Small Plates/Tapas in Orange County

Small plates/Tapas are the best way to explore and try new things when you go out to eat without having ordering a lot of food. Great for a night out for date night or with a group of friends for cocktails.


Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

2607 Main St
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 387-8887
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Hours:
Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 9pm
Friday 11:30am - 10pm
Saturday 5 - 10pm
Closed on Sundays

What they have to say: To us, serving food and drinks is not enough. It’s important to go further, to think responsibly and to care deeply about all aspects of sourcing and preparing our food, serving it with style and creating an environment where sharing a meal enhances relationships with family and friends. That’s what Andrei’s is all about.

Try the Grilled Cheese & Avocado Bites with Gouda, Provolone, Cheddar and avocado with sourdough bread.


Bacchus Bar and Bistro

Quail Hill Shopping Center
6735 Quail Hill Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 502-4600
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Hours:
Sunday - Monday 3 - 9pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 11:30am - 10pm
Thursday - Friday 11:30am - 11pm
Saturday 12 - 11pm

What they have to say: Bacchus bar and bistro is the neighborhood spot you stop at for a glass of wine, and then realize they have much more to offer. Bacchus bar and bistro has evolved into a perfect combination, EAT, DRINK, SOCIAL.
With a relaxed and friendly environment that feels like home, you can dine on food that is familiar yet current, sip on your favorite wine or meet with friends to catch up on life.

Try the Warm Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chinese sausage, Shishito peppers, fried garlic and seasame ponzu


Cafe Tu Tu Tango

The Outlets at Orange
20 City Blvd W
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 769-2222
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Hours:
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 12am
Friday - Saturday 11am - 1am

What they have to say: CAFÉ TU TU TANGO evokes a time when artists found inspiration and community in sharing food, drink and philosophy with one another. The bohemian lifestyle fashioned life as a grand celebration, a feast of the senses to be shared and treasured. Together, artists found kinship over meals shared on appetizer-sized plates, over drink, music, and conversation.

Try the Baked Mediterranean Spinach Dip with spinach blended with Feta cheese, roasted peppers & Parmesan pita chips


K’ya Bistro Bar

La Casa Del Camino
1287 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-9718
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Hours:
Open Daily 4:30 - 10pm

What they have to say: K'ya Bistro Bar is located in the historic, La Casa del Camino hotel in the heart of Laguna Beach. With small plates and an emphasis on sharing, K'ya Bistro Bar offers a diverse menu with flavors from the Mediterranean and a local bistro appeal at this restaurant near the beach. This Laguna restaurant is a stone's throw from the beach and reflects a lively San Francisco-esque atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a private table, or have a drink by the fireplace before or after dinner in the comfortable lobby lounge. This is one of the local beach-goers favorite bars in Laguna Beach.

Try the Mixed Olives with herbs, roasted peppers and Marcona almonds


Kitchen Republic

7821 Edinger Ave #110
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 891-8890
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Hours:
Monday 3 - 9pm
Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday 11:30am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday 11:30sm - 10pm

Try the Bacon Wrapped Dated stuffed with cream cheese & almonds


Playground

220 E 4th St #102
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 560-4444
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Hours:
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday - Thursday 5 - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 12am
Sunday 3:30 - 8:30pm

What they have to say: Craft beer focus. Fifteen taps, 60 bottle list. All rare stuff. Food-wise, new American small plates. Ingredient driven. Technique driven. One great burger, epic chicken wings, delicious pork belly, awesome vegetable preparations, sous-vide hanger steak, interesting flavor combinations. Open kitchen, communal seating, bar-height tables made of ebony wood, 27-foot white-quartz bar. I want to put together a creative culinary team. What WE can do is better than what any one person can do. It is mandatory for every person to contribute to the menu

Try the Grilled Broccolini with idiazabal espuma, romesco, pine nuts and lemon


Prego Ristorante

Irvine Towers
18420 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 553-1333
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Hours:
Monday - Saturday 11am - 10pm
Sunday 11am - 9pm

What they have to say: Prego Ristorante extends Chef Ugo’s authentic recipes and our experienced service to a sophisticated catering division. Whether a large gala affair or more intimate dinner party, our experienced staff is here to help you create a memorable event. Our specialties include, but are not limited to Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Private Celebrations, Holiday Gatherings, Corporate Receptions/Meetings, and Elegant Events.

Try the Margarita Wood-Fired Pizza with tomato sauce, fresh basil, and mozzarella


Pueblo Tapas

3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 340-5775
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Hours:
Monday - Tuesday 11:30am - 9pm
Wednesday - Thrusday 11:30am - 10pm
Friday 11:30am - 11pm
Saturday 11am - 11pm
Sunday 11am - 9pm

What they have to say: Our cuisine aims for sophistication in taste and techniques yet approachability in style and value – consistently fresh elements and simple, delicious flavors always stand the test of time. The vibrant Spanish cuisine indeed offers us a great canvas on which to feature a variety of shareable dishes showcasing the best ingredients possible.

Try the Queso Fundido with charred goat cheese, black truffle and honey


SeaLegs Wine Bar

21022 Beach Blvd #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-5700
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Hours:
Monday - Friday 4 - 11:30pm
Saturday 10am - 11:30pm
Sunday 10am - 10:30pm

What they have to say: SeaLegs Wine Bar offers a Hamptons-style ambiance where guests can enjoy family-style seating, or sneak off to the many smaller, side tables and experience a quiet, intimate feel. California cuisine share plates and wine pairings and revolving dinner specials are only a few surprises SeaLegs has in store.

Try the Stinky Fries with three cheese garlie fondue topped with shaved parmesan and truffle oil


SideDoor

3801 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 717-4322
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Hours:
Monday - Saturday 4:30 - 11pm
Sunday 11:30am - 3pm | 4:30 - 11pm

What they have to say: We are excited to re-invigorate the neighborhood pub: a place to relax and enjoy good food, libations and friendly company. Here, we focus on artisanal cheese and charcuterie, seasonal plates and a library of world-class beverages. Cheers!

Try the Stilton Cheese Potato Chips with crispy prosciutto


Tempo Urban Kitchen

1060 Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 529-2900
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Hours:
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday - Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday 11am - 12am
Saturday 10am - 12am
Sunday 10am - 10pm

What they have to say: Executive Chef Chris Tzorin, Executive Chef Salvador Carrillo and Corporate Chef Charlie Medina have developed a menu which changes seasonally and infuses the best of modern, global flavors and cooking techniques with recognizable classics.

Try the Dirty Fries with mozzarella, pecorino, cheddar, onions, fried egg and chipotle mayo


The Black Plate

7132 W Garden Grove Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 890-0111

Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am - 2pm | 4 - 10pm

What they have to say: This restaurant just opened in April of this year! It's so new it doesn't even have a website but the reviews are fantastic.

Try the Project Poutine with blue/purple potatoes, gravy, cheese curds and chives


The Black Trumpet Bistro

18344 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 842-1122
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Hours:
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 10pm
Saturday 4 - 10pm
Sunday 4 - 9pm

What they have to say: The Black Trumpet Bistro specializes in Mediterranean tapas, small plates that bring you flavors from Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Morocco right here to Huntington Beach, CA. We also offer full entrees including traditional French rack of lamb, Moroccan chicken tagine, and a variety of handmade Italian pastas.

Try the Bruschetta Three Ways with olive tapenade, caponata and cannellini beans


The Speakeasy

7561 Center Ave #37
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 899-3279
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Hours:
Monday - Thursday 4 - 11pm
Friday 4pm - 12am
Saturday 10am - 12am
Sunday 10am - 11pm

What they have to say: Restaurant & bar serving eclectic American small plates, wine & beer in a stylish old-school space.

Try the Creole Crab Cakes with lump crab, green onions, bell peppers and sriracha aioli


UnCorked Wine Bar

22342 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 589-1156
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Hours:
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Tuesday - Wednesday 11:30am - 9pm
Thursday 11:30am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 11:30am - 11pm

What they have to say: Not a wine Connoisseur? Intimidated by those who are? Well, We are Not A Wine Snob Bar! We offer a large selection of wines by the glass, flights of wines, and if you want to taste any of the wine in the shop, we are happy to open a bottle for you for a small service fee. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer your questions about wine and to select the wine best suited to your taste.

Try the Uncorked Cheese Plate with am assortment of cheddar, havarti, and gouda served with grapes, marcona almonds, dried cranberries, salami, and crackers


Vaca

South Coast Plaza
695 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 463-6060
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Hours:
Monday - Friday 11am - 2:30pm | 5 - 10:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 5 - 10:30pm

What they have to say: Inspired by the diverse regions of Spain, award-winning Chef Amar Santana, along with his partner Ahmed Labbate and investors Rich Cadarette and Paul Roy, create an atmosphere where the food and drink transport you to Spain.

Try the La Bola - crispy potato balls with ground beef, aioli, spicy tomato sauce

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