One of my favorite spots to go grab drinks or go to dinner is the art district in Santa Ana. When I tell OC people how much I love it down there, I get a lot of funny looks because Santa Ana isn't exactly known for it's cuisine. Within the last couple years, however, the BEST restaurants are popping up down there & I just love exploring new places.
I've listed some of my favorite restaurants in Santa Ana, but encourage you (if you're in the OC area) to explore yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed :)
The Copper Door
To get to this AMAZING bar, you have to walk down a nondescript flight of stairs & enter though a heavy copper door & curtains. The inside it minimalist but amazing. You'll feel like you entered into a new world… is this bar really in the OC? I'd expect to find this oasis in NY or SF.
The food is excellent, too, but come here for the music & cocktails with friends.
Brooklyn meets Espana. This tapas bar reminds me of the Haunted Mansion… In a very good way.
This library-themed restaurant in the newest of the
Haven Gastropub - Taco Asylum - Chapter One tripod.
Above is the potato pear. Yumm.
Southern cooking with a twist. Live music (like many of the restaurants down here) plays almost nightly.
"Friends don't let friends go to Starbucks"
This eco-friendly cafe is an amazing spot to grab lunch or hang with friends.