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What to Try For O.C. Restaurant Week

O.C. Restaurant Week returns from March 8-14, offering you multiple-choice tasting menus at more than 100 Orange County restaurants, typically at a bit of a discount.

As there are so many choices to pick from, we decided to unscramble the options for you, breaking down some of the better places and their most intriguing dish selections by city, price point, lunch or dinner.

We hope you find it helpful as you navigate the event and try something or someplace new. Or just return to an old favorite to have at it. Aaaaaaand go!!


$25 Lunch

Naples Ristorante: Roasted mushroom bruschetta, rigatoni di mais with sausage ragout, cannolo Siciliano ($25)

Uva Bar & Grill: Pulled pork arepas, carne asada burger, chocolate peanut butter cheesecake cup ($25)

$50 Dinner

Catal: Ahi bruschetta, paella, triple chocolate mousse cake ($50)

Steakhouse 55: Tomato-coconut bisque, slow-roasted 10 oz. prime rib, chocolate pot de crème ($50)


$15-$25 Lunch

D'Vine: Lentil soup, kefta kebab, baklava ($20)

Gyu Kaku: Sushi with fried cheese wontons, hanger steak with toro beef and Umakra ribeye ($20)

$30-$50 Dinner

Bruno's Italian Kitchen: Slow braised meatballs, bucatini with wild boar, caramel budino ($30)

Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen: Pozole verde, wood-oven carnitas, tres leches cake ($30)

Old Brea Chop House: Bacon steak, skirt steak, creamed spinach, sticky toffee pudding ($50)

Corona del Mar

$10-$15 Lunch

Summer House: Chicken and vegetable pot stickers, Brie burger, lemon and cream cake ($15)

Tackle Box: Chicken parm burger, Buffalo cauliflower, Jones draft soda included ($10)

$50 Dinner

Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens: "Laughing Bird" shrimp ceviche, roast asparagus and burrata cheese, grilled Prime hanger steak and black truffle cream, strawberry shortcake ($50)

Five Crowns: Potato leek soup, pork Wellington, CC Brown's hot fudge sundae ($50)

Costa Mesa

$10-$25 Lunch

Descanso: Fideo soup, al pastor alambre ($15)

Vitaly: Handmade fettuccine, gnocchi and trofie, Italian mixed salad, gelato ($20)

Seasons 52: Field greens, wood-grilled rainbow trout, dessert ($20)

Playa Mesa: Mini ceviche pescado, short rib birria enchilada, paleta of the day ($20)

Wild Goose Tavern: Beer-battered white truffle fries, smoked IPA sausage ($10)

$20-$80 Dinner

Café Sevilla (opening March 5): Albondigas al Jerez, brandy-flambéed sausages, short rib coca flatbread, paella Valenciana, almond tarta de Santiago ($40)

Casablanca the Restaurant: Harira soup, honey lamb tagine, Algerian baklava ($20)

Hana r'e: A 5-course tasting menu featuring ocean trout sashimi, black cod, roasted duck and assorted nigiri sushi ($80)

Newport Rib Company: 1/4 onion brick, baby back ribs, peanut butter ice cream pie ($30)

Social: Chicken tinga empanadas, Wagyu tri-tip, white chocolate mousse ($40)


$20-$25 Lunch

D'Vine: Lentil soup, kefta kebab, baklava ($20)

Matador Cantina: Pho-sole (a pho/pozole hybrid), Michelada seafood linguini, Chambord flan ($20)

$50 Dinner

Summit House Restaurant: Summit House salad with hydroponically grown "living" Boston lettuce, "Stock Yards of Chicago" roast prime ribs of beef or double rib pork chop with porcini rub, rum-and0brandy-soaked British trifle ($50) The Bronze Quail: Charcuterie flatbread with coppa, prosciutto, bresaola and goat cheese, merguez sausage with olives and fig, seared diver scallops with chai apple puree, cinnamon roll with sea salt ice cream, plus one beer or wine included ($50)

Huntington Beach

$10-$15 Lunch

Backhouse: Pork Belly over Rice ($15)

Slater's 50/50: The 50/50 burger, a beef-and0bacon blend with Sriracha bacon, pepper jack cheese, mushrooms and charred yellow onion, with fries ($10)

$40-$50 Dinner

Bluegold: Steak tartare with crispy beef brisket, Maine lobster and sweet white corn, with a surprise dessert ($50)

Pacific Hideaway: Lao sausage spring roll, braised coffee-rubbed short rib, white chocolate banana bread pudding ($40)


$15-25 Lunch

Angelina's Pizzeria Napoletana: Caprese, fettuccine all’ossobuco, affogato ($25)

Eats Kitchen & Bar: Grilled Castroville artichoke, Eats burger, butterscotch pot de crème ($15)

O Fine Japanese Restaurant: 12-piece sushi, blue crab handroll ($25) Puesto Park Place and Puesto Los Olivos: Nogada guacamole with candied walnuts, carnitas tacos, frozen horchata ($15)

$30-$50 Dinner

Agora Churrascaria: An all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue feast with feijoada, salmon, ribs, lamb chops and much more, all at a slight discount ($50)

Davio's Northern Italian: Tuna carpaccio with yucca chips, pan-seared branzino, caramel budino ($50)

EMC Seafood: Seafood stew, grilled oyster, uni pasta, crème brulee ($50)


$15-$20 Lunch

Chela's: The wet & spicy taco, rolled chicken taquitos, "El Macho" nachos with steak and chicken, cinnamon chips and one included beer or soft drink ($20) Hendrix: Panzanella salad, rotisserie ½ lemon-garlic chicken, salted caramel toffee cake ($20)

$40-$50 Dinner

Fishbone Kitchen: The "flaming pig," Spanish octopus, chocolate peanut butter torte with Maker's Mark anglaise ($50)

Ironwood: Meyer lemon & honey duck wings, Zinfandel-braised Napa lamb shank, oatmeal raisin cookie crumble ($50)

Starfish: Soft shell crab banh mi sliders, baby back rib combination, mini chocolate chip bread pudding ($40)


$20 Lunch

Prime Cut Café: New England smoked clam chowder, Prime Cut cheeseburger, chocolate ganache cake ($20)

$50 Dinner

Orange Hill: Crispy brussels sprouts with corned beef and whole grain beer mustard, Snake River Farms Zabuton steak, sticky toffee pudding ($50)


$15-$25 Lunch

A&O Kitchen: Patatas bravas and fried chicken sandwich ($20)

Bluefin by Chef Abe: Green mussel with salsa, chef's assorted sushi and banana tempura a la mode ($25)

Canaletto: Zuppa di legumi, bigoli alla padavana or pizza mortadella e pistachio, affogato with grappa-raisin gelato ($25)

Fable & Spirit: Beet agnolotti, cracked pepper bucatini with Manila clams and smoked cured egg yolk ($25)

Fly & Fish: New England clam chowder, macadamia-crusted sand dabs ($20) Lido Bottle Works: Hummus with charred artichoke, LBW burger, housemade ice cream ($25)

Sushi Roku: Avocado hanabi, 6-piece sushi assortment and handroll, mix mocha ice cream ($25)

$40-$50 Dinner

Bayside: Kurobuta pork chop with bacon mashed potatoes and chipotle "C1" sauce ($40)

Bluewater Grill: Clam chowder, prime top sirloin or S.F. cioppino, and cinnamon chocolate bread pudding ($40)

Bosscat Kitchen: Thick-cut maple bacon, bourbon butternut squash bisque, beef wellington or 24K fried chicken and buttermilk crack pie with fresh berries ($40)

Eddie V's Prime Seafood: Crispy salt & pepper shrimp, 8oz. center cut filet mignon or rye whiskey-glazed Norwegian salmon, butterscotch panna cotta ($50)

Lighthouse Restaurant: Clam chowder, whole 1 ½ -lb. Maine lobster, cinnamon sugar beignets ($40)

Olea Cellar Craft Cook: Meyer lemon & honey duck wings, Zinfandel-braised Napa lamb shank, oatmeal raisin cookie crumble ($50)

Provenance: Grandma’s Italian wedding soup, rib eye steak pizzaiola or short rib pappardelle, mini apple pie a la mode "on the beach" ($40)

Santa Ana

$15-$20 Lunch

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar: Shrimp lumpia, pork cheek adobo, chocolate fondant ($20)

$30 dinner

Chapter One: The Modern Local: Brussels sprouts with crispy pork belly, the American burger with 72-hour brined pork belly, monkey balls with bourbon caramel (and no pork belly) ($30)


$20-$25 Lunch

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar: House salad, coq au vin, Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulee with chocolate fleur de sel cookie ($25)

The Yellow Chili: Creamy chicken tikka, paneer cheese saagwala, red wine gulab jamun, Masala mint cooler and garlic naan also included ($20)

20-$50 Dinner

Luna Rossa Ristorante: Eggplant parmagiana, spaghetti pescatora all'arrabbiatta with shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari, mini strawberry and Chambord tiramisu ($40)

RA Sushi: Maki rolls, black pepper-grilled sirloin, mocha trio ($30)

Utopia European Caffe: Kibbeh, Turkish dumplings or fettucine cacio e pepe, cake ($20)

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