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Monday, April 6, 2009

First Annual Orange County Happy Hour Week

April 12th marks the beginning of the first annual Orange County Happy Hour Week. During this week you will be able to visit some of your favorite restaurants for some fantastic happy hour specials. The best part about this is that most restaurants will be offering these fantastic happy hour special all day long for the entire week! No more rushing to try and get your order in before happy hour ends! I say we all just take the week off and try to hit up as many happy hours as we can all week. Who's with me?

Here are some of the participating restaurants and the menus that they are offering. More may be added soon.

If the restaurant name is clickable, you can view their special happy hour menu.

***Many of the restaurants are offering their happy hour specials all day, some only have extended hours though. Please check the page for the restaurant you are going to before going down to the restaurant.***

  • 118 Degrees - Costa Mesa
  • 21 Oceanfront - Newport Beach
  • Ambrosia - Santa Ana
  • Avilas El Ranchito - Newport Beach
  • Bistro West - Tustin
  • Bluewater Grill - Tustin and Newport
  • Brix Wine Bar - Sunset Beach
  • Chaparosa Grill - Laguna Niguel/Tustin
  • Citrus Fresh Grill - Aliso Viejo
  • Commonwealth Lounge - Fullerton
  • Daily Grill - Irvine
  • French 75 - Newport Beach
  • HUSH - Laguna Beach
  • JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery - Anaheim/Tustin
  • Karl Strauss - Costa Mesa
  • Kimera - Irvine
  • K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach
  • Leatherby's - Costa Mesa
  • Lucca - Irvine
  • Mozambique - Laguna Beach
  • O’Neill’s Bar and Grill - Mission Viejo
  • Orange County Mining Company - Orange
  • Pinot Provence - Costa Mesa
  • Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Anaheim
  • Royal Hawaiian - Laguna Beach
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House - Irvine
  • Sage - Newport Beach
  • Sage on the Coast - Newport Beach
  • Savannah at the Beach - Huntington Beach
  • Simply Fondue - San Juan Capistrano
  • Sorrento Grille - Laguna Beach
  • Stonehill Tavern - Dana Point
  • Summit House - Fullerton
  • Sundried Tomoto - San Clemente
  • Sundried Tomato - San Juan Capistrano
  • TAPS Fish House and Brewery - Brea
  • Terra Nova - Costa Mesa
  • The Clubhouse - Costa Mesa
  • The Loft Bistro at Montage - Laguna Beach
  • The Melting Pot - San Clemente/Irvine/Brea
  • The Ranch Sports Grill - Ladera Ranch
  • The Red Chair Lounge - Huntington Beach
  • The Rooftop Lounge - Laguna Beach
  • The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar - Tustin
  • Tommy Bahama's Island Grille - Newport Beach
  • Zov's Bistro - Tustin
  • Zov's Neighborhood Cafe's - Irvine/Newport Beach

    jumpcut said...

    Thanks for posting this. As you mentioned, each restaurant seems to have different rules, so it's important to read carefully. Also, some restaurants have pretty good deals, but others seem expensive. A $12 cheese cube appetizer? I wonder what their regular price is...

    Griffin said...

    Yeah jumpcut. I feel like a lot of restaurants unfairly got on to this list. The spirit of Orange County Happy Hour Week was supposed to be "all day, every day" happy hour specials. A lot of these restaurants still have limited hours though. I feel like these restaurants are just getting free advertising to promote their regular happy hour. And $12 for cheese? I didn't see that. Where is that? I'll have to avoid that one....

    jumpcut said...

    Griffin, check out the "Artisanal Cheese Plate" at Lucca. Adding insult to injury, you can only get the $12 cheese plate if you also order one of their expensive "wine flights."

    Unknown said...

    I am soo surprised they got as many restaurants to do more than 4 hours with good deals. There is no way that the restaurants are making that much money. I think that the diners win this one!

    Also, anywhere with good cheese is normally at about $20 for a nice plate. Not sure about Lucca but I paid $40 for a cheese and wine flight in San Francisco so that still looks good to me.

    Anonymous said...

    first of all, as someone who has been to lucca, i'm sure they aren't serving a "cheese cube appetizer," if it were, it would be about $2. anyone who has been there knows that theirs are artisanal and handmade cheeses--which would never be appreciated by someone who obviously consumes processed cheese. their cheese plates are basically a complete cheese board with seasonal fruit, house made crostini and sweet breads and dried fruits and nuts. i've paid around $15+ for this in the past. this is not the place for those looking for $4 ring dings and $3 buffalo wings.

    i just checked out the happy hour week website and, in the spirit of the week, there is room for everyone, from dive chowder and chips, to upscale options. it's all a choice and just because some places choose to stay upscale, they shouldn't be bad-mouthed over it. people have a choice where they want to go and what they want to eat. ya don't want cheese, so what? I don't get it.