10 new restaurants in O.C.: Go or don't go?


This year has been jam-packed with so many restaurant openings that it’s been hard to keep up.

Readers keep asking, “Should I go to that new seafood restaurant yet?” “Is that cute new Asian taco place any good?” “Have you tried that Mediterranean restaurant that opened recently at South Coast Plaza?” Yes, no and yes. Full reviews are coming soon for a few of these places.

In the meantime, here are some preliminary thoughts to give you a better idea of what’s up, what’s good and what to skip.

Water Grill

Quick take: The owners spent $12 million to build Water Grill from the ground up in the spot where Scott’s used to live across the street from South Coast Plaza. They got their money’s worth. Water Grill is a luxury seafood mini-chain that spun out of the original location in downtown Los Angeles.

The elegant, vaguely nautical-themed dining…


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