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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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Watertable

Hyatt Regency, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA

Here’s a rare bird, a hotel restaurant in a tourist resort that locals love for lots of reasons. Progressive takes on global dishes, tip-top craft cocktails, copious happy hours, and the steady hand of longtime chef Manfred Lassahn keep this venue on point. We return just for the white cheddar and thyme biscuits with seasonal […]

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Bar Louie

2467 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA, 92782

657.206.4600

Bar Louie Now Open @ The District in Tustin!

Website: http://www.barlouie.com/

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Boathouse Collective

1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, CA, 92627

949-646-3176

This quirky hang is a restaurant and private-event venue from local artist Clayton Peterson. A pastiche of up-cycled shipping containers and post-and-beam construction, the space is also an indoor-outdoor affair with frequent live music by local and touring acts. Mathieu Royer is executive chef, cooking a supertight and ever-changing menu of eclectic fare that’s in […]

Website: http://boathousecollective.com/

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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.

Website: http://babettesoc.com/

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Moulin Bistro

1000 Bristol St, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-474-0920

Moulin is the passion project of Paris native Laurent Vrignaud. After 30 years in the action-sports industry, he lives his longtime dream…

Website: http://moulinbistro.com/

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Pueblo

3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

(714) 340-5775

Chosen as Orange Coast’s Best New Restaurant of the Year in 2015, Pueblo is an O. C. first—a modern Spanish tapas bar with authentic dishes made with California provisions.

Website: http://pueblotapas.com/

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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…

Website: http://provenanceoc.com/

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Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking

1421 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, CA, 92704

714-850-1380

Chef-partner Mike Ritter and crew create Cajun-Creole magic in 12 steam-heated steel caldrons that cook seductive versions of gumbo, chowder, and the legendary Pan Roast…

Website: http://rittersskc.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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Selanne Steak Tavern

1464 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-9881

Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne cements his brand with this stylish upscale steak joint in the vastly retooled French 75 space on PCH…

Website: http://www.selannesteaktavern.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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Fig & Olive

151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-877-3005

Soak up the luxury of Cannes at Fashion Island’s stylish “import” that brims with beautiful people…

Website: http://www.figandolive.com/

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Wineworks for Everyone

26342 Oso Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691

949-582-0026

This near-hidden pocket bistro is a top choice for wine-centric cuisine in South County. A retooled menu by chef David Shofner…

Website: http://www.wineworksforeveryone.com

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Neapolitan Pizzeria & Birreria

31542 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-499-4531

All about pizza worship and emphatically Italian, right down to the Molino San Felice flour and the glossy red Stefano Ferrara wood-fire oven imported from Italy…

Website: http://www.nealaguna.com

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Carmelita’s Kitchen de Mexico

217 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-7829

This is the boutique version of Rancho Santa Margarita’s sprawling shop, but both offer top-notch Cal-Mex fare from the culinary vision of owner Clemente Heredia Jr., a third generation operator…

Website: http://www.carmelitaskitchen.com

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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…

Website: http://www.arcrestaurant.com

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Brunos Trattoria

210 W. Birch Street, Brea, CA, 92821

714-257-1000

One of North County’s best venues boasts advantages that are fairly rare in these parts: thoughtfully executed Italian cuisine…

Website: http://www.brunosbrea.com

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