Top Restaurants in Costa Mesa

Dining in Costa Mesa has everything a foodie or fine diner could ask for.  Every type of food imaginable ranging from upscale fine dining to unpretentious locally sourced foodie destinations are all within a short range from South Coast Plaza right off the freeway.

  1. Anqi Restaurant 

    This top Asian-fusion restaurant has been a fine dining destination for those shopping at South Coast Plaza and countless other dining guests. Visitors frequent this establishment simply for the chic atmosphere bathed in the lucky color red according to many Eastern traditions, and delicious gourmet food. Items on the menu range from Truffle Sashimi, Chef An’s Famous Roasted Crab from the secret kitchen, to Misoyaki Butterfish.  If you love fine dining Asian-fusion food, don’t miss Anqi Restaurant.  There is even a runway down the center of the main dining hall with flowing water for good Feng Shui.

  2. Habana Restaurant – located within the Anti-Mall near South Coast Plaza

This Cuban inspired restaurant has the most quaint and beautifully lit outdoor patio that you won’t want to miss. There are white lights hanging from the olive trees and cute outdoor tables that are perfect for dining there on a warm Spring evening.  Dishes range from El Churrasco – a steak with Chimichurri sauce, Plantain Crusted Chicken, to Rum Pepper Shrimp.  The atmosphere is warm, friendly, inviting, casual and the food is truly amazing.

  1.  Vaca – Costa Mesa near South Coast Plaza

For an unpretentious foodie paradise with farm to table ingredients and service, definitely visit Spanish inspired Vaca restaurant.  There are plenty of tapas to choose from to share items family-style and sample plenty of their delicious fare.  Or try one of their many selections of Paella.  With four different types, it is one dish they specialize in as well as a wide selection of steaks, even Bison Striploin.  Their desserts are top of the line with flan, tres leches cake, and house-made ice cream.

  1.  The Boathouse Collective – Costa Mesa

The second foodie inspired unpretentious restaurant with organic and seasonal menu items, The Boathouse Collective is another great choice that also offers live music.  With picnic style tables outdoors, and a simple menu selection that offers quality ingredients that are locally sourced.  Dishes offered include; Katsu Chicken, Filet Medallions, and Green Papaya salad. It is a great atmosphere to check out especially with a group for dining outdoors and making a night of it by staying for the live music later on in the evening.

Costa Mesa restaurants offer plenty of options to choose from when visiting the area.  The listings shown are more local favorites which are also good to know to get an inside take on what is hot and what is not.  For those new to the area, South Coast Plaza is a great starting point as it is very centrally located right off the 405 freeway.  It is easy to find, also a great attraction for shopping, and has amazing restaurants such as Anqi located within it.