One of the nice things about living in Southern California is all the restaurants with a view in Orange County. Whether it be a view of the Pacific Ocean, or a panoramic view of the city, outings with friends and romantic evenings are all more memorable with an exceptional view.
180 blu @ the Ritz Carlton
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
180 Blu is located at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The upscale restaurant with an outdoor lounge-like setting is perched 150 feet above the sand, overlooking Salt Creek Beach. The menu serves small plates and desserts from Raya, the main restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, as well as unique hand-crafted drinks. Weather permitting, 180 Blue features Sushi Thirsday, Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and live music on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A&O Kitchen + Bar
1221 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
A&O Kitchen + Bar is a waterside dining destination at Balboa Bay Resort complete with a patio and fire pits. Diners will enjoy views of the boats sailing through Newport Harbor. The menu at A&O includes jalapeno empanadas, carnitas fries, fish tacos, spaghetti squash, a kobe cheeseburger, a selection of salads, and more. They also offer a Liquid Brunch menu and a social hour menu.
The Beachcomber Cafe
15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657
At the Beachcomber Cafe, guests will enjoy classic California cuisine and breakfast favorites at this converted cottage turned restaurant located on the beach at Crystal Cove. The Beachcomber Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves delicious entrees including clam chowder, stuffed salmon, mahi mahi spring rolls, avocado toast, corned beef hash and eggs, and so much more.
Bear Flag Fish Company
21058 Pacific Coast Hwy #124 Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
Bear Flag Fish Company is located at the Pacific City shopping center in Huntington Beach and offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the famous Huntington Beach Pier. There are two other locations, one at Crystal Cove Promenade and one on the Newport Peninsula, but the Huntington Beach location offers the best view. All three locations offer a full bar and sushi bar in addition to the general menu which features fresh, sustainably harvested, and mostly local fish.
The Boardwalk Restaurant
21100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
The Boardwalk Restaurant located at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort is set in California modern style serving up ocean views for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The stylish and casual spot is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch on a Saturday afternoon or grab a bite after work with coworkers. Entree options include braised short ribs, pub fries, squash salad, salmon and more.
21058 Pacific Coast Hwy #240, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
The Bungalow Huntington Beach is located at the Pacific City center and offers views of the ocean and the Huntington Beach Pier. The Bungalow is a casual spot with a rustic, vintage charm that celebrates the history of Surf City. The Bungalow serves signature cocktails and exclusive small plates from Bear Flag Fish Company. The Bungalow also has a location in Santa Monica.
The Cliff Restaurant
577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The Cliff restaurant in Laguna Beach offers outdoor dining with panoramic views of the ocean on a multi-level patio. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic dinner, or an outing with friends. Live music is featured at the bar 6 nights a week, with fire pits to relax and enjoy. The Cliff is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and includes Eggs Benedict, oysters on the half shell, blackened ahi, sandwiches, and a variety of pastas and specialty dishes.
The Deck on Laguna Beach
627 Sleepy Hollow Ln, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The Deck on Laguna Beach offers beachside outdoor dining just steps from the crashing waves. The restaurant specializes in creative cocktails and fresh seafood served daily for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Menu items include small plates, sandwiches, and entrees with oysters, cioppino, Sea Bass, lamb chops, and more. The Deck is a great dining destination for fun or romance in a unique seaside setting.
Duke’s Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Duke’s is situated at the start of the Huntington Beach pier just above the sand. Diners will enjoy views of the ocean, the pier, and the surfers carving the waves. Named for Duke Kahanamoku, the legendary Hawaiian swimmer and surfer, it was here in 1925 that he introduced surfing. The sport increased in popularity quickly, spreading along the California Coast. The surfers that flocked to the beaches earned Huntington Beach its nickname: Surf City USA®. Duke’s serves up delicious meals for lunch and dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Menu items include coconut shrimp, lobster tails, king crab legs, burgers, chicken, and ribs.
The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar
611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672
The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar is a casual beachside dining spot located at the San Clemente Pier. The Fisherman’s Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, serving up fresh seafood and traditional favorites. They also offer the Fisherman’s Feast style dinners, served family style for two or more people with four separate courses. Options for the feast include salmon, the crab feast, halibut, and the prawn feast.
22800 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92657
Pelican Grill offers indoor and outdoor dining perched on a hill in Newport with picturesque ocean views. The laid-back modern American grill features steaks, burgers, fresh seafood, salads, and wood-fired pizzas made with top-quality ingredients. Guests will enjoy the cozy and casual atmosphere where they can relax by the fireplace, watch the game with a drink at the bar, or see the sunset from the terrace.
Raya Dana Point
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
Raya, located at the iconic Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, is an elegant fine dining destination with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Chef Richard Sandoval’s menu features Pan-Latin cuisine with specialty dishes like duck chili verde, chipotle miso black cod, and pan seared scallops. Menu items are prepared with organic meats, sustainable seafood, and locally sourced produce. Raya serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and Sunday Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Rooftop Lounge
1289 South Coast Highway, 4th Floor, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The Rooftop Lounge in Laguna Beach is located on the 4th floor at the top of La Casa del Camino Hotel. Guests will enjoy lunch or dinner and sprawling ocean views from the outdoor deck, or choose to dine indoors. The California casual cuisine includes specialty food and drinks including their signature fresh fruit mojitos, Hibachi Salmon, Blackened Sea Bass, and Shrimp Scampi Ravioli. Sunday Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and seating is always first come first served.
Ruby’s Shake Shack at Crystal Cove
7703 East Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657
Ruby’s Shake Shack is located just along Coast Highway, perched on a hillside overlooking the ocean and Crystal Cove. The Shake Shack has limited parking, and a limited but delicious menu featuring the 40’s diner chain favorites of burgers and milk shakes. There is a very small section for seating here, so the Shake Shack is a place to take in the view and grab a bite on the go.
Splashes Laguna beach
1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Splashes is located in the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. The upscale seaside restaurant with views of the ocean, which sits just 25 feet below, offers a delicious menu selection featuring fresh, local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served daily, with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Menu choices include Branzino, lobster, pork belly, and a variety of salads, sides, and small plates. Special chef’s tasting and pairing menus are available during select dinner hours, there is a delectable dessert menu, and live music is available on select nights.
Watertable at the Hyatt
21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
The Watertable restaurant is an upscale eatery and bar with a perfect mix of modern and rustic design and a menu featuring West Coast comfort food with seasonal and regional flair. Not every table has an ocean view, but the atmosphere is comfortable and refined. Watertable serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and offers a wide selection of menus from general dinner options, to the kids menu, to bar jars. Selections include lamb meatballs, oysters, steak tartare, Wagyu Tomahawk, Branzino, pork tenderloin, and so much more.