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3334 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA, 92663

949-650-6505

Swanky yet relaxed, this Coast Highway landmark is helmed by veteran executive chef Jon Blackford. A smattering of old reliables…

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Arc

3321 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

949-500-5561

Chef-owner Noah Blom’s vision for his “new American roast house cuisine” focuses on the allure of wood-oven cooking…

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Babette’s

7962 E. Coast Highway, Newport Coast, CA, 92657

949-715-9915

Born in East Hampton, this Pacific Coast sibling, open since October, is easily the poshest new girl on campus at Crystal Cove Promenade.

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Cedar Creek Inn

20 Pointe Drive, Brea, CA, 92821

714-255-5600

A gorgeous patio, welcoming lounge, and attractive dining room lend upscale charisma to this handsome eatery…

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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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Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom

400 Main St., Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-673-4633

One of O.C.’s most iconic landmarks, the 1906 Balboa Pavilion still lures visitors to its harbor view…

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Hopscotch Tavern

136 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA, 92832

714-871-2222

The affable downtown watering hole is unabashedly keen on booze…

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Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

After a long break from O.C. debuts, serial restaurateur David Wilhelm returned in his typically bold way with this spiffy 256-seat venue in glossy The Village at La Floresta. North county residents swarm the upbeat space, noshing on comfort classics, steaks, and booze-food snacks. Best betws include burgers and prime rib. Desserts are huge, if […]

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Juliette Kitchen & Bar

1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-752-5854

In the former Tradition by Pascal location, the revamped space hums with locals happy to find an accessible haunt where food is king…

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La Cave

1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

949-646-7944

Stiff drinks, thick steaks, and live music keep the leather booths full…

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Lumberyard

384 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-3900

Veteran local restaurateur Cary Redfearn brought new life to this downtown landmark with a tasteful remodel, welcoming bar, and comfort classics

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Nick’s

213 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, CA, 92672

949-481-2200

Situated on a prime stretch of vintage Avenida del Mar, this inviting bar and grill is just urbane enough to lure grownups who prefer to skip the surfer grub scene…

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Nick’s

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

949-376-8595

Perched on Laguna’s prime stretch of Coast Highway, this inviting, urbane bar and grill lures grownups who prefer to skip the surfer grub scene…

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Park Ave

11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA, 90680

714-901-4400

Restored to a jaunty sheen never imagined during its Highway 39 diner heyday, this family-owned Googie landmark serves gourmet American classics…

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Paul Martin’s American Grill

534 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA, 92618

949-453-1144

A major player at the Spectrum in Irvine, this inviting 260-seat venue offers a plain-spoken, single-page carte of highly seasonal American dishes…

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Prime Cut Café & Wine Bar

Stadium Promenade, Orange, CA, 92866

714-532-4300

American comfort cuisine gets a major boost from top-notch ingredients, sophisticated kitchen techniques, and, of course, a wine bar with 75 choices by the taste…

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Provenance

2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-718-0477

Chef-owner-dreamer Cathy Pavlos rekindles her farm-to-fork childhood at this ambitious Eastbluff venue that includes a tricked-out kitchen and bar, and a 1,300-square-foot organic garden…

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Quiet Woman

3224 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA, 92625

949-640-7440

Perpetually packed with locals for decades, the Q-Dub (as it’s known) pours mean drinks and notable wines by the glass…

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