Located in the heart of Southern California, Orange Country is both diverse in its geography and its culinary scene. From canyons to beaches, this beloved California destination is a sophisticated food hub that serves up an impressively diverse variety of flavors from all corners of the globe.
From fine dining to casual hotspots, foodies can find just about anything their heart – and palate – desire here in Orange County.Here’s the list:
For those special occasions, celebrate your vacation with a fine dining experience. There are so many delicious 5-star restaurants to choose from in Orange County, you’ll need to save room! The Anaheim White House Restaurant dazzles diners with its bright white facades and traditional Italian fare. The feeling of sophistication is preserved in the seams of Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine as they execute their eclectic dining and cocktail menu using local, fresh and sustainable ingredients. Similar in name and culinary philosophy, Andrea at Pelican Hill specializes in traditional Italian cuisine using fresh ingredients and takes pride in serving scratch-made paste and tableside risotto.
For more casual fare, there are many great OC restaurants that incorporate comfort into their dynamic culinary experiences, creating a warm and casual dining experience. Pour Vida Latin Flavor takes cues from California, Spanish & Puerto Rican culture to craft an invigorated menu with a heavy focus on tacos. Since 1934, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant specializes in serving American comfort food: tasty fried chicken meals complete with mash potatoes gravy, homemade biscuits and boysenberry pie. The authentically inspired Cuban restaurant, Habana transports you to the Latin country with savory, warm and hefty flavors.
DINE WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
In The OC, visiting families will find an incredible number of unique and exciting restaurants that best both kids and parents will love. Medieval Times sets the scene for an exciting feast, as visitors dine in a castle-like space as they watch knights and horses partake in tournament games from the Middle Ages.Las Brisas Laguna Beach is ideal for families looking to have a delicious dining experience in a beautiful atmosphere. Perched at the top of the Laguna Beach cost, it serves authentic Mexican cuisine with an innovative ocean-to-table menu. Old Vine Kitchen and Bar is home to highly-trained chef-owner Mark McDonald whose mission is to serve fresh authentic Italian cuisine to diners in a casual indoor and outdoor spaces.
DINE AT FAVORITES OF LOCALS
Orange County residents take pride in their favorite restaurants for a number of reasons and visitors can get a real taste for what those reasons are. The Scratch Room in Anaheim adds a new flavor to a traditional American brunch with their version of a country fried steak and a slice of their homemade loaf of the day for dessert. Rock and Brews Restaurant reigns as the go-to spot to enjoy American diner food surrounded by rock & roll vibes. In Costa Mesa, Memphis Cafe specializes in Southern home-cooking – must-eats include their signature smoky gumbo and their popular local favorite, the buttermilk fried chicken. Down in Dana Point, Shwack Beach Grill is a favorite with local beach-goers coming in, looking to grub on fresh California cuisine.
TASTE BEST OF DESSERTS AT OC
Is any meal really complete without dessert? Visitors with a sweet tooth will be delighted to know that Orange County takes just as much pride in their sweets as they do with their savory fare.
The extremely popular Snowopolis brings a Hawaiian-style dessert to Orange County serving shaved ice with a variety of flavors allowing you to create a customized cold treat.Porto’s Bakery and Cafe delights locals and visitors with affordable savory and sweet treats, serving up homemade pastries, cookies, cakes and coffees to a line of hungry fans every day. Sidecar Doughnuts and Cafe bakes soul and innovation into their hand-crafted artisanal doughnuts. In Dana Point, Flipped Doughnuts plays its hand in the world of doughnuts specializing in hand-crafted seasonal savory and sweet doughnuts paired with free-range fried chicken and gourmet coffee & tea. Award-winning bistro and café, Moulin, is reminiscent of a traditional Parisian cafe in style and menu offering a full array of delicious pastries.
Orange County, CA is an impressive and exciting dining destination! Our culinary scene serves up summer while satisfying foodies and families, 365 days a year.Check out VisitTheOC.com to learn more about the culinary scene in Orange County.