Fine dining in Orange County

Here are a few upscale restaurants in Orange County we suggest giving a try.

Fine dining in Orange County

09 Jul 2016 / Destination Guides /

If you're traveling to Orange County for a business trip, you might want to consider turning it into a vacation. Why? The list of places to be and sights to see is almost endless – said the 42 miles of beaches, endless shopping venues and Disneyland Resort are just a few of the attractions that you'll have to check out during your stay. And you can't forget about the fine-dining experience you will have in the OC – the local produce and seafood is taken advantage of, so put simply, you can't miss out. In fact, half of your stay should be dedicated to the exquisite cuisine the OC has to offer!

Here are a few upscale restaurants in Orange County we suggest giving a try:

Orange Hill
If you fancy an incredible view as you enjoy an upscale meal, head to Orange Hill. This fine-dining establishment is located on the hills of Orange County, offering views as far as the eyes can see – from Catalina Island and downtown Los Angeles, to the California coastline and Disneyland's firework show, your senses will be captivated. Orange Hill uses nothing but the highest-quality local ingredients, so freshness and culture go hand-in-hand when crafting your dinner.

We recommend starting your meal with a classic seafood appetizer, such as the Pacific Oysters served with a seasonal mignonette and bloody mary cocktail sauce or the Calamari. For your entrée, consider the Center Cut Filet Mignon served with potato gratin and herb roasted carrots, or the Roasted Rack of Lamb, accompanied by caramelized onion mashed, roasted squash and mustard demi.

Enjoy views of Catalina Island from Orange Hill.Enjoy views of Catalina Island from Orange Hill.

The Hobbit
For a unique dining experience in the OC, consider making a reservation at the Hobbit, where exquisite foods and award-winning wines go together so perfectly. Your experience involves three acts, starting in the wine cellar with hot and cold hors d-oeuvres and a flute of Hobbit Champagne. Then, you will move upstairs to enjoy a shellfish or fish course for Act II, followed by a light meat and salad. Enjoy an intermission on the patio for 10 to 15 minutes and return to your table for Act III – where you will then cleanse your palate with a delicious sorbet. The main entrée comes next, which consists of an elegant beef dish accompanied by seasonal vegetables. Finally, dessert arrives to the table as well as a menu of coffee drinks, liqueurs and cognacs.

The menu is ever-changing, so it is difficult to give a recommendation without knowing the date of your visit. However, we can assure that each dish is crafted beautifully, offering an taste of what fine dining should be. Click here to view the upcoming entrees.

21 Oceanfront Restaurant
If you plan to stay in Newport Beach, head to 21 Oceanfront for the incredibly tantalizing experience. Located in the historic McFadden Building, this restaurant encompasses the atmosphere of a grand dining club while offering some of the freshest fish, seafood and prime-cut meats. It also makes the ultimate date night spot – 21 Oceanfront Restaurant has a reputation for being one of the most romantic spots in the OC!

"21 Oceanfront Restaurant makes the ultimate date night spot."

Start your dinner off with the Seafood Ceviche, which consists of halibut, scallops, red peppers, jalapeno, cilantro, onion and lime. Then, choose between a seafood and meat entrée such as the Blackened Signature Baseball Cut Swordfish with garlic caper sauce or the Center Cut Filet Mignon. But if you cannot decide between the two, consider the Oceanfront Mixed Grill for two, which combines scallops, lobster tail, prawns, half rack of lamb and grilled vegetables.

If your hotel isn't in walking distance to any of these fine-dining restaurants, don't worry – you have a professional car service to rely on. Offering transportation throughout Orange County, Embarque is the most trustworthy choice that can get you from point A to point B. Your time and safety become your driver's No. 1 priority each and every time you book a ride. The days of relying on a taxi cab are over – Embarque has got you covered.

To make a reservation, call (866) 444-2144, book online, or download the Embarque mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.