Over the weekend our Governor approved Orange County to begin opening restaurants early and we’ve got the tea on Orange County restaurants open for dining. Restaurants in Orange County did not waste any time getting back open and many have been preparing for this day for months. I have to admit, I am ready to visit my favorite restaurants and already have my first reservation booked this week.

While some diners will understandably still be cautious about dining out, local Orange County restaurants are doing everything to meet new covid-19 health and safety standards. We plan on reporting back about the experience for those who are curious.

New standards include requirements for the staff to wear masks, limited seating with tables moved 6ft apart, temperature checks before work, disinfecting both tables and chairs after every seating, and some restaurants have even installed clear glass partitions.

This will probably be the cleanest restaurants have ever been. I cannot tell you how many times I watch my table and chairs be wiped with the same dirty rag that’s been used all day. Hopefully, these new cleaning practices will continue to remain long after there is a vaccine for Covid-19.



Below is a list of Orange County restaurants open for dining, I will continue to update the list until most restaurants are open.

  • Pirozzi
  • Sol
  • Zinque
  • Wild Strawberry Cafe
  • Tavern House (opening Thursday 5/28)
  • Water Grill (opening Thursday 5/28)
  • Playa Mesa
  • Balboa Bay Club
  • Gulfstream (parties of 2 only)
  • Banderas
  • Zov’s
  • El Matador
  • Yardhouse
  • R & D Kitchen at Fashion Island
  • Wilma’s on Balboa island
  • Mastro’s (reservations only)
  • Sapori
  • Red O (Friday 5/29)
  • Benihana
  • Las Brisas
  • Moulin (Newport beach & Laguna beach)
  • Antenellos (June 1st)
  • South Coast Plaza and all restaurants (June 1st)
  • Ra Sushi
  • Del Frisco’s
  • El Torito (all locations)
  • Dana Point Harbor Restaurants

How are you feeling about Orange County restaurants open for dining? Are you ready to book your reservations or are you still hesitant? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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