Perched on the beautiful hilltop inside the uber cool Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers you panoramic views of the golf greens and the wide blue Pacific ocean. A delicious farm to table menu highlighting the wood fire stove with specialties like wood-roasted chicken, New York steak and fries, salmon served with shiitake-ginger vinaigrette, and the scallop and shrimp duo. Or try the gourmet pizzas and the signature spicy tortilla soup with shredded chicken, cotija cheese and avocado puree. All these wonderful creations you can see being made in their open kitchen or just head to their chic lounge and catch the game on two huge screens. Pelican also offers an outstanding alfresco dining on their heated terrace with an ocean-view. Unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and groove to the live band music every Thursday through Saturday.
The House of Blues at Anaheim is the place for astounding live music and superb southern cuisine! It is heaven to all music lovers from Rock n' Roll, Punk, Alternative, Rap, Country, to Classical you can find any genre of music here. Alongside with their love for music comes their passion for food. One can find delicious traditional southern favorites such as BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Creole Jambalaya to their own unique creation like Voodoo Shrimp. The House of Blues is the destination for diversity, culture, music, and fine cuisine.
With a welcoming sign of 'Welcome to the beach' Alley Restaurant and Bar greets first timers as well the 'Alleycats' into their breezy, seaside pub. This legendary Newport Beach restaurant which has been reveling locals and visitors alike for the past 25 years with their American pub cuisine of classic burgers, sandwiches, Filet Mignon, lamb shank, chicken picatta, garlic green beans, pound cake, sand dabs, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Chilean Sea bass and more and late night 'anti happy hour' at their vibrant bar. The vintage look of the main dining area with its stained glass bay windows and dim lighting, invites you for a time of fun and frolic. Alley serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Welcome to the world of Alley.
This saloon has established itself as one of the most popular watering holes in Orange County with plenty of beer, music and friendly faces to talk to. If you are squeamish about huge sea animals that have paid a trip to the friendly neighborhood taxidermist, you might not like all the stuffed sharks adorning the walls. However, it adds a touch of the nautical to this Balboa Island bar.
Shabu Shabu, one of the most popular Japanese eateries in Santa Ana, is also rumored to feature a fantastic and impressive sake collection. Located on 17th Street, the charming restaurant, done up with deep reds and oriental elements, welcomes and usually caters to large groups and families. The food menu, on the other hand, is built around the shabu shabu-style (Japanese hotpot) of cooking where the diners choose a main ingredient, usually a meat, and cook it in boiling water along with various other herbs, condiments and spices - the result is a truly delicious, exotic meal that the entire family create and can enjoy together! Although meat and poultry preparations such as kobe beef and rib-eye shabu shabu are highly recommended, their vegan and vegetarian selections are quite delectable as well. Don't forget to complement this wonderful meal, with one of their sake drinks; take the help the courteous waitstaff if necessary - they'll be happy to help!
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is a Californian restaurant with a farm to table menu using only local, sustainable and naturally grown produces. Inspired by nature, you will be welcomed by a towering waterfall in the lobby, and then greeted by the elegant onyx and granite bar, while the dining room is cozy and inviting with its eco-friendly pecan wood floors. The creative menu, which is Californian cuisine with a blend of Mediterranean flavors, is designed for meat lovers, vegans and vegetarians and gluten free diners. Some of the menu highlights are the octopus salad, beef short rib, flatbreads, sweet potato fries and mahi mahi. The bar has a great selection of cocktails and a nice happy hour. Live entertainment is on three days of the week. A great place for foodies and special occasions.
Located in Newport Beach, steps away from the beloved local pier, Baja Sharkeez is Mexican restaurant that serves food similar to what you would find in a Cabo San Lucas Palapa hut, albeit this menu is a bit more suited for American tastes. In addition to fajitas, enchiladas and fish tacos, guests also have the option to order burgers, Tri-tip steak, roasted chicken and hearty salads. The portions are huge, the ambience is festive and best of all, it's location right near the beach.
Mi Casa is a casual ‘come as you are’ family mexican restaurant and is famous for its rustic dining room atmosphere, high-quality food, generous portions and traditional Sonora-style recipes. Since 1972, Mi Casa has been serving the best tacos, enchiladas and margaritas this side of the border. Come experience OC’s favorite Mexican food restaurant and see why this is known as a “local spot”.
SOCIAL Costa Mesa is all about culinary inventions: be it in craft cocktails or seasonal American dishes. The focus is on sourcing unusual ingredients from various Californian regions and then crafting them into both classic Southern American dishes and novel recipes. The bitters, syrups and cordials are made in-house and the mixologists don’t hesitate in trying out new blending techniques. Even their happy hour is called Social Hour, though it offers discounts just like the traditional version. Every dish is well plated, right from New Zealand Snapper Crudo and Iberico Jamon de Bellota to Spanish Octopus and Wood Fried Oysters. Do not miss the cinnamon and gin-infused cocktail called Apple of My Pie.
The Village Inn is a unique neighborhood establishment with lots of regulars and plenty of live music. The music ranges from classic rock to lounge music. The clientele ranges from kids just out of college to adults on the verge of their mid-life crisis. It is an excellent place to take a date with a lot of private, low-lit corners in which to disappear. All in all, it is a perfect place to mellow out no matter what your age or interests.