Top 5 Romantic Dinner Spots in Orange County

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means romance is in the air. What defines romance? Perhaps mystery, glamour, love, or copious amounts of red and pink papier-mâché hearts? Well when it comes to romance in Orange County we can’t help but think the most romantic spots are those with amazing food, great ambiance and a stellar view.

Whether it’s the mesmerizing city lights, hauntingly beautiful harbor or a killer seaside vista, these restaurants have the best views in Orange County making them the perfect spot for you and your Valentine to share a meal. Our list is based off of the top restaurants on the review site Yelp that were the most rated highly for a romantic atmosphere, views and amazing cuisine.

1. Orange Hill

Orange Hill is known for its spectacular view of Orange County. The restaurant is perfectly equipped to appreciate it, offering an enchanting outdoor seating area with fire pits and comfy lounge chairs. Whether you’re enjoying a weekend brunch or dinner for two, the view of Orange County is unforgettable. This hilltop hideaway has a full bar and lounge and is the perfect place to enjoy some quality steak, seafood and other delicious gourmet food.

2. Summit House

Sitting on the edge of a mountain, Summit House restaurant has all the elements of a romantic night. The restaurant often hosts a live band, includes several banquet rooms, picturesque fountain out back, gazebo and large lawn where weddings and other special events are often held. This Steakhouse features American cuisine and offers tons of deliciously unforgettable dishes. The restaurant also has a full service bar.

3. Loft Restaurant

This restaurant is located inside of the swankiest hotel and resort in Orange County, the Montage in Laguna Beach. Understated elegance, spacious and beautiful. What makes this venue extra special is the fact that it is part of a larger resort so once dinner’s done, there’s no reason for the night to end. You can grab a drink at the intimate Loft Bistro bar, walk down to the beach or head back to your beach front bungalow for the night.

4. The Dock

Nestled into Newport Beach, this restaurant offers a unique quaint atmosphere with waterfront alfresco patio dining. According to reviews the restaurant is well known for its outstanding wine list of domestics and imports as well as the artistry in each and every dish. The restaurant is a popular spot for couples to enjoy a Sunday brunch and soak up some sun.

5. Mastro’s Ocean Club

Located along Pacific Coast Highway, this high class restaurant has an amazing front row seat to the best ocean view in Newport and perhaps all of Orange County. Mastro’s has several different locations which are primarily steak houses and what is unique about the Newport Beach location is the superb seafood menu as well. Enjoy a bit of gourmet surf and turf, intimate ambiance and their signature dry ice smoking martini for a romantic night out in the city.

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