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

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
Fresh, modern Italian cuisine and killer cocktails in a somewhat secluded Fashion Island locale.

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.

El Amerikano
American and Mexican American cuisine are met with a touch of the Mediterranean at this downtown Fullerton eatery.

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.

Grits Fullerton
The South meets California at this downtown Fullerton breakfast and brunch restaurant.

Holsteins Shakes and Buns
Gourmet burgers at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza.

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

Jason's By the Circle
Chef-driven global cuisine just east of the famed Orange Circle.

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.

Luna Kutsi
Mexican cuisine in downtown Santa Ana.

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
Approachable contemporary cuisine and a deep craft beer selection at the Anaheim Marriott’s comfortable flagship restaurant.

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.

Osteria Vicario
OPENING TBA --- This Italian restaurant in Santa Ana will also include a delicatessen and market.

Pour Vida Latin Flavor
Mexican fare from chef Jimmy Martinez at Anaheim’s Center Street Promenade.

Tapas abound within this cozy Spanish joint at OC Mix at South Coast Collection.

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.

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
Sushi and small plates are served at Newport Beach’s version of the popular L.A. area-based restaurant.

TAPS Fish House & Brewery
Beers and contemporary fare are the hallmarks of this spacious Irvine restaurant.

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


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