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6 new restaurants are opening in Orange County this year

If you thought Orange County couldn’t get any more Orange County, just did it. And trust us, this is good! Some of SoCal’s favorite restaurants are heading to OC and we couldn’t be more ready to welcome them. From fire-grilled sushi to fancy bruschetta tables and organic pastries, OC’s restaurant scene is growing almost faster than we can keep up. . There’s a new place for every occasion: date nights, takeout, and casual outings with friends. Visit these new restaurants as soon as possible and find out what everyone is talking about.

If your New Year’s resolution was to be patient, sugar fish he’s testing you. LA’s favorite sushi restaurant created a buzz online for dream sushi even days after dining. Open for dine-in and takeout, Sugarfish perfected the take-out experience with signature white bento boxes labeled to order. Corona del Mar is the next milestone sugar fishof the list and is slated to open in late 2023. Needless to say, we’re on the edge of our seats for this one.

Place: Corona del Mar

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Officially opened on January 19 JOEY Newport Beach is already making a name for itself with a locally sourced but globally inspired menu. The fashion island dining room doubles as a local art gallery, while the cozy outdoor fire pit is the perfect area for mingling and sipping cocktails. Order a Joey Super – a twist on the classic highball with a lemon-lemon granita and pair it with flame-marinated salmon sushi or Ravioli Bianco with a truffle sauce. This casual yet elevated restaurant will be your new Newport spot.

Location: Newport Beach

Pizza, beer and the beach are truly a California dream. And when it’s sourdough pizza dough, it’s heaven on Earth! At Beachwood Pizza & Beer in Huntington Beach, chef Waldo Stout’s secret recipe combines house-ground flour (you read that right!) and yeast Beachwood‘s sour brewery in a 48-hour fermented mass that simply cannot be reproduced. The atmosphere is coastal casual and their menu includes signature cakes along with custom creation options. Don’t skip the homemade bread, if you know it, you already know it.

Location: Huntington Beach

Leave your preconceived notions of bruschetta at the door Carter Park Square, now open in Irvine. Suitable for any time of the day, Delivery manThe bruschetta boards layer on crusty warm bread with your choice of toppings – think brie and fig, artichoke spread, burrata, mushroom and mascarpone… you name it! Delivery manThe city’s West Coast outpost takes a nod to the ’90s music scene, and on the outdoor patio, a glass of wine with lunch is the norm.

Local knowledge: For $25, guests can uncork a bottle of wine with a bruschetta board on Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m.

Location: Irvine

Best New OC Restaurants - Sugarfish
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A Laguna Beach staple, Starfish is expanding to Newport Beach in Spring 2023 at The Garden on Riverside and PCH (near C’est Si Bon). Expect raw sushi rolls, handmade dumplings and wok classics inspired by the culinary traditions of Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. You will find an elegant interior both for the night and for dinner with your crew. keep going @starfishnewport for updates on the grand opening.

Location: Newport Beach

Rye products open in Laguna Beach! This organic yeast bakery will easily add to the rustic charm of this beach town as if it always belonged there. The new location will be located behind the Flower Stand on Forest Ave, and will serve coffee and natural wines with a rotating menu inspired by the seasons. Among the field breads, seeds and sesame there is an assortment of dough made with all-natural ingredients. Rye productsGood Morning Bun and Fingerprint Jam Biscuits are must-haves!

Local knowledge: Rye productsThe recipes incorporate an 18-year-old sourdough starter, nicknamed Wynona Ryeder.

Place: Laguna Beach


A lover of the beach, food, and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all that sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing her favorite local gems and started writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or at Laguna!