OC Restaurant Week – My Top Restaurant Choices 2013!

Dani on the red carpet at Lexus Newport Beach OC Restaurant Week Launch Party
Dani on the red carpet at Lexus Newport Beach OC Restaurant Week Launch Party

This article continues from my first article written yesterday which can be seen here:  OC Restaurant Week Article 1 After attending the launch party for the OC Restaurant Week last night, I tasted quite a few fabulous dishes from a variety of restaurants.  At the bottom of this post, I have the list of the 100 restaurants that are offering prix Fixe menu meals for lunch and dinner this OC Restaurant Week 2013 that will go on from February 24th – March 2nd. If you click on any link on the list you can see the menu offered.

Delicious Ahi chips
Delicious Ahi chips
Dani & Phyllis
Dani & Phyllis
Frostings Yummy Cupcakes
Frostings Yummy Cupcakes

There are so many fabulous restaurant choices in the lineup of the 100 chosen, but my personal favorites from what I tried last night were from Cucina Enoteca, located in Irvine that was sampling a beef cheek with mashed potatoes. It was a fabulous dish with many complex flavors. Another one of my favorites from the night was the lobster macaroni & cheese from House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer in Laguna Beach. The flavors in this dish were the perfect blend of each ingredient and upon finishing my sample, it left my mouth watering and I was craving for more.  Another item I loved was from Landmark in Corona Del Mar and they were sampling their poke with fresh ahi tuna on taro root chips.

Frostings Strawberry Cake Pops
Frostings Strawberry Cake Pops

Paul Martin’s had a great spread of cheeses and fine meats. To see more about Paul Martin’s, check out my article here about their brunch experience, I had a few months back: Paul Martins Brunch article.  For deserts, I loved the cupcakes from frostings, but my most favorite item they had was the strawberry cake pop..Yum!!

Entering the launch party with my loveOut of the restaurant list below, some of my favorites I have tried in the past that I did not have samples of last night that are a must try if you are looking for a fabulous dining experience with great food are Five Crowns Restaurant and Steakhouse, Chapter One – The Modern Local, Marrakesh, Melting Pot, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Steakhouse 55 & The Steakhouse 55 yummy cakeCalifornian (now Watertable). For a bit more information about an experience of mine at the Melting, Pot go here: Melting Pot Article. For more information about Five Crowns, Chapter One, & Steakhouse 55, please click on these three links to see my husband’s reviews about their food in detail:  Five Crowns Article, Chapter One Article, & Steakhouse 55.

Five Crowns Cut Prime Rib
Five Crowns Cut Prime Rib

There are many other outstanding restaurants below, but I would say the ones I just chose are my top 7 are definitely my favorites.  Please see my pictures throughout this article as well as the thumbnails at the bottom to see past outings at all of the restaurants I mentioned above.  Please let me know what restaurants you have enjoyed from

Melting Pot Yummy Cheese
Melting Pot Yummy Cheese

this list and what you can recommend! 🙂  Make sure to take advantage of this fabulous deal this week because all of these restaurants are offering the Prix Fixe meals for one set price, so you get to try several items for a decent price!

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OC Restaurant Week Launch Party with friends
OC Restaurant Week Launch Party with friends








100 Restaurants offering OC Restaurant Week with Full menus below!!!

118 Degrees
230 Forest Ave
320 Main
370 Common
American Tavern Eatery and Drink
Anaheim White House
Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails
Antonello Ristorante
Bluewater Grill
Brasserie Pascal
Brunos Trattoria
Canaletto Ristorante Veneto
Canyon Restaurant
Capital Grille
Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
Chapter one: the modern local
Charlie Palmer
Crossroads at House of Blues
Crow Burger Kitchen
Crystal Jade
Cucina Alessa
Cucina Enoteca
Div Bar
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants
Five Crowns Restaurant and Steakhouse
GG’s Bistro
Gypsy Den
Harborside Restaurant
House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer
Il Fornaio
Improv – Irvine
JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery
K’ya Bistro
Lulu’s Creperie
Matador Cantina
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Melting Pot
Memphis at the Santora
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar – Costa Mesa
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar – RSM
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Naples Ristorante
Newport Landing
Newport Rib Company
Nieuport 17
Nirvana Grille
Orange Hill Restaurant
Paul Martin’s American Grill
Pinot Provence
Pirates Dinner Adventure
Pita Jungle
Pizzelle’s Bistro
Pizzeria Ortica
Prego Ristorante
Primecut Café
Quinn’s Old Town Grill
Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen
RA Sushi
Riptide Sushi
Royal Khyber
Ruth’s Chris – Anaheim
Ruth’s Chris – Irvine
Sapori Ristorante
Savannah Chop House
Scott’s Restaurant & Bar
Sealegs Wine Bar
Seasons 52
Signature Kitchen
Slater’s 50/50
SOL Cocina
Spark Wood Fire Grill
Steakhouse 55
Sundried Tomato
SWSH Shabu Shabu
Tangerine Grill
TAPS Fish House and Brewery
The Californian
The Catch
The Crow Bar and Kitchen
The Derby Deli & Dueling Piano Bar
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
The Ritz Restaurant & Garden
The Rooftop at K’ya
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Tommy Bahama’s Bar & Grill Laguna Beach
Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille Newport Beach
Tortilla Jo’s
True Food Kitchen
Villa Roma
VUE Restaurant
Wolfgang Puck Bistro
Woody’s Wharf



38 thoughts on “OC Restaurant Week – My Top Restaurant Choices 2013!

  1. Pingback: OC Restaurant Week – My Top Restaurant Choices 2013! | Dani’s Decadent Deals | My Collection of Stuff Online
  2. We attempted to take a trip out there last year, but instead choice Florida.. I checked out a few of those restaurants.. they sound great!

    1. Cali is much better! Not all that nasty humidity!:) I have been to Florida many times..I had a lot of family out there and we own a home out there…Cali so has the weather and of course all of these awesome restaurants!!! Time to come visit:)

    1. Thanks for the comment Deanna! Glad to help. All of the restaurants on this list are within a 30 minute drive from Newport Beach. Some of them are only 5 minutes away! Enjoy! I love Newport Beach, I used to live there too:)

  3. Ah.. found your comment link after a long scroll 🙂
    You have a knack for making my mouth water and me want to find the restaurants and clubs that you do. Will keep you bookmarked for when I travel down there !

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