Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in San Juan Capistrano

Ramos House Café

The best spot for breakfast or lunch in the Los Rios Historic District, this Old West–flavored, wood-built house from 1881 (with brick patio) does organically raised comfort food flavored with herbs grown onsite: bl…
Top Choice Seafood in Seal Beach

Walt’s Wharf

Everybody’s favorite for fresh fish (some drive in from LA), Walt’s packs them in on weekends. You can’t make reservations for dinner (though they’re accepted for lunch), but it’s worth the wait for the oak-fire-gri…
Top Choice American in Laguna Beach

Driftwood Kitchen

Ocean views and ridonkulous sunsets alone ought to be enough to bring folks in (at night they light up the ocean), but gourmet Driftwood steps up the food with seasonal menus centered around fresh, sustainable seafo…
Top Choice Mexican in Costa Mesa

Taco Mesa

Brightly painted in Mexican Day of the Dead art, this out-of-the-way stand is a local institution for fresh, healthy, sustainably farmed tacos of steak, beer-battered fish and more, with an awesome salsa bar. We lik…
Top Choice Food Hall in Huntington Beach

Lot 579

The food court at HB's stunning new ocean-view mall offers some unique and fun restaurants for pressed sandwiches (Burnt Crumbs – the spaghetti grilled cheese is so Instagrammable), Aussie meat pies (Pie Not), coffe…
Top Choice Seafood in Newport Beach

Bear Flag Fish Company

This is the place for generously sized, grilled and panko-breaded fish tacos, ahi burritos, spankin’ fresh ceviche and oysters. Pick out what you want from the ice-cold display cases, then grab a picnic-table seat. …
Top Choice Sushi in Seal Beach

Mahé

Raw-fish fans gather barside at this beach-chic sushi bar with live bands some nights in the back room. Baked scallop parmesan, ahi tataki wraps, and filet mignon with gorgonzola cream all hang out on the Cal-Japane…
Top Choice Mexican in San Juan Capistrano

El Campeon

For real-deal Mexican food, in a strip mall south of the Mission, try this multi-room restaurant, panadería (bakery) and mercado (grocery store). Look for tacos, tostadas and burritos in freshly made tortillas, poso…
Top Choice American in Sunset Beach

Harbor House Café

High-school skaters, 30-something beach bums and old-timers mix easily under ramshackle walls slathered with movie posters at this classic neon-lit roadside diner from 1939. The menu is long, portions huge and waits…
Top Choice Mexican in Huntington Beach

Sancho's Tacos

There's no shortage of taco stands in HB, but locals are fiercely dedicated to Sancho's, across from the beach. This two-room shack with patio grills flounder, shrimp and tri-tip to order. Trippy Mexican-meets-skate…