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The Cellar

305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA, 92835

714-525-5682

Downtown Fullerton’s abiding choice for classy, old-school French dining is a North County staple for romantic meals…

Website: http://www.cellardining.com

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The Golden Truffle

1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

949-645-9858

Classic cocktails are fresh news at maverick chef Alan Greeley’s 32-year-old bastion of improvisation…

Website: http://www.goldentruffle.com

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The Hobbit

2932 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA, 92867

714-997-1972

Gustatory delights worthy of Gatsby attract special-occasion diners to this gracious hacienda, where dinners are seven-course pageants…

Website: http://www.hobbitrestaurant.com

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The Loft

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

949-715-6420

Dining at the posh Montage Laguna Beach demands a wide ocean view, and this comfy aerie delivers with style…

Website: http://www.montagelagunabeach.com

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The Mayors Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen

3300 Newport Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA, 92663

949-524-6160

Located on the site of the original Newport Beach City Hall, Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen is Lido House’s signature dining venue. Executive Chef Partner Riley Huddleston brings a decade of culinary power as a chef, mixologist, pastry chef and restaurateur to the Mayor’s Table with seafood and vegetable-forward cuisine. Menu highlights include a […]

Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/details/npbak-lido-house-autograph-collection/6069548

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The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon

1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, CA, 92805

714-817-4200

Oozing top-notch ambition, The Ranch rides into town packing big guns—executive chef Michael Rossi, and his brother, pastry chef David…

Website: http://theranch.com

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The Wild Artichoke

4973 Yorba Ranch Road, Yorba Linda, CA, 92885

714-777-9646

Chef-owner James D’Aquila and his winsome crew raise the culinary bar at this teensy, modest storefront…

Website: http://www.thewildartichoke.com

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

2647 Park Ave., Tustin, CA, 92782

714-258-7600

The O.C. power crowd doesn’t care that The Winery isn’t a winery, but a huge, handsome restaurant crafted to attract disciples of steak, wine, and cigars.

Website: http://www.thewineryrestaurant.net

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Three Seventy Common

370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-494-8686

Confident chef-owner Ryan Adams reboots the former Sorrento Grille into a straightforward bistro with rich, hearty eats prepared with local goods…

Website: http://www.370common.com

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Tommy Bahama’s Bar & Grill

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

949-376-6886

The nifty retool of the Heisler Building on Coast Highway lends a local vibe to the newest outpost of this beachy lifestyle boutique-bar-bistro mashup…

Website: http://www.tommybahama.com

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Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille

854 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar, CA, 92660

949-760-8686

Ongoing nips and tucks keep this perennial favorite fresh. The fare remains reliably coastal and fresh: sole with yuzu-lilikoi butter…

Website: http://www.tommybahama.com

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Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse

20782 Trabuco Oaks Drive, Trabuco Canyon, CA, 92679

949-586-0722

This favorite of Nixon’s, where they will cut off your tie and keep it as part of the decor, is 100 percent serious when it comes to steaks…

Website: http://www.trabucooakssteakhouse.com/

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True Food Kitchen

Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-644-2400

Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid is translated into a globally varied parade of healthful starters, salads, sandwiches, and entrees…

Website: http://www.truefoodkitchen.com

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Hyatt Regency Orange County, 11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA, 92840

714-750-1234

The Hyatt’s 17-story atrium lobby is home to this stylish, sinuous ristorante that’s fairly unknown. Chef Sayed Moalemi presides over a menu that starts with morning fritattas, moves to pizzas, antipasto platters, and fresh pastas for dinner…

Website: http://www.orangecounty.hyatt.com

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Vine

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

949-361-2079

Take a wine country detour at this top choice for poised California cuisine supported by an enlightened wine selection…

Website: http://www.vinesanclemente.com

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Walt’s Wharf

201 Main St., Seal Beach, CA, 90740

562-598-4433

Beloved for fresh seafood expertly grilled over oak embers, this beach-village fixture attracts hordes of locals and visitors…

Website: http://www.waltswharf.com

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Wasa Sushi

The Bluffs, 1346 Bison Ave., Newport Coast, CA, 92657

949-760-1511

James Hamamori cemented his stardom here, but now Kozo Perajima is the chef at this striking shopping-center…

Website: http://www.wasasushi.com

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Wasa Sushi

The Marketplace, 13124 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA, 92602

714-665-3338

James Hamamori attained stardom at this striking sushi salon in The Markeplace, and though he has moved on, scrupulously fresh fish…

Website: http://www.wasasushi.com

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