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A Taste of Adventure! Who says you have to travel far for an adventure? Grab your friends and head to The District at Tustin Legacy for an international journey of flavors from Europe, Japan and Asia.


Experience the charm of a European street side café with a delicious breakfast and rose latte at Utopia European Caffe. Or discover new global fare inside Union Market Tustin, where you can find authentic Japanese-style robata skewers and noodle bowls at Roba Noodle or satisfy your sweet tooth at All Coco X MNGO. Then catch the latest blockbuster flick at AMC Tustin 14’s exclusive PRIME at AMC theater, featuring plush reclining seats with seat rumblers—you’ll feel like you’ve been dropped right onto the screen!


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34 Dining

16 Prints in Bloom

46 Entertainment 48 Attractions 53 Shopping 54 Golf 56 Beaches 57 Nightlife 58 Explore

Floral prints in swimwear, big in the ’80s, are back. Only this time around, they’re chic and sophisticated. Here are a few stunning examples from artisanal Agua Bendita and SoCal favorites L*Space and Vitamin A.  By ZOE LORENZO

20 Postcards on a Plate

A taste for travel: For a chef to visit the country that inspires his or her cuisine makes sense. But what happens when an American chef is smitten by Tasmania or a pasta-centric chef by Virginia?  By BENJAMIN EPSTEIN C o nnect w i th u s o nl i ne so calp u lse . com






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outhern California is the land of upgrades and updates. Our homes are remodeled, our airports re-imagined. Hotels undergo hundredmillion-dollar renovations, starlets get plastic surgery. Clearly, what’s old in SoCal is new again, every day. As of this issue, Where Magazine—the world’s most significant visitor guide, with 50 editions around the globe—is new again, too. The team and focus remain the same, but the name and design have changed to better reflect its commitment to maximizing the visitor experience. To paraphrase a frontispiece I once came across: A magazine, like a book, is a frigate to take us lands away. In the case of Where Traveler, you’re already lands away—we enhance your sojourn. I’ve been on a reindeer trek in Lapland,

rescued a baby orangutan in Borneo and climbed the Matterhorn—lifechanging experiences! You might be from Scandinavia, Malaysia or Switzerland—let us change your life. Travel to a galaxy far, far away at the new Star Wars land—or ride the Matterhorn—at Disneyland. Shop at South Coast Plaza, the nation’s highest concentration of elite retailers. Tour a structure that dates to the founding of our country, 1776, at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Get a taste of other lands in Little Saigon, the world’s largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. Really want to be transported? Head to a Laguna Beach cove at sunset. Then take in a meal by one of the traveling chefs in our feature Postcards on a Plate. Take it from a local: That’s how to enjoy your stay! —BENJAMIN EPSTEIN

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EVENTS Opened early!

Disneyland’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is, at 14 acres, Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever. Its Black Spire Outpost is a village on the planet of Batuu, full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Guests become part of the story, sampling galactic food and beverages, exploring the wares of intriguing merchants and, at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, taking the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy. Interactions with the Play Disney Parks mobile app deepen their engagement. p. 50


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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim face off against the team’s freeway rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Angel Stadium, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.940.2000,


June 14-15 Mark Morris Dance Group and choreographer Mark Morris mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ landmark recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,


July 7-Aug. 31 Re-creations by live models of classical and contemporary works of art with live narration and orchestra at Festival of Arts. The theme this year is “The Time Machine.” 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,


July 12-Aug. 11 Action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), concerts, carnival rides, Giant Wheel, livestock competitions, petting zoo, wine tasting and fried food galore. Brew Hee Haw beer fest returns July 12-13. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,



Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical stops here as part of its North American tour. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,

More than 30 designs— masterpieces of fabric, shape and texture that take up to two years to complete—by China’s most renowned couturiere. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600,

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July 27-Aug. 4 The world’s largest professional surfing competition, at the Huntington Beach Pier, includes beach lifestyle, skate and BMX events and movie nights. Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach,


The boy band, formed a quarter-century ago, has sold more than 100 million records; its new album, DNA, debuted at No. 1. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500,





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French Fold Restaurateurs Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, best known for their French bistro Church & State in downtown Los Angeles, launch chic Knife Pleat on the Penthouse level of South Coast Plaza. Esnault was executive chef at Michelin-spangled chef Alain Ducasse's Essex House in New York and at Joachim Splichal's Patina in L.A. His new spot in Costa Mesa is in the space formerly occupied by MarchĂŠ Moderne. The facade mixes onyx, brass and translucent glass; inside are an alabaster chandelier, soaring soffits and an expansive skylight above sculptural settees, and a white Calacatta marble bar. Elevated French fare fits right in with boutique neighbors such as Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton; pasta and risotto, and a wood-burning stove, expand the menu's horizons. p. 36

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Whipped burrata with almond pumpernickel soil at Henry's in Huntington Beach. Left, CdM in Corona del Mar.

GOIN’ COASTAL California’s Highway 1, aka Pacific Coast Highway, is the address for a number of new dining destinations; these are the best. Restaurateurs Piero Selvaggio (of recently closed landmark Valentino in Santa Monica) and Ron Salisbury (the Cannery in Newport Beach and El Cholo chain) partner at waterfront Italian steakhouse Louie’s by the Bay (p. 41). Picks: wild mushroom tortino with saffron fonduta, and osso buco with risotto Grana Padano. The team behind acclaimed A Restaurant, also on Coast Highway—Hollywood producer McG, restaurateur Jordan Otterbein and chef Jonathan Blackford—unveil CdM in Corona del Mar (p. 35). Consider Parker House rolls with whipped A5 tallow; morels and peas with Anson Mills polenta; and Hatch chile bucatini. Chef Kenny Seliger, who has impressed with his Trap Door Dining pop-ups, continues his innovative ways at Henry’s, fine-dining room at the dramatically expanded Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach (p. 38). Highlights of the opening menu include Mussels on the Rocks with bok choy puree and Mangalitsa pork chop with fresh wasabi root and black sea salt.

Elevated Vegan Enthusiasm for vegan cuisine has skyrocketed. Plant-based burgers, for instance, are taking their place on fast-food menus everywhere. More intriguing: exquisite new offerings at sophisticated venues such as bluff-top ocean-view Studio at the Montage Laguna Beach and gorgeous Sushi Roku at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Studio chef de cuisine Benjamin Martinek takes diners through a plant's

life cycles in six courses— five vegan and one vegetarian using Garrotxa cheese that can be easily substituted— inspired in turn by seeds, sprouts, roots and shoots, flowers, fruits and back to seeds. “Sprouts,” for instance, presents tiny crudité with hen-of-the-woods mushroom espuma in Kalamata olive “top soil” with puffed grains. Each dish uses flowers, vegetables and herbs from

the restaurant's adjacent garden (p. 40). Sushi Roku unveils a vegan omakase, a four-course meal inspired by the more usual raw-seafood chef's-choice feast. Highlights include an organic kale salad with king oyster mushrooms and crispy shiitakes; santen mori appetizer trio; four pieces of vegan nigiri and a vegan roll; and avocado vegan-chocolate mousse in a vegan phyllo cup (p. 42).

“Seeds” dessert at Studio


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COUTURE BEYOND Guo Pei is China’s most renowned couturiere. For more than 20 years, she has dressed celebrities, royalty and political elite, breathing new life into ancient Chinese embroidery and painting traditions. Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, through July 14 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, showcases more than 30 of her designs, masterpieces of fabric, shape and texture inspired by fairy tales, legends and even military history. Her stunning creations can take thousands of hours and up to two years to complete. 2015 marked a turning point for Guo Pei: Pop singer Rihanna wore one of her designs to the Met Gala in New York to inaugurate the museum’s China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition, which included Guo’s designs, and she had her first solo exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The following year, Guo made her Paris Haute Couture debut and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. p. 52



Guo Pei, Elysium, 2018

The Orange County Museum of Art presents six exhibitions of works by Pacific Rim artists at OCMAExpand-Santa Ana, the museum's temporary space while its spectacular new home— designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis—is being built at nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Artists Diego Berruecos, York Chang, Victoria Fu and Matt Rich, Fritzia Irízar, UuDam Tran Nguyen and Hiromi Takizawa work in a wide range of media, including interactive installations, photography and

site-specific “interventions.” All touch on notions such as value, control, power, truth and reality in response to some of today’s most pressing global sociopolitical concerns. A seventh show at the venue features objects from the museum’s permanent collection, small-scale sculptures by artists central to the art history of Southern California, including Chris Burden, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago and Ken Price. Admission to and parking at OCMAExpandSanta Ana, located at South Coast Plaza Village, are free. p. 52

Hiromi Takizawa, Ultraviolet, 2016


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British lifestyle brand Ted Baker London has relaunched its South Coast Plaza presence in a new space whose updated design references the sunny Pacific coast as well as the classic British seaside. Brushed-brass accents mimic ocean waves. Faux ice cream cones are reminiscent of beach trip delights. The fitting rooms, each with its own color scheme, suggest cabanas. Finishing touches include oversized oyster shells and coral props. The boutique offers menswear, womenswear and accessories. Women's collections feature florals—imagine handpicked flowers with a dark side—and geometric prints. Men enjoy Nordic-inspired neutrals, African prints and technicolor tropical brights—all with a British twist. p. 54




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All three Laguna Beach art festivals are on a single stretch of Laguna Canyon Road; all offer activities and live-music events. The Festival of Arts is California's longest-running outdoor fine-art exhibition. Laguna Art-A-Fair is also a juried show featuring a wide array of media. The quirkier Sawdust Art Festival is more craft-inspired.

The renowned Pageant of the Masters, outdoors at the Festival of Arts, features tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), re-creations by live models of works of art with live narration and orchestra. Next door to the festival is the Laguna Playhouse, which presents comedic and profound theatrical fare but is fairly quiet in the summer.

The finest dining near the festivals is adjacent to the Sawdust at the Hive. New Oliver's Osteria has distinguished itself as one of the county’s finest Italian restaurants. Another Kind Cafe, also new, offers creative Vietnamese and “crossed-culture cuisine.” Kitchen in the Canyon is a favorite gathering spot for breakfast and brunch.

The finest drinking near the festivals is also at the Hive. The new tasting room of Santa Ynez Valley-based McClain Cellars offers excellent wines as well as olive oil, artisan popcorn and live guitar. Find nearly two dozen taps and styles of brew—plus sandwiches, salads and snacks—at Laguna Beach Beer Co.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Pageant of the Masters, Festival of Arts, McClain Cellars, Oliver’s Osteria, all on Laguna Canyon Road.


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Prints in Bloom ❀

Floral prints, big in the ’80s, are back. Well, not exactly back: In this iteration, the patterns are refined, chic and sophisticated, as opposed to loud and garish, with engaging color palettes that are both cool and vibrant. Perennial proof positive that everything old is new again, they are one of the top trends in swimwear this summer. Here are examples from three of our favorite lines: Agua Bendita, handmade in Colombia, and SoCal-based L*Space and Vitamin A.




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Agua Bendita Available at Diane’s Beachwear in Huntington Beach, 714.536.7803, and Newport Beach, 949.759.6880 Sunny Spring and, opposite, Candy.

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Everything But Water in Costa Mesa, 714.540.8523, and Molly Brown’s in Laguna Beach, 949.494.5737 Leah Bodysuit in Palma EcoRib

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Engaging color palettes, cool and vibrant

L*Space Huntington Surf & Sport in Huntington Beach, 714.841.4000, and Curl Surf by Sammy Duvall at Downtown Disney, Anaheim, 714.772.2410 Flashback top and Bummin’ bottom in Sunset Palm


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Postcards on a plate A taste for travel: A change of scenery for chefs—near or far— can mean an unexpected change in menus. By BENJAMIN EPSTEIN


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Robbins Island wagyu beef carpaccio


ULINARY INTERNSHIPS OFTEN TAKE PLACE ABROAD, and for a chef to revisit the country that ultimately inspires his or her cuisine makes sense. But what happens when, in the course of their travels, an American chef is smitten by Tasmania, a wine-country chef by New Mexico or a pasta-centric chef by the American South? They change the menu, of course! Everybody benefits when a chef is excited.


Ranch Restaurant chef Michael Rossi in Tasmania

Dishes such as country-fried Texas quail and a behemoth cowboy ribeye might be the backbone of the American menu at the Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim, one of the county’s finest dining destinations. And the country-western Ranch Saloon is adjacent. But chef Michael Rossi isn’t constrained by the American label: Right up top with that Texas quail starter are French escargots and Peruvian ceviches. That said, few outdo the Ranch when it comes to the eat-local mantra: Most produce comes daily from its own nearby farm, and the rest is local, too. But Rossi seeks the finest ingredients near and far, and his love affair with Tasmanian beef—born of recent travels to Tasmania, an island state south of Australia known for its rugged wilderness and pristine beauty—is a game-changer. Now on the menu: Robbins Island Tasmanian wagyu beef carpaccio, of an otherworldy texture, served with white Alba Clamshell mushrooms, wild arugula, black truffle and Pecorino Romano, and 24-hourbraised Cape Grim grass-fed-and-finished

beef short rib alongside parsnip mash, tender roots and portobello mushrooms—this writer’s single finest short-rib experience. A surf-and-turf of Cape Grim grass-fed petite filet and South African lobster tail, with smoked tomato risotto, king trumpet mushrooms and broccolini, has been a special. Cape Grim, in Tasmania’s northwest corner, and nearby Robbins Island have the cleanest air in the world, but that’s just one of the pluses of using Tasmanian beef. The most important among them, says Rossi, is one diners might not think about. “When you go to a restaurant,” he says, “you expect the food to be good—you don’t hope it’s going to be good—and if it’s better, we’ve exceeded your expectations. “But service is the No. 1 thing, and service is about telling a story. If the servers can tell you this story, if you feel transported to Tasmania, that you’re on this island, you’re going to remember—‘I’ve had carpaccio, but let me tell you about this carpaccio that I had.’ “That’s the kind of stuff that makes me excited about making a dish.” 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200,


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From left: Cathy Pavlos of Provenance in Newport Beach, polenta at Old Vine Kitchen + Bar in Costa Mesa, and Old Vine chef Mark McDonald.

MARK MCDONALD / OLD VINE Chef Mark McDonald of Old Vine Kitchen + Bar in Costa Mesa was trained in southern Italy, leads culinary tours to southern Italy and teaches at the Italian Culinary Institute in Italy. Fresh pasta has always been on the menu. Yet his restaurant is not Italian. More like ... Euro eclectic? How, for instance, do a rabbit mole and torta de lengua—a beef-tongue sandwich with tomatillo salsa and pickled serrano chiles—fit in? “Maybe ‘global cuisine with strong regional Italian?’ ” McDonald suggests. “Travel has always been really important to my personal development—honestly, more than anything,” he says. “You learn far more traveling in other countries than in any classroom setting. My travels in Mexico, South America, Central America and even in the Middle East have influenced my flavor combinations.” Not to mention traveling in this country. McDonald has spent a great deal of time traversing the American South, and many of the dishes on his brunch menu—fried green tomatoes, biscuits-and-gravy—are the result. One dish in particular caught his fancy: scrapple, in which stewed pork scraps and cornmeal are shaped, sliced and fried. “I tasted at least a dozen versions of scrapple in Virginia,” he recalls. “I loved the concept. I’ve always been a firm believer in regionalism. I’ve been leading tours in Italy for nine years. People will say, ‘I wish we had this regionalism at home.’ The reality is we do; the U.S. is home to amazing regionalism. “What I love about regional Italian, regional Mexican and even regional American is that the vast majority of traditions, some lasting 500 years, are not based on the wealthy, on

an affluent dining experience. They’re based on peasant food prepared for generations that was kind of survival food. You worked on a farm in Italy, you probably ate polenta twice a day. In the United States, you ate grits—an American version of polenta.” Scrapple is another example of that, McDonald says. “To this day, it is made from the less desired parts of the animal mixed with cornmeal, because that’s what the people of the region had. They just fried it and turned it into a means of feeding the family. “I tasted scrapple in Virginia that was beyond gamey, really intense, and others that weren’t as intense,” he adds. “What’s really cool is that I can use high-quality Duroc pork at Old Vine and recreate the tradition so it appeals to a more refined palate.” McDonald recently moved his restaurant into a larger and more beautiful adjacent space, adding a bar and an expanded patio. The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411,

CATHY PAVLOS / PROVENANCE Cathy Pavlos, chef-owner at Provenance in Newport Beach, and her husband are also inveterate travelers. “We recently spent time in the Loire Valley and Paris and the Cotswolds outside London,” Pavlos says. “I go back to Italy all the time—my family is from Italy—and to New York. We go once or twice every year to the Napa Valley—we rent a farmhouse between Napa and Yountville. Napa Valley has the best food in the world right now.” That assessment explains the Napacentric wine-country concept that Pavlos presented at Provenance for five years. But when an Italian restaurant in the same

center recently closed, Pavlos jumped on the chance to retool the menu to reflect her own Italian roots and family recipes such as Nonna’s Meatballs. She updated dishes with premium ingredients, e.g., seared whole wild branzino and Kobe beef Bolognese, and replanted her spectacular on-site garden with Italian produce. The transition was easier than it sounds, according to Pavlos. “We are an Italian concept translated through the clean and fresh prism of California wine country—we’re Cal-Italian,” Pavlos says. “It makes sense: Napa Valley has its roots in France and Italy.” None of which explains the New Mexican touches on her menu. Case in point: the spicy chicken pasta with pomegranate molasses and chipotle chile that tops the menu’s pasta list. “We’ve been several times to Santa Fe,” she says. “We found the best red chile sauce I ever had at this restaurant where this one young woman was basically doing everything.... She explained that it was their mother sauce. I practically interrogated her, and I started making my own spin on it. “Napa cuisine, Italian, it doesn’t matter— it’s the one sauce I didn’t want to give up when I changed concepts. In fact, the sauce is part Italian, part New Mexican: It’s my family’s Italian ragu over fresh spinach fettucine with zucchini and corn, plus pomegranate molasses and New Mexico chipotles. “It was inspired by Santa Fe but tastes like things coming out of Sicily right now,” Pavlos says. “Italians don’t like the spice of fresh japaleño. They like the spice that warms the back of the throat, the spice of dried jalapeño —chipotles.” 2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0477,


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Beach House Laguna Beach features a unique blend of resort style clothing, home décor and unique coastal and beach inspired gifts. Located in the Lumberyard Center.

7 Roots offers local, sustainable, and ethically sourced goods. We have unique clothing styles, and perfect gifts for Women and Men.

384 Forest Ave. (949) 715-6919

1920 S. Coast Hwy. (949) 715-3366

Sawdust Art Festival June 28 –September 1, 2019 A showcase of 200+ local artisans that create and sell unique pieces from a wide variety of media. Glass-blowing, art activities and live entertainment are among the highlights. (949) 494-3030 | Festival of Arts Fine Art Show July 5 – August 31, 2019 California’s longest running outdoor fine art exhibition features original artwork by 140 award-winning Orange County artists. Special events include jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings and art tours. (949) 494-1145 Pageant of the Masters July 7-August 31, 2019 One of the most unique productions in the world. A 90 minute recreation of classical and contemporary art in tableaux vivants (“living pictures”). Ticket includes free access to Festival of Arts all summer long. (800) 487-3378 |

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Metro Cities Costa Mesa On one side of Bristol Street is South Coast Plaza, whose $2 billion in annual sales is highest among U.S. shopping destinations. On the other is O.C.’s center of culture—two concert halls and its largest repertory theater—and business high-rises. The late Henry Segerstrom and his family founded South Coast Plaza in 1967 on a lima bean field where as a youth he’d driven a tractor. Fifty years later, South Coast Plaza and its Bear Street wing, connected by the Bridge of Gardens, offer hundreds of stores, boutiques and restaurants. In fact, the state-designated tourist attraction boasts the nation’s highest concentration of elite retailers. The newest include Furla and Givenchy; among the most spectacular is Louis Vuitton. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and new Knife Pleat. Former Bravo Top Chef runner-up Amar Santana opens The Hall: Global Eatery presently. Across Bristol Street are Santana's Vaca;

Water Grill; and, at O.C.’s premier performing-arts campus, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, built in 1986 mainly with Segerstrom money on Segerstrom land, includes 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall, presenting the best in dance and Broadway musicals; the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat facility designed by Cesar Pelli; and the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Founders Hall and Samueli Theater are more intimate. The campus is also home to South Coast Repertory and in two years the Orange County Museum of Art. To the west is the South Coast Collection of design showrooms such as Design Within Reach and Pirch. Foodies frequent Arc restaurant, a Saturday farmers market and, among dozens of vendors at OC Mix, Taco María—named by late Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold the Los Angeles Times’ 2018 restaurant of the year.

South on Bristol are The Lab and The Camp shopping and dining centers. The Lab has the kinds of shops you’d likely find on L.A.’s trendy Melrose Avenue, among them Red & Blue Vintage. Opposite is the Camp, set amid wood and aluminum. Dining options include Old Vine Kitchen + Bar. Dine-and-play center The Triangle offers Keys on Main dueling pianos and top-tier Time Nightclub. OC Fair & Event Center hosts the county fair and Pacific Amphitheatre concerts.

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Light and Color >Acclaimed Long Beach-based Prism Boutique now offers clothing, hats, sunglasses, jewelry, home decor and beauty products at the Lab Anti-Mall as well. The new store maintains Prism’s sun-drenched vibe, with shades of blush pink, copper-colored velvet curtains, white arches, and artwork including resin and “stardust” moons above the fitting rooms. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.549.2925,

Santa Ana Arts-minded downtown Santa Ana offers the Artists Village, Santora Arts Complex and Grand Central Art Center. Playground, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar and new Omakase by Gino make for one of the county’s most exciting dining scenes. Find a dozen innovative fastcasual dining concepts at 4th Street Market. Food hall McFadden Public Market offers vintage arcade games and two bars. The neighborhood's best bar? Lola Gaspar. The Yost Theater concert venue is an East End anchor. Bowers Museum, founded about 80 years ago, mounts blockbuster exhibitions in collaboration with the world’s major museums. Visitors can also view pre-Columbian artifacts, Pacific Island art, an exhibit of local history and dine at the Patina Group’s Tangata. Discovery Cube science center’s tilting cube is perched

clockwise from top: DALE BERMAN, BENJAMIN GINSBERG, courtesy irvine spectrum center, Dale berman

the arts and shopping heart of the county: Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin and irvine.


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THIS PAGE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. OPPOSITE: The Lab in Costa Mesa, Irvine Spectrum Center, Bowers Museum in Santa Ana


Rise and Shine

huge new ice skating facility; you can ride 400 feet up in the tethered orange balloon visible from the freeways. The restored blacksmith shop and general store of Old Town Irvine (Sand Canyon Avenue and Burt Road, 949.660.9112) now house a hotel and restaurants.

The Metro cities—Costa Mesa in particular— are the hot destination for new breakfast spots. Here are the five newest.


seemingly inches off Interstate 5. MainPlace houses Macy’s, more than 150 shops, a 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport with rooftop basketball court and swimming pool, and Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ. Intimate Santa Ana Zoo is in Prentice Park; highlights include a primate exhibit and children’s zoo. On the Irvine border, and sharing that city’s vibe, is John Wayne Airport, whose pleasant ambience and ease of departure and arrival make it vastly superior to LAX.


IRVINE Irvine offers a relatively problemfree world carved from the Irvine Co.’s land holdings. Irvine Spectrum Center’s Giant Wheel can be seen for miles from the 5, 405 and 133 freeways. The center’s 150 shops, many entertainment-

related, restaurants such as Cucina Enoteca for Cal-Ital and Habana for Cuban, and the nation’s most visited movie complex draw more visitors annually than Disneyland. UC Irvine’s Irvine Barclay Theatre presents music, dance and theatrical events. Nearby is the UCI Arboretum (Jamboree Road and Campus Drive, 949.824.5833). San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (949.261.7963) offers 10 miles of trails through coastal freshwater marshlands. The Irvine Museum houses Joan Irvine Smith’s collection of California Impressionist art on the ground floor of an office building. Near John Wayne Airport is the innovative Trade Food Hall; superb Ootoro sushi is its finedining anchor. Orange County Great Park offers a farmers market, an arts complex and a

Forbes magazine has listed Tustin, which has preserved many of its 1870s buildings, in its Top 25 places “to live well.” The District at Tustin Legacy, at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, is an eatertainment center with restaurants including The Winery, J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine and Joon Shabu Shabu, a cineplex with seat warmers (and, in two theaters, seat rumblers), and bowling at Bowlmor. Union Market offers concepts including Stowaway for tiki drinks and new Roba Noodle. The nearby twin hangars that once housed airships are 1,000 feet long and 17 stories tall. The Market Place (714.730.4124), on Jamboree Road off Interstate 5, is older and even more sprawling. Though often called Tustin Market Place, part of it is actually in Irvine. Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen, designed by Thomas Schoos, is a highlight. The Marconi Automotive Museum (714.258.3001) displays 80 vehicles, notably Ferraris and historic open-wheel race cars.


Orange chicken and black sesame waffles at Toast

The Broken Yolk Cafe 2701 Harbor Blvd., Suite E6 Costa Mesa 657.231.6708

Outpost Kitchen 1792 Monrovia Ave. Costa Mesa 949.873.5123

Toast Kitchen + Bakery 1769 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa 949.873.5057

Utopia European Caffe The District 2489 Park Ave. Tustin 714.352.5789

Yellow Vase South Coast Plaza 3333 Bristol St. Costa Mesa 714.352.5789


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The Coast Newport Beach Newport Beach and its environs have been called California’s Riviera. Beaches and bougainvillea are a backdrop to yachts and dream homes, from cottages to some of the nation’s most expensive real estate. Its retail center is Newport Center, near Jamboree Road, Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard. Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s anchor elegant outdoor shopping destination Fashion Island, which recently passed the half-century mark. Recent additions have included the Gorjana jewelry, ViX Paula Hermanny swimwear and the Lot luxury cinema and restaurant. Top dining options include Sushi Roku and Red O. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, aka the Back Bay, boasts some 160 species of birds. Hike, bike or jog along 10 miles of trails. Rowing and kayaking are popular; rent equipment at Newport Aquatic Center (949.646.7725). Moe B’s Watersports at Newport Dunes

(949.279.4507) rents kayaks and electric boats. Newport Beach has the world’s largest small-boat harbor. Mariner’s Mile, on Coast Highway, is lined with luxury-car showrooms and restaurants such as Louie's by the Bay, The Winery and Pizzeria Mozza. Private charters, narrated harbor cruises and dining cruises depart from Mariner’s Mile as well as from Balboa Pavilion (see Balboa, below) and pass huge luxury abodes. All manner of watercraft rentals are possible, from canoes and kayaks to sailboats, motorboats and surrey-fringed electric boats. The “beach” in Newport Beach includes Balboa and Newport piers, great sandy expanses and one of the cleanest and most colorful bike paths and boardwalks anywhere. Harborside pedestrian shopping destination Lido Marina Village features Elyse Walker boutique, Alchemy Works gallery, Paper Sugar stationery and Nobu, Lido Bottle Works

and Circle Hook restaurants. The action never stops around Newport Pier, at McFadden Square off Newport Boulevard. The Dory Fishing Fleet (1889) leaves in the wee hours of the morn; visit the open-air fish market after sunrise, then have breakfast at the Dory Deli.

Balboa To reach the Balboa Pier, continue southeast on Newport Boulevard (its name changes to Balboa Boulevard at 22nd Street), turn right on Palm Street and park in the metered lot.

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Direct From Cask >Working with small artisanal producers, VomFass offers distinctive spirits, liqueurs, balsamic vinegars and cooking oils, all from cask, at the Lot 579 food hall. Among them: whiskey, grappa and cognac; liqueurs such as Crancello; Calamansi and Beer Balsams; and olive as well as nut, seed and infused oils. Pacific City, 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0044,

The Wedge, where the peninsula meets the harbor jetty, is one of the world’s most famous bodysurfing and bodyboarding spots. Currents and riptides can be dangerous; don’t go in unless you know what you’re doing. ExplorOcean is a nautical museum. On the harbor side of Balboa Peninsula is the Balboa Pavilion, a 1905 cupola-topped structure that is the de­pot for boat excursions: harbor tours, whale-watching trips and Santa Catalina cruises. As classic popsong lyrics attest, Catalina, known for its beaches, buffalo and glass-bottom boats, is “26 miles across the sea.” The city of Avalon is 75 minutes away via the catamaran Catalina Flyer. The Balboa Island Ferry is a three-car shuttle between docks on the Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island, a community featuring charming cottages, shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, notably Mr. G’s Bistro and Royal Hen gastropub. Marine

clockwise from top: BENJAMIN GINSBERG, ASHOK sinha, courtesy lido marina village, BENJAMIN GINSBERG

Wide sandy beaches, piers, the world’s largest pleasure-boat harbor and Surf City USA.


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Clockwise from far left: Pacific City in Huntington Beach, Duffy Boat off Balboa Island, Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach City Beach

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Swimmingly Newport Beach offers a bounty of distinctive beachwear boutiques.

Avenue is its only nonresidential street. Try a custom-dipped Balboa Bar.

nsider tip, courtesy agua bendita

Corona del Mar Corona del Mar, whose streets are named for flowers, has expansive beaches and some of the country’s most expensive real estate. Upscale destinations at Corona del Mar Plaza, near Fashion Island, include Diane’s Beachwear, Tommy Bahama and VICI boutiques and gourmet pantry Baker & Olive. On East Coast Highway south of MacArthur Boulevard, is Sherman Library & Gardens, offering 2,000 plant species on two acres. Consider a repast at Café Jardin or the Tea Garden Crêperie. Coast Highway is lined with design showrooms, rug dealers and boutiques. You’ll find bodysurfing, volleyball, fire pits, all amenities

and Tackle Box gourmet “grub shack” at Corona del Mar State Beach. Picturesque Little Corona Beach, setting for countless family photos, is just south. South of Corona del Mar is Newport Coast. Crystal Cove Shopping Center offers boutiques such as Atelier 7918 and restaurants Bluefin for sushi, Mastro’s Ocean Club for seafood and French bistro Marché Moderne. Nearby are Crystal Cove State Park, with its miles of sandy coves and miles of trails, and gorgeous Pelican Hill Golf Club.

Huntington Beach Though Surf City USA retains some of its sand-in-the-cracks identity, luxury hotels and finedining options have made for a dramatic transformation. Main Street is a promenade with lots of surf and beachwear

shops, a Surfing Walk of Fame and Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Pacific City offers acres of retail and dining, including West of Camden boutique and LSXO and Bluegold restaurants. Hip lounges include The Bungalow and, atop Tanner’s, Treehouse Lounge. Next to historic Huntington Beach Pier is Duke’s restaurant; the plaza hosts live music and farmers markets. Three beaches—Huntington City Beach, Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach—are popular for surfing and volleyball and for their fire rings. Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve (714.846.1114) boats 200 species of migratory birds in a salt-marsh setting with a 1.5-mile loop trail. Inland, at Talbert Avenue and Goldenwest Street, is Huntington Central Park; it includes Shipley Nature Center (714.842.4772), an equestrian center, two “lakes” and the Central Library (714.842.4481). 5 Points Plaza tenants include Loft, CloudMover Day Spa and Vans; there’s a dog-friendly barking lot. Doughnuts at new Duck Donuts are made to order. Draws at Bella Terra shopping destination include outdoorsports specialist REI and Solita for tacos and margaritas. Pinot's Palette—paint while you enjoy wine or beer—is new. Nearby Old World Village is a hub for all things German, notably dachshund races.

> For bold items, see the where guide listings. For neighborhood maps, see page 61.

Diane’s Beachwear

Beach Bunny Swimwear 2210 Newport Blvd. Suite 104, 949.873.5711

Diane’s Beachwear Corona del Mar Plaza 920 Avocado Ave. 949.759.6880

San Lorenzo Bikinis Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive 949.759.1504

Seafolly Fashion Island 1135 Newport Center Drive 949.706.7690

SwimSpot Fashion Island 259 Newport Center Drive 949.706.2996

ViX Paula Hermanny Fashion Island 259 Newport Center Drive 949.600.4490


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South Coast LAGUNA BEACH Admire the sculptures at Laguna College of Art + Design as you enter the county’s original art colony along Laguna Canyon Road. In fact, it is easy to spend a day along the thoroughfare before ever entering the city proper, especially during the three summer art festivals— Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-AFair and Sawdust Art Festival— and renowned “living tableaux” presentation Pageant of the Masters. Acclaimed Laguna Playhouse offers comedic and profound fare year-round. Nestled among them at the Hive are Oliver's Osteria and McClain Cellars. Laguna Canyon Road becomes Broadway, then ends at Coast Highway. Turn either way and you’ll find galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Laguna Art Museum offers modern and contemporary art, mostly by California painters, explores pop culture and displays art from Laguna’s past. Steps away are coastal vistas at Heisler Park and a stretch of

called North Gallery Row, where you’ll find Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry (352 N. Coast Hwy., 949.715.0953) and tiki-chic Royal Hawaiian restaurant. Broadway ends at Main Beach. There are volleyball and basketball courts, a playground and a boardwalk—and it’s opposite Laguna’s downtown, aka the Village, whose distinctive shops and galleries include the sculpture garden at Dawson Cole Fine Art Gallery (326 Glenneyre St., 888.972.5543). Ocean at Main restaurant is new. South along Coast Highway are other top dining options, including hockey great Teemu Selänne’s Selanne Steak Tavern, globally inspired Sapphire and posh Studio at the Montage.

DANA POINT Richard Henry Dana, the seaman who wrote 1840’s Two Years Before the Mast, described the area now named for him as the California coast’s “only romantic spot,” noting its “grandeur” and “solemnity.” You’ll find grandeur

but little solemnity along Harbor Drive, bustling with boaters, diners, shoppers and those headed to see the tall ships in port. In addition to its sand and shore, Doheny State Beach offers five acres of lawn. Families picnic, couples rent bicycles. An interpretive center focuses on the underwater Doheny State Marine Life Refuge. The beach hosts a blues festival in May and, during the summer, Lobsterfest, a surf competition and outrigger racing. Fourth of July, the busiest day of the year, features fireworks launched from a barge.


In the Garage >The Garage Collective is a lifestyle boutique featuring fashions and furnishings by female designers, each with her own space, in a historic cottage. The collective offers a diverse mix including handbags and jewelry, pillows and textiles, kitchen and bath accessories and rugs; distinctive furniture includes a vintage Chinese stool and a leather-braided bench. 1524 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach,

At the end of the harbor’s rocky ledge are tide pools, public benches and basking seals. Dana Point Harbor has 2,500 slips for vessels of all sizes, three yacht clubs, a fishing pier and Dana Wharf Sportfishing, which offers whale-watching trips. The Ocean Institute displays the Pilgrim, a full-sized replica of the brig on which Dana sailed. Wharf highlights include White Pelican Gallery for Native American jewelry (34475 Golden Lantern St., 949.240.1991) and the Harbor Grill seafooder. North of town are luxury hotels featuring superior dining—Bourbon Steak at the Monarch Beach Resort and Raya at the Ritz-Carlton—and pristine Salt Creek Beach Park.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO There’s no beach, but there’s lots of history, style and charm. Mission San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County, was founded by Father Junípero




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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Dana Point Harbor, the Outlets at San Clemente and Laguna Beach gallery. OPPOSITE: Mission San Juan Capistrano.


Art Walk Laguna Beach offers more than 100 galleries. Here are some favorites.

rious residences, many with their own stables, surround the city. Eight miles to the east is Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park (33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210).

Danny Galieote, An Evening Dip



Serra in 1776, the same year America was born. It took nine years to build its Great Stone Church, completed in 1806; it took one minute for an earthquake to destroy it six years later, killing 40 people. The priests left the ruins, a dramatic benchmark of the struggle to build California. The dome atop the nearby rail station was made with stones from the ruins. Priests still celebrate Mass in the Serra Chapel; the original adobe walls shelter a magnificent Baroque altarpiece decorated with 52 carved goldleaf angels. The 10-acre site is filled with walkways, gardens, fountains and exhibits. Mission events include the renowned Swallows Day Parade in March. Just across the train tracks is Los Rios Historic District. A stroll along Los Rios Street is a most pleasant experience; 31 homes,

the earliest dating to 1794, look as they did in centuries past. Near the train station is the O’Neill Museum (31831 Los Rios St., 949.493.8444), home to the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society. The train goes right by Ramos House Café, which offers a memorable breakfast in an 1881 board-and-batten house. Camino Capistrano is lined with shops and restaurants. One of South County’s most popular taverns is the colorful Swallow’s Inn (31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188). For a different kind of nightlife, consider the nearby Camino Real Playhouse (31776 El Camino Real, 949.489.8082). San Juan Capistrano Regional Library (31495 El Camino Real, 949.493.1752) is a postmodern masterpiece by architect Michael Graves. San Juan Capistrano is the county’s equestrian center; luxu-

La Casa Pacifica, site of President Richard Nixon’s Western White House, has long since been broken up into million-dollar homes. But you can still see Casa Romantica (415 Avenida Granada, 949.498.2139), once the residence of the city’s founder, oil entrepreneur Ole Hanson. On a hillside overlooking San Clemente Pier, it’s the site of the city’s Cultural Center and Gardens, offering galleries and a popular veranda. From the pier, the sun sets between Catalina Island and the Dana Point bluffs—just behind the surfers. Metrolink and Amtrak trains run alongside the beach and stop at the pier. Find antique stores, galleries and dining on El Camino Real and Avenida del Mar. The Outlets at San Clemente is a shopping destination that marries luxury and discount. Tenants include MadaLuxe Vault, Guess and Hurley; Rockwell Bakery is new. Talega Golf Club, above the city, was designed with input from Masters champion Fred Couples (949.369.6226). Blue Eyed Girl boutique and Sundried Tomato bistro are among the draws at Talega Village Center.


Dawson Cole Fine Art 326 Glenneyre St. 888.972.5543

JoAnne Artman Gallery (above) 326 N. Coast Hwy. 949.510.5481

Kush Fine Art 210A Forest Ave. 949.376.8017

National Geographic 218 Forest Ave. 949.627.8232

Ruth Mayer Gallery 380 S. Coast Hwy. 949.494.8185

Salt Fine Art 346 N. Coast Hwy. 949.715.5554

Wyland Galleries 509 S. Coast Hwy. 800.995.2631



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North County Anaheim Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open! Since Walt Disney opened the Disneyland main gate in 1955, families have made the pilgrimage to “The Happiest Place on Earth,” starting with the yesteryear pleasures of Main Street, U.S.A. The newest land exponentially expands galactic encounters at the park. A mountain range of thrill rides includes Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Guests enter sister park Disney California Adventure along Buena Vista Street, which evokes the era when Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles; in its Carthay Circle Theatre is an elegant restaurant. The Pixar Pier area is new; its Incredicoaster replaces California Screamin’. Guardians of the Galaxy— Mission: Breakout! is new, too. World of Color—with its choreographed fountains, lasers, music, film and animation—and Soarin' Around the World never get old. There’s no admission at

adjacent Downtown Disney, a lively promenade lined with shops, entertainment venues such as Splitsville Luxury Lanes and dining destinations such as Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar. Eateries range from fast to fancy; among the latter is the Grand Californian Hotel’s Napa Rose. Ballast Point Brewery is new. Eatertainment destination Anaheim GardenWalk offers more than a dozen eateries including Roy’s Restaurant and Grasslands; nightlife, notably House of Blues Anaheim; shops including Red Apparel and Harley-Davidson; and attractions such as Mission Escape Games and Go VR Gaming. Acclaimed restaurant and saloon The Ranch is nearby. Honda Center is home to Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team and L.A. Kiss football and hosts touring acts such as Backstreet Boys and P!nk. American Sports Centers Anaheim, the world’s largest indoor court facility, features 34 volleyball courts that convert into 25 basketball courts.

Nearby is the architecturally stunning Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). At Angel Stadium, “the Big A,” majorleague baseball rules when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play; arena rock acts often take over when the team is away. Anaheim Convention Center’s Grand Plaza is always abuzz. The Anaheim Packing District includes hip shops and restaurants on Center Street Promenade. The historic Anaheim Packing House offers foodie vendors of all kinds. Our

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Vintage Creativity >Gilding the Lily at Villa del Sol—a 1920s Spanish Revival building, formerly the Hotel California—is “a vintage design resource.” You can purchase vintage jewelry but also make your own using materials such as vintage mother-of-pearl heart pendants. The boutique also sells vintage fashions and trims should your inspiration skew to clothing. 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 101, Fullerton, 714.680.8893,

favorites include Adya for CalIndian, Urbana for Mexican, Georgia’s for Southern and the hidden Blind Rabbit speakeasy for cocktails. MAKE, in a 1919 marmalade factory opposite, adds Unsung Brewing Co. and other beverage vendors. Muzeo is a small museum nearby. Anaheim Ice is open for public skating.

Buena Park Roller coaster, Old West and boysenberry jam enthusiasts flock to Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park with roots dating back to 1934, when Walter and Cordelia Knott opened a roadside stand and a diner dishing fried chicken. Diners still feast on drumsticks and berry pie at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner; shoppers stroll California Marketplace and admire the nearby Independence Hall replica (1966). Inside the park is a daunting collection of roller coasters


world-class attractions make it the gateway to endless fun and joyful memories.


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Clockwise from left: Disney California Adventure, Old Town Orange, diners at Anaheim Packing House, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

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Hoppy Days Something is always brewing in Anaheim! Here are the city’s newest breweries.

Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove is a must-tour for architecture buffs. To the south in Westminster are the eateries and shops of Little Saigon.



including Xcelerator, which rockets to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds, and dive coaster HangTime. GhostRider is one of the world’s longest and tallest wooden coasters. Less hair-raising are Ghost Town and the kiddie rides at Camp Snoopy. Explore bygone eras on Beach Boulevard. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament revisits an 11th-century castle. Audiences cheer jousting knights and pageantry starring Pure Spanish stallions; serfs and wenches serve a four-course feast. A banquet at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure fortifies guests for skirmishes aboard a replicated 18th-century galleon in an indoor lagoon. Teatro Martini dinner cabaret for adults is adjacent.

Orange Old Towne Orange often appears in movies, thanks to its

preserved pre-1940 homes and buildings. Anchored by a picturesque traffic circle—oval, actually—at Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street, the district is on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes eateries such as Haven and antique shops. The Orange Chamber of Commerce (439 E. Chapman Ave.) offers a map of historic sights. Chapman University is one of the state’s oldest private universities. Its Musco Center for the Arts and nearby Hilbert Museum of California Art opened in 2016. To the east are Irvine Park’s Orange County Zoo and narrow-gauge train. Big kids go for The Outlets at Orange, where draws include high-end discount retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and new Nordstrom Rack. Families head for Lucky Strike Lanes and Vans Skatepark.

Visitors to Fullerton, home of California State University, Fullerton, gravitate to the bars and boutiques in the historic core along Harbor Boulevard. Near Commonwealth Avenue, a short stroll from the train station, are night spots and restaurants including new Pickled Monk. Significant sights include the Fullerton Museum Center, offering dynamic exhibits such as a gallery devoted to Leo Fender, native son and pioneer of the electric guitar. The museum offers maps pinpointing fine examples of architectural styles within walking distance. The stately Muckenthaler Cultural Center hosts varied design and art events and exhibits. The Fullerton Arboretum at CSUF offers streams, trails and a restored Victorian cottage. In Yorba Linda is Richard M. Nixon’s birthplace. The tiny home and impressive rose garden are at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Among exhibits is a replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office. Birch Street Promenade in Brea offers shops, restaurants such as Brunos Italian Kitchen and stand-up comedy. Brea Mall is huge; its dining options include HaiDiLao Fusion Shabu.

> For bold items, see the where guide listings. For neighborhood maps, see page 61.

Asylum Brewing 2970 E. La Palma Ave. Suite D, 949.396.2099

Ballast Point (above) 1540 S. Disneyland Drive 714.687.9813 Bruery Terreux 1174 N. Grove St. 714.996.6258

Golden Road Brewing 2210 E. Orangewood Ave. 714.912.4015

Hoparazzi Brewing Co. 2910 La Palma Ave. 714.204.0655

Towne Park Brew 1566 W. Lincoln Ave. 714.844.2492

Unsung Brewing Co. 500 S. Anaheim Blvd. 714.406.3098


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The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, July 27-Aug. 4, is the world’s largest surf competition and lifestyle festival. Each summer, more than half a million people gather on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier to watch the best surfers in the world compete for one of the sport’s largest prize purses. The event also includes skateboarding and BMX competitions, movie premieres, art exhibitions and demos and samples from brands including sponsor Vans.


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Anaheim White House  > Italian Steakhouse $$$  Sir Bruno Serato presents flamboyant fresco-filled decor and elaborately presented cuisine in a 1909 manor. Upstairs are global bites at the B Bar. D (nightly). 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.772.1381  Map I10 BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.  > Seafood $$ Fun spot inspired by the film Forrest Gump. Start with peeland-eat Shrimper’s Net Catch. L, D (daily). Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., 714.635.4867  Map I10 Catal Restaurant  > Mediterranean $$$ Elegant dining with panoramic balcony views of Downtown Disney; grilled seafood, select meats, burgers, fine wines, craft beers and cocktails. L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1580 Disneyland Drive, 714.774.4442  Map I10

Beautiful Takeout

Marín and chef Noah von Blöm of the DirtySexyHappiness Hospitality Group open Arc Butcher & Baker in Newport Beach’s historic Cannery Village. White onyx bar tops, hand-stained vintage tiles and reclaimed chandeliers dripping with hand-strung Swarovski crystals—all made by Marín—would make this the prettiest takeout ever, were it not equally suited to casual dine-in. Menu highlights include savory pastries, doughnut holes, creative toasts and “streetwiches” as well as classic entrees such as the Baby Arc Burger—both elegant and colorful—Southern-fried chicken and biscuits, and steak ’n’ potatoes. Seasonal Duffy baskets provide boaters premium, ready-to-eat dockand-dine baskets. Von Blöm was named chef of the year at the 2018 Golden Foodie Awards. p. 40

The catch  > Seafood $$ Sleek spot popular with sports fans as well as concertgoers—it’s near Angel Stadium and Honda Center. Five-pound OMG burger feeds 10; hot chocolate sundae flamed tableside. L (M-F), D (nightly). 2100 E. Katella Ave., 714.935.0101  Map I10 (V) HEALTHY JUNK  > Vegan $$ Good eats. Eat happy. Reimagined plant-based snack junk and comfort foods includes eight burgers, yam wedges, Stake and Kale, Anaheim chili. L, D (daily). 201 W. Center Street Promenade, Unit B, 714.772.5865  Map H10 HOUSE OF BLUES  > Southern $$ Restaurant and bar at spectacular concert venue offers voodoo shrimp, Nashville hot fried chicken salad, smokehouse St. Louis ribs. Sunday Gospel Brunch. L, D (daily). 400 W. Disney Way, 714.778.2583  Map I10 JT Schmid’s  > Brewpub $$ JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery offers beers brewed on-site plus wood-fired pizzas, Prime steaks, burgers, jambalaya and sashimi. L, D (daily). 2610 E. Katella Ave., 714.634.9200  Map I11 McDONALD’S  > Quick Bites $ By the numbers it’s America’s favorite hamburger restaurant; this one’s near the Disney theme parks. B, L, D (daily). 1500 S. Harbor Blvd., 714.491.0563, and 70 other county locations.  Map I10 MIX  > Eclectic $$ Hilton Anaheim executive chef Frederic Castan oversees the globally influenced menu and the impressive chef’s table in the kitchen. B, L, D (daily). 777 Convention Way, 714.740.44121  Map I10

Guidelines Map locators at end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 61-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

Index Anaheim....................... 34 Brea.............................. 34 Buena Park.................. 35 Corona del Mar............ 35 Costa Mesa/South Coast Metro.................. 36 Dana Point.................... 37 Fountain Valley............. 37 Fullerton....................... 37 Garden Grove................ 37

Huntington Beach........ 38 Irvine............................. 38 Laguna Beach.............. 39 Newport Beach............ 40 Newport Coast............. 42 Orange.......................... 43 San Juan Capistrano... 43 Santa Ana..................... 43 San Clemente............... 44 Tustin............................ 44

(V) = Vegan/Vegetarian

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen  > Southern $$ Creole cuisine and New Orleans jazz. Pasta jambalaya, Gumbo Ya-Ya, bananas Foster. Beignets at Jazz Kitchen Express; romantic dining upstairs; casual meals downstairs. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, 714.776.5200  Map I10 THE RANCH  > American $$$ Sophisticated restaurant with adjacent super-fun saloon. Chef Michael Rossi offers Tasmanian wagyu carpaccio and 24-hour-braised short rib, behemoth cowboy rib-eye; try brother David’s desserts. Most produce from its own farm. D (nightly). 1025 E. Ball Road, 714.817.4200 Map I11 Ruth’s Chris Steak House  > Steak $$$ Bone-in butter-sizzled cowboy rib-eye; caramelized banana cream pie. Soaring ceilings, modern sculpture, colorful glass. D (nightly). 2041 S. Harbor Blvd., 714.750.5466 Map I10 TORTILLA JO’s  > Mexican $$ Lively setting with tableside guacamole, huaraches, enchiladas de mole and pozole rojo, plus strolling mariachis and extensive tequila list. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Downtown Disney, 1510 Disneyland Drive, 714.535.5000 Map I10 TRu GRITS  > Eclectic $$  Executive chef Theresa Lin Cheng offers modern American cuisine with Asian influences at Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim. B, L, D (daily). 1221 S. Harbor Blvd., 714.758.0900  Map J11 UMAMI BURGER  > American $ Gourmet burgers for the hipster masses. Favorites: Manly, Truffle and vegan Impossible Burger. L, D (daily). 338 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.991.8626  Map I10

Morton’s, the Steakhouse  > Steak $$$ Classy bastions of beef: service-plus, colossal portions. Show-and-tell menu recitation. D (nightly). 1895 S. Harbor Blvd., 714.621.0101 Map I10

Uva Bar  > Tapas $$ Stylish outdoor pavilion opposite Catal features tapas and 40 California wines by the glass. L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1580 Disneyland Drive, 714.774.4442  Map I10

Napa Rose  > California $$$ Wine country at Disneyland Resort is a celebration of beauty in the bottle and the bounty of nature. D (nightly). Grand Californian Hotel, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, 714.635.2300  Map I10


Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria  > Italian $$ Newly renovated two-story eatery. Watch the pizzaioli on the first floor; the upper balcony has views of the bustling promenade. L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1510 Disneyland Drive, 714.776.6200  Map I10

BRUNOS ITALIAN KITCHEN  > Italian $$$ Memorable dishes such as wild-boar-sausage bucatini, caramel-chocolate budino, house-made limoncello. D (nightly). 210 W. Birch St., 714.257.1000  Map A3 cha cha’s LATIN KITCHEN  > Mexican $$ Chicken flautas, seafood caldo, guajillo-brasied short-rib enchilada, superb flan amid stylish design. L, D (M-Sa); Br (Su). 110 W. Birch St., 714.255.1040  Map A3

> The James Beard Foundation has deemed modest Pho 79 in Garden Grove an American Classic for its role in introducing the region to pho. 714.531.2490

Talia Samuels

anAHEIM PACKING HOUSE  > Food Hall $$ Historic Sunkist citrus hub hosts two dozen foodie vendors including Adya for Cal-Indian, Georgia’s for Southern, Urbana for Mexican, Black Sheep GCB for grilled cheese, and Blind Rabbit speakeasy. L, D (daily). 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.635.1350  Map H10


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DINING CLAIM JUMPER  > American $$ Saloon-style eatery offers rotisserie chicken, baby-back ribs, six-layer Motherlode Cake and its own craft beer. Happy hour daily. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 190 S. State College Blvd., 714.529.9061  Map A3 TAPS FISH HOUSE AND BREWERY  > Seafood $$$ Seafood and steaks, oyster bar and award-winning brews. Also known for elaborate brunch. L (M-Sa), D nightly), Br (Su). 101 E. Imperial Hwy., 714.257.0101  Map A3

BUENA PARK CLAIM JUMPER  > American $$ Saloon-style eatery offers rotisserie chicken, baby-back ribs, six-layer Motherlode Cake and its own craft beer. Happy hour daily. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 7971 Beach Blvd., 714.523.3227  Map G8 IL GARAGE  > Italian $$ Beguiling spot in a garage behind lauded Park Ave has a 1924 tractor and red-checkered tablecloths; it overlooks the garden that inspires and supplies the menu. D (Tu-Sa). 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400  Map I8 MRS. KNOTT’S CHICKEN DINNER  > American $$ Famed restaurant just outside Knott’s Berry Farm has used the same fried chicken recipe since 1934; finish with boysenberry pie. L, D (daily); B (Sa-Su). 8039 Beach Blvd., 714.220.5055  Map G8 PARK AVE  > American $$ Creative renditions of classic fare use house-made/homegrown specialties. Known for steaks. Most produce grown on premises; visit the garden! Googie architecture and midcentury retro decor. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400  Map I8

CORONA DEL MAR BAMBOO BISTRO  > Vietnamese $$ Contemporary Vietnamese and Thai fare from Chau Dang Haller, whose mother owns Brodard Chateau. Crepes, Thai soups, pho, vermicelli and curries. L, D (daily). 2600 E. Coast Hwy., 949.720.1289  Map M16 CDM  > American $$ New. The team behind acclaimed A Restaurant in Newport Beach open lively restaurant—consider Morels + Peas and Hatch Chili Bucatini—and sultry downstairs speakeasy, both offering superior cocktails. D (nightly). 2325 E. Coast Hwy., 949.287.6600  Map M15 FARMHOUSE  > American $$$ Rich Mead’s field-to-fork-inspired cafe, a centerpiece of Roger’s Gardens, is a hit, especially with the lunching ladies. Superb cocktail team. L, D (daily). 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, 949.640.1415  Map L16 FIVE CROWNS  > Continental $$$ Lawry’s institution in English inn replica known for prime rib. New chef, new bar and new seasonal menu. Acclaimed SideDoor Gastropub adjacent. D (nightly). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., 949.760.0331  Map M16 PIROZZI  > Italian $$$ Convivial spot offers olive fritte, limoncello-infused taglierini and heart-shaped Nutella pizza for two. Excellent pizzas. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 2929 E. Coast Hwy., 949.675.2932  Map M16 SIDEDOOR  > Gastropub $$ Spot shares replica of England’s oldest inn with Five Crowns. Artisanal cheese, charcuterie, seasonal plates and world-class brews—plus elevated British pub fare. D (nightly). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., 949.717.4322  Map M16 TACKLE BOX  > Quick Bites $ Top Chef alumnus Brian Huskey’s “local grub shack” right on Corona del Mar State Beach. Chowder chicharrón, Maine lobster roll, Niman Ranch pork belly “banh mi.” B, L (Tu-Su). 3029 E. Shore Ave., 949.723.0502  Map M16


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DINING HABANA  > Latin $$ Hip Nuevo Latino destination with elaborate brunch and sultry dinners. Ropa vieja; tamale pie. L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., 714.556.0176 Map D5

PIZZERIA ORTICA  > Italian $$ Neapolitan pies and pastas near performing arts amid frescoes and soaring ceilings. L (M-F), D (nightly). 650 Anton Blvd., 714.445.4900  Map J13

THE HALAL GUYS  > Quick Bites $ First West Coast outpost of famed New York street cart; habit-forming gyros, chicken and falafel. L, D (daily). 3033 Bristol St., Suite E, 714.850.1080 Map J13

PUEBLO  > Spanish $$ Cozy, upbeat spot offers tapas, bocadillos, and cheese and charcuterie boards indoors and on winning patio. Daily specials. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). SoCo & the OC Mix, 3321 Hyland Ave., 714.340.5775  Map D5

HAMAMORI  > Japanese $$$ Sparkling room with undulating curves overlooks Bear Street. Rice-cracker-coated jumbo asparagus with yuzu sea salt; tamari-marinated black cod. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., 714.850.0880  Map J13

COSTA MESA / SOUTH COAST METRO ANQI BISTRO  > Vietnamese Fusion $$$ Innovative small plates in sexy setting with backlit bar and glass catwalk over running stream. Garlic noodles are a must; secret-recipe garlic crab on Tuesdays. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., 714.557.5679  Map J13 ARC  > American $$ “Flame, flavor, finesse” from Noah von Blöm, named best chef at O.C.’s Golden Foodies; rustic-apothecary decor. Legendary burger; best fries; Butcher’s Love cap of the ribeye for four; top-tier cocktails. L, D (daily). South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., 949.500.5561  Map J12 THE CAPITAL GRILLE  > Steak $$$$ Elegant spot offers dry-aged beef amid portraits of local historic figures. Pan-fried calamari with cherry peppers, bone-in kona-crusted dry-aged sirloin, ethereal cheesecake. 5,000 wines; classic cocktails. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 714.432.1140  Map J13 CLAIM JUMPER  > American $$ Saloon-style eatery offers rotisserie chicken, baby-back ribs, six-layer Motherlode Cake and its own craft beer. Happy hour daily. L, D (daily); Br (Su). Seven locations include South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., 714.434.8479  Map J13 THE COUNTRY CLUB  > American $$ Like a Gatsby-esque sports club. Popcorn-infused Shinnecock cocktail; hamachi tacos on jicama shells; caramelized white-chocolate bread pudding. L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). 330 E. 17th St., 949.281.2582  Map K12 THE CRACK SHACK  > American $$ Bravo Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais offers chicken- and egg-centric dishes in a striking dual-level space with whimsical chicken-themed decor and cornhole court. L, D (daily). 196 E. 17th St., 949.383.5040  Map K12 DARYA  > Persian $$$ Elegant spot for classic dishes for 30 years. Kebabs; rack of lamb; vegetarian options. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 S. Plaza Drive, 714.557.6600  Map J13 DESCANSO  > Mexican $$ Tacos and other street fare in a full-service restaurant. There’s a taco bar, a lofty Benihana-like multicourse plancha experience and paleta cocktails featuring Mexico’s famed frozen-pop bars. L, D (daily). 1555 Adams Ave., 714.486.3798  Map D3 DIN TAI FUNG  > Chinese $$ Taiwanese and local icon is known for xiao long bao; watch the Shanghai-style dumplings being meticulously folded, then work your way through the menu. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 714.549.3388  Map J13

HANA RE SUSHI  > Japanese $$$$ Youth-skewed photo exterior belies the transporting omakase-only meals—seven superb appetizers plus nigiri sushi and dessert—and serene minimalist environment within. “Short” tasting course available Tu-Th. D (Tu-Sa). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., 714.545.2800  Map J13

ROYAL KHYBER  > Indian $$$ South Coast Plaza Village anchor marks 35 years. Warm eggplant salad; lobster masala; Khyber’s Nectar lamb shanks. L (Su-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). South Coast Plaza Village, 1621 Sunflower Ave., 714.436.1010  Map J13 (V) SEABIRDS KITCHEN  > Vegan $$ Plant-based purple taquitos, artichoke drumsticks (like fried chicken!), chaffle (churro waffle). L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., 714.549.2584 Map J13

IL DOLCE PIZZERIA  > Italian $$ Modest storefront belies superior artisanal Neapolitan pizzas and pastas. L, D (Tu-Su). 1902 Harbor Blvd., 949.200.9107  Map K12

SEASONS 52  > American $$ Lower-calorie. Lots of flavor. Fab bar, stylish decor, eclectic seasonal menu, Mini Indulgences desserts. Brick-oven brioche “French toast” at brunch. L, D (daily); Br (Su). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 714.437.5252  Map J13

KITIKATA RAMEN BAN NAI  > Japanese $$ Fifty-seven restaurants in Japan; this was the first in the U.S. Fave: green-chile shio ramen with tender chashu pork, nappa, garlic and Asian chives. L, D (daily). 891 Baker St., 714.557.2947  Map J12

SILVER TRUMPET >  California $$$ “A symphony of flavors” in a lakeside setting opposite Segerstrom Center for the Arts, ideal for a repast before or after a show or concert. All meals daily. 3350 Avenue of the Arts, 714.442.8593  Map J13

KNIFE PLEAT  > French $$$ New. Chef Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi of L.A.’s Church & State launch chic spot on the Penthouse level at South Coast Plaza. Esnault once headed Michelinspangled Alain Ducasse’s Essex House in New York. D (nightly). 3333 Bristol St., 714.435.2034  Map J13

SOCIAL >  American $$ Hip spot offers intriguing cuisine and superb cocktails. Wood-fired oysters; Akaushi-beef Drive Thru Burger; wagyu tri-tip. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 512 W. 19th St., 949.642.2425  Map K12

LE CHATEAU GARDEN BISTRO  > Global $$ Dishes for every mood: French, Asian, Italian and American specialties—among the latter is a build-your-ownburger option. L, D (daily). Ayres Hotel & Suites, 325 Bristol St., 714.549.0300  Map J13

TACKLE BOX  > Quick Bites $$ Top Chef alumnus Brian Huskey’s new fast-casual spot at South Coast Collection; the weekend bloody mary is a meal itself. B, L (Tu-Su). 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite E, 949.732.0502  Map J12

LEATHERBY’S CAFÉ ROUGE  > Steak $$$ Chic dining at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Elaborate starters; Snake River Farms wagyu-style New York; Valrhona chocolate beggar’s purse. D (Tu-Su). 615 Town Center Drive, 714.429.7640  Map J13

TACO MARÍA  > Mexican $$$ The late Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Gold named it the L.A. Times’ 2018 restaurant of the year. Carlos Salgado’s fascinating “Chicano cuisine.” Tacos at lunch; fourcourse prix fixe dinner. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Su). SoCo & the OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., 714.538.8444  Map J12

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  > Steak $$$$ Swanky spot offers larger-than-life portions, white-jacket service. Wet-aged hand-cut bone-in filet; crab gnocchi; warm butter cake. Generous cocktails, live music in the bar. D (nightly). 633 Anton Blvd., 714.546.7405  Map J13

TERRACE BY MIX MIX  > Filipino Fusion $$$ Chef Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in Santa Ana offers small plates, mostly on a covered terrace. Threecourse prix fixe lunch is a steal—$15. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 800.782.8888  Map H13

MESA  > Mediterranean-American $$ Stylish spot offers hip scene, retractable glass roof ideal for summer nights and cool cuisine by new chef Abad Martinez. D (Tu-Su). The Camp, 725 Baker St., 714.557.6700  Map J13

TOAST KITCHEN + BAKERY  > American $$ Brunch and dunch! Highlights include Cajun shrimp and grits, Nashville hot chicken, and malasadas. B, L (Tu-Su); D (Tu-Sa). 1767 Newport Blvd., 949.873.5057  Map B4

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE  > Steak $$$ Classy bastions of beef: service-plus, colossal portions. Show-and-tell menu recitation. L (M-F), D (nightly). South Coast Plaza Village, 1641 W. Sunflower Ave., 714.444.4834  Map J13 OLD VINE KITCHEN + BAR  > Global Italian $$ Old Vine Cafe moves next door, adds a bar. Always a pleasure—for caramel apple French toast, beef-tongue panino or four-course tasting menus. B, L (daily); D (TuSa). The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., 714.545.1411  Map J13 OUTPOST KITCHEN >  American $$ Inspired by the go-to Aussie beach cafes of the 1970s. Popular Caveman Skillet, Bagel on the Lox. Second location opening presently near South Coast Plaza. B, L (daily). 1792 Monrovia Ave., 949.873.5123  Map D3

UMAMI BURGER >  American $  Gourmet burgers for the hipster masses. Favorites: Manly, Truffle and vegan Impossible Burger. L, D (daily). The Camp, 2981 Bristol St., 714.957.8626  Map J13 VACA  > Spanish $$$ Tapas, paellas, house-made charcuterie, 50-day aged steaks and superb cocktails (e.g., Vaca Tonic, house-made vermouth) from Amar Santana, a Bravo Top Chef runnerup, and partner Ahmed Labbate. L (M-F), D (W-M). 695 Town Center Drive, 714.463.6060  Map J13 WATER GRILL  > Seafood $$$ Upscale destination opposite South Coast Plaza includes the county’s best oyster bar. In the dining room: offmenu whole-fish ceviche, wild Barents Sea red king crab, 1-pound Prime rib-eye and indulgent desserts. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3300 Bristol St., 949.208.7060  Map J13


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DINING DANA POINT AVEO TABLE + BAR  > Mediterranean $$$ Coastal bounty, cool chandeliers, ocean views. Eggs al forno, porchetta sandwich, paella for two. “Farm-to-Bar” cocktails beneath vaulted ceiling. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). 1 Monarch Beach Resort, 949.234.3915  Map J17 BOURBON STEAK  > Steak $$$$ Luxe Michael Mina spot offers spectacular tableside presentations: cast-iron-broiled shellfish platter; hay-smoked rib-eye cap; tai snapper for two. Remarkable old- and newschool cocktails. D (nightly). 1 Monarch Beach Resort Drive, 949.234.3405  Map J17 CHART HOUSE  > Seafood $$$ The architecture alone—circular pods atop a bluff overlooking the harbor—is worth a visit. Lobster bisque; crispy wok-fried whole fish; hot lava chocolate cake with Godiva liqueur; Port of Manhattan cocktail. D (nightly). 34442 Street of the Green Lantern, 949.493.1183  Map J16 PARALLEL PIZZERIA  > Pizza $$ Oblong, charcoal-fired New Haven-style pizzas such as mashed potato and Little Neck clam are a hit! L, D (daily). 34255 Pacific Coast Hwy., 949.441.7406  Map J17 RAYA  > Latin Fusion $$$ Sophisticated fare by chef Richard Sandoval, peerless ocean views. Sweet-corn soup with cuitlacoche puree; roasted halibut with truffled bonito. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, 949.240.2000  Map J16

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (V) AU LAC  > Vegan $$ Amazing plant-based “shrimp” (salt-and-pepper shrimp), “chicken” (kung pao chicken) and “beef” (beef watercress) at vegan landmark. L, D (Tu-Su). 16563 Brookhurst St., 714.418.0658  Map C3 BRODARD RESTAURANT  > Vietnamese $$$ Many feel that this newer less expensive sibling to elegant Brodard Chateau is better than the original. B, L, D (daily). 16105 Brookhurst St., 657.247.4401  Map C3

FULLERTON JOURNEYMAN’S FOOD + DRINK  > Eclectic $$ Postmodern eye- and taste-bud-popping creations thoughtfully conceived, meticulously executed. Prix fixe: Choose an options from each of four courses. D (Tu-Sa). Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., 714.635.9025  Map G10 PICKLED MONK  > Gastropub $$ New. Abbey-meets-brick-and-chandelier decor, Cal-global comfort dishes and self-pour craft-beer-and-wine wall with 30 taps. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 101 N. Harbor Blvd., 714.793.9100  Map B3 SUMMIT HOUSE  > Cal-Continental $$$ Hilltop faux English manor with blazing stone fireplace is popular for weddings; the prime rib was named best entree at 2018 Golden Foodie Awards. L (Tu–F), D (nightly). 2000 E. Bastanchury Road, 714.671.4111  Map A33


(949) 715-5388 open daily 7am-3pm

845 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, CA 92651

BRODARD CHATEAU  > Vietnamese $$$ Elegant two-story venue serves regional dishes of Hanoi, Hue and Saigon. L, D (daily). 9100 Trask Ave., 714.899.8273  Map K8 THAI NAKORN  > Thai $$ Venerated traditional Thai spot. Fried fish with mango salad, clam in chili paste and basil. L, D (daily). 12532 Garden Grove Blvd., 714.583.8938  Map K10


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DINING HUNTINGTON BEACH BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS  > Steak $$$ Akaushi Kobe-style Prime steaks and burgers, and seafood, amid whimsical industrial-chic decor and on O.C.’s largest ocean-view patio. L, D (daily). 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 202, 714.960.0096  Map N9 BLUEGOLD  > California $$ Sleek California coastal: raw bar, charcuterie, seafood steam kettles, creative pizzas. B, L, D (daily). Pacific City, 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.374.0038  Map N9 DUKE’S  > Seafood $$ Hawaiian-inspired seafood and Prime steaks amid beachhouse ambiance adjacent to Huntington Beach Pier. Barefoot Bar on the sand. L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 317 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.374.6446  Map N9 LOT 579  > Food Hall $$ Tenants include Burnt Crumbs for artisanal sandwiches, American Dream for burgers and beer, Bear Flag Fish Co. for poke, the Dudes’ Brewing Co., and Frosted Cupcakery. L, D (daily). Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., $$  Map N9 LSXO  > Vietnamese $$ Intimate, extraordinary restaurant hidden within Bluegold at Pacific City. Fifty Saigon-style dishes, a handful of toptier cocktails, intoxicating ambiance at night. Plus afternoon tea. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.374.0083  Map N9 PACIFIC HIDEAWAY  > California $$ Share plates with Southeast Asia or Latin American touches—Lao sausage wraps, whole crispy snapper— amid cool decor. Winning cocktails by Casey Lyons. Br, D (daily). Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.965.4448  Map N9 RUBY’S DINER  > American $ Vintage-inspired family-friendly spots serve burgers and shakes; three of 17 locations are on piers. B, L, D (daily). Huntington Beach Pier, 714.969.RUBY  Map N9 SEALEGS WINE BAR  > California $$ Seasonal share plates (Pig and Fig flatbread, bananas Foster French toast) amid Hamptons-style decor and lots of intriguing wines by the glass. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 21022 Beach Blvd., 714.536.5700  Map M9 SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI  > Quick Bites $ Creative sandwiches and tasty salads; new Irvine location adds excellent burgers. B, L, D (daily). 414 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.594.3899  Map N9 TANNER’S  > California $$ Pool and ocean views, open-fire fare, and top-tier cocktails at super-stylish Treehouse rooftop lounge. B, L, D (daily). Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.698.6130  Map N9 WATERTABLE  > American $$ Restaurant in “living rooms” with ocean-view patio. Shareable Bar Jars; decadent burger; honey-lavender Berkshire pork. B, D (daily); L (M-F). Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.698.1234  Map N9

IRVINE AGORA CHURRASCARIA  > Brazilian Steakhouse $$$ Gaucho-garbed waiters offer 16 sumptuous cuts cooked over a fire pit, from picanha (a sirloin specialty) to coração (chicken hearts). Elaborate hot and cold bar. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1830 Main St., 949.222.9910  Map J13 ANDREI’S  > American $$ Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails offers distinctive fare—e.g., crab cones, venison shank—and excellent cocktails amid striking decor; garden terrace with fire “tornadoes.” L, D (M-Sa), Br (Sa). 2607 Main St., 949.387.8887  Map D4

BISTANGO  > American $$ Beautifully presented contemporary cuisine at business magnet; extensive wine list, changing contemporary art exhibits and jazz nightly. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 19100 Von Karman Ave., 949.752.5222  Map K14 CUCINA ENOTECA  > Cal-Ital $$ Fun decor and onsite wine shop. Vasi filled mini-mason jars, lobster gnocchi neri, guanciale bucatini. L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center, 532 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.861.2222  Map D5 THE CUT  > American $$ Cut-above creative burgers—notably the Grand Cut—plus prosciutto-chorizo croquettes and corn-cookie ice cream sandwich. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3831 Alton Parkway, Suite C, 949.333.3434 Map D4 DAVIO’S  > Italian Steakhouse $$ East Coast-based northern Italian fare in striking dining room features handmade pasta, fresh seafood, Prime aged Brandt beef; bustling bar. Br (Su), L (M-F), D (daily). 18420 Von Karman Ave., 949.477.4810  Map J14 EATS KITCHEN & BAR  > Eclectic $$ Regional specialties, winning happy hour, circular bar centerpiece. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, 949.225.6780  Map D4 HABANA  > Latin $$ Hip Nuevo Latino destination with great brunches; palatial second location adds breakfast, teatime and a bakery. Ropa vieja; tamale pie. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Irvine Spectrum Center, 708 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.450.1004 Map D5 HELLO KITTY GRAND CAFE >  International $$ World’s first permanent Hello Kitty cafe serves treats, e.g., hot mini matcha doughnuts; Bow Room is for cocktails or reservations-only afternoon tea. Irvine Spectrum Center, 860 Irvine Center Drive, 949.536.5357  Map G8 HEIRLOOM FARMHOUSE KITCHEN  > California $$ Starters such as the Ancient Breads trio star along with cocktails such as the elegant Improve Your Age. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Marriott Irvine Spectrum, 7905 Irvine Center Drive, 949.759.0200  Map D5 HENRY’S  > California $$$ New. Innovative fare by chef Kenny Seliger in ocean-view fine-dining room at Waterfront Beach Resort. Mussels on the Rocks with bok choy puree, Mangalitsa pork chop, pomegranate mousse with chocolate crumble. D (nightly). 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.845.8000  Map N9 MEIZHOU DONGPO >  Chinese $$$ Upscale Sichuan spot serves bold and fiery cuisine. Showstoppers include Meizhou duck, sweet-and-sour tilapia and squid-ink shumai; dim-sum brunch. L, D (daily). Culver Plaza, 15363 Culver Drive, 949.433.5686  Map J14 OOTORO SUSHI >  Japanese $$$ Every bite surprises, and earns rapt attention, at this omakase-centric spot; rare fish, a toro trio, A5+ Kobe beef plus elaborate cooked dishes. L, D (Tu-Sa). 2222 Michelson Drive, 949.222.0688  Map K13 PUESTO >  Mexican $$ Eye-popping new location at Park Place. Creative bluecorn tacos; nogada guacamole with arils and candied walnuts; agave spirits beyond tequila and mezcal. L, D (daily). 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.608.9990; 3311 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.608.7272  Map J12, J14 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE >  Steak $$$ Bone-in cowboy rib-eye; caramelized banana cream pie. Soaring ceilings, sculptures, colorful glass. L (F), D (daily). 2961 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.252.8848  Map K1 ROBATA WASA >  Japanese $$ Stylish spot serves equally stylish robata, sushi, ramen, udon, specialty dishes such as When Uni Meets Crab,


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DINING and excellent cocktails. L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center, 926 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.536.5064  Map D5 SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI  > Quick Bites $ Creative sandwiches and tasty salads; new Irvine location adds excellent burgers. B, L, D (daily). 4736 Barranca Parkway, 949.333.3949  Map D4 TAPS FISH HOUSE AND BREWERY >  Seafood $$$ Seafood and steaks, oyster bar and award-winning brewss. L (M-Sa), D nightly), Br (Su). New Taps Brewery and Barrel Room in Tustin. The Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Road, 714.619.0404  Map C5 TRADE FOOD HALL >  Food Hall $ Innovative concepts near airport include Two Birds chicken, Butterleaf vegetarian, Dos Chinos fusion tacos, Center Hub bar and Sweet Combforts desserts. B, L, D (daily). 2222 Michelson Drive,  Map J14 TWENTY EIGHT >  Chinese $$ Modern Chinese in stylish digs. Star of chef Jay Lacuesta’s show is Kurobuta “char siu” pork shoulder. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 19530 Jamboree Road, 949.852.2828  Map K14 UMAMI BURGER >  American $ Gourmet burgers for the hipster masses. Faves: Manly, Truffle, vegan Impossible Burger. L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, 949.396.1830  Map G15

LAGUNA BEACH BROADWAY BY AMAR SANTANA  > American $$$ Original spot/first love of Bravo Top Chef finalist Amar Santana. Superb “cuisine of the Americas” and cocktails. D (nightly). 328 Glenneyre St., 949.715.8234  Map H15

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CATMOSPHERE LAGUNA  > Quick Bites $ Cat cafe and lounge. The cafe offers cheeses, toasts, salads and wine. In the lounge are cats and kittens for adoption. L (Tu-Su). 381 Forest Ave., 949.619.6369  Map H15 DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN & BAR  > American $$ Overlooks the sand. Santa Barbara uni with hamachi; foiegras-stuffed Mary’s Chicken and morels. Cozy-edgy Stateroom Bar. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Pacific Edge Hotel, 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, 949.715.7700  Map I15 HARLEY  > American $$$ New. Owner-chef Greg Daniels, ex Haven in Orange, takes over 370 Common space, now midcentury modern and cozy, and serves ingeniously tweaked fine-dining staples. D (nightly). 370 Glenneyre St., 949.715.1530  Map H15 KITCHEN IN THE CANYON  > American $$ New. Convivial neighborhood cafe serves comforting breakfast and lunch fare, notably tarragon chicken and Pulled Pork in the Canyon sandwiches. B, L (daily). 845 Laguna Canyon Road, 949.715.5388  Map G15 K’YA BISTRO BAR  > California $$ Fifty small plates in lively spot inside historic hotel; sharing is encouraged. D (nightly). La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Hwy., 949.376.9718  Map I16 LAS BRISAS  > Mexican $$$ Cliff-top spot with superb coastal views and popular patio. Snapper Veracruzana, Yucatán chicken. B (M-Sa); L, D (daily); Br (Su). 361 Cliff Drive, 949.497.5434  Map H15

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MOULIN  > French $$ Combination bistro-épicerie-cafe: sandwiches, pastries, charcuterie, cheeses, wine and beer. B, L, D (daily). 248 Forest Ave., 949.715.6990  Map H15 MOZAMBIQUE  > South African $$ African fortress gone hip offers Cal-Portuguese-South African cuisine such as piri piri prawns. Veranda rooftop dining. Complimentary ride within 10 miles. Br (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 1740 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.7777  Map I16


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DINING OAK LAGUNA BEACH  > California $$ Stylish dining room and wraparound balcony overlook Coast Highway. Meatball starter, local albacore stack, frozen Nutella cappuccino, Oasis mai tai. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1100 S. Coast Hwy., 949.940.3010  Map H15 OCEAN AT MAIN  > American $$$ Chef Craig Strong departs luxe Studio to open his own spot, serving a more personal coastal cuisine. Standouts include Kusshi oysters with granité, lobster fettucine and roasted beef tenderloin. L, D (daily). 222 Ocean Ave., 949.715.3870  Map H15 OLIVER’S OSTERIA  > Italian $$$ New. Owner-chef Ferdinando Bernardi presents cuisine of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Octopus with lemongrass Parmentier, rigatoni al cacio e pepe, salt-baked whole branzino. L, D (daily). 853 Laguna Canyon Road, 949.715.0261  Map G15 ROYAL HAWAIIAN FIRE GRILL  > American $$ First opened in 1947; fourth incarnation brings Maro Molteni, former owner of Maro Wood Grill, a fresh Polynesian take and the return of its original Lapu-Lapu. D (Tu-Su). 331 N. Coast Hwy., 949.715.1470  Map H15 SAPPHIRE LAGUNA  > Eclectic $$$ Globally inspired fare. Far-flung and ever-intriguing menu, excellent cocktails, popular patio, and gourmet pantry for takeout. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1200 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.9888  Map I15 SELANNE STEAK TAVERN  > Steak $$$ Hockey legend Teemu Selänne’s upscale spot. Pacific diver scallops, scarlet beet ravioli, Lord Stanley Cut rib-eye, wagyu steak for two, monkey bread dessert. D (nightly), Br (Su). 1464 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.9881  Map I16

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SPLASHES  > American $$$ Restaurant/bar steps from the sand makes for gorgeous memories. Hamachi crudo, lobster bisque, rack of lamb. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., 949.497.4477, ext. 550  Map H15 8479SRC_ORAN_WHEREad_v2.indd 1

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STUDIO  > California $$$$ Bluff-top bungalow with gorgeous and endless azure Pacific views oozes an offhand luxury. Benjamin Martinek is new chef de cuisine. New vegetarian menu is a showstopper. D (Tu-Su). Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.6420  Map I16

NEWPORT BEACH A RESTAURANT  > American $$$ Stylish spot—”classically hip since 1926”—with red leather booths. Kentucky fried quail; Imperial Wagyu coulotte steak. Cafe/market adjacent. L (M-Th), D (nightly). 3334 W. Coast Hwy., 949.650.6505  Map N13 A&O KITCHEN + BAR  > Gastropub $$ Waterfront Anchors & Oceans bar with upmarket gastropub fare. Remarkable new California Distilled cocktail program. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., 949.603.4285  Map M14 ARC BUTCHER & BAKER  > American $$ Marín and Noah von Blöm, Golden Foodies chef of the year, open pretty takeout spot in Cannery Village. Savory pastries, “streetwiches,” Baby Arc Burger, steak ’n’ potatoes. B, L, D (daily). 417 30th St., 949.877.0190  Map N13 BACK BAY BISTRO  > American $$ Snazzy spot overlooks Back Bay; retractable roof. Cancunstyle shrimp cocktail, Kobe beef sliders, New York steak au poivre. L (Tu-Sa), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, 949.729.1144  Map M14 BAYSIDE  > American $$$ Stylish spot ideal for exec lunches, romantic dinners and lazy brunches. The live jazz and the wines are a huge draw. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 900 Bayside Drive, 949.721.1222  Map M14

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BLUEWATER GRILL  > Seafood $$ Fresh selection at harbor-front spot—a wide variety from Australian barramundi to farm-raised Mississippi catfish—changes daily. L, D (daily). 630 Lido Park Drive, 949.675.3474  Map N13 THE CANNERY  > Seafood $$ A cannery in 1921, harbor-view restaurant for 40 years. Lobster carbonara; loup de mer; Balboa sundae. Jellyfish Lounge features sushi. Great happy hour. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 3010 Lafayette Ave., 949.566.0060  Map N13 CIRCLE HOOK  > Seafood $$ Bear Flag Fish Co. team opens harbor-side with imaginative nautical decor. Vodka-battered fish and chips; ahi bánh mì; Thai coconut clams. L, D (daily). Lido Marina Village, 3432 Via Oporto, 949.529.2784  Map N13 CUCINA ENOTECA  > Cal-Ital $$ Filled vasi mini-mason jars, lobster gnocchi neri, guanciale bucatini, fun decor and wine shop. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, 949.706.1416  Map L15


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FIG & OLIVE  > Mediterranean $$$ Ode to olive oil from crostini and crudo starters to creme brulee cheesecake in a stunning olive tree-studded setting. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, 949.877.3005  Map L15 FLEMING’S  > Steak $$$ Sleek venue, new redo at the prime steakhouse and wine bar; prime everything. Bustling bar with 100 wines by the glass; prime rib on Sundays. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 455 Newport Center Drive, 949.720.9633  Map L15


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(V) GRATITUDE  > Vegan $$$ Chic and airy spot presents elaborate dishes with affirming names such as “Welcoming” and superb cocktails. B, L, D (daily). Westcliff Plaza, 1617 Westcliff Drive, 949.386.8103  Map L14 GREAT MAPLE  > American $$$ Classics transformed: charred cauliflower hummus; buttermilk fried chicken and maple bacon doughnuts; lobster popover Benedict. Br, L, D (daily). Fashion Island, 1133 Newport Center Drive, 949.706.8282  Map L15 GUACAMIGOS  > Mexican $$ New. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk launches tacoand-tequila spot with dishes for all comers—e.g., starters from Gnarly Nachos to ... caviar tacos. L, D (daily). 2607 W. Coast Hwy., 949.650.1818  Map N13


JULIETTE KITCHEN + BAR  > American $$$ Chef Daniel Hyatt uses locally sourced ingredients to elevate modern American dishes; top-notch cocktails; brunch (and brunch cocktails) are new. L, D (daily). 1000 Bristol St., 949.752.5854  Map K13

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LIDO BOTTLE WORKS  > California $$ Provocative menu harbor-side. Tuna tartare with chile pop rocks; cauliflower wreath with mushrooms and raisins. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Lido Marina Village, 3408 Via Oporto, Suite 103, 949.529.2784  Map N13

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LIGHTHOUSE BAYVIEW CAFÉ  > American $$ Beignets, burgers, bánh-mì buns and bouillabaisse in lighthouse-shaped harbor-view restaurant. Newly expanded cocktail list. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., 949.933.1001  Map N14

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LOUIE’S BY THE BAY  > Italian $$$ New. Venerated restaurateurs Piero Selvaggio (Valentino) and Ron Salisbury (The Cannery) partner at impressive waterfront Italian steakhouse. D (nightly). 2801 W. Coast Hwy., 949.720.1800  Map N13


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2610 E Katella • Across from The Honda Center

MOULIN  > French $$ Combination bistro-epicerie-cafe: sandwiches, pastries, charcuterie, cheeses, wine and beer. B, L (daily); D (M-Sa). 1000 Bristol St. N., 949.474.0920  Map K13


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DINING NOBU  > Japanese $$$$ Harbor-side outpost of renowned spot is stunning inside and out. Grand Cordon cocktail omakase on the patio. Wagyu Wednesdays. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). Lido Marina Village, 3450 Via Oporto, 949.429.4440  Map N13 OAK GRILL  > California $$$$ Chef Brittany Valles elevates the menu with distinctive takes on already creative fare. Shares patio with Aqua Lounge. B, L, D (daily). Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, 949.760.4920  Map L15 OLEA  > California $$$ Russ Bendel (Vine, Ironwood) and chef-partner Jared Cook open third wine-country concept, this one with a Euro twist. Crispy Meyer lemon duck wings; schnitzel. D (nightly). 2001 Westcliff Drive, 949.275.5394  Map M13 PIZZERIA MOZZA  > Italian $$ From culinary stars Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich. Start with bone marrow al forno; finish with caramel coppetta with marshmallow sauce. L, D (daily). 800 W. Coast Hwy., 949.945.1126 $$  Map M13 PROVENANCE  > Cal-Ital $$ Cathy Pavlos retools her farmhouse-themed spot to the Italian family recipes she grew up with. Impressive patio garden. Marvelous brunch. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2531 Eastbluff Drive, 949.718.0477  Map L14 RED O  > Mexican $$$ Sexy design with Moroccan accents. Ceviches, guacamole tasting, excellent salsas, lamb chops mole negro. Extensive tequila list. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 143 Newport Center Drive, 949.718.0300  Map L15 ROYAL HEN  > Gastropub $$ Bustling spot on Balboa Island. Renowned chicken pot pie; lamb rump with charred plums. D (Tu-Su), Br (Su). 3311 Marine Ave., 949.873.5603  Map M15 RUBY’S DINER  > American $ Vintage-inspired family-friendly spots serve burgers and shakes; three of 17 locations are on piers. B, L, D (daily). Balboa Pier, 949.675.RUBY  Map N15 SAPORI RISTORANTE  > Italian $$$ Highly regarded spot near Balboa Island. Penne otero, polenta e porcini, pizzas in the pizzeria. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1080 Bayside Drive, 949.644.4220  Map N14 SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI  > Quick Bites $ Creative sandwiches—some of the county’s best— and tasty salads. B, L, D (daily). 2823 Newport Blvd., 949.220.9001  Map N13 SOL COCINA  > Mexican $$ Vibrant Baja-inspired cuisine overlooking harbor canals. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 251 E. Coast Hwy., 949.675.9800  Map M14 SUSHI ROKU  > Cal-Japanese $$ Gorgeous spot from Cal-sushi pioneer. Fluke kumquat starter, premium tofu three ways, wagyu flights, rib-eye steak Japonais, Zen s’mores dessert. L, D (daily). 327 Newport Center Drive, 949.706.3622  Map L15 21 OCEANFRONT  > Continental $$$ Romantic restaurant with sunset views, servers in black tie. Crab legs, steaks and osso buco. Live entertainment. D (nightly). 2100 W. Oceanfront, 949.673.2100  Map N13 WATERLINE  > Seafood $$$   “Water to table” seafood experience overlooking the harbor. New chef. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Su (Br). Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., 949.630.4390  Map M13 THE WINERY  > California $$$ Seafood, wild game and USDA Prime steaks in striking spot overlooking Newport Harbor. D (nightly), Br (Su). 3131 W. Coast Hwy., 949.999.6622  Map N13

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DINING NEWPORT COAST ANDREA  > Italian $$$$ Elegant, unstuffy dining room looks out onto elysian and ocean vistas. Top-tier pasta and gelato made in dedicated rooms. L (F-Su), D (nightly). The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., 844.445.2183  Map L17 THE BEACHCOMBER  > American $$ Historic cottage on the sand at Crystal Cove State Park. Prime flat-iron steak; Gimme S’mores! Outdoor Bootlegger Bar. Los Trancos lot shuttle. B, L, D (daily). 15 Crystal Cove, 949.376.6900  Map E4 BLUEFIN  > Japanese $$$ Venerated sushi chef Takashi Abe offers exquisite sushi, creative hot entrees. L, D (daily). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7952 E. Coast Hwy., 949.715.7373  Map M17 MARCHÉ MODERNE  > French $$$ Chef Florent Marneau and pastry chef wife Amelia elevate the bistro experience to gorgeous heights. D (nightly). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., 714.434.7900  Map M17 NIA’S IFOR AL



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MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  > Seafood $$$$ Bluff-top, ocean-view spot. Seafood in majestic proportions, seafood tower and (oooh!) warm butter cake. D (nightly). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 8112 E. Coast Hwy., 949.376.6990  Map M17

ORANGE ANEPALCO  > Mexican-French $$ Chef Daniel Godinez applies French technique to traditional Mexican ingredients, with sophisticated, artfully presented results. Innovative cocktails. Br (Tu-Su), D (TuSa). 3737 W. Chapman Ave., 714.456.9642  Map B4 BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN  > Quick Bites $ Acclaimed chef Ryan Adams offers fried chicken, friedchicken sandwiches—try the Southern Samurai!—and fried-chicken smothered tots in Old Towne Orange. L, D (Tu-Su). 238 W. Chapman Ave., 949.392.5995  Map C4 THE FILLING STATION CAFE  > American $$ Distinctive all-day breakfast fare and coffeehouse classics at family-friendly spot housed in a 1920s-era gas station. B, L, D (daily). 201 N. Glassell St., 714.289.9714  Map C4

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HAVEN  > Gastropub $$ Adventurous fare and handcrafted beers. Superb burgers, Jidori chicken-liver toast, whole suckling pig. Br (Su); L, D (daily). 190 S. Glassell St., 714.221.0680  Map C4 MARKET BROILER  > Seafood $$ Mix ’n’ match fresh fish ‘n’ sauce, plus mesquite-grilled seafood and steaks. L, D (daily). The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd., Orange, 714.769.FISH  Map L1 ORANGE HILL  > Continental $$ Hilltop hideaway with endless city-light views and O Bar; prime rib and lobster are specialties. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 6410 E. Chapman Ave., 714.997.2910  Map C5

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO BAD TO THE BONE  > Barbecue $$ “Real-pit BBQ” brisket and tri-tip, blackened catfish, mesquite-fired steaks amid cowboy ambiance. L, D (daily). 31738 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.0227 Map I17 RAMOS HOUSE CAFÉ  > Creative Brunch $$ Memorable repast served on covered patio of 1881 house next to the train tracks in historic district. B, L (Th-Tu); Br (Sa-Su). 31752 Los Rios St., 949.443.1342  Map I17

SANTA ANA EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE  > Mexican $$ Specialties from each Mexican state in a hip space plus superior mezcal cocktails. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Su). 301 N. Spurgeon St., 714.338.2446  Map H13


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DINING 4TH STREET MARKET  > Food Hall $$ Foodie tenants include Dos Chinos, Alta Baja Market, Electric City Butcher, Portola Coffee Lab, Recess Libations and new Steel Pan Pizza and La Vegana Mexicana. L, D (daily). 201 E. 4th St., 714.486.0700  Map H13

Dine Differently. See Newport Beach in a Whole New Way.

MIX MIX KITCHEN BAR  > Filipino Fusion $$$ Chef Ross Pangilinan’s acclaimed cuisine/cocktails. Prix fixe dinners (includes wine pairings on Wed.). D (Tu-Sa), Br (Su). 300 N. Main St., 714.836.5158  Map H13

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OMAKASE BY GINO  > Japanese $$$ North County sushi chef Gino Choi unveils more centrally located 10-seat restaurant in downtown Santa Ana offering elaborate set-price menu only “for serious sushi lovers.” D (Tu-Sa). 304 N. Main St., 657.231.6008  Map H13 PLAYGROUND  > American $$ Owner/chef Jason Quinn’s superior small plates; Uncle Lou’s fried chicken; wagyu tri-tip. Adjacent Playground 2.0 is a convivial laboratory. D (Tu-Sa). 220 E. 4th St., 714.560.4444  Map H13

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TANGATA  > California $$ Spot at Bowers Museum offers Pacific Rim-inflected lunch Spam taco, Korean skirt steak, banana spring roll. L (TuSu). 2002 N. Main St., 714.550.0906  Map G13

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SAN CLEMENTE THE CELLAR  > American $$ Cheese shop, wine bar and excellent restaurant with live music and dog-friendly patio. B, L, D (T-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 158 Avenida del Mar, 949.492.3663  Map south of F6 MRK PUBLIC  > Gastropub $$ Elevated pub fare, notably Tuscan Toast and Vietnamese Sticky Wings, and craft beers (all $5). L, D (Tu-Su). 1402 S. El Camino Real, 949.441.7621  Map south of F6 ROCKWELL’S BAKERY  > Cafe $$ New. Bakery counter, cafe with full-service meals and full bar. B, L, D (daily). Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, 949.799.2020 Map south of F6


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CHAAK  > Mexican $$ Elevated Mayan staples inspired by owner-chef Gabbi Patrick’s Yucatecan roots. L, D (Tu-Su). 215 El Camino Real, Tustin, 657.699.3019  Map C4 JOON SHABU SHABU  > Japanese $$ Interactive cooking, premium ingredients at sleek hot-pot spot; fluffy garlic ninniku sauce. L, D (daily). The District at Tustin Legacy, 2453 Park Ave., 714.549.1432  Map J14 JT SCHMID’S  > Brewpub $$ Restaurant and brewery offers wood-fired pizzas, Prime steaks, burgers, jambalaya and sashimi. L, D (daily). 2415 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.0333  Map D4 UNION MARKET TUSTIN  > Food Hall $$ Tenants include Stowaway for tiki drinks, Kettlebar Steam Cooking and the Kroft sandwiches. L, D (daily). The District, 2493 Park Ave.,  Map D4 UTOPIA EUROPEAN CAFFÉ  > Turkish $ New. Fresh Turkish baked goods, pastas, high tea amid supercharming decor. B, L, D (daily). The District at Tustin Legacy, 2489 Park Ave., 714.352.5789 Map J14 THE WINERY  > California $$$ Seafood, wild game, USDA Prime steaks amid handsome decor; cigar patios, extensive wine cellar. (M-F), D (nightly). The District, 2647 Park Ave., 714.258.7600  Map D4


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OCDINING THE FILLING STATION CAFE The Filling Station Cafe and Coffee House in charming Old Towne Orange is a favorite among locals and visitors, known for its distinctive all-day breakfast and cafe classics. Housed in the historic Baker’s Richfield gas station, built in the 1920s, the family-friendly spot specializes in breakfast dishes as diverse as pork chorizo & eggs and cranberry-orange French toast, and globe-spanning dinner options including Asian pot stickers, Italian cioppino and American pot roast. Also served all day: salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers and beef platters. B, L, D (daily).

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ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS Andrei’s creative and sustainably sourced local cuisine is the perfect complement to its sophisticated, urban atmosphere. Enjoy dishes such as its acclaimed panko-crusted portobello steak fries, grilled halloumi and watermelon salad, or Idaho rainbow trout in the sleek dining room or citrus-and-herb garden terrace. Andrei’s is also known for its craft cocktails, notably a barrel-aged Manhattan. On Silver Oak Saturdays, the vineyard’s bottles are half price. Saturday brunch and lunch 11 am-2:30 pm; happy hour Mon.-Sat. 3-6:30 pm. Events and private dining available. L (M-Sa), D (M-Sa), Br (Sa).

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21 OCEANFRONT Looking out onto the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, 21 Oceanfront offers breathtaking sunset views from three beautifully appointed dining rooms. 21 Oceanfront is known for its baseball-cut swordfish, tender California red abalone, Alaskan king crab legs, fresh cuts of beef and its extensive wine list. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two as well as for corporate gatherings, the local favorite has been consistently recognized as one of O.C.’s best and most romantic restaurants. Complimentary transportation for groups of eight or more. Live entertainment and happy hour in the Oceanfront Bar and Lounge. D (nightly).

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LAGUNA ART-A-FAIR  Beginning June 28. Juried art festival includes works by 125 artists in painting, drawing, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Live entertainment on weekends. Su-Th 10 am-9 pm, F-Sa 10 am-10 pm (closes 6 pm July 4 and Sept. 2). $7-$9. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514, Map G15 SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL  Beginning June 28. Works by 200 Laguna Beach artists—glass, painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography—plus demos, kids activities, outdoor cafes and live music in eucalyptus grove. Daily 10 am-10 pm (closes 6 pm July 4). $4-$9. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, Map G15

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The OC Fair, July 12-Aug. 11, this year celebrates Orange County’s agricultural roots, its land and environment. What began as a horse race and a few exhibits in 1890 has evolved into a multi-week festival featuring live music and countless booths. Many go for the carnival rides, games, races, livestock exhibits and petting zoo. There are monster trucks and rodeo acts in the action-sports arena, free live entertainment in the Hangar and sampling of winecompetition winners; the Brew Hee Haw craft-beer roundup returns July 12-13. Did we mention zany food? Consider fried peanut-butter meatballs from perennial favorite Chicken Charlie’s. Last year’s event broke attendance records with nearly 1.5 million visitors and shattered the single-day record as well. Separately ticketed concerts take place in the Pacific Amphitheatre. p. 46

INDEPENDENCE DAY  July 4. Dana Point Fireworks at Doheny State Beach, 949.923.2255. Huntington Beach Breakfast, parade, 5K run and fireworks at the pier, 714.536.5486. Fullerton Entertainment, live music, food and fireworks, 714.738.3167. Newport Beach Boat parade and fireworks at Newport Harbor, 949.673.1489 Map K17, N9, A3, southeast of F6 FESTIVAL OF ARTS  July 5-Aug. 31. California’s longestrunning outdoor fine-art exhibition features works by 140 juried artists plus wine and chocolate tasting events, Concerts on the Green, Sunday in the Park music series. Daily 10 am-11:30 pm. $5-$15. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145, Map G15 PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS  July 7-Aug. 31. Tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), re-creations by live models of works of art, with live narration and orchestra. This year’s theme is “The Time Machine.” Daily 8:30 pm. $15-$240. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145, Map G15 OC FAIR  July 12-Aug. 11. Action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), concerts, carnival rides, Giant Wheel, livestock competitions, petting zoo, wine tasting and zany food. $7-$14, under 5 free; $10 (cash only) for parking. Separately ticketed concerts at Pacific Amphitheatre (listing p. 48). 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Map K12 BREW HEE HAW  July 12-13. Craft beer roundup features unlimited tastings from more than 80 breweries, commemorative glass, dancing and free admission to the OC Fair. Tasting sessions noon-4 pm and 6-10 pm on July 12, noon-4 pm on July 13. $65; $55 online. OC Fair, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa,  Map K12 SAN CLEMENTE OCEAN FESTIVAL  July 20-21. Celebrating over 40 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!” Competitions, beach runs, bodysurfing clinics, fishing derby, woody car exhibit, ocean art show, children’s events and more. San Clemente Pier, San Clemente, 949.440.6141, Map south of F6 VANS U.S. OPEN OF SURFING  July 27-Aug. 4. World’s largest pro surfing competition also includes beach lifestyle, skate and BMX events, community movie nights. Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, Map N9 LOBSTERFEST  Aug. 11. Maine lobster, beach party, kids activities and live entertainment. 2-7 pm. $65; VIP $150. Newport Beach Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.478.3468, Map M14

Guidelines Map locators (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pp. 61-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

Index Special Events............. 46 Theater........................ 46 Music + Dance.............. 46 Sports.......................... 48 Attractions................... 48 Museums..................... 52 Shopping....................... 53

Eatertainment............. 54 Golf Courses................ 54 Active Outdoors........... 54 Beaches....................... 56 Nightlife....................... 57 Explore......................... 58 Tickets......................... 59

PACIFIC WINE & FOOD CLASSIC  Aug. 17-18. Sampling from 200 restaurants, chefs, winemakers and mixologists, plus live entertainment. 2-5 pm. See website for ticket prices. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.287.3281, Map M14

THEATER THE VELVETEEN RABBIT  Through June 9. Margery Williams’ beloved children’s book comes to stage, adapted by Janet Allard. Lonely and forgotten, a stuffed rabbit longs to be real. A moving story about the power of love—and magic. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555 Map J13 HARVEY  Through June 16. Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend Harvey, a 61/2-foot-tall rabbit. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15 SECRETS AND ILLUSIONS  June 30. Illusionist Ivan Amodei’s new stage show presents his signature storytelling and thought-provoking vignettes with audience participation. Boston Globe says: It’s “magic with a message.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646  Map K14 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA  July 10-21. Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved classic returns to Orange County as part of its North American Tour. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13

MUSIC + DANCE BAROQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL  June 23-30 Stylistically authentic performances of works from the Baroque period at various locations in Corona del Mar. Wine and Waters reception follows each performance. $30-$50. 949.760.7887, Map M16 CITY NATIONAL GROVE OF ANAHEIM  June 7 DJ Quik. June 11 Rain—A Tribute to The Beatles. Aug. 3 Sad Summer Festival. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700,  Map I11 FIVEPOINT AMPHITHEATRE  June 1 Fishfest with Tobymac. June 8 Brad Paisely. June 16 Train, Goo Goo Dolls. June 20 Santana, the Doobie Brothers. June 23 Hootie and the Blowfish. July 6 Jethro Tull. July 13 MC Hammer, Sir Mix-A-Lot. July 17 Beck, Cage the Elephant. July 20 Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival. July 21 KLOS presents Shinedown: Attention Attention World Tour. July 25-26 Zac Brown Band. July 30 Beast Coast. Aug. 1 Rascal Flatts. Aug. 2 106.7 KROQ presents

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NEWPORT BEACH ART EXHIBITION  June 15. Mingle with the artists at 55th annual show featuring more than 250 works. 1-6 pm. Free. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.717.3800,  Map L15





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ATTRACTIONS Iration: Live From Paradise! Summer Tour. Aug. 3 Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World. Aug. 23 Lynyrd Skynyrd. Aug. 29 The Smashing Pumpkins, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, AFI. Aug. 30 Korn, Alice in Chains. Aug. 31 Nelly, TLC, Flo Rida. 14800 Chinon, Irvine, Map D5


HOUSE OF BLUES  June 1 Half Past Two. June 5 Marianas Trench. June 8 Blue October. June 14-15 Intocable. June 22 Long Beach Dub All-Stars, the Aggrolites, Tomorrows Bad Seeds. June 23 Aly & AJ. June 25 Lany. June 27 Carly Rae Jepsen. June 28 Rooney. June 29 Jose Maria Napoleon. June 30 New Found Glory. July 2 Jim James, the Claypool Lennon Delirium. July 3 Umphrey’s McGee. July 7 Ocean Alley. July 13 Scotty Sire. July 19 August Burns Red. July 25 Jonathan McReynolds. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.778.2583,  Map I10 IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE  June 7 UCI Symphony Orchestra. June 30 Ivan Amodei’s Secrets and Illusions. July 19-20 MenAlive. July 27 National Choreographers Initiative. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646,  Map K14


PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE  July 7 Ramon Ayala. July 10 Seal. July 11 Rick Springfield. July 12-13 Rebelution. July 14 Justin Moore. July 18 Why Don’t We. July 19 Ziggy Marley. July 20 Pat Benatar. July 21 Happy Together Tour. July 24 Styx. July 26 Chicago. July 27 Smokey Robinson. July 28 Dwight Yoakam. July 31 Kool & the Gang. Aug. 1 B-52s. Aug. 2 Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan. Aug. 4 Mariachi Sol de Mexico. Aug. 8 Weird Al Yankovic. Aug. 10 Bush and Live. Aug. 16 Jackson Browne. Aug. 18 OAR. OC fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Map K12 SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS  Segerstrom Hall June 14-15 Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall June 6-8 Pacific Symphony. June 9 Pacific Symphony. June 15 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. June 25 Violinist Anne-Sophia Mutter, Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. July 3 Organist Paul Jacobs. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,  Map J13

SPORTS ANGEL STADIUM  June 4-6 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Athletics. June 7-9 Angels vs. Mariners. June 10-11 Angels vs. Dodgers. June 25-26 Angels vs. Reds. June 27-30 Angels vs. Athletics. July 12-14 Angels vs. Mariners. July 15-18 Angels vs. Astros. July 25-28 Angels vs. Orioles. July 29-31 Angels vs. Tigers. Aug. 12-14 Angels vs. Pirates. Aug. 15-18 Angels vs. White Sox. Aug. 27-28 Angels vs. Rangers. Aug. 30-31 Angels vs. Red Sox. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.940.2000,  Map I9

ATTRACTIONS AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC  One of the largest aquariums in the U.S.; highlights include Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest and ethereal sea jellies. Daily 9 am6 pm. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100  Map west of C1

CHRIST CATHEDRAL  Architectural must-sees: Philip Johnson’s glass cathedral, Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope, Richard Meier’s International Center for Positive Thinking. Tours M-Sa 10 am and 1 pm. Free. 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, 949.375.5763  Map J10 DISCOVERY CUBE  Hands-on exhibits, shows in science center and Julianne Argyros Theater. Ongoing Dino Quest, Mission Control; Helicopter Tour; Water


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BILLY BEEZ  Slide, bounce, jump and run at indoor jungle- and bee-themed arena for kids and their families. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 657.207.4841  Map I10


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ATTRACTIONS Gallery; Science of Hockey. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $14.95$19.95, under 3 free. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823  Map G13 DISNEYLAND  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever, is open! The only theme park completed under the direct supervision of Walt Disney also looks back with Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln; a mountain range of thrill rides includes Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $97-$124, under 3 free. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map I10



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DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE  Park ups the thrill ante with the Incredicoaster, highlight of the new four-neighborhood Pixar Pier area, and Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout! The Soarin’ Around the World attraction and World of Color water-and-light show are as thrilling as ever. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $97-$124. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map I10 DOWNTOWN DISNEY  Free pedestrian promenade adjacent to Disney parks offers dining, shopping and nightlife, including Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Disney Home and new Ballast Point Brewing Co. and Salt & Straw ice cream. 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800  Map I10








FLIGHTDECK FLIGHT SIMULATION CENTER  Aerial dogfights use F-16 fighter jet cockpit simulators. No experience necessary. Minimum age 11, height 4 feet 11 inches. Starts at $59. Tu-Su 11:30 am-8:30 pm. 1650 S. Sinclair, Anaheim, 714.937.1511  Map I11 FULLERTON ARBORETUM  The county’s largest botanical garden, adjacent to CSU Fullerton, features 4,000 plant species set amid ponds and streams. Mediterranean, woodland, desert and cultivated collections. 8 am-4:30 pm. Free; $5 suggested donation. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407  Map A3


GREAT PARK ICE  New. California’s largest ice skating facility includes four practice rinks for the Anaheim Ducks and for U.S. Figure Skating. 888 Ridge Valley, Irvine, 866.829.3829  Map D5 GO VR GAMING  Virtual-reality arcade offers ingenious 3-D experiences that take you worlds away. Multiplayer programs, too. M-Th 3-10 pm, F 3-10:30 pm, Sa 1-10:30 pm, Su 1-10 pm. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.829.4189  Map I10 K1 SPEED  Indoor kart racing offers challenging track for speed enthusiasts. Call for hours. Available for private parties or corporate events. $20. 17221 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.250.0242; 1000 N. Edward Court, Anaheim, 714.632.6999  Map J14, B4


KNOTT’S BERRY FARM  More than 165 rides and attractions include a premier collection of coasters including HangTime, Silver Bullet and Xcelerator. Camp Snoopy for younger children. Call for hours and prices; under 3 free. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200  Map G8 LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA  Theme park with about 60 rides, shows and attractions. Call for hours. $85-$91, under 3 free. Sea Life Aquarium, add $18. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.LEGO  Map south of F6 MEDIEVAL TIMES  Dinner theater show with jousting knights, Purebred Spanish stallions, swordsmanship, falconry and four-course feast. $36.95-$61.95. 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 866.543.9637  Map G8 MISSION ESCAPE GAMES  Work as a team using subtle clues to escape from a locked room in less than 60 minutes. M-Th 3:30-10 pm, F-Sa 12:30-11 pm, Su 12:30-10 pm. Call for prices. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 657.234.5625  Map I10




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OCEAN INSTITUTE  Aboard tall ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor. Tide-pool sessions; marine-mammal cruises; blue-whale safaris. M-F 10 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-3 pm. $5-$10, under 2 free. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274  Map J16 ORANGE COUNTY GREAT PARK  Huge in-progress park. Tethered-balloon ride, $5-$10, under 18 free with accompanying adult. Carousel, $2. Great Park Ice is new, see listing above. Sand Canyon Avenue at Interstate 5, Irvine, 866.829.3829  Map D5 ORANGE COUNTY ZOO  Rustic zoo; animals of the Southwest. M-F 10 am-3:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-4:30 pm. $2, under 3 free. Parking $3-$5. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6847  Map C5 PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE  Swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy, romance aboard Spanish galleon replica. Call for hours. $36.95-$61.95, 2 and under free. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497  Map G8 QUEEN MARY SHIP AND SEAPORT  Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, dining, art deco lounge; Russian Foxtrot submarine adjacent. Self-guided/guided tours 10 am-6 pm. $14.95$30.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511  Map northwest of C1 ROCKREATION  Indoor climbing facility with routes and instruction at all levels. M noon-10 pm; Tu-Th 6 am-10 pm; F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. $11-$16. 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625  Map J12 SAFARI PARK  Wildlife preserve with vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. $56; children 3-11 $46; kids 2 and under free. Cars $15. Open daily, call for hours. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702  Map southeast of F6 SAN DIEGO ZOO  Four thousand animals, many rare and endangered, in state-of-the-art environments. $56; 3-11 $46; 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily; call for hours. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515  Map southeast of F6
 SANTA ANA ZOO  Modest zoo, Crean Family Farm, Zoofari Express Train Ride. Daily 10 am-4 pm. $7-$10, 2 and under free. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.836.4000  Map H14

MUSEUMS BOWERS KIDSEUM  High-tech, interactive museum for children with focus on ethnic arts and culture. Sa-Su 10 am-4 pm. $8, under 3 free. 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600  Map G13 BOWERS MUSEUM  World cultural arts and California exhibitions. Through July 14 Guo Pei: Couture Beyond. Ongoing Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachan From the Gayle and Edward P. Roski Collection; Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands; Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000 Year Legacy. Tu-Su 10 am-4 pm. $10-$15, under 12 free. Separate admission for some exhibits. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600  Map G13 FULLERTON MUSEUM CENTER  Through Aug. 4 Custom Beats: The Art of Hip-Hop. Ongoing Leo Fender: Life and Legacy. Tu-W, F-Su noon-4 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $3-$5, under 6 free. 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545  Map A3 HILBERT MUSEUM  Chapman University-run museum near the campus shows California images by 20thcentury artists. Continuing Sincerely, Norman Rockwell: Celebrating a New Acquisition; The Magic and Flair of Mary Blair. Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, 714.516.5880  Map J11 HUNTINGTON BEACH INTERNATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM  Board culture: exhibits on Duke Kahanamoku, classic surfboards, Endless Summer. TuSu noon-5 pm. $2. 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.465.4350  Map N8 IRVINE MUSEUM COLLECTION  California Impressionism in office building. Through Aug. 10 Poems Without Words. Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free. 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.476.0294  Map J14 LAGUNA ART MUSEUM  California Impressionism and contemporary cultural art. Through June 9 Emerging Masters 2019. Opening June 16 Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill; I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art. M-Tu, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th 11 am-9 pm. $5-$7, under 18 free. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971  Map H15 LYON AIR MUSEUM  Rare operational 20th-century aircraft and other historical vehicles displayed at venue on John Wayne Airport perimeter. Daily 10 am-4 pm. $6-$12, under 5 free. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, 714.210.4585  Map J13

SEAWORLD  Marine-themed attractions include white manatee, Explorer’s Reef, thrill ride Journey to Atlantis and Blue Horizons show. Open daily. Call for hours, combo rates. $82-$92, under 3 free. 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 800.257.4268  Map southeast of F6

MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO  Exhibits at jewel of the California missions (1776). Swallows Walk and Talk Tour, daily 1 pm. Ongoing Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit; Mission Treasures: Historical Collection Revealed; Plein Air Art Reproductions; Spanish Colonial Room. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $7-$10, under 4 free. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300  Map I17

SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS  Intimate 10-garden botanical collection, Café Jardin. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. Research library M-F 10:30 am-4 pm. $1-$3, under 12 free. Free first Monday of the month. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261  Map M16

MUZEO  Intimate exhibition space on Center Street Promenade. Through June 30 Moments of Reflection. Through July 14 Papel Chicano Dos. Ongoing Anaheim: A Walk through Local History. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $7-$10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936  Map H10

SPACES  New. Immersive virtual-reality experience involves 3D face scan, sensors, PC “backpack” and goggles. Daily 10 am-9 pm. $30. Irvine Spectrum Center, 734 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, ​949.800.8306  Map D5

OCMAEXPANDS-SANTA ANA  Interim quarters for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) until its spectacular new home is completed at nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Continuing Exhibitions featuring Pacific Rim artists and works from the permanent collection. Free admission. South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.780.2130 Map J13

SOAK CITY WATERPARK  Adjacent to Knott’s Berry Farm. Rides include vertical drop-off slide Malibu Run and Tidal Wave Bay. Call for hours. $21.99–$31.99.  8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200  Map H8 VANS SKATEPARK  Skateboard mecca. Daily 10 am-10 pm. $12 weekdays; $15 weekends. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West No. 2, Orange, 714.769.3800  Map J11


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RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM  Exhibits include replica of Nixon’s Oval Office and one about his historic trip to China. $6-$16, 4 and under free. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.993.5075  Map A4

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS BELLA TERRA  Striking Italian-themed open-air center features Whole Foods Market, REI outdoor-sports specialist and 20-screen cinema. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2534  Map C2 BREA MALL  Huge mall, the second largest in the county, is home to anchors Nordstrom and Macy’s and 174 other retailers including a Tesla store, Kidgets, Pink and Nature Republic. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.990.2733  Map A3 THE CAMP  Enclave for outdoor enthusiasts includes eco store SEED People’s Market, 2nd Street for vintage clothing and Old Vine Kitchen + Bar. 2937 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661 Map J13 CORONA DEL MAR PLAZA  Boutiques include Diane’s Beachwear, Gail Jewelers and Jack’s Surfboards. Plus Sprinkles Ice Cream. 800-984 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949.759.8687  Map M15 CRYSTAL COVE SHOPPING CENTER  Ocean views amid Tuscan setting. Upscale boutiques Coastal Cool and Atelier 7918, fine dining including Bluefin and newly relocated Marché Moderne. 7845-8085 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.759.8687  Map M17 FASHION ISLAND  Elegant open-air center, which recently marked its 50th anniversary, features anchors Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, new boutiques Zadig & Voltaire, St. John and Suitsupply, restaurants Sushi Roku and Fig & Olive. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000  Map L15 5 POINTS PLAZA  Neighborhood center offers Loft, Vans, Charming Charlie jewelry, CloudMover Day Spa and Hashigo Sushi; barking lot for dogs! 18593 Main St., Huntington Beach,  Map D2 IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER  Moorish-themed center includes Nordstrom, the nation’s most-visited movie complex, giant Ferris wheel and lots of restaurants including the new Helllo Kitty Grand Cafe, world’s first. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180  Map D5 THE LAB  Youth-skewed boutiques, hip environment. Urban Outfitters, Eye Society and Crew Salon; dining includes Habana and Gypsy Den. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661  Map J13 LIDO MARINA VILLAGE  Elyse Walker, Sweaty Betty and Alchemy Works boutiques, Sugar Paper for luxe stationery, Le Labo for fragrance and Nobu and Lido Bottle Works restaurants at harbor-side village. 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949.675.8662 Map M15 MAINPLACE  Indoor million-square-foot center offers Macy’s, 150 shops and 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport with rooftop basketball and open-air swimming. 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.547.7000  Map G13 THE OUTLETS AT ORANGE  Includes DKNY, Levi’s, Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Vans Skatepark for indoor boarding. 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.4001  Map J11 OUTLETS AT SAN CLEMENTE  Stores at Spanishinspired oceanview center include MadaLuxe Vault for discount luxury, Vans and Guess. O.C.’s California Welcome Center is new. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, Map south of F6 PACIFIC CITY  Center with beach views from every plaza, deck and patio. H&M, the Wearhouse, Francesca’s and West of Camden. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345  Map N9

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SOUTH COAST PLAZA  The Ultimate Shopping Experience recently marked its 50th anniversary. Boutiques include new Furla and spectacularly redone Louis Vuitton; there’s a Spa Nordstrom, too. Macy’s Home Store and CB2 are in the Bear Street wing. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888  Map J13

EATERTAINMENT ANAHEIM GARDENWALK  Spectacular House of Blues, Mission Escape Games, Go VR Gaming, HarleyDavidson boutique and restaurants including Grasslands Meat Market, BBQ and Churrasco. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7410  Map I10 THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY  Lifestyle destination offers redone AMC theaters and lots of dining, e.g., the Winery, Joon Shabu Shabu and new Utopia European Caffe, and bars and more dining at Union Market including new Stowaway for tiki cocktails. Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, Tustin, 714.259.9090  Map J14 DOWNTOWN DISNEY  Twenty-acre complex adjacent to Disney theme parks includes Studio Disney 365, Catal restaurant, Naples Ristorante, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. 1510-1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800  Map I10 THE TRIANGLE  Keys on Main dueling pianos, Time nightclub, Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, Starlight Cinemas plus restaurants including La Vida Cantina. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732  Map K12

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GOLF COURSES ANAHEIM HILLS GOLF COURSE  “The Hills.” 18 holes set amid vistas, valleys, streams, oaks and sycamores. M-Th $54, F $61, Sa-Su $72. Includes cart and GPS. Twilight rates. 6501 E. Nohl Ranch Road, Anaheim, 714.998.3041  Map B5 BEN BROWN’S GOLF COURSE  Picturesque nine-hole course in canyon with coastal breezes and 19 bunkers. M-Th $29, F $34, Sa-Su $38. 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.499.2271  Map I16 MONARCH BEACH GOLF LINKS  Ocean views abound at the gorgeous 18-hole course. M-Th $185, F-Su $210. Includes a cart with GPS system. Twilight rates available. Monarch Beach Resort, 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive N., Dana Point, 949.240.8247  Map J16 OAK CREEK GOLF CLUB  Tapered fairways, bull-nose carved bunkers and picturesque greens on Tom Fazio course. M-Th $130, F-Su $175. Includes cart. 1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine, 949.653.5300  Map D5 PELICAN HILL GOLF CLUB  Two gorgeous 18-hole courses at the sumptuous Resort at Pelican Hill; virtually every hole has spectacular coastal views. $295 daily. 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 877.735.4226  Map L17 STRAWBERRY FARMS GOLF CLUB  Eighteen-hole course features rolling greens, barn, canyon, wetland vistas and O.C.’s longest hole. M-Th $125, F-Su $175. 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, 949.551.1811  Map D5 TUSTIN RANCH GOLF CLUB  Resort-style course designed by Ted Robinson. Challenging greens, palm trees and lakes, clubhouse. Private caddie service. M-Th $145, F $165, Sa-Su $195. Additional cart fee. 12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, 714.730.1611  Map C5

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BEACHES + PARKS and landing. Fullerton Municipal Airport, 3815 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 800.522.7590  Map A2 BALBOA BOAT RENTALS AND PARASAIL  Boat, kayak, SUP rentals, parasailing over harbor with choice of altitude ($65-$75). 510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, 949.673.7200  Map N15 CA SURF ‘N’ PADDLE  Year-round surfing and stand-up-paddleboard lessons. Free parking. 689 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.1423  Map H15 CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH SURF LESSONS  Schools include Endless Sun Surf, 949.533.1022; Newport Surf Camp, 866.787.3267; and Erik Nelsen Surf Camp, 949.464.0077.  Map D3 COUNTRY TRAILS AND RIDING SCHOOL  Guided horseback rides among massive coast live oaks and California sycamores. Tu-Su. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.538.5860  Map C5 ISLAND PADDLEBOARD  Year-round surfing and stand-up-paddleboard lessons. Free parking. 229 Marine Ave., Balboa Island, 949.673.4280  Map M15 PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES  Electric bike rentals $20$35 per hour or $75-$125 per day. Tour three piers and Newport Harbor for $89 per person. 301 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.2782; 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.612.7989; 4624 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, 949.274.7944  Map N9, M16, D5


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BALBOA BEACH  Pristine sunning/swimming beach. All amenities. Metered parking. Balboa Boulevard at Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371  Map N14 CORONA DEL MAR STATE BEACH  Large, sandy beach below beautiful homes. Volleyball, lifeguards, amenities and fire pits. Waveless Pirate’s Cove Beach adjacent. Fee for parking. At Ocean Boulevard and Marguerite Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151  Map M16 CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK  Hiking and mountain biking trails, sandy coves and steep cliffs. Historic district with beach cottages and the Beachcomber cafe. Lifeguards, restrooms. Fee for parking. East Coast Highway between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, 949.494.3539  Map E4 DOHENY STATE BEACH  Popular swimming beach, interpretive center. All amenities, fire pits. Fee for parking. Dana Point Harbor, along Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.496.6172  Map K17 HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH  Wide, sandy beach; amenities include fire pits. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Beach Boulevard and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.5281  Map N9 HUNTINGTON STATE BEACH  Expansive, sandy beach; amenities include fire pits. Bolsa Chica Wetlands are across the highway. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Ana River and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.1454  Map N10 LITTLE CORONA DEL MAR BEACH  Steep paved path to picturesque cove; tide pools filled with anemones and starfish are great for kids. Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151  Map M16 MAIN BEACH  Large beach adjacent to shops and restaurants has great people-watching, basketball, volleyball and chess. All amenities. Metered parking. Broadway and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400  Map F5 NEWPORT BEACH MUNICIPAL BEACH  Wide golden strand with many fine surfing spots. All amenities, including fire pits. Metered parking. Along Oceanfront at Newport Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371  Map N13



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NIGHTLIFE NEWPORT DUNES RESORT  Beach at RV park on the Back Bay has full-time lifeguards, giant inflatable in-water novelties (including teeter-totter and climbing apparatus) and various water vessels for rent. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.DUNE  Map M14 PIRATES COVE  Secluded beach with harbor views and few to no waves makes it ideal for the little ones. Paid parking at Corona del Mar State Beach; free street parking.  Ocean Boulevard and Harbor Channel, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3309  Map F6 SALT CREEK COUNTY BEACH  Long, pristine stretch below Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Beautiful, grassy Bluff Park has a basketball court. All amenities. Pay-and-display parking $1/hour. Off Ritz-Carlton Drive, 33333 S. Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.923.2280  Map J16 THOUSAND STEPS BEACH  Two-hundred-something concrete steps lead to a small beach at the base of a cliff. Free street parking. 9th Avenue and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400  Map I16 VICTORIA BEACH  Laguna’s prettiest beach has a tower fit for Rapunzel and a man-made, high-tide swimming pool circa 1920. Metered parking. Victoria Street off Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400  Map H15 THE WEDGE  World-renowned bodysurfing and bodyboarding spot with dangerous break. Free parking lot. West Jetty View Park, tip of Balboa Peninsula, end of Channel Road, Newport Beach, 949.644.3309  Map N16

NIGHTLIFE A&O  Waterfront Anchors & Oceans bar with gastropub fare. Remarkable new California Distilled cocktail program is entirely state-sourced. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4285  Map M14 AC LOUNGE  Lobby bar at stylish new hotel. Swedish Fish aquavit cocktail; Hendrick’s Gin and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic; and small bites. AC Hotel, Park Place, 3309 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.471.8710  Map J14 AQUA LOUNGE  Waved ceiling, 360-degree bar, huge patio, street-food-inspired menu ... and group cocktails! Deejays Th-Su. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920  Map L15 BLIND RABBIT  Speakeasy with 1920s atmosphere hidden behind wall at Anaheim Packing House won the most awards (three) at the Golden Foodies. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim,  Map H10 BOWLMOR  Hip, state-of-the-art, glow-in-the-dark bowling lounge with sports bar and global cuisine. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2405 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.2695; Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.783.2810  Map D4, I10 THE BUNGALOW  Expansive ocean views, sweeping decks, lush gardens, rustic interiors and seasonal bites by Bear Flag Fish Co. Pacific City, 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0399  Map N9 CALAVINO WINE BAR  Fine wines, craft beers and New American fare are offered near Angel Stadium. 2410 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.939.7735  Map I11 COLONY WINE MERCHANT  Tasting lounge and wine retailer celebrates Anaheim’s wine history. 280 S. Lemon St., Anaheim, 657.208.1860  Map H10 COSTA MESA 55 TAVERN + BOWL  State-of-the-art bowling alley, sports viewing, dining. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.438.2320  Map K12 THE FIFTH  Rooftop venue offers craft cocktails, local beers, fine menu, live music and view of Disneyland fireworks. Grand Legacy at the Park, 1650 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.0899  Map I10


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EXPLORE HIVE & HONEY  Stylish, sprawling rooftop bar with 360-degree urban views. Marriott Irvine Spectrum, 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.759.0200  Map D5 IRVINE IMPROV  Top comedy. Two-item minimum; Umami burgers. Irvine Spectrum Center, 572 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455  Map D5 KEYS ON MAIN  Two performers play requests on baby grand pianos. Shows Th-Sa (nightly). The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.619.9850  Map K12 LOLA GASPAR  Ever-hip bar and kitchen in the heart of downtown Santa Ana is arguably the area’s best. 211 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714.972.1172  Map H13 LUCKY STRIKE LANES  Retro-cool bowling lounge with DJ. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd., Orange, 714.937.5263  Map J11 MARINE ROOM TAVERN  Laid-back bar; live rock and blues on weekends. 214 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3027  Map H15 MCCLAIN CELLARS  New. Tasting room featuring acclaimed wines from Santa Ynez Valley, plus charcuterie, olive oils, artisan popcorn and music. 849 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.471.8710 Map E5 OFFSHORE 9  New. The county’s highest coastal rooftop lounge has ocean views. Waterfront Beach Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000  Map N9 THE RANCH SALOON  The best in live country music and dance—and free dance lessons—adjacent to top-tier Ranch Restaurant. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200 Map I11


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SPLITSVILLE LUXURY LANES  Twenty bowling lanes on two floors at Downtown Disney; live music daily. 1530 S. Disneyland Dirve, Anaheim, 657.276.2440  Map I10 TEATRO MARTINI  Cabaret experience for couples and groups; comedy, acrobatics, magic, singing, dancing and dining. Th-F 8 pm, Sa 9 pm, Su 8 pm. $69.95. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 844.249.7865  Map G8 TIME NIGHTCLUB  Spectacular club in domed building; musical acts and big-name DJs. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103  Map K12 TOPSIDE ROOF DECK  Newport’s only rooftop bar, atop the new beach-house-chic Lido House Hotel. 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.524.8500  Map N13 TREEHOUSE  Superstylish rooftop lounge atop Tanner’s restaurant with ocean views. Paséa Hotel, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.6130 Map N9 WINE LAB  Wine/cheese tasting room and store at hip outdoors-themed center. The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.905.9521  Map J13

EXPLORE AMTRAK  California’s train service stops in Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. 800.872.7245, ANAHEIM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION INTERMODAL CENTER (ARTIC)  Spectacular architecture. Metrolink and Amtrak trains, OCTA buses, Anaheim Resort Transportation, shuttles, taxis and charter


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TICKETS buses. There’s also an oyster bar. 1750 S. Douglass Road, Anaheim, 877.99.ARTIC, ANAHEIM RESORT TRANSPORTATION (ART)  19 routes, transfers to Disneyland, Anaheim GardenWalk, Anaheim Convention Center. Purchase passes online, Amtrak station, select hotels. 888.364.2787, CAPTAIN DAVE’S DOLPHIN & WHALE SAFARI  Catamaran with underwater viewing pod. Departures daily. Occasional Catalina Island trips. $35-$59. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828  Map J16 CATALINA EXPRESS  Round trip to Catalina Island. Inside Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Harbor; 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 800.481.3470  Map K16, northwest of C1 CATALINA FLYER  Triple-decker catamaran, 75 minutes to Catalina Island. Call for schedule. $53-$70, $6 age 2 and under. Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 800.830.7744,  Map N15 CITY PASS  Includes discounted admission to Disney parks, admission to others in Los Angeles and San Diego. Purchase online or at attractions. $269-$306, under 3 free. 888.330.5008, DANA WHARF WHALE-WATCHING AND SPORTFISHING  Sportfishing, whale-watching, twilight wine cruises, corporate parties and schooner yacht for charters. Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.496.5794,  Map K16 DAVEY’S LOCKER  Whale-watching, deep-sea fishing charters, boat rentals, entertainment cruises. Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 949.673.1434, Map N15 HORNBLOWER CRUISES  Luxury party yachts. F-Sa dinner-dance cruises, Sa-Su champagne brunch. Mariner’s Mile Marina, 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.0155,  Map M13 JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT  O.C. gateway is superior to LAX in ambiance and ease. Art exhibits. 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949.252.5200, LAGUNA BEACH TROLLEY  Free service year-round along Coast Highway. F 4-11 pm, Sa 11 am-11 pm and Su 11 am-8 pm.  Map H15 METROLINK  Train connects to San Diego, L.A.; stops in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/ Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton, Buena Park. $10 weekend pass (Sa-Su) for rails, public transportation. 800.371.5465, ONTARIO INT’L AIRPORT  Hub 40 miles from John Wayne Airport. 2500 E. Airport Drive, Ontario, 909.544.5300,  Map northeast of A6 ORANGE COUNTY ADVENTURE TOURS  Tours and transportation to L.A., Hollywood, Universal Studios, Temecula wine and O.C. coast. Hotel pickup. 714.960.6790,

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4 1 Coffee at Daydream surf shop in Costa Mesa. 949.612.7175 2 The new land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim. p. 6 3 Ocean views from the

gorgeous Pelican Hill Golf Club courses in Newport Coast. p. 54

8 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball at Angel Stadium. p. 48

16 Vintage French furnishings at new Moulin Antiques in Newport Beach. 949.333.3623

23 The Huntington Beach Pier at sunset. p. 27

9 Cocktails at new CdM

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at Laguna Art Museum. p. 52

restaurant in Corona del Mar. p. 35

country music at the Ranch Saloon in Anaheim. p. 34

10 Bubble experience

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BubblePOP at the District in Tustin. 949.529.8078

crafts at Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach. p. 46

Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach. p. 39

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Furla at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. 714.617.9629

and crafts at 7 Roots boutique in Laguna Beach. 949.715.3366

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& Kitchen at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. 714.687.9813

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24 Contemporary California art 25 Hornblower Cruises’ dockside tour of John Wayne’s Wild Goose in Newport Beach. p. 59

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29 Artisan swimwear by Agua Bendita at Diane’s in Huntington Beach. 714.536.7803. 30 Fluffypuff pancake ice cream sandwiches at Cauldron in Santa Ana. 657.245.3442

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Enjoy coastal views from Fashion Island in Newport Beach with over 150 world-class stores, acclaimed dining and complimentary personal shopping assistance available. AND...Irvine Spectrum Center, in the heart of Orange County, where visitors discover Southern California’s ultimate outdoor shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment center.





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Where Traveler Orange County Magazine -- Summer 2019