Located right on the sand of Crystal Cove, the Beachcomber operates in one of the historic cottages, and features seafood and mixed drinks. The quality of the food and the service is best proved by its popularity: the wait is often two hours, and limited reservations are accepted only on-line. However, a little planning can make the wait hassle free: make the Beachcomber reception the first stop at Crystal Cove, drop in your name and number, then go explore the beach until being called. Don't have 2 hours? Come for an early breakfast – sipping a cup of coffee on the sun deck while looking out at Santa Catalina Island. A perfect way to start your day.
Peter's Gourmade Grill, right on the edge of Tustin, from its opening quickly became a hot spot for delicious gourmet burgers and sandwiches. If you ask anyone what to order at Peter's the answer will be quick: the signature ABC (avocado, bacon and cheddar) Burger. But the menu doesn't stop there, with all kinds of behemoth burger and sandwich combinations like The Rammer, grilled pastrami on top of a burger patty with grilled onions and all the fixings, or the basil chicken sandwich. Aside from things between bread, there are some appetizer, salad and main dish options too, some classic American and some with a Mediterranean or Mexican twist. The grill is in an old gas station so enjoy the unique surroundings as you dig into your meal.
Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, as the name suggests, serves quality seafood and sushi too. The Bass Ale-battered fish & chips, Dungeness crab melt sandwich and assorted sushi platter will leave you craving for more. You can have wine by the glass or the bottle while you can dine al fresco. For those who want a bit of adventure in every walk of life, including their meal, the eatery organizes "helicopter private dining" and 'Duffy boat dining.' Banquet facilities, catering for parties and meetings are also available.
Continue your dreamy vacation at Downtown Disney with a visit to Catal. Fine Mediterranean cuisine served here has hints from France, Italy, Spain and Greece. Get into the groove with paella a la Valencia, duck leg confit and spinach tortellini. The bar serves innovative, themed drinks, tapas, sandwiches and salads. And if you feel like it, you can request a table outdoors. The management announces events seasonally.
The selection of beer here is mind boggling— hundreds of bottled selections and about 15 beers on tap will satisfy the most finicky of beer drinkers. This is also a deli serving sandwiches and other typical deli fare like potato salad and other goodies. If you are on a diet, this place is not for you, but if you just want delicious beer and food, loosen your belt and prepare to fill up.
Sundried Tomato American Bistro - San Clemente is nestled in picturesque region of San Clemente featuring a big bar, live music, grand elegant dining room and a beautiful patio. Serving Californian food in a chic yet casual setting, their lounge has a fireplace where you can sip on from an impressive list of wine and cocktails. With happy hour all through the week and a special Sunday football happy hour, football fans can lounge and watch their favorite matches on the multiple TV's all the time. Kids can dine free on Wednesdays, so run along and get your one for a nice time out. Sundried offers brunch, lunch and dinner menus, must try's are the Blackened Chicken Spring Rolls and Rack Of Lamb. A great place for outdoor dining, come and feast on the delights offered here.
Citrus Cafe, located next to a railroad, is a Tustin neighborhood favorite. But to many of its patrons, breakfast, lunch and dinner here mean much-needed comfort. The restaurant serves a great variety of California cuisine. Must-try dishes are the Greek Omelet, Kobe-Burger, Ricotta Cheese Ravioli, and meatloaf. And everyone loves their bread. Not just large in portion, their dishes are also plentiful in flavor.
Cream Pan is a family-friendly restaurant that is known for its baked items, especially croissants and breads. It also sells sweets at various shops across California. Children and adults alike can relish croissants in varieties like plain butter, almond, banana, blueberry and strawberry. The menu also features croquette and turkey avocado sandwiches, pork katsu curry and sushi platters. Seated in the charming interiors, enjoy desserts like cream puff, pear tart, mango cheesecake and Boston cream donut. And if you can't get enough of the confectioneries, hire their catering services for your next party.
This place claims to be Tustin's first and original family-owned Italian restaurant. Since 1961 it has been pleasing the locals with its delicious food and casual ambiance. Menu items include Calabrese Pizza, Pasta Estiva, Gnocchi Catanzaro, Grilled Halibut or Salmon, Shrimp Calabrese, Mostaccioli Arrabbiata, Veal Sorrentino, Osso Buco, Eggplant Sorrentino and more. Don't forget to try one of the homemade desserts like Tiramisu, Rum Cake, Cannoli and Cheesecake. You can also order beer and wine with some good, inexpensive Chiantis by the bottle.
Located in a restored Victorian home, this restaurant serves luncheon and classic high tea. There are four dining rooms and a tea garden in front. The in-house art gallery features artwork by owner, Audrey Heredia. Meals are made with organic vegetables grown in the garden. The menu changes depending on the season, and includes salads, soups, sandwiches, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie, pot roast, Cornish game hens and more. There is a full bar and a good selection of wine. No matter when you plan to come, it is a good idea to call first, as hours are subject to change anytime.
One of the Biggest Chinese-owned bakery chains in the states, this location in Irvine is the place to be if desserts are your weakness. Their pastry chefs are some of the most qualified professionals in the field and produce some truly exquisite masterpieces such as their signature Almond Half Moon, Deluxe Strawberry and the Dong-Po Pastry. They also serve up some amazing savory items like the Cheese Dog, which is a must-have here.