Credit: Cafe Sevilla
Credit: Cafe Sevilla

9 Restaurants Featuring Live Music in Orange County

From Smooth Jazz to Salsa and Irish Acoustic, These Restaurants Are Serving up the Hottest Tunes in Town

With countless sensational restaurants to choose from, picking a place for dinner in Orange County can be tough. But if you’re looking to elevate your experience, try opting for an eatery with live entertainment. Music has the magical ability to transport you to another world without leaving the comfort of your hometown. From Spain and Jamaica to Louisiana, Ireland and everywhere in between, here’s a roundup of the best restaurants with live music in OC.  Live Music in Orange County


Cafe Sevilla

This Orange County hotspot has a Spanish ambiance that is so authentic, it’s easy to forget you’re in Costa Mesa. Cafe Sevilla is a restaurant and tapas bar specializing in shareable Spanish small plates. This style of dining is special to Spanish culture because it brings the table together in a fun and flavorful way. In addition to their award-winning menu and wide selection of Spanish-style wines, what makes Sevilla special is their nightly music at “Tapas Bar Live!” Seven nights a week, you can enjoy everything from live Latin, Salsa and Flamenco music to Rumba, Gipsy King-style music and more. Get serenaded by the Spanish guitar on a romantic date night, or spice things up with a Saturday night Flamenco show. Party like the Spaniards do and make a reservation for some fun at Cafe Sevilla!

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Local Insight: Cafe Sevilla has supported the local music scene for over 30 years! The Costa Mesa location alone features over 700 shows spread between 50 local artists per year!

Locations: Costa Mesa, San Diego, Long Beach

Live Music in Orange County

Boathouse Collective


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Boathouse Collective is more than a restaurant—it’s a multimedia venue showcasing flavorful foods, creative cocktails, eclectic art and live musical performances every Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m.-midnight. But if you’re an artist looking for your big break, then mark your calendar for Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. for their weekly Song Writer’s Circle. The event was created to give local musicians a stage to showcase their work!

Location: Costa Mesa


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If you are on the hunt for authentic South African cuisine, then travel down south to Mozambique’s rooftop restaurant. This Laguna Beach rooftop bar is inspired by the flavorful food, bold spices and spirit of South Africa’s colorful seaside restaurants. With happy hour happening seven days a week, you enjoy drink specials while soaking up the sounds of live music every Thursday through Sunday.

Location: Laguna Beach

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Bayside Restaurant

One of Newport Beach’s favorite gathering places, Bayside is the perfect place to meet with friends over a bottle of wine. Their talented musical artists cover everything from Latin, Jazz and R&B to legendary classics and contemporary cover tunes. If there was one day out of the week you had to visit, hands down it would be for their Sunday brunch!

Location: Newport Beach


Muldoon’s Irish Pub

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Travel across the pond without a passport when you dine at Irish-inspired watering hole Muldoon’s Irish Pub. The Dublin pub, Celtic bar and tavern dining room are gathered around a courtyard patio, making it ideal for lunch or dinner while catching a game or enjoying some live music. Their sets switch up from Irish acoustic guitar to traditional sessions and cover bands. Check the schedule to find a lineup that fits your style!

Location: Newport Beach

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Trevor’s at the Tracks

Trevor’s at the Tracks’ menu motto is “locally acquired, globally inspired,” and the same goes for their music. This established eatery takes great pride in providing an avenue for local musicians to perform. With live shows taking place seven days a week, the patio is the ultimate ambiance for dinner and a show. Trevor’s menu also offers a variety of vegan and gluten-free options, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Location: San Juan Capistrano

Peninsula Lounge

Perched on the harbor’s edge, the Peninsula Lounge serves up its signature Cali Riviera cuisine in a bayside setting that can’t be beat. Their coastal-influenced menu pairs perfectly with the live reggae music that happens every Thursday from 7-10 p.m. Although they do have an in-house sommelier, you can’t beat their Reggae Night drink specials like $5 Red Stripes, $8 Malibu pineapples and $10 Jamaican rum punches!

Location: Newport Beach

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Iva Lee’s

If you’re craving traditional Creole & Cajun food and music for the soul, then head down south to Iva Lee’s in San Clemente. Their menu is made up of Southern-style recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, and their live music happens every Thursday through Saturday. Tables fill up fast, so do yourself a favor by making a reservation for their lounge before visiting.

Location: San Clemente

The Drake

This legendary location is a replication of the famed Drake Hotel in New York City. The Drake Hotel was home to iconic artists like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Frank Sinatra. So of course, The Drake in Laguna Beach is keeping the tradition alive by featuring the finest in musical entertainment. Stop by any day of the week and revel in the smooth sounds of jazz or the best blues beats that Orange County has to offer! Live Music in Orange County

Location: Laguna Beach

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