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Orange County Restaurants

Orange County Restaurants Overview

Orange County

Orange County restaurants include Mexican food, Chinese food, Italian food, Japanese food, Thai food, comfort food, seafood, sushi, breakfast, Sunday brunch and more. Whether it be the enormous portions, outstanding views or unique flavors, these are the best restaurants in Orange County. We've tried to concentrate on locally owned restaurants and avoid the larger chains other than a few special restaurants. Enjoy a fantastic breakfast at the Harbor House Café in Sunset Beach. The freshest swordfish steak in town can be found at the Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach. Head to the historic Lumberyard in Laguna Beach for gourmet meatloaf. Watch the Amtrak train come and go at Ramos House Café in San Juan Capistrano. Take in the best ocean views on the entire SoCal coast at Cannons in Dana Point. Head up the hill to Orange Hill restaurant for patio seating with views of all Orange County.

Per Person
$5-$10 = $5-$10
$10-$30 = $10-$30
$30-$50 = $30-$50
$50+ = $50+

Dress
Casual = shorts, t-shirt, sandals
Business-Casual = pants or nice shorts, summer dress, collared shirt
Semi-Formal = slacks, collard shirt, evening gown, blouse
Formal = dress pants, suit jacket, formal dress, tuxedo

Seal Beach Restaurants

Walt's Wharf is located on the bustling Main Street in Seal Beach. This award-winning seafood restaurant specializes in oak-fired seafood and an extensive wine selection. Seasonal seafood menu items include Oak Grilled Artichoke, Salmon Poki, Smoked Trout Salad, Oak Grilled Albacore, Fish Tacos, Petit Filet Mignon, Crab Cake Sandwich, Walt's Burger and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30

Walt's Wharf
201 Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 598-4433

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Mahé restaurant is located on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) just south of Main Street Seal Beach. Mahé is a Pacific-Japanese restaurant specializing in seafood and sushi. Restaurant menu items include Ahi Poke Stacks, Grilled Mahi Sliders, Miso Soup, Sake Salmon, Seafood Pasta, Bone-In Ribeye and Stuffed Chicken. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire. Live music Friday & Saturday nights.
$10-$30  |  $30-$50  |  $50+

Mahé
1400 Pacific Coast Highway
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 431-3022

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O'Malley's on Main is located on the bustling Main Street in Seal Beach. This traditional Irish pub serves Irish food and American food favorites like Irish Sausage Rolls, Guinness Irish Beef Stew, Corned Beef Sandwich, Bangers and Mash, Murphy's Shepherd's Pie and Traditional Corned Beef Dinner. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

TIP: O'Malley's was a film location for the award-winning Clint Eastwood film, American Sniper.

O'Malley's on Main
140 Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 430-0631

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Beachwood BBQ is located on the bustling Main Street in Seal Beach. This popular BBQ restaurant offers unique BBQ food favorites like Fried Pickles, Fried Green Tomato Salad, Cold Smoked Fish, Award-Winning Chili, Baby Back Ribs, Brisket Sandwich, Lamb Burger, Pulled Chicken Sandwich and Hush Puppies. Open Tues-Sun for lunch, dinner and take-out. Casual attire.
$10-$30

Beachwood BBQ
131½ Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 493-4500

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The Hangout is located on the bustling Main Street in Seal Beach. They offer terrific views being situated at the corner of Main and Ocean, directly across from the beach and Seal Beach Pier. The Hangout is a steak & seafood restaurant with menu items like Shrimp n' Grits, Breakfast Tacos, Maui Omelette, Beef Brisket, Southern-Fried Chicken, Bacon Bleu Burger, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Clam Bake Pot and Fish n' Chips. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

The Hangout
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 431-4888

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Sunset Beach Restaurants

Harbor House Café is a classic diner serving traditional American food to locals, fisherman, night owls and anyone else looking for their fill of great food. They are located one block from the beach next to The Water Tower. Restaurant menu items include Banana Nut Hotcakes, Greek Omelette, Fish Sandwich, Crab Quesadilla and Oreo Cookie Shakes. It's always busy so you'll probably have to wait out front for a table. Sign in on the registry hanging by the front door and have a cup of complimentary coffee. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Breakfast is served all day. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Harbor House Café
16341 Pacific Coast Highway
Sunset Beach, CA 90742
(562) 592-5404

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Huntington Beach Restaurants

Sugar Shack Café is located just one block from the Huntington Beach pier and is a favorite with the locals. Traditional café restaurant where breakfast is served all day long. Breakfast restaurant menu items include 2 egg combo plates, breakfast burritos, 3 egg omelettes, pancakes and French toast. This is a very popular place, so expect long lines after 9am and on weekends. Open daily from 6am to early evening. Dress is very Casual attire.
$5-$10 $10-$30

The Sugar Shack Café
213½ Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-0355

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Ruby's is a chain restaurant with locations nationwide. Although we try to avoid listing chains, there is no way we can leave out the unique Ruby's locations at the end of Huntington Beach and Balboa Piers. Not only do they have the best locations in town, but they also serve up some of the best hamburgers, shakes and other American food classics. Restaurant menu items include hamburgers, soups, salads, fries, tacos, fish & chips and several varieties of fountain drinks like root beer floats. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Ruby's
Huntington Pier
Huntington Beach, California 92648
(714) 969-7829

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Duke's restaurant is situated at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier. Named after a legendary Hawaiian surfer, Duke's features an Hawaiian theme with pictures that pay homage to Duke Kahanamoku. This seafood restaurant is known for its expansive views of the Pacific and Huntington Beach. Seafood restaurant menu items include Crab & Macnut Wontons, Crab & Shrimp Melt, Crispy Coconut Shrimp and Lobster & Prime Sirloin. Open for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |  $30-$50  |  $50+

Duke's Huntington
1317 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, California 92648
(714) 374-6446

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Newport Beach Restaurants

Ruby's Balboa Pier

Ruby's is a chain restaurant with locations nationwide. Although we try to avoid listing chains, there is no way we can leave out the unique Ruby's locations at the end of Huntington Beach and Balboa Piers. Not only do they have the best locations in town, but they also serve up some of the best hamburgers, shakes and other American food classics. Restaurant menu items include hamburgers, soups, salads, fries, tacos, fish & chips and several varieties of fountain drinks like root beer floats. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Ruby's
Balboa Pier
Newport Beach, California 92661
(949) 675-7829

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The Cannery, Newport Beach

The Cannery Newport Beach is located at water's edge on Balboa Island in the upscale Newport Harbor. This seafood restaurant is situated in the original building of what was the first commercial fishing cannery in the area. An adjacent dock allows patrons to arrive by land or sea. Choose from indoor or outdoor patio seating or a second story sushi bar offering more expansive views of Newport Harbor. Seafood restaurant menu items include Maryland Blue Crab Cake, Pacific Swordfish, Enchiladas De Mariscos, Baja Pink Abalone and Aged Bone-In Rib-Eye. The Cannery Newport Beach also offers catered helicopter picnics and catered meals to-go that can be picked up on the adjacent dock by rented Duffy Boats cruising the Newport Harbor. Open for daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Cannery
3010 Lafayette Road
Newport Beach, California 92663
(949) 566-0060

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21 Oceanfront restaurant is located just steps from the Newport Pier and a large sandy beach. This fine-dining restaurant features a wall of windows with views of the Pacific Ocean and Newport Pier. The quaint Doryman's Inn is situated on the second floor above the restaurant. Steak & seafood restaurant menu items include abalone, king crab legs and ribeye steak. After dinner, relax in their lounge or venture out to the always active nightlife surrounding the pier. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$50+

21 Oceanfront
2100 West Oceanfront
Newport Beach, California 92663
(949) 673-2100

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photo compliments of Bluewater Grill, Newport Beach

Bluewater Grill is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar located on Lido Isle in Newport Harbor. They've been voted 'Best Seafood in Southern California' by several publications. This is a serious seafood restaurant with both local and imported fish selections and very little red meat options. Seafood restaurant menu items include Dungeness Crab Cocktail, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Fijian Ahi, Puget Sound King Salmon and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Catered meals to-go can be picked up on the adjacent dock by rented Duffy Boats cruising the Newport Harbor. Open daily for lunch, dinner and brunch. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30  |   $30-$50

TIP: Boats deliver fresh fish straight to their dock on a regular basis. Swordfish is their specialty and they cook it to perfection.

Bluewater Grill
630 Lido Park Drive
Newport Beach, California 92663
(949) 675-3474

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Bayside restaurant is situated in a less touristy region of Newport near the Balboa Ferry. This seafood restaurant offers indoor or outdoor patio seating. Enjoy nightly entertainment of classical or soulful jazz. Seafood restaurant menu items include Smoked Tahitian Marlin, Linguini Pasta with Spring Lamb Ragu, Soy Glazed Atlantic Salmon and Maine Lobster Salad. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and Sunday for brunch. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Bayside
900 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721-1222

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The Beachcomber Café is located off Highway 1 (PCH-Pacific Coast Highway) at the historic Crystal Cove Beach Cottages. Park in the Crystal Cove State Beach parking lot on the east side of PCH at the Los Trancos/Crystal Cove signal. Catch a shuttle to the restaurant or take the footpath through the tunnel under PCH and head left toward the beach. State Park fees are validated at the restaurant. Take a step back in time to an era when prime Southern California shoreline was sparsely populated with small beach cottages that were only visited during the summer. This small group of shorefront cottages were run down, dilapidated shacks before they were meticulously restored by the Crystal Cove Alliance. Many can be rented out for stay and one was converted into The Beachcomber Café restaurant. Enjoy expansive ocean views from their patio deck on a sandy beach. Restaurant menu items include Spinach Artichoke Frittata, Coconut-Macadamia Pancakes, Grilled Ham & Brie Sandwich, Seafood Pot Pie and Agave Chicken. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire. Their full bar on the beach is a local favorite.
$10-$30  |  $30-$50

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove
15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 376-6900

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Newport Landing Restaurant

Newport Landing restaurant is situated on the harbor side of the Balboa Peninsula. Newport Landing is a classy seafood restaurant & oyster bar with seating indoors or outside on their 2nd-story patio. Seafood menu items include Crab Cake Benedict, Shrimp Cocktail, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Blackened Salmon, Jumbo Sea Scallops, Artichoke Mushroom Chicken and Pacific Swordfish. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner - Sunday Brunch. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Newport Landing
503 E. Edgewater Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-2373

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Cucina Enoteca has two Orange County locations; one at the Irvine Spectrum and the other at Fashion Island. Cucina Enoteca is part wine shop and part Italian restaurant. Choose to purchase one of their premium wines to enjoy at home, or dine in and enjoy it with some of their Italian food choices like Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms, Roasted Beet & Fig Salad, Lamb Mortadella Pizza, Saffron Linguine and Grilled Prime Rib Eye. Cucina Enoteca is one of the best of many Irvine Spectrum restaurants and Fashion Island restaurants. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Cucina Enoteca Newport Beach
951 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 706-1416

Cucina Enoteca Irvine
532 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-2222

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Sol Newport Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) at the intersection of Bayside Drive. Situated in Newport Harbor, Sol Cucina specializes in Baja California food in an upscaled Mexican restaurant. Baja Mexican food choices include Tropical Ceviche, Grilled Baby Octopus, Tortilla Soup, Ensenada-Style Fish Tacos, Garlic Ribeye Steak Taco, Shrimp Chile Relleno and Grilled Burritos. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Sol Cucina
251 Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 675-9800

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Laguna Beach Restaurants

The Cliff restaurant is situated atop a cliff overlooking Main Beach and the Laguna coast. This seaside café specializes in happy hour with spectacular views of Pacific sunsets. Restaurant menu items include California Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta, Calamari Burger, Kung Pao Chicken, Scallops Wasabi, Bread Pudding Bites and more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

The Cliff
577 S. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-1956

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Madison Square Garden & Café

Madison Square & Garden Café is situated in an original Laguna Beach home turned gift shop and café. Madison Square & Garden Café looks more like an artistic gift shop with fountains, wind chimes, sculptures and art than it does a restaurant. But guests are welcome to order from there food counter, have a seat in the gardens and peruse the many unique gift items throughout the property. Café menu items include Ricotta Pancakes, Vegetable Frittata, Pear Salad, Chicken Breast Sandwich, Fresh Halibut, Chicken Breast Capri and more. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire. They are conveniently located across the street from the astoundingly beautiful Heisler Park, which offers some of Laguna's most breathtaking coastline.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Madison Square & Garden Café
320 N. Pacific Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-0137

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Carmelita's Kitchen restaurant is located at the corner of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and Highway 133 in downtown Laguna Beach. Carmelita's is considered by some to be the best Mexican food in Orange County. Mexican restaurant menu items include Chicken Enchiladas, Carnitas Tacos, Machaca Burritos and unique specialties like Lobster-Stuffed Chili Relleno. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Carmelita's Kitchen de Mexico
217 Broadway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-7829

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Lumberyard Restaurant, Laguna Beach

Lumberyard is located off Highway 133 in downtown Laguna Beach. Situated in an historic Norman-style building that was Laguna's original lumberyard from 1919 to 1975, Lumberyard serves American food with restaurant menu items like Pan-Seared Pacific Sea Bass, Espresso-Rubbed Rib Eye Steak, Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Stroganoff, Lumberyard Burger and Oysters on the ½ Shell. They are renowned for their Lumberyard Meatloaf. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch features a Bloody Mary Buffet. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Lumberyard
384 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-3900

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Taco Loco Laguna Beach is located a few blocks south of Laguna Main on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Taco Loco Laguna Beach is a curbside taco stand serving simple Mexican food like tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, burgers and more. Choose from carnitas, blackened tofu, swordfish, cheese, and blackened shrimp among other ingredients. Open daily for lunch and dinner... even to 2am some nights. Dress is never an issue.
$5-$10

Taco Loco
640 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-1635

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The Rooftop Lounge in the La Casa del Camino Hotel

K'Ya Laguna Beach is situated in an original boutique hotel off Highway 1 (PCH). La Casa del Camino hotel is home to two popular Laguna Beach restaurants, K'Ya Bistro and The Rooftop Lounge. Known for amazing ocean views and small, affordable portions. Dinner is served in the K'ya Bistro Bar. Restaurant menu items include Grilled Ahi Nicoise Salad, Shrimp Penne, Hibachi Salmon, Spicy Seafood Chowder, Grilled Lamb and Blackened Chicken Sandwich. Open daily for late breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

K'Ya Bistro
The Rooftop Lounge
1289 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-2446

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Coyote Grill Laguna Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in South Laguna Beach. Coyote Grill specializes in Baja-style Mexican food with choices like Huevos Rancheros, Squash Omelette, Zucchini Enchiladas, Longostino Fajitas, Tacos al Carbon and Grilled Shrimp Salad. Coyote Grill Laguna Beach offers tables with ocean view. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Coyote Grill
31621 S. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 499-4033

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Alessá Laguna Beach restaurant is located off Highway 133 in downtown Laguna Beach. This is a traditional Italian restaurant with many unique additions. Italian food menu includes Duck Prosciutto, Caprése Salad, Funghi Misti Pizza, Seashell Pasta, Five Cheese Gnocchi, Catch of the Day and Black Ink Linguine. Open Daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Alessá Laguna
234 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92648
(949) 497-8222
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Dizz's As Is Laguna Beach

Dizz's As Is restaurant is located in South Laguna Beach at the triangle of PCH, Nyes Place and Victoria Place. For over 3 decades Dizz's has been serving seafood and Italian food specialties in a cozy wood-shingled home with a garden patio, parlor and restaurant. The dimly lit, intimate decor has made Dizz's a local romantic restaurant favorite. Restaurant menu items include Filet Rossini, Sea Bass Grenobloise, Cioppino, Curried Shrimp Papaya, Margherita Pizza and Chicken Stroganoff. Open for dinner every day but Monday during winter. Open for dinner everyday during summer. Business-casual to semi-formal attire.
$30-$50

Dizz's As Is
2794 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-5250

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Montage Resort is situated atop a cliff with expansive views of the South Laguna coastline. The Montage Resort offers 3 great dining options; Studio at Montage, The Loft and Mosaic Bar & Grill. Studio is a fine-dining French restaurant that is open for dinner only. The Loft is an all-day restaurant featuring a cheese bar and Bistro with a casual menu. The Mosaic Bar & Grill is a casual place for lunch or Sunday breakfast that serves comfort food like sandwiches, salads and daily seafood. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual to formal depending on the restaurant and time of day.
$30-$50  |   $50+

Montage Resort
30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California 92651
(866) 271-6953

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San Juan Capistrano Restaurants

Ramos House Café

Ramos House Café is located one block from Mission San Juan Capistrano, across the tracks from the San Juan Capistrano train station. This historic home was part of an original California settlement known as Los Rios District. Ramos House Café offers traditional southern food in a rustic garden setting. Restaurant menu specialties include Potato, Corn & Buttermilk Crab Cakes with Field Greens, Smoked Chili Remoulade, Southern Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Dressing, Warm Rock Shrimp Bread Pudding and home turned ice creams. Open Tues-Sun for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Blog Check our Ramos House Café blog for more details.

Ramos House Café
31752 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
(949) 443-1342

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The Vintage Steakhouse

The Vintage Steakhouse restaurant is located one block from Mission San Juan Capistrano, adjacent to the San Juan Capistrano train station. Situated within several decommissioned train cars, The Vintage Steakhouse restaurant features mesquite charbroiled steaks and seafood in an upscale, bygone era setting. Steak restaurant menu items include Eggs with Petite Filet Mignon, Venison Two Bone Chops, Prime Rib Eye Steak, Mesquite Chicken Breast, Six Spice Ahi Tuna and Lobster Tail. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday Brunch. Live music most Fridays and Saturdays. Business-casual attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

The Vintage Steakhouse
26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 661-3400

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Bad To The Bone BBQ restaurant is located across the freeway from Mission San Juan Capistrano. Bad To The Bone BBQ specializes in "Real Pit BBQ" with meats naturally smoked in hickory chips for 12 to 24 hours. BBQ menu items include Tri-Tip Salad, Carolina Pulled Pork, Chopped Brisket Sandwich, St. Louis Pork Ribs, Tri-Pepper House Sausage, Filet Mignon and Catfish Po' Boy. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Bad To The Bone BBQ
31738 Rancho Viejo Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 218-0227

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Dana Point Restaurants

Cannons Seafood Restaurant

Cannons Dana Point restaurant is situated high atop a cliffside overlooking Dana Point Harbor. Every seat at this seafood restaurant has an ocean view thanks to the stepped architecture of the dining room. Seafood restaurant menu items include Crab Stuffed Tiger Shrimp, Alaskan Halibut with Crab Florentine and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Open for nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire. The views are truly as outstanding as the meals. This would be our top choice in Orange County for a dinner date or unforgettable marriage proposal.
$30-$50  |   $50+

Cannons Seafood Grill
34344 Green Lantern Street
Dana Point, California 92629
(949) 496-6146

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Tutor and Spunky's is located in north Dana Point near Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Blue Lantern. This award-winning deli produces the best sandwiches around. Deli menu items include Capicolla & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, Meat Ball & Parmesan, Corned Beef & Cheese and many more. All sandwiches go by whimsical names like Humpty Mermaid, Party Animal, The Lunker, Cheat a Little and Doheny Beach. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10

Tutor and Spunky's Deli
34085 Pacific Coast Highway
Suite #116
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 248-9008

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Gemmell's French restaurant is located off Interstate 5 from Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway - PCH). Situated in Dana Point Harbor, Gemmell's serves classic French food with menu items of Cassolette of Escargots, Lobster Bisque, Pate de Canard, Poached Salmon, Scallops au Confit of Garlic and Roasted Duck. Open nightly for dinner, Monday through Saturday for lunch and Sunday brunch. Business-casual to formal attire.
$30-$50

Gemmell's
34471 Golden Lantern Street
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 234-0063

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Peking Dragon Restaurant is located off Interstate 5 on Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway - PCH). Situated on the northbound side of PCH, Peking Dragon offers authentic Chinese food served Stir Fry, Chop Suey, Chow Mein, or Sweet and Sour. Chinese restaurant menu items include Mandarin Shrimp Salad, Wonton Soup, Peking Duck, Lemon Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Sweet and Sour Pork, Kung-Pao Shrimp, Orange Peel Tofu and much more. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Peking Dragon Restaurant
34171 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 493-9499

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RJ's Café is located off Interstate 5 from the Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway - PCH) exit. Situated along Dana Point Harbor Drive, RJ's is a popular locals place for a good hearty American food at reasonable prices. Restaurant menu items include Lox Benedict, Big Breakfast Burrito, Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs, Chili Cheese Omelette, Banana Pancakes, Bacon-Swiss Burger, Steak Sandwich, Mediterranean Salad and Fish Tacos. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$5-$10

RJ's Café
25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Suite F120
(949) 218-5757

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The Schwack Beach Grill is located on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) at the intersection of Amber Lantern Street. The Schwack specializes in comfort food like French toast, omelettes, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, salads, chicken skewers and pork ribs. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire. Order their $600 Combo and leave with a full belly and custom stick.
$5-$10

The Schwack Beach Grill
24502 Del Prado Avenue
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 218-2731

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Harbor House Café is a classic diner serving traditional American food to locals, fisherman, night owls and anyone else looking for their fill of great food. They are located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Violet Lantern. Restaurant menu items include Banana Nut Hotcakes, Greek Omelette, Fish Sandwich, Crab Quesadilla and Oreo Cookie Shakes. It's always busy so you'll probably have to wait out front for a table. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Breakfast is served all day. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Harbor House Café
34157 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-9270

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San Clemente Restaurants

Fisherman's Seafood restaurant and bar is situated at the base of San Clemente Pier. On one side of the pier is the seafood restaurant and just a few steps across the pier is the oyster bar where drinks and appetizers are served. Outstanding ocean view with indoor and outdoor seating. Seafood restaurant menu items include Bucket of Clams, Seafood Bruchette, Seafood Omelette, Black and Blue New York Steak, and Baked Oysters. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |  $30-$50

Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar
611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, California 92672
(949) 498-6390

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Nick's restaurant is located off Interstate 5 from the Palizada or Presidio exits. Situated in downtown San Clemente in the 'Spanish Village by the Sea', Nick's is a popular steak & seafood restaurant with menu items like California Ahi Salad, Nick's Rib-Eye Melt, San Francisco Cioppino, Baby Back Pork Ribs and Prime Top Sirloin. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Nick's San Clemente
213 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 481-2200

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South of Nick's restaurant is located off Interstate 5 from the Palizada or Presidio exits. South of Nick's is a popular Mexican restaurant serving upscale Mexican food items like Chorizo Omelette, Lobster Enchiladas, El Jefe Burrito, Albondigas Soup, Pork Chile Verde, Citrus Chicken Tacos and Shrimp Taquitos. Open daily for lunch and dinner and weekends for breakfast. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

South of Nick's
110 N. Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 481-4545

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Beach Garden Café is located off Interstate 5 from the Palizada or Presidio exits. Situated across the street from the San Clemente Pier and beach, the Beach Garden Café is all about location. Choose to eat indoors or on their curbside patio. They offer comfort food choices like Spinach Omelette, Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffle, Homemade Chili, Oriental Chicken Salad, Bleus Burger, Char-Grilled Steak Sandwich and fishing-N-Chips. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Beach attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Beach Garden Café
618 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-8145

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Vine San Clemente is located off Interstate 5 just south of the Avenida Palizada exit. Vine specializes in fine wines and wine country cuisine with choices like Jidori Chicken, Grilled Bone-In Ribeye Steak, American Kobe Wine Country Burger, Zinfandel Braised Napa Lamb Shank and Lemon Verbena Poached Scottish Salmon. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Vine
211 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-2079

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The Riders Club Café is located off Interstate 5 from the Avenida Pico exit. The Riders Club Café specializes in American comfort food and draft beer. Diner menu choices include what some claim to be the 'Best Burger Around', Carnitas Sandwich, Hot Dogs, Club Salad and more. Open every day but Monday for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

The Riders Club Café
1701 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 388-3758

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Anaheim Restaurants

Anaheim White House

Anaheim White House restaurant is located in close proximity to Disneyland® and offers free limousine shuttle service to local hotels. Situated in a large 1909 home, they serve Northern Italian and French food in 8 separate, fine-dining rooms. They've earned a plethora of awards and have been rated one of the '100 Best Restaurants in Southern California'. Italian restaurant menu items include Tomba Rigatoni Formaggio, Versace Halibut, Calvin Klein Gnocchi con Formaggio and Seafood Ravioli Soup. Open nightly for dinner and weekdays for lunch. Sunday Brunch. Business-casual to formal attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

Anaheim White House
887 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92805
(714) 772-1381

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Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen restaurant is located within the Disneyland® Theme Park in Downtown Disney. Ralph Brennan has brought recipes straight out of New Orleans to the visitors of Downtown Disney complete with live jazz musicians. Unique Cajun restaurant menu items include Crawfish Springrolls, Shrimp Creole, Pasta Jambalaya and Gumbo Ya-Ya. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday Brunch. Casual to business-casual attire. This is one of the best restaurants in the Disneyland Resort.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
1590 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92804
(714) 300-7800

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House of Blues is located within the Disneyland® Theme Park in Downtown Disney. House of Blues Anaheim specializes in mixing live music and Louisiana Cajun food like Jambalaya, Shrimp and Grits, Shrimp Po-Boy, Smoked BBQ Bacon Burger, Lobster Mac & Cheese and Bourbon Bread Pudding. Enjoy live rock, blues, R&B, hip hop and more on most nights. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

House of Blues Anaheim
1530 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 520-2334

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Buena Park Restaurants

Mrs. Knott's restaurant is situated at the front of Knott's Berry Farm theme park. Back in 1934, Knott's was only known for two things; boysenberries and Mrs. Knott's delicious chicken dinners. Since then, the amusement park grew but the chicken dinners are still as mouth watering as ever. Restaurant menu items include traditional American food like pancakes, fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, potatoes and gravy and of course, boysenberry pie and ice cream. Knott invented the boysenberry in case you didn't already know. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5080

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Medieval Times is located just a short distance north of Knott's Berry Farm theme park. Medieval Times is more about Medieval jousting than it is a restaurant. Guests enter the castle and are seated in a large arena where exceptional shows of jousting, sword fighting and falconry take place. Much like the era it represents, guests are expected to eat with their hands and cheer their Knight toward brutal victories. Food is served in pewter dishes and includes garlic bread, baked potato, Cornish game hen, pork rib, soup and beer. Hot towelettes are provided at the end of the meal. Medieval Times is great fun and should not be missed when visiting Southern California. Open nightly for dinner. Casual attire.

Medieval Times
7662 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620

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Fullerton Restaurants

The Cellar restaurant is located in an historic part of Fullerton and accessed via a dimly lit stairway. They are situated on the bottom floor of a 1922, 3-story building that was once a hotel and today houses several restaurants, gift shops and boutiques. This award-winning French restaurant features dim lighting, velvet-backed upholstery, chandeliers and dark woods making it the perfect romantic restaurant. Wine Spectator once rated this as one of the top six restaurants in the world for their wine selection. French food items include escargot, pheasant, rack of lamb and French onion soup. Open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Cellar
305 N. Harbor Boulevard
Fullerton, California 92832
(714) 525-5682

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Rutabegorz restaurant has several locations throughout Orange County. Rutabegorz' mission is to provide a healthy alternative to traditional restaurant food, without sacrificing taste. This award-winning restaurant has been serving vegetarians and hippies since 1970. Vegetarian restaurant menu items include soups, salads, bagels, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and much more. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

Rutabegorz Fullerton
211 North Pomona
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-9339

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Orange Restaurants

Orange Hill restaurant is situated on a hillside overlooking all of Orange County with sunset views all the way to Catalina Island. The grounds feature koi ponds, waterfalls and fire pits. The restaurant menu items include traditional steak and seafood restaurant menu items including Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Roasted Duck Breast, Seafood Montage and Kobe Beef Skewers. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Orange Hill
6401 E. Chapman Avenue
Orange, California 92869
(714) 997-2910

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Orange County Mining Company is located off Chapman Avenue in North Tustin. Situated atop a hill in an abandoned silver mine, they offer a rustic saloon and dining with a commanding view over all of Orange County. Steak and seafood restaurant offerings include Salmon Filet, Angus Top Sirloin, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Baby Back Ribs, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi and Grilled Chicken Breast. Open nightly for dinner and Sunday brunch. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Orange County Mining Co.
10000 S. Crawford Canyon Road
Tustin, CA 92705
(714) 997-7411

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The Hobbit restaurant is located on Chapman Avenue east of the 55 Freeway, between Yorba & Prospect. This award-winning restaurant has been serving fine-dining meals since 1972. Food is served in seven courses. Menu changes weekly with past menu items like Beef Wellington, Loin of Lamb, Petite Veal Osso Buco and Foie Gras. Open Wednesday-Sunday for dinner by reservation only. Semi-formal to formal attire.
$50+

The Hobbit
2932 E. Chapman Avenue
Orange, California 92869
(714) 997-1972

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Bruxie is located north of the Old Towne Orange on Glassell Street. Bruxie maintains the quality and uniqueness that Orange Circle restaurants have become known for. They specialize in gourmet Belgium waffle sandwiches like the Buffalo Bleu Chicken, California Pesto Chicken, Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Angus Burger and The Cheesy Buxie. Open every day but Monday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

Bruxie
292 N. Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-3900

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The Filling Station Café is located just north of the Old Towne Orange on Glassell Street. The Filling Station Café maintains the quality and uniqueness that Orange Circle restaurants have become known for. Situated in a retired gas station, they specialize in gourmet comfort food like omelettes, French toast, waffles, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups and more. Open every day but Monday for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$10-$30

The Filling Station Café
201 N Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 289-9714

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Rutabegorz restaurant has several locations throughout Orange County. Rutabegorz' mission is to provide a healthy alternative to traditional restaurant food, without sacrificing taste. This award-winning restaurant has been serving vegetarians and hippies since 1970. Vegetarian restaurant menu items include soups, salads, bagels, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and much more. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

Rutabegorz Orange
264 North Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-3260

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