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Orange County, CA Best Value Restaurants

Looking for a steal of a meal? For a gourmet experience that won't break the bank, check out these Best Value Restaurants in Orange County, California, that give the most bang for the buck, including fine destinations where one can dine well for a reasonable price.

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

Cafe Tu Tu Tango Contemporary
The Block at Orange
20 City Blvd. W.
Orange, CA 92868
Loud artsy restaurant with eclectic food, making it a good place for large parties and diners with diverse tastes. More...

The Cellar Contemporary
156 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

Lively restaurant, wine bar and cheese shop in the heart of San Clemente’s main drag. More...

The Counter Burgers
Dining Room at The Counter, Newport Beach, CA Westcliff Plaza
1104 Irvine Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Build-your-own gourmet burger concept works well for foodies with a burger craving. More...

The Counter Burgers
Woodbury Town Center
6416 Irvine Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92620
Build-your-own gourmet burger concept works well for foodies with a burger craving. More...

Eat Chow New American
The Closet
1802 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Hip café in Newport Mesa, with New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More...

Eats Kitchen & Bar Gastropub
Dining Room at Eats Kitchen & Bar, Irvine, CA Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614
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Throwback Hotel Irvine restaurant featuring creative, Asian-influenced gastropub fare. More...

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern American
Dining Room at Jimmy Dana Marina Plaza
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
David Wilhelm returns to Orange County to serve artisanal American comfort food in a coastal setting. More...

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar American
Dining Room at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Westminster, CA 16310 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
Casual, family-friendly restaurant with good eclectic fare. More...

Lighthouse Bayview Cafe Contemporary
Dining Room at Lighthouse Bayview Cafe, Newport Beach, CA 1600 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Cozy Balboa Peninsula spot offering harborside views and contemporary cuisine. More...

Matador Cantina Mexican
Dining Room at Matador Cantina, Fullerton, CA 111 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Historic downtown Fullerton space offers traditional and fusion Mexican dishes and strong cocktails. More...

Paul Martin's American Grill American
Dining Room at Paul Martin Irvine Spectrum Center
534 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Metropolitan ambience and seasonal, contemporary comfort food converge to create a cool Irvine Spectrum venue. More...

Prime Cut Cafe American
Stadium Promenade Center
1547 W. Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
Reasonably priced American bistro near Anaheim Stadium. More...

SideDoor Gastropub
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Dining Room at SideDoor, Corona Del Mar, CA Five Crowns
3801 E. Coast Hwy.
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Gastropub serving wines, microbrews and gourmet small plates inside Corona del Mar's Five Crowns restaurant. More...

Slapfish Seafood
Quick Bite
Village at La Floresta
3405 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92823

Sustainable seafood creations at this quick-service eatery in Brea. More...

SLOWfish Japanese
Dining Room at SLOWfish, Huntington Beach, CA 16051 Bolsa Chica St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Healthy, contemporary Korean-Japanese fare and sushi inspired by the Slow Food movement. More...

solita Tacos & Margaritas Mexican
Dining Room at solita Tacos & Margaritas, Huntington Beach, CA Bella Terra
7631 Edinger Ave., Ste. 1508
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Neighborhood offshoot of popular Newport Beach venue brings satisfying Mexican flavors to Huntington Beach. More...

Taco Rosa Mexican
2632 San Miguel Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Taco Rosa offers rather healthy Mexican food and drinks with a California edge in a kid-friendly atmosphere. More...

Wild Artichoke California
4973 Yorba Ranch Rd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
Affordable and inventive cuisine served in an unassuming setting. More...

Yen Ching Chinese
574 S. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Yen Ching serves up Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine a few blocks south of the Orange Circle. More...

Zov's Bistro Mediterranean
Dining Room at Zov 17440 E. 17th St.
Tustin, CA 92780
Influential chef-owner Zov Karamardian brings Mediterranean-inspired foods to OC. More...


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