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4 Ways to do Date-Night Right in Orange County

By Allison Mitchell | February 3, 2020 | Food & Drink

Cozy up and enjoy new dishes and classic cocktails at these tried-and-true dining destinations.


Herb grilled swordfish and mashed potatoes from Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens.

1. Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Seasonal flavors are always top of mind for owner and executive chef Rich Mead, who’s presenting new dishes like grilled pomegranate salmon salad and herb grilled swordfish with mashed potatoes on his ever-changing menu. Ask about the week’s Cocktail for a Cause, as the restaurant will donate 50% of its proceeds to a local charity in need. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.1415

2. Five Crowns

This fellow Corona del Mar favorite is also welcoming debut dishes from executive chef Alejandra Padilla in the form of pan-seared scallops with warm spices, brown butter and butternut squash puree, and lamb shank with a scallion potato pancake, horseradish puree and caramelized onion jus. Enjoy a nightcap featuring the Nikka gin-spiked Pear Tree or a sweet taste of the chocolate tart. 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331

3. Louie’s by the Bay

Cozy up at the bar where waterfront views await at this sexy newcomer from the legendary Ron Salisbury. Ask for a pour from fellow owner Piero Selvaggio’s ever-growing wine list and indulge in a decadent plate of housemade gnocchi. 2801 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

4. Ocean at Main

Michelin-starred chef-owner Craig Strong has fans flocking to his Laguna Beach restaurant for his casual yet elegant takes on California cuisine. Try the short rib “cigars” paired with horseradish creme fraiche and black pepper ash as a photoworthy start to the evening. 222 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.715.3870

Photography by: Darian Meyer