OC restaurants for Families via Orange County TravelingMom

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As with most families, we love dining out together – and value those restaurants that provide a welcoming atmosphere for families. Sometimes it can be hard to know which restaurants are best, especially when traveling in a new area. When visiting Orange County in Southern California, these restaurants will make you feel at home and leave everyone planing their return visit.

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Luna Grill

Luna Grill offers high quality food in a chic and modern environment and currently has eight Southern California locations in San Diego County as well as four locations in Orange County.  They have a nice menu for children with most prices below $7 and their service time is incredibly quick.  Guests order as they enter, find a seat and their food is brought to the table; with apps starting at $3.50 and prices for full entrees all below $15, Luna Grill is perfect when you are a bit short on time, but don’t want to compromise on the quality of what you eat.  You can find locations and pricing on their website.

Maro Wood Grill

If you find yourself along PCH in Laguna Beach during your travels in Southern California, be sure to stop in at Maro Wood Grill for amazing food.  Seating is a bit small in their restaurant so if you can eat at off-peak times, you will surely find a seat.  Otherwise, get takeout and walk down to the beach to enjoy lunch overlooking the ocean. We recommend their grilled peppers, edamame, and MARO Burger with an empanada if you have room.  Maro Wood Grill is located at 1915 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.

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BLK Burgrz

Customized burgers, ahi, salads, sliders, salmon, and incredibly atmosphere is just a bit of what you will find at BLK Burgrz.  Located in the heart of Ladera Ranch, this restaurant is a short seven minute drive from I-5.  The outdoor seating, fires, and outdoor televisions make this a great place to dine as a couple or a family.

Our favorite? The turkey burger at BLK Burgrz is incredible with a blend of brown rice and red peppers.


No vacation is complete without a great Mexican restaurant and Carmelita’s is just that in Orange County.  With two locations serving the beach dwellers and those inland, they are convenient.  The food is beyond amazing; just be sure to save room for plenty of chips and their special black bean dip. Carmelita’s stand out from the crowd as their food is fresh and prepared beautifully resulting in flavor and presentation that lasts beyond the meal. Carmelita’s is located in Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Beach.