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.
Located in the secluded suburb of Chino Hills, this pub offers American comfort food and stellar drinks in a convivial atmosphere. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Chino Hills Pub is more than just a place that serves food, it's a restaurant where the whole family can gather. Craft beers and superb cocktails are behind the bar while the kitchen serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, signature dishes as well as a kid's menu. Sunday brunch is from 9a to 1p and it features bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Nick's San Clemente's is nestled in the heart of downtown San Clemente and is a great place to have hangout with friends whether it's for cocktails by the fireside or lunch or dinner in their gorgeous dining room. The interiors will warm you with their wood and stone decor highlighted by lovely lighting, giving it a cozy look. Nick's only use natural and organic produces in their food and the well thought menu comprises of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages. The restaurant's cuisine is combination of the traditional and contemporary cooking that has resulted in the creation of some great food. Their full bar features an impressive wine list and unique cocktails.
If you're looking for a dark, trendy bar and an amazing gourmet burger in one place, then 25 Degrees is it. Enter 25 Degrees and grab a seat at the large bar or at one of the tables and dive in to the menu. Four signature burgers come loaded with toppings like caramelized onions, Burrata, pesto, green chili and more. If you're not in the mood for one of those, they have an option to build your own custom burger with their 14 different options each of toppings, sauces and cheeses. They also offer some equally decadent non-burger sandwich options like the Sonoran Bobak Hot Dog which is a bacon-wrapped hot dog with caramelized onion, tomato, pinto beans, onion, green chili, queso fresco, mustard and garlic aioli. Try a shake, either with or without alcohol, or beer from the tap to pair with your meal.
This is a great restaurant with a delicious menu of Cuban dishes in a Latin setting. The restaurant feels like a little cafe in Havana. This is a great little spot where the food is good and the atmosphere is friendly. Much of the clientele consists of professionals who work in the area. The menu features Nueva Latina fare (not simply Cuban) since it is also inspired by South American cooking. The tamales, spicy seafood dishes, and marinated pork are excellent. There is a full bar plus a pretty good wine list.
This is Orange County's favorite spot for authentic soul food. It is a small space packed with a lot of punch. Get ready to taste some of the best, most down-home food of your life, all while enjoying the live jazz and blues and a great decor. The clientele is varied, but most everyone is relaxed and open to new tastes and new friends. Southern soul food rules here; your palate will be blown away by soul meatloaf, Cajun gumbo, shrimp Creole, soul burgers with garlic mustard sauce, chicken-sausage gumbo, blackened fish, fried chicken, and more.
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.
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.
One of the most popular seafood restaurants's in Irvine, The Kickin Crab is where you can dig into a large plate full of spicy crab delicacies while taking your taste buds on a flavorsome adventure to cherish for a long time. Not only do they serve crabs, they also prepare some really delicious Cajun and Creole-style shrimp, oysters, and calamari as well. Go for the Coconut Snail if you wish to try something truly unique.
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.
A brightly-lit and spacious restaurant located in Westpark, Irvine, Capital Noodle Bar offers up a variety of South-East Asian fusion dishes. The large picnic-style benches here, make this a great place to dine in with a group of friends or family. However if you wish to, you can always pick up some of their tasty food as take-away. Enjoy delicious options like Crispy Shrimp Rolls, Crispy Tofu, Grilled Beef Skewers, Stir Fried Green Beans, Fried Fish Cakes, Chicken Lo Mein, Canton Roast Duck, Wonton Egg Noodle and Thai Style Chow Fun. Finish off a meal here with the Cinnamon Chinese Donut with Vanilla Ice Cream and wash it all down with a Hot Jasmine Tea or a Passion Fruit Green Tea.
TAPS Fish House & Brewery is a must-visit restaurant for all seafood, steak and craft beer connoisseurs. Its specialties include a charcuterie and raw bar, hand-cut steaks, 24 beers on tap and more than 150 bottled wines featuring many local gems. Its handcrafted ales have even won several awards. Its popular menu items are Clams & Mussels Cazuela, Maine Lobster Bisque and Whole-Roasted Branzino. You can also create your own charcuterie and cheese platter. The dining room has a vintage feel, replete with a wood-beamed ceiling, black-and-white sketches, and dark wooden furniture. You can also rent the entire premises for smart corporate luncheons and wedding receptions.