Restaurant Reviews

1296 Reviews Display Results per Page
Grill Cafe Should Rename That Koobideh!
[Hole In the Wall] This Laguna Hills restaurant sells awesome Persian under a terrible name
, April 24, 2014
Forgive me for being stereotypical, but why is it that Middle Eastern restaurants pick some of the worst names in the industry? I've encountered... More >>
Eureka! It's a Burger Discovery Eureka! It's a Burger Discovery
This chain of beer-and-burger-centered restaurants is poised to expand all over—but is it good?
, April 17, 2014
If I told you that you can have a burger and beer at Eureka! (their exclamation point, not mine), the new restaurant in Huntington Beach's Bella... More >>
Sahuayo Primo Offers Pig By the Pound
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana taquería serves porky deliciousness
, April 17, 2014
They sit there at Sahuayo Primo in SanTana all the time: golden sheets or strips of chicharrones, fried morning, noon and night, slowly baking... More >>
Wei Shian: A Noodle By Any Other Name Wei Shian: A Noodle By Any Other Name
This Irvine restaurant serves fabulous Szechuan-style beef soup with—you guessed it!—noodles
, April 10, 2014
If you happen to find yourself slurping braised beef noodle soup in Irvine, you're likely in a Taiwanese restaurant. The big names in town—A & J,... More >>
Burrito Madness at Paul's Famous Burgers
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa diner sells a damn-good breakfast burrito
, April 10, 2014
California is America's burrito empire, from the Mission cylindrical god of San Francisco to San Diego's California burrito to the Inland... More >>
Samurai Burrito: The Subway of Sushi Samurai Burrito: The Subway of Sushi
This Fountain Valley restaurant makes sushi burritos and sushi nachos
, April 03, 2014
Do you turn up your nose at those sushi bar Know-Nothings who would make a thick, creamy sludge out of their soy sauce and wasabi? Do you know... More >>
Ellie's Table At North Beach: A Line of Good
[Hole In the Wall] This San Clemente bakery offers sweets and palm sandwiches in a gorgeous environment
, April 03, 2014
Don't mind the sign near the entrance of Ellie's Table At North Beach that says, "Line Starts Here." Actually, scratch that: If there is a line,... More >>
Go Dutch to the Dutch Club AVIO Go Dutch to the Dutch Club AVIO
Reliving Southern California's Indonesian past at this Anaheim landmark
, March 27, 2014
We were just a block from Disneyland, about to enter a squat-looking building on Katella Avenue out of a Van de Kamp's bakery ad campaign. This... More >>
Ramen Zetton: Japanese Quesadillas!
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa shop makes great Japanese noodles—and quesadillas?
, March 27, 2014
Let me start this review with something unprecedented: a correction and an apology. In our March 14 OC People issue, we misidentified the author... More >>
Boathouse On the Bay: Deja Ocean View Boathouse On the Bay: Deja Ocean View
This Long Beach restaurant is a reincarnation of the recently defunct McKenna's
, March 20, 2014
"I feel like I've been here before," I said to my date even though I knew I hadn't. This was Boathouse On the Bay, which used to be McKenna's On... More >>
Afters Ice Cream: With Doughnuts!
[Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley shop serves dougnuts stuffed with ice cream
, March 20, 2014
In many ways, Orange County is still the rube-filled paradise it's always been. This is the place, after all, that gets mesmerized every night... More >>
Nesai California Italian Cuisine & Bar Is the Last of Old Newport Nesai California Italian Cuisine & Bar Is the Last of Old Newport
Visit this little-known gem before it is changed into something unrecognizable
, March 13, 2014
To say that Nesai California Italian Cuisine & Bar is hidden is understating it. It's a stone's throw from Newport Beach's main drag, where the... More >>
Tacos Radioactivos: ¡Viva las Loncheras!
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana lonchera serves up Mexico City treats
, March 13, 2014
Last month, The Orange County Register published a piece on the decline of luxe loncheras, those "gourmet" food trucks that caused such a ruckus... More >>
Tabu Burgers & Bites: Get Your Hamburguesas Here Tabu Burgers & Bites: Get Your Hamburguesas Here
This new spot serves burgers with SanTana flavor
, March 06, 2014
As you walk into Tabu Burgers & Bites, you see a big, gaudy drawing of a hamburger with a chile relleno hovering in the middle of it. It's a... More >>
Nice Food Restaurant: More Soup
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurants focuses on Taiwanese food, with Chinese favorites as well
, March 06, 2014
The section of Euclid Avenue in Anaheim from the 91 freeway to Interstate 5 just might be the most diverse section of Orange County—and in a... More >>
Craftsman Woodfired Pizza: The Return of the Parlor Craftsman Woodfired Pizza: The Return of the Parlor
This Placentia restaurant brings back the family-feedbag concept
, February 27, 2014
If you're opening a new pizza restaurant these days, either you're going after the fast-fired casual model pioneered by Pieology and 800 Degrees,... More >>
Mercado Corona: Crown Jewel of Latino OC
[Hole In the Wall] This Laguna Hills market serves Mexican and South American customers with equal excellence
, February 27, 2014
When someone finally does a history of non-Mexican Latinos in Orange County, restaurants must get a shout-out. For sure, there would be Regina's... More >>
Chianina Is in Steakhouse Limbo Chianina Is in Steakhouse Limbo
This Long Beach restaurant awaits greatness, its liquor license and the cows it's raising for its steaks
, February 20, 2014
The new Chianina Steakhouse in Long Beach didn't intend to operate this long without a permanent liquor license. Open since late December, a... More >>
Pita Hot: A Pita Under Any Other Name
[Hole In the Wall] This Fullerton restaurant serves awesome Middle Eastern food despite its drab name
, February 20, 2014
With a name like Pita Hot, do you blame me for ignoring this Fullerton spot for years? I used to pass it all the time when I taught at Cal State... More >>
Tasty Garden: Denny's By Way of Hong Kong Tasty Garden: Denny's By Way of Hong Kong
The new Irvine restaurant does excellent Cantonese and Hong Kong waffles
, February 13, 2014
When I tell you the new Tasty Garden in Irvine has everything, I mean it. You can slurp on turtle soup, eat a Caesar salad, twirl a forkful of... More >>
Pho Crystal Noodle House: Pho for Mexicans Pho Crystal Noodle House: Pho for Mexicans
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant specializes in pho for a Latino clientele—but it's still great
, February 13, 2014
After more than a decade of reviewing restaurants in Orange County, I can unequivocally state this: After the Vietnamese, the group that best... More >>
Solita: A Little Bit of SOL Solita: A Little Bit of SOL
This great Huntington Beach place is Deborah Schneider's follow-up to her pioneering Newport Beach Mexican restaurant
, February 06, 2014
Have you ever found yourself in a Mexican restaurant saying yes to more complimentary tortilla chips, even after you've polished off three big... More >>
Smokey Fred's BBQ: 'Cueing On Collins
[Hole In the Wall] This Orange restaurant specializes in four barbecue traditions—and nails them all
, February 06, 2014
"Hey, Fred!" is something you'll hear at least once while at Smokey Fred's in Orange, and it's not just because the guy behind the counter is—you... More >>
BLK Burgrz: Kobe, Or Not Kobe BLK Burgrz: Kobe, Or Not Kobe
This Ladera Ranch restaurant does Kobe-grade beef burgers right, but for a price
, January 30, 2014
There are few pleasures in life as simple as a good burger. You needn't much. Ground-beef patty sizzled to a brown crust, then tucked between... More >>
Tacos y Birria El Güero: Count On the Consommé
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant specializes in goat stew and its drippings
, January 30, 2014
Even though it's just enough to fill a small Styrofoam cup, the consommé de birria at Tacos y Birria El Güero is like the Feeding of the 5,000 in... More >>
<< Previous Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | ... | 52 | Next Page >> Display Results per Page

Find A Restaurant

Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, dining info & more!

Click for our favorite Orange County dishes

From the Print Edition

O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne

"Would you like a mimosa or champagne?" the server asks as you're seated at O'Neill's Bar & Grill inside the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. "A mimosa, please," you… More >>

Front Porch Pops: Just Lick 'Em

So . . . I'm getting married soon. I've picked some of my favorite businesses to help out with the catering—Taco Maria's Carlos Salgado and Roland Rubalcava to do aguachile… More >>

Santa Ana Revival at the North Left Santa Ana Revival at the North Left

The North Left is what replaced the Crosby, which closed abruptly earlier this year in the wake of a tragic beating death that occurred outside its doors. But for all… More >>

Tamarindo Truck: Maestro de Meats

Tamarindo Truck doesn't need this review. It's already a popular luxe lonchera, finding a loyal following with its twists on Mexican food using organic produce and meats. I've delayed reviewing… More >>

Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs

I'm pretty sure I've not had a meatball as scrumptious or as soft as the ones Alessandro Pirozzi is serving at Pirozzi, his new restaurant in Corona del Mar. And… More >>

Fa-Sai's Dawn of Thai-Mex

Location, location, location! Restaurants live and die by where they set up shop. I wish someone had told that to the folks behind Fa-Sai Thai when they decided to open… More >>

Loading...