Costa Mesa, California


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A small suburb in Orange County, California, Costa Mesa boasts fine dining, varied Southern California recreation, and plenty of arts and culture. The Orange Country Fair holds events frequently at the local Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory, and South Coast Plaza.

Families can discover Rockreation, a local indoor climbing venue, or any of the nearby amusement parks. Shopaholics will love the new Bridge of Gardens linking both sides of the South Coast Plaza where 270 stores and restaurants from 17 countries await.

The SoBeCa District celebrates art, fashion, and the outdoors with specialty shopping centered on lifestyle and culture. Best of the Road users love Costa Mesa’s array of restaurants recommending Eat Chow, Octica’s Pizza, Marche Moderne, Pinot Provence, and Antonello’s for example.

For even more great eats try the Golden Truffle, Charlie Palmer, Old Vine Café, El Chinaco, Mastro’s or Zipangu. Reviewers described these hometown digs as imaginative, fantastic, and extraordinary. Locals embrace Costa Mesa as Orange County’s hidden gem.

young families, affordable, near beach, nestled between beautiful Newport Beach and Huntington Beach in prestitious Orange County. Most beautiful, happy and friendly people. Lovely weather.
Reviewed by shilo
on September 17, 2012
Costa Mesa has a wide range of dining options, in a wide variety of ethnicities, from casual to formal. It is home to the luxurious Mastro's Steakhouse, boasting the most buttery-tender cuts of dry-aged beef and world-famous butter cake. Costa Mesa is home to other top restaurants like The Capital Grille, Scott's Seafood and Charlie Palmer. Even many of the hotels in the city have top executive chefs and gourmet menus using seasonal ingredients. But it's not all high-end dining - Costa Mesa has restaurants of various price range and size. Family-friendly restaurants like Claim Jumper, Rainforest Cafe, Yardhouse and Maggiano's. Cuisines from dozens of different ethnic groups, some of those being Cuban, Greek, Indian, Peruvian, Moroccan, Korean, Persian and Thai. Costa Mesa also has a variety of health-centric restaurants including raw and vegan spots. Local specialty favorite spots include Old Vine Cafe, Eat Chow, Memphis Cafe and Hamamori Sushi. In fact, it's hard to NOT find the kind of food you want in Costa Mesa. The variety of different neighborhoods in the city encourage the growth of smal boutique-style cafes and restaurants creating unique dishes, many of those using local and sustainable ingredients. You could spend many weekends exploring the city and trying different restaurants and never be bored of the variety of different cuisines in the city. Any foodie would love the dining experiences in this city, and those who come from out of town to shop at South Coast Plaza, go to the OC Fair or see a show at OC Performing Arts Center leave raving about the great offerings of the city. Costa Mesa deserves the Best for Food vote!
Reviewed by bice710
on September 17, 2012
There is something for everyone from casual to the best in fine dining. Mastro's is amazing! You will not find a better steak anywhere and the service is incredible.
Reviewed by lbwint1
on September 17, 2012
Costa Mesa has it all! The ultimate in culinary diversity regardless of your budget. Whether you are craving a fine cut of beef from Mastro's Steakhouse or delicious sushi at Zipangu, you will find everything here. Check out 118 Degrees for the freshest gourmet living cuisine. Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza is the finest French bistro you have to try! The Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar is brand new and their salads and burgers are heavenly. Take advantage of their dining patio outside overlooking the lake. Savoy's at the Hotel Hanford is also new and they offer the best lamb and guino I have
Reviewed by Paulette
on September 17, 2012
I love this city! So many fantastic places to eat and the best shopping. But the quality of the restaurants is incredible. Creative and delicious!
Reviewed by suestorm4565
on September 17, 2012
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