Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Picante

25606 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ste. K-2 (Antonio Pkwy.) Send to Phone
949-364-7100
Joyous Spanish cuisine in a lively environment.

Cuisine
Open
Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Features
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment Wed.

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Picante Restaurant Review

: This Ladera Ranch spot may be located in a suburban strip mall, but the vibrant ambience is infectious, as is the food. There’s a rather elegant dining room and a romantic patio. It’s hard to track down good Spanish food in OC, so Picante is a pretty rare find. The tapas menu can make for a meal unto itself, with dishes like baby artichoke fritti stuffed with goat cheese or goat cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. For entrées, choose among the several types of paella, or look to the variety of meat and seafood dishes. The wine list, por supesto, features mostly Spanish producers.



RESTAURANT AWARDS

GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.