Orange County’s Best New Restaurants of 2021

Photographs by Emily J. Davis

A mindful look at our dining landscape reveals changes that were unfathomable a year ago. So much has been lost and gained, invented and deferred. It’s a lot to digest, so we’re breaking down the metamorphosis in servings of five. Among the many lessons, we’ll never lose sight of this truth: Restaurants are essential.

Restaurant of the Year: Porch & Swing

➜ Porch & Swing Is Our 2021 Restaurant Of The Year


➜ Mayfield Features California Cuisine with Timeless Mediterranean Flavors


➜ Glasspar is a Spiffy Seafooder with a Deluxe Fish Market


➜ Shorebird Offers Modern American Fare in a Dazzling Venue


➜ Sapphire in Laguna Beach Sparkles Anew

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