These are the top-ranked seafood restaurants with water views in Orange County, California

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You can't beat the water views from these favorite seafood restaurants in Orange County, California.

As stunning sea views best compliment seafood, we have sourced the top seafood restaurants with water views in Orange County, California.
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When dining out at new places, your best bet is to get recommendations from people you know or online reviews. With thousands of people nominating their favorite places to dine in the U.S. in TripAdvisor, we think the top 3 choices are what the majority says are the best. So here are the top 3 seafood restaurants with water views in Orange County, California, according to TripAdvisor. They are worth traveling to whether you are from Los Angeles or Southern California! Keep reading to find out who they are and why you should travel there.

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Fly N Fish Oyster Bar and Grill

Travelers and locals ranking their favorites on TripAdvisor have ranked this American seafood grill & bar as the No. 2 Orange County, California restaurant out of 299 restaurants in Newport Beach. Further, it has been ranked as the No.1 seafood restaurant in Orange County, California.

Famed for its waterfront dining right on the beach on Newport's Balboa Peninsula and its reasonably priced meals, the Fly N Fish Oyster Bar and Grill serves fresh seafood.

TripAdvisor travelers love the seafood offered, including chef specialties like the calamari, seafood chowder, and the mix of small plates offering seafood taste sensations of shrimp ceviche, bacon-wrapped scallops, wild Alaskan cod, fish tacos, crab cakes.

They also have an extended Happy Hour from Monday - Friday 3 pm - 6 pm, which includes wines & beer specials as well as half a dozen fresh shucked oysters for only $11.

"Absolutely delicious! Our family of 6 stopped in for a late lunch after a long walk on the boardwalk, and what a treat! Everything was absolutely delicious! From the grilled artichoke and poke starters to the fresh salads. We tried the fish & chips and wild sea bass entrees, which were perfection, even the chicken sandwich & burger were delicious. I highly recommend this little gem on the boardwalk." - KatsCrazy8, TripAdvisor.

2304 W Oceanfront, Newport Beach, California.

See their Website for more information.

Harbor Grill Restaurant

The ambiance and decor at Harbor Grill Restaurant make you feel like you are on vacation. The views from their colorful garden patio offer a stunning view of the harbor. Additionally, the cozy dining room offers live piano music in the evening.

Offering a wide variety of seafood, including oysters all day long, entrees, and mains, the best thing about this restaurant is the gourmet flavor offerings and the Pacific, New England, and Cajun renditions of seafood favorites with rich sauces and tasty broths.

Travelers love the crab cakes, BBQ Shrimp, lobster ravioli, New England clam chowder, and fresh fish specialties such as the pan-seared Cajun Blackened Seabass.

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"Location, Location, Location. My friend and I had lunch at the Harbor Grill Restaurant in Dana Point. Great location on the harbor! We both opted for the Fish and Chips which we thoroughly enjoyed. If you are craving seafood, I would recommend a visit to the Harbor Grill Restaurant. Extensive menu. Service was great. Food $$$$. After your meal, you can take a nice stroll around the harbor!." - 1californiagirl, Aliso Viejo, California, TripAdvisor.

34499 Street Of The Golden Lantern, Dana Point, California.

See their Website for more information.

The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar

Boasting daily sunset Happy Hour $5 Plates and drink specials, daily sunset Happy Hour $1 & $1.25 item specials, plus the Wine Wednesday where you get 1/2 off all bottles all day long with a meal, this restaurant offers a laidback atmosphere.

We love nothing more than relaxing with an ice-cold beer or wine while indulging in water views followed by a seafood meal.

The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar is our top pick as far as water views, great vibe, and great food are concerned. According to TripAdvisor, it is a favorite for locals from all over Los Angeles.

Serving the "freshest seafood available," the menu is extensive - calamari steak, prawns, buckets of clams or mussels, poke, ceviche, whole Dungeness crab, oysters, smoked fish, fish tacos, seafood chowders, and many other fresh fish options.

The menu also includes the fisherman's feast, a four-course dinner in the tradition and style of the Pacific Northwest. Served family-style, it includes buckets of clams, fisherman's chowder, freshly baked sourdough bread, tossed green salad, and a choice of salmon, halibut, crab feast served with rice pilaf and roasted vegetables.

We think sunset time is the best time to go. Start with drinks, watch the sunset and enjoy a relaxing seafood dinner from one of the best seafood restaurants with water views in Orange County, California.

"This restaurant is on the San Clemente Pier so we were not expecting the food to be anything special as I expect most people come primarily for the view, but it was outstanding! We sat out on the lovely deck. I had a salmon special that was perfectly grilled with "skinny" fries that were right out of the fryer and delicious. Even the tartar sauce served on a red cabbage leaf was wonderful. My husband had Seafood Fettucini which he loved... For dessert, we ordered the magnificent Mudd Pie (you have to see it to believe it!), which was gigantic, and the 2 of us tried hard, but we could not finish it. Service was also outstanding & we were impressed by the professional manner & appearance of the waitstaff." - P9071FZsandyl, TripAdvisor.

611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, California.

See their Website for more information.

Have you been to any of these restaurants? What do you think? Please leave a comment at the bottom of this story and tell us your favorite seafood restaurant with water views in Orange County, California, and if it's worth traveling from interstate to visit?

(Source: TripAdvisor)

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