Food can say a lot about a place—its history, culture and people. And for some, visiting a new destination wouldn’t be complete without the perfect meal. Thankfully, foodies don’t have to travel far for the perfect Eatcation® in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Home to the only two Michelin-starred restaurants in Orange County, three hot eateries helmed by Bravo TV “Top Chef” alumni and an unbelievable array of cuisines, the sun-drenched city of Costa Mesa is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego, hugging the sparkling coastline of the Pacific Ocean.
From classic American, Italian, Indian and Japanese cuisine to health-minded organic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eateries, there’s something for every foodie to enjoy in Costa Mesa. With so many options on the table, see which type of foodie you are below to plan the perfect Costa Mesa Eatcation®—
Armed with a jam-packed itinerary, you know how to make the most of a weekend stay. You prefer to stick to your bucket list instead of striking out without a strategy. If you research before arriving and travel with a plan, you are a Weekend Warrior.
You believe the finer things in life are worth indulging in. Whether it’s a life-changing meal or a one-of-a-kind experience, you have no problem splurging on moments you will remember forever. If you prioritize quality over quantity and are willing to spend more for exclusive meals, souvenirs and events that will stay with you long after your trip, you are the Culinary Connoisseur.
You’re always in the know. Clued into the happenings wherever you go, you like to hit up everything from new boutiques to food festivals. If you pack an outfit for any situation, are ready to jump into a spontaneous adventure and live for new experiences, you are a Trendy Traveler.
Everyone will enjoy Costa Mesa’s stellar lineup of award-winning happy hour destinations: from The Country Club that offers classic club décor and elevated bites or the sleek lounge at Silver Trumpet to SOCIAL Costa Mesa‘s extensive happy hour menu, highlighting ceviche, blistered shishito peppers, the “Drive Thru” burger, Thai chili wings, and so much more. Check out Costa Mesa’s Westside to enjoy live music with your drink at either The Wayfarer or Boathouse Collective.
In-between bites, head to the beach for some fun in the sun, where both Huntington Beach and Newport Beach are mere minutes away; visit Disneyland Resort that’s only a short drive from town; or explore the vibrant arts scene to see why Costa Mesa is known as the City of the Arts®.
Stay close to the table with some of the best dining options right at your doorstep. From luxury to boutique, Costa Mesa offers a wide selection of hotels for every budget, including hotels with the best pools so you can relax and enjoy poolside food and fun.
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