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Dublin 4 Gastropub

26342 Oso Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691

949-582-0026

Publicans Darren and Jean Coyle welcome a varied crowd to this chipper modern pub, designed to rival Dublin’s finest…

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Duke’s

317 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648

714-374-6446

Jammed on summer weekends, it’s worth the wait for a table on the ocean-view patio of this pier-side hangout…

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Early Bird

Morningside Plaza, Fullerton, CA, 92835

714-529-4100

Imaginative breakfasts washed down with in-season, single-origin coffee make this humble hang Fullerton’s newest sleeper for the foodie crowd…

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Ecco

2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-444-3226

This easygoing trattoria at The Camp is downright mainstream compared to its quirky indie neighbors. Expect straightforward Italian fare from local organic goods…

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El Adobe de Capistrano

31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675

949-493-1163

This restaurant will always be known as Nixon’s favorite. No surprises here, just steaks, combo plates, friendly service, and a charming setting…

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El Cholo

5465 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA, 92604

949-451-0044

A spiffy suburban outpost of this combo-plate chain that started in L.A. in 1923…

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El Farolito

201 S. Bradford Ave., Placentia, CA, 92870

714-993-7880

Often packed tighter than a taquito, this is Old Town’s go-to favorite for traditional border fare, served fast and friendly…

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EnoSteak

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA, 92629

949-240-2000

After a recent revamp, what used to be a posh wine bar now is an intimate salon for ultrapremium steaks…

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Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen

31732 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-499-6311

Start with a fruity rum drink, or just a shot (choose from 425 rums), then move on to curry chicken or jerk jerk snapper at this charming, sometimes crowded cottage in South Laguna…

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Felix Continental Café

36 Plaza Square, Orange, CA, 92866

714-633-5842

Despite the use of canned peas and a menu as old as Fidel Castro, this value-conscious cafe remains a cult favorite, serving traditional Cuban and Spanish foods…

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Fig & Olive

151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-877-3005

Soak up the luxury of Cannes at Fashion Island’s stylish “import” that brims with beautiful people…

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Fish Camp

16600 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA, 92649

562-592-2267

From Sam King of the King’s Fish House fleet comes this overtly dressed-down seafood cantina at the northern edge of coastal O.C…

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Fish in a Bottle Sushi & Grill

1205 E. Imperial Highway, Placentia, CA, 92870

714-528-4000

Sleepy Placentia gets some modern chow at this maverick mom-and-pop cafe that supplements California cuisine with elaborate, innovative sushi rolls…

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Five Crowns

3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA, 92625

949-760-0331

O.C.’s ivy-covered grande dame since 1965 is younger than ever. Foodies thrill to modern dishes such as…

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-720-9633

Wet-aged at least 14 days, Fleming’s Prime steaks are broiled and seasoned with nothing but salt and pepper, from bone-in filet…

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Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen

141 S. Glassell St., Orange, CA, 92866

714-633-3038

From gorditas al pastor (masa cakes with kurobuta pork belly and pineapple-onion relish) to a Mayan tart made with chocolate truffles and served with salted dulce de leche ice cream…

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Gulfstream

850 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar, CA, 92625

949-718-0188

Heavenly biscuits, baked to order and pristine oysters shucked to order (in season) are two reasons to visit this popular bar and restaurant…

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Habana Restaurant & Bar

The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-556-0176

Cigar smoke hangs like the promise of romance over a lushly landscaped patio…

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