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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Cafe
“an introduction to California dining - fresh produce is delivered daily from nearby farms and prepared just for you!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Premise
“ Great place to take the kids for an interactive science experience. Hundreds of experiments and hand-on exhibits. Good idea to call ahead because it is a popular field trip destination for local schools. --Steven”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Coffee shop with a bohemian vibe serving pastry, soup, sandwiches & burgers off the grill. open mic nights, poetry readings”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
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“If you are at South Coast Plaza and just want a meal and a glass of wine without checking how many stars they have, then this standard is not that bad. Many items on the menu are double ordered -- meaning you get on at the restaurant and a whole new one to take home! 2 for 1! Only in America!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“ Sausage and pretzel rolls were wonderful. Also had a great selection of beers.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“SEAFOOD: Messy because you have to peel all your seafood, but full of flavor. I love getting the shrimp and the cajun fries. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“Fantastic spot for a late lunch, or an afternoon coffee. Close to South Coast Plaza for world class shopping. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“They also have outdoor concerts in the summer. There is a pool and play ground for the kids. We like to go running through the park. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
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“Happening, high-tech club in an iconic Vaudeville theater with concerts, DJs, light & sound effects.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“DELICIOUS. Every item on the menu is a home run, especially their signature Chilaquiles. They are open for breakfast and lunch, but if you plan on eating breakfast, get there early or be willing to wait for a table (most times). ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
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“As authentic of an English pub you're likely to find in Southern California. Food is excellent--steak and kidney pie is to die for. Also the fish and chips. Lots of British beers available. Football viewing (soccer to us Americans), and live music. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“My go to place for banh mi. It's quick and easy, and you can watch them make it fresh. They also have really good pate chu and other goodies as you pay at the counter. And the smell of fresh bread...mmmhh. Good for breakfast.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“Although haven't tried yet, every time we drove by, there seems to be a line out (the store must've been small). Great Yelp reviews. ”
  • 2 locals recommend