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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza
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Seafood | Costa Mesa
Seasons 52 - Costa Mesa
(689)
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American | Costa Mesa
North Italia – Irvine
(1220)
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Italian | Irvine
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Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
Paul Martin's American Grill - Irvine
(1964)
$$$$
American | Irvine, South Orange County

We had outstanding service from Ryan P and his manager. The whole staff seemed to operate like a well oiled machine, available and appropriate without being obtrusive. My wife had an impressively good ribeye. If you want white tablecloths, piano music and waiters in bow ties, there are plenty of steakhouses in Orange County that will provide. But if you want a great meal and great service in a nicely decorated room, then try Paul Martin's . More

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Las Brisas
Las Brisas
(6837)
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Seafood | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

It was romantic & beautiful More

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Ocean at Main
Ocean at Main
(109)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Had the lettuce wraps as an appetizer Fantastic!! Shared with tree of us. More

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FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
(3085)
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Mediterranean | Newport Beach, South Orange County

It was a great experience over all, but it seemed like the waitress was too busy with too many tables to take care of. More

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Bungalow
Bungalow
(1466)
$$$$
American | Corona del Mar, South Orange County

What a wonderful surprise on all fronts. It was much better than I had anticipated. The bone in filet was excellent and the service was excellent. Also, very good wines by the glass but be ready to splurge. More

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Harley Laguna Beach
Harley Laguna Beach
(184)
$$$$
American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Absolutely loved the restaurant! My wife and I did the tasting menu which was to die for. $65 each was a bargain for all the food we got. Our server, Lauren, was terrific as well as the other staff members that assisted her. The grilled avocado was amazing. The ambiance was great, nice decor, good music and fun patrons made it a wonderful choice. Can't wait to take friends and family back to Harley. More

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Sapphire Laguna
Sapphire Laguna
(1405)
$$$$
Global, International | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Amazing experience, everything was perfect! My humble suggestion for the squash is to remove (even reduce) cilantro, too overpowering for the very delicate flavor of the squash. Excellent desserts and wine selection too. More

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Mangia Bene Cucina
Mangia Bene Cucina
(104)
$$$$
Italian | Aliso Viejo / Laguna Niguel, South Orange County

Good service. Tasty food. Too much garlic! (Said no one ever!) More

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SHOR American Seafood Grill - Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
SHOR American Seafood Grill - Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
(134)
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Seafood | Newport Beach, South Orange County

Food was great (Bolognase beef rib) and service was excellent More

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High Park Tap House
High Park Tap House
(26)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

Good place for lunch. It was not very crowded on a Friday afternoon at lunch time and never filled up. Server was really sweet and attentive. Food was good. We would come here again. More

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The Dock
1. The Dock
(939)
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Seafood | Newport Beach, South Orange County

My favorite brunch place in Orange County. Hidden gem More

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South of Nick's - Laguna Beach
2. South of Nick's - Laguna Beach
(317)
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Mexican | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

We had a fabulous meal with great service! More

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Piccolino Ristorante
3. Piccolino Ristorante
(795)
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Italian | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

Wonderful in every respect. It is so easy to believe you are in Italy while dining at Piccolino. The herbed salmon special was the best fish I have had anywhere. More

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Vine Restaurant & Bar
4. Vine Restaurant & Bar
(1383)
$$$$
American | San Clemente, South Orange County

Wonderful experience, food is delicious and artistically created. Service was just as great per usual. More

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Bourbon Steak Orange County
5. Bourbon Steak Orange County
(436)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Dana Point / Monarch Beach, South Orange County

We went here for our Anniversary during our stay at the monarch. It was outstanding. The ribeye was cooked to perfection, the whipped potatoes were full of buttery goodness, and the fried rice was some of the best I've had. It was a great experience. More

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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Irvine Spectrum
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Irvine Spectrum
Brazilian Steakhouse | Irvine, South Orange County

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized in fire-roasting high-quality meats since 1979 utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats, that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors, including the house specialty picanha sirloin, filet mignon, ribeye, and lamb chops to name a few. Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yuca flour), and much more. Southern Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, and caramelized bananas are served family style. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, creative and classic cocktails, and a tempting dessert menu.More

Kitayama
Kitayama
Sushi | Newport Beach, South Orange County

Take a virtual trip to Japan at Kitayama. Serving traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist, Kitayama offers guests a truly memorable dining experience complete with great food, friendly service and attractive décor. The interior is dotted with classic Japanese designs and floral accents. The large windows throughout the dining areas allow guests to gaze outside to the lavish Japanese gardens, which feature plentiful foliage, bamboo plants and a relaxing waterfall.Fresh fish is brought in daily so chefs at Kitayama can expertly prepare the finest sushi and seafood platters. Top choices often include sashimi tuna and halibut, as well as the prime rib beef shabu shabu. Any of these meals can be paired with a beverage selection from the full bar, which serves wine, cocktails and artisanal sake and shochu.More

OC Fresca
OC Fresca
Mexican / Southwestern | San Clemente, South Orange County

Welcome to OC Fresca! Restaurant description coming soon!More

Tamarindo
Tamarindo
Mexican | San Clemente, South Orange County

Husband and wife team Sarah and Pedro Resendiz started Tamarindo as a food truck in 2013, serving up tacos, tortas, ceviche and more throughout Southern California.

From the tiny kitchen of their gourmet truck to their new full-service restaurant in San Clemente, their passion has always been comida Mexicana hecha a mano—food made by hand with integrity and love.

Tamarindo's menu features truck favorites along with new dishes that celebrate the ingredients and culinary traditions of Mexico.

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The Drake in Laguna
The Drake in Laguna
Contemporary American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

The Drake features new American cuisine prepared by Award Winning Chef, Paul Gstrein. Chef Paul’s consistently delicious seasonal tastes will be featured on his inspired menu as starters, petite plates, full entrées and scratch made desserts. His ever-evolving, creative and sumptuous cuisine has delighted Orange County patrons for over 30 years!
The Drake’s dynamic live music line up of jazz, R&B, blues and highlight special performances will fill the professionally-tuned custom music space. Artists provide interactive, intimate and immersive performances that leave their audiences feeling the “music magic.”
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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.

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.