26 Restaurants in Orange County Offering Al Fresco Dining

Fresh Air and Fresh Food Make for the Perfect Outing

If you haven’t yet heard, Orange County has closed bars again and implemented restrictions on restaurants in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. Indoor dining may be a bit risky at the moment, but a meal enjoyed in the fresh air is a great way to stay safe and continue to support local restaurants. Here is a list of some of Orange County’s best open-air dining options and why we love them! Outdoor Dining Orange County


Rock & Brews Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: Tustin
Cuisine: American
Why We Love it: A beer-lovers paradise with an up-beat rock n’ roll vibe

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Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: Costa Mesa; inside Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa Hotel, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Cuisine: Gastropub
Why We Love it: A gorgeous lakeside eatery serving local cuisine


Avila’s El Ranchito Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: 13 Orange County Locations
Cuisine: Mexican
Why We Love it: 50 years of traditional family recipes!

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Craft House Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: Dana Point
Cuisine: American
Why We Love it: A focus on local sourcing and sustainable seafood in a woodsy, open-air atmosphere

Descanso Restaurant Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: Costa Mesa
Cuisine: Mexican
Why We Love it: Brings the flavor and charm of the beloved Mexican taco stand into a full-service restaurant setting


Fish House Market and Grill

Location: Orange
Cuisine: Seafood
Why We Love it: A fast-casual spot with fresh seafood staples


Helmsman Ale House Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: Newport Beach
Cuisine: Brewpub
Why We Love it: Ice-cold beer, chicken wings and a heated patio, need we say more? 


The Country Club

Location: Costa Mesa
Cuisine: American
Why We Love it: A restored 1950’s watering hole with posh sporting decor and delectable drinks


Playa Mesa Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: Costa Mesa
Cuisine: Mexican
Why We Love it: Homestyle mexican food and cocktails served in a bright, breezy setting



Location: Laguna Beach
Cuisine: South African
Why We Love it: Rooftop restaurant and bar serving wood-fired steaks and seafood



Location: Laguna Beach
Cuisine: Upscale Tavern Fare
Why We Love it: Rooftop ocean views and specialty cocktails in the heart of Laguna Beach


Pacific City

Location: Huntington Beach
Cuisine: Variety of Restaurants
Why We Love it: Breathtaking views and an assortment of open-air places to eat, drink and shop


Tanner’s Restaurant

Location: Huntington Beach; adjacent to Paséa Hotel & Spa
Cuisine: Coastal
Why We Love it: A whimsical treehouse setting that boasts gorgeous ocean views


Rancho Capistrano Winery

Location: San Juan Capistrano
Cuisine: American
Why We Love it: The perfect place for an afternoon sip with a shady, pet-friendly patio


SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar

Locations: Huntington Beach
Cuisine: California Coastal
Why We Love it: An insta-worthy vibe with fresh, crafty cocktails


The District at Tustin Legacy

Location: Tustin
Cuisine: Various
Why We Love it: Order food from one of the many food stalls and enjoy your meal at the common areas or patios around The District 


Wild Taco

Location: Newport Beach, Laguna Beach
Cuisine: Baja-inspired
Why We Love it: Al pastor, Mexi-cauli and lobster tacos for the win


Cafe Sevilla

Location: Costa Mesa, Long Beach
Cuisine: Spanish
Why We Love it: Spanish tapas, small plates and an authentic Spanish ambiance make for a fun and flavorful dinner experience! 


Five Crowns

Location: Corona del Mar
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Why We Love it: Dine under the twinkling lights and you’ll feel transported to an English country garden


Nirvana Grille

Location: Laguna Beach
Cuisine: American Fine Dining
Why We Love it: Innovative, seasonal menu and plenty of elevated, outdoor seating


The Rooftop Lounge

Location: Laguna Beach
Cuisine: Casual California cuisine
Why We Love it: Panoramic views of the big blue, exceptional service and flavorful fare!


Malarky’s Outdoor Dining Orange County

Location: Newport Beach
Cuisine: Irish Pub
Why We Love it: A friendly staff and a new open-air patio with shaded picnic-table seating


Habana Restaurant

Locations: Irvine (Irvine Spectrum Center), Costa Mesa (LAB Antimall)
Cuisine: Cuban
Why We Love it: Cuban dishes and mojitos in a rustic-chic, candlelit garden patio.


Matador Cantina

Location: Fullerton
Cuisine: Mexican
Why We Love it: Delicious margaritas and Spanish-fusion bar bites 


Anaheim Packing District

Location: Anaheim
Cuisine: Think grilled cheese, vegan comfort food, sushi and tacos…that’s right––a little bit of everything!
Why We Love it: A foodie heaven that satisfies everybody’s taste buds.


Orange Hill Restaurant

Location: Orange
Cuisine: New American
Why We Love it: Upscale hilltop venue with koi ponds, waterfalls and an impressive wine list

Hey restaurant-owners! Want to get your local business added to our list? Send us the name of your restaurant, the location and one way you and your team have supported the local community in this time of crisis. Email your submission to editor@localemagazine.com!

Note: Restaurant must be located in Orange County and offer outdoor dining.

About the author

Karly is a lover of all the beauty and diversity that Orange County has to offer. She graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in English and despite the struggles that burden any liberal arts major she has a passion for words that convinces her writing will always be a worthwhile pursuit.


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