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Lazy Dog Cafe Restaurant Review: Lazy Dog Café graciously fills a niche in the OC restaurant scene: casual yet fine family dining, and at reasonable prices. The spacious interior features rustic woods and a full bar with several plasma TV screens for watching whatever game may be on at the moment. The strong cocktails are a good start, along with the large selection of wines, mostly from California, and draft beer. Chef Gabriel Caliendo has created an eclectic menu full of American, Italian, Asian and other globally-inspired dishes, and all of them work quite well. First, order the trio of hummus dips for the entire table, or share an order of the palate-opening Hawaiian ahi poke. The entrée list includes everything from chili fries and oven-baked pizzas to wok platters and Prime steaks. At meal’s end, splurge on the “doggie bowl sundae,” a classic banana split served in a real porcelain dog bowl. Dog owners love this restaurant as canines are eagerly welcomed on the outdoor patio, where they'll find easy access to water bowls.