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Sol Cocina

251 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA, 92663

949-675-9800

Fresh, spunky flavors of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula lure the coastal crowd to this bayside cantina that flaunts a slick remake by restaurant designer Thomas Schoos…

Website: http://www.solcocina.com

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South of Nick’s

110 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA, 92672

949-481-4545

From the festive boxes of Chiclets at the reception station to scores of fine-sipping tequilas at the roomy bar…

Website: http://www.southofnicks.com

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Splashes Restaurant

Surf and Sand Hotel, 1555 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-376-2779

Easily one of our coast’s top resort options for a surf’s-edge indulgence, this contemporary dining room and lounge is famed for romantic meals and sunset drinks…

Website: http://www.surfandsandresort.com

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Starfish

30832 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-9200

Locals and escaped Montage resort guests slip in for seaside cuisine with an Asian inflection at this Coast Highway venue…

Website: http://www.starfishlaguna.com/

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Studio

30801 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-6030

After a stellar run at Pasadena’s Langham Huntington hotel, executive chef Craig Strong brings his considerable talents to Montage resort’s ocean-view fine-dining venue…

Website: http://www.montagelagunabeach.com

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Summit House

2000 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA, 92832

714-671-4111

Set high above Fullerton’s northern city limits, this imposing Tudor manor house offers a sparkling city-lights view at night…

Website: http://www.summithouse.net

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Sundried Tomato Café and Catering Company

31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675

949-661-1167

These breezy cafes are a great find for light lunch and uncomplicated dinners. Small and large plates for the California palate…

Website: http://www.thesundriedtomatocafe.com

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Taco Maria

3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-538-8444

Every dish is a marvel of deeply considered modern Cal-Mex cuisine from chef-owner and O.C native Carlos Salgado…

Website: http://tacomaria.com/

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Taco Rosa

Tustin Marketplace, 13792 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA, 92670

714-505-6080

With agave-sweetened margaritas, daily agua frescas, a tortillera, and house-made churros, these flagships of the Taco Mesa chain take fresh Mex to the max…

Website: http://www.tacorosa.com

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Taco Rosa

2632 San Miguel Road, Newport Coast, CA, 92660

949-720-0980

With agave-sweetened margaritas, a tortillera, and house-made churros, these flagships of the Taco Mesa chain take fresh Mex to the max…

Website: http://www.tacorosa.com

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Taps Fish House & Brewery

101 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA, 92821

714-257-0101

North County locals fill this huge, handsome venue on Brea’s busiest corner. The option-packed American menu offers fresh seafood…

Website: http://www.tapsfishhouse.com

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The Beachcomber

15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA, 92657

949-376-6900

The surf’s edge view may be better than the food, but the drinks and eats are good enough to keep this iconic spot packed with beachgoers, especially in summer…

Website: http://www.thebeachcombercafe.com

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The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar

31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688

949-888-0072

Lakeside seats, terrific cocktails, and daring fare by young chef Karl Pfleider are earning local love for this rare gastro-canteen in Rancho Santa Margarita…

Website: http://www.theblindpigoc.com

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The Bungalow

2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA, 92625

949-673-6585

Comfy booths, a lively bar with stiff martinis, and lots of premium wines by the glass lure diners to this dinner house darling with the feel of a Craftsmanhome…

Website: http://www.thebungalowrestaurant.com

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The Cannery

3010 Lafayette Road, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-566-0060

Newport’s 93-year-old legend is more dazzling than ever with executive chef Nick Weber at the helm…

Website: http://www.cannerynewport.com

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The Capital Grille

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-432-1140

Florida’s Darden Group (parent of downstairs restaurant Seasons 52) takes on an increasing amount of square footage at South Coast Plaza with this upscale, 400-plus-seat steakhouse…

Website: http://www.thecapitalgrille.com

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The Cat & The Custard Cup

800 E. Whittier Blvd., La Habra, CA, 90631

562-694-3812

There aren’t many options in La Habra, but this reliable English-themed tavern charms, with fireplaces, a cozy bar, and smiling service…

Website: http://www.catandcustardcup.com

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The Catch

2100 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA, 92802

714-935-0101

The Catch grooves with the seasoned vibrancy of a winning team. Executive chef Cory Rapp orchestrates the unapologetically immense menu of modern and classic American eats…

Website: http://www.catchanaheim.com

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