman Marcus - Newport Beach
(447)
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American | Newport Beach, South Orange County
BungalowBungalow
(1220)
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
Nick's - San ClementeNick's - San Clemente
(674)
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American | San Clemente, South Orange County
Bayside RestaurantBayside Restaurant
(1624)
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American | Newport Beach, South Orange County
BistangoBistango
(1630)
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American | Irvine, South Orange County
Splashes at Surf & Sand ResortSplashes at Surf & Sand Resort
(2462)
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American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Del Frisco's Grille - IrvineDel Frisco's Grille - Irvine
(721)
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American | Irvine, South Orange County
Farmhouse at Rogers GardensFarmhouse at Rogers Gardens
(2296)
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
Dizz's As Is RestaurantDizz's As Is Restaurant
(373)
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American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Five CrownsFive Crowns
(3774)
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
Coastal KitchenCoastal Kitchen
(659)
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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
(1063)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Piccolino RistorantePiccolino Ristorante
(591)
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Italian | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County
il Barone Ristoranteil Barone Ristorante
(317)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Rocco's RestaurantRocco's Restaurant
(455)
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Italian | San Clemente, South Orange County
North Italia – IrvineNorth Italia – Irvine
(1693)
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Italian | Irvine, South Orange County
Rothschild's RestaurantRothschild's Restaurant
(647)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
PirozziPirozzi
(568)
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Italian | Corona del Mar, South Orange County
CUCINA enoteca - Newport BeachCUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach
(1045)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Delizie Ristorante & BarDelizie Ristorante & Bar
(324)
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Italian | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County
Salerno by Chef PirozziSalerno by Chef Pirozzi
(353)
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Italian | Laguna Beach, South Orange County
Andrea at Pelican HillAndrea at Pelican Hill
(1590)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Canaletto Ristorante VenetoCanaletto Ristorante Veneto
(1353)
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County
Il Fornaio - IrvineIl Fornaio - Irvine
(2239)
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Italian | Irvine, South Orange County
Ciao PastaCiao Pasta
(183)
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Italian | San Juan Capistrano, South Orange County
Ristorante RumariRistorante Rumari
(458)
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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
(893)
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American | Costa Mesa
North Italia – Irvine
(1424)
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Italian | Irvine
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Canaletto Ristorante VenetoCanaletto Ristorante Veneto
1353 reviews
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Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County

We LOVE this restaurant. Always enjoy everything about it when we come to Orange County. Highly recommend it. Outstanding service. More

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FIG & OLIVE Newport BeachFIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
2711 reviews
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Mediterranean | Newport Beach, South Orange County

It was a very special lunch with friends and the food and patio seating was superb. More

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EATS Kitchen & Bar @ Hotel IrvineEATS Kitchen & Bar @ Hotel Irvine
233 reviews
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American | Irvine, South Orange County

This was my second visit to this restaurant and the food and service were fantastic. Loved the Portobello mushroom burger with the sweet chutney! Our server recommended it and it was great. More

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Five CrownsFive Crowns
3774 reviews
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County

Very nice. Some changes to the menu left us wanting but we still enjoyed our time. More

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BungalowBungalow
1220 reviews
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American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County

The service was very professional, unrushed and with great attention to detail. More

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

Food good, but not awesome. Should have had more garlic jalapeno potatoes on the plate, but, they were very tasty. The salsa is the best I have ever had. My husband's short ribs had some grisle. Mine were good. The desert was delicious and free as it was my birthday. I think they are sweet fried donuts with chocolate and caramel dipping sauce. Maybe called churros. Music was terrible. Nothing but drums and no melody. More

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

Great for a big group! More

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71Above71Above
1431 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown, Downtown / South and East LA

Great food and ambiance. I like that you can pay at your table instantly. More

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

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It’s like being in Italy! And they have a garbanzo based gluten free pizza, which is great for me as I don’t eat bread. Cocktails are awesome! I asked them to make it a little less bright in the dinning room and the place looked really romantic. It’s worth the drive to go try some house made mozzarella. The ingredients are fresh and the olive oil it’s the real deal! More

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Taste on MelroseTaste on Melrose
2399 reviews
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American | West Hollywood, West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

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Very pleasant, quiet good food, nice staff good service. Thanks! More

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South Orange County's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Pascal1. Pascal
203 reviews
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French | San Juan Capistrano, South Orange County

We met Pascal through his dining experiences at Sherman Library and Gardens, and after enjoying several dinners there we went with our 4 co-diners/friends to Pascal’s restaurant. From Pascal’s personal greeting when we arrived to JB’s attentive service to the amazing food, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We especially recommend the grilled octopus, beet salad, duck a l’orange, sea bass, lamb chops, and any of the desserts. They also have a pastry case in front so if you just want a snack or dessert to go, I’ll bet you will be glad you stopped in. Side note: I personally wish he wouldn’t offer foie gras due to the inhumane treatment the ducks/geese endure so I hope he will reconsider this. More

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

Outstanding restaurant off the beaten path in a quiet neighborhood of Balboa . Parking right outside and a wonderful menu . I had halibut and my wife had the scallops. Superb and the service over the top . If you want to feel pampered , the Dock is the place More

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Wineworks For Everyone3. Wineworks For Everyone
151 reviews
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French American | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

It is so nice to have this restaurant so close to us. The food and wine are always delicious and the staff is so welcoming! Great service! More

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Hannas Prime Steak4. Hannas Prime Steak
1704 reviews
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Steakhouse | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

Excellent customer service!! The food is delicious! And a great place to celebrate a birthday! More

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

Lovely service & food! More

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South Orange County restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Laguna HillsBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Laguna Hills
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American | Laguna Hills / Lake Forest / Foothill Ranch, South Orange County

Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.More

Davio's IrvineDavio's Irvine
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Steakhouse | Irvine, South Orange County

Steve DiFillippo has brought Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse to Irvine, CA. The restaurant is located at Irvine Towers and is the newest addition to the Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurants. Locations include Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia and NYC. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant is led by GM, Bryce MacCharles and Executive Chef, Istvan Toth. Davio’s Irvine serves an array of carefully sourced & seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood and salads as well as prime aged Brandt Beef. Gracious hospitality and an attentive dining room staff provides every guest an exceptional experience. More

El Torito - Laguna HillsEl Torito - Laguna Hills
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Mexican | Laguna Hills / Lake Forest / Foothill Ranch, 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

Harley Laguna BeachHarley Laguna Beach
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American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Harley is a new restaurant in Laguna Beach focused on creative, seasonal menus backed up by real hospitality. This mission is demonstrated in all aspects of the project, from Daniels’ collaboration with local food producers to find the best and freshest meat, seafood, and vegetables in the area, to welcoming diners into the space, to carefully crafting and preparing the food, to a renewed focus on giving guests the best overall restaurant experience they’ve had in a long time.
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Oliver's OsteriaOliver's Osteria
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Italian | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Traditional Italian with a personal touch. Chef Ferdinando Bernardi blends his passion from his childhood food traditions with a commitment to our local family growers and purveyors. Inspired by the authentic cuisine of the Emiglia Romagna region in Italy, Oliver’s Osteria is a traditional Italian restaurant reimagined for the present day. 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.