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MICHELIN-Recognized Restaurants in North Orange County

You know you are in for a dining experience like no other when you book a reservation at one of these Michelin-recognized restaurants. From budget-friendly Bib Gourmand picks to 10-seat omakase experiences, the food will be perfection and the service top-notch. Spend a weekend getaway in Southern California, enjoying all the best dining that North Orange County has to offer.

Chicken wings, ramen, tsukemen, and gyoza at Ramen & Tsukemen TAO in Buena Park, CA

Buena Park
Ramen & Tsukemen TAO—It's all about the ramen and tsukemen (dipping noodles) at this unassuming spot with only a few dozen seats for lucky diners. The intense broth takes 40 hours to prepare and you have white miso and red miso to choose from, among other options. The gyoza and pork buns also get high marks from those with a big appetite.

Anaheim (6 miles from Buena Park)
The Ranch—This spot is known as an upscale saloon and you can tell that they focus on big steaks when you peruse the menu: a 58 oz. Cowboy Ribeye, a 40 oz. Delmonico, and a 50 oz. Porterhouse are all available. If seafood is more your style, go for the lobster mac n' cheese with house-made pasta.

Fullerton (4 miles from Buena Park)
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen—Everyone raves about the friendly service here along with the delicious South Asian offerings like traditional aloo gobi and butter chicken. But it's the Tomahawk steak that really impresses so be sure to come with your appetite!

Dish at Omakase by Gino in Santa Ana, CA

Orange (11 miles from Buena Park)
Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen—Tacos are the big draw at this spot that offers a twist on traditional Mexican dishes. Go for the camarones with jalapeño crema or the grilled carne asada with chimichurri. Pozole verde with littleneck clams and shrimp is something you won't likely find elsewhere, so definitely give it a try.

Santa Ana (12 miles from Buena Park)
Omakase by Gino—This 10-seat omakase dining experience means you're in for a level of service you don't see elsewhere. Chef Choi Jin-ho will walk you through all the delicate dishes, explaining the fresh fish and local ingredients that make up each one.

El Mercado Modern Cuisine—Distinctive variations on traditional Mexican dishes are the norm at El Mercado Modern Cuisine (like the chips and guac with crickets!). The blue corn quesadilla with huitlacoche and oaxacan cheese is almost too pretty to eat, as is the pulpo a la plancha. Pair either with an Ay Madre, a refreshing Mezcal and tequila cocktail.

Wagyu beef sashimi at LSXO in Huntington Beach, CA

Fountain Valley (14 miles from Buena Park)
Gem Dining—The sleek decor welcomes guests to this spot that prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients in its Southeast Asian-inspired dishes. The braised pork shank with kare kare sauce is a lovely dish to share and you'll definitely want to save room for the sticky toffee pudding.

Momoyama—Snag a seat at the counter and go for the omakase menu, offered at two different price points depending on how hungry you are. Alternatively, you can order a number of different sushi sets, like the 10-piece premium sushi that gets high marks from diners.

Huntington Beach (15 miles from Buena Park)
LSXO—If you are all about making your way through the speakeasy circuit, you'll definitely want to stop by this spot where the food gets just as much time in the spotlight as the cocktails. "Soupy" and "dry" noodles both have their place on the menu, along with fried sea bass and traditional imperial rolls.

Garden Grove (14 miles from Buena Park)
Garlic & Chives by Kristin—The best way to experience the vastness of this menu is by dining with a few (hungry) friends and ordering a lot of dishes. We suggest you start with the grilled pork sausage roll before enjoying the spicy tamarind crab and fish head hot pot.

Pho 79—Pho connoisseurs flock to this spot that has been the IT place for slurp-worthy pho since the early '80s. It's cash only and you'll definitely have to wait for a table but that just gives you time to let all the anticipation build before you have to choose from over a dozen varieties of deeply flavorful pho.

Seal Beach (20 miles from Buena Park)
Koi Japanese Kitchen—The menu hasn't changed much here in the last 35 years and that's because it continues to bring back guests again and again. You'll want to try whatever seasonal appetizers are being offered as they feature ingredients like Matsutake mushrooms and Copper River Salmon and won't be around for long.

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