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in Orange County, California(including Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fullerton, Laguna Beach & Newport Beach)

A&O Kitchen + Bar
Casual Balboa Bay Resort restaurant brings a lively spin on the gastropub concept in a waterfront setting.

Aqua Lounge
Hip lounge at Island Hotel Newport Beach featuring outdoor seating, DJs, craft cocktails and small bites.

The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar
Inland South Orange County jumps into the gastropub scene with this casual venue marked by adventurous food and killer cocktails.

BLK Burgrz
An expansive outdoor patio and intriguing wine list equip this take on the custom-burger concept.

Boathouse Collective
Contemporary cuisine and artisanal cocktails in a comfortably breezy atmosphere.

Bonefish Grill
Fresh grilled fish and sustainable seafood abound at this lively Tustin locale.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
Boisterous gastropub featuring cocktails and Southern-inspired comfort food and a massive brown liquor selection.

Cucina Enoteca
A Newport Beach location of the charmingly rustic Italian restaurant.

Din Tai Fung
Shanghai-style soup dumplings and other Chinese delights are found at this perpetually bustling South Coast Plaza restaurant.

Dory Deli
Cozy deli concept on Newport Beach's Balboa Peninsula with artisanal sandwiches, craft beers and plenty of vegetarian options.

Eats Kitchen & Bar
Throwback Hotel Irvine restaurant featuring creative, Asian-influenced gastropub fare.

Cozy, casual Huntington Beach joint features serious burgers and a well-crafted whiskey list.

Casual Irvine restaurant featuring a bevy of progressive burgers and a long whiskey list.

Old-school San Juan Capistrano restaurant succeeds in its mission to deliver locally inspired contemporary fare and craft cocktails.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
OPENING SUMMER 2015 --- Orange County outpost of the Austin, Texas-based burger and beer restaurant.

La Vida Cantina
Margaritas, martinis and Mexican food at this elevated Costa Mesa restaurant.

Lillie's Q
A little bit of Southern barbecue by way of Chicago at this downtown Brea eatery.

Market Place
Island Hotel Newport Beach food shop selling various snacks and on-the-go items made by the hotel's own culinary team.

Classic French cuisine in Newport Beach.

nFuse Kitchen & Bar
Trendy shared plates at Anaheim Marriott

90 Pacifica Restaurant & Wine Bar
Contemporary cuisine at this restaurant hidden inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Irvine Spectrum.

The North Left
Topnotch takes on gastropub fare abound at this downtown Santa Ana joint.

Oak Grill
Contemporary California cuisine offered in sleek environs at Island Hotel Newport Beach.

Pirozzi Corona del Mar
Alessandro Pirozzi’s cozy Corona Del Mar restaurant pairs Italian cuisine with a solid wine list.

Napa-inspired cuisine and a backyard oasis of fresh garden ingredients at a secluded Newport Back Bay restaurant.

Cozy OC Mix at South Coast Collection restaurant featuring Spanish-style tapas.

Red O
Rick Bayless’ take on regional Mexican cuisine comes to Fashion Island.

Reunion Kitchen + Drink
Reunion Kitchen + Drink features inventive takes on comfort food and craft cocktails.

Selanne Steak Tavern
Future Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne brings his A-Game to this elegant steakhouse and neighborhood tavern hybrid.

SOCIAL Costa Mesa
Sleek, lively Costa Mesa joint featuring New American cuisine and inventive cocktails.

solita Tacos & Margaritas
Neighborhood offshoot of popular Newport Beach venue brings satisfying Mexican flavors to Huntington Beach.

Sushi Roku
OPENING IN 2015 --- The L.A.-based sushi restaurant is headed to Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

Tempo Urban Kitchen
Modern American and global cuisine built around ingredients that are fresh and scratch-made --- all the way down to the salt.

TLT Food
A brick-and-mortar version of the mobile kitchen The Lime Truck at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

Tortilla Republic
This mini-chain has made its way to Laguna Beach bringing contemporary Mexican cuisine.

Twenty Eight
"Top Chef" alum Shirley Chung presents regional Chinese dishes at this Irvine restaurant.

OPENING SUMMER 2015 --- Chef Amar Santana will open a second restaurant in Costa Mesa.

Innovative cuisine abounds at Balboa Bay Resort's rebranded, chef-driven flagship restaurant.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach’s flagship restaurant features contemporary cuisine, including killer bar food, in a breezy, relaxed setting.


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