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.
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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.
These restaurants plan to open within the coming days and weeks:
King’s Fish House opens its Orange County locations once again for service on Thursday, May 28.
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.