Orange County Restaurants

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).

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,…

AVEO Table + Bar

Euro-eclectic dishes—grilled quail with Thai spices; cocoa-pistachio baked rack of lamb—amid ocean views. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).

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).

Bayside

First-rate New American fare at stylish spot with limited view of harbor canals. A smashing new interior update and sprawling bar and patio draw exec lunches, romantic dinners and lazy…

Benihana

The original exhibition kitchen—at your table! Fun dining experience, fun date. L (M-F), D (nightly).

Big Fish Tavern

As the name suggests: fresh fish paired with an excellent selection of beer. Fish grilled or blackened, with choice of sauces and toppings. Poke, lobster fondue, caramelized salmon, bananas bread…

Bistango

Beautifully presented contemporary cuisine, extensive wine list, changing contemporary art exhibits and jazz nightly. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).

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