Photo by Brendan Lally
THE ROOFTOP LOUNGE & K’YA BISTRO BAR
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with breathtaking views at The Rooftop Lounge, located at the historic Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA. For Cinco de Mayo, The Rooftop Lounge will be offering Patron margaritas for $9, signature margaritas such as the Spicy Patron Margarita for $11, and the Cadillac Patron Margarita and Skinny Patron Margarita for $10. Guests can enjoy popular dishes such as the Huevos Rancheros made with corn tortilla topped with eggs, beans, cheddar & jack blend, avocado and ranchero salsa. For guests looking to enjoy Mediterranean flavors but still what to enjoy a margarita on Cinco de Mayo, K’ya Bistro is the perfect location. K’ya Bistro will also be offering the same margarita specials at The Rooftop Lounge. For more information visit rooftoplagunabeach.com or kyabistro.com
Rooftop Lounge, 1289 South Coast Highway, 4th Floor, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2446
K’ya Bistro Bar, 1287 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, (949) 376-9718
WAYS & MEANS OYSTER HOUSE
For those looking to dine oceanfront then go shopping after celebrating, Ways & Means Oyster House is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Located inside the luxury shopping and dining center, Pacific City, Ways & Means will be offering $10 margarita pitchers, lobster tacos and lobster quesadillas.
21022 Pacific Coast Highway B140, Huntington Beach, (714) 960-4300, wmoysters.com
CHA CHA’s LATIN KITCHEN
Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner (a Saturday this year!) and guests can celebrate at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen with a special fiesta! The restaurant will be offering Lobster Tacos (photos below), drink specials, live music and Folklorico dance performances all day long! Cha Cha’s is taking its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to the next level by offering (for Saturday, May 5 ONLY) Latin-inspired Lobster Tacos made with maseca dusted crispy lobster tail, chipotle cabbage slaw, heirloom pico de gallo, avocado, and roasted jalapeno crema. Drink specials include – $10 Beer & Tequila Shots, $15 Grand Classic Margaritas (including the popular Watermelon Margarita) and 1/2 OFF ALL Premium Agave Tequila Shots. In addition to the special items, Cha Cha’s full menu will also be available all day. On Cinco de Mayo, Cha Cha’s will open at 11:30 a.m. and will have live Latin Music and traditional Folklorico dance performances at both locations!
Cha Cha’s Irvine, 13126 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, (714) 408-7819
Cha Cha’s Brea, 110 W Birch St #7, Brea, (714) 255-1040
Red O is planning a big Cinco de May celebration including entertainment throughout the day and night paired with their amazing food and margarita selections. They have over 200 tequilas to choose from. Lunch and brunch menu will be offered during the day and their dinner menu starts at 5 p.m. For lunch, start with Corn & Goat Cheese Tamales, move on to the Short Rib Barbacoa Torta for your entrée, and end with Just-Made Churros for dessert. For dinner, start with Mary’s Duck Taquitos and a Spiced Pineapple Margarita, move on to Lamb in Mole Negro, and end with Tres Leches for dessert.
143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, (949) 718-0300, redorestaurant.com
Puesto will be offering great drink specials. Once of them is the Puesto Perfect Margarita, made with Casa Noble Crystal for $12 or a bottle for $50 which has 5 servings of margaritas inside. While enjoying the margaritas, snack on some Puesto Perfect Guacamole made with avocado, cilantro, onion, fresh squeezed lime & orange juices, chile habanero, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, (949) 608-9990, eatpuesto.com
Social will have a special crafted margarita and food menu to celebrate. Start with Black Magic Woman Margarita made with Bruxo #1 Mezcal, pineapple, Fresno chile, ancho Reyes, and lime; or Don’t Be a Pasilla Margarita made with Bruxo Mezcal, Milagro Tequila, blood orange, pasilla & arbol syrup and lime. Pair either of these margaritas with some tasty food like Carnitas, Octopus, and/or Wagyu Steak Tacos, House Made Guacamole, Flautas, and Chilaquiles.
Related: Where To Get The Best Churros In Orange County.
512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-2425, socialcostamesa.com
GABBI’S MEXICAN KITCHEN
A great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen is with some margaritas and tacos. Start with a Classic Margarita made with 100% blue agave Agavales reposado tequila, triple sec, and house-made sweet and sour; or a Jalapeno Pepino Margarita made with Corralejo blanco tequila, cucumber, jalapeno, lime, agave, and Hawaiian red sea salt. Pair your margarita with Camarones Tacos made with shrimp, chile arbol, cheese, cabbage, pico de gallo, and jalapeno crema and/or Asada Tacos with grilled peppers, red onion, cheese, and chimichurri sauce.
141 S. Glassell Ave., Orange, (714) 633-3038, gabbismexicankitchen.com
LOCO BREWS LOCO GROOVES AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHEIM
A great way to celebrate Cinco de May is with a craft beer, food, and music festival! The breweries include: Ace Cider, Ballast Point Brewing, Barley Forge Brewing Co., Black Plague Brewing, Bootleggers Brewery, Chapman Crafted Beer, Cismontane Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Company, Evans Brewing Co., Fall Brewing, Four Sons Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Gunwhales Ales, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Latitude 33 Brewing, Left Coast Brewing Co., Modern Times Beer, Pizza Port Brewing Company, St. Archer Brewing Company, Stereo Brewing, Stone Brewing, and Unsung Brewing Co. The bands include: Carlos Se, Cinco Santos, Cupero, Daniel Bonte, Devil Season, DJ Scotty Blaze, Esco Music, Fehr Rivas, Giuliana, Half Past Two, Headshine, Lazy Brad Lewis, Manantial de Fuego, Solution, Stevie Talks, Vinnie and the Hooligans, Vispera, West Coast Dave, The Whooligans, and Wild Wild Monsters. Doors open at 3 p.m.
400 W. Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, (714) 520-2334, houseofblues.com
SOKA UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018
Enjoy over 700 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors. The 2018 International Festival will again be part of the Orange County’s Imagination Celebration, presented in cooperation with Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education. There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demos, a children’s play area with Superslide and Bounce House, student projects — and much more!
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4081, soka.edu
SAN CLEMENTE CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA
Orange County’s Spanish Village by the Sea has been breaking out the mariachis for more than 25 years for its annual family-friendly celebration in the park. With live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, beer garden, children’s activities like rock climbing, train and game booths.
Saturday May 5, 2-6p.m., Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente, Free, More info