The culinary scene in Orange County is vibrant and diverse, offering locals and visitors a myriad of flavors from across the globe. As a foodie, I often find myself exploring our local restaurants in search of the best brunches in Orange County or the best places to find avocado toast. This winter, explore the best restaurants in Orange County during Orange County Restaurant Week.
Orange County Restaurant Week
Orange County Restaurant Week is the region’s most celebrated culinary event and features nearly 150 local restaurants. For fifteen years, the weeklong event has introduced locals and visitors to some of OC’s finest dining.
During OC Restaurant Week, participating Orange County restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item at no additional charge. Each restaurant will showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $15, $20, or $25, and dinner for $25, $35, or $45. Participating restaurants are listed on the website by name, location, and price, to help foodies find their ideal dining experience.
Orange County Restaurant Week takes place from March 5th through March 11th, 2023. I absolutely love exploring new restaurants during this annual event and I appreciate the varied styles of dining including casual, family-friendly, upscale, and even fine dining venues.
This year, the Cocktails of Restaurant Week will be highlighted to complete dining experiences, and many participating restaurants will offer Breakfast for Dinner options. Additionally, OC Restaurant Week will highlight the following dining experiences:
- Family-Friendly Dining
- Vegetarian Dining
- Breakfast and Brunch
- Cocktails of Restaurant Week
- Date Night
- Luxe Dining
Cocktails Of Restaurant Week
Many participating restaurants will showcase a special OC Restaurant Week cocktail for $10-19.
OC Restaurant Week Launch Party
OC Restaurant Week begins with the official VIP Launch Party on Saturday, March 4th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Guests attending the launch party will have the unique opportunity to experience an array of bites prepared by some of the most innovative OC Restaurant Week participants. Tickets for the event are available for purchase on OCRestaurantWeek.com. Please note that guests must be 21 years or older to attend.
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