Small Plates: The Top 5 Tapas Restaurants in Orange County

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For a night that’s not ordinary and some cuisine that’s anything but expected, try any of these Top 5 picks for Tapas in Orange County. Packing big flavor into tiny bites, this Spanish tradition’s taken root here on your shores, so sit back and feast at these festive spots.

1 Old Vine Café

In addition to being a full service restaurant for any meal and having hard-to-find specialty foods, Old Vine has a killer tapas menu, including handmade pasta, a tasting menu that offers four-course combos and wine pairings and a great spot at the CAMP that’s theatre-close and shopping-centric.

2937 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


2 Kappo Honda

For Japanese tapas, or yakitori, there’s no better spot than the always-crowded Kappo Honda. Skewered meats and warm noodle dishes keep loyal locals coming back, and if it’s your first visit, don’t be shy, sidle up to the yakitori bar and watch your meats sear and sizzle before your eyes.

18450 Brookhurst St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708


3 Lizarran Tapas

Pick a little, talk a little at this tradidional tapas spot, where little bits come pierced on picks, just like they’re presented in Spain. A national chain in tapas’ home turf, this spot was the first on American shores. With sangria specials, a killer happy hour and a sexy atmosphere, be sure it’s one of your picks.

310 N. Harbor Blvd.

Fullerton, CA 92832


4 Lola Gaspar

This sultry spot in the Santora has been garnering rave reviews since its opening, so it’s no surprise that it’s still going strong. With traditional and more modern takes on tapas and a late-night crowd that’s hungry to try something new, this spot adds big ideas to the concept of small plates.

211 W. 2nd St.

Santa Ana, CA 92701


5 Tapas Flavors of Spain

If you’re looking for an evening of small plates and big entertainment, Tapas is one spot where you can have a taste and then head to the dance floor. Salsa lessons and live entertainment are one reason this tucked-away spot comes alive after dark.

4253 Martingale Way

Newport Beach, CA 92660


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