OC Slow Food Recommended Local Restaurants
- $ Entrees $10 or under
- $$ Entrees $10 to $20
- $$$ Entrees $20 and up
Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
2607 Main Street, Irvine
Andrei's buys their produce, meats and other goods locally and serves a seasonal menu which changes every quarter utilizing only fresh, seasonal ingredients.
259 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa
Small vegetarian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highly focused on local, organic cuisine. Avanti also sells homemade sauces, condiments, soups, and ice cream as well as wine and cheese.
Barolo Italian Cafe
13771 Newport Ave. 9, Tustin
Authentic Northern Italian cooking. The tiny space allows every patron to see the chef as he prepares their meals.
4237 Campus Dr., Irvine
California contemporary, committed to fresh, local and seasonally-inspired cuisine.
13812 Redhill Ave., Tustin
This is the place to go for South Indian food. A large menu of vegetarian South Indian specialties as served, as well as some North Indian items.
Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen
141 S. Glassell St., Orange
Upscale regional Mexican cuisine in a beautiful space. Seating is limited, and the restaurant is so busy they have never even hung a sign with their name outside.
Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
556 El Camino Real, Tustin
Authentic Japanese cafe serving a full menu including sushi and yakitori, open until 1:00am on weekend nights for late dinner.
Japonaise Bakery and Cafe
600 El Camino Real, Tustin
Incredible Japanese-style breads and pastries along with a small menu of breakfast and lunch items.
Laguna Thai by the Sea
31715 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach
Small, family-run restaurant with casual atmosphere.
La Sirena Grill
347 Mermaid St., Laguna Beach
Refined, freshly made Mexican cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Limited outdoor seating.
Lucca Cafe and Market
6507 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine
Italian restaurant serving seasonal selections, plus a market selling wine and cheese.
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street #3001
Costa Mesa CA 92626
Fresh, flavorful and serious French cooking, "closest experience to eating in France" Excellent reviews from all over.
Modo Mio Cucina Rustica
7946 East Coast Hwy., Newport Beach
Highly acclaimed Italian cuisine.
225 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa 949-631-4741
19770 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach 714-963-6667
2963 Michelson Dr., Irvine 949-752-6667
24165 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Woods 949-768-6667
This terrific natural foods market also has a vegetarian cafe inside serving local and organic cuisine.
2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa 714-751-2151
26705 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo 949-831-1926
Vegetarian restaurant with a large menu, focused on local, organic ingredients. Many items, such as the tempeh, are made in-house.
Old Vine Cafe
2937 Bristol St. A102, Costa Mesa
A small restaurant with a seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and a great selection of wines. Outdoor seating is available.
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This list has been compiled by Slow Food Orange County members and is not endorsed by Slow Food U.S.A.