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Best Orange County, CA Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Orange County.


 

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Andrea Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Andrea, Newport Coast, CA The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S.
Newport Coast, CA 92657
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Authentic Northern Italian cuisine in a casual, striking seaside setting. More...

Back Bay Bistro Contemporary
No Rating
Dining Room at Back Bay Bistro, Newport Beach, CA Newport Dunes Resort
1131 Back Bay Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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The modern space adds chic charm to this on-the-bay contemporary dining spot. More...

Bayside Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Bayside, Newport Beach, CA 900 Bayside Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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One of Newport’s best kept secrets, Bayside hits high marks on upscale yet casual California décor, fine cuisine and a substantial wine cellar. More...

Beach Pit BBQ Newport-Mesa Barbecue
12/20
1676 Tustin Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Family-friendly Newport Beach-Costa Mesa barbecue eatery. More...

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove California
14/20
Dining Room at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
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Fine seaside dining in a picturesque cottage at Crystal Cove. More...

Bluewater Grill Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Bluewater Grill, Newport Beach, CA 630 Lido Park Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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An innovative New England-style seafood joint for the Orange County set. More...

Cafe Jardin American
13/20
Sherman Gardens
2647 E. Coast Hwy.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
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Pascal Olhats' best-kept secret. More...

The Cannery Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at The Cannery, Newport Beach, CA 3010 Lafayette Rd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Harborside landmark serves gourmet seafood in an artistic space. More...

Coliseum Pool & Grill American
14/20
Dining Room at Coliseum Pool & Grill, Newport Coast, CA The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S.
Newport Coast, CA 92657

A casual poolside restaurant with American, California and Italian cuisine inside The Resort at Pelican Hill. More...

The Deck on Laguna Beach Seafood
No Rating
Pacific Edge Hotel
627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Beachfront al fresco dining showcases the Laguna Beach lifestyle through refreshing libations, seafood, and an eye-catching view. More...

The Harbor Grill Seafood
13/20
Dana Point Harbor Marina
34499 Golden Lantern St.
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Freshly grilled seafood, strong cocktails and a gregarious atmosphere at this restaurant at the Dana Point Harbor Marina. More...

Las Brisas Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Las Brisas, Laguna Beach, CA 361 Cliff Dr.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Laguna Beach institution with a good menu of Mexican-inspired contemporary seafood fare and an unbeatably scenic seaside setting. More...

The Loft Contemporary
15/20
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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California bistro at the Montage Laguna Beach. More...

Marché Moderne French
16/20
Dining Room at Marché Moderne, Costa Mesa, CA South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Handsome Euro-Cal bistro inside South Coast Plaza offers seasonal cuisine by husband-wife duo Florent and Amelia Marneau. More...

Mosaic Bar & Grille California
13/20
Dining Room at Mosaic Bar & Grille, Laguna Beach, CA Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Poolside restaurant with a killer ocean view at the Montage Laguna Beach. More...

Motif Bistro
14/20
Dining Room at Motif, Dana Point, CA St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach
1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Handsome Euro-Cal bistro with a gorgeous ocean view. More...

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria, Anaheim, CA Downtown Disney
1550 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
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Southern Italy and its thin-crust pizza come to Downtown Disney. More...

Oak Grill Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Oak Grill, Newport Beach, CA Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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

Old Vine Cafe Global
13/20
The Camp
2937 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Surprisingly good Cal-Euro breakfast, lunch and dinner bistro at The Camp, along with a well-stocked and affordable wine shop. More...

Orange Hill Restaurant Continental
No Rating
Dining Room at Orange Hill Restaurant, Orange, CA 6410 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
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A romantic steak and seafood dining venue with spectacular nighttime views and an impressive weekend brunch. More...

Pelican Grill Contemporary
13/20
Dining Room at Pelican Grill, Newport Coast, CA Pelican Hill Golf Club
22800 Pelican Hill Rd.
Newport Coast, CA 92657

Scenic and elegant golf club restaurant serves up contemporary and American fare. More...

Pizzeria Ortica Pizza
14/20
Dining Room at Pizzeria Ortica, Costa Mesa, CA 650 Anton Blvd., Ste. J
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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A Neapolitan-style pizzeria and Italian bistro. More...

Provenance Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Provenance, Newport Beach, CA 2531 Eastbluff Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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

Ramos House Cafe Southern
14/20
Los Rios Historic District
31752 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Down-home Southern-inspired New American cooking under the oak tree beside a historic cottage. More...

Sapphire Laguna Global
15/20
Dining Room at Sapphire Laguna, Laguna Beach, CA Old Pottery Place
1200 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Classy, rustic South Laguna hot-spot for modern American cuisine, coffee and gourmet snacks. More...

Shades Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Shades, Huntington Beach, CA Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Contemporary seaside restaurant, located inside Huntington’s Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, offers seafood, steaks and classic European cuisine. More...

Sol Cocina Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Sol Cocina, Newport Beach, CA 251 E. Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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On-the-water Sol Cocina brings sexy back to Baja-style Mexican food. More...

Spark Woodfire Grill American
13/20
300 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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One of Huntington’s best ocean views and an eclectic menu heavy on steaks, salads and seafood. More...

Splashes California
No Rating
Dining Room at Splashes, Laguna Beach, CA Surf & Sand Resort
1555 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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California fare at one of the prettiest spots along the Laguna Beach coastline. More...

The Stand Healthy
Quick Bite
238 Thalia St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Vegetarian and vegan specialties in South Laguna. More...

Stonehill Tavern Modern American
15/20
Dining Room at Stonehill Tavern, Dana Point, CA St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach
One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Executive chef Raj Dixit does right by Michael Mina's contemporary style and innovative cuisine at the celebrity chef's venue at the St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach. More...

Studio French
17/20
Dining Room at Studio, Laguna Beach, CA Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Perhaps OC's most scenic and romantic restaurant with high-class cuisine and a list of 2,500 different wines. More...

Tangata California
14/20
Dining Room at Tangata, Santa Ana, CA Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
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Daytime dining from chef Joachim Splichal in a museum courtyard. More...

TAPS Fish House & Brewery Brewpub
14/20
Dining Room at TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea, CA 101 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821
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Notable beers join steaks, Cajun cuisine, and seafood in Brea's lively downtown area. More...

Waterline Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Waterline, Newport Beach, CA Balboa Bay Resort
1221 W. Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar California
14/20
Dining Room at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Tustin, CA The District at Tustin Legacy
2647 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
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Napa Valley cuisine comes to OC with chef Yvon Goetz cooking at this contemporary California restaurant and wine bar. More...

Zinc Cafe & Market Café
Quick Bite
350 Ocean Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Local Laguna hangout with a dog-friendly patio for healthful breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. More...

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