Main Course

Main Course reviews are in-depth restaurant reviews from Orange County’s dining experts, Orange Coast magazine.

Knife Pleat Combines an Inviting Space With a Sublime Menu

South Coast Plaza is wise to create a striking home for this lofty team.

Fusion Transplant Bistro Provincia Combines Variety With Solid Value in Dana Point

A something-for-everyone destination with a welcoming vibe and solid values on every front.

Refined Simplicity Shines At Oliver’s Osteria in Laguna Beach

"Oliver’s turns out some astounding Italian fare, seasoned with talent, integrity, and tradition."

Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge: Upmarket Steaks, Premium Seafood, and a Killer Light Show

Our review of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tupelo Junction Cafe: Southern Sensibility with a Tasty, Home-Grown Edge

It's southern sensibility with a tasty, home-grown edge.

Meizhou Dongpo: It’s all about the duck at Irvine’s upscale Sichuan dining experience

It's the first O.C. outpost of the 120-unit Beijing restaurant chain.

Spirited Cooking is Key to Lido Marina Village Jewel Lido Bottle Works

Open since May, it exists thanks to last year’s overdue glossing up of dowdy Lido Marina Village.

Laguna Niguel’s Hendrix Feeds its Neighborhood Well

A hint of Europe, lots of California flavors, and a coastal vibe that always feels welcoming, Hendrix games a lot of appealing angles in one convenient venue.

Ironwood’s Menu is Deep, Seasonal, and Crowd-Pleasing

Expect nuanced cooking, luscious beverage options, and surprisingly polished service.