Top 10 OC Restaurants for Valentine’s Day 2020

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Treat your loved one to the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner at any one of Orange County’s popular restaurants. You’ll find everything from upscale steak houses to relaxed eateries. Check out our list of the top 10 romantic Orange County restaurants and schedule your reservation today!


1.  Orange Hill Restaurant | Orange Hills | $$$

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Orange Hill Restaurant sits on top of a hill in Orange with sweeping views of Orange County all the way out to Catalina Island. There’s no better spot for a romantic evening with gorgeous scenery, cascading man-made waterfalls, koi ponds, and a patio decorated with sparkling lights. Check out the view while hanging out next to the giant English style fireplace or head to the brand new O BAR lounge for a world-class cocktail. 


Address: 6410 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

Reservations: Place your reservation on OpenTable


2. Pelican Grill | Newport Beach | $$$

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The Pelican Grill offers up spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean paired with food from decorated chefs. You’ll enjoy modern American grill specialties including butcher-cut steaks, big hearty burgers, wood-fired pizzas, crisp salads, and the freshest of fish. You can choose to dine near the open kitchen and watch the chefs work, eat on the beautiful terrace, or hang out by the bar. 


Address: 22800 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Reservations: Schedule your reservation on OpenTable


3. Habana | Costa Mesa & Irvine | $$

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The Habana restaurant in Costa Mesa’s hip Lab Anti Mall is a can’t miss dinner spot in the heart of Orange County. The ambiance, lighting, scenery, and food make for a romantic dining experience that’s better shared with your significant other. Classic dishes like ropa vieja, el Puerco primo, chicken empanadas, fried avocado, and paella help make Habana a bustling foodie scene. 


Address: 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 |&| 708 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Reservations: Place a reservation on OpenTable


4. Nick’s Laguna Beach | Laguna | $$

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Nick’s offers up casual and eclectic food in the romantic town of Laguna Beach. You’ll love the beautiful brick walls, classic wood-trimmed booths, hand-blown glass lamps, a world-class kitchen, and a busy central island bar. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day dining experience without any pretentiousness, Nick’s is the place for you. 


Address: 440 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Reservations: Visit the website to make reservations


5. Five Crowns | Corona Del Mar | $$$

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Five Crowns is a classic up-scale Orange County eatery in the beautiful Corona Del Mar area of Newport Beach. More specifically, Five Crowns is a cozy replica of one of England’s longest-standing country inns and has become a celebrated Orange County landmark. Unmatched hospitality and warm fireplaces along with antiques and authentic period painting make for an experience you won’t soon forget. 


Address: 3801 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Reservations: Visit the website to make a reservation 


6. The Capital Grille | Costa Mesa | $$$

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The Capital Grille is all about the experience. As soon as you step into the restaurant you’ll notice African mahogany wall paneling and large Art Deco chandeliers that set the tone for a romantic Valentine’s evening for two. You can’t go wrong with nationally recognized dry-aged steaks, mouthwatering seafood, and a huge stock of world-class wines. 


Address: 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Reservations: Visit this page to make reservations


7. The Hobbit | Orange | $$$$

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According to the website, “A meal at The Hobbit is somewhat like a play in three acts,” and we couldn’t agree more. Since 1972, The Hobbit has been known for its unique dining experience consisting of a seven-course, prix-fixe menu Wednesday through Sunday, by reservation only. To add to the Valentine’s day romance of the gorgeous cellar-like restaurant, you can place an order for a bottle of Hobbit champagne and dark chocolate truffles to enjoy after your meal. 


Address: 2932 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

Reservations: Click here to make reservations


8. Orange County Mining Co. | Santa Ana Hills | $$

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The Orange County Mining Co. nestled in the Santa Ana hills opened its doors to the public in 1974 and hasn’t looked back since. Like the Orange Hill Restaurant, it offers up expansive views of Orange County along with an unmatched ambiance. Bring your significant other along for a Valentine’s meal with a view. 


Address: 10000 S Crawford Canyon Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Reservations: Click here to schedule your reservation



9. Roux Creole Cuisine | Laguna | $$$

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Once a family home built in the 1930s and owned by local artist Leonard Kaplan, Roux Creole Cuisine is a cozy dining option nuzzled in downtown Laguna. Get your fix of southern comfort food dishes like shrimp Yvonne, catfish, fried cornmeal oysters, classic jambalaya, gumbo, and plenty more. 


Address: 860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Reservations: Reserve your table on Yelp


10. Nobu | Newport Beach | $$$$

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Nobu Newport Beach is one of the newest additions to the world-famous Japanese Restaurant chain originally founded by Noby Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro. Set on the banks of the Lido Marina, it’s the perfect spot for dinner and a view. Make sure to set your reservation as soon as possible before this busy spot fills up. 


Address: 3450 Via Oporto #101, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Reservations: Visit the reservations page to secure your table!


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