Dining

Your dining experience in Orange is unique – from the elegant to the casual. You can dine at the top of the heights overlooking a sea of lights or keep it simple at one of several historic restaurants in town. A wide range of food is offered at our restaurants so whatever appeals to your taste, you can find in Orange. Want to find a great place to dine right now?

Dining & Shopping is what The OC crowd does best - and now, you can do too! With this insider guide to the hottest restaurants within the best shopping centers, you'll never need to ask what you should do with a free afternoon in Orange County. Check out our four OC shopping malls paired with two must-visit restaurants below!

South Coast Plaza

This international designer retail destination is the place to experience OC chic. Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Costa Mesa, SCP is the epicenter of upscale shopping in Orange County. South Coast Plaza restaurants are equally renowned for hitting the mark. From quick bites to specialty foods to fine dining, there's an eatery for every palate. Check out their new dining guide here .

While shopping at South Coast Plaza, we recommend dining at:
Seasons 52
Upscale, market-driven California cuisine with a focus on health and flavor | Live Music
Level 2, Bloomingdale's Wing | Phone: (714) 437-5252
Marche Moderne
Classic French Bistro | Impeccable Service
Level 3 Penthouse | Phone: (714) 434-7900

Fashion Island

Just a mile inland from Newport Beach's shore, this famous outdoor shopping oasis is a tourist destination unto itself. With more than 150 stores and dozens of al fresco restaurants to choose from, it can be tough to tear yourself away at the end of the day. Check out the long list of Fashion Island restaurants here .

While shopping at Fashion Island, we recommend dining at:
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
The Best in Steakhouse Dining | Unique Wine List
455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660 | Phone: (949) 720-9633
Great Maple
Seasonal Plates, Responsible Fishing, Farm-Fresh Meats | Casual Dining
1133 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660 | Phone: (949) 706-8282

Irvine Spectrum

The sprawling destination brings together hundreds of shopping, dining and entertainment venues, all in one energizing experience. In addition to 130 stores, highlights include one of the country's largest movie theaters, The Improv Comedy Club, a carousel and giant ferris wheel. Visit Irvine Spectruum's Dining Guide here .

While shopping at Irvine Specturm, we recommend dining at:
Taverna Blu
Mediterranean Cuisine | Great Selection of Wine and Beer
81 Fortune Dr #155, Irvine, CA 92618 | Phone: (949) 450-1100
Paul Martin's American Grill
Locally Grown, Seasonal Cuisine | Happy Hours and Chef Specials | Casual Dining
31 Fortune Dr #302, Irvine, CA 92618 | Phone: (949) 453-1144

The Lab Antimall

Located in Costa Mesa, The LAB stands for "Little American Business." For 20 years, this outdoor hipster spot has subtly made waves and held its own. Stop by for a unique shopping experience and walk away with some one-of-a-kind gems.

While shopping at The Lab Antimall, we recommend dining at:
Gypsy Den Cafe
Coffeehouse, Eatery, Wine Bar | Meat, Veggie, Vegan Friendly | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
2930 Bristol Street #B102, Costa Mesa CA 92626 | Phone: (714) 549-7012
Zipangu Japanese Fusion Cuisine and Lounge
Authentic Sushi & Japanese Tapas | Happy Hour
2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa CA 92626 | Phone: (714) 545-2800

Fine Dining in the OC

The OC has no shortage of upscale restaurants to choose from. Whether it's a special occasion, a romantic date night or just because... Orange County fine dining is a force to be reckoned with. Top chefs from all over the globe are cooking it up from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa. Pair that with impeccable service, outstanding California wine lists and Pacific ocean views. Culinary perfection!

Check out our short list of fine restaurants and click on the links for all the details.

21 Oceanfront Restaurant

2100 West Oceanfront Newport Beach CA 92663 | Phone: (949) 673-2100

Agora Churrascaria

1830 Main Street, Irvine CA 92614 | Phone: (949) 222-9910

The Bungalow Restaurant

2441 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar CA 92625 | Phone: (949) 673-6585

Mastro's Steakhouse

633 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa CA 92626 | Phone: (714) 546-7405

Sapori Ristorante

1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660 | Phone: (949) 644-4220

SeaLegs Wine Bar

21022 Beach Blvd., #105, Huntington Beach CA 92648 | Phone: (714) 536-5700

Dining Al Fresco

The OC is famous for it's "Forever Summer" weather and it's only natural to want to dine out of doors as much as possible. Besides the obvious (and stunning) beachfront options, there are also beautiful patios and lakeside views to be had all across the dozens of cities that make up Orange County.

Here are a few of the best outdoor restaurants in Orange County :

CUCINA enoteca

Italian Classics | Locally-Sourced | Affordable Pricing | Two Large patios | Outdoor Lounge
31 Fortune Drive, Irvine CA 92618 | Phone: (949) 861-2222

Five Crowns Restaurant

Open for Dinner | Colorful English Garden and Patio | Beachfront | Special Events
3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar CA 92625 | Phone: (949) 760-0331

JT Schmid's Restaurant and Brewery

Brewhouse | Steakhouse | Clubhouse | Big Outdoor Patio | Live Rock & Roll on Weekends
2610 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806 | Phone: (714) 634-9200

Mahé Dana Point

Sushi | Steaks | Seafood | Heated Outdoor Patio | Live Music
24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629 | Phone: (949) 240-6243

Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge

690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660 | Phone: (949) 760-4920

Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar

Lakeside Dining | Happy Hour | Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch , Dinner | Local & Sustainable
3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Phone: (714) 442-8593

Wilma's Patio Restaurant

Strong Family Atmosphere | Unique Garden Patio | Open-Air Roof | Sports Events
203 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island CA 92662 | Phone: (949) 675-5542

 

 

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