Best Seafood Restaurants in Orange County – CBS Los Angeles

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Seafood is something that can easily be done wrong. However, when you get good seafood you tend to remember it and maybe even crave it for a while afterward. From traditional seafood dishes to spicy Mexican dishes to places where you can enjoy great seafood and great beer, here are some of the best places in Orange County to grab your dose of fruit. sea.

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(credit: EMC Seafood)

EMC seafood and raw sea bass

14346 Culver Drive
Irvine, California 92604
(949) 748-3979

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, with sister branches in LA County, is a great place if you love seafood. With a popular raw bar, featuring oyster pullers, shrimp cocktail, fruit tower with 2 whole lobsters, a fresh uni, mussels, clams and more, EMC Seafood is a very popular seafood restaurant in Irvine. Their oyster and clam menu is extensive, but if you’re in the mood for other seafood dishes, they have plenty of appetizers like grilled shrimp tacos. Or opt for sushi rolls, crab toast, lobster ravioli, as well as a la carte options like whole shrimp or whole lobster. Whatever you order, the flavors here are great.

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(Credit: Mastro’s Ocean Club)

Mastro Ocean Club

Crystal Cove Mall
8112 east coast highway
Newport Beach, CA 92657
(949) 376-6990

Located right by the water in Newport Beach, Mastro’s Ocean Club was opened to orient itself towards excellent seafood dishes. From shrimp and Dungeness crab cocktails to lobster cocktails, oysters on the beach. half-shell, Alaskan king crab claws, and fried squid, those are just the entrees here. While you can order steaks and chops, Mastro’s Ocean Club offers seafood. So go for their Chili Bar, a delicious Alaskan Halibut, as well as their Alaskan King Crab Legs. Pair any of these dishes with their lobster mashed potatoes or other great sides, and you’ll be in heaven.

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(credit: The cannery)

The cannery

3010 avenue Lafayette
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 566-0060

Located in a beautiful setting overlooking the bay, The Cannery is perfect for offering delicious and fresh seafood dishes. The cannery menu offers a variety of fresh seafood, salads, as well as steaks, chicken, and excellent sushi and sashimi. Using only wild angled fish, the seafood here is as fresh as it gets. Plus, pair any of their options with some great wine varietals, and it’s a winning pair. The restaurant also offers a variety of cocktails and drinks, including cognacs, ports, beers and sakes. For seafood, oysters, scallops, giant shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, clam chowder, lobster rolls and entrees like salmon, halibut and sea bass are also offered.

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(credit: Harbor Grill)

The port grill

34499, rue de la Lanterne dorée
Dana Point, California 92629
(949) 240-1416

There is no better place for a seafood restaurant than a coastal town. The Harbor Grill offers all the seafood one could wish for, from soups to salads to entrees. Plus, you’ll find items here that you can’t find everywhere, including shrimp and a crab cocktail. If you need a seafood fix, but want to keep your meal light enough, the Harbor Grill has fish salads as well as Louie crab. Entrees range from grilled Louisiana-style shrimp to salmon with a Thai curry sauce, so you can get your fix pretty much any way you want with grilled seafood over mesquite.

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Photo credit: Thinkstock

Ostioneria Bahia

144 S. Tustin Street
Orange, California 92866
(714) 997-2010

A lot of people probably don’t eat seafood very often as it can get a bit pricey. This is not the case in Bahia. Here, you can get a plate with shrimp, octopus, or fish for under $ 15, or a plate with shrimp for under $ 8. The menu also includes various cocktails of seafood, ceviche, tostadas and tortas. Dishes like those with diabla sauce are a good alternative to standard American seafood dishes.

Related: Best Lobster Bisque in Orange County

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(credit: Taps Fish House & Brewery)

TAPS Fish House

101 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, California 92821
(714) 257-0101

TAPS certainly has everything you could want in a seafood restaurant: a wide variety of fish, lobster, crab and oyster dishes on the half-shell. The menu also offers pasta and jambalaya dishes, as well as favorites like fish and chips. You can also find a great selection of seafood on the Sunday brunch menu. While this place has all kinds of seafood you could want, it also has some amazing beers to pair with these seafood dishes to make your meal even better.

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