Best Restaurants 2017!

April 2017

What a golden era for those who love restaurants. Our options are more vibrant than ever and growing by the week. At Irenia and Mix Mix, contemporary Filipino fare is refined and expanded. At El Mercado and Taco María, Mexican is ever more sophisticated. And at Royal Hen, Moulin, and Marché Moderne, French bistros are interpreted anew. Breweries and poke shops your thing? Look for them soon on a corner near you. At every turn, there are grander openings, more daring updates, and new‑in-town players. So this year, we’ve expanded our Top 10 list to give you a larger view of the county’s best restaurants in every category, from classics to attention-getters to cozy favorites. By the time you read this, there will be even more options. So dig in and eat your way through this delicious list while it’s still fresh.

  1. No. 1 Restaurant of the Year: Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
  2. No. 2 The Best of The NewNew is tricky. New and compelling is even harder.
  3. No. 3 Toughest TablesHard to get is the strongest lure known to diners
  4. No. 4 Drama QueensAlways ready for their close-ups
  5. No. 5 Daring to Be Different
  6. No. 6 Where We're RegularsWe’re not stalkers, we’re regulars
  7. No. 7 Most Improved Restaurants in O.C.Making the most of a second chance
  8. No. 8 Chefs Who Are All InMinding the House
  9. No. 9 Ale StarsDine well and get all hopped up