5 Underground Places to Discover in Orange County

Below street level, there are plenty of places to explore in O.C.
Photograph by Lily Fassnacht

Under CdM
The City: Corona del Mar
Description: The intimate speakeasy with many tables for two is a quiet respite where you can savor a great cocktail.
Good To Know: The old-fashioned photo booth captures a bygone era.

Hi-Time Wine Cellars
The City: Costa Mesa
Description: Most of the wine is stored in an underground cellar. You’ll notice the temperature change.
Good To Know: The tasting room on the way down the ramp is a great place for classes and introductions to new varietals.

The Cellar
The City: Fullerton
Description: Descending the stairs leads to a quiet, refined space to enjoy a romantic meal in large red booths with 1920s music in the background.
Good To Know: The restaurant was designed by Gene White, who worked on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction at Disneyland.

The City: Newport Beach
Description: The dining room below ground can be reserved for private parties and features surround video and sound to transport you to another locale.
Good To Know: The steakhouse now features a three-course family menu for curbside pickup or delivery.

La Cave
The City: Costa Mesa
Description: The 1960s Rat Pack vibe lives on here next to classic drinks and to-order cuts of steak.
Good To Know: The restaurant celebrates its 59th anniversary this month.

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