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4 Editor’s Note
24 DINING Restaurants categorized by cuisine
I screamed (for ice cream).
6 Hot Dates 38 ENTERTAINMENT Special events, performing arts and sports
Dear Evan Hansen at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
48 30 Things We Love 39 ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS Theme parks, cultural venues and exhibitions
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41 SHOPPING The county’s major retail destinations
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Robata Wasa at Irvine Spectrum Center; Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach.
42 GOLF The most beautiful and most interesting courses
10 Shopping Beauty—notably K-beauty— and lifestyle at the county’s major shopping destinations.
11 The Arts Orange County Museum of Art has temporary quarters at OCMAExpands-Santa Ana.
Roasted pork belly at Studio in Laguna Beach
43 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, and getting from here to there
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I screamed, you screamed, we all screamed for ice cream ... and we all got far more than we could have imagined. There was a time when Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors seemed like a lot, Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey was exotic and we thought Häagen-Dazs was Swedish. (The company came from the Bronx.) Now the choices in flavors, shapes and more are kaleidoscopic. Among chains, Afters serves its ice cream in a milk bun. Creamistry is one of several that makes it on the spot, dramatically, using nitro-
gen; among others, Nitrolado in Garden Grove presents its ice cream in churro bowls, and Cauldron in Santa Ana offers its rose-shaped ice cream in puffle cones. SomiSomi at Irvine Spectrum Center serves it in cones shaped like fish. Rolled-ice-cream shops, featuring cylinders of the confection, are everywhere; one shares space with Destination Seafood House in Westminster—try the fresh durian flavor! The specialty flavor at Midori Matcha, at OC Mix in Costa Mesa, is ... matcha. Distinctive flavors are the earmarks of my new personal favorites. Consider candy corn and candied jalapeño—or roasted black sesame and roasted sesame fudge—at malasada specialist Fill in Costa Mesa. Salt & Straw at Downtown Disney in Anaheim offers black-olive brittle and goat cheese, and dandelion chocolate hazelnut cookies and cream; decor includes a wooden totem pole of stacked scoops and cones at the door and ice cream-themed light fixtures. Among other foodie-friendly goodies in this issue: The chef at one of the county’s finest dining destinations has departed to open his own (p. 8) and a look at restaurants that offer tasting menus, including the one he left (p. 12). Find hundreds more eateries in our dining listings (p. 24). But save room for ice cream. —BENJAMIN EPSTEIN
New Salt & Straw at Downtown Disney in Anaheim offers black olive brittle & goat cheese and dandelion chocolate hazelnut cookies & cream flavors and ice cream-inspired decor.
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A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have.... Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal, profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The show earned six 2017 Tony Awards, including one for best musical, and the 2018 Grammy for best musical-theater album. The Washington Post deemed it “one of the most remarkable shows in musical-theater history.” p. 38
1 NEWPORT BEACH CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE > DEC. 19-23 More than 100 decorated vessels large and small cruise the harbor for the 110th edition of the renowned annual event, one of the largest in the country. Harbor-front homes decorate, too. 949.729.4400, christmasparadeboats.com
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2 JOHN LEGEND > DEC. 29 The singer-songwriter’s A Legendary Christmas tour hits Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Legend has won Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe awards and 10 Grammys. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org
3 DRIVING MISS DAISY > JAN. 9-27 Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a strong-willed Jewish woman and her black chauffeur in the Jim Crow South. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787, lagunaplayhouse.com 4 HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO > JAN. 24 The innovative high-flying ensemble opens up the world of human movement. Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844.626.8726, muscocenter.org 5 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET > JAN. 25-FEB. 16 Tony Award-winning tale of revenge
in 19th-century London. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555, scr.org 6 DUCKS SILVER CELEBRATION > FEB. 10-17 Anaheim Ducks mark their 25th season with events culminating with the jersey retirement of Scott Niedermayer and a game vs. the Washington Capitals. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com 7 PANIC! AT THE DISCO > FEB. 14 The band follows its chart-topping, Grammy-nominated album Death of a Bachelor with new Pray for the Wicked. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com
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Strong Move After a quarter-century at luxury hotels and resorts around the globe, including nine years at the helm of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, chef Craig Strong opens his own spot, Ocean at Main, nearby. He’s serving his much-lauded California coastal cuisine in a stylish redo of a 1940s-era bank building. The former Laguna Federal Savings and Loan now has white walls, wood-beamed ceilings and accents of ocean blue, sea glass and sea foam; the patio retains its original tiled
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fountain and murals. Dinner highlights include chilled Kusshi oysters with granité; oxtail kale risotto; Broccolini pizza, below; lobster fettucine with pickled ramps and truffle butter; and roasted beef tenderloin with sunchokes, maitake, upland cress, raspberry and bordelaise. Lunch brings Hawaiian prawn basil soup and a grilled pork belly “PLT” sandwich. Pastry chef Keara Wilson, also from Studio, presents desserts including sweet potato panna cotta with poached pear. p. 25
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Clam linguine at Davio’s and, left, afternoon tea in Hello Kitty Grand Cafe Bow Room
NEW IN IRVINE The world’s first Hello Kitty Grand Cafe has opened at Irvine Spectrum Center, going beyond the rose-gold bow headbands and hot mini matcha doughnuts out front to reservations-only experiences in the super-cute pink Bow Room. One is devoted to afternoon tea, the other to superb themed cocktails such as Hello Kit-Tea, Whisker Sour and You Had Me at Hello (p. 28). Stylish Robata Wasa, at the same center, offers heavenly salmon-belly robata, eye-popping sashimi, the elaborate When Uni Meets Crab (lump blue crab, uni, tobiko and minced shallots and shiso with yuzu horseradish aioli), tasty tempura Brie cheese and excellent cocktails such as “7’s and 8’s.” A wall of plates collectively depicts Hokusai’s “The Great Wave” and Mt. Fuji (p. 30). East Coast concept Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, with locations from New York City to Atlanta, opens in a striking, high-ceilinged spot at Irvine Towers, featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood and Prime aged Brandt Beef—and a bustling bar. Menu highlights include Reuben spring rolls, squid-ink conchiglie with Maine lobster, and a 30-ounce Prime porterhouse (p. 29).
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California Distilled A&O Kitchen + Bar, the gastropub at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, has unveiled a remarkable cocktail menu whose spirits and all other ingredients are sourced solely from California distillers, artisans and farms. A&O cocktail curator Ben Carpenter has created eight top-tier concoctions. Scarlet Begonias is made
with Shorebreak vodka—from Surf City Stillworks in Huntington Beach—alongside Ventura Spirits strawberry brandy, passion fruit, lime and Olive Heights lavender bitters. The high-octane, Blackbeard-inspired Black Candy uses Lost Spirits Navy Style rum, St. George pear brandy, St. George spiced-pear liqueur, activated charcoal,
Bitter Queens Chinese 5 Spice bitters and absinthe rinse; its components come from Los Angeles and San Francisco counties. French Laundry-trained chef Rachel Haggstrom helms A&O, which overlooks the harbor and whose name stands for “Anchors and Oceans,” as well as the resort’s fine-dining destination, Waterline. p. 42
Black Candy at A&O
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Skipper Popover by Lilly Pulitzer; the print is called Tidal Wave It’s Prime Time Engineered
IN FASHION Known for its brightly printed, chic resortwear and beachwear, iconic American brand Lilly Pulitzer opens a boutique at Fashion Island in Newport Beach in February. “We design for a ‘resort 365’ life, and Southern California certainly embraces that aesthetic and attitude,” says CEO Michelle Kelly. The boutique will carry resortwear for women and girls as well as limitededition, multigenerational, year-round collections for the family. Categories include swimsuits and cover-ups, dresses, sports wear, athleisure, accessories and jewelry. The beauty and lifestyle roster at Fashion Island expands as well. 100% Pure is a cosmetics and skin care company whose “clean beauty” products include the Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream and the Bamboo Blur Powders. European bath and body brand Rituals is known for products inspired by ancient Eastern tradition. Vancouver-based RYU—it stands for Respect Your Universe—is an athleisure brand offering urban athletic apparel and accessories.
Popular Korean online retailer Beautytap has unveiled its first brick-and-mortar store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Among guests at the opening was K-pop star Jessica Jung; the store carries her Blanc & Eclare skin care products. And therein lies the backstory: Korean American immigrant tech entrepreneur James Sun wanted to extend the global impact of K-pop, Korean food and Korean dramas to Korean beauty. The store is for men as well as women; most South Korean men do skin care. Sun launched
the company in 2017. The skin care products at Skinfood, founded in 1957, are also made in Korea—and all made of food. Among the most popular lines at the Irvine Spectrum Center location are the Black Sugar Mask Wash Off and Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam; among the more unusual are the Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet and Gold Caviar Collagen Plus Toner. The company also carries makeup including the Tomato Jelly Tint Lip and waterproof Egglant Eyeline Pencil.
Beauty lines at new Beautytap
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Art in Motion The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) launches OCMAExpands-Santa Ana, interim quarters in a former retail space at South Coast Plaza Village, until the museum's new home is completed at nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The permanent venue, slated to open in 2021, is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis. In keeping with OCMA’s focus on art of California and the Pacific Rim, the inaugural exhibitions in Santa Ana showcase new works by six emerging artists from across the region: Ni Youyu (Shanghai), Valentina Jager (Guadalajara), Mariángeles SotoDíaz (Irvine), and Kathryn Garcia, Alan Nakagawa and Rodrigo Valenzuela (Los Angeles). Also on display are works from OCMA’s permanent collection. Admission is free. p. 41
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WHAT TO ORDER? That is always the question when dining out. The question can be daunting, even for the most experienced epicurean, given the litany of choices presented on many menus. And that’s without the daily specials. In some cases, the best answer is hidden at or near the bottom of those menus: the chef’s prix fixe tasting menu, a fixed-price multicourse meal that, depending on the restaurant, can change daily, weekly or seasonally—or never, in which case it might feature the chef’s signature dishes. Remember, they’re signature dishes for a reason. A more exclusive experience might unfold at a special space— with limited seating, near the kitchen, reservations required— designated the chef’s table. In either case, tasting menus present an experience curated by the one person most likely to know what’s best. At the table as in the kitchen, perhaps the best idea is simply to say, “Oui, chef.”
Mix Mix KITCHEN BAR
Kona kampachi crudo at Studio at Montage Laguna Beach
chef ross pangilinan’s nightly prix fixe menu at Mix Mix in Santa Ana takes its name from just that: the Oui Chef Table. Widely considered the county’s best new restaurant when it opened in 2016, Mix Mix is an amalgam of the chef’s time spent in Michelin-starred kitchens in France, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, reflecting a wealth of knowledge and techniques and drawing on cuisines as diverse as French and Filipino. Mix Mix offers two prix fixe menus: a four-course option in which diners choose one item from each menu category—snacks, small plates, plates and desserts ($46, $66 with wine pairings) and the five-course, reservations-only Oui Chef experience, which unfolds at
an intimate counter facing the kitchen and features ever-changing courses of the chef’s choosing ($65). The atmosphere is relaxed; you can leave the dinner jacket and cocktail dress at home. >Recent highlights Seared-albacore tostada with avocado, seaweed, Japanese dressing, sriracha aioli and radish; rib-eye steak with asparagus, sweet purple potato espuma and peppercorn sauce; tropical verrine with lychee, passion fruit, coconut and macadamia nuts. On a related note: Pangilinan recently opened Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, where he offers a casual prix fixe three-course lunch. Diners choose one item from each menu section—for $15. It’s a steal.
Oak Grill tasting menus offer a window onto the chef’s gastronomic background. In the case of Brittany Valles—new chef at Oak Grill, fine-dining room at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach—that would include seven years as chef de cuisine at acclaimed but now-shuttered Ink.well by Bravo Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio in West Hollywood. Social skills? Check! Valles acts as both commander of the kitchen and docent of the dining room, moving from table to table, obviously enjoying talking about food as much as cooking it. In addition to her à la carte menu, the Huntington Beach native presents three-course menus in which she tweaks flavors to play with, and exceed, our expectations. Diners choose from two or three options per course that change monthly. Salads can be a high point: Valles might use mole sauce in the spinach salad or sweeter Coraline endive in her endive salad. After a break for the holidays, the meals are offered twice weekly ($65, $90 with wine pairings). >Recent highlights Saffron paella with oyster mushrooms, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and parsley; barbecuespiced short ribs with baked macadamia nuts, grilled peaches and baby kale; oliveoil cake with blackberry-yuzu compote, lime curd and meringue.
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At Mix Mix in Santa Ana: roasted duck leg and market ravioli with crispy sage and pomegranate arils; below, chef Ross Pangilinan
Studio among the county’s most luxurious dining
experiences, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach may be the sine qua non. The view— from a bluff-top bungalow overlooking the ocean—and food are equally photogenic. New chef de cuisine Benjamin Martinek sources the best local ingredients for his sixcourse seasonal tasting menus ($175, $260 with wine pairings). Luxe ingredients such as local San Clemente Island uni, Hudson Valley foie gras and white Alba truffles, as well as root vegetables, are favored. The vegetarian tasting is every bit as elaborate ($140, $220 with wine pairings). Seating at the chef’s table, in an opulent private room adjacent to the kitchen, is an even more elevated, completely customized affair that runs several thousand dollars. The kitchen is very much a team effort, with every résumé boasting extraordinary credentials. The dining room is a master class in hospitality. The intent is to make lasting memories, and Studio succeeds. >Recent highlights Hudson Valley foie gras torchon with black plum, Sichuan peppercorn brioche and mustard seed; dry-aged beef strip loin with Cordyceps mushrooms, Sungold tomatoes, fermented garlic and braised parsnip; St. André cheese with cape gooseberry brulee and espresso meringue.
Pascal’s Cafe AND GRILL the term “prix
fixe” is French; it just makes sense to try a French prix fixe. For his menu at Pascal’s in San Juan Capistrano, venerated Pascal Olhats—who has
trained an astonishing number of other wonderful chefs in Orange County—applies his revered skill to bring history, by way of French classics, to the table. Consider it a Pascal Olhats retrospective; indeed, it is called the Pascal Experience. The traditions of his native Normandy as well as Lyon and Provence inspire the dishes, in some cases dishes you’d expect, in others, dishes you thought you’d never eat again. Seasonal fare such as wild-boar paté and goose appear in winter. Given the caliber of the cuisine, the atmosphere is relaxed. Olhats detests stuffiness and is accommodating to a fault. The taste of
France permeates every bite, yet it feels like you are in a home sharing a meal cooked by a family friend. Because Olhats makes everything on the spot, he can prepare dishes to suit any dietary restrictions or preferences. In all cases, by meal’s end, one ingredient predominates: love, born of Olhats’ lifetime passion for what he does. The four-course menu is offered Thursday through Saturday by reservation ($65, $105 with wine pairings; three-course option and corkage available). Diners choose from several options per course. A set four-course foie gras menu is $98. >Recent highlights Baked veal bone marrow with garlic herb escargot; sautéed duck breast and duck leg confit, Périgord potatoes and haricots vert; Normandy tarte Tatin with creme chantilly.
Nobu Newport the food on a prix fixe menu virtually always takes center stage, with wine pairings an optional add-on. What if that concept was flipped? The cocktail omakase at the Grand Cordon Bar at Nobu Newport Beach is the first of its kind for the celebrated chain, which operates 39 destinations around the globe. The program not only remains exclusive to the Newport Beach location, it’s just plain exclusive: The outside bar where the elaborate repast is served seats only four. The alchemist behind it crafts liquid art before your eyes. The cocktail recipes come from monthly companywide Nobu bar staff competitions—the best from the best worldwide. Five divine courses are created to complement the spirits and other ingredients in each concoction. The cocktail omakase is offered at two seatings, by reservation only, Thursday through Saturday ($85). Nobu is gorgeous inside and out, ideal for those on their own or for date night. Cooler nights at the Grand Cordon Bar bring the outdoor heaters but don’t stop the magical murmur of Duffy boats making their way through the harbor waters a few feet away. >Recent highlights Shiso Fresca (Nikka gin, Cocchi Americano, monk fruit shiso syrup, lime and celery bitters) paired with kanpachi sashimi with chimichurri, gobo, finger lime caviar, micro shiso and crispy nori; Sumoki Violeta (La Puritita mezcal, Meyer lemon, Giffard violet and Luxardo maraschino liqueurs, blueberries and serrano peppers) paired with grilled, spicerubbed wagyu, rosemary egg sauce and roasted vegetables.
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Details Mix Mix Kitchen Bar 300 N. Main St. Santa Ana 714.836.5158 mixmixkitchenbar.com Nobu Newport Beach Lido Marina Village 3450 Via Oporto Newport Beach 949.429.4440 noburestaurants.com Oak Grill Fashion Island Hotel 690 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach 949.760.4920 oakgrillnb.com Pascalâ€™s Cafe and Grill 31451 Rancho Viejo Road San Juan Capistrano 949.488.0031 pascalscafe.com Studio Montage Laguna Beach 30801 S. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach 949.715.6420 studiolagunabeach.com
Sumoki Violeta with spice-rubbed wagyu, rosemary egg sauce and roasted vegetables at Nobuâ€™s cocktail omakase.
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METRO CITIES Irvine, home of the historic Irvine Ranch, is O.C.’s financial hub. Santa Ana is the county seat. Tustin’s massive twin hangars are near the county’s geographic center. But Costa Mesa residents would say their city is the county’s heart.
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 statedesignated tourist attraction boasts the nation’s highest concentration of elite retailers. The newest include Givenchy and Alexander McQueen; among the most spectacular is newly reopened Louis Vuitton. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and new Terrace by Mix Mix. Across Bristol Street are Vaca, from former Bravo Top
Chef runner-up Amar Santana; Water Grill; and Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, at O.C.’s premier performing-arts campus. 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, and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat facility designed by Cesar Pelli. Founders Hall and Samueli Theater are more intimate. The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is new. 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 Prizewinning 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 Ave-
SANTA ANA Arts-minded downtown Santa Ana offers the Artists Village, Santora Arts Complex and Grand Central Art Center. Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, El Mercado Modern Cuisine and Playground make for one of the county's most exciting dining scenes. Find a dozen innovative fast-casual dining concepts at 4th Street Market. Food hall McFadden Public Market, on Main Street, features vintage arcade games and two bars. The bar scene—we favor Lola Gaspar—is burgeoning, too. The Yost Theater concert venue is an East End anchor.
A NEW YOU New Spaces, at Irvine Spectrum Center, presents the immersive virtual-reality experience Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future. It begins with a 3D face scan; guests are then outfitted with hand and foot sensors, a PC “backpack” and elaborate goggles— through which players undergo a dramatic transformation. 734 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.800.8306, spaces.com
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nue, among them Red & Blue Vintage. Opposite is the Camp, set amid wood and aluminum. Dining options include Old Vine Café, Ecco Pizzeria and Taco Asylum for distinctive tacos. Dine-and-play center The Triangle offers Keys on Main dueling pianos, bowling at Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl and top-tier Time Nightclub. OC Fair & Event Center hosts events year-round as well as the county fair and Pacific Amphitheatre concerts in summer.
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Impressionist art on the ground floor of an office building. Near John Wayne Airport is innovative new Trade Food Hall; superb Ootoro sushi is its fine-dining anchor. Orange County Great Park offers a farmers market, an arts complex and a carousel; 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. Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Opposite: Irvine Spectrum Center, left, and Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts
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 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 entertainmentrelated, 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
TUSTIN 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 The Winery, J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine and new Joon Shabu Shabu, a cineplex with seat warmers (and, in two theaters, seat rumblers), and bowling at Bowlmor. Union Market offers concepts including Hatch for tiki drinks and sliders and All Coco frozen confections. 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.
IT'S ABOUT TIME South Coast Plaza’s Level 2 boasts one of the world’s premier collections of watch boutiques. A. Lange & Söhne Jewel Court, 657.205.4555 Jaeger-LeCoultre Carousel Court 949.548.8428 Officine Panerai Carousel Court, 714.481.7188 Omega Carousel Court, 714.850.0558 Piaget Nordstrom Wing 714.361.2020 Rolex Between Jewel and Carousel courts, 714.241.8088 Swatch Sears Wing, 714.444.1180 Tourbillon Nordstrom Wing 714.800.1925 Tourneau/Patek Philippe Jewel Court, 714.850.0222 Vacheron Constantin Between Jewel and Carousel courts, 714.955.4057
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THE COAST Newport Beach offers O.C.’s most pleasant shopping destination, countless fine restaurants, gorgeous golf and coveted real estate. Along the coast are wide sandy beaches, piers, the world’s largest pleasure-boat harbor and Surf City USA. The action never stops around Newport Pier, off Newport Boulevard on McFadden Square. Stag Bar (1908) now has a kitchen. 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. 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. The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum has become ExplorOcean. 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
Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Coast and, left, Balboa Island
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 Avenue is its only nonresidential street. Try a customdipped Balboa Bar.
CORONA DEL MAR Corona del Mar, whose streets are named for flowers, has expansive beaches and some of the country’s most expensive
SUIT YOURSELF Made-to-measure is changing the way men build wardrobes. At new Indochino, individually tailored suits, shirts, chinos and overcoats begin with a choice of hundreds of fabrics and customizations. Finished garments, at prices comparable to ready-to-wear, are delivered within three weeks. By appointment. Fashion Island, 915 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.432.9813, indochino.com
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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 shopping destination Fashion Island, which recently passed the half-century mark. Gorjana jewelry, ViX Paula Hermanny swimwear and St. John boutiques, and the Lot luxury cinema and restaurant, are new. 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 restaurants such as The Winery and Pizzeria Mozza and luxury-car showrooms. Private charters and narrated harbor cruises, aboard vessels including luxury dining cruisers and romantic gondolas, 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 two piers, Balboa and Newport, great sandy expanses and one of the cleanest and most colorful bike paths and boardwalks anywhere. Harborside Lido Marina Village is a pedestrian shopping destination with tenants including upscale and on-the-moment boutiques such as Ellyse Walker, Alchemy Works gallery, Paper Sugar stationery and Nobu and Lido Bottle Works restaurants; the Circle Hook and Malibu Farm eateries are new.
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SWIMMINGLY Newport Beach offers a bounty of distinctive beachwear boutiques.
real estate. Upscale destinations at Corona del Mar Plaza, near Fashion Island, include Diane’s for swimwear and Tommy Bahama as well as new VICI 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 destination 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 Surf City USA has become more sophisticated. Though Huntington Beach retains some of its sand-in-the-cracks identity, shops, fine-dining options and luxury hotels have made for a dramatic transformation. Main Street is a promenade with lots of surfwear 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 Huntington Beach Pier Plaza 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 350acre Huntington Central Park; the park encompasses 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 outdoor-sports 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.
Beach Bunny Swimwear 2210 Newport Blvd. Suite 104 949.873.5711 beachbunnyswimwear.com Diane’s Beachwear Corona del Mar Plaza 920 Avocado Ave. 949.759.6880 dianesbeachwear.com San Lorenzo Bikinis Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive 949.759.1504 sanlorenzobikinis.com Seafolly Fashion Island 1135 Newport Center Drive 949.706.7690, seafolly.com Swimspot Fashion Island 259 Newport Center Drive 949.706.2996, swimspot.com ViX Paula Hermanny Fashion Island 259 Newport Center Drive 949.600.4490 vixpaulahermanny.com
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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. Laguna Canyon Road becomes Broadway, then comes to a T at Coast Highway. Turn either way and you’ll find galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Up the hill to the right, Laguna Art Museum presents modern and contemporary art, mostly by California painters, explores pop culture and displays art from Laguna’s past, particularly seascapes. Steps away are coastal vistas at Heisler
Park and a stretch of Coast Highway called North Gallery Row, where you’ll find Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry (352 N. Coast Hwy., 949.715.0953) and tikichic 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. 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—new Bourbon Steak at the Monarch Beach Resort and Raya at the Ritz-Carlton—and pristine Salt Creek Beach Park.
FUR-EVER FRIENDS Catmosphere Laguna is the county’s first cat cafe and lounge. The cafe offers an array of cheeses, toasts, salads and wine. In the separate lounge, guests interact with cats and kittens for $22 per hour, which goes directly to rescue and adoption efforts. Now global, cat cafes originated in Taiwan in 1998. 381 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.619.6369, catmospherelaguna.com
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Four of the county’s most historic cities are nestled into its southern corner: Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente along Coast Highway, and nearby San Juan Capistrano. All offer shopping, dining and natural beauty.
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Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Opposite: Mission San Juan Capistrano and, in Laguna Beach, Joanne Artman Gallery
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO There’s no beach in this burg, but there’s plenty of history, style and charm. Mission San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County, was founded by Father Junípero 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 an unforgettable 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; luxurious 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).
SAN CLEMENTE La Casa Pacifica, site of President Richard Nixon’s Western White House, has long since been broken up into million-dollar homes by a private developer. 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 across the blue water between Catalina Island and the Dana Point bluffs—look past the constant stream of surfers. Metrolink and Amtrak trains run alongside the beach and stop at the pier. Find shopping and dining on El Camino Real and Avenida del Mar, lined with antique stores and galleries, and at The Outlets at San Clemente, a shopping destination that marries luxury and discount. Tenants include Guess and Nike; MadaLuxe Vault and Hurley are new. Talega Golf Club, above the city, was designed with help from Masters champion Fred Couples (949.369.6226). Blue Eyed Girl boutique and Sundried Tomato bistro are among draws at Talega Village Center.
Jewelry by Gorjana
WEAR O.C. Laguna Beach boutiques never go out of style. Here are some favorites. Anastasia Boutique 460 Ocean Ave. 949.497.1212 anastasiaboutique.com Aviator Nation 1143 S. Coast Hwy. 949.715.7887 aviatornation.com Blue Eyed Girl 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Suite 106, 949.715.4646 shopblueeyedgirl.com Fetneh Blake 427 N. Coast Hwy. 949.494.3787 fetnehblake.com Gorjana 190 Beach St. 949.715.8166 gorjana.com Just Looking Boutique 384 Forest Ave. 949.494.8208 justlookingboutique.net Laguna Supply 210 Beach St. 949.497.8850 lagunasupply.com
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ANAHEIM Since Walt Disney opened the Disneyland main gate in 1955, families have made the pilgrimage, starting with the yesteryear pleasures of Main Street, U.S.A.; Star Wars now brings epic encounters to Tomorrowland. A mountain range of thrill rides includes Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. The park recently marked its 60th anniversary. 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 Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar. Eateries range from fast to fancy; none outclasses the Grand Californian Hotel’s Napa Rose. “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 the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team and L.A. Kiss football team and host to touring acts such as Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons. 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, and it’s a smash. Our favorites include Adya for Cal-Indian, Georgia’s for Southern and Hammer Workshop & Bar 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, training facility for the Anaheim Ducks, 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 selling berries and a diner dishing fried chicken. Diners still feast on drumsticks and berry pie at Mrs. Knott’s
Chicken Dinner; shoppers stroll California Marketplace, which has a nearby Independence Hall replica (1966). Inside the park is a daunting collection of roller coasters 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 the kiddie rides at Camp Snoopy. Ghost Town recently marked its 75th anniversary. Explore bygone eras without leaving Beach Boulevard. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament revisits an 11thcentury castle. Audiences cheer jousting knights and pageantry
HOUSE OF MOUSE As part of its promenade-wide transformation this year, Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort unveils Disney Home. The boutique offers an array of tastefully curated, seasonally changing Disney-themed home goods, among them glassware, linens, gifts and kitchen goods. Check out the “Be Our Guest” serving platter! 1580 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, disneyland.disney.go.com
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Long before orange groves and Walt Disney shaped the Anaheim landscape, the region was California’s first wine country, thanks to German immigrants. Now its world-class attractions make it the gateway to endless fun and joyful memories.
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insider tips In Anaheim: Astro Orbiter at Disneyland and, opposite, Anaheim Packing House food hall
starring Pure Spanish stallions while serfs and wenches serve a four-course feast. A banquet at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure fortifies guests for skirmishes aboard a replicated 18thcentury galleon in an indoor lagoon. Teatro Martini dinner cabaret for adults is at the same location.
Orange Old Towne Orange often appears in movies and commercials, 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 antique shops and restaurants such as Haven Gastropub and Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen. 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. Nearby Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove—formerly known as Crystal Cathedral—is a must-tour for architecture buffs.
Fullerton Most visitors to Fullerton, home of California State University, Fullerton, gravitate to the historic core along Harbor Boulevard, with its endless boutiques and watering holes. Near Commonwealth Avenue, a short stroll from the historic train station, are night spots and restaurants such as Matador Cantina and Twisted Vine. 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. East in Yorba Linda is the birthplace of Richard M. Nixon. The tiny home and impressive rose garden are on the grounds of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Among fascinating exhibits are a replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office and one that focuses on his historic trip to China. 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.
HOPPY DAYS There’s always something brewing in Anaheim! Here are the city’s newest breweries. All-American Ale Works 5220 E. La Palma Ave. Unit 103, 657.549.2140 all-americanaleworks.com Asylum Brewing 2970 E. La Palma Ave. Suite D, 949.396.2099 asylumbrewing.beer Bruery Terreux 1174 N. Grove St. 714.996.6258 brueryterreux.com Golden Road Brewing 2210 E. Orangewood Ave. 714.912.4015 goldenroad.la Hoparazzi Brewing Co. 2910 La Palma Ave. 714.204.0655 Towne Park Brew 1566 W. Lincoln Ave. 714.844.2492 towneparkbrew.com Unsung Brewing Co. 500 S. Anaheim Blvd. 714.406.3098 unsungbrewing.com
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/ DINING AMERICAN A RESTAURANT Stylish spot—”classically hip since 1926”—with red leather booths. Kentucky fried quail; Imperial Wagyu coulotte steak. Cafe/market adjacent. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505 $$$ Map N13 THE AMERICAN DREAM Indoor-outdoor venue looks across to the beach. Meat-centric burgers, winning mac ’n’ cheese, more than 60 distinctive beers on tap. L, D (daily). Pacific City, 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.1330 $$ Map N9 ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS Distinctive fare—e.g., crab cones, venison shank—and excellent cocktails amid striking decor; garden terrace with fire “tornadoes.” L (M-F), D (M-Sa), Br (Sa). 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887 $$ Map D4 ARC Superb “flame, flavor, finesse” cuisine by Noah von Blöm—named best chef at O.C.’s Golden Foodies—amid rustic-apothecary decor. Best bacon; legendary burger; Butcher’s Love cap of the rib-eye for four; and top-tier cocktails. L, D (daily). South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.500.5561 $$ Map J12
Chef at Play
“We do fun dining, not fine dining,” owner-chef Jason Quinn is fond of saying. That said, dining at Playground in Santa Ana or his 18-seat “culinary theater” next door, Playground 2.0, is fine indeed. Quinn won the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race in 2011, when he was 25; Playground opened soon after. Bon Appetit recently named it one of America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants. The menu changes daily, but Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken ($12) is always on; modifications and substitutions are declined. Sunday Suppers bring 12 to 15 courses for $40. Playground 2.0 offers elaborate nightly pop-ups (see calendar at playgrounddtsa.com) with seating at a counter, prepared and served by several personality-plus chefs including Quinn; the ever-changing Ultimate Steak Dinner ($175) always sells out. p. 25
BACK BAY BISTRO Snazzy spot overlooks Back Bay at the Dunes; retractable roof. Cancun-style shrimp cocktail, Kobe beef sliders, New York steak au poivre. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144 $$ Map M14 BAD TO THE BONE “Real-pit BBQ” brisket, tri-tip and pulled pork, blackened catfish and mesquite-fired steaks amid cowboy ambiance. L, D (daily). 31738 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.218.0227 $$ Map I17 BAYSIDE Stylish spot for New American fare, ideal for exec lunches, romantic dinners, lazy brunches. Live jazz. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222 $$$ Map M14 THE BEACHCOMBER Historic cottage on the sand at Crystal Cove State Park. Prime flat iron steak with wildmushroom-and-truffle mac; Gimme s’mores! Outdoor Bootlegger Bar. Los Trancos lot shuttle. B, L, D (daily). 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6900 $$ Map E4 BISTANGO Beautifully presented contemporary cuisine, extensive wine list, changing contemporary art exhibits and jazz nightly. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222 $$ Map K14 BROADWAY BY AMAR SANTANA Original spot/first love of Bravo Top Chef finalist Amar Santana. (Spanishthemed Vaca in Costa Mesa is the other.) Superb “cuisine of the Americas” and cocktails. D (nightly). 328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.8234$$$ Map H15 THE CELLAR Cheese shop—a fantastic selection—plus wine bar and excellent restaurant with live music and dog-friendly patio. B, L, D (T-Su). 158 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663 $$ Map south of F6 CLAIM JUMPER Saloon-style eatery offers rotisserie chicken, baby-back ribs, six-layer Motherlode Cake and its own craft beer. Happy hour daily. L, D (daily); Br (Su). Seven locations include South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.8479; 190 S. State College Blvd., Brea, 714.529.9061; 2250 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, 714.836.6658 $$ Map J13, A3, G14 THE COUNTRY CLUB Decor evokes a Gatsby-esque sports club; from owners of Grey Goose Tavern. Popcorninfused Shinnecock cocktail; hamachi tacos on jicama shells; Aspen Ridge filet mignon; caramelized whitechocolate bread pudding. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 330 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.281.2582 $$ Map K12
GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3;Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 45-47. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
INDEX American...................... 24 Brewpubs/Gastropubs.26 California...................... 26 Chinese......................... 28 Continental................... 28 Eclectic......................... 28 Food Halls.................... 35 French........................... 28 International................. 28 Italian............................ 29
Japanese...................... 30 Mediterranean.............. 30 Mexican/Latin............... 32 Quick Bites................... 36 Seafood......................... 33 Steak............................. 34 Thai............................... 35 Vegan............................ 35 Vietnamese................... 35
THE CRACK SHACK Bravo Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais offers chicken- and egg-centric dishes in a striking dual-level space with whimsical chicken-themed decor and cornhole court. Fried chicken among county’s best; spicy Firebird sandwich. B, L, D (daily). 196 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.383.5040 $$ Map K12 THE CUT Cut-above creative burgers: Grand Cut with braised pork, bacon jam, havarti and Comté fondue; Colombian with smoked mozzarella, chimichurri and roasted bananas. Plus prosciutto-chorizo croquettes, corn-cookie ice cream sandwich. L, D (daily). 3831 Alton Parkway, Suite C, Irvine, 949.333.3434 $$ Map D4 DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN & BAR Overlooks the sand. Santa Barbara uni with hamachi; foie-gras-stuffed Mary’s Chicken and morels. Cozy-edgy Stateroom Bar. B, L (daily); D (Su-Th); Br (Sa-Su). Pacific Edge Hotel, 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.715.7700 $$ Map I15 EAT CHOW “Chowified” updates of Southern, French, Mexican and Cuban favorites. B, L, D (daily). 1802 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.2469; 211 62nd St., Newport Beach, 949.423.7080; 313 N. Bush St., Santa Ana, 657.266.0500 $$ Map K12, N12, C4 FARMHOUSE Rich Mead’s field-to-fork-inspired cafe, a centerpiece of Roger’s Gardens, is a hit, especially with the lunching ladies. Autonomy Farms chicken liver paté; panko-, dijon- and citrus-crusted Icelandic cod with dehydrated oranges. L, D (daily). 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.1415 $$$ Map L16 THE FILLING STATION CAFE Distinctive all-day breakfast fare and coffeehouse classics; the family-friendly spot is housed in a 1920s-era gas station. B, L, D (daily). 201 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.289.9714 $$ Map C4 GREAT MAPLE Comfort classics transformed: charred cauliflower hummus; buttermilk fried chicken and maple bacon doughnuts; lobster popover Benedict. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Fashion Island, 1133 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.8282 $$$ Map L15 HENDRIX Chef Rainer Schwarz offers New American: cornbread with zucchini, seafood, fire-roasted steaks and rotisserie. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 32431 Golden Lantern St., Laguna Niguel, 949.248.1912 $$ Map I16 HOPDODDY One of “the best burgers in America,” says Food & Wine; Terlingua chili cheeseburger. L, D (daily). Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337; Tustin Marketplace, 3030 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.505.2337 $$ Map L15, C5 HOUSE OF BLUES Restaurant and bar at spectacular concert venue offers Southern fare: voodoo shrimp, Nashville hot fried chicken salad and smokehouse St.
W O.C.’s Golden Foodies named Noah von Blöm of Arc in Costa Mesa best chef (p. 24) and the prime rib at Summit House in Fullerton best entree (p. 28).
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DINING Louis ribs. Roof-raising Sunday Gospel Brunch; drag brunch first Saturday of each month. L, D (daily). 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.778.2583 $$ Map I10 JULIETTE KITCHEN + BAR Chef Daniel Hyatt uses locally sourced ingredients to elevate modern American dishes; top-notch cocktails; brunch (and brunch cocktails) are new. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1000 Bristol St., Newport Beach, 949.752.5854 $$$ Map K13 LIGHTHOUSE BAYVIEW CAFÉ Beignets, burgers, bánh-mì buns and bouillabaisse in lighthouse-shaped harbor-view restaurant. Newly expanded cocktail list. B, L, D (daily). Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.933.1001 $$ Map N14 LUCILLE’S SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-QUE Expansive menu offers St. Louis spare ribs, Texas-style brisket, Alabama chicken. Five locations include the District, 2550 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.1227; 4050 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.634.1227; MainPlace, 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.7427; $$ Map J14, J11, G13
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MRS. KNOTT’S CHICKEN DINNER RESTAURANT Famed spot just outside the theme park has used the same fried chicken recipe since 1934; end with boysenberry pie. L, D (daily); B (Sa-Su). Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5055 $$ Map G8 OCEAN AT MAIN New. Chef Craig Strong departs Studio to open his own spot, serving his lauded coastal cuisine in a 1940s-era bank building. Chilled Kusshi oysters; lobster fettucine; roasted beef tenderloin. L, D (daily). 222 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.715.3870 $$ Map H15 OLD VINE CAFÉ Regional and seasonal; a pleasure any time of day, be it for its caramel apple French toast, beef-tongue panini or ever-impressive four-course tasting menus. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa). The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411 $$ Map J13 PARK AVE Creative renditions of classic fare use housemade/homegrown specialties. Most produce grown on premises; visit the garden! Googie architecture, midcentury retro decor. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400 $$ Map I8 PLAYGROUND Owner/chef Jason Quinn, whose Lime Truck won Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, offers superior small plates; cauliflower nachos; Uncle Lou’s fried chicken; wagyu tri-tip. D (Tu-Sa). 220 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, 714.560.4444 $$ Map H13 RALPH BRENNAN’S JAZZ KITCHEN Creole cuisine and New Orleans jazz. Pasta jambalaya, Gumbo Ya-Ya, bananas Foster. Beignets at Jazz Kitchen Express; romantic dining upstairs; casual meals downstairs. L (M-Sa), D (Su-Th), Br (Su). Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200 $$ Map I10 RAMOS HOUSE CAFÉ One of the county’s best restaurants serves O.C.’s best breakfast on the covered patio of an 1881 house next to the train tracks in historic district. B, L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). 31752 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1342 $$ Map I17 THE RANCH Sophisticated restaurant with adjacent super-fun saloon. Chef Michael Rossi offers fried Petaluma quail, glorious bone-in cowboy rib-eye; try brother David’s pecan pie. Most produce comes daily from the Ranch’s farm. D (nightly). 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200 $$$ Map I11 RUBY’S DINER 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; Huntington Beach Pier, 714.969.RUBY $ Map N15 and N9
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SEASONS 52 Lower calorie. Lots of flavor. Fab bar, stylish decor, eclectic seasonal menu, Mini Indulgences desserts, superior wine list. Brick-oven brioche “French toast” at brunch. L, D (daily); Br (Su). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5252 $$ Map J13
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DINING SOCIAL Hip spot offers intriguing cuisine and superb cocktails. Wood-fired oysters; fried cauliflower; Akaushibeef Drive Thru Burger; wagyu tri-tip. B, L, D (daily). 512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2425 $$ Map K12 320 MAIN Chef Jaime Carrano serves elevated fare such as citrus-cured salmon bite, roasted bone marrow with braised oxtail marmalade; owners Jason and Rebecca Schiffer fashion cutting-edge cocktails. D (Tu-Su). 320 Main St., Seal Beach, 562.799.6246 $$ Map C1 TOAST KITCHEN + BAKERY New. Think of it as serving brunch and dunch. Highlights include Thai chile chilaquiles, Nashville hot chicken and malasadas, and a popular breakfast burrito. B, L (Tu-Su); D (Tu-Sa). 1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.873.5057 $$ Map B4 UMAMI BURGER Gourmet burgers for the hipster masses. L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.396.1830; 338 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.991.8626; The Camp, 2981 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.957.8626 $ Map G15, I10, J13 WATERTABLE Restaurant/gastro bar in “living rooms,” on ocean-view patio. Shareable Bar Jars; decadent burger; honey-lavender Berkshire pork. B, L, D (daily). Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.1234 $$ Map N9 WATSON’S SODA FOUNTAIN & CAFE California’s original soda fountain (1899). Newly hip, it retains its retro vibe; some shakes come with booze. B, L, D (daily). 116 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.363.3773 $$ Map J11 WRECKLESS Chef Cody Storts creates menus with reckless abandon. Try Tar-Tar (Piedmontese eye of round, chile de arbol sauce, blackberries) and duck breast “coriander and gumbo.” B, L, D (Tu-F); Br (Sa-Su). 136 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.519.3179 $$ Map B3
BREWPUBS AND GASTROPUBS HAVEN GASTROPUB Adventurous fare and palateprovoking handcrafted beers on tap. Superlative burgers—including new James Beard challenge breakfast burger—Jidori chicken-liver toast, whole roasted suckling pig. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680 $$ Map C4 JT SCHMID’S RESTAURANT AND BREWERY Beers brewed on-site and brewpub cuisine: wood-fired pizzas, Prime steaks, burgers, jambalaya and sashimi. L, D (daily). 2610 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.634.9200; 2415 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.0333 $$ Map I11, D4 MRK PUBLIC Three chefs offer elevated pub fare, notably Tuscan Toast, Vietnamese Sticky Wings and fried chicken sandwich, and craft beers (all $5). L, D (Tu-Su). 1402 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.441.7621 $$ Map south of F6 THE ROYAL HEN Tim Goodell (Aubergine, Troquet) is back with a bustling gastropub on Balboa Island. Chicken pot pie; lamb rump with charred plums. D (T-Su), Br (SaSu). 3311 Marine Ave., Newport Beach, 949.873.5603 $$ Map M15 SIDE DOOR Spot shares replica of England’s oldest inn with Five Crowns. Artisanal cheese, charcuterie, seasonal plates and world-class brews—plus elevated British pub fare—make every visit memorable. D (nightly). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.717.4322 $$ Map M16
CALIFORNIA CUISINE BLUEGOLD Sleek California coastal: raw bar, charcuterie, seafood steam kettles, creative pizzas, plates du jour. (See Vietnamese for restaurant-within-a-restaurant LSXO.) B, L, D (daily). Pacific City, 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0038 $$ Map N9 HARVEST Dining room has golf and dramatic canyon views. Half Mary’s Chicken, popcorn panna cotta
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DINING dessert. B, L, D (daily). The Ranch at Laguna Beach, 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.499.2271 $$ Map I16 HEIRLOOM FARMHOUSE KITCHEN New. Starters such as the Ancient Breads trio and charred nopales star along with cocktails such as the elegant Improve Your Age. B, L, D (daily). Marriott Irvine Spectrum, 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.759.0200 $$ Map D5 K’YA BISTRO BAR Fifty small plates in lively spot inside historic La Casa del Camino Hotel; sharing is encouraged. D (nightly). La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.9718 $$ Map I16 LIDO BOTTLE WORKS Provocative menu includes tuna tartare with chili pop rocks; cauliflower wreath with mushrooms and raisins; Prime hanger steak frites; chorizo hash at brunch. Cool vintage touches. New chef. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Lido Marina Village, 3408 Via Oporto, Suite 103, Newport Beach, 949.529.2784 $$ Map N13 MALIBU FARM New. Farm-to-table restaurant with locations in Malibu, Miami and Lanai opens harbor-side at Lido Marina Village. Known for Stoplight Tacos trio (green, yellow, red), vegetable paella, skirt steak. B, L (M-F); D (daily). Lido Marina Village, 3416-3420 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, malibu-farm.com $$ Map N13 MAYOR’S TABLE New. Dining room, raw bar, chef’s counter serving seafood and creative “vegetable-forward cuisine”—consider crispy California avocado with Calabrian chile mayo and puffed corn—at beachy-chic hotel. B, L (M-F); D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Lido House, 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.524.8500 $$$ Map N13 NAPA ROSE Wine country at Disneyland Resort is a celebration of beauty in the bottle and the bounty of nature; chef Andrew Sutton offers sophisticated seasonal fare; staff includes dozens of sommeliers. D (nightly). Grand Californian Hotel, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.635.2300 $$$ Map I10 OAK GRILL New chef Brittany Valles (ex Michael Voltaggio’s Ink.well) 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, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920 $$$$ Map L15
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OAK LAGUNA BEACH Stylish dining room and wraparound balcony overlook Coast Highway. Meatball starter, local albacore stack, frozen Nutella cappuccino, Oasis mai tai. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1100 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.940.3010 $$ Map H15 OLEA 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. B, L, D (daily). 2001 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.275.5394 $$$ Map M13 PACIFIC HIDEAWAY Chef J.T. Walker’s share plates have Southeast Asia or Latin American influences. Lao sausage wraps, whole crispy snapper, Kite Surfer cocktail. Br, D (daily). Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.965.4448 $$ Map N9 PROVENANCE Cathy Pavlos’ wine-country- and farmhouse-themed spot has impressive patio garden. Pan-roasted cauliflower kung pao, s’more in a jar dessert. Fantastic brunch. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0477 $$ Map L14 SEALEGS WINE BAR Seasonal share plates (Pig and Fig flatbread, bananas Foster French toast) amid Hamptonsstyle decor. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700 $$ Map M9
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SILVER TRUMPET “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, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593 $$$ Map J13
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DINING SPLASHES RESTAURANT AND BAR Meals steps from the sand are meant to be gorgeous memories. Hamachi crudo, lobster bisque, cous cous, rack of lamb. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). Surf & Sand Hotel, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.4477, ext. 550 $$$ Map H15 STUDIO Airy bluff-top Arts and Crafts-style bungalow with gorgeous azure and endless Pacific view oozes an offhand luxury befitting its premium resort setting. The menu reaches far beyond the predictably posh. Benjamin Martinek is new chef de cuisine. D (Tu-Su). Montage Resort & Spa, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6420 $$$$ Map I16 TANGATA Lunch spot off Bowers Museum’s Missionstyle courtyard offers Pacific Rim-inflected cuisine. Spam taco, Laughing Bird shrimp salad, Korean marinated skirt steak, banana spring roll. L (Tu-Su). 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906 $$ Map G13 TANNER’S Pool and ocean views, open-fire fare plus top-tier cocktails at the super-stylish Treehouse rooftop lounge. B, L, D (daily). Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.6130 $$ Map N9 THE WINERY Seafood, wild game, USDA Prime steaks; cigar patios, extensive wine cellars. Tustin: L (M-F), D (nightly). Newport: D (nightly), Br (Su). The District, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.7600; 3131 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622 $$$ Map D4, N13
CHINESE DIN TAI FUNG Taiwanese icon known for xiao long bao (Shanghai-style dumplings; watch them being meticulously folded). The New York Times included the original in its world’s top 10. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.549.3388 $$ Map J13 J. ZHOU ORIENTAL CUISINE Flamboyant Cantonese destination specializes in dim sum and special-occasion fare such as lobster served 16 ways and several varieties of abalone. L, D (daily). The District, 2601 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.8833 $$$ Map D4 MEIZHOU DONGPO Upscale Sichuan eatery known for bold and fiery cuisine. Showstoppers include Meizhou duck, sweet-and-sour tilapia and squid-ink shumai; popular dim-sum brunch. L, D (daily). Culver Plaza, 15363 Culver Drive, Irvine, 949.433.5686 $$$ Map J14 TWENTY EIGHT Modern Chinese in stylish digs. Star of chef Jay Lacuesta’s show is Kurobuta “char siu” pork shoulder. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.852.2828 $$ Map K14
CONTINENTAL FIVE CROWNS Lawry’s institution in English inn replica known for prime rib. New chef, new bar, new menu; off-menu Ugly Gentleman cocktail. SideDoor Gastropub adjacent. D (nightly). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331 $$$ Map M16
ECLECTIC EATS KITCHEN & BAR Regional specialties, winning happy hour, circular bar centerpiece. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780 $$ Map D4 MIX Hilton Anaheim executive chef Frederic Castan oversees the globally influenced menu. Impressive chef’s table in the kitchen. B, L, D (daily). 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, 714.740.4412 $$ Map I10 JOURNEYMAN’S FOOD + DRINK Postmodern eyeand tastebud-popping creations thoughtfully conceived, meticulously executed. Prix fixe: Choose an options from each of four courses. D (daily). Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, 714.635.9025 $$ Map G10 SAPPHIRE LAGUNA Globally inspired dishes at stylish spot with popular patio, excellent cocktails, gourmet pantry for takeout. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888 $$$ Map I15 TRU GRITS Executive chef Theresa Lin Cheng offers modern American cuisine with Asian influences at Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim. B, L, D (daily). 1221 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.758.0900 $$ Map J11
FRENCH MARCHÉ MODERNE Chef Florent Marneau and pastry chef wife Amelia elevate the bistro experience to gorgeous heights. Caviars, butter tasting, lamb couscous. D (nightly). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 714.434.7900 $$$ Map M17 MOULIN Combination bistro-epicerie-cafes: sandwiches, pastries, charcuterie, cheeses, wine and beer. Laguna: B, L, D (daily). Newport: B, L (daily); D (M-Sa). 1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920; 248 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6990 $$ Map K13 and H15 PASCAL Venerated chef Pascal Olhats offers classics menu—plus bakery and epicerie items, sandwiches, and picnics to go. B, L (M-Sa); D (Th-Sa). 31451 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.488.0031 $$ Map I17
INTERNATIONAL DARYA Elegant destination for classic Persian dishes for 30 years. Kebabs a specialty; rack of lamb; vegetarian options. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 S. Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.557.6600 $$$ Map J13 HELLO KITTY GRAND CAFE New. World’s first permanent Hello Kitty cafe serves treats, e.g., hot mini matcha doughnuts; Bow Room is for reservations-only afternoon tea or cocktails. Irvine Spectrum Center, 860 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 657.337.5288 $$ Map G8 MIX MIX KITCHEN BAR Superb chef Ross Pangilinan presents Filipino fusion fare and superior cocktails. Oui Chef prix fixe dinners—with complimentary wine pairings on Wednesdays. D (Tu-Sa), Br (Su). 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.836.5158 $$$ Map H13
ORANGE HILL Hilltop hideaway with endless city-light views; prime rib and lobster are specialties. The O Bar got a recent redesign. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 6410 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.997.2910 $$ Map C5
MOZAMBIQUE African fortress gone hip and stylish offers Cal-Portuguese-South African cuisine such as piri piri prawns. Veranda rooftop dining. Complimentary ride within 15 miles. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777 $$ Map I16
SUMMIT HOUSE Fine Cal-Continental at hilltop faux English manor with blazing stone fireplace. The prime rib was named best entree at this year’s Golden Foodie Awards. L (Tu–F), D (nightly). 2000 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, 714.671.4111 $$ Map A3
ROYAL KHYBER Anchor at South Coast Plaza Village marks 35 years. Warm eggplant salad; lobster masala; signature Khyber’s Nectar lamb shanks. L (Su-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). South Coast Plaza Village, 1621 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.436.1010 $$$ Map J13
21 OCEANFRONT Romantic restaurant with sunset views, cozy bars, servers in black tie. Abalone, crab legs, steaks and osso buco. New chef. Live entertainment in the lounge. D (nightly). 2100 W. Oceanfront (Newport Pier), Newport Beach, 949.673.2100 $$$ Map N13
TERRACE BY MIX MIX New. Chef Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in Santa Ana offers small plates, mostly on a covered terrace. Three-course prix fixe lunch is a steal—$15. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888 $$$ Map H13
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DINING ITALIAN ANAHEIM WHITE HOUSE Housed in a 1909 manor, Sir Bruno Serato’s Italian steakhouse is known for its opulent fresco-filled decor and elaborately presented cuisine. D (nightly). 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.1381 $$$ Map I10 ANDREA Elegant but unstuffy dining room serves toptier northern Italian, looks out onto elysian and ocean vistas. Pasta and gelato made in dedicated rooms. L (W-Su), D (nightly). The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 844.445.2183 $$$$ Map L17 ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA Beautiful second location in Irvine. L, D (daily). Irvine adds Br (Sa-Su). Los Olivos Marketplace, 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200; Monarch Bay Plaza, 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.429.1102 $$ Map D5, J16 ANTONELLO RISTORANTE Top-notch northern Italian. Osso buco; ricotta gnocchi; Non Plus Ultra 50-ounce skirt steak. Many of the dishes are finished tableside. Enoteca Lounge. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 S. Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153 $$$ Map J13 BRUNOS ITALIAN KITCHEN Contemporary spot with memorable dishes such as hamachi with sweet-and-sour shallots, wild-boar-sausage bucatini, caramel-chocolate budino and house-made limoncello liqueur. D (nightly). 210 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.257.1000 $$$ Map A3 CUCINA ENOTECA Cal-Ital with fun decor, wine shop. Filled jars, lobster gnocchi neri, guanciale bucatini. Newport: L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). Irvine: L, D (daily). Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416; Irvine Spectrum Center, 532 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222 $$ Map L15, D5 DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE New. East Coast concept in striking dining room features handmade pasta, fresh seafood, Prime aged Brandt Beef and a bustling bar. Br (Su), L (M-F), D (daily). 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.477.4810 $$ Map J14
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ECCO Hip spots serve up sophisticated wood-fired pizzas, with guanciale-pear being a fave; ricotta gnocchi with grilled prawns. L, D (daily). The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.444.ECCO; 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.817.7323, eccopizza.com $$ Map J13, H10 IL DOLCE PIZZERIA Modest storefront belies superior artisanal Neapolitan pizzas and pastas. L, D (Tu-Su). 1902 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.200.9107 $$ Map K12 IL GARAGE Beguiling spot from David Slay, in a garage hidden behind his lauded Park Ave, amid 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 $$ Map I8 NORTH ITALIA High-decibel space with soaring ceiling, marble-topped bar and citrus-studded patio. Truffle garlic bread, squid-ink mafaldine, salted caramel budino. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060 $$ Map K14
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PIROZZI Convivial spot offers olive fritte, limoncelloinfused taglierini and heart-shaped Nutella pizza for two. Excellent pizzas. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 2929 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.675.2932 $$$ Map M16 PIZZERIA MOZZA From culinary stars Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich. Start with bone marrow al forno; finish with caramel coppetta with marshmallow sauce. L, D (daily). 800 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.945.1126 $$ Map M13 PIZZERIA ORTICA Refined Neapolitan pies near performing arts amid soaring ceilings and frescoes. Guanciale pizza; squid-ink chitarra. L (M-F), D (nightly). 650 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.445.4900 $$ Map J13
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DINING RISTORANTE RUMARI Charming spot is as traditional, and accommodating, as it gets. Grilled shrimp spiedino, Sicilian-style swordfish. D (nightly). 1826 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.0400 $$ Map I16 SAPORI RISTORANTE Highly regarded spot near Balboa Island. Penne otero, polenta e porcini; adjacent pizzeria. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220 $$$ Map N14
JAPANESE BLUEFIN Master sushi chef Takashi Abe presents exquisite sushi and hot entrees. L, D (daily). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7952 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.715.7373 $$$ Map M17 HAMAMORI Sparkling environment 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., Costa Mesa, 714.850.0880 $$$ Map J13 HANA RE SUSHI The youth-skewed photo exterior belies the transporting omakase-only meals—about seven superb appetizers plus nigiri sushi and dessert—and serene minimalist environment within. “Short” tasting course available Tu-Th. D (Tu-Sa). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.2800 $$$$ Map J13 JOON SHABU SHABU New. Sleek hot-pot spot offers interactive cooking: Jidori chicken, Kurobuta pork shoulder, Angus ribeye, seafood, vegetarian and don’t-miss fluffy garlic ninniku sauce. L, D (daily). The District, 2453 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.549.1432 $$ Map J14 KITIKATA RAMEN BAN NAI 57 restaurants in Japan; first in the U.S. Fave: green-chili shio ramen with tender chashu pork, nappa, garlic and Asian chives. L, D (daily). 891 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.2947 $$ Map J12 MAKINO Elaborate sushi and seafood buffet from sushi chef Kaku Makino includes crab, oysters, shrimp, sushi, nigiri, udon, ramen, salads and desserts. L, D (daily). 1818 Main St., Irvine, 949.724.1204 $$ Map J14 NOBU Harbor-side outpost of globally known spot is stunning inside and out. Patio overlooking canal offers Grand Cordon cocktail omakase. Wagyu Wednesdays. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). Lido Marina Village, 3450 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, 949.429.4440 $$$$ Map N13
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SUSHI ROKU Gorgeous spot from Cal-Japanese sushiwhere_mag_half_page.indd 1 pioneer. Fluke kumquat starter, premium tofu three ways, wagyu flights, rib-eye steak Japonais, spectacular Zen s’mores dessert. L, D (daily). 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622 $$ Map L15
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MEDITERRANEAN AVEO TABLE + BAR Coastal bounty, cool chandeliers and ocean views. Eggs al forno, porchetta sandwich, Spanish paella for two. “Farm-to-Bar” cocktails beneath vaulted ceiling. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3915 $$$ Map J17 CATAL RESTAURANT AND UVA BAR The Uva outdoor pavilion features tapas and 40 California wines by the glass; upstairs is Catal for fine dining. L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.774.4442 $$$ Map I10
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DINING FIG & OLIVE Ode to olive oil presents sophisticated fare 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, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005 $$$ Map L15 MESA Chef Niki Starr Weyler oversees stylish spot. Hip scene, cool cuisine, retractable glass roof, unisex restrooms. D (Tu-Sa). The Camp, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700 $$ Map J13 ZOV’S Venerated chef Zov Karamardian’s bistro marks 30 years. Bakery-cafe in Tustin. L, D (M-Sa). Enderle Center, 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855; 1801 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.280.9687; 3915 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 714.734.9687; 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 949.760.9687 $$$ Map C5, I11, C4, L17
MEXICAN/LATIN ANEPALCO Chef Daniel Godinez applies French technique to traditional Mexican ingredients, with sophisticated, artfully presented results. Innovative cocktails. Br (Tu-Su), D (Tu-Sa). 3737 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.456.9642 $$ Map B4 CHA CHA’S LATIN KITCHEN Chicken flautas, seafood caldo, open-face guajillo-brasied short-rib enchilada, superb flan amid, in Irvine, Thomas Schoos design. Irvine: L, D (daily). Brea: L, D (M-Sa); Br (Su). 13126 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.408.7819; 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.1040 $$ Map C5, A3 EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE Anepalco chef Danny Godinez puts his spin on specialties from each of Mexico’s states in a hip and comfortable space. Cesar Cerrudo adds mezcal cocktails. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Su). 301 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 714.338.2446 $$ Map H13 GABBI’S MEXICAN KITCHEN Old Towne day-trippers and tequila connoisseurs duck into this rustically stylish haven for spirited takes on regional Mexican fare far beyond tacos and burritos. L, D (daily). 141 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.3038 $$ Map C4 HABANA Hip Nuevo Latino destinations with great brunches; palatial Irvine location adds breakfast, teatime and a bakery. Ropa vieja; tamale pie. Costa Mesa: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Irvine: B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.556.0176; Irvine Spectrum Center, 708 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.450.1004 $$ Map J13, D5 LAS BRISAS Window-lined, elegant cliff-top spot with superb coastal views. Snapper Veracruzana, Yucatán chicken. Popular patio has its own Seaside Menu. New Cantina. B (M-Sa); L, D (daily); Br (Su). 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.497.5434 $$$ Map H15 PLAYA MESA New. Coastal cuisine amid vibrant decor. Guacamole with serranos and pepitas; tacos with oystermushroom confit; chocoflan dessert. Colorful tequila and mezcal cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 428 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.287.5292 $$ Map D3 PORTO’S BAKERY & CAFE There’s always a line at this family-owned Cuban spot; the menu is comprehensive, but the focus is on sandwiches. B, L, D (daily). 7640 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.367.2030 $$ Map B2 PUEBLO Cozy, upbeat spot offers tapas—grilled Spanish octopus, short rib two ways, pimentón potato, mojo verde—and cheese and charcuterie boards indoors and on winning patio. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). SoCo & the OC Mix, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.340.5775 $$ Map D5 PUESTO Eye-popping new location at Park Place. Tacos on blue-corn tortillas such as zucchini and cactus; nogada guacamole with pomegranate 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 $$ Map J12, J14
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DINING RAYA Sophisticated fare from chef Richard Sandoval, spectacular ocean views. Sweet-corn soup with cuitlacoche puree; roasted halibut with truffled boniato. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000 $$$ Map J16 RED O Sexy design with Moroccan accents. Ceviches, guacamole tasting, lamb chops mole negro. Extensive tequila list. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300 $$$ Map L15 SOL COCINA Stylish spot overlooks harbor canals, offers vibrant Baja-inspired dishes. Hot & Raw tropical ceviche, taco Vampiro, Kobe skirt steak. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.675.9800 $$ Map M14 SOLITA Sol Cocina spinoff offers tacos (e.g., chorizo, bacon and sweet potatoes; chili tofu; wood-grilled carne asada) and margaritas. Start with queso al forno. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bella Terra, 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.894.2792 $$ Map C2 TACO MARÍA The late Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Gold named it the Los Angeles Times’ 2018 restaurant of the year. Carlos Salgado serves up fascinating “Chicano cuisine.” Memorable tacos at lunch; four-course prix fixe dinner changes weekly. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Su). SoCo & the OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.538.8444 $$$ Map J12 VACA Spanish spot serving 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 runner-up, and partner Ahmed Labbate. L (M-F), D (W-M). 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.463.6060 $$$ Map J13
SEAFOOD BLUEWATER GRILL Fresh selection at harbor-front spot—a wide variety from Australian barramundi to farm-raised Mississippi catfish—changes daily. L, D (daily). 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675. FISH $$ Map N13 BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. Fun spot inspired by the film Forrest Gump. Start with the peel-and-eat Shrimper’s Net Catch. L, D (daily). Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.635.4867 $$ Map I10 THE CANNERY The harbor-view spot is historic—a cannery in 1921, a fine seafood restaurant for 40 years, now better than ever. Lobster carbonara; loup de mer; Balboa sundae. Upstairs Jellyfish Lounge features sushi. Great happy hour. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 3010 Lafayette Ave., Newport Beach, 949.566.0060 $$ Map N13 THE CATCH 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., Anaheim, 714.935.0101 $$ Map I1
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DINING MARKET BROILER Mix ’n’ match fresh fish ‘n’ sauce. Mesquite-grilled seafood and steaks, sushi, on-site fish market. L, D (daily). The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.FISH; 20111 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, 714.431.7796 $$ Map J11, L1 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB Bluff-top, ocean-view spot. Seafood in majestic proportions, seafood tower and notto-be-missed warm butter cake. D (nightly). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 8112 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.376.6990 $$$$ Map M17 TAPS FISH HOUSE AND BREWERY Seafood and steaks, oyster bar and award-winning brews. L (M-Sa), D nightly), Br (Su). New Taps Brewery and Barrel Room in Tustin. 101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, 714.257.0101; the Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.619.0404; brewery, 15501 Red Hill Ave., Tustin $$$ Map A3, C5, C4
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STEAK AGORA CHURRASCARIA Choice cuts at Brazilian steakhouse are cooked over a fire pit. Gaucho-garbed waiters offer 16 sumptuous cuts, from picanha (a sirloin specialty) to coração (delicate chicken hearts). Elaborate hot and cold bar. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1830 Main St., Irvine, 949.222.9910 $$$ Map 13 BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS Akaushi Kobe-style Prime steaks and burgers, and seafood, amid whimsical industrial-chic decor and on the county’s largest oceanview patio. L, D (daily). 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 202, Huntington Beach, 714.960.0096 $$$ Map N9 BOURBON STEAK Draws at Michael Mina steakhouse include spectacular tableside presentations, e.g., Maine lobster pot pie, cast-iron-broiled shellfish platter and hay-smoked rib-eye cap; tai snapper for two; Kagoshima A5 wagyu strip-loin steak and remarkable old- and newschool cocktails. D (nightly). 1 Monarch Beach Resort Drive, Dana Point, 949.234.3405 $$$ Map J17 THE CAPITAL GRILLE Elegant spot offers dry-aged beef amid portraits of local historic figures. Pan-fried calamari with cherry peppers, bone-in kona-crusted dry-aged sirloin, ethereal cheesecake. 5,000 wines; classic cocktails. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.432.1140 $$$$ Map J13 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Sleek venue, new redo; prime everything. Bustling bar with 100 wines by the glass; prime rib on Sundays. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633 $$$ Map L15
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DINING hand-cut bone-in filet; off-menu crab gnocchi; and, oooh, warm butter cake. Bar offers generous cocktails, live music. D (nightly). 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.546.7405 $$$$ Map J13 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE Classy bastions of beef: service-plus, colossal portions. Show-and-tell menu recitation. Anaheim: D (nightly); Santa Ana: L (M-F), D (nightly). 1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.621.0101; South Coast Plaza Village, 1641 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.444.4834 $$$$ Map I10, J13 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Bone-in cowboy rib-eye; caramelized banana cream pie. Soaring ceilings, modern sculpture, colorful glass at Anaheim location. Anaheim: D (nightly); Irvine: L (F), D (daily). 2041 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.750.5466; 2961 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.252.8848 $$$$ Map I10, K1 SELANNE STEAK TAVERN Hockey legend Teemu Selänne’s upscale spot. Pacific diver scallops, scarlet beet ravioli, Lord Stanley Cut (bone-in rib-eye) wagyu steak for two, monkey bread dessert. D (nightly), Br (Su). 1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881 $$$ Map I16
THAI SUPATRA’S THAI BISTRO Cozy gem presents traditional cuisine and decor. Soups are a specialty; most seafood dishes are spicy; soju cocktails. L, D (Tu-Su). 21560 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.693.2888 $$ Map A5 THAI NAKORN Long considered one of Orange County’s best Thai spots. Fried fish with mango salad, clam in chili paste and basil. L, D (daily). 12532 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, 714.583.8938 $$ Map I8, K10
VEGAN AU LAC Amazing plant-based “shrimp” (salt-andpepper shrimp), “chicken” (kung pao chicken) and “beef” (beef watercress). L, D (Tu-Su). 16563 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714.418.0658 $$ Map C3 GRATITUDE Chic and airy spot presents elaborate dishes with affirming names such as “Welcoming” and superb cocktails. B, L, D (daily). Westcliff Plaza, 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.386.8103 $$$ Map L14
VIETNAMESE ANQI Innovative small plates in sexy setting with backlit bar and glass catwalk over running stream. Amazing garlic noodles; secret-recipe garlic crab on Tuesdays. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679 $$$ Map J13 BRODARD CHATEAU Elegant two-story venue serves regional dishes of Hanoi, Hue and Saigon. Less expensive sibling Brodard Restaurant in Fountain Valley. Chateau L, D (daily); restaurant B, L, D (daily). 9100 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, 714.899.8273; 16105 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 657.247.4401 $$$ Map K8, C3 LSXO Intimate, extraordinary restaurant hidden within Bluegold. Fifty Saigon-style dishes; intoxicating decor. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0083 $$ Map N9
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FOOD HALLS ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE Historic Sunkist citrus hub hosts two dozen foodie vendors including Adya for Cal-Indian, Georgia’s for Southern, Urbana for Mexican, Hammer Workshop & Bar, Black Sheep for creative grilled cheese, Popbar for gelato on a stick. L, D (daily). 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.635.1350 $$ Map H10 4TH STREET MARKET Fifteen foodie tenants include Falasophy, Jinny’s Pizzeria, Dos Chinos, new Supernatural Sandwiches, Electric City Butcher, Portola Coffee Lab and Recess Libations for cocktails on tap. L, D (daily). 201 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, 714.486.0700 $$ Map H13
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DINING LOT 579 Tenants include Burnt Crumbs for artisanal sandwiches, American Dream for burgers and beer, Bear Flag Fish Co. for poke, and PopBar for gelato on a stick. L, D (daily). Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, gopacificcity.com $$ Map N9 TRADE FOOD HALL New concepts near the airport anchored by Ootoro Sushi (see Japanese). Megadon Japanese-Hawaiian, Two Birds chicken, Butterleaf vegetarian, Sweet Combforts desserts. B, L, D (daily). 2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine, tradefoodhall.com $ Map J14
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QUICK BITES BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN New. Chef Ryan Adams sells 370 Common in Laguna Beach, offers fried chicken, fried-chicken sandwich and fried-chicken smothered tots in Old Towne Orange. L, D (Tu-Su). 238 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 949.392.5995 $ Map C4 CATMOSPHERE LAGUNA New. O.C.’s first cat cafe and lounge. The cafe offers cheeses, toasts, salads and wine. In the separate lounge, guests interact with cats and kittens available for adoption. L (Tu-Su). 381 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.619.6369 $ Map H15 DORY DELI Contemporary deli food, beachside setting. Steak-and-cheese Rocky Balboa sandwich; fish ’n’ chips use Dory Fleet catch. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2108 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.220.7886 $ Map N13
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TUSTIN 2415 Park Ave. I At The District in Tustin ANAHEIM 2610 E Katella Ave. I Across from The Honda Center
THE HALAL GUYS First West Coast outpost of famed New York street cart; habit-forming gyros, chicken and falafel. Hugely popular. L, D (daily). 3033 Bristol St., Suite E, Costa Mesa, 714.850.1080 $ Map J13 MCDONALD’S 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., Anaheim, 714.491.0563, 70 other county locations. $ Map I10 PARALLEL PIZZERIA New. 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., Dana Point, 949.441.7406 $$ Map J17 SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI Creative sandwiches and tasty salads; new Irvine location adds excellent burgers. B, L, D (daily). 4736 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, 949.333.3949; 414 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.594.3899; 2823 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.220.9001 $ Map D4, N9, N13 TACKLE BOX Top Chef alumnus Brian Huskey’s “local grub shacks” on Corona del Mar State Beach and new at South Coast Collection. B, L (Tu-Su). 3029 E. Shore Ave., Corona del Mar, 949.723.0502; 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite E, Costa Mesa, 949.732.0502 $$ Map M16, J12 TACO MESA TORTILLERÍA ORGÁNICA & CAFÉ Thoughtfully prepared, beautifully presented Mexican fare unusual for quick-serve; vegetarian/vegan options. B, L, D (daily). 3533 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.633.3922 $$ Map B5
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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).
201 N. Glassell St., Orange 714.289.9714 • fillingstationcafe.com
ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS Andrei’s creative and sustainably-sourced local cuisine is the perfect complement to its sophisticated, urban atmosphere. Enjoy dishes like their famous panko-crusted Portobello Steak Fries, Wild Boar Chili or Pacific Scallops in the sleek dining room or citrus-and-herb garden terrace. Andrei’s is known for craft cocktails such as their Chilean Spice. Silver Oak Saturdays offer the vineyard’s bottles at half price including Alexander Valley Cabernet and Napa Valley Cabernet. Saturday brunch and lunch 11 am-2:30 pm. Happy hour Monday-Saturday 3-6:30 pm. Events and private dining available. Br (Sa), L (M-Sa), and D (M-Sa).
2607 Main St., Irvine 949.387.8887 • andreisrestaurant.com
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).
2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach 949.673.2100 • 21oceanfront.com
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/ ENTERTAINMENT THEATER BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE Dec. 5-30. Holiday version of classic choreographed by actress Mandy Moore. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787 Map G15 THE SKIVVIES Dec. 10-11. Celtic folklore-inspired play set in coastal village north of Dublin. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787 Map G15 DEAR EVAN HANSEN Jan. 1-13. Grammy- and Tonywinning musical about a teenager’s efforts to fit in center on a lie. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787 Map J13 DRIVING MISS DAISY Jan. 9-27. Pulitzer Prize-winner about a Jewish woman and her black chauffeur in the Jim Crow South. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787 Map G15 HELLO, DOLLY! Jan. 22-27. Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in the “best show of the year!” (NPR). Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787 Map J13
Owl Drink to That!
Robin and Brian Christenson, and friend Kirsten Vangsness of the CBS show Criminal Minds, opened Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana in 2016. Guests can tour the distillery and enjoy flights of its spirits as well as craft cocktails in the suitable-for-lounging tasting room. The “grain to glass” spirits are made from organic California-grown grains and California-sourced fruits and botanicals. Acclaimed for its vodka, gin and aquavit, Blinking Owl recently launched a barrel-aged bourbon; Brian Christenson believes it to be the first bourbon ever made in Orange County, at least for legal distribution. Nearly 300 bottles sold out at $250 each, with a limited number reserved for the tasting room and with its first rye whiskey due soon after. 802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana, 714.852.3947, blinkingowldistillery.com
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Jan. 25-Feb. 16. 19th-century revenge in London; won Tony Award. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555 Map J13 COME FROM AWAY Feb. 5-17. New York Times critics’ Broadway pick tells the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers in a small town in Newfoundland. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787 Map J13 1776 Opening Feb. 20. Winner of five Tony Awards, including best book and best musical, this compelling drama brings to life one of the seminal events in American history. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787 Map G15 ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Feb. 28. Broadcast live from London featuring actors Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as Shakepeare’s famous fated couple. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, thebarclay.org Map K14
MUSIC + DANCE HONDA CENTER Dec. 1 Chicago Soul Legends. Dec. 8 Holiday Love Jam. Feb. 14 Panic! At the Disco. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com Map I11 HOUSE OF BLUES Dec. 1 Save Ferris. Dec. 2 Silverstein. Dec. 6 Aaron Lewis. Dec. 7 Aquabats. Dec. 8 Logan Mize. Dec. 9 Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Dec. 10 Beach Fossils, Wavves. Dec. 12 Little Steven, Disciples of Soul. Dec. 13 Atreyu in Our Wake. Dec. 13 Mac Powell’s Christmas Party. Dec. 17 YBN Takeover. Dec. 18 Saving Abel. Dec. 22 Adelitas Way. Dec. 22 The Vandals. Jan. 12 Ignite. Jan. 23 JJ Grey and Mofro, the Commonheart. Jan. 24 Metal Allegiance. Jan. 26 Gilby Clarke (ex Guns N’ Roses). Feb. 9 Badfish. Feb. 15-16 Una Noche Romantica. Feb. 19 West Coast High. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.778.2583, houseofblues.com Map I10 IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE Dec. 2 Bobby Rodriguez, Latin Jazz Christmas. Dec. 7 Banjo duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Dec. 8-24 Festival Ballet, The Nutcracker. Jan. 11 Kuana Torres Kahele Band. Jan. 12 Jerry Herman Legacy Concert. Jan. 17 Fred Hersch Trio. Jan. 18 Metta Quintet tribute to Miles Davis. Jan. 20 Mozart Classical Orchestra. Jan. 27 Broadway vocalists Krysta Rodriguez and Scott Barnhardt. Feb. 1-2 7 Fingers, Reversible. Feb. 7
GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pp. 45-47. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
INDEX Theater........................ 38 Shopping Destinations.41 Music + Dance.............. 38 Eatertainment............. 42 Sports.......................... 39 Golf Courses................ 42 Attractions................... 39 Active Outdoors........... 42 Museums..................... 40 Nightlife....................... 42 Holidays....................... 40 Tours + Transport........ 43
Jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison. Feb. 8 Hawaiian vocalist Kalani Pe’a. Feb. 9 Steep Canyon Rangers. Feb. 21-23 UCI Dance Visions. Feb. 24 Trio Céleste. Feb. 27 Martha Graham Dance Company. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, thebarclay.org Map K14 MUSCO CENTER FOR THE ARTS Dec. 14 Michael Feinstein. Dec. 16 A Southern California Christmas. Jan. 24 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Jan. 27 Bluesmen duo Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite. Feb. 2 Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal. Feb. 14-16 Chapman University, Avenue Q. Feb. 21 Julliard String Quartet. Feb. 28 Kishi Bashi. Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, 844.626.8726, muscocenter.org Map B4 SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS Segerstrom Hall Dec. 2 So You Think You Can Dance Live! Dec. 4 Keith and Kristyn Getty, Sing! An Irish Christmas. Dec. 9 Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert. Dec. 14-23 American Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker. Dec. 29 John Legend, A Legendary Christmas. Jan. 17-20 American Ballet Theatre, Harlequinade. Jan. 31 The Beach Boys. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Dec. 1 Concordia University Irvine’s Christmas concert. Dec. 2 Orange County Youth Symphony. Dec. 6-8 Pacific Symphony and pianist Markus Groh. Dec. 8 Nutcracker for kids. Dec. 9 Pacific Chorale, Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 10 Vanguard Univeristy, Christmas Fantasia. Dec. 12 Mariachi Los Camperos, Fiesta Navidad. Dec. 14-15 Pacific Symphony, vocalist Jackie Evancho. Dec. 18 Organist Todd Wilson, Holiday Organ Spectacular. Dec. 19 ClaytonHamilton Jazz Orchestra. Dec. 20 The 5 Browns. Dec. 22-23 Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony, Tis the Season! Dec. 29 Strauss Symphony of America, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert. Jan. 10-12 Pacific Symphony, pianist Gabriela Martinez. Jan. 12 Pacific Symphony, The Magic Flute. Jan. 15 Pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Jan. 17 Violinist Itzhak Perlman, In the Fiddler’s House. Jan. 20 L.A. Philharmonic, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Jan. 25 Branford Marsalis Quartet. Jan. 26 Broadway star Bernadette Peters. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Pacific Symphony, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. Feb. 3 Pacific Symphony, Scheherazade. Feb. 9 Pacific Symphony, Lunar New Year. Feb. 10 Taiko drumming troupe Kodo. Feb. 14 Vocalist Peter Cetera. Feb. 15-16 Pacific Symphony, saxophonist Kenny G. Feb. 21, 23, 26 Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale, Madame Butterfly. Feb. 28 Russian National Orchestra, pianist George Li. Samueli Theater Dec. 9 St. Lawrence String Quartet. Dec. 15 Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. Jan. 22 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s piano quartet. Feb. 7-9 Vocalist Steve Tyrell. Feb. 16-17 They Call Her Vivaldi. Feb. 24 Pianist Orli Shaham and friends, Bachanalia. Feb. 27 Cellist Johannes Moser and pianist Till Fellner. Feb. 28 Takács Quartet. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org Map J13 SOKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Dec. 2 Pianist Daniel Hsu. Dec. 9 Bagpiper Eric Rigler, guitarist Dirk Freymuth. Jan. 18 Harpist-guitarist Muriel Anderson. Jan. 20 Viano String Quartet. Jan. 27 Violinist Simone
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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS Porter, pianist Hsin-I Huang. Feb. 1 Firebird Balalaika Quintet. Feb. 8 Dalí Quartet, pianist Olga Kern. Feb. 10 Pacific Symphony, pianist Drew Petersen. Feb. 15 John Beasley and MONK’estra. Feb. 24 Pianist András Schiff. Soka University of America, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4278, soka.edu Map E6
SPORTS HONDA CENTER Dec. 5 Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks. Dec. 7 Ducks vs. Carolina Hurricanes. Dec. 9 Ducks vs. New Jersey Devils. Dec. 12 Ducks vs. Dallas Stars. Dec. 29 Ducks vs. Coyotes. Dec. 31 Ducks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning. Jan. 4 Ducks vs. Golden Knights. Jan. 6 Ducks vs. Oilers. Jan. 9 Ducks vs. Senators. Jan. 11 Ducks vs. Penguins. Jan. 23 Ducks vs. Blues. Feb. 7-10 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Feb. 13 Ducks vs. Canucks. Feb. 15 Ducks vs. Bruins. Feb. 17 Ducks vs. Capitals. Feb. 27 Ducks vs. Blackhawks. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com Map I11
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 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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CHRIST CATHEDRAL Architectural just-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 Mission Control; Helicopter Tour; Water Gallery; Science of Hockey. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $12.95-$17.95, under 3 free. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823 Map G13 DISNEYLAND The only theme park completed under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. Main Street looks back with Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln; Tomorrowland looks to the future with Star Wars—construction has begun on a Star Wars-themed land. 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 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 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, features more than 4,000 plant species set amid ponds and streams. Four main collections: Mediterranean, woodland, desert and cultivated. 8 am-4:30 pm. Free; $5 suggested donation. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407 Map A3
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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS 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
SAN DIEGO ZOO Four thousand animals, many rare and endangered, in state-of-the-art environments. $52; 3-11 $42; 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily; call for hours. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515 Map southeast of F6
KNOTT’S BERRY FARM More than 165 rides and attractions include premier collection of coasters such as 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
SANTA ANA ZOO Modest, idyllic zoo. Attractions include the Crean Family Farm and Zoofari Express Train Ride. Daily 10 am-4 pm. $7-$10, under 3 free. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.836.4000 Map H14 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. $83-$89, under 3 free. 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 800.257.4268 Map southeast of F6
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, Pure 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 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, 714.983.9120 Map A4 OCEAN INSTITUTE Aboard tall ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor. Tide-pool sessions; marine-mammal cruises; blue-whale safaris. Sa-Su 10 am-3 pm; tour Th-F 3:30 pm. $4.50-$6.50, under 3 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. 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 PACIFIC MARINE MAMMAL CENTER Injured sea mammals and pups are nursed back to health. Daily, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3050 Map G15 PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE Venue offering swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy, romance aboard Spanish galleon replica marks 10th anniversary. Call for hours. $36.95-$61.95, under 3 free. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497 Map G8 PRETEND CITY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Interactive miniature city for children, infant to 8 years old. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm; M 10 am-1 pm. $12.50, under 1 free. 29 Hubble, Irvine, 949.428.3900 Map D5 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. $48; children 3-11 $38; kids 2 and under free. Cars $10-15. Open daily, call for hours. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702 Map southeast of F6
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
HOLIDAYS WINTER FANTASY Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. 180 artists sell gifts on festival grounds; food, art classes, petting zoo. 10 am-7 pm. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, sawdustfestival.org Map G15 BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS Dec. 7-8, 14-15. Spectacular harbor parade of decorated vessels, this year themed “A Western Wonderland.” Dana Point Harbor, 949.923.2255, danapointharbor.org Map J16 O.C. BREW HO HO! Dec. 8. Craft beers, food trucks, unlimited 2-ounce pours. $65, designated drivers $20. Noon-4 pm. Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, 949.363.9960, ocbrewhoho.com Map I11 THE NUTCRACKER (above) Dec. 9-18. Toy soldiers, mice, snowflakes.... American Ballet Theatre’s production of the dreamlike adventure features 100 performers. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org Map J13 CRUISE OF LIGHTS Dec. 14-17, 20-23. Boat tours of harbor homes benefit Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Call for prices. 16889 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach, 714.840.7542, cruiseoflights.org Map C10 DISNEY ON ICE Dec. 19-23. Action-packed Dare to Dream showcases Disney characters from Tangled, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and Cinderella. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com Map I11 NEWPORT BEACH CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE Dec. 19-23. More than 100 decorated vessels cruise the harbor for the 110th annual event. Newport Harbor, 949.729.4400, christmasparadeboats.com Map N14 WINTER FEST O.C. Dec. 20-Jan. 6. Ice skating, Festival of Lights, play area with real snow, parade and nightly tree lighting ceremony with fireworks. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, winterfestoc.com Map K13 ORANGE BALL NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION Dec. 31. Countdown to Orange Ball drop with fireworks includes live bands. 6 pm-midnight. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, winterfestoc.com Map K13
SPACES New. Immersive virtual-reality experience Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future involves 3D face scan, sensors, PC “backpack” and elaborate goggles. Daily 10 am-9 pm. $30. Irvine Spectrum Center, 734 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.800.8306 Map D5 SKY HIGH SPORTS Fun center features 360 degrees of trampoline walls; free-bounce and dodgeball. $12 per hour. Call for hours. 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5867 Map J13 VANS SKATEPARK Skateboard mecca with Vans store adjacent. 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
MUSEUMS BOWERS KIDSEUM Ethnic arts and culture for children. Sa-Su 10 am-4 pm. $6, under 2 free. Through Feb. 18 Kings, Queens and Castles. 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600 Map G13 BOWERS MUSEUM World cultural arts and California exhibitions. Through Jan. 6 African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals & Ceremonies. Through Jan. 13 Knights in Armor. 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. 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 Jan. 6 Coney Island. Ongoing Leo Fender: Life and Legacy. Tu-W, F-Su noon-4 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $2-$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 American Illustrations: Children at Play. 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. Ongoing Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast. 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 Jan. 13 Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918. M-Tu, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th 11 am-9 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971 Map H15
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SHOPPING 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 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. $6-$9, under 3 free. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300 Map I17
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Hospitality Night December 7 visitlagunabeach.com
Driving Miss Daisy January 9-27 lagunaplayhouse.com
Laguna Beach Music Festival February 6-10 lagunabeachmusicfestival.com
Every first Friday in December, celebrate Hospitality Night in downtown Laguna Beach, along Forest Avenue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Festivities will begin in the Peppertree Parking Lot (located between Ocean and Forest) where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting ceremony at 6:10 p.m. Enjoy community bands, choirs, arts and crafts and live music in downtown Laguna Beach.
Sparks fly in Alfred Uhry’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prizewinning story about the decadeslong relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow South. Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early 70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, lifealtering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the annual multi-day celebration features outstanding classical and contemporary concerts in intimate spaces, community outreach programs and dynamic special events. The festival will feature pianist Joyce Yang as Festival Artistic Director, in collaboration with other artists.
MUZEO Intimate exhibition space on Center Street Promenade. Through Jan. 20 Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains. Ongoing Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936 Map H10 OCMAEXPANDS-SANTA ANA Interim quarters for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) until its new home is completed at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, 714.780.2130 Map J13 OLD ORANGE COUNTY COURTHOUSE Landmark restored in 1989 now houses historical exhibits, archives and a marriage license office. 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.973.6605 Map H13 A
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 Green-oriented enclave for outdoor enthusiasts includes eco store SEED People’s Market and dining options Taco Asylum, Ecco and Old Vine Cafe. 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
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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, 5pointsplaza.com 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, Gypsy Den. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661 Map J13
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NIGHTLIFE Foods Market, dining (the Winery, the Halal Guys) and curated dining and retail at Union Market (Hatch, Kettlebar, Portola Coffee, Central Bar). Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, Tustin, 714.259.9090 Map J14
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. newportbeachca.gov Map D3
DOWNTOWN DISNEY Twenty-acre complex adjacent to Disney theme parks includes Studio Disney 365, Catal restaurant, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and new Splitsville Luxury Lanes. 1510-1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800 Map I10
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
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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. Circle Hook and Malibu Farm eateries are new. 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 NEWPORT COAST SHOPPING CENTER Neighborhood center includes Blue Eyed Girl, Jeanni Champagne and Bellagio Spa & Salon. 21101-21185 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.3100 Map L17 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 Vans, Guess and new MadaLuxe Vault. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, outletsatsanclemente.com Map south of F6 PACIFIC CITY Center with beach views from every plaza, deck and patio. H&M, the Wearhouse, Francesca’s, West of Camden and Heirlooms & Hardware. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345 Map N9 THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO From Aveda to Z Gallerie: anchors Nordstrom and Macy’s plus Madewell; Pea in the Pod and the Melt. 555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1832 Map E6 SOUTH COAST COLLECTION Highlights include Design Within Reach midcentury showroom and Pirch for kitchen and bath. OC Mix features 30 vendors including the Mixing Glass for mixologists and Kestan boutique as well as unforgettable Taco María restaurant. 3303-3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa Map J12 SOUTH COAST PLAZA The Ultimate Shopping Experience recently marked its 50th anniversary. Boutiques include Stella McCartney, Dior Homme, new Givenchy, spectacularly redone Louis Vuitton. 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 House of Blues, Mission Escape Games, Go VR Gaming, Harley-Davidson, and Grasslands Meat Market, BBQ and Churrasco. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7410 Map I10 THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY Lifestyle destination offers impressively redone AMC theaters, Whole
ANAHEIM HILLS GOLF COURSE “The Hills.” 18 holes set amid vistas, valleys, streams, oaks and sycamores. M-Th $52, F $59, Sa-Su $70. Includes cart and GPS. Twilight rates available. 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 COYOTE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB Course designed by Cal Olson and PGA Tour legend Payne Stewart. Lighted driving range, chipping and sand play area. Call for rates. Includes cart and GPS system. 1440 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, 714.672.6800 Map A3 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. $290 daily. 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 877.735.4226 Map L17 RANCHO SAN JOAQUIN Scenic course offers big hilly greens with water on seven holes. Call for rates. 1 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, 949.786.5522 Map D4 STRAWBERRY FARMS GOLF CLUB Eighteen-hole course features rolling greens, barn, canyon, wetland vistas and O.C.’s longest hole. M-Th $110, F-Su $160. 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 $115, F $135, Sa-Su $165. Additional cart fee. 12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, 714.730.1611 Map C5
ACTIVE OUTDOORS AIR COMBAT USA Dogfight training in highperformance small planes. Instructors handle takeoff 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
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
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, theblindrabbit.com 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 HIVE & HONEY New. 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 Each night, two performers will play on baby grand pianos, with songs requested by the audience. Shows Th-Sa (nightly). The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.619.9850 Map K12
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THE TRIANGLE Keys on Main dueling pianos, Time nightclub, Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, Starlight Cinemas plus restaurants La Vida Cantina and Black Knight Gastro Lounge. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732 Map K12
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TOURS + TRANSPORT LOLA GASPAR Ever-hip bar and excellent kitchen in the heart of the Artist Village in downtown Santa Ana. 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 THE OBSERVATORY Live rock, alternative, jazz and blues lineup and food. More acts in the Constellation Room. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600 Map I15 OFFSHORE 9 New. O.C.’s highest coastal rooftop lounge. Waterfront Beach Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000 Map N9 ROOFTOP LOUNGE Sunset cocktails and panoramic coastal views atop La Casa del Camino hotel. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446 Map I15 SILVER TRUMPET BAR AND LOUNGE Super-stylish spot, ideal for pre- or post-theater cocktails. 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593 Map J13 SPLITSVILLE LUXURY LANES New. Twenty bowling lanes on two floors overlooking Downtown Disney; live music daily. 1530 S. Disneyland Dirve, Anaheim, 657.276.2440 Map I10
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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
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TIME NIGHTCLUB Club with cool decor, musical acts and big-name DJs. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103 Map K12 TOPSIDE ROOF DECK New. It’s “collared shirts preferred at the city’s only rooftop bar, atop the new beach-house-chic Lido House Hotel. 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.524.8500 Map N13 TREEHOUSE Stylish rooftop lounge atop Tanner’s restaurant has stylish cocktails to match, an elaborate tree sculpture and 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
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TOURS + TRANSPORT AMTRAK Train service to destinations throughout California daily. Stops in Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. 800.872.7245, amtrak.com ANAHEIM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION INTERMODAL CENTER (ARTIC) Spectacular architecture. Metrolink and Amtrak trains, OCTA buses, Anaheim Resort Transportation, shuttles, taxis and charter buses. There’s also an oyster bar. 1750 S. Douglass Road, Anaheim, 877.99.ARTIC, articinfo.com ANAHEIM RESORT TRANSPORTATION (ART) Shuttles cover 19 routes (Costa Mesa is new) with transfers to Disneyland, Anaheim GardenWalk and Anaheim Convention Center. Purchase passes online, at Amtrak station and at select hotels. 888.364.2787, rideart.org CAPTAIN DAVE’S DOLPHIN & WHALE SAFARI Catamaran with underwater viewing pod. Departures daily. Also, sunset safaris and occasional Catalina Island trips.$35-$59. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828 Map J16
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TOURS + TRANSPORT CATALINA EXPRESS Round trip to Catalina Island. 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, catalinainfo.com 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, citypass.com 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, 800.979.3370, danawharf.com Map K16 DAVEY’S LOCKER Whale-watching, deep-sea fishing, boat rentals, entertainment cruises. Charters half day, full day, overnight. Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 949.673.1434, daveyslocker.com Map N15 EXECUCAR Luxury service. Sedan and SUV, flat rates, special group services, frequent-flyer points and miles with select airlines. 800.410.4444, execucar.com 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, hornblower.com Map M13 JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT Gateway to O.C., superior to LAX in ambiance and ease of arrival/departure. Art exhibits. Free Wi-Fi. Ticket counters open at 5 am. 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949.252.5200, ocair.com 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. visitlagunabeach.com/trolley Map H15 METROLINK Train system connects to San Diego, L.A.; stops in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton and Buena Park. $10 weekend day pass (Sa-Su) for Metrolink rails and Southern California public transportation. 800.371.5465, metrolinktrains.com ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Budding international hub 40 miles northeast of John Wayne Airport and Disneyland. 2500 E. Airport Drive, Ontario, 909.544.5300, flyontario.com Map northeast of A6 RIVA DE BALBOA Classic wooden boats for rent near the Balboa Ferry. Food and drink from nearby restaurants delivered with prior notice. 504 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach, 949.202.6469, rivadebalboa.com Map N14
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Dramatic canyon views at Ben Brown’s Golf Course in Laguna Beach. p. 42 The bánh mì hot dog at Taps Brewery and Barrel Room in Tustin. p. 34 Immersive virtual reality at new Spaces at Irvine Spectrum Center. p. 40 The French butter tasting starter at Marché Moderne in Newport Coast. p. 28 Bali-made chain jewelry at John Hardy at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. 714.549.2356 The oval office at Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda. p. 40 The Ocean Institute aboard the tall ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor. p. 40
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Indoor climbing at Rockreation in Costa Mesa. p. 40 Classic Mahogonite boats for rent at Riva de Balboa on Balboa Island. p. 44 Drink your dinner! Beer ceviche at Puesto in Irvine. p. 32 Creative workshops—e.g., paper flowers—at M. Lovewell in Santa Ana. 657.245.3553 Foodie-friendly ice cream at new Salt & Straw at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. 714.855.4321 Made-to-order doughnuts at Duck Donuts, 5 Points Plaza in Huntington Beach. 714.375.5430 Vintage clothing at new 2nd Street at the Camp in Costa Mesa. 949.274.8585 Classic surfboards at Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. p. 40
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