FINE DINING IN THE OC

The OC is a culinary mecca with world-class dining options that are endless, just like our summers.

The OC is a culinary mecca with world-class dining options that are endless, just like our summers. The restaurant scene in Orange County is well-respected and exciting, and the world’s best chefs are bringing their epicurean dreams to the heart of Southern California.

For those who are in search of a fine dining experience that blends laid-back luxury and casual sophistication, look no further than the following top Orange County restaurants.

Mastro’s Steakhouse

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Consistently hailed by diners and critics alike as “masterful” by the Los Angeles Daily News and “high end” by the Los Angeles Times, Mastro’s Steakhouse in Costa Mesa is a glitzy restaurant serving the finest mouthwatering hand-cut prime steaks and fresh seafood with live music, while also striving for excellence in guest service and a distinct ambience.

Din Tai Fung

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Located in high-end shopping destination South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Din Tai Fung is the only Chinese or Taiwanese restaurant to be rated by the New York Times as one of the Top 10 Gourmet Restaurants in the World. This extremely-popular Michelin-rated restaurant brings a touch of Shanghainese-style dining to The OC.

The Bungalow Restaurant

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This charming Craftsman-style restaurant is only minutes away from Fashion Island, Newport Beach’s premier business and shopping center. The restaurant, known for its prime steaks, stellar seafood and award-winning wine list, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Agora Churrascaria


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Southern Brazil meets Southern California at this top-rated Irvine steakhouse. Gaucho-attired waiters bring skewers of meat from table to table at this Rodizio-style restaurant, which serves up to 16 different cuts of meat. The meats are roasted in a custom-designed wood charcoal grill to preserve its rich flavors and natural juices. This gathering place for feasting and friendship is an Orange County favorite.

SeaLegs Wine Bar

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This beachside restaurant offers a memorable Hamptons-style experience in Huntington Beach. Hand-picked wine and cheese pairings, California tapas and revolving dinner specials are among the many fresh, local and sustainable items offered on the menu. The restaurant blends California-fresh with old world tradition and a touch of New England class that guests will most certainly enjoy.

enoSTEAK

Photo credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, this premier steakhouse has been named one of the best places to eat in The OC by the Orange County Register. The restaurant boasts steaks that are from prime, grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, along with locally-harvested organic produce and the highest quality ingredients. An added bonus is the large selection of fine wines, classic cocktails and artisanal cheeses.  

The Ranch Restaurant


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This Anaheim restaurant features true American regional cuisine made from scratch with the finest ingredients. With an emphasis on farm-to-table, The Ranch’s seasonally driven menu showcases the freshest produce, with fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables from local farms and from the restaurant’s own ranch in the Santa Ana Mountains.

Spencer’s Bistro


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This Buena Park bistro is a hidden gem that specializes in European fusion cuisine, including delicious house-made pasta and marinated Greek chicken. The restaurant, whose featured chef Spencer Kim has been named one of “Orange County’s Best Chefs,” also features a seasonally rotating menu in addition to its staple dishes.

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Orange County

Known around the world as "The OC," Orange County, California envelops you in the ultimate Southern California lifestyle… casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks and endless options for fun in the sun or cultural exploration. With sun-soaked days and star-filled nights, here you'll be immersed in the real California dream.

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HIGHLIGHTS

2. Buena Park

Buena Park is known as the entertainment capital of Southern California and birthplace of the boysenberry. Meet Snoopy and ride world-class roller coasters at Knott's Berry Farm, enjoy dozens of waterslides at Knott's Soak City waterpark, choose from three interactive dinner shows and dine at award-winning restaurants like Porto's Bakery & Café or Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor.

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1. Anaheim

Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Packing House, a historical citrus-packing facility turned eclectic food hall with over 20 independent eateries ranging from international cuisine to American comfort food. A city brimming with a local sports culture, Anaheim boasts two professional sports teams: the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.

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5. Garden Grove

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6. Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach was recently voted the “Best California Beach” by USA Today. With 10 miles of pristine coastline, enjoy beach yoga, surf lessons, bird-watching in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, sunset bonfires, and pampering spas or a signature event such as the California Wine Festival. Huntington Beach has the most oceanfront rooms within a one-mile stretch on the West Coast.

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3. Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa is the internationally acclaimed arts and theater district in Orange County. Stay in the City of the Arts® and enjoy concerts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, experience designer shopping at South Coast Plaza, boutique shopping at The OC Mix, and support “little American business” at The LAB and The CAMP.

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9. Newport Beach

Beyond the radiant sun, sand and surf, discover the sophisticated charm of Newport Beach, California. With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, there are ten miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities. Ten distinct neighborhoods make up Newport Beach, each with its own unique personality, natural beauty and story to share.

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7. Irvine

Irvine is where community, business and nature are in harmony. Beautifully manicured office parks are surrounded by more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space, the most in the county, offering residents and visitors alike preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails.

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8. Laguna Beach

The artist colony of Laguna Beach is one of Orange County’s hidden gems, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city’s topography is unique to other California coastal cities with its seven miles of coves and beaches where visitors can explore sea caves, tide pools, oceanside bluffs, natural tide pools and of course, sandy beaches, all within city limits.

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4. Dana Point

Dana Point is a perfect blend and meld of the natural and beautiful harmony of the cliffs, the beaches, the harbor, the stunning world-class resorts. It’s a comfortable, surfer town that invites one and all. Known for its four breathtaking coastal resorts, Dana Point offers accommodations for every lifestyle and corporate meetings.

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  • Orange County

    Known around the world as "The OC," Orange County, California envelops you in the ultimate Southern California lifestyle… casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks and endless options for fun in the sun or cultural exploration. With sun-soaked days and star-filled nights, here you'll be immersed in the real California dream.

  • Cities

  • 1. Anaheim

    Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Packing House, a historical citrus-packing facility turned eclectic food hall with over 20 independent eateries ranging from international cuisine to American comfort food. A city brimming with a local sports culture, Anaheim boasts two professional sports teams: the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.

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  • 2. Buena Park

    Buena Park is known as the entertainment capital of Southern California and birthplace of the boysenberry. Meet Snoopy and ride world-class roller coasters at Knott's Berry Farm, enjoy dozens of waterslides at Knott's Soak City waterpark, choose from three interactive dinner shows and dine at award-winning restaurants like Porto's Bakery & Café or Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor.

    View More
  • 3. Costa Mesa

    Costa Mesa is the internationally acclaimed arts and theater district in Orange County. Stay in the City of the Arts® and enjoy concerts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, experience designer shopping at South Coast Plaza, boutique shopping at The OC Mix, and support “little American business” at The LAB and The CAMP.

    View More
  • 4. Dana Point

    Dana Point is a perfect blend and meld of the natural and beautiful harmony of the cliffs, the beaches, the harbor, the stunning world-class resorts. It’s a comfortable, surfer town that invites one and all. Known for its four breathtaking coastal resorts, Dana Point offers accommodations for every lifestyle and corporate meetings.

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  • 5. Garden Grove

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  • 6. Huntington Beach

    Huntington Beach was recently voted the “Best California Beach” by USA Today. With 10 miles of pristine coastline, enjoy beach yoga, surf lessons, bird-watching in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, sunset bonfires, and pampering spas or a signature event such as the California Wine Festival. Huntington Beach has the most oceanfront rooms within a one-mile stretch on the West Coast.

    View More
  • 7. Irvine

    Irvine is where community, business and nature are in harmony. Beautifully manicured office parks are surrounded by more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space, the most in the county, offering residents and visitors alike preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails.

    View More
  • 8. Laguna Beach

    The artist colony of Laguna Beach is one of Orange County’s hidden gems, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city’s topography is unique to other California coastal cities with its seven miles of coves and beaches where visitors can explore sea caves, tide pools, oceanside bluffs, natural tide pools and of course, sandy beaches, all within city limits.

    View More
  • 9. Newport Beach

    Beyond the radiant sun, sand and surf, discover the sophisticated charm of Newport Beach, California. With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, there are ten miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities. Ten distinct neighborhoods make up Newport Beach, each with its own unique personality, natural beauty and story to share.

    View More