There are a lot of seafood restaurants in Orange County, but finding one that offers seafood for everyone’s taste can be challenging. Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite seafood restaurants that specialize in serving only the freshest seafood. Some of these places are great for a date night or a relaxing lunch or dinner. All of them are incredible, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy them!
CIR Lounge, located in Fountain Valley, is a hidden gem making a big name with its pristine and elegant setting. This place will set the mood for a romantic date night or night out with friends. Although CIR Lounge is known to be a seafood restaurant, they also specialize in other areas, such as steaks. The flavors of these dishes are described as a combination of Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine.
The seafood dishes here are exquisite and unique in flavor and presentation. The caviar cones are just fantastic, and yes, caviar cones are precisely that. Freshly made cones stuffed with Sturgeon Caviar, Spicy Tuna, and Yuzu Creme Fraiche, which melts in your mouth and will be unforgettable. Their Truffle Fried Rice is, oh my goodness, something out of this world. Lobster, scallops, minced truffle, and edamame make this dish perfect. You can bet that each bite of the fried rice has the perfect portions of lobster and scallops.
They have a great selection of craft cocktails that are made to perfection, from their CIR Old Fashioned to their delicious Haruka, which consists of gin, choya umeshu, cucumber, lime, and mint. These drinks are excellent, and everything at CIR Lounge is remarkable, and their quality of food, drink, and presentation says it all.
CIR Lounge is the spot to be and a great seafood restaurant in Orange County.
O Sea is a seafood restaurant focusing on unique and fun-to-try dishes you won’t find at other seafood restaurants. The restaurant was founded by Mike Flynn, an Orange County native who has always loved seafood and wanted to create a place where people could enjoy fresh, delicious seafood dishes.
O Sea has some truly unique dishes, like their “Wild British Columbian Salmon Ceviche” with coconut leche de tigre and Fresno Chiles, which are sure to please any food lover. The restaurant also offers a great variety of wines from around the world and local craft beers. O Sea is a family-friendly restaurant that makes getting together with friends easy.
O Sea is the perfect seafood restaurant in Orange County to gather with friends and family to enjoy fresh and unique seafood.
Circle and Hook
Circle and Hook is the best place to grab an ice-cold beer and indulge in the most amazing seafood dishes. Circle and Hook is located in Lido Village in Newport Beach, and it’s a small place with huge flavors and a great variety of cocktails and beers.
Their menu consists of fish tacos, clam chowder, fish bowls, and the catch of the day, served with sides of your choice. The fish and chips here are the absolute best I’ve ever had! Crunchy with each bite, and you can immediately taste the freshness of the fish. The Baja-Style Tacos are perfection with avocado relish, pico de gallo, cabbage, and spicy aioli with lime. The fish tacos’ flavor is so fresh and incredible that your mind will think you are somewhere in Los Cabos.
Circle and Hook has a fantastic variety of craft beers, wine, and cocktails. Some popular cocktails to try are Ranch Water, Kai Tai, Smoke Show, and their Prickly Pear Margarita. I love coming here for ice-cold beer that pairs perfectly with an entree we order.
Circle and Hook are partners with Bear Flag Co, a local fishing company that provides freshly caught fish to local restaurants and markets; they have also been members of the Dory Fleet in Newport for a few years. From the ocean to the table is exactly what you’ll get at Circle and Hook.
Circle and Hook overlooks the beautiful Newport Bay, which makes your dining experience even more impressive. This is a must-try seafood restaurant in Orange County that will not disappoint.
Gulfstream, located in Newport Beach, is an excellent restaurant for lunch or dinner. Their seafood dishes are always fresh and made to perfection. They have a Thursday-Saturday dish called True Dove Sole, which is a delicacy flown in directly from the North Atlantic. Another must-have dish is their Ruby Red Trout, cooked perfectly with tasty flavors that jump out at you. Their Heavenly Biscuits are phenomenal, light, and airy, with defined flaky layers. They also have various options on their menu, including soups, salads, and steaks.
They offer a great selection of wines from California and a great selection of cocktails. Their outdoor seating area with firepits makes your dining experience even better.
Fresh Off The Boat Fish Grill
Mediterranean meets Mexican is the best combination ever! FOB Fish Grill has three locations, Tustin, Placentia, and Santa Ana.
Fresh Off The Boat brings a new name and style to seafood dining. Mediterranean and Mexican-inspired dishes make this place unique. How can you go wrong with this combination? Their ahi poke and the salmon bowl are unbelievable; fresh fish mixed with crispy veggies and creamy sauce. Once you take the first bite, it melts away like Butter.
FOB Fish Grill also has a variety of build-your-own bowls, and you select your desired fish and sides. Their fish lineup consists of Cod (Grilled/Battered), Salmon, Mahi-Mahi, Seared Ahi Tuna, Shrimp (Grilled/Battered), and Barramundi. They also have fish tostadas, pita wraps, and tacos, all containing your choice of meats, such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken, or fresh fish. They also have fantastic tzatziki sauce, hummus, rice, beans, pita, and many other excellent sides to accompany your delicious meal.
Coming here means your eating delicious and healthy, which always makes us feel amazing. Fresh Off The Boat is the best place to grab a meal prep, lunch, or dinner!