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Hungry? These Costa Mesa restaurants are open for dine-in!

Posted on May 28, 2020 | 3:21pm | Travel Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa restaurants are opening for dine-in service. We don’t know about you, but we’re excited. Learn how they’re incorporating new health and safety practices from Executive Chef Zach Scherer of Wild Goose Tavern, Playa Mesa and The Country Club. Not sure which restaurant to go to first? We’ve got suggestions.

Select South Coast Plaza restaurants

South Coast Plaza is reopening on June 1, but several of their restaurants are already open. You can find full service dining at Water Grill, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Maggiano’s Little Italy and Morton’s (in South Coast Village). 

Photo courtesy of Playa Mesa

Playa Mesa

If you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican food, or the best margarita in Orange County, Playa Mesa has you covered. Their menu includes enchiladas, burritos, salads and more, including a weekend brunch. We suggest going for their Taco Tuesday platter to pair with one of their award-winning margaritas. You can mix and match the 6 tacos with any combination of birria, carne asada, carnitas, chicken, or veggie.

Photo courtesy of SOCIAL Costa Mesa


Named the Best Bar Program in 2019, Social Costa Mesa is serving up their award-winning cocktails and tasty food. Split the Brussels sprouts with honey butter, roasted hazelnuts and sweet potato hay as an appetizer. For an entree, try their wood fired steak frites with Wagyu flank steak, chimichurri and fries. Make sure to enjoy one of their craft cocktails too. We’re fans of the Mamba Mentality.

Photo courtesy of Shuck Oyster Bar

Shuck Oyster Bar

Have you been craving seafood? Shuck Oyster Bar at SOCO & The OC Mix reopened for dine in service, so you can get your favorites like lobster rolls, oysters and fish and chips. We recommend their crab cakes or their octopus ceviche. 


We’ve missed the smoky aroma of ARC’s wood fire grill and oven when walking through SOCO & The OC Mix. Now open for dinner service, you can enjoy ARC pizza, salads and entrees. Try their duck fat potatoes and ARC burger or the ½ roast chicken with lemon, garlic and butter. Pair your dinner with a craft cocktail, wine or beer.

Photo courtesy of Kate Coburn (@eatplayliftoc)

Landers Liquor Bar

Looking for a lively place for late night cocktails and food? Landers Liquor Bar has a large selection of spirits, along with wine and beer. We recommend trying one of their craft cocktails, though, like the Rebel Rebel. You can’t visit without sharing a charcuterie plate or their Brussels sprouts. For an entree we suggest their Landers burger with chipotle mayo and a choice of fries or tater tots. You can also substitute the Black Angus beef with an Impossible Burger.

No matter where you choose to dine, be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. For city guidelines, visit our COVID-19 information page. Not quite ready to dine in? That’s okay, too. Our restaurants are still serving up delicious takeout and delivery. See our list of open Costa Mesa restaurants and their dining options.