If you’re over the collegiate concert scene and want to see a show with dinner instead, finding the right venue is key. Look no further, as Orange County boasts plenty of venues that offer both a great dining experience and splendid music for you and your loved ones to enjoy. From soul food and soul music to hard rock and barbecue there is something for just about everyone across this part of California.
Memphis At The Santora
201 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Santa Ana houses a quaint restaurant with some amazing grub and one of the coolest events in Orange County: Dinner with Dave. Dave Mau is the head chef, music connoisseur and local writer that helps bring local music into his restaurant by offering free food to those in attendance. Shows are intimate and matched by excellent comfort food, usually of the barbecue or pasta variety. The shows are on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, so be sure to check the website to see who is playing.
House Of Blues Anaheim
1530 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Whether it’s a near-perfect dining experience or a excellent concert that draws you to this list, know that you get both when visiting the House of Blues in Downtown Disney. The food side is handled by celebrity chef Aarón Sanchez, whose recent updates to the menu include delectables such as applewood bacon-wrapped meatloaf, and lobster mac and cheese. The music half is governed by one of the best rotating selection of bands in the country, as the legendary venue attracts musicians from all walks of life and usually a die-hard fan base to match. Click here for a calendar of events.
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Sgt. Peppers Dueling Pianos
91 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
If you’re not looking for a three-course meal, but want some tasty food to eat while laughing those calories off, venture beyond Orange County to Sgt. Peppers for a night of musical comedy. The dueling pianos are the stars of the show, as audience members offer song suggestions that often get twisted and contorted into something hilarious. This is definitely not an event for the kids, but any sort of party, date or in-town-for-the- weekend friends will fit in perfectly. The food ranges from appetizers to burgers and Mexican food, all of which won’t dent your wallet while you’re hurting your funny bone.
Westside Bar And Grill
512 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Featuring talented local bands and pub quizzes, Westside also cooks a mean burger. It also offers excellent signature pizzas, which go well with the selection of brews and musical acts. The playing space is small, but sounds bigger than it looks, offering patrons a mix of that intimate bar feeling without making you smash up against a wall. It even boasts a recession-proof menu after 5 p.m. to help make ends meet with some tasty meat. Click here for a calendar of events.
Steamers Jazz Club And Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Dinner here will usually run on the underside of $15, which is great considering the money you spend on whichever jazz legend deserves your cash on a given night. The lineup of talent at Steamers is fantastic, and the quality of food and service matches it almost top to bottom. From personal pizzas to gourmet sandwiches, Steamers gets you hungry for its delicious deserts by serving up sweet sounds before and after you have eaten. This venue also serves food until the show is over, giving those with a late-night snack addiction something to enjoy.
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Jesse Seilhan is a writer, editor and photographer from the California Bay Area. After moving to Long Beach, Jesse continues his passion for writing and music by covering concerts, interviewing top artists, and giving a dose of wisdom in a crazy, mixed-up musical world. His work can be found at Examiner.com.