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Ricardo's Place - Sharing Authentic Mexican Cuisine is a Family Tradition

When Ricardo's Place Mexican Restaurant first opened in San Juan Capistrano residents took notice as a familiar building took on new life, colorful inviting décor and began to bustle with activity as customers discovered a local hot spot.

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Sarducci's Capistrano Depot - Enchanting Historic Train Station Restaurant is the Ultimate Recipe for Relaxation

Located in a Historic Brick domed train station along the Santa Fe line is one of the most memorable dining experiences one can have. While enjoying excellent selections from Sarducci's eclectic menu, guests enjoy the view of arriving trains through large arched windows and as they depart they reveal high chaparral with it's blend of cactus, Eucalyptus, and floral botanical gardens.

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Restaurants serving American Cuisine

California Grill
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove

Located in the Hyatt Regency Orange County, and close to Diisneyland, the California Grill offers an unsurpassed location for casual and private dining. Serving breakfast, including a Full-American breakfast buffet, and a wide variety of delicious meals for lunch and dinner every day. The flavors are fresh, the plates are cutting edge and the service is crisp!

Cannons Seafood Grill
34334 Street of the Golden Lantern
Dana Point Harbor

Cannons Seafood Grill has created a menu that is traditional in many aspects, but very bold in others. It is a balance between expected menu selections and cutting edge flavor profiles. In additon to their unmatched views of the Southern California coastline, Cannons proudly serves mouthwatering cuisine of seafood, steaks, salads and pasta. This is a must see one of a kind restaurant located on the cliff above Dana Point Harbor.

Orange County Mining Co.
1000 Crawford Canyon Rd.
City of Orange
714-997-7411

This Rustic Restaurant on the hill in Orange County is a unique place to enjoy the beauty of Orange County with friends and family. Serving seafood, barbeque, lobster, pasta, steak and a variety of other dishes inspired from cultures around the world, they leave no one out! This view restaurant in Orange County is truly a destination with a dining room that has "floor to ceiling picture windows" offering fabulous views of the OC and a saloon that will take you back to the mining era. Open for dinner year round, happy hour in the lounge and champagne brunch on Sundays.

San Juan Hills Bar & Grill

San Juan Capistrano's newest restaurant featuring the best Breakfast and Lunch in town. Offering 13 flat screen televisions and a full Bar. Located at OC's favorite golf course and open every day.

949-493-1167

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa Vue Restaurant and OverVue Lounge
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Vue Restaurant offers exceptional California cuisine including the freshest meats and seafood. Their diverse menu and rich and varied wine list add to an elegant yet casual atmosphere to complete your dining experience. The OverVue Lounge offers a warm and friendly ambiance as you relax looking out across the lawn to an endless stretch of blue Pacific.

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Breakfast Spots

California Grill
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove

Located in the Hyatt Regency Orange County, and close to Disneyland, the California Grill offers an unsurpassed location for casual and private dining. Serving breakfast daily which includes a Full-American breakfast buffet and Starbucks™ Table-Side French Press service.

Proud Mary's Restaurant & Lounge
34689 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA

Sporting a Jimmy Buffett atmosphere with a harbor view, Proud Mary's offers a tasty breakfast and lunch menu that will help you achieve that island escape feeling. Their cozy lounge with a view is also a great stop for a glass of quality wine or perfectly mixed cocktail. Open daily for breakfast and lunch with indoor or patio seating.

Sarducci's Capistrano Depot
26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

Known for its courtyard patio dining, you can take in the beauty of Old San Juan while listening to the soothing fountain and enjoying the tastes that made Sarducci's famous. Overlooks Orange County's most beautiful train station. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

See our featured article about Sarducci's

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Bistros, Cafés & Continental Cuisine

Balboa Bay Club & Resorts - First Cabin
1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach

The First Cabin restaurant is the chic destination to dine in Newport Beach. The casually elegant restaurant showcases views of the yacht-filled harbor. Alfresco seating, cozy banquettes and an adjoining bar fashioned in rich mahogany complete the experience.

L'Hirondelle
31631 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

French and Belgium Cuisine in a lovely French Country atmosphere. For over 21 years, "a little bite of Belgium in San Juan Capistrano". Patio dining available, in view of the Mission.

Lulu's Creperie Cafe
24781 Alicia Pkwy Suite E
Laguna Hills

Dining at Lulu's is like being in the French country side. Indoors or out on the lovely patio is truly a French experience. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the prices are right. At Lulu's, each patron is greeted as you would an old friend. This is a real treasure of a restaurant. Serving such classics as quiche, crepes and escargots to croque monsieurs, French onion soup and eggs Florentine.

NYC Cafe & Catering
31888 Plaza Street, Suite #C-3
San Juan Capistrano

Breathtaking Italian dishes and healthy Mediterranean food at affordable prices. At NYC Cafe, we believe in providing food that tastes and qualifies as a gourmet meal without charging a ridiculous amount. We prepare our sauces, pizzas, calzones, lasagnas, and sandwiches all from scratch with fresh ingredients which we purchase from a local farm. Our bread is freshly baked every morning. Every menu item is made to order. Not only do we put our love into our food, but we value our patrons. After all, it is you that keep our doors open. Therefore we do appreciate your business and we welcome you to our family.

Sarducci's Capistrano Depot
26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

Known for its courtyard patio dining, you can take in the beauty of Old San Juan while listening to the soothing fountain and enjoying the tastes that made Sarducci's famous. Overlooks Orange County's most beautiful train station. Wi-Fi Sky-Fi Wireless Computer Access Available

See our featured article about Sarducci's

Tresca -
Doubletree Doheny Beach
34402 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point

Tresca offers an enticing selection of superb entrees from our colorful exhibition kitchen. Try their award winning Mediterranean clam chowder, a variety of gourmet wood fired pizzas, Spanish paella or one of our other unique entrees. Their decadent dessert tray offers a choice of chocolate mousse, walnut bread pudding or a lovely apple tart.

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French Cuisine

Lulu's Creperie Cafe
24781 Alicia Pkwy Suite E
Laguna Hills

Dining at Lulu's is like being in the French country side. Indoors or out on the lovely patio is truly a French experience. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the prices are right. At Lulu's, each patron is greeted as you would an old friend. This is a real treasure of a restaurant. Serving such classics as quiche, crepes and escargots to croque monsieurs, French onion soup and eggs Florentine.

Pinot Provence at Westin South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa

Voted "Best French Restaurant in Orange County" by MyFoxLA.com, Pinot Provence brings all the warmth and rustic charm of Southern France to Costa Mesa's ultra-stylish Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel. Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is served in this rustic yet elegant environment. Guests are lavished with the finest culinary delicacies showcasing seasonal ingredients, classic and contemporary favorites, and an award-winning wine list. Easy, elegant service makes events and celebrations a breeze.

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German Food

Old World German Restaurant
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Like visiting Europe with out leaving California, Old World is built in the image of a Bavarian Town complete with Restaurants, European Bakeries, Deli’s and a Market selling all of your hard to find European products. Their restaurant, open Tuesday through Sunday, specializes in German Food such as Sauerbraten, Marinated Braised Beef in Burgundy wine, Bratwurst served with authentic home made German potato salad & sauerkraut. Enjoy our various German Schnitzels, Wienerschnitzel (veal), Jaeger Schnitzel (pork) or a Truthahnschnitzel (turkey).

Loreley Restaurant at the Phoenix Club
1340 S. Sanderson Ave.
Anaheim

Serving original German cuisine, the Loreley Restaurant features such menu items as Sauerbraten and Gefüllte Rindsroulade as well as fine steaks and seafood, complemented by your choice of fine wines or Germany's favorite beers in bottles or on tap.

Open for Dinner Friday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

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Island Cuisine

Don The Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA

Upon entering the main dining rooms at Don the Beachcomber, you will find yourself whisked away to a Polynesian paradise. Their dinner menu is straight from the islands of the Pacific, including authentic dishes such as Kahlua Pulled Pork, Ahi Poke Tacos, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Sol Restaurant
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach

South Orange County's newest culinary sensation. Featuring World Island cuisine from the Caribbean, South Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico. Sol is smartly presented in a fusion of rattans, golds, and greens and features indoor and outdoor dining so guests can take advantage of our constant and always-shining California sun.

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Italian Dining

Ciao Pasta
31661 Camino Capistrano
San Juan
Capistrano

One of Orange County's favorite Italian Restaurants! Located across the street from Mission San Juan Capistrano, patrons can enjoy the downtown atmosphere while dining on incredible authentic pasta creations, meat and fish dishes and delectable desserts. Ciao Pasta is owned by Chef Pasquale Manta who trained in his native Southern Italy at the age of 20. Indoor and outdoor patio dining with a full bar and extended wine list.

Gracios American Grill
131 S Kraemer Blvd B5
Brea

Featuring Italian and American cuisine serving lunch and dinner daily. This newly rennovated neighborhood restaurant has been revamped with an industrial environment reminiscent of an artist’s loft. Specializing in savory steaks, pastas (gluten-free selections available!), pizzas and imaginative salads and sides.

Take out service provided & catering for private events.

Romeo Cucina
Ristorante Italiano & Bar

Two locations:
249 Broadway, Laguna Beach

28241 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel

The Romeo brothers and sisters brings us a rich flavorful tradition of authentic Italian cuisine. "Our Goal is to combine ancient skills with a modern touch of creativity and artistry"

The interior of this warm personable restaurant reflects the artistry of the cuisine. The chefs will entice you with delicious pastas, brick-oven baked pizza, a large variety of fresh fish and grilled meats, along with daily specials that only Romeo's can create.

San Giovanni Ristorante
31931 Dove Canyon Drive
Dove Canyon

Serving authentic Italian Cuisine in beautiful Dove Canyon located in the center of South Orange County with spacious indoor dining and patio dining in view of Saddleback Mountain.

Sarducci's Capistrano Depot
26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

Known for its courtyard patio dining, you can take in the beauty of Old San Juan while listening to the soothing fountain and enjoying the tastes that made Sarducci's famous. Overlooks Orange County's most beautiful train station. Wi-Fi Sky-Fi Wireless Computer Access Available

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Mexican Cuisine

El Adobe
Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

The Romance of Old San Juan lives on at Historic El Adobe. Designated a Historical Landmark, El Adobe is steeped in regional history. Dating back to 1778 as one of the Yorba Adobes, it is currently considered on of Orange County's most prestigious and well-respected dining and banquet facilities. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily.

La Cocina de Ricardo
23532 El Toro Rd., #11
Lake Forest

Outstanding Authentic Mexican food served in a festive and friendly atmosphere. The success of La Cocina de Ricardo is dedicated to the family tradition of excellence that began with Grandma Juana in Mixtlán Jalisco, México.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

La Cocina de Ricardo
401 South El Camino Real
San Clemente

Outstanding Authentic Mexican food served in a festive and friendly atmosphere. Their food is prepared with fresh ingredients and free of preservatives - just as nature intended it to be.

Open 7 days a week and located near downtown San Clemente.

Las Brisas
361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach

Enjoy one of the most spectacular views in Orange County while dining on authentic Mexican cuisine here on the California Riviera! Las Brisas' presentations are simply beautiful and include mesquite-broiled New York steak, bouillabaisse with a half-lobster tail and much more. The open-air patio is also a popular spot for watching both the waves and people on sunny days.

Moreno's Restaurant
4328 East Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA

Moreno's has been a staple in the city of Orange for almost 40 years. Serving delicious and traditional Mexican food, diners can enjoy the festive atmosphere with Moreno's strolling Mariachi’s and flavorful Margaritas. With a choice of indoor dining or their shaded patio, this is the perfect place to come for that romantic evening get away or festive gathering with family and friends.

Ricardo's Place
Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

Opening their first restaurant in the middle 1980's, Ricardo's Place maintains a tradition of thoughtfully prepared recipes passed down through generations of family members. Offering the best, healthiest and most affordable Mexican food around.

Catering, food to go and banquet facilities also available.

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Seafood

Cannons Seafood Grill
34334 Street of the Golden Lantern
Dana Point Harbor

For over 30 years, Cannons Seafood Grill has been the destination for guests who are seeking marvelous food, wonderful service and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. The menu features fresh fish, fine seafood and choice beef. It is a mixture of the traditional coupled with very creative choices of the pacific rim.

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Steak

ENOSteak
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point

This wine tasting room, located inside the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel is truly a luxurious alternative to traditional Southern California wine clubs and bars. Select from up to 500 varieties of wine in 1,500 bottles. Enjoy their rotating selection of 50 cheeses … served with freshly baked breads, Spanish Marcona almonds, and olives tossed in olive oil and rosemary. Or delight in their acclaimed collection of hand-crafted chocolates. Ideal for romantic evenings for two or larger California wine tasting events.

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Tea Houses

The Tea House On Los Rios
31731 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano

"Building relationships one cup at a time." Come experience the beautiful Tea House on Los Rios in one of California's most unique and historic neighborhoods. Their handmade scones, loose teas and entrées are delicious and highly acclaimed. Specializing in special events- Baby and Bridal Showers, Garden Weddings, Birthday and Anniversary Parties.

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Resort Dining

ENOSteak
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point

enoSTEAK is an intimate steakhouse featuring only the highest quality ingredients. All the steaks are from prime and grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. The organic produce is grown locally and harvested at the peak of the season. enoSTEAK also highlights artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and a large selection of fine wines.

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 South Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach

For fine dining in Orange County, there is no better location than the gourmet restaurants located at Montage Laguna Beach. For casual dining, The Loft features a light and airy décor with a bistro-style bar. Or visit The Studio, where Chef James Boyce’s refined and inventive menu reflects masterful attention to detail accented with an elegant, creative touch.

St. Regis Resort
One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point

Situated high on a bluff overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, stands St. Regis Resort offering six spectacular ocean-view restaurants which provide dedicated service and delectable cuisine to please every guest’s palate. From Michael Mina's acclaimed Stonehill Tavern, a Mobil-rated, Four Star restaurant to the Lobby Lounge with its signature cocktails and light fare where guests can enjoy live entertainment.

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Sunday Brunch

Orange County Mining Co.
Orange
9:30 am - 3 pm

Sunday Brunch in Orange County is a wonderful way to enjoy your weekend. At our View Restaurant, Sunday Brunch is always accompanied by champagne, rustic favorites, spectacular views and unique atmosphere. Our elaborate brunch menu includes-but is certainly not limited to-traditional breakfast foods and lunch favorites like barbeque, prime rib, teriyaki chicken and fresh fish selections. You can also choose to view sporting events in the bar or enjoy your Sunday Brunch on the Terrace. With enough variety to satisfy every appetite from the kids to the adults, this is one Sunday Brunch you'll keep coming back to!

LOCATION:
1000 Crawford Canyon Rd.
City of Orange

INFORMATION:
714-997-7411
(Discount $5/each adult seated before 10 am. Additional Sunday Brunch Coupons on Website)

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Dinner Cruises

Cruise Newport Beach
Sunset Cruise Newport Beach -
Live Latin Music Two Cruises To Choose From Nightly

Dine at the legendary Harborside Pavilion on beautiful Newport Bay. Before or after dining at the Pavilion join us on one of our two evening cruises leaving from the Pavilion. Choose from our Fiesta Newport Beach Cruise with live Latin music complimentary chips and salsa, and a unlimited drink special of only $15 (icy legendary Newport Beach margarita is highly recommended) ! Or our Newport Beach Sunset Cruise with beautiful sunsets, live Spanish music, complimentary chips and fresh salsa, and of course the unlimited drink special of $15! Both cruises are 1 ½ hours and tour Newport Bay as well as the famous Newport Beach coastline. Featured artists both recognized and undiscovered in a venue unique to Orange County. Cruise price only $25

LOCATION:
Newport Landing/Newport Bay
309 Palm Street Suite A, Newport Beach

BOOK ONLINE OR CALL: 949-675-0551

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Dinner Theater

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
America's Largest Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Our immensely popular shows are set in the present day. Unlike other scripted murder mystery dinner shows with obvious actors, hokey scripts and stilted dialogue, The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show is always on point, funny and unpredictable. Ticket includes a four course meal, award winning show, wait staff gratuity, drinks, prizes and so much more.

Located in Orange

Merlin's Magic Dinner Theater
2710 E. Chapman Ave.
City of Orange

The Merlin's Magic Dinner Theater is presented weekends and selected holidays at the Rib Trader Restaurant of Orange. Reservation are required. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal by the costumed characters from the show, while Merlin the Magician does everything from sleight of hand magic to grand illusion.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
World’s Most Interactive Dinner Show

Marvel at an astonishing display of special-effects wizardry, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels, while dining on fine grub and grog, at Pirate's Dinner Adventure. Sail the high seas with Captain Sebastian the Black and his crew; in this classic tale of good vs. evil which offers the perfect blend of action, comedy and romance, along with the opportunity for you to interact with the story. Join us for our special Halloween and Christmas shows, as well!

Located in Buena Park

Sarducci's Capistrano Depot
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
San Juan Capistrano

The perfect location for a murder mystery in the historic train depot in San Juan Capistrano! Held on Sundays (check website for dates) your Murder Mystery admission includes: Interrogation Champagne Reception, Salad, Sourdough Bread, your choice from four entrees, Dessert & Coffee or Tea. Full bar is also available. Call for Reservations.

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- Dining at Home -

 

Private Chef Services & Gourmet Meals at Home

Jeff the Silent Chef
Full Service Catering, Extraordinary Cuisine, Service & Value!!

For your next dinner party or date night, consider hiring Silent Chef Jeff, an old pro at effortlessly executing exquisite formal, seated dinners. Or try his gourmet Oven-to-Table Dinners where you can enjoy a delicious and elegant meal prepared and assembled by a professional chef, delivered on beautiful stoneware that goes straight from your oven to your table in less than an hour. Our food speaks for itself!

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Food Trade Consultants
Start you own food business!

Do you have a secret recipe or food idea? FTC provides newcomers to the commercial food manufacturing business with a crash course in the basics. We will take you step-by-step through the process and show you how to get your stovetop recipe converted into a certified, FDA compliant, commercial manufacturer's formula, into production, packaged and ready for sale to the mass market.

949-584-2079

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Restaurants that Provide Catering

Romeo Cucina
Ristorante Italiano & Bar

Two locations:
249 Broadway, Laguna Beach

28241 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel

The Romeo Brothers and Sisters bring us a rich, flavorful tradition of 'home country' cooking from a small town in southern Italy. Wonderful antipastas, pasta dishes, pizzas, seafood entrees and dolci.

Catering services available for all occasions!

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