Orange County Restaurants

A Restaurant

Stylish, nostalgic spot with red-leather booths gives dishes such as beef Stroganoff, pot roast and scallops an of-the-moment treatment. Café/market adjacent. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).

American Tavern

Family-friendly spot at Hotel Ménage. Chili-seared edamame; flash-grilled Caesar salad; chimichurri flatiron steak. Plus tropical drinks—and view of Disneyland fireworks!—at outdoor Palapa Bar. B, L, D (daily)

Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

Paris-born chef Yves Fournier’s conscientiously created dishes (warm octopus salad, hanger steak with zinfandel-and-beef-marrow sauce, goat-cheese cheesecake) and excellent cocktails. The striking new terrace features fire “tornadoes” and five types…

Arc

Chef Noah Blom’s “flame, flavor, finesse” cuisine (e.g., savory meatballs with garlic and whiskey, pig with black beans, maple and herbs) amid rustic-apothecary decor; superb cocktails use housemade everything. L,…

Babette’s

New. Popular East Hampton eatery opens stylish West Coast location. Highlights include barbecued tofu starter; imaginatively presented sake-soy-marinated rib-eye; and Billionaire cocktail. B, L, D (daily).

Back Bay Bistro

Snazzy spot overlooking the Back Bay at the Dunes; retractable roof. Cancun-style shrimp cocktail, Southwest lettuce wraps, New York steak au poivre. B (Sa-Su), L (daily), D (Th-Su), Br (Sa).

Bandera

Draws at the perennially popular spot include wood-fired rotisserie chicken and wood-grilled prime tri-tip; start with iron-skillet corn bread, finish with banana cream pie. D (nightly).

Broadway by Amar Santana

“Modern cuisine of the Americas” includes dishes such as herb-roasted branzino with cauliflower puree, pickled clamshell mushrooms, celery and truffle jus. Handcrafted cocktails are among O.C.’s finest. D (M-Sa).

Claim Jumper

Craftsman-style spots offer rotisserie chicken, fresh fish, baby-back ribs, pot pie, salads, Six-Layer Chocolate Motherlode Cake and craft beers. L, D (daily).

Crow Burger Kitchen

Casual sibling to the Crow Bar + Kitchen in Corona del Mar offers Angus and Prime beef burgers in intriguing configurations. Try Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!. L, D (daily).

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