Blinking Owl Distillery

4.8
56 Reviews
$31 to $50
Distillery
INTRODUCING Blinking Owl Distillery and BISTRO!
Launched in 2016, The Blinking Owl is the very first craft distillery in Orange County. We are locavores, grain nerds, and control freaks so we decided to actually make our booze the long way: from scratch in-house! We mill it, mash it, ferment it, distill it, and, in the case of whiskey, barrel age it for a minimum of 2 years.

Renowned for our Spirit Flights and craft cocktails, the essence of Blinking Owl Spirits continues to shine through our thoughtful FOOD. From the hand ground organic California rye grain (the same used in our whiskey) in the artisanal pizzas, to hotdogs & caviar, you'll love our "Posh Comfort" bar menu.

RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY ADVISED. And yes, you can now have more than one drink as we are now a restaurant!

ADULTS ONLY. With a focus on spirits, Blinking Owl will continue to be an adult-focused refuge from our crazy lives.

We are not able to accommodate animals other than service animals.

Support Blinking Owl Distillery during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 56 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to the blinking owl. They have great service, food, and drinks.

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AlValII
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for fancy and unique cocktails! Their pizzas and food all looked very high quality and delicious although I didn't actually try it. A great distillery worth visiting and grabbing a couple of bottles to go.

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gilbertr
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a craft cocktail in dtsa. Coming back asap

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MelissaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Customer service is very important and I felt like our server had a chip on her shoulder - but delivered the food and drinks accordingly and even checked on our table in a timely manner. Bartender was very informative and helpful and even the additional staff checked on us regularly. Definitely a nice date spot or even quiet enough for a small business meeting.

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HugoP
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious hummus and pizzas. Drinks were great too. Will definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious! We loved the atmosphere and friendly service from everyone who helped us out.

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DougandLeslie
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and a very cool vibe. Beware that the small bite options are indeed “small” and very spendy.

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Pegine
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So thrilled to be back at Blinking Owl,
esp. after all the open/close drama they’ve endured the last couple of years.

First of all, the staff were all friendly, welcoming and appreciative. Our food was delicious (we shared the little burgers and a pizza). The cocktails sublime, which I expected, being a longtime fan of their product.

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ChrisH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blinking Owl is a terrific spot. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the food is fun and delicious. The star of the show is their extensive list of frequently changing cocktails that are made with their in house distilled spirits and crafted with care by their skilled bartenders. Definitely give it a try and take a bottle or two home with you.

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KayK
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for opening up the outdoor space (for COVID precautions!). I also appreciate the heat lamps in the evening and the really cool lady waitress that helped us with the umbrella when the sun was out. Drinks - fantastic... had the vodka one with grapefruit - super delicious. The carrot juice one was questionable at first and then grew on me! Oven pizza was awesome... would love other food choices too, if that’s at all possible. Make a reservation!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambience. Great unique food and cocktails.

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CarolynG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional experience with handcrafted cocktails and attentive service. We had the hummus appetizer which was ridiculously delicious. The atmosphere is just really cool plus love supporting local.

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MayR
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try ! The food and drinks were amazing.
Make sure you get the honey and chili drizzled on your pizza

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KevinK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Love the outdoor dining area. Expanding on the pizza menu and live acoustic music would send it over the top

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RogerR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Truely unique experience with great service and attention to detail. Cocktails are some of the best and creative in OC. They just started serving food and the menu is a tad small but perfect for a casual dinner or noshing with your drinks. Owners are always there and elevating the experience. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love their drinks !

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience the drinks were amazing! Service was amazing as well definitely will be going back. Thank you so much for a wonderful time

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. They even took the time to describe how each liquor is crafted. The food was also amazing! I highly recommend visiting!

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vipLisaB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

New bistro menu is great! They were very busy so a couple of things were slow to come out, but only their second night!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out door patio one of a kinda distillery dining experience. I’ve been going here since they open and they are always making the experience better and better. Service is outstanding and their new menu is even better. I’ve been here on a date and with parties of 7+ and always willing to accommodate and the noise level is perfect for an intimate talk for friendly chat.

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MariaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delish! outdoor patio was pretty. service was friendly.

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vipNeilW
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails are always terrific! New menu is great & food is outstanding, although think it’s priced a bit high

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Will be back! Get the hummus!

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Vik1200
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great ambience and great place to unwind and enjoy locally sourced food and excellent cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

will be coming back! delicious drinks and food :)

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Becc
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails , innovative menu and fantastic partnership with Benchmark . Ideal for a date night or a girls night out.

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chowhound
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So I had to pick up my bottle of the limited edition "Bottled in Bond" bourbon. I decided that I might as well make it a night with the wife.
So we were seated and had a beautiful view of the Santa Ana water tower all lit up! My wife and I are bourbon drinkers so we had the house Old Fashions which were excellent.
Because of the pandemic they were not serving in house food. However, they had this wonderful pizza fresh from the oven! We were told that the kitchen would be opening soon and they will be releasing a new menu!
Being a small business and in these times we try support them!
It's the only distillery in Orange County and if you love craft cocktails you should certainly go!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Visited this spot with a buddy. We're both big whiskey/bourbon lovers and went in with high hopes being so close to home. We only tried their whiskeys. Had full pours of their rye ($16), bourbon ($16), and Bottled in Bond ($20). For entry level tasting whiskey (very young and thin), their asking price is a bit steep. $250 for their BIB bottle is rediculous. I don't see this place lasting very long unless their stuff gets alot better or they lower their prices to match their product quality.

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DaniG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love this place! Great service, alcohol is impeccable, and the atmosphere was great. Also appreciated how safe I felt there.

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Nolimitkid
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting this place and me and my buddies had a blast. Shouts out to Brian for welcoming us with open arms.

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AlyssaH
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to enjoy a drink (you can't beat award-winning spirits made in-house) and I can't wait for them to open their own kitchen! Robin and Brian are gracious hosts and proprietors and they have created an absolute gem in Santa Ana. Highly recommend.

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JordanB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots to imbibe! Always a great atmosphere with only the highest quality drinks and food!

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ChhunT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, great food, great staff! The cocktails are always delicious! We had an amazing time on Valentine’s Day. It was great pre-Covid and it’s just as good now. The staff all practice safe etiquette, they respect everyone’s level of comfort for Covid and the tables are spaced more than 6ft apart. On top of that, you can get some bottles of great booze and hand sanitizer to take home.

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Melissa
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were incredible - I had the Bourbon Old Fashioned and it was superb. My husband got their Specialty gin and tonic (I don’t remember the name) and he loved it. We got the Bavarian Pretzel twists and they came out warm and fresh and absolutely delicious. Loved the ambience. Only downside is just that it’s so expensive. Not a place we can visit regularly due to that but we did enjoy our experience there a lot and would highly recommend.

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FerM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I wish the waitress was nice so the experience would be different. She was really rude and not helpful at all. On the other hand the guy that received us at the entrance was nice. The drinks were good and the patio looks nice. Hope they get better on the service

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ChrisS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the food from Benchmark was excellent, the reason most of us go to the Blinking Owl is for the fun, creative, interesting and delicious drinks. The drink menu changes for the season. The service and people working at the Blinking Owl are fun, hard working and delightful to their customers. Supporting this small Santa Ana business is a pleasure.

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Gullivers
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started our wedding anniversary week at Blinking Owl. My husband had been before and it was my first time. Eddie greeted us and checked with us later. Our server was great and the chef is amazing!

The Big Picture and Apple Season cocktails, Bavarian Pretzels and salad with candied pistachios and pears...so delicious.

We picked perfect weather for patio dining. We’ll be back!

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jsinclair
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing spot. Great service and fantastic drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service. Blankets provided to keep warm outside with space heaters too. Bathrooms very clean. Wish we could’ve done a tour (dang it COVID19!). Premium liquor! Pinot Noir was delicious.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and an excellent complement to the cocktails! Nice outdoor vibe and a good time was had by all.

FAQs

Blinking Owl Distillery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 852-3947.

Blinking Owl Distillery is rated 4.8 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Blinking Owl Distillery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/blinking-owl-distillery/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.