Orange County’s Best New Restaurants of 2020

A look back at this year’s winners in time for our annual Best Of issue!
Cocktails #togetherwetoast, left, and Beets by Drew; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Our picks reveal wildly different inspirations—from Irish folk tales to Manhattan nostalgia to magnified French luxury—but share a confident, indie spirit. And for 2020, we peek back 10 years at these locations for clues to what we loved back then.


 

Restaurant of the Year: Fable & Spirit

Fable & Spirit Is Our 2020 Restaurant Of The Year


Bello by Sandro Nardone

Bello By Sandro Nardone Showcases Progressive Italian Cusine


Benchmark

Benchmark Is A Santa Ana Hot Spot With Alfresco Dining


CdM Restaurant

CdM Restaurant Is A Lavish Coastal Venue With a Subterranean Speakeasy


Crudo at The Hall Global Eatery

Crudo at The Hall Global Eatery Has An Upscale, Yet Low-Key Vibe


Knife Pleat

Knife Pleat Arrives With Glow of Michelin Starlight


Old Brea Chop House

Old Brea Chop House Sizzles With Steakhouse Classics


Tavern House

Tavern House Pairs Fun Favorites With Fresh Creations


The Drake

The Drake Pairs Distinctive Cuisine With Primo Live Music


The Yellow Chilli

Yellow Chilli Serves Faithful Indian Fare in a Nifty Setting


Head to orangecoast.com/readersrave to vote for your favorites from this year’s Reader Picks!

Visit orangecoast.com/bestof2020 for the rest of our Best Of picks.

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