Orange County Restaurants

Taps Fish House & Brewery

Gold medal-winning brewmeister (Brewer of the Year at world’s largest commercial beer competition—twice!) plus oyster bar and fine steaks. L, D (daily); Br (Su).

The Beachcomber

Like a weatherworn yacht with deck umbrellas—on Crystal Cove State Park beach. Coconut-macadamia pancakes at breakfast; lobster rolls at lunch; crab-stuffed wild Scottish salmon at dinner; cocktails at outdoor Bootlegger…

The Capital Grille

Elegant steakhouse offers dry-aged beef amid portraits of local historic figures. Pan-fried calamari with cherry peppers; roasted pepper soup; bone-in kona-crusted dry-aged sirloin; ethereal cheesecake. 5,000 wines; classic cocktails. L,…

The Catch

Sleek spot popular with baseball and hockey fans as well as concertgoers. Drunken mahimahi; Kobe filet mignon; salted caramel custard and Cracker Jacks; 5-pound OMG burger feeds 10. L, D…

The Cellar

Subterranean setting at 1920s-era California Hotel oozes with character. Lobster bisque; Three B Hash; chateaubriand; chocolate soufflé. New late-night lounge until 2 am. Tues-Sun D (Tu-Su).

The Crow Bar and Kitchen

Cut-above creative fare from James Beard Award-nominated chef John Cuevas, ex-Montage Beverly Hills. Superb brew selection. D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).

The Deck

Open-air spot serves beach fare and breezy cocktails steps from the sand. Tuscan kale Caesar; Vancouver Island king salmon. B, L, D (daily). 

The Hobbit

Transporting experience at homey hacienda revered for special occasions. The seven-course prix-fixe affair includes aperitifs upstairs, hors d’oeuvres in the wine cellar and new Continental classics in elegant dining rooms….

The Iron Press

Savory and sweet waffle sandwiches—grilled panko-crusted tilapia with habanero-mango salsa, Belgian waffle with Nutella and fruit—and California beers. L (daily), D (Tu-Sa).

The Ranch

Sophisticated restaurant and super-fun glittering saloon. Signature popovers; Kobe beef carpaccio with pecorino Romano, wild arugula and truffle; Skuna Bay salmon with black quinoa, California almonds, vine-dried grapes and tangerine…

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