Top 10 Restaurants in Orange County, California
Orange County is home to some amazing places, from the Disneyland Resort to the Discovery Cube in Santa Ana. Plus, here, we have some of the best restaurants in Southern California. They offer an almost dizzying array of cuisine from around the world. Whether you're in the mood for fine dining, seafood, or casual fare, you'll find plenty of options to satisfy your Cravings.
Here are our choices for the top 10 restaurants in Orange County:
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon: Located in Anaheim, The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon is a fine dining restaurant that specializes in farm-to-table cuisine. If you’re visiting Disneyland, you might even want to take a detour here at the end of the day, as The Ranch is just seven minutes away from the resort. The menu here features seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, with dishes like braised short ribs and wild mushroom risotto.
Selanne Steak Tavern: Laguna Beach, a coastal Orange County city, is home to Selanne Steak Tavern, a classic American steakhouse with a prime steaks, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list. If you’re here to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, or wedding-related event, rent their private club area. It’s available for groups of 12 or fewer and even offers team-building experiences.
Driftwood Kitchen: Driftwood Kitchen is also located in Laguna Beach, and offers coastal California cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. We think the best place to enjoy seafood is in a beach-side restaurant with ocean views, and that’s what you get in this chiq, upscale establishment.
The Cellar: In San Clemente you’ll find The Cellar, a fancy, comfortable restaurant with a focus on French cuisine. As such, you’ll find classic dishes like escargot and coq au vin, a wide selection of tasty cheese, and an extensive wine list.
The Deck on Laguna Beach: With panoramic ocean views, The Deck is a popular spot for casual dining in among Laguna Beach locals. This is another lovely place to dine on fresh seafood, sandwiches, and salads, while watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. You can also order a variety of cocktails and craft beers.
Raya: Located in Dana Point, Raya is a modern Latin restaurant that cares about the environment. With a focus on sustainable seafood, the menu features dishes like ceviche, grilled octopus, and paella. There’s also a long wine and cocktail list.
Sapphire Laguna: Yes, here’s another Laguna Beach restaurant. It just so happens that some of the very best restaurants in Orange County are along the coast, in Laguna Beach. Sapphire Laguna is a contemporary American restaurant that incorporates global influences in its cuisine. The menu features dishes like Moroccan spiced lamb chops and miso glazed salmon. And yes, they boast an impressive wine list.
Nick's: With locations in both Laguna Beach and San Clemente, Nick's is a casual restaurant that serves up tasty California comfort food. On the menu you’ll find mac and cheese, fish tacos, burgers, salads, breakfast platters, and a huge cocktail list.
Ironwood: Up in Laguna Hills you’ll find Ironwood, a contemporary American restaurant with a focus on wood-fired cuisine. The menu includes wood-grilled prime rib, smoked pork belly, flavorful seafood, handpicked local produce, and beverages including craft bears, craft cocktails, and wines from around the world.
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar: Located in Tustin, The Winery is a sleek, modern restaurant featuring California cuisine. Perusing the menu, you can choose from dishes like seared scallops, filet mignon, salads, soups, and an extensive wine list featuring wines from California and beyond.
Whether you’re a local or just visiting, we hope you’re able to get to one or more of these restaurants for a real treat.
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