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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in South Orange County

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in South Orange County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Rebel Omakase restaurant
4.9
4.9 (158)
$50 and over
Sushi
Laguna Beach
About the restaurant
PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING
We put all our heart and soul into a creative and unique experience. Our Omakase is a pre-fixed menu based on raw fish and shellfish. All ingredients come from Japan, prepared with Japanese techniques and elements. Our Omakase is a fine dining, intimate experience, prepared in front of our guests to highlight the integrity of our dishes.
CANCELLATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS are allowed 72 hours in advance. Less than 72 hours will be charged for the full price of Omakase per guest plus tax.
TEXT MESSAGE with full information (949) 664-3186
DIARY RESTRICTIONS have to be informed in advance. Please note that some requests we can not accommodate.
NOT ALLOW outside bottles or food.
SEATING AT THE BAR is the same courses as AT THE TABLE. Our professional servers will explain the intricacy of every dish.
BE ON TIME Service starts in unison at the time of reservation. If you are late, you will miss some courses.
CHILDREN age 5+ are welcome, must order the full menu

Top review
BethWvip
Dined on Feb 22, 2024
Very unique custom style authentic Japanese dishes. They use ingredients that are in season. If you are a picky eater it’s not for you, if your not it will be a FANTASTIC delicious experience. Owners are very friendly and welcoming. All courses served at same time so make sure you are there at time of reservation.
A photo of The Dock restaurant
5.0
5 (1912)
$50 and over
Seafood
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
THE DOCK located in NEWPORT BEACH CALIFORNIA requires a valid credit card to book reservations on-line via OpenTable and via our website or you may contact The Dock at 949-673-3625 to provide your credit card. We have a 24 hr cancellation policy. The Dock reserves the right to cancel your reservation without a guarantee.
We DO NOT accept table requests. We only have 12 tables. We are a very small intimate restaurant and every table has a view of the bay. No pets only ADA defined trained service animals.

VOTED TOP 10 RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY 2022 BY OPENTABLE DINERS! Our quaint, waterfront venue offers fresh air patio dining with an infused contemporary American menu. Corkage Fee is $75 per 750ml, maximum one 750 ml for parties up to 4, maximum of two 750ml for parties 5 or more, as long as wine is not represented on our list. Please present your wine for corkage to the receptionist who will ensure it is given to the service staff. Corkage not available for private events.




Top review
CRosevip
Dined 1 day ago
One of our favorite spots. We were celebrating a very special occasion and the whole staff joined in. Truly a gem of a place.
A photo of Rancho Capistrano Winery - San Clemente restaurant
4.7
4.7 (66)
$30 and under
American
San Clemente
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of San Clemente, the Rancho Capistrano Winery location exudes a captivating charm that seamlessly blends with the coastal beauty of the surroundings. The architecture, adorned with rustic elegance, creates an inviting atmosphere for wine enthusiasts and visitors alike. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, the San Clemente location at Rancho Capistrano Winery invites guests to savor fine wines, enjoy exquisite cuisine, while immersed in the coastal beauty of Southern California.
Top review
James
Dined on Feb 22, 2024
Rancho Capistrano winery in San Clemente is definitely our go to place when we have friends from out of town. The service is impeccable. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, professional, and lots of fun. Thanks!
A photo of Tupelo Junction Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (182)
$31 to $50
Southern
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
Equally adept at fueling Lido Village-bound shoppers is Tupelo Junction Cafe...the restaurant is true to the funky, Cannery Village side of the town's personality: Cocktails come in mason jars, the coffee mugs are country-style crockery, and the walls display fruit-crate labels as artwork. Everything is made from scratch daily serving Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour & Dinner 9am-9pm (Tuesday-Sunday).

"The menu is packed with southern-influenced dishes like apple cinnamon beignets; a pulled-pork sloppy joe; or Amy's own favorite, a sprightly salad of lettuce, fried chicken, corn-bread croutons, and buttermilk dressing."

Excerpted from Bon Appétit, June 2002

Top review
BelaD
Dined 3 days ago
Where else in Newport Brach can you find fried green tomatoes????? Great food, good value on wines. We sat on the patio....delightful
A photo of Wine Gallery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (546)
$30 and under
American
Laguna Beach
About the restaurant
The Laguna Beach Wine Gallery is known for an impressive selection of wine, craft beers and wood fired kitchen. Menu options center around our wood fired pizzas, salads, fresh seafood, steaks, small plates and more. We focus on seasonal, sustainable, fresh ingredients with weekly specials based on what's fresh.

With a casual yet cozy ambiance, Wine Gallery will make you feel right at home with our inviting and friendly restaurant staff. Craft Cocktails coming soon.


Top review
waynevip
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
great food. a little too dark for me. Hard to see with aging eyes.
A photo of A Restaurant - Original Location on Newport Blvd restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1775)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
Since 1922 The Arches has been the destination for fine dining in Newport Beach. Known for it’s amazing steak and seafood menu It is a place where celebrities and local customers can dine in privacy. With grand renovations and its rebirth as A Restaurant this landmark will once again be a haven for classic culinary experiences. Chef Roberto Gomez and wine director Steven Ackad have created a perfect alchemy with their creations.
Top review
DavidTvip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing wait staff. Excellent wine list. Classic steakhouse environment. Cozy.
A photo of The Drake in Laguna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1290)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Laguna Beach
About the restaurant
We offer seating in 3 spaces,, including our Bar/Lounge, Dining Room/Chef’s Counter or Intimate fire-wall enclosed Patio. Due to space considerations, please contact us directly for larger tables of 6 or more guests.
Live entertainment is performed nightly on the main stage in our Dining Room. Tables are by reservation only, for dinner. Hours of Music; Su/M/Tu, 5:30-9:30pm Wed/Thu 6-10pm Fr/Sa 6:30-10:30pm.
All Tables in Main Room or Patio, Th/Fr/Sa, are subject to a $10 per person Live music charge, on top of dinner tab. Our dynamic musical line-up of Jazz, R&B, Soul & Contemporary artists, provides an interactive yet intimate experience, in an elegant yet relaxed setting.
The Drake features New American cuisine prepared by Award Winning Chef team Paul & Nick Gstrein. Seasonal offerings encompass an ever-evolving menu of unique small plates, steaks, chops, fresh seafood & desserts. Our curated Wine & Spirits selections serve to enhance the dining experience.
Meet us at The Drake!

Top review
Guestvip
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious as always! Great ambiance and service.
A photo of Zabb Thai Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (26)
$30 and under
Thai
Newport Beach
About the restaurant
Zabb Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine in a casual dining setting.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great Vegan options and wonderful customer service
A photo of Hannas Prime Steak restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3246)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita
About the restaurant
Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar was established in 2005 and has quickly become one of Orange County’s premiere dining establishments. Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants, Hanna's Restaurant & Bar offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with classic, traditional flair. Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance. From our friendly bartenders, vibrant ambiance, outgoing wait staff, and incredible menu, our guests are always embraced in a comforting fashion. And on any given night you can always find owner David Hanna mingling among guests and ensuring that every detail of their experience at Hanna’s is nothing short of extraordinary.​
Top review
AleashaK
Dined 4 days ago
I always enjoy eating at Hannah’s!!! The food quality and service are like no other. They are about pleasing the customers all the way. I have recently noticed the prices have increased, and half portions on orders are smaller. This would not prevent me from coming back, but I feel puzzled. I now find myself ordering full portions as I don’t want to leave there hungry. Now my bill is more and I leave there eating what I usually order.
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