Orange County Restaurants


Master sushi chef Takashi Abe offers exquisite sushi and hot entrées. Toro tartare with osetra caviar; seafood tempura with truffle butter ponzu sauce; prime filet mignon with mixed mushrooms. Opt for…

Bluewater Grill

Fresh seafood selection at handsome spots changes daily. Grilled Australian barramundi, Costa Rican mahimahi, farm-raised Mississippi catfish. Outdoor waterfront dining in Newport. L, D (daily); Br (Su).

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).

Brussels Bistro

Belgian menu, drinks, decor. Chicon gratin (endives, white sauce and cheeses), roasted salmon with pesto oil and Belgian stoemp; crepes flambés. All-you-can-eat moules frites M-W. DJs/dancing F-Sa after 10:30 pm….


The county’s original waffle sandwiches. Hot tickets: Pastrami Bruxie, Creamsicle float. Plus waffle fries, cane-sugar sodas, Wisconsin frozen custard. New in Huntington Beach. B, L, D (daily).

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Casual, kid-friendly spot near the Disney Resort and Convention Center offers shrimp every way imaginable: coconut, drunken, fried, in pasta or on a po’boy sandwich. Non-shrimp specialties include ribs, burgers,…


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).

Capital Seafood

More than 100 kinds of dim sum, offered from pushed steam carts at lunch, plus Asian tapas, clay-pot items, tofu, noodles and congees at Irvine Spectrum Center. L, D (daily).

Catal Restaurant

Upscale yet casual establishment offers an array of Mediterranean eats plus an extensive wine list.

Chapter One: The Modern Local

Hip library-themed spot in downtown Santa Ana offers creative fare—e.g., skirt steak with apple chimichurri sauce and yucca fries—and excellent changing “culinary cocktails.” Open until 2 am. L, D (daily). 

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