Orange County is home to countless top dining experiences.

Orange County is home to countless top dining experiences. And since it is Forever Summer in The OC, visitors can wine and dine in casual sophistication while enjoying pleasant weather and majestic views year-round. From beachside coffee houses and bars to elegant patio dining with lakeside and ocean views, there is something for everyone across the dozens of cities that make up The OC.

Outdoor Dining Guide in Orange County

We’ve put together a list of some of the best outdoor restaurants in Orange County for those who are looking to enjoy dinner with a view.


Located at Montage Laguna Beach, this award-winning restaurant adds California flare to Modern French cuisine, with selections that are paired perfectly with a carefully-assembled collection of fine wines. Thanks to the restaurant’s location on the edge of Pacific, ocean breezes and stunning views complement this fine dining experience.

AVEO Table + Bar

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An elegant seaside dining experience awaits at AVEO Table + Bar, located at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. The restaurant offers an al fresco experience, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine and a unique “farm-to-bar” concept with a cocktail menu comprising of locally sourced ingredients.

Splashes Restaurant at Surf & Sand Resort

Splashes Restaurant in Laguna Beach offers on-the-ocean dining and palm-shaded patios. From grilled lamb loin to whole branzino and braised short rib, Executive Chef Ron Fougeray is passionate about making everything from scratch and sourcing the finest ingredients.

Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar

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This Costa Mesa restaurant is just steps away from the Segerstrom Center of the Arts and a short walk away from South Coast Plaza. Those who visit can expect seasonally-driven menus and a unique lakeside dining experience.

Oak Grill

Located at the Fashion Island Hotel, this Newport Beach restaurant offers contemporary cuisine with classic California influences. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on the roomy fireside patio while enjoying beautiful views and cool Southern California ocean breezes.