Best New Restaurants OC
Credit: JOEY Restaurants
Best New Restaurants OC
Credit: JOEY Restaurants

6 New Restaurants Opening in Orange County This Year (and We Can Hardly Wait!)

From Sugarfish to Rye Goods, the OC Dining Scene Keeps Getting Better and Better

If you thought Orange County couldn’t get any more Orange County, it just did. And trust us, that’s a good thing! Some of SoCal’s favorite restaurants are making their way to OC and we couldn’t be more ready to welcome them in. From fire-seared sushi to lux bruschetta boards and organic pastries, OC’s restaurant scene is leveling up almost faster than we can keep up. There’s someplace new for every occasion: date night, takeout and casual outings with friends. Visit these new restaurants ASAP and discover what the buzz is all about.

 

Sugarfish

If it was your New Year’s resolution to be patient, Sugarfish is putting you to the test. LA’s favorite sushi restaurant created an online buzz for sushi dreamt about even days after dining. Open for dine-in and takeout, Sugarfish perfected the to-go experience with signature white bento boxes labeled to order. Corona del Mar is the next landmark on Sugarfish’s list and is slated to open at the end of 2023. Needless to say, we’re on the edge of our seats for this one.

Location: Corona del Mar

 

JOEY Newport Beach

Best New Restaurants OC - JOEY Newport Beach
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Officially opened on Jan. 19, JOEY Newport Beach is already making a name for itself with a locally sourced yet globally inspired menu. The Fashion Island dining lounge doubles as a local art gallery while the inviting outdoor fire pit makes for the perfect area to mingle and sip cocktails. Order a Joey Super—a twist on the classic highball with a lemon-lime slush, and pair it with flame-seared salmon sushi or Ravioli Bianco with a truffle sauce. This casual yet elevated restaurant will be your new Newport go-to.

Location: Newport Beach

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Beachwood Pizza & Beer

 

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Pizza, beer and the beach is truly a California dream. And when it’s sourdough pizza dough, it’s heaven on Earth! At Beachwood Pizza & Beer in Huntington Beach, Chef Waldo Stout’s secret recipe combines house-milled flour (you read that right!) and yeast from Beachwood’s sour-beer brewery in a 48-hour fermented dough that simply cannot be replicated. The atmosphere is coastal casual, and their menu features signature pies along with build-your-own options. Don’t skip the house bread—if you know, you know.

Location: Huntington Beach 

 

Postino Park Place

 

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Leave your preconceived notions of bruschetta at the door of Postino Park Place, now open in Irvine. Fitting for any time of day, Postino’s bruschetta boards layer crispy warm bread with toppings of your choice: think brie and fig, artichoke spread, burrata, mushroom and mascarpone…you name it! Postino’s west coast outpost gives a nod to the ‘90s music scene, and on the outdoor patio, a glass of wine at lunch is the norm.

Local Insight: For $25, guests can uncork a bottle of wine with a Bruschetta Board on Mondays and Tuesdays after 8 p.m.

Location: Irvine

 

Starfish Newport Beach

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A Laguna Beach staple, Starfish is expanding to Newport Beach in the spring of 2023 at The Garden on Riverside and PCH (near C’est Si Bon). Expect raw sushi rolls, handmade dumplings and wok-fired classics inspired by the culinary traditions of Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. You’ll find a sleek interior fit for both date night and dining with your crew. Follow along @starfishnewport for updates on the grand opening.

Location: Newport Beach

 

Rye Goods

Rye Goods is opening in Laguna Beach! This organic sourdough bakery will easily add to the rustic charm of this beachside town as if it had always belonged there. The new location will sit behind the Flower Stand on Forest Ave, and will serve coffee and natural wines with a rotating menu inspired by the seasons. Among country, seeded and sesame loaves is an assortment of sourdough pastries prepared with all-natural ingredients. Rye Goods’ zesty Morning Bun and jammy thumbprint cookies are all must-try items!

Local Insight: Rye Goods’ recipes incorporate an 18-year old sourdough culture, nicknamed Wynona Ryeder.

Location: Laguna Beach

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Lover of the beach, food and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing about her favorite local gems and began writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or out in Laguna!

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