Orange County Restaurants

El Torito Grill

Mesquite-grilled steak, seafood and contemporary specialties, handmade tortillas. Lobster quesadilla; sizzling fajitas; carnitas Yucatan. L, D (daily); Br (Su).


Sports-themed spot serves generous portions of American grill food. Arena of interactive games and attractions; flat-screen TVs everywhere make for unparalleled sports-viewing. “Mocktails” for the little ones.

Fig & Olive

Pascal Lorange’s cuisine is an ode to olive oil and what’s on the plate—from crostini and crudo starters to crème-brûlée cheesecake—is sophisticated. The olive tree-studded setting is stunning. L, D…

Fireside Tavern

Tavern at renovated Crowne Plaza Hotel. Berkshire pork-belly sliders; pickled wild Gulf shrimp; pan-roasted Mary’s Chicken. L, D (daily).

Five Crowns

Venerated Lawry’s-owned spot in replica of England’s oldest inn has new decor details and a menu that emphasizes creativity—but the prime rib and other favorites aren’t going anywhere. Superb SideDoor…

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Sleek spot serves prime everything. Bar offers some 100 wines by the glass and in flights and inviting happy-hour options. Prime rib on Sundays. D (nightly), Br (Su).

Francoli Gourmet

Convivial, handsome destination—with ornate orange-glass chandelier, intriguing art on the walls and Italian ceramics everywhere—looks out onto the Orange Circle in Old Towne. Regional specialty pastas; specialty Italian products available…

Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen

Old Towne day-trippers and tequila connoisseurs duck into this haven for spirited takes on regional Mexican fare. The rustically stylish space, with its colorful contemporary glass wall sculptures, packs them…


Fine chef Byron Gemmell serves up fairly traditional French fare and adds California touches. Casserole of escargots; hearts of palm and crab; roasted duck. L, D (daily); Br (Su).


Sparkling environment with undulating curves overlooks Bear Street. Rice-cracker-coated jumbo asparagus with yuzu sea salt; tamari-marinated black cod. L, D (daily).

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