(credit: Surf & Sand)

(credit: Surf & Sand)


Hotels aren’t just in the business of giving out-of-towners a place to sleep. They are also in the business of providing quality food in an enviable setting. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or you’re local and want a good and unique meal, here are some hotels to visit.
(credit: Shorebreak Hotel)

(credit: Shorebreak Hotel)


Shorebreak Hotel
Zimzala Restaurant
500Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA92648
(714) 861-4470
www.jdvhotels.com/shorebreak-hotel

It’s hard to beat the location of the Shorebreak on Huntington Beach. More than a spectacular setting where you’re bound to see some unbelievable sunsets, the Shorebreak is also a place where you can get a good meal in the Zimzala restaurant. Zimzala refers to “free-spirited people who find peace with the sand between their toes” – an apt description for those who find themselves here. Zimzala serves brunch and dinner daily with dishes ranging from old favorites to Scottish salmon and Moroccan chicken, so you’re bound to find something you like on the menu.

(credit: Montage Laguna Beach)

(credit: Montage Laguna Beach)


Montage
Studio, The Loft and Mosaic Bar & Grille Restaurants
30801 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6000
www.montagelagunabeach.com

The Montage has some of the most amazing views you’ll find in Orange County. Not only is it in Laguna Beach, but it’s also one of the most beautiful resorts you’ll see. Part of what the Montage offers is fine dining, with not just one but three restaurants: Studio, The Loft, and Mosaic Bar and Grille. At each restaurant in the Montage, you will find world-class cuisine. The restaurants here are pricey, but would be an excellent destination for a special occasion.

(credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel)

(credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel)


Ritz-Carlton
Raya Restaurant
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 240-2000
www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel

Since the Ritz-Carlton is right on the coast of Dana Point, it’s not surprising that you can find a lot of seafood dishes at one of the restaurants. Raya has some seafood dishes that make the trip worthwhile. The restaurant boasts two different ceviche dishes as well as lobster tacos and oysters on the half shell. Raya is only one of the restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton. This hotel also boasts a steakhouse and a lounge where you can enjoy appetizers and cocktails with an amazing view of the ocean.

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(credit: Surf & Sand)

(credit: Surf & Sand)


Surf & Sand Resort
Splashes Restaurant
1555 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA92651
(949) 376-2779
www.surfandsandresort.com

When it comes to special occasions, you may not think about hotel restaurants. However, if you visit the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, you will get a memorable dining experience at Splashes Restaurant with some dishes that you won’t find on every menu. This place has things like tuna tartare and charred octopus along with things up and down the menu (like kohlrabi in the lobster cioppini) that are hard to find outside of your local farmers market.

(featured: La Casa Del Camino)

(featured: La Casa Del Camino)


La Casa del Camino
The Rooftop Lounge
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA92651
(949) 497-2446
www.lacasadelcamino.com

If you’re looking to enjoy a meal at a hotel restaurant without feeling like you have to take out a loan, visit The Rooftop Lounge. Here you can enjoy lunch (only lunch is served here from 11:30 to 2:30) for less than $20 while you sit in one of the coolest venues in Orange County, especially for watching a sunset. The Rooftop Lounge is such a pretty place that you’re sure to tell all your friends about it, and you don’t have to wait for a special occasion.

Related: Orange County’s Best Rooftop and Balcony Bars

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.