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The establishments below are presented in alphabetical order.


The Ranch Restaurant & SaloonAnaheim

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon | Anaheim

You won’t find a more unorthodox dining venue in Orange County than The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon. It’s located on the first floor of a six-story office building in industrial Anaheim, right next door to an authentic country-western dance hall. You may not find a more satisfying meal in OC, either. executive chef Michael Rossi has put together an interpretation of contemporary cuisine that features exceptional culinary craftsmanship, expertly layered flavor profiles, and high-quality ingredients – many of which are grown on the restaurant’s own farm. Rossi’s smartly composed steak, game and fish dishes are equally matched by the venue’s stunningly gigantic wine list of over 14,000 domestic and foreign labels. Be sure to save room for dessert, where Michael’s brother David takes the stage to concoct whimsical treats like his otherworldly buttered popcorn ice cream.

Review and rating of The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon in Anaheim.



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SeaLegs Wine BarHuntington Beach

SeaLegs Wine Bar | Huntington Beach

As the name suggests, this Huntington Beach venue is a popular spot for those looking to split a bottle of wine amongst friends or chill with a glass of good stuff on their own. But it’s also so much more than that. executive chef Alexander Dale exhibits some serious chops in putting together seasonally shifting contemporary cuisine that is ready to be paired with the venue’s sizable wine selections, ranging from high-end bar food like fresh house-cut fries draped in a trio of cheeses to more serious dishes like charred filet medallions with pickled onions. Plus, its location is a few blocks away from the city’s infamous downtown area, so you can enjoy the essence of Surf City here without having to deal with any frat boy-fueled shenanigans.

Review and rating of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach.



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Selanne Steak TavernLaguna Beach

Selanne Steak Tavern | Laguna Beach

Teemu Selanne is arguably the most beloved athlete in the history of Orange County. The Anaheim Ducks legend and future hockey hall-of-famer appears to be using this excellent venue as a means to express his appreciation for the community. The restaurant’s team of culinary talent is led by executive chef Joshua Severson, who made his bones under acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio, and he breathes fantastic life into the classic steakhouse concept by creating letter-perfect versions of familiar genre favorites. His skill in preparing steaks like the bone marrow butter-topped New York Strip is transcendent, and sides like the seasonal mixed mushroom with truffle butter are tremendous meal enhancements. The venue’s impressive selection of global wines also includes a special “Black List” that showcases special rare and high-end selections.

Review and rating of Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach.



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Solita Tacos & MargaritasHuntington Beach

Solita Tacos & Margaritas | Huntington Beach

This restaurant is a sister venue of Newport Beach’s popular SOL Cocina. But what makes this anchor of Huntington Beach’s Bella Terra outdoor shopping mall so fresh is that it is not a carbon copy of the original venue. executive chef Deborah Schneider has created a completely different menu of culinary delights partially based on her own excursions to Mexico. It’s a little more casual in setting and cuisine – you can indulge in familiar fare like burritos and tacos if you wish – but this increased approachability does not come at the expense of the quality of the presentation or flavor possibilities that can be experienced here. Start your meal with a house margarita and an order of the grilled elote (corn on the cob), which is prepared and presented tableside.

Review and rating of Solita Tacos & Margaritas restaurant in Huntington Beach.



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Taco MariaCosta Mesa

Taco Maria | Costa Mesa

This restaurant was already hugely popular before it opened – it enjoyed a rabid cult-like following as a food truck before it went the brick and mortar route. Anyone who drops by this resident of Costa Mesa’s white hot and unapologetically cool OC Mix will see exactly why the fan base existed. executive chef Carlos Salgado’s take on what he calls “Chicano cuisine” produces flavors that push the boundaries of Mexican food without ever betraying that distinction. His craftsmanship and uncanny knack for building complex flavor profiles through dishes like the aguachile scallop crudo or the chicken and cashew mole proves that this often cheese-drenched culinary genre can be taken to lofty heights.

Review and rating of Taco Maria restaurant in Costa Mesa.



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