Orange County

Restaurants in Orange County

Attached to a clothing boutique and gallery, this tiny café serves excellent poached eggs, but the caramel French toast may appeal to even the pickiest eaters.

What It’s Like: Since 2003, this wood-and-glass Arts and Crafts–style restaurant has gained in popularity among those serious about food, drawing diners as much for its thoughtful California-French cuisine as for its awesome setting—on a bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific

Try the heirloom tomato soup with a trio of grilled cheese sandwiches.

The themey microbrewery serves huge portions of great pub food. Try the grilled sliders or the giant nachos, and split The Rock: an Oreo crust filled with mocha ice cream, whipped cream, almonds, and powdered sugar.

Take the kids to this local chain to introduce them to blackened fish tacos served the authentic California way—with cabbage, salsa, and cheese in hot corn tortillas.

Order the Kobe-beef-and-cheddar burger here; it’s plump, juicy, and served with garlic-herb pommes frites–style fries.

Set within Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, this “outdoor” restaurant is a hit with fans of Creole dishes like jambalaya and Tesorla Island chicken. Don’t leave without a slice of pecan pie.