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

Indian cuisine at Irvine’s University Center.

Contemporary dining with some envelope-pushing twists at this sleek, subdued Huntington Beach venue.

Bourbon Steak
Monarch Beach Resort’s flagship restaurant delivers ambience and steakhouse cuisine worthy of the Michael Mina name.

Burger Parlor
Joseph Mahon’s former pop-up venue delivers burgers and craft beers to Old Town Orange.

Casa Barilla
Manhattan-based fast-casual venue delivers full service-quality Italian fare in South Coast Plaza.

Center 360
Southern California fare from Patina Restaurant Group in the shadow of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Congregation Ale House
OPENING IN 2018 --- Craft beer and classic bar food in downtown Santa Ana.

The Country Club
An old Costa Mesa building is reborn as a sleek vintage-kissed venue featuring contemporary fare, craft cocktails and lively entertainment.

The Crack Shack
Richard Blais' fast-casual concept whips up chicken and more on Costa Mesa's hippest street.

The Cure Kitchen & Bar
Intimately sized Huntington Beach venue offering Cal-Asian fusion cuisine.

Eat Chow
Progressive diner fare and craft cocktails in downtown Santa Ana.

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
Abundant seafood and a killer happy hour mark this expansive version of L.A.’s popular Koreatown venue.

Brick-and-mortar version of the popular food truck featuring falafel sandwiches and other Mediterranean delights.

Orange County outpost of the organic, vegan restaurant at Newport Beach’s Castaway Commons.

HaiDiLao Fusion Shabu
Straightforward shabu-shabu with a few light twists at the Brea Mall.

The Hall
OPENING IN LATE 2018 --- Globally-inspired food hall and marketplace from Amar Santana at South Coast Plaza.

Gourmet sliders, craft beers and Tiki drinks tucked into a hip boutique center.

Comfortable neighborhood restaurant serving up New American fare highlighted by rotisserie meats.

House of Blues
American food and eclectic music is featured at House of Blues.

Knife Pleat
OPENING EARLY 2019 --- French restaurant from restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault at South Coast Plaza.

Lido Bottle Works
Chill Balboa bayfront restaurant, public house and bottle shop whipping up killer contemporary cuisine.

The Loop
Handcrafted churros and ice cream in the heart of Little Saigon.

Lot 579
A food hall in Huntington Beach's sleek shopping center Pacific City.

Vietnamese cuisine and an elegant yet funky vibe flourish at this small HB restaurant-within-a-restaurant.

Marché Moderne
French restaurant offering seasonal cuisine by husband-wife duo Florent and Amelia Marneau.

Meizhou Dongpo
Sleekly designed Sichuan-based chain restaurant in the heart of Irvine.

Mezzet Mediterranean Cuisine
East Mediterranean far in the Crate and Barrel/Macy's Home Store Wing at South Coast Plaza.

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
Cozy downtown Santa Ana venue features nuanced global cuisine prepared by one of OC’s top culinary talents.

Mr G's
Contemporary fare and a compact list of wines and beers on Balboa Island.

Sleek waterfront branch of Nobu Matsuhisa’s upscale sushi fusion restaurant.

Oak Laguna Beach
Comfort-creating California cuisine in a chill Laguna Beach ambience.

Team behind two beloved South OC restaurants produces a winning concept in Newport Beach.

Osteria Vicario
Chef-owner Matt Dhillon creates a daily-changing menu of Italian fare at this Santa Ana restaurant.

Pacific Hideaway
The Far East heads south of the border at the Shorebreak Hotel’s breezy flagship restaurant.

Regional Italian cuisine in The District at Tustin Legacy.

Project Poke
Fresh fish and a few whimsical items at this humble Fountain Valley build-your-own-poke joint.

Tequilas and eclectic takes on taqueria-style tacos at this bustling Irvine venue.

The Recess Room
The gastropub concept gets refreshingly re-energized at this sleek yet approachable Fountain Valley venue.

Rock & Brews
A Corona branch of the rock-themed restaurant from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS.

Bay Area transplant and food truck concept graduates to a brick-and-mortar venue serving “build your own” Mediterranean fare.

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi
OC’s Italian cuisine impresario Alessandro Pirozzi delivers elegant, envelope-pushing fare in a warmly rustic trattoria setting.

The Scotchery
Traditional steakhouse and seafood fare in an industrial Santa Ana setting.

Stag Bar + Kitchen
A compact bar menu and cocktails, craft beers and small batch whiskeys at this rebranded spot in Newport Beach.

Taco Brat
Mexican cuisine meets German fare at this casual Costa Mesa “taqueria y brathaus.”

TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room
OPENING TBA --- Full-scale production brewery and tasting room in Tustin from TAPS Fish House & Brewery.

The Guild
A members-only supper club from chef Noah Blom in Costa Mesa's South Coast Collection.

TRADE Food Hall
Sleek food hall in Irvine’s original business district.

Trevor's At The Tracks
Sustainably-minded dining at San Juan Capistrano’s iconic train depot.

21 Royal
Disneyland's 21 Royal is an exclusive dining experience within the park.

Union Market at The District
Hipster-friendly food hall anchored by at-the-moment eating options and a centralized craft cocktail bar.

Downtown Fullerton venue skillfully combines the upscale with the approachable in a relaxed setting.


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