Orange County Grilled Cheese Guide

The Grilled Cheese. Could a sandwich be more perfect? We don’t think so, the perfect mix of buttery, crunchy and cheesy in one delicious and savory sandwich. If you are a grilled cheese fan, you’ll love this list.

Bacchua Bar & Bistro

6735 Quail Hill Pkwy.
Irvine, California 92603
(949) 502-4600

What the restaurant has 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 their Lobster Grilled Cheese with brie, cheddar, mayo, and sourdough.

Boudin SF

3333 Bristol St., Space 1000, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | (714) 689-2253
2803 Main Street, Space A, Irvine, CA 92614 | (949) 222-9111
More locations available on website.

What the restaurant has to say: In 1849, the Boudin family struck culinary gold. Wild yeasts in the San Francisco air had imparted a unique tang to their traditional French bread, giving rise to “San Francisco sourdough French bread.” Today, the Boudin family’s initial recipe lives on in the hands and hearts of our expert bakers, with a portion of the original mother dough still starting each and every sourdough loaf we make.

Try one of the following from their menu: The Great Grilled Cheese – vegetarian, Grilled Brie with Apples & Fig jam, Grilled Cheese with Ham, The Great with bacon.


279 E. 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 | (949) 877-3015
180 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 | (657) 215-3559
14376 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA 92604 | (949) 556-4894

What the restaurant has to say: Bruxie is a new take on The Sandwich, using a creative version of an authentic Belgian Waffle as the bread. The waffle is light, airy, crispy, and not sweet. Bruxie Waffles are paired with quality seasonal ingredients, offering both Savory choices like Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Prosciutto & Gruyere, and Hot Pastrami, as well as a variety of Sweet options such as our Seasonal Crème Brulee, Nutella & Banana and S’Mores. It’s great for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!

Try their Cheesy Bruxie for only $5.50

C4 Deli

200 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 263-1555

What the restaurant has to say: The Cure for the Common is what happens when an old school, house sourced NY Deli marries a modern wine bar/retail shop as well as a craft beer bar. Retail, quick bites, counter/bartop service, insane selections of craft and artisan beers, wines, cheeses, meats and house baked breads. It will speak to the Art Deco exterior of this historical building, the Empire Building, with Craftsman warmth as well as grandiose odes to 20’s stylized Art Deco sunbursts, long lines and the sheer, stark beauty that Rockefeller would’ve been envious he didn’t design and own for himself. Gotham City meets Frank Lloyd Wright, while maintaining the non-“Disney-esqe” way of making it actually feel like it authentically has been operating for decades with an inviting warmth. Escape into this whirl of smells of baking bread, delicious wine and beer and sharp intrigue of exotic cheeses, house-cured meats, and a gorgeous design that shoots you 100 years into the past.

Try their Grilled Cheese Vegetarian with Cheddar & Provolone on French Bread. You can even make it a fancy-schmancy grilled cheese with some of our add-ons!

Eat Chow

1802 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 | (949) 650-CHOW (2469)
211 62nd St. Newport Beach, CA | (949) 423-7080

What the restaurant has to say: We are a small cafe with locations in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Our Menu is sort of all over the place but we call our cuisine New American. We try really hard to make our food taste good and give the best service possible.

Try their Simple Grilled Cheese with Tillamook Cheddar, Imported Swiss, Muenster, Parmesan Encrusted Texas Toast, and Your Choice of Soup or Salad. You can also add avocado and tomato.

In-N-Out Burger

Locations all over Orange County available on website.

What the restaurant has to say: On January 7th, In-N-Out celebrates the addition of its 300th restaurant and its second location in Anaheim, California. Our family of restaurants serves quality burgers, fries, and shakes across five states: CA, NV, AZ, UT, and TX. You can find a Grilled Cheese, along with other items, on their not-so-secret menu online.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

240 S State College Blvd, Brea CA 92821 | (714) 529-9300
13290 Jamboree Rd, Irvine CA 92602 | (714) 731-9700
1623 West Katella Ave. Orange CA 92867 | (714) 769-7020
16310 Beach Blvd, Westminster CA 92683 | (714) 500-1140

What the restaurant has to say: The Southern California restaurant Lazy Dog has become a neighborhood culinary destination providing memorable food & small-town hospitality to each and every guest. Come on by and give us a try! Sit. Stay. Play.

Try their Grilled Cheese with Cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella & jack melted between Parmesan sourdough.

Nate's Corner

3960 S Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 545-5772

What the restaurant has to say: Everyone at Nate’s Korner takes just as much pride in our top quality meats, cheeses, and produce as we do with our friendly service. After being opened for over twenty years and having the same location since 1975, our customers are now our families instead of our customers.

Try their grilled cheese with 3 cheeses on your choice of breads.


3405 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92823 | (657) 444-2291
19696 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 | (714) 963-3900
4249 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 | (949) 737-2090
211 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | (949) 715-0464
2727 Newport Blvd. Suite 302, Newport Beach, CA 92663 | (949)723-0034

What the restaurant has to say: SLAPFISH brings you real American seafood, redefined with simple flavors and a healthy slap of FRESH. No white tablecloths or fancy silverware, just a boatload of deliciousness in a fast-casual setting. Why not indulge in the quality of fine-dining with the cost and convenience of fast food?

Try their Clobster Grilled Cheese with half crab, half lobster, tomato and awesome sauce.

The Counter

2981 Michelson Drive, Irvine CA 92612 | (949) 596-7227
6416 Irvine Boulevard, Irvine CA 92620 | (949) 336-7272
1104 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949) 642-0700

What the restaurant has to say: We’re on a mission to challenge the way people think about burgers. That’s why we started this place. We’re about creative construction. Making things delicious. We think life should be about experiences. Trying stuff. Learning. Being inventive. So we’ve searched for ingredients, chosen quality meats, created sauces, toasted buns, melted cheeses and crafted shakes that shout flavor. Show us what you’ve got. Create something special. We’re with you.

Try their Grilled Cheese Trifecta with Tillamook Cheddar, Yellow American, and Sharp Provolone on Sourdough bread. You can even add Applewood smoked bacon!

The Deck on Laguna

627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-6700

What the restaurant has to say: Located along Sleepy Hollow Lane, just steps from Main Beach, savor the freshest oysters and small bites at of one of the most popular restaurants in Laguna Beach, CA. Open everyday for lunch and dinner, taste fresh appetizers and delicious entrées at our seafood restaurant, nestled along the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Try their grilled cheese with Vermont Cheddar, Danish Fontina, Nueske Bacon, caramelized onions on rustic French bread, comes with tomato soup - perfect for dipping.

The Iron Press

3321 Hyland Ave, Suite E
Costa Mesa, California
(714) 426-8088

What the restaurant has to say: The Iron Press is serving up scrumptious savory and sweet waffle sandwiches. Along with our waffles, we offer loads of specialty local and imported beers. We are focused on slinging out fresh ingredients, and working with our local community to create a fun and interactive dining experience! Stop in to our Costa Mesa or Anaheim locations and enjoy the music, the art, food and libations.

Try their Gooey Cheese with smoked Gouda, sharp cheddar and gruyere on a waffle.

The Melt

665 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 | (949) 954-6621
47 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | (805) 395-6970
2943 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782 | (657) 212-6816

What the restaurant has to say: THE MELT is committed to bringing fresh, 100% all-natural, real ingredients to everyday American classics. Their made-to-order menu of ‘real happy food’ includes hot-n-crispy grilled cheese melts, juicy burger melts, fresh chicken melts, fries, salads, hand crafted soups, mac & cheese and deliciously refreshing soft serve ice cream.

Choose between the Classic with aged sharp cheddar on artisan white, the Italian Job with Fontana & provolone, and mushrooms on spicy garlic bread, the Mac Daddy with aged sharp cheddar, macaroni, and bacon on artisan white, or the Truffle with truffle, Fontana, and spinach on artisan white.

Tommy Bahama Restaurants

Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach Bar & Grill
400 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | (949) 376-6886
Tommy Bahama Island Grille
854 Avocado, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949) 760-8686

What the restaurant has to say: The legendary Tommy Bahama is just that: A legend, the personification of an idyllic life. Inspired by the refined, unhurried attitude of coastal life, out founders created the character to define the very essence of our brand. Even today, we let our fictional namesake’s debonair lifestyle guide almost every decision.

Try their Lobster Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque with Maine Lobster and 3 Cheeses on Grilled Sourdough.

Urban Grill & Wine Bar

27412 Portola Pky,
Foothill Ranch CA 92610
(949) 340-2055

What the restaurant has to say: Established in 2012 my partner Jaime and I started this business in Foothill Ranch to add a quality restaurant and wine bar to a location in desperate need of something unique and family operated. Having both spent most of our adult lives in the restaurant business, we understand the importance that our food be of the highest quality and our service be extremely friendly and professional. Our menu offers a variety of dishes from simple sandwiches at reasonable prices to the best steaks and seafood we can offer.

We are a unique, upscale eatery offering gourmet comfort food and boutique wines served by friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Try their Grilled Cheese Sandwich and fries.

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