Best Places For Sangria In Orange County

October 23, 2014 5:00 AM

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When envisioning a latin American or Spanish restaurant, you’re likely to get an extensive menu with delicious eats of tasty flavors. Along with these great items, sangria is also usually a great bonus. Mixing wine (red or white) along with chopped fruit, and sometimes brandy, sangria is one of the best libation options to have with your meal and pairs great with the food. The restaurants below bring international flavors and fun to Orange County with not only delightful sangria, but creative small plates, specials and cultural beauty that will please your palate.
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Sol Grill
110 McFadden Place
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 723-4105

As one of Orange County’s upscale dining spots, Sol Grill provides tasty sangria and yummy dishes throughout the week. During the weekends, Sol Grill hosts “Sangria Sunday” with pitchers priced at a discount. And, during happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. everyday, you can indulge in all beers, house wine and sangria for just $4. Additionally, this local favorite is nestled across from the Newport Beach Pier, so you can enjoy a walk or a bike ride to and from the restaurant and burn some calories after snacking on the delectable food and drinks. The sangria of choice here is the “Sangria del Sol.”

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Lola Gaspar
211 W. 2nd St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 972-1172

Many view the Spanish lifestyle of wine, sangria and tapas in a romantic light, and Lola Gaspar offers a taste of those desirable cultural influences in Santa Ana. At this Orange County hot spot, they offer their terrific Sangria Rosso, which is made in house and is a favorite among diners. Either get it by the glass, or have a blast with friends and get a pitcher!

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Bella Cuba
3940 S Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 545-5711

Owned and operated by a restaurateur with 25 years of experience, this dining establishment is where to go for authentic Cuban food in Orange County. In addition to tasty sangria served by the pitcher and by the glass, the menu boasts an impressive selection of Cuban favorites including “Ropa Vieja” (“true Cuban comfort food”), plantains, black beans and rice, as well as some of the chef’s favorites including “garlic chicken” and “garlic shrimp.” Take a look at the lunch and dinner menu on the website.

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Felix Continental Cafe
36 Plaza Square
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-5842

Marrying both Cuban and Spanish cultural heritage for a dynamic menu, Felix Continental Cafe spices up OC. This local gem has served Orange County for more than 40 years and provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Refreshing sangria is of course a specialty here. Served by the glass, the sangria here is a definite must order. After enjoying an alcoholic beverage, you may want to explore the “Cafe Express” menu with several gourmet coffee drinks for a pick-me-up.

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Cafe Hidalgo
305 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 447-3202

As a perfect place for an intimate meal or a night out with friends, this local eatery shares the charm of Mexico, Spain and Latin American cuisine and offers some of the most delicious sangria around. Owned and operated by restaurateur and novelist Mike Oats, the restaurant also offers a great tapas, lunch and dinner menu along with a special drinks menu that will leave you fully satisfied. Sit back in the courtyard while enjoying your meal or check out the La Bodega area on site for a more private dining experience.

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W. Birch St., Suite 7
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 255-1040
Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea is a happening restaurant offering some of Orange County’s best Mexican food and cocktails. The cocktail menu is pretty great, but the sangria is a must order if you have to order just one. Their “sangria tradicional” is Cha Cha’s award winning sangria made with red wine, orange liqueur and infused with fresh tropical & citrus fruits. Drink that up with some delicious enchiladas or carne asada and you’ll be in heaven.

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Tapas Flavors of Spain
4253 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 756-8194
Tapas is the place to go if you want to try something special. Their Sangratini is their house specialty and comes with Hornito’s tequila with sangria and a sugar rim for drink that sounds as amazing as it tastes. Tapas Flavors of Spain also offers delicious paella, and other Spanish food to accompany your tasty sangria.

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at


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