O.C. Restaurants Get Creative with Outdoor Dining Areas

Rooftop dining at Old Vine Kitchen & Bar; Photograph courtesy of Old Vine Kitchen & Bar

Restaurants in the county are quickly adapting to new safety protocols being put in place while still staying true to the dining experience. Options like delivery and curbside pickup are still consistently available; but for those looking to grab a bite outdoors, eateries throughout our community are revamping patios, parking lots, sidewalks, and even rooftops to accommodate those needs. Personal protective equipment, sanitation, and social distancing are being enforced on local and state levels, but these O.C. restaurants are some of the spots following regulations with their own flair.

Old Vine Kitchen & Bar
With the debut of their new rooftop and stairway dining areas, Old Vine’s bar menu will be available every day, and their dinner menu from Tuesdays to Sundays. Brunch is expected to be arriving soon as well. In accordance to city, county, and state guidelines, employees are required to wear face masks at all times and guests are expected to wear one as well when arriving, exiting, communicating with staff, and any time they are away from their assigned table. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-545-1411, oldvinekitchenbar.com

Coastal Kitchen
Coastal Kitchen was quick to adjust to new safety protocols and has created an outdoor patio that upholds the indoor experience. The health and safety of guest and employees are ensured with the addition of sanitizing stations and touch-free sinks. Daily cleaning and sanitizing has increased and employees are provided with masks, face shields, and daily screening processes. 34091 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949-449-2822, coastalkitchendanapoint.com

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen
Khan Saab opened their doors for the first time only weeks before the shutdown, but has been quick to adapt to safe practices. Their outdoor space has transformed into a street bistro setting, with string lights and candles setting the perfect mood for enjoying halal steaks and Desi dishes. Reservations are recommended to secure a spot in their limited seating. 229 East Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-853-1081, khansaaboc.com

4th Street Market
4th Street Market is no stranger to change with their constant cycle of new and budding food talents entering the O.C. food scene. A new 800-square-foot parklet featuring furniture, shade coverings, decking and more, has been added to offer additional outdoor seating. Some of the safety measures being implemented are extra cleaning, separating tables, requiring face coverings from employees and customers, and hand sanitizing stations. The food festivities are set to continue with the grand reopening and Taste of 4SM event on July 11. 201 E 4th St., Santa Ana, 714-486-0700, 4thstreetmarket.com

Terra Wood-Fired Kitchen
A new rooftop deck with socially distanced tables adds to the patio and street-side seating options available at Terra Wood-Fired Kitchen. The Mediterranean-inspired dishes and wood-fired artisan pizzas are created and served by a staff well-prepped in ensuring safety and comfort. 4884 Main St., Yorba Linda, 714-463-4424, terrawoodfiredkitchen.com

Marché Moderne
The café experience has been brought outdoors in Marché Moderne’s patio dining space, and there are plans to continue expanding. The summer seaside breeze compliments elegant table settings that are shaded by umbrellas during the day, and made warm with extra heaters at night. Safety measures, such as team members wearing masks, gloves, and face shields, are being taken to further ensure that memorable dining experiences can carry on. 7862 E Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 714-434-7900, marchemoderne.net

Helmsman Ale House
Complete with a beer garden and corn hole, summer is in full swing at Helmsman Ale House’s extended, socially distanced parklet patio. This local brewery is open to all ages for some family-friendly fun. No reservations are needed as seating is on a first come, first served basis. 2920 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-220-9977, helmsmanalehouse.com

Craft House
Craft House was quick to put together an impromptu outdoor space decorated with string lights, turf, planters and more. The area was built with social distancing and the safety of visitors and staff in mind, so locally sourced, sustainable seafood under summer skies can be indulged. 34094 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949-481-7734, eatatcrafthouse.com

Las Brisas
Diners are brought closer to the Laguna Beach coastline views with Las Brisas’ new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” which includes a bar lounge area and patio. Some of the health guidelines in place include enhanced team member screening, personal protective equipment, frequent hand washing, and medical grade disinfectant. Safety is not compromised when bringing fresh seafood dishes infused with traditional Mexican flavors to the table. 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-497-5434, lasbrisaslagunabeach.com

Sol Mexican Cocina
Sol Mexican Cocina is offering front row seats to savoring both Newport marina views and their take on healthy, coastal Mexican food crafted from scratch. This waterfront eatery’s patio is open for lunch and dinner, and is offering $3 mimosas during weekend brunch. Weekday happy hours are given a Taco & Tequila Tuesday twist with taco specials, $5 house margaritas, and live music. 251 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949-675-9800, solcocina.com

Urban Plates
Summer is here and so is the spacious and airy patio dining at Urban Plates. Back for a limited time, slow-cooked Heritage Pork barbecue ribs can be enjoyed on an individual plate or as a family meal that serves four. Urban Plates is also thanking local healthcare workers by matching sponsored healthy meal donations. Locations in Aliso Viejo, Brea, Irvine, and Tustin, urbanplates.com

Acapulco’s alfresco dining now extends out to the parking lot, where comfortable, shaded seating has been made readily available. Their team provides reassurance that extra precautions are being taken by performing social distancing and enhanced sanitizing procedures. Guests who dine in can kick their week off with $2 margaritas on Margarita Mondays. 1262 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-754-6528, acapulcorestaurants.com


Anaheim Packing House
440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, 714-533-7225, anaheimpackingdistrict.com

Promenade on Forest
Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, lagunabeachcity.net/business/the_promenade_on_forest.htm

Fable and Spirit
3441 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949-409-9913, fableandspirit.com

Bello by Sandro Nardone
1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949-520-7191, bellobysandronardone.com

601 E Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, 714-480-0225, benchmarkoc.com

Crudo at The Hall Global Eatery
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-515-5544, thehallge.com

Broadway by Amar Santana
328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, broadwaybyamarsantana.com

Knife Pleat
South Coast Plaza, 714-266-3388, knifepleat.com

Tavern House
333 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949-673-8464, tavernhousekb.com

The Drake
2894 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-376-1000, thedrakelaguna.com

The Yellow Chilli
2463 Park Ave., Tustin, 714-389-5280, theyellowchillitustin.com

CdM Restaurant
2325 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-287-6600, cdmrestaurant.com

El Mercado Modern Cuisine
301 N Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 714-338-2446, mercadomodern.com

Lido Bottle Works
3408 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, 949-529-2784, lidobottleworks.com

The Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach
3131 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949-999-6622, thewinerynewport.com

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949-640-1415, farmhouserg.com

Toast Kitchen & Bakery
1767 Newport Blvd., 949-873-5057, toastkitchenbakery.com 

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge
30865 Gateway Place, Ladera Ranch, 949-503-3086, scarletkl.com/menu-new

Whitestone Restaurant
34212 CA-1, Dana Point, 949-489-8911, whitestonerestaurant.com

Locations in Irvine and Costa Mesa, restauranthabana.com

Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-715-9881, selannesteaktavern.com

19100 Von Karman Ave., 949-752-5222, bistango.com

900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949-721-1222, baysiderestaurant.com

Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill
801 E Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-220-9414, cruiserspizzabargrill.com

Bosscat Kitchen
4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-333-0917, bosscatkitchen.com

384 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949-715-3900, lblumberyard.com

Pitfire Pizza
353 East 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949-313-6333, pitfirepizza.com

Eat Chow
211 62nd St., Newport Beach, 949-423-7080, eatchow.com

El Torito
Locations in Tustin, Orange, Cypress, Laguna Hills, and Yorba Lina, eltorito.com

7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-894-2792, solitatacos.com

Chihuahua Cerveza Taproom
3107 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-771-8226, chihuahuacerveza.com

Social Huntington Beach
21214 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-374-7715, socialrg.com

Nova Kitchen & Bar
12361 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, 714-696-0888, novaoc.com

Gabbi’s Kitchen
141 S Glassell St., Orange, gabbismexicankitchen.com/gabbi

Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar
190 S Glassell St., Orange, 714-221-0680, havencraftkitchen.com

Angelina’s Pizzeria
8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949-536-5200, angelinaspizzeria.com

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