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Rooms We Love: Pops of Blue Work for This Aliso Viejo Family Room

Anita Ayer wanted a stylish, inviting room that was also durable for her three young kids. Using tile Ayer selected for the fireplace as inspiration to guide the design, interior designer Erica Bryen created an eclectic gathering place for the family. “I just love all the textures,” Ayer says. “On my own, I would never think to piece these things together; somehow (Erica) does it and it looks amazing.”

“I like the feeling of the house being open and airy. The shelving lends itself to that,” Ayer says.

“Wallpaper is nice because it brings in a texture and a depth that draws your eye and also softens the wall,” Bryen says.

“I wasn’t sure that I was going to like blue leather; but as soon as I saw it in person, I said ‘These are great,’ ” Ayer says.

“Sometimes I bring rugs in at the end because I like to really try them (first),” Bryen says.

“Lighting is like a piece of jewelry that you’re adding in at the end of an outfit,” Bryen says.

In Plain Sight: Surfer Marvels at Bioluminescent Waves in Newport Beach

The Scene A surfer marvels at bioluminescent waves glowing off the coast of Newport Beach.
The Details The neon blue water is caused by a red tide of phytoplankton, which lights up in response to movement and contact.
Explorer Credit Mike Marshall @meeyak
Get the Shot When the biological phenomenon returns, it’s helpful to know if there was a red tide at the beach during daytime. “It also takes patience,” Marshall says. “Not every location or wave will be a strong blue. I was out there for almost two hours.”

Where to Watch an Outdoor Concert or Movie in O.C.

While theaters and concert venues remain closed, outdoor and drive-in events are being held across Orange County so that summer fun can continue from a safe distance. With 6 feet in mind and mask and hand sanitizer in tow, pile into the car and see what local entertainment has to offer while supporting our community.

Movies on the Promenade (Waitlist only)
The District at Tustin Legacy is hosting a free outdoor movie screening for the whole family. On July 16, “Goonies” will be showing on a 20-foot screen outside AMC Theaters at 8:15 p.m. or sundown. Support local businesses by ordering takeout, while enjoying gift card giveaways and entertainment from a live DJ. Tables open at 7 p.m. and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made and guests are encouraged to wear masks when walking through the venue. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, 714-259-9090, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movies-on-the-promenade-tickets-111877055284

Bayside Summer Jazz Series
Bayside’s wrap-around patio is filled with elegant cuisine and live music all summer long. Sunday brunch means sipping on Champagne under sun shades as Dylan Wager’s acoustic and pop rock melodies takes center stage. The Irvine Barclay Theater Jazz Band is scheduled for Thursday night, Ron Kobayashi on Friday, and Tracy and the Blues Makers on Saturday. Jo Anne Kurman and Tracy Longstreth are set to play two nights each: Sunday/Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday respectively. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949-721-1222, baysiderestaurant.com

Bistango Summer Jazz Series
From Latin Jazz and R&B to classics and contemporary cover tunes, live entertainment will play through the evenings during Bistango’s Summer Jazz Series. On Wednesdays through Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m., musicians like the Irvine Barclay Theater Jazz Band, Tracy and the Blues Makers, Le Grand Barr and Funky Four will be setting the summer mood for restaurant-goers. 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949-752-5222, bistango.com

JULY 10 AND 12
San Juan Capistrano Drive-In Movie Summer Series (Sold Out)
With the success of previously held city-sponsored screenings, operator Kilburn Live has arranged for additional drive-in events in Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Club’s parking lot. Upcoming dates include “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” playing on July 10, and “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” on July 12. The movies start at 8:30 p.m. and is $25 per vehicle. 30753 Avenida La Pata, San Juan Capistrano, 949-493-1171,  https://www.cinemapopups.com/pop-up/8d4eabb7-4868-4d14-a606-4f97ba740489

You, Me + Vitamin Sea (Sold Out)
Dana Point Harbor is recreating the drive-in movie experience with a showing of Disney’s “Moana” on July 16. Gates will open at 6:15 p.m. and the evening will be kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with live music and special deals on to-go “movie boxes” from Harbor restaurants. Upon arrival, cars will be directed to an assigned parking space and guests are being asked to keep physical distance and to wear masks when not in their vehicles. Tickets are $25 per car and must be purchased in advance. 34571 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949-496-6137, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dana-point-harbor-moana-tickets-109838066614

Live Music at The Wharf
Enjoy the cool ocean breeze, fresh seafood from resident eateries, and live musical performances at Dana Point Harbor every Thursday in July. Singer-songwriter Zach Churchill will be making an appearance on July 16, and country pop artist Olivia Ooms on July 23 and 30. Both artists will be playing from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Wharf Courtyard by Frisby Cellars and Jon’s Fish Market on their respective days. 34571 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949-496-6137, danapointharbor.com

JULY 10 to 12
The Stage on Forest
To provide a safe, fun, pedestrian-only experience while supporting local businesses, the Promenade on Forest Avenue has opened to the public for outdoor dining, retail, and art performances. “The Stage on Forest” will feature live music from musicians Joseph Yashar, Jodi Siegel, Zach Churchill, and Mike Hamilton, on July 10, 11 and 12 at various times (details in the link below). Stretching from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street, hand sanitizing stations are set up and a maintenance staff is regularly disinfecting. Operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will continue through the summer until September 7. Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949-497-0704, visitlagunabeach.com/events/the-promenade-on-forest

The Alley Cats
The Alley Cats have made an appearance at the White House, on Broadway, and now they are back at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center on July 16 for a drive-in concert. Tickets to see this Grammy-nominated Doo Wop group are $30 and must be purchased in advance online. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Guests will be asked to display pre-purchased tickets through their window, and are required to wear masks when exiting their vehicle at any time. 1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, https://themuck.org/programing/2020-07-16-alley-cats

Concerts @ The Camp
Drive-in concerts are being held at The CAMP’s parking lot every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through the summer. While the event itself is free, supporting the variety of small, local businesses is highly encouraged. Safety guidelines for attending include staying in personal vehicles, wearing a mask when picking up or being delivered food, not consuming alcohol, and not approaching performers. Expect performances from artists such as Lou Lagoon, Pyschic Barber, Sean Oliu & The Coastline Cowboys, Darden, C A N D I D!, and Undecided Future. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-966-6661, thecampsite.com

Farmers Park Flix hosted by Anaheim Fall Festival
Join fellow Anaheim Packing District patrons for a limited-seat, vintage movie night under the stars. Films will be showing every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September, with the next feature being “House on Haunted Hill” on July 23, starting at 8 p.m. No alcohol or outside food and beverage will be permitted in the park and masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. 412 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, 714-533-7225, anaheimpackingdistrict.com

OC Parks Drive-In (Sold Out)
Beat the heat at Mile Square Regional Park where OC Parks will be hosting a 3-night feature of “Jurassic Park.” This drive-in movie event will take place with the health and safety of moviegoers being the top priority. Masks must be worn when under a 6 feet distance from others and parking spaces will be assigned based on vehicle size. Tickets are $10 per car and must be purchased prior to the date of attendance. The site opens at 7 p.m. and the film will begin around 8:30 p.m. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, 714-973-6865 https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks/events/

How To Celebrate Burger Week in Orange County

From a Filipino-inspired burger from MFK by Aysee in Anaheim to a Lebanese burger from Irvine’s Falasophy, you can sample an astonishing variety of chef-driven, gourmet burgers while supporting some of your favorite, local restaurants. Choose from menus priced at $10, $15, $20, and $25 while taking advantage of takeout and outdoor dining options. Plant-based burgers are also available. 

PARTICIPATING O.C. RESTAURANTS (click to view each restaurant’s Burger Week menu):

17th Street Grill – Tustin

Andrei’s Restaurant – Irvine

Bello by Sandro Nardone – Newport Beach

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Newport Beach

Braizen Sexy Sandwiches – Santa Ana

Bru Grill & Market – Lake Forest

Cambalache – Fountain Valley

Cappy’s Cafe –  Newport Beach

Champagnes Bistro & Deli – Newport Beach

Chapter One: the modern local – Santa Ana

Daily Grill – Irvine 

Dublin 4 Gastropub – Mission Viejo

Fable & Spirit – Newport Beach

Falasophy – Irvine

Fleming’s Steakhouse – Newport Beach

Flights and Irons Urban Kitchen – San Clemente

Georgia’s Restaurant – Anaheim

Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar 

Helmsman Ale House – Newport Beach 

Hopdoddy Burger Bar – Newport Beach and Tustin

Hopper & Burr – Santa Ana

Little Onion Mexican Restaurant – Irvine and Santa Ana 

Matador Cantina – Fullerton 

Medii Kitchen – Anaheim


Mendocino Farms – Multiple Locations

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar – Santa Ana 

Mozambique – Laguna Beach  

Paul Martin’s American Grill – Irvine

Pickled Monk – Fullerton 

Pokeworks – Laguna Niguel & Irvine

Prime Cut Cafe – Orange

Rancho Capistrano Winery – San Juan Capistrano

Salt Creek Grille – Dana Point

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge – Ladera Ranch

Selanne Steak Tavern – Laguna Beach

Sessions West Coast Deli – Irvine and Newport Beach

SideDoor – Corona del Mar

Skyloft – Laguna Beach 

Strong Water – Anaheim

Sundried Tomato – San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano

Taco Mesa – Multiple Locations

Taco Rosa – Multiple Locations

Tanner’s Huntington Beach – Huntington Beach

Tavern House kitchen+bar – Newport Beach

The Country Club – Costa Mesa 

The Penalty Box – Garden Grove  

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Tustin

Toast Kitchen & Bakery – Costa Mesa

Trevors at the Tracks – San Juan Capistrano

True Food Kitchen – Multiple Locations 

Villa Roma – Laguna Hills

WAVE Gourmet Burgers -Huntington Beach

Wineworks For Everyone – Mission Viejo

Head to burgerweek.com for more details.

The Best Burgers in Orange County

Orange County’s Best Ube Treats

Ube latte and waffles from Basilur Tea & Cafe; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Move over, matcha. Ube is the latest flavor taking hold in O.C. The sweet purple yam from the Philippines has made its way into many of our favorite desserts and drinks.

Ube Latte and Waffles
Basilur Tea & Coffee, Buena Park

Ube Bingsoo (Korean shaved ice)
Cafe Bora, Buena Park

Ube Cookies and Dalgona Cream Latte
Dough & Arrow, Costa Mesa

Ube Japanese Cheesecake
Fluffie Japanese Cheesecake, Westminster

Ube “Cakies” (Twinkie-inspired dessert)
Jae NYC Eats, food truck

Ube Butter, Cookies, Cake, and More
Kitchen 1726, delivery only

Ube Horchata
MFK by Aysee, Anaheim

Ube Malasadas
Paderia Bakehouse, Fountain Valley

Ube Milkshakes
Polar Playground, Huntington Beach

Ube Taiyaki (fish-shaped cake) soft serve
Somisomi, Irvine

Ube Danish
Sunmerry Bakery, Irvine

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Santa Ana’s Small Batch Doughnuts Delivers Decadent Treats in O.C.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

The Find Petite doughnuts handcrafted in small batches and delivered throughout the county
The Place Small Batch Doughnuts, an online shop in Santa Ana
The Details Symbolizing O.C., the signature Citrus Dreams flavor has a zesty citrus glaze and is dusted with gold and waterleaf. Other flavors include Blueberry London Fog and Strawberry Bliss.
The Price One dozen ($25) or two dozen ($38) at smallbatchdoughnuts.com

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O.C.’s Best 2020! | Food & Drink

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Charcuterie Boxes
Curb your craving for salty meats and cheeses with Grazing Kitchen. Choose from a variety of made-to-order charcuterie boards and boxes that can feed from two to nine people or opt for the larger Grazing Table for 40 to 200 people. Then customize your options and select the date and time you wish to graze. San Clemente, grazingkitchen.com

Coffee That Breaks Barriers
With years of experience in special education, the founders of Able Coffee Roasters launched the brand to empower those with autism and other disabilities through jobs. The coffee beans are organic, sourced from small farms worldwide, and roasted in small batches weekly ($12 for an eight-ounce bag). Choose from a variety of blends such as the signature Bali Blue sourced from the islands of Indonesia. Look for a storefront cafe coming to Santa Ana. Mission Viejo, theableworkers.com

Ahi Poke
Always fresh as heck, the ahi poke from Bear Flag Fish Co. is sold by the pound and made their way, with soy, sesame seeds, and seaweed. It was one of the first and is still the best, at $18.19 per pound. Grab a bowl and imagine you’re on the islands. Crystal Cove, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, bearflagfishco.com

Finger-Licking Ribs
The pork ribs listed as starters at Lido Bottle Works are a relatively new addition. Thank heavens chef Amy Lebrun decided to include these lovely morsels on the regular menu. Prepared with a caramel sauce and chicharrones, the ribs will make even the most generous dining partner seem greedy as she demands a whole order to herself. Newport Beach, 949-529-2784

Small Batch Doughnuts photograph by Emily J. Davis

Doughnut Delivery
Small Batch Doughnuts drops off variety boxes of fun-size pastries featuring local ingredients. Try the Citrus Dreams flavor with a glass of Champagne. Santa Ana, smallbatchdoughnuts.com

Entree Masquerading as a Side
Sure, Eddie V’s is adored for whole lobsters and mega Prime steaks, but our frequent cheat is a humble side of terrific fried rice starring lump crab and shiitake mushrooms. The giant portion feeds two, or one twice. Newport Beach, 949-720-9925

Plant-Based Asian Fare
When Naughty Boy Sushi and My Vegan Panda joined forces to open Naughty Panda at 4th Street Market, the founders created a vegan pan-Asian powerhouse the likes of which the county had never seen. Try extravagant rolls and flavorful faux chicken, beef, and shrimp bowls. Santa Ana, myveganpanda.com

Indian Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Khan is chef Imran Ali Mookhi’s indulgent take on a sloppy Joe at Khan Saab Craft Kitchen. The sandwich is a twist on keema pav, a popular Indian street food made with minced meat (chopped wagyu beef here) and peppery spices on a fluffy pav bun toasted with butter. Fullerton, 714-853-1081

Mark Twain cocktail; Photograph courtesy of the Guild Club

Luxurious Cocktail
If you’re looking for an upscale, relaxing drink to upgrade any outing to a special occasion, try the Twain at Guild Club. Using Pappy Van Winkle bourbon for the base, the cocktail also has Angostura bitters. It’s so smooth and delicious, you’ll be mighty tempted to have more than one and linger in the decadent surroundings for the evening. Costa Mesa, 949-500-5561

Soy-Based Sweets
Get dairy-free drinks, snacks, and desserts at the all-vegan Soy Good. The family-owned business was borne out of a passion for tofu and soy milk, the latter made in-house with a higher protein content. Expect unique drink toppings such as black sesame paste and coconut sago. Try the silky sweet soy pudding and savory fried tofu. Garden Grove, 714-591-5653

Fried Chicken Sandwich
Newcomer Porch & Swing’s mighty fine sandwich stands out in a crowded field, thanks to perfect parts: crispy fried chicken, crunchy apple-fennel slaw, house pickles, and a toasty brioche bun. The restaurant promotes itself as a tribute to the cuisine of Charleston, South Carolina, and the kitchen is helmed by chef Justin Werner of Playground and Playground 2.0. Irvine, 949-400-4795

Cacio e Pepe
The classic cheese and pepper pasta is deceptively simple and so hard to find executed with finesse. Enter Oliver’s Osteria, where the comfort peasant dish is a wow meal that we now weigh all others against. Laguna Beach, 949-715-0261

Carrot-ginger soup at Selanne Steak Tavern; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Soup at a Steakhouse
Ordering soup at a restaurant that specializes in steak isn’t the obvious choice. But be sure to indulge in the carrot-ginger soup at Selanne Steak Tavern whenever chef Vincent Terusa makes it available. The exquisite dish adds toasted coconut flakes, crème fraiche, and cilantro for a scrumptious result that will keep you sated no matter the season. Laguna Beach, 949-715-9881

Spicy Cold Noodles
The hotter the day, the bigger the joy of spicy cold beef noodles (liang pi) at Qin West Noodle. Wide and bouncy, the chilled noodles take on hyper-hot chile oil for that pain-and-pleasure flavor dance. Irvine, 949-932-0465

Must-Have Bag
Prove your devotion to dumplings. Din Tai Fung has designed a cool canvas bag, perfect for your xiao long bao and noodle takeout fix. It’s free when you spend $100 or more. No, you can’t buy it separately. Costa Mesa, 714-549-3388

Soufflé pancakes at Burnt Crumbs; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Brunch Dessert with a Japanese Twist
Discover a fresh take on the traditional pancake stack at Burnt Crumbs. The light, fluffy, and delightfully jiggly Japanese-style soufflé pancakes are the must-have dish on the brunch menu with three flavor options including original with house-made syrup, berry compote with house-made whipped cream, and strawberries and cream. Observe chef-owner Paul Cao’s seemingly effortless mastery of a challenging recipe from the exhibition kitchen. Irvine, 949-502-5998

Peruvian Steak
There’s nothing humble about Costa’s signature lomo saltado. Peru’s classic steak-and-starch dish is boosted here with tender chunks of filet mignon, sizzled to yield juicy bites with caramelized edges. The fluffy planks of fried potato are next-level fries. Costa Mesa, 714-852-3299

Tofu-Skin Salad
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Ja Jiaozi’s tofu-skin salad is perfectly timed for the hot summer months. Tofu here is made in-house, so the springy ribbons have notes of buttery sweetness and a tender chew. Cilantro stems supply a cool, crunchy counterpunch. Irvine, 714-786-8999

Puesto tacos photograph by Anne Watson

Tacos of the Month
For inventive tacos that include walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds or fried octopus with chipotle crema, you’ll want to swing by one of the Puesto locations in Irvine. The restaurant lures with its regular lineup, but to expand your horizons and be delighted, try the taco of the month. Park Place, 949-608-7272; Los Olivos, 949-608-9990

Roast Chicken Mainstay
Takeout is second nature to Rosine’s Café, which served its first to-go roast chicken in 1995. Today it’s a landmark for that habit-forming chicken plus an alluring menu of consistently satisfying Lebanese cuisine. Anaheim Hills, 714-283-5141

Pear and Burrata Salad
The Vox Kitchen takes Asian fusion to the next level, incorporating diverse flavors from Vietnam, China, and Taiwan. A unique twist on a classic appetizer, the Vox Pear Salad marries crispy pear, honey-roasted nuts, creamy burrata cheese, tangy fig balsamic, and Champagne vinaigrette. It makes for a great starter before house garlic noodles or crab congee. Fountain Valley, 657-231-6493

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Orange County’s Best New Restaurants of 2020

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 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

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O.C. Restaurants Get Creative with Outdoor Dining Areas

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