What You’re Eating: Al Fresco Dining In OC

June 25, 2014 5:22 AM

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(credit: Waterline Newport Beach)

(credit: Waterline Newport Beach)

(credit: Aqua Lounge)

(credit: Aqua Lounge)

Take advantage of the lovely summer weather to enjoy outdoor dining at some of the OC’s best al fresco dining spots. Serving up a wide variety of summertime cuisine, including an amazing assortment of fresh seafood paired with seasonal vegetables, fruits, salads, and sauces, there is really something for everyone.

(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)

FIG & OLIVE
151 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005
www.figandolive.comAn afternoon at Fig & Olive on their lovely patio embodies the best of summertime in Orange County. With the debut of their new Summer Menu ($10-$29), you can enjoy the seasonal bounty of California’s harvest coupled with their French Riviera inspired ingredients and techniques. Standouts include an Octopus Crostini, Salmon Tartar (hand cut salmon, kumato tomato, dill, avocado, and chive, topped with Arbosana Olive Oil, and served with toasted crostone bread and a side arugula salad), Bouillabaisse, and a Red Quinoa Salad.

(credit: CUCINA enoteca)

(credit: CUCINA enoteca)

CUCINA enoteca
31 Fortune Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-2222
www.CUCINAenoteca.comThis modern Italian kitchen juxtaposed with a charming bohemian farmhouse boasts a perfectly lovely outdoor dining space with fireplace, long tables, natural lines, and whimsical centerpieces. Chef Joe Magnanelli is artfully displaying his California/Italian inspiration in current offerings including stuffed fried squash blossoms with herb ricotta, purple basil pesto, and cured lemon aioli, as well as a light and fresh burrata and prosciutto ‘caprese’ (pictured) served with heirloom tomatoes, arugula, calamata olive, and aged balsamic vinegar.

(credit: Anaheim White House)

(credit: Anaheim White House)

Anaheim White House
887 South Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 722-1381
www.anaheimwhitehouse.comWith a historical mansion as your backdrop, and the stars as your canopy, Anaheim White House offers some of the finest al fresco dining in Orange County. Summer dish highlights include their Hawaiian Tonno, an Ahi tuna steak sliced and seared rare in a citrus vinaigrette with red onions, served with their tower of Pisa, or their Tuna Tartarte (pictured) featuring fresh Hawaiian Ahi tuna, finely chopped and served with a mildly spiced dressing.

(credit: Waterline Newport Beach)

(credit: Waterline Newport Beach)

Waterline Newport Beach
1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-5000
www.balboabayresort.comEnjoy scenic views of the Newport Beach harbor and stunning sunsets at Waterline’s nautical outdoor dining area as you sample fresh seafood, steaks, and more. Consider their Swordfish “Steak Frites,” local swordfish, grilled baby gem lettuce, long pepper beurre blanc, with polenta fries, or try their Yellowtail sashimi with avocado, daikon sprouts, radish and a yuzu wasabi vinaigrette.

(credit: Bayside)

(credit: Bayside)

Bayside
900 Bayside Dr.
Newport Beach, CA
(949) 721-1222
www.baysiderestaurant.comChef Paul Gstrein serves up a tasty New American cuisine al fresco in their cozy, wrap-around outdoor patio, that seats 66 patrons. Summer specials include Oysters on the half shell served with cocktail sauce, mignonette, and lemon wedges, and a refreshing roasted red beet salad with goat cheese, toasted walnuts, endive, and a balsamic reduction. Signature cocktails and a diverse wine list pair perfectly with your meal.

Oak Grill Sea Bass - Photo Credit Courtesy of Oak Grill Newport Beach
Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge
690 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
www.oakandaqua.comSet to open June 27th, Oak Grill (and the adjacent Aqua Lounge) will feature one of Orange County’s largest sophisticated, yet still relaxing, outdoor patio with oak floors, nautical accents, and romantic lighting. Executive Chef Marc Johnson has masterfully prepared a menu rooted in the classic French style, but with a variety of flavors and ingredients reflecting the diversity of Orange County. Their Chilean Sea Bass (pictured) will be served with cranberry quinoa, peas, and a carrot purée. A late night menu offered at Aqua Lounge will feature street food inspired items such as their street tacos, poutine, gourmet hot dogs, and a signature breakfast burrito.

What are your favorite restaurants to dine outdoors? Share in the comments below!

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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