Top 10 Restaurants in Old Towne Orange

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The City of Orange boasts a quaint yet bustling downtown scene full of yummy restaurants and plenty of atmosphere. Whether you’re visiting Disneyland or dropping a child off at nearby Chapman University, Old Towne Orange is a can’t miss destination. 

Visitors old and young will love the streets lined with antique shops, boutique clothing stores, art galleries, and a variety of eateries. Not to mention, Old Towne Orange is home to the largest Nationally Registered Historic District in California. We think you’ll love Old Towne Orange for its walkable boulevards in an eclectic location.


Top 10 Restaurants in Old Towne Orange


1. Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen

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Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen is known throughout Orange County as one of the most compelling foodie destinations in the County. That’s thanks to executive chef Gabbi Patrick, who’s well known in Southern California for her restaurant success. The decor is eclectic with a colonial Mexican style flair. Head to Gabbi’s for a refreshing take on Mexican cuisine with delicious tacos, fish, moles, house-made margaritas, and more. 

Address: 141 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


2. Rutabegorz

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Stepping into Rutabegorz is like stepping into a cozy home full of old-style decorations and furniture. Located directly down the street from Chapman University, Rutabegorz offers u healthy garden-fresh food that caters to anyone with food allergies. You’ll want to try out their large selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian salads, soups, sandwiches, and more. For anyone with a sweet tooth, the brownie sundae is the perfect end to any meal. 

Address: 264 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


3. Bruxie

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Right on the corner of Chapman University in Downtown Orange, Bruxie is a must-visit spot for students and locals alike. Home of the gourmet waffle sandwich, Bruxie boasts a delicious meal of fried chicken wrapped in an authentic crispy Belgian waffle as the bread. Along with the sandwiches, you’ll love the french fries and a Wisconsin-style frozen custard. Head to Bruxie for a one of a kind lunch that mixes the savory with the sweet. 

Address: 292 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


4. Haven Gastropub

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Haven Gastropub is the perfect destination in Orange for late-night organic food and a tasty range of locally sourced craft beers, wines, and house-made cocktails. The indoor decor is classy and tasteful and diners from all over Orange County flock to Haven for its shepherd’s pie, duck confit pizza, crispy pig ears, and plenty more. If you’re looking for a great tasting pint of beer and tasty appetizers at an affordable price, look no further than Haven Gastropub. 

Address: 190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


5. Felix Continental Cafe

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Felix Continental Cafe is an unassuming little spot in the middle of Old Towne Orange with fantastic food. The cozy restaurant serves up authentic Cuban and Spanish dishes like papas rellenas, braised oxtail stew, carne con papas, paella, fajitas, and plenty more. You can expect fresh local food made daily with only the highest quality ingredients. Don’t forget to save up room to fit the scrumptious tres leches cake for dessert. If you’re in the Orange Circle area, make sure to stop by. 

Address: 36 Plaza Square, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


6. Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe

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Take a step back in time at the newly revitalized Watson’s. Watson’s occupies an old drug store and soda fountain that first opened in 1899. This classic American Soda Fountain features All-American classics like milkshakes, juicy hamburgers, banana splits, french fries, and more. Everyone will love the nostalgic decorations featured in movies like That Thing You Do with Tom Hanks. Channel your inner kid and check out the countless flavors of old school sodas! 

Address: 116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check the Yelp Page for detailed hours


7. Mead’s Green Door Cafe

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For the earth-loving vegans out there, Mead’s Green Door is a quaint little cafe featuring healthy meat-free options. Hip music and a low-key atmosphere ring through the cozy space making it perfect for getting a little work done. We suggest trying out their sandwiches, salads, hummus, smoothies, sweet potato fries, or the three-bean chili. 

Address: 642 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


8. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

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The self-proclaimed “best breakfast brunch” in Orange is the recently opened Snooze A.M. Eatery in the Orange Circle. This chain serves up tasty pancakes, avocado toast, mimosas, coffee, omelets, and plenty more. Grab some friends and peruse the breakfast cocktail menu for a brunch with some boos. If you’re still not convinced, one-percent of sales from the restaurant go back to local Orange causes.  

Address: 240 W Chapman Ave Suite 101, Orange, CA 92868

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


9. Pizza Press

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There are plenty of Pizza Press locations throughout Orange County, but we don’t think any can beat the Old Towne Orange restaurant. This newspaper themed fast pizza joint lets diners choose from a range of toppings and cheese to “publish” their own pizza. Sort of like a Chipotle, but for pizza. Make sure to pair your custom-built pizza with a craft beer from the well-curated alcohol menu. Upgrade your next pizza with a trip to the Pizza Press in Downtown Orange. 

Address: 155 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


10. Francoli Gourmet

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For fresh Italian cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, Francoli is a great option. Pair your favorite glass of wine with pasta, fish, salad, and a range of delicious appetizers. We suggest ordering the risotto and finishing off your meal with a decadent fondant chocolate cake. Get your wine and Italian food fix right here in Orange at Francoli. 

Address: 100 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Check out the Yelp Page for detailed hours


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