The 11 Best Romantic Restaurants in Orange County (2024)

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Want to find the best romantic restaurants in Orange County? We’ve got you covered with the most iconic and well-known restaurants in the area.

Orange County is full of romantic restaurants whether you’re looking for fine dining, something cozy, a historic restaurant, or a good ole steakhouse.

There are restaurants overlooking the ocean, restaurants where you can be seated by a warm fireplace, and plenty of places that are quiet enough to actually enjoy your meal.

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Best Romantic Restaurants in Orange County

These are our favorite romantic restaurants in Orange County that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons, and even weddings!

1. Five Crowns

Address: 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, California 92625

I may be biased, but Five Crowns is the most romantic restaurant in Orange County.

It’s where JP and I were married!

Five Crowns

But what makes it romantic is it’s charm.

It’s a replica of one of England’s oldest country inns, making it a landmark in Corona Del Mar.

Five Crowns is warm and cozy with fireplaces, authentic antiques, and period paintings.

There are several distinct dining rooms including the greenhouse and the garden.

This award-winning restaurant has been a staple in this area since 1965.

They are known for the prime rib, but you’ll definitely want to try their Pride of the Crowns salad, macaroni and cheese side, and a chocolate souffle for dessert.

They also have a wonderful cocktail and wine selection.

JP’s go-to drink here is always the Old Fashioned.

Old Fashioned from Five Crowns

2. Orange Hill Restaurant

Address: 6410 East Chapman Avenue, Orange, California, 92869

Orange Hill Restaurant is a hilltop restaurant with amazing steaks and views.

Being situated in the hills of Orange County, you’ll get views of Catalina Island, Downtown Los Angeles, Disneyland’s fireworks, and the California coastline.

As you enter, you’ll be greeted with cascading waterfalls, koi ponds, and a fireplace.

Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, California patio view - Best Romantic Restaurants in Orange County
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3. The Anaheim White House Restaurant

Address: 887 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, California 92605

The Anaheim White House Restaurant is a fine dining Italian Steakhouse.

Chef Bruno Serato has a regular presence at the restaurant, which has a rotating menu of daily specials.

Anaheim White House dinner with Chef Bruno Serato

We dined here for our 5th anniversary and it was an all-around wonderful experience.

Dinner started with drinks.

I had a glass of red wine and JP had the Old Fashioned.

glass of red wine and an Old Fashioned from Anaheim White House

For our starters, we shared a salad and some shrimp and grits.

For dinner, I had a bowl of the Penne Carbonara and JP had the Osso Buco, which was one of the chef’s specials the night we were there.

Since we were there to celebrate our anniversary, we were surprised with a special dessert trio and champagne!

dessert trio and champagne anniversary dessert from Anaheim White House

I highly recommend trying the souffle for dessert.

I have a video of them pouring in the chocolate ganache, creme anglaise, and Chantilly cream and it is my most viewed Instagram reel ever!

4. Summit House Restaurant

Address: 2000 E. Bastanchury Road Fullerton, California 92835

Summit House is designed to be a re-creation of old English inns.

It opened back in 1989 and has been a popular date night spot and wedding venue ever since.

Similar to Five Crowns, Summit House is known for their prime rib, which also comes with yorkshire pudding, creamed corn, and creamed spinach.

prime rib dinner from Summit House

5. THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon

Address: 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, California 92805

THE RANCH Restaurant is a California Michelin Guide restaurant.

It was named Restaurant of the Year for the city of Anaheim, Best Steakhouse by LA Times, Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for nine consecutive years, and is home to Orange County’s most exclusive selection of popular and rare whiskey.

THE RANCH Restaurant and Saloon in Anaheim
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6. Mastro’s Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club

Address: 633 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, California 92626 and 8112 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, California 92657

Mastro’s is very popular in Southern California.

Mastro's Steakhouse

The Steakhouse is in Costa Mesa and the Ocean Club is in Newport Beach.

I’ve personally only been to the location up in Thousand Oaks though.

Your meal will start with a complimentary bread service.

complimentary bread service at Mastro's

For drinks, I recommend checking out their wine selection or enjoying a craft cocktail like the Old Fashioned.

wine and an Old Fashioned from Mastro's

If you’re going to the steakhouse in Costa Mesa, you’ll want to try their Filet Mignon.

You can get it at the Ocean Club too, but I would personally try one of their seafood options instead.

Mastro's Steakhouse filet mignon and mashed potatoes

Lastly, for dessert, it is so hard to choose just one.

They have Key Lime Pie, chocolate cake, and a bread pudding.

I equally loved them all.

Mastro's Steakhouse Dessert Trio of flourless chocolate cake, key lime pie, and bread pudding

7. Las Brisas

Address: 361 Cliff Dr. Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Las Brisas was voted the Best Waterfront Dining in Orange County.

They offer Southern California cuisine infused with Mexican flavors.

While dining here you can enjoy panoramic views of the coastline in Laguna Beach.

Las Brisas Restaurant in Laguna Beach ocean views
Image Courtesy of Las Brisas

8. Marché Moderne

Address: 7862 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657

Marche Moderne is a fine dining restaurant along the Newport Beach coast.

They offer a mix of modern and rustic French cuisine.

Enjoy dinner and drinks in the main dining room or at the bar.

9. Orange County Mining Co.

Address: 10000 Crawford Canyon Rd Orange, CA 92705

Orange County Mining Co. has been a landmark restaurant since opening in 1974.

This steakhouse is rustic, cozy, and casual.

Being in the hills, there are great panoramic views looking down at the rest of Orange County.

scenic view from Orange County Mining Co.

Their menu has a decent variety of foods you’d expect from a Western style steakhouse, plus some trendy dishes.

menu from Orange County Mining Co.

Your meal will start with the best cheesy bread.

cheesy bread from Orange County Mining Co

For appetizers, the standard house salad is good and so is the Fried Mac n Cheese.

The Miner’s Filly is their signature entree.

It’s a filet mignon with mashed potatoes and you get to choose the topping for the filet.

They have toppings like béarnaise sauce, bacon wrap, sautéed mushrooms, Oscar topping, blue cheese, or herb butter.

Filet mignon and potatoes from Orange County Mining co

10. Napa Rose

Address: 1600 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802

Napa Rose is easily the most romantic restaurant at the Disneyland Resort.

It’s located at the Grand Californian Resort & Spa.

They have an eclectic menu with offerings like braised rabbit with cheddar bacon biscuits, blackberry roasted American buffalo, and desserts like upscale chocolate s’mores.

11. The Cellar

Address: 305 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, California 92832

The Cellar is located in Downtown Fullerton.

It’s been named OC’s Best Hidden Secret.

The restaurant may be a little hard to find, but it’s located in the basement of the former Historic Villa Del Sol.

They’ve been winning all kinds of awards for over 50 years.

The Cellar has been named OC’s Best Restaurant of the Year, Cocktail Bar, Romantic Restaurant, Ambiance, Wine Selection, Bartender, and more.

I recommend pre-gaming your dinner with some drinks and snacks at the bar.

We tried the red wine and the smoked old fashioned.

red wine and smoked old fashioned at The Cellar in Downtown Fullerton

They are known for their lobster bisque and they also have a really good mac n cheese.

lobster bisque and mac n cheese from The Cellar in Downtown Fullerton

Once you’re seated at your table, I highly recommend the 10 oz filet mignon for dinner.

It comes with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.

We like to share our meals, so this is what it looks like as a split plate.

10 oz filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans from The Cellar in Downtown Fullerton

Dinner also comes with a complimentary bread service.

They bring a combination of cheese breadcaramelized onion bread, and a traditional french roll.

cheese bread, caramelized onion bread, and french roll at The Cellar in Downtown Fullerton

You should definitely get the extra side of brussels sprouts, which also has bacon and maple syrup.

brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup

Now for dessert.

You have to get the chocolate soufflé with the Grand Marnier sauce!

chocolate souffle with grand marnier sauce from The Cellar in Downtown Fullerton

We were celebrating our anniversary when we ate here, so we also got a cute anniversary crème brûlée.

creme brulee with a happy anniversary chocolate from The Cellar in Downtown Fullerton

More Amazing Dining Experiences in Orange County

I will add more to this list over time, but for now here are some of the other more unique dining experiences in Orange County.

Best Steakhouses in Orange County

There’s a little bit of overlap between romantic restaurants and steakhouses, but the list of steakhouses is even larger than this one!

Old Brea Chophouse steak
Image Courtesy of Old Brea Chophouse

Best Birthday Restaurants in Orange County

Being local, we’ve spent plenty of birthdays in Orange County.

These are the best restaurants for birthday celebrations.

Lobster Pasta from The Wild Artichoke in Yorba Linda

Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

From super upscale fine dining to casually family restaurants, there are a ton of great Italian restaurants all over Orange County to try on your next visit.

Marri's Pizza & Pasta in Anaheim

✅ Best Restaurants in Orange County With a View

Ocean views and mountain views can be found all over Orange County.

These are the best ones with the best restaurants.

Orange Hill Restaurant
Image Courtesy of Orange Hill Restaurant

✅ Best Mexican Restaurants in Orange County

From road side taco trucks to upscale fine dining, Orange County has some of the best Mexican food you can find outside of Mexico.

La Huasteca Mexican Restaurant in Orange

More Romantic Things To Do in Orange County

Why stop with just dinner?

Orange County has some great sunset views, hidden gems, and weekend getaway itineraries.

➡️ Best Night Views in Orange County

From Irvine to Dana Point, there are plenty of great vantage points throughout the county.

From the hills to the beach, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Best Night Views in Orange County - Dana Point

➡️ The Best Weekend Getaways in Orange County

Orange County has something for everybody.

Foodies, theme park enthusiasts, winos, golfers, spa lovers, and more can all enjoy a weekend getaway in Orange County.

Disneyland Night Views

➡️ Best Hidden Gems in Orange County

A fun date night can include checking out some hidden gems throughout Orange County.

These places are much less visited than most places you’d associate with Orange County.

The Lab Anti-Mall

Conclusion: Best Romantic Restaurants in Orange County

As you can see, there are nearly unlimited options for romantic restaurants in Orange County and not just along the coastline.