They say that Orange County is home to a Mediterranean climate, with temperate seasons, almost constant sunshine and the unparalleled beach meets mountains views. And like the Mediterranean, OC is home to some big hitting cuisine that’s influenced by fresh ingredients. Try any of these five Mediterranean spots and transport yourself to the islands of Greece or the shores of the Riviera.
1 Zov's Bistro
OC chef superstar Zov's namesake bistro has made a name on fresh, seasonal ingredients and a menu that's got something for everyone. Making a name for herself in the Mediterranean meets California cuisine game, she's got awards, accolades and more for just making the simple food she loves. You'll want seconds, thirds, and more. Thank goodness she's got spots in Irvine, Tustin and Newport.
2 Felix Continental Cafe
Sitting pretty at the Orange Circle, Felix Continental Cafe has earned legions of fans with its Spanish cuisine spiked with Cuban flair. Whether you dine al fresco in the Circle or choose to sit inside (where they serve killer drinks) the paella and seafood specialties are reason enough to trek to Old Towne.
36 Plaza Sq.
Orange, CA 92866
3 Panini Cafe
This beachside stop is a favorite for locals, but don't let the small space fool you. Whether you're here for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Panini Cafe is small on size but huge on flavor. With authentic recipes, amazing service and an unbeatable location in CdM, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better place for a quick bite.
2333 E. Coast Hwy.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
4 Thasos Greek Island Grille
Garnering award after award for authentic Greek food, the quaint and quiet Thasos isn't one to brag. The food does the talking, and what it says is that it's fresh, flavored just like back in Greece and that it earns awards and a loyal customer base at the same time.
3940 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
If a restaurant is at the chic and sophisticated Shorebreak Hotel, you can expect sleek lounging and even better food. Zimzala (strange name and all) doesn't disappoint on either count. With ocean views and top-notch Mediterranean fusion, just one taste is all you'll need to be booking your next visit.