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Canaletto Ristorante VenetoCanaletto Ristorante Veneto
1353 reviews
Italian | Newport Beach, South Orange County

We LOVE this restaurant. Always enjoy everything about it when we come to Orange County. Highly recommend it. Outstanding service. More

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Roy's AnaheimRoy's Anaheim
1442 reviews
Seafood | Anaheim, North Orange County

Overall it was good. I wasn't thrilled with the side room at first but then it turned out o.k. - just not the main dining area which I would have preferred. Also, I had a rather unpleasant experience at the bar with a waiter who I perceived as being rude by reaching in front of me twice to get condiments for his drinks he was picking up. Apparently, I was standing too close to the pick up area for the bar (it was crowded). I just felt that when I brought it to his attention he could have at least apologized but instead we both just glared at each other and it set the whole night off on a weird vibe. The food was good and we will definitely be back. In fact, we will be at the Roy's in Honolulu soon and that's one of our very favorite spots to eat. More

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FIG & OLIVE Newport BeachFIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
2711 reviews
Mediterranean | Newport Beach, South Orange County

It was a very special lunch with friends and the food and patio seating was superb. More

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EATS Kitchen & Bar @ Hotel IrvineEATS Kitchen & Bar @ Hotel Irvine
233 reviews
American | Irvine, South Orange County

This was my second visit to this restaurant and the food and service were fantastic. Loved the Portobello mushroom burger with the sweet chutney! Our server recommended it and it was great. More

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JT Schmid's Restaurant & BreweryJT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery
660 reviews
Brewery | Tustin, North Orange County

Great for a big group! More

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Il DolceIl Dolce
79 reviews
Italian | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

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It’s like being in Italy! And they have a garbanzo based gluten free pizza, which is great for me as I don’t eat bread. Cocktails are awesome! I asked them to make it a little less bright in the dinning room and the place looked really romantic. It’s worth the drive to go try some house made mozzarella. The ingredients are fresh and the olive oil it’s the real deal! More

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JT Schmid's Restaurant & BreweryJT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery
660 reviews
Brewery | Tustin, North Orange County

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Le Chateau Garden Bistro - Ayres Hotel and SuitesLe Chateau Garden Bistro - Ayres Hotel and Suites
27 reviews
Contemporary American | Costa Mesa, North Orange County

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Ventured here directly off a flight for brunch for my birthday. The ambiance by the outdoor fountain in the garden was great, though noisy due to planes flying overhead. The Ahi Tuna, Crab Cakes, and Shrimp Cocktail were awesome! The staff was great. And I was very appreciative of the nice dessert surprise, compliments of the chef, for my birthday. Will definitely return...soon. More

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Tortilla Republic Laguna BeachTortilla Republic Laguna Beach
638 reviews
Mexican | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Food good, but not awesome. Should have had more garlic jalapeno potatoes on the plate, but, they were very tasty. The salsa is the best I have ever had. My husband's short ribs had some grisle. Mine were good. The desert was delicious and free as it was my birthday. I think they are sweet fried donuts with chocolate and caramel dipping sauce. Maybe called churros. Music was terrible. Nothing but drums and no melody. More

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71Above71Above
1431 reviews
Contemporary American | Downtown, Downtown / South and East LA

Great food and ambiance. I like that you can pay at your table instantly. More

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Pascal1. Pascal
203 reviews
French | San Juan Capistrano, South Orange County

We met Pascal through his dining experiences at Sherman Library and Gardens, and after enjoying several dinners there we went with our 4 co-diners/friends to Pascal’s restaurant. From Pascal’s personal greeting when we arrived to JB’s attentive service to the amazing food, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We especially recommend the grilled octopus, beet salad, duck a l’orange, sea bass, lamb chops, and any of the desserts. They also have a pastry case in front so if you just want a snack or dessert to go, I’ll bet you will be glad you stopped in. Side note: I personally wish he wouldn’t offer foie gras due to the inhumane treatment the ducks/geese endure so I hope he will reconsider this. More

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The Dock2. The Dock
712 reviews
Seafood | Newport Beach, South Orange County

Outstanding restaurant off the beaten path in a quiet neighborhood of Balboa . Parking right outside and a wonderful menu . I had halibut and my wife had the scallops. Superb and the service over the top . If you want to feel pampered , the Dock is the place More

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Wineworks For Everyone3. Wineworks For Everyone
151 reviews
French American | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

It is so nice to have this restaurant so close to us. The food and wine are always delicious and the staff is so welcoming! Great service! More

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The Hobbit4. The Hobbit
1003 reviews
Contemporary French | Orange, North Orange County

Elegance and exquisite cuisine. The Hobbit is not just a dinner, but an experience. More

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Hannas Prime Steak5. Hannas Prime Steak
1704 reviews
Steakhouse | Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita, South Orange County

Excellent customer service!! The food is delicious! And a great place to celebrate a birthday! More

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Laguna HillsBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Laguna Hills
American | Laguna Hills / Lake Forest / Foothill Ranch, South Orange County

Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.More

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Outlets at OrangeBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Outlets at Orange
American | Orange, North Orange County

Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.More

El Torito - WestminsterEl Torito - Westminster
Mexican | Garden Grove / Westminster, North Orange County

Founded in 1954, El Torito is the authority in great Mexican food. A festive & hospitable restaurant rich in heritage, we focus on offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family, as if we are welcoming them home.

Using the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors, our menu offers a range of quintessential Mexican food, along with culinary innovations we know guests will love. We are known best for our tableside preparations, including our made-to-order guacamole and flame-grilled fajitas, which arrive sizzling to the table.

Our standard is great, and we don’t do anything without passion. Over 60 years, we’ve learned a lot about Mexican food, like how not to mess it up.More

El Torito - Yorba LindaEl Torito - Yorba Linda
Mexican | Placentia / Yorba Linda, North Orange County

Founded in 1954, El Torito is the authority in great Mexican food. A festive & hospitable restaurant rich in heritage, we focus on offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family, as if we are welcoming them home.

Using the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors, our menu offers a range of quintessential Mexican food, along with culinary innovations we know guests will love. We are known best for our tableside preparations, including our made-to-order guacamole and flame-grilled fajitas, which arrive sizzling to the table.

Our standard is great, and we don’t do anything without passion. Over 60 years, we’ve learned a lot about Mexican food, like how not to mess it up.More

Harley Laguna BeachHarley Laguna Beach
American | Laguna Beach, South Orange County

Harley is a new restaurant in Laguna Beach focused on creative, seasonal menus backed up by real hospitality. This mission is demonstrated in all aspects of the project, from Daniels’ collaboration with local food producers to find the best and freshest meat, seafood, and vegetables in the area, to welcoming diners into the space, to carefully crafting and preparing the food, to a renewed focus on giving guests the best overall restaurant experience they’ve had in a long time.
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Located in the sunny state of California, Orange County is known for its many tourist attractions. Considering that Orange County consists of 34 cities and is more populous than 21 U.S. states, you can bet the attractions include not only the best surfing beaches, the Balboa ferry, and sites like Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland but also a huge selection of restaurants. The warm climate enhances the growth of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, which can be found in many restaurants. Although iconic California foods like Rocky Road ice cream and sourdough bread may have originated in other CA cities, they’re also popular in Orange County. Fast food places, drive-ins, and Korean barbecues are popular in this area, too. Smoothies in the summer, however, take the cake.