The resturants and bars in Anaheim might not be the primary thing that draws you to the area; more likely you're in the neighborhood to visit Disneyland or catch one of the upcoming concerts at the Honda Center or House of Blues. Nonetheless, there are plenty of solid places to drink and dine. Follow our guide to find some of the best sushi, best rooftop bars and other offerings available in this Orange County town.
The best restaurants and bars in Anaheim
Trendy Filipino fare finds a hip and colorful Orange County standard-bearer at MFK By Aysee. The MFK in the name stands for Modern Filipino Kitchen (not a reference to M.F.K. Fisher, though we don't think she would be mad at this place) and they deliver the goods with everything from rice bowls topped with chicken adobo or lechon kawali to elaborate kamayan feasts for a crowd. Do not miss the Loaded MFK Tots, where succulent pork or chicken is layered over crispy, housemade tater tots, heaped with shredded cheese, lemon and sriracha cream, scallions and garlic frito crumble.
It's all about the views from this rooftop bar atop the Grand Legacy at the Park Hotel. From the proper angle, you get an ariel view of some of the most iconic Disneyland attractions (perfect for making your Instagram fans jealous) and it might be the best spot in Anaheim to watch the park's fireworks displays. Settle into a booth around one of the many table-side firepits and order a cocktail or food from the full menu of casual dishes.
Catal is located in the Downtown Disney complex, but you won't find typical theme park fare here. Rather than funnel cake or frozen lemonade, head to Catal for high-end white-tablecloth dishes (think: oxtail ragu with masa gnocchi, lamb roulade and a whole portion of the menu dedicated to paellas) crafted by L.A.'s Patina Group. On a nice night, try to snag a seat at the Uva Bar, a faintly Art Nouveau-inspired outdoor dining space.
Orange County chef and restaurateur Zov Karamardian opened this location of her eponymous local chain in 2014. The 130-seat restaurant serves a menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine including flatbread "pitzas," seafood dishes, and the popular spiced lamb burger. The space includes a large patio with firepit perfect for a relaxing evening outdoors.
The ever expanding roster of merchants at this handsome, modern food hall runs the gamut from full service restaurants to niche vendors that specialize in grilled cheese, hot pot, juice, popsicles and more. Inside the hall is Anaheim's foremost cocktail bar, the speakeasy-style Blind Rabbit. Elsewhere in the District, you'll find Anaheim Brewery, an Umami Burger location and more to munch and sip.
This casual, all-day restaurant and bar specializes in healthy takes on traditional comfort food dishes. Almost anything on the menu can be prepared gluten-free, there's a strong smattering of vegetarian-friendly dishes and all the cheeses, meats, produce and breads are sourced from local producers.
A longtime landmark on the local dining scene, this steak and seafood house moved (after 32 years) into a new, spruced up location right in the middle of Anaheim's sports and entertainment destinations. If you're looking for a classic meal before heading off to the Angels Stadium, Grove of Anaheim or Honda Center, this is your spot. Locals may know the Catch best as the home of the OMG Burger, an eight-pound, 14-inch-wide, off-menu novelty best ordered by large, hungry groups.
Sate your cravings for ramen, sushi and other Japanese essentials at the recently-opened Anaheim offshoot of Monterey Park's Kaiba. You'll find classics are done respectably here and there are a few fusion surprises on the menu, like a Japanese take on the ubiquitous plate of crispy Brussels sprouts and a dessert of green tea ice cream served with potato chips.
Reunion Kitchen + Drink calls their concept "Modern Comfort," an idea which encompassases a variety of gastropub-ish offerings including burgers, steaks, pastas and pot pies. You'll still find cosmos (made, improbably, with Sprite) and lemon drops on the cocktail menu, but the beer list shines with options from Allagash, Anderson Valley and other excellent local and craft brewers.
Located on the Anaheim Garden Walk, this outpost of Roy Yamaguchi's chain has a rather more upscale atmosphere than the average tourist trap. The cuisine draws from Hawaiian and Pacific Rim flavors in an approachable way and colorful speciality cocktails will run you a mere $7 during the daily "Aloha Hour."
Looking for a place to stay?
While a day trip to the O.C. is totally doable, there are also plenty of hotel options for an extended getaway—from ritzy resorts just steps away from the Happiest Place on Earth to casual hotels and everything in between. If you're looking to turn your day trip into a full blown weekend trip, we've got you covered. Check out our list of the best hotels in Anaheim.