Water Grill
3300 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 208-7060
watergrill.com
Water Grill is a new sea food restaurant that BillyD recommends.
This expansive restaurant offers brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks. The unprecedented options and experience is a must. The best part? It's just a few steps away from the Segerstrom. 

SOCO & The OC Mix
Shop & Dine
3303-3323 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 760-9150
socoandtheocmix.com
Many of Southern California’s top chefs call SOCO and The OC Mix home, creating a vibrant new culinary capital in the heart of Orange County. At SOCO, foodies can indulge in haute new restaurant concepts, craft coffee and tea, handcrafted cheeses, decadent deserts, wines, olive oils, fresh baked specialty breads and all of the culinary accoutrements to create and inspire the inner chef in you. In addition, you can indulge in a rich assortment of cooking classes and demonstrations, book signings, food and wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, lectures, food truck events and the famed SOCO Farmers Market.

AnQi
3333 Bistrol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-5679
anqibistro.com
AnQi offers a new gourmet bistro and noodle bar concept featuring Vietnamese fusion cuisine emphasizing healthy dishes and Asian herbs and spices. This is easily one of the best restaurants near South Coast Plaza.

Bamboo Bistro
2600 E Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 720-1289
vietbamboobistro.com
Healthy Vietnamese and Thai cuisine serving the coastal communities of Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. International wine list.

Haute Cakes
1807 Westcliff Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 642-4114
hautecakescaffe.co
A local favorite. Breakfast, Lunch, and Pastries.

Ikko
735 Baker St
Ste C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-7822
BillyD's favorite sushi spot!

Il Fornaio
18051 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 261-1444
ilfornaio.com
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana.

Javier's - Crystal Cove
7832 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92657
(949) 494-1239
javiers-cantina.com
Javier's Cantina & Grill, established in 1955 in Newport Beach, offers the best regionally influenced home-style Mexican cooking made with the freshest and finest ingredients. Javier's also features the largest selection of premium tequilas in Orange County in a contemporary tropical setting in Newport Beach.

Kitayama
101 Bayview Pl
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 725-0777
kitayamanewport.com
Kitayama Restaurant offers a variety of fresh and delicious food. Their abundant menu is prepared by skilled master chefs and their fish is carefully selected and supplied.

Maggianos
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 546-9550
maggianos.com
Located at the South Coast Plaza in Coast Mesa, across the street from the Segerstrom Center and just minutes away from John Wayne Airport and several hotels, we are the ideal location for your family dinner, social gathering, or client meeting. Our 300 seat dining room is always buzzing.

Mastro's
633 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 546-7405
mastrosrestaurants.com
Mastro’s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience.

Mother's Market & Kitchen
1890 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-4741
mothersmarket.com
Fresh, delicious and healthy! Whether you're enjoying one of Mother's kitchen prepared food items or buying food to take home from carefully selected vendors, their standards remain high. They specialize in raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free and gourmet foods.

Native Foods Café
2937 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 751-2151
nativefoods.com
Native Foods Café is the premier chef-crafted vegan restaurant serving homemade, fresh food every day of the week. Native Foods Cafe has attracted acclaim in Zagat, USA Today, VegNews and numerous other publications.

Panera Bread
235 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-9500
panerabread.com
Panera Bread bakery-cafes bring the tradition of freshly baked artisan bread to neighborhoods in cities throughout the country. They use only the highest-quality ingredients and bake fresh every day.

Pizzeria Ortica
650 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 445-4900
ortica.com
Pizzeria Ortica will delight your palette and warm your heart—Italian style. Their vibrant eatery at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa welcomes guests for lunch, dinner (including a family-style special,) and a late night happy hour with a stunning wine list and cocktail program.  They combine traditional techniques (everything is hand-made) with local artisanal ingredients. Featuring an 800-degree wood burning oven, the menu recreates classic Italian favorites—antipasti, pasta, pizza, gelato and more. Friendly service, a comfortable setting and convenient location have made Pizzeria Ortica a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Seasons 52
3333 Bristol Avenue
Suite #2802
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 437-5252
seasons52.com
Season 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list in a casually-sophisticated ambiance.

The Capital Grille
3333 S Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 432-1140
thecapitalgrille.com
The Capital Grille is perfect for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Rich African mahogany paneling and warm lighting from one-of-a-kind art deco chandeliers set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening (unless it’s a lively, social atmosphere you seek, in which case their sophisticated bar might be your destination).

True Food Kitchen
451 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-2400
truefoodkitchen.com
You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire to give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living. Try the kale and quinoa, you’ll live longer. Drink the seabuckthorn and acai, you’ll feel better. At True Food Kitchen, they want you to feel better, live longer, and make your mouth happy in the process.

Wahoo's Fish Taco
401 Newport Center Drive, #A101
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-0290
wahoos.com
Good food speaks for itself. Wahoo’s focuses on providing delicious food of the highest quality. Every aspect of their signature charbroiled fish, steak, chicken, and new tofu selections is paired with fresh salsa and tortillas for an unforgettable experience that not only satisfies your hunger, but is healthy too.