Orange County Restaurants

Anaheim White House

Italian steakhouse in restored 1909 manor offers a romantic setting and refined cuisine, impeccably served amid a series of fresco recreations. Peppered hanger steak and game dishes are huge draws—but…

Andrea

Elegant but unstuffy. Spectacular views of elysian vistas and the ocean. Superb northern Italian cuisine. Pasta and gelato made in dedicated rooms. L, D (daily).

Antonello Ristorante

Top-notch, romantic northern Italian restaurant in faux villa; don’t miss the osso buco with risotto milanese. Enoteca Lounge and bar menu. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).

Canaletto

Venetian-style restaurant features superb salumeria, antipasti, wood-fired pizzas and specialty meat and seafood dishes—think vermicelli Cassopipa with fish ragu, clams, mussels, scallops and grape tomatoes. L, D (daily).

Ecco

Hip spot at the Camp serves up sophisticated wood-fired pizzas, ricotta gnocchi with grilled prawns, sautéed broccoli rabe with garlic and chilies. New at Anaheim Packing House. L, D (daily).

Il Barone Ristorante

Chef Franco Barone and wife Donatella offer distinctive fare at stylish spot hidden near John Wayne Airport. Modern-art-filled room reflects his sophisticated side, tripe his rustic Sicilian roots. L (M-F),…

Il Garage

Beguiling Italian spot from David Slay, of acclaimed ParkAve, in a garage, amid a 1924 tractor and red-checkered tablecloths; it overlooks the garden that inspires and supplies the menu. D…

Mare Culinary Lounge

Chef-owner Allessandro Pirozzi tops his fine Cucina Alessa locations at glittery new spot. Infused pastas include limoncello-infused mafaldine pasta with lobster tail, shallots, pinot grigio-local lemon sauce. B, L, D…

North Italia

High-decibel space with lots of glass, soaring ceiling, lively marble-topped bar and citrus-studded patio. Truffle garlic bread; squid-ink mafaldine; salted caramel budino. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

Onotria

Ristorante devoted to honoring wine with Italian dishes concocted especially to flatter fine varietals (onotria translates to “land of vines”). Dishes are highly seasonal. The wine list runs 40 pages.

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