These are the top-ranked restaurants with water views and outdoor seating in Orange County, California

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You can't beat the water views from these favorite restaurants in Orange County, California. Sea views and outdoor seating offer an exceptional dining experience; therefore, just for you, we have sourced the top restaurants with water views and outdoor seating. Whether you are traveling from Los Angeles or Southern California, they are worth the trip!
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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. on TripAdvisor's website, we consider the top 3 choices are the ones that most people agree are the best. So here are the top 3 restaurants with water views and outdoor seating in Orange County, California, according to TripAdvisor. Keep reading to find out who they are and why you should travel there the next time you are in Los Angeles, California.

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Beachcomber Cafe

Travelers and locals ranking their favorites on TripAdvisor have rated this cafe No. 3 out of 298 restaurants in Newport Beach.

It is a Travelers Choice 2021 winner and is the No. 1 restaurant in Orange County, California, for restaurants with water views and outdoor seating.

Additionally, Business Insider has ranked it in The 100 most scenic restaurants in the U.S. That, in our books, is a reason to travel to this cafe no matter what part of the country you travel from.

Famed for its oceanfront dining right on the beach on Newport Beach, this cafe/restaurant offers an atmosphere that makes you feel like you are on vacation.

TripAdvisor travelers love the menu offerings, especially the seafood dishes such as salmon, calamari, tacos, clam chowder, and seafood pasta.

However, the menu has something for all tastes, including meaty favorites such as ribs, roast chicken, and hamburgers.

The outdoor dining is on a huge deck where everyone has seas views. However, taking the beachside lifestyle up a notch over any other restaurant, the Beachcomber Cafe offers beach chair rental, fire pits, an extensive cocktail menu.

With nearby attractions such as the museum precinct, dolphin watching, and beach trails, we think anyone who lives in Los Angeles should visit this restaurant at least once in their life.

"Forever memories with the firepit and grill rental on the beach! Instead of eating at the restaurant, we rented the Beachcomber's firepit and grill package which included 4 beach chairs, hamburgers, hotdogs and sides, and S'mores! We had the most magical evening on Crystal Cove Beach, and our server was incredibly attentive and helpful. Highly recommend! Amazing sunset over the Pacific Ocean included!" - CBearE, TripAdvisor.

See their Website for more information.

15 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California.

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Splashes Restaurant

The talking point for this Laguna Beach restaurant, within the Surf and Sand Laguna Beach resort, is the panoramic Pacific Ocean views and the crashing waves coming right up to the edge of the restaurant.

Another Travelers Choice 2021 winner, this restaurant is No. 2 in Orange County, California, for restaurants with water views and outdoor seating.

The diverse menu includes soups, salads, and food from the land, sea, and garden. However, travelers' favorites include the lobster bisque, the New York steak, the king salmon, lamb chops, and the many delicious seafood appetizers.

The outdoor seating available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is the star of this restaurant, and the only thing better than a meal at this award-winning restaurant would be a room with a sea view and an oceanfront balcony at the Surf and Sand Laguna Beach resort.

"Came here with my girlfriend for some apps and drinks. The food was excellent (Mahi fish tacos are amazing) the service impeccable and the views breathtaking. Such a great experience, thank you Pablo for taking care of us! The service and food alone will have me returning, the cherry on top is the priceless view. As a local, this is one of my go-to spots. Thank you again, Pablo, for the excellent service!" - Katie_Gwynne, TripAdvisor.

See their Website for more information.

1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, California.

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Pelican Grill

Diners love the reasonable pricing at this high-end restaurant. The Pelican Grill offers panoramic views of The Resort at Pelican Hill's golf course, as well as ocean views in the distance from the outdoor terrace.

The restaurant is known for its excellent service, grand and luxurious setting, and a menu offering wood-fired pizzas, grilled meat, seafood favorites, and crisp salads.

Travelers recommend that sunset time is the best time to go. We agree! Start with drinks, watch the sunset and enjoy a relaxing dinner from one of the best restaurants with water views and outdoor seating in Los Angeles.

"Newport value. This is a very elegant hotel in a very expensive town. The outdoor restaurant off of the lobby is very enjoyable and is priced reasonably. The environment is quite nice and the close-up view of the golf course is hard to beat. My wife and I ordered several appetizers for lunch and a couple of nice glasses of wine. I highly recommend this restaurant" - S4869YCjamesk, California, TripAdvisor.

See their Website for more information.

22800 Pelican Hill Rd S, Newport Beach, California.

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 and outdoor seating in Los Angeles, California.

(Source: TripAdvisor)

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