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!
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:
Upscale, market-driven California cuisine with a focus on health and flavor | Live Music
Level 2, Bloomingdale's Wing | Phone: (714) 437-5252
Classic French Bistro | Impeccable Service
Level 3 Penthouse | Phone: (714) 434-7900
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
Seasonal Plates, Responsible Fishing, Farm-Fresh Meats | Casual Dining
1133 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660 | Phone: (949) 706-8282
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:
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
The Best BBQ in Orange County
Look no further than The Smoking Ribs in Garden Grove. They're #1 ranked in Yelp for a reason with over 300 reviews averaging almost 5 stars!
14211 N Euclid St, Ste D
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Phone number (714) 867-6057