Orange County became the latest and one of the largest counties in Southern California to reopen restaurants for dine-in services — whether or not hospitality workers and diners are ready. Though most restaurants will likely continue with takeout and delivery, many establishments that have met public health requirements are welcoming patrons back into their dining rooms throughout the county.
Eater LA is tracking Orange County restaurants that have reopened for dine-in service. Please contact restaurants directly to confirm hours of operations. As many restaurants have opened at this point across the county, almost too many to list here, it’s best to check your local favorites to see if their dining rooms are up and running again.
Mastro’s and its family of restaurants (Bubba Gump Shrimp, McCormick & Schmick’s, etc.) has reopened multiple locations across greater Orange County.
Solita Tacos is open and serving margaritas and tacos in Huntington Beach.
Brodard Chateau is offering sit-down Vietnamese fare in busy Garden Grove.
Selanne Steak Tavern, the white tablecloth restaurant in Laguna Beach, has reopened for traditional sit-down service.
Zinque is doing pan-Mediterranean fare at the waterside Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach.
Park Ave. Dining is open once again in Stanton for American comfort food with lots of seats on the patio.
Il Garage does Italian al fresco dining in the west Orange County city of Stanton.
Arc Food Libations in Costa Mesa reopens May 27 with the usual wood-fired fare available for dine-in service.
Social Costa Mesa reopens May 27 while continuing to offer to-go cocktails and curbside pickup.
Old Brea Chophouse has reopened for steak and old-school vibes in Brea.
Wood Ranch has reopened its multiple barbecue-focused restaurant locations across Orange County.
Nomads Canteen, one of the first Orange County restaurants to defy closure orders, has formally reopened for service in San Clemente.
Las Brisas is doing Mexican food, margaritas, and ocean views in Laguna Beach.
The Filling Station and its large patio are up and running in Orange, even without local Chapman students around to dine on the American breakfast and lunch fare.
Pandor Bakery (all locations) reopens for service with coffee, croissants, and a variety of other baked goods across Orange County.
Eddie V’s is doing steaks and seafood by the water once again in Newport Beach.
Red O is opening this week in Newport Beach for all things modern Mexican from chef Rick Bayless.
The Anaheim White House is open and leaning into smaller dining rooms with its many private rooms and large patio.
The Rusty Pelican is returning to life in Newport Beach this week with seaside views and lots of beer.
LSXO and Bluegold have both reopened for in-restaurant dining and drinking in Huntington Beach.
As of May 28
Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria in Ladera Ranch offers pizzas, pastas, gourmet salads, panini sandwiches and a very large selection of beer and wine. Offering dine-in services and outdoor patio seating.
BLK Burgrz is a Ladera Ranch restaurant that features a contemporary American menu with American Wagyu and Kobe beef burgers and more. Offering dine-in and outdoor patio seating.
Pino’s Cucina in Ladera Ranch offering homemade Italian cuisine. Dine-in services with outdoor patio seating.
PokeBowlz in Ladera Ranch serves poke bowls and poke burritos, offering dine-in services and outdoor patio seating in the common area.
The Ranch Sports Grill offers American style food and great drink selection in Ladera Ranch. Offering dine-in services and outdoor patio seating
King’s Fish House opens its Orange County locations once again for service on Thursday, May 28.
Cappy’s Cafe is open again in Newport Beach. The nearly 40-year-old diner will offer breakfast as well as cocktails in the open parking lot.
The Ranch Sports Grill is offering American style food and great drink selection in Ladera Ranch. Offering dine-in services and outdoor patio seating.
Harvest restaurant at the Ranch Laguna Beach is once again open for service, along with the cafe also located on the beachside property.
Goldenwest has reopened all of its diner locations across Orange County, turning out reliable breakfast and lunch plates in places like Westminster and Anaheim.
Sapphire in Laguna Beach has reopened. The legendary restaurant underwent a recent ownership change but is now back up and running doing wine country cuisine from across California.
The Cut in Irvine is once again doing comfort food fare, from brunch-y staples like waffle sandwiches to fried chicken and more.
Akafuji in La Habra has reopened its patio, and is implementing new safety precautions inside as well. The Japanese hand roll bar is up and running now.
Hot Pot City does Vietnamese-style hot pot and meaty barbecue dishes in Westminster, and is now open again for dine-in service.
Seabirds, the small California chain with a vegan bent, reopens June 1 in Costa Mesa.
Off the Hook, the more upscale and modern approach to dining found at the Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos, is now open again for seafood and cocktails.
Capital Noodle Bar will reopen all of its Orange County locations for dine-in service as of June 1. The parent company is also reopening Capital Seafood on June 8 at Irvine Spectrum.
Haus of Pizza in Costa Mesa is once again open for dine-in service. The family-friendly restaurant offers a variety of Italian dishes and craft beers.
Olamendi’s, the Dana Point Mexican food staple, has reopened right across from the water with a full slate of family Mexican fare and a full bar.
Nick’s, the upscale casual American chain with locations across Southern California, has reopened its dining room doors in Laguna Beach and San Clemente.
Woody’s Diner, the decades-old restaurant micro-chain with locations in Huntington Beach and Orange, has reopened for in-restaurant dining.
Blackboard Bistro, the charming former schoolhouse known for its all-day American fare, has reopened in Seal Beach.
Friends Cafe in Tustin is open once again. The pared-down casual cafe keeps daily hours starting at 7:30 a.m.
320 Main is open once again in Seal Beach. The steak and cocktail spot from chef/owner Jimmy Mercurio is keeping evening hours, Wednesday through Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kabob Republic is open again in Costa Mesa, offering a variety of Mediterranean dishes including doner kabob.
Seafood Paradise in Westminster is open for in-restaurant dining once again, doing a variety of dim sum specialities.
Rothchild’s is a Corona del Mar classic. The Newport Beach staple has been doing Continental cuisine near the coast for more than 30 years.
Muldoon’s Irish Pub returns to drinking and dining in Newport Beach this week, having been the place for a party since 1974.
Sol Cocina in Newport Beach and Solita in Huntington Beach are now open, doing casual Mexican fare alongside cold beer.
Urban Plates has reopened multiple fast casual locations across Orange County, from Irvine to Brea and beyond.
Lumberyard Laguna Beach and across-the-street sister restaurant Slice have both reopened in Laguna Beach, offering casual American fare and pizza with beer, respectively.
Haute Cakes Caffe, the casual Newport Beach breakfast and lunch cafe, has officially reopened its doors for in-restaurant dining.
Mahe in Seal Beach does everything from steaks and seafood to cocktails and wine, and is now open once again.
O’Malley’s is a classic Irish pub in the middle of Seal Beach, and has now reopened for dine-in services.
The Phoenix Club is a German restaurant and catering outfit in Anaheim. Their newly reopened patio dining is available today.
Hue Oi Vietnamese Cuisine is open once again in Fountain Valley for quality Vietnamese fare. The group’s Redondo Beach restaurant remains closed for dining in.
Reunion Kitchen & Drink is open for classic upscale American fare in Anaheim Hills, including cocktails and burgers.
Puesto, the San Diego restaurant empire offshoot in Irvine, is open once again for tacos, cocktails, and a variety of modern Mexican fare.
Malibu Farm, the upscale casual California waterside eatery, has reopened in Newport Beach’s busy Lido Marina Village.
Brick is reopening in San Clemente. The restaurant focuses on Italian fare with a rustic touch.
El Cholo, the timelss Mexican restaurant with roots in Los Angeles, is opening all of its Orange County locations for dine-in service immediately.
The Cannery, on the water in Newport Beach, is reopening for dine-in services with its usual variety of Pacific-focused seafood dishes.
Louie’s By The Bay, the new upscale Italian restaurant right on the water from chef Piero Selvaggio, has reopened in Newport Beach.
Nova Kitchen in Garden Grove is open once again, offering cocktails, a happy hour, and a wide menu of basics.
Phans 55 Bistro and Bar is now open for dining in at all Orange County locations.
Luxe Restaurant and World Famous Martini Bar is a Dana Point white tablecloth classic for Italian dishes, steaks, cocktails, and more.
Los Cabos Sports Bar & Grill does standard pub fare like burgers, salads and beer once again in Lake Forest.
The Pub in Lake Forest is open again for dine-in services, offering pizza, beer, and more.
King’s Pancakes does American staples once again inside its dining room in Garden Grove.
Buddha’s Favorite is open again for sushi in Newport Beach, complete with ample patio seating.
These restaurants plan to open within the coming days and weeks:
The Winery has installed a variety of updated employee and customer protection measures for its dining rooms, and will reopen all locations on Friday, May 29.
Glasspar will once again offer classic American seafood in Dana Point starting May 29.
Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine reopens for cocktails and classic California fare in Irvine this week.
Oak, the wood-fired hotspot in Laguna Beach, reopens this week for dine-in service.
Bourbon Steak, the upscale Michael Mina restaurant at the Monarch Resort in Dana Point, reopens on June 19.
South Coast Plaza is reopening its in-mall restaurants and shopping, albeit with reduced capacity, on June 1.
Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge – in Rancho Mission Viejo serves delicious food and libations with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Offering dine-in and outdoor patio seating starting June 2nd.
Xclusive Taqueria Moderna – offering modern Mexican cuisine in Ladera Ranch. Open for dine-in on June 15th with brand new outdoor patio.