Food & Drink in Ladera Ranch

$12 for $25 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Tacos and Company

Tacos and Company

Ladera Ranch

Family-owned Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity, expressed in recipes for burritos, tacos, and guacamole

$25 $12

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$18 for $30 Worth of Cakes, Danishes, and Pastries at French’s Pastry Bakery

French's Pastry Bakery

Multiple Locations

Signature wagon-wheel danishes with fruit or chocolate, both with cream cheese; rotating selection of cupcakes, pies, and custom cakes

$30 $18

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$18.99 for Six Bottles of Cold Pressed Juice at Jamba Juice ($32.94 Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New ready-to-drink cold pressed juices include three full servings of fruits and/or vegetables in each 100% real-juice beverage

$32.94 $18.99

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Mexican Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Taqueros (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Taqueros

Multiple Locations

Huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos greet diners in the morning; enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas round out lunch and dinner

$20 $11

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Sabatino

Sabatino

Mission Viejo

Spinach and pesto garlic pizza, spicy buffalo chicken calzones, veal marsala, and baked cheese ravioli

$20 $12

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Sushi Dinner for Two or Four at Shinkou Sushi (Up to 49% Off)

Shinkou Sushi

Laguna Hills

Sushi dinners appease taste buds with heaps of tempura, salad, miso soup & array of sushi paired with sips of sake & beer

$31.50 $18

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Mediterranean Food for Two or Four at Athena Gyro Greek and Mediterranean Grill (45% Off)

Athena Gyro Greek and Mediterranean Grill

Laguna Hills

Signature Greek dishes and Mediterranean cuisine cooked using traditional methods

$20 $11

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Contemporary California Cuisine for Two or Four at Embarcadero (Up to 35% Off)

Embarcadero California Bistro

Samlarc

Diners sip California wines and listen to live music as they feast on hormone-free organic steaks, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and seafood

$40 $26

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$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Treats at Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt ($21 Value)

Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt

Laguna Niguel

Customized ice cream, yogurt, gluten and dairy-free or vegan desserts are flash-frozen right in front of the customers

$7 $4

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$12 for $24 Worth of Bulk Candy at Powell's Sweet Shoppe

Powell's Sweet Shoppe

Laguna Niguel

Nostalgic store stocks sweets from early 1900s classics such as Charleston Chews to later favorites such as mallo cups and candy necklaces

$24 $12

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Caribbean-Inspired Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at Chaparosa Grill (Up to 52% Off)

Chaparosa Grill

Laguna Niguel

West Indies shrimp curry, jerk chicken penne, spinach-and-mango salad, and chicken jambalaya served in a vibrant-hued dining room

$30 $15

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BBQ Meal for 2, BBQ Package for 12, or Holiday BBQ Package for 12 or 24 at Texas Pit Bar-B-Que (Up to 50% Off)

Texas Pit Bar-B-Que

Lake Forest

Carolina pulled-pork sandwiches, baby back ribs, and french-dip sandwiches are accompanied by coleslaw, beans, and potato salad

$36 $18

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Frisby Cellars Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Frisby Cellars Winery

Lake Forest

Local grapes meet their full potential in these wines, which show off the unique notes of the area’s terroir

$30 $15

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$15 for $30 Worth of American Cuisine at Aqua Restaurant & Lounge

Aqua Restaurant & Lounge

Lake Forest

Shaved filet mignon sandwiches with provolone cheese and Jack Daniels au jus, mahi mahi tacos, and pan-seared tuna on a bed of leafy greens

$30 $15

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Rancho Las Lomas (Up to 53% Off)

Rancho Las Lomas

Silverado

Guests gather in the Barn Bar to enjoy five flights of wine, plus cheese tastings, then take a stroll in the wildlife zoo afterward

$80 $39

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Five-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Brio Tuscany Grille (Up to 48% Off)

Brio Tuscany Grille

Dana Point

Wood-fired pizzas and a dozen types of pasta and risotti headline the menu at an award-winning restaurant with nightly live entertainment

$132 $69

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Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Romeo Cucina (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Romeo Cucina

Laguna Beach

Pastas made by hand daily, pizzas baked in a wood-burning brick oven, and other Italian dishes; perfect for romantic outing or holiday gift

$30 $16

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Mexican Meal for Two or Four at Senor Fish (Up to 40% Off)

Senor Fish

Multiple Locations

Made-from-scratch tacos, burritos, ceviche, and other food inspired by owners’ home-cooked meals in Guadalajara

$40 $24

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Thai Food and Drinks at Royal Thai Cuisine (Up to 46% Off)

Royal Thai Cuisine

Multiple Locations

Authentic Thai cuisine once enjoyed by Thailand's royal family, plus a full bar to complement meals

$30 $18

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Mexican Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Señor Fish (Up to 40% Off)

Señor Fish

Multiple Locations

Fresh, vibrant flavors shine through in slow-cooked pork carnitas and Puerto Vallarta–style fish tacos praised by the Los Angeles Times

$40 $24

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$13 for $25 Worth of Pizzeria Food for Deilvery or Weekday Lunch at Stuft Pizza

Stuft Pizza

San Clemente

Homemade sauce and dough define Stuft Pizza’s pies, which the chefs have been serving up since 1976

$25 $13

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Italian American Fare at Zona's Italian American Cuisine (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Zona's Italian American Cuisine

San Clemente

Chef fuses Italian and California flavors, crafting pizzas and housemade pastas as adjoining bar with TVs hosts live music on weekends

$50 $24

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Mexican Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Los Patios (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Los Patios

San Clemente

This colorful Mexican eatery serves classics like tosatdas, fajitas, and lobster burritos, and also boasts a dog friendly patio

$20 $11

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Standup Comedy at Improv Irvine through January 31, 2015 (Up to 80% Off)

Improv Irvine

Multiple Locations

Live_logo

Storied chain of comedy clubs where Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld held sway welcomes comics such as Bobcat Goldthwait and Steve Byrne

$96 $20

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Fondue Dinner for Two or Four with Lobster at The Melting Pot (Up to 46% Off)

The Melting Pot

Irvine Business Complex

Meats cooked fondue-style at the table, including filet mignon, herb-crusted chicken, and shrimp

$92.30 $55

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$20 for 10 Large Over Ice Non-Blended Drink Vouchers with One Add-On at Lollicup (Up to $45 Value)

Lollicup

Diamond Jamboree Center

Try all the drink flavors you like, including flavored milk and fruit teas with boba tapioca pearls

$45 $20

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$13 for $25 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Tacos and Company

Tacos and Company

Multiple Locations

Family-owned Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity, expressed in recipes for burritos, tacos, and guacamole

$25 $13

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizer and Drinks for Two or Four at Italian Cravings Irvine (51% Off)

Italian Cravings Irvine

Irvine Business Complex

Inventive pizzas, glasses of beer, and pasta dishes with signature marinara sauce characterize menu of familiar Italian staples

$54.85 $27

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$16 for a Punch Card with Six Punches Worth $5 Each at All The Perks Espresso Café ($30 Value)

All The Perks Espresso Café

Irvine

Pastries, paninis, salads, and crepes complement an extensive selection of handcrafted espresso drinks and specialty lattes

$30 $16

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Italian and Mediterranean Food at Tuscany Mediterranee Grill. Two Options Available.

Tuscany Mediterranee Grill

Irvine Business Complex

Penne with capers and diced ahi tuna, chicken in brandy sauce with prosciutto and artichoke hearts, lamb chops, and kebabs

$40 $22

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$11.50 for Chocolate Bananas, Ice Cream, or Cheesecake Wedges at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at the Irvine Spectrum Center Location ($18 Value)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Irvine Spectrum Center

Sweet shop offers range of frozen treats such as bananas dipped in chocolate, ice cream bars, and cheesecake wedges

$18 $11.50

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Mexican Cuisine at Las Fajitas Mexican Grill (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Las Fajitas Mexican Grill

Irvine

Eatery uses fresh ingredients to create food such as fajita burritos, huevos rancheros, and nachos with meat, beans, cheese, and guac

$18 $10

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Seafood, Tacos, Steak, and Drinks for Dine In, Takeout, or Delivery at Yellowfin Fish Grill (Up to 40% Off)

Yellowfin Fish Grill

Woodbury

Trout, ahi tuna, red snapper, and swordfish prepared on a mesquite charbroiler; fried-seafood platters, chicken fajitas, and rib-eye steak

$10 $6

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Pizza for Takeout or Pizza Meal with Salad and Drinks at Lamppost Pizza and Backstreet Brewery (Up to 52% Off)

Lamppost Pizza and Backstreet Brewery

Irvine

Diners sip award-winning craft beer and munch hand-tossed pizza while watching live sports; a game room with prizes keeps kids entertained

$20 $12

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$99 for a Five-Course Dinner with Wine for Two at Nieuport 17 ($176 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Nieuport 17

Tustin

Self-proclaimed “kitchen ninja” Cody Storts helms the kitchen and curates a rotating five-course tasting menu

$176 $99

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$549 for $999 Worth of Catering Services — Jsa Catering Party rentals

Jsa Catering And Party Rentals

Tustin

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$999 $549

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Indian Cuisine at Haveli Fine Indian Cuisine Of India (42% Off)

Haveli Fine Indian Cuisine Of India

Tustin

Chicken tandoori eats, marinated lamb, and delicately spiced shrimp and seafood, served alongside pastries, Indian ice cream, and papri

$30 $18

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$10 for $18 Worth of Hookah Smoking — PALMZ Hookah Lounge

Palmz Hookah

Tustin

Enjoy authentic hookah in a modern and chic setting with superb customer service

$18 $10

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Meal for Two or Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Cafe Food, at Cosi (Up to 40% Off)

Cosi

Costa Mesa

Made-to-order cafe food includes signature flatbread sandwiches, homemade soups, and rice bowls

$10 $6

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Mixed Grill Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four at Marrakesh (Up to 41% Off)

Marrakesh

Costa Mesa

Mixed grill dinners include grilled shrimp, chicken, and filet mignon kebabs, couscous with vegetables, soup, and three Moroccan salads

$65.90 $39

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Italian Meal for Two or Four or More at Il Farro (40% Off)

Il Farro

Newport Pier

Native Italian chef uses farro, a healthy grain, to create pasta and risotto dishes dotted with sausage, seafood, and eggplant

$50 $30

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$13 for $22 Worth of Salads, Hummus, and Seafood; Valid for Dine-In Service Only at Pita Jungle

Pita Jungle

Newport Beach

Menu offers variety of Mediterranean dips, seafood, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, composed salads, hot and cold pitas, and housemade desserts

$22 $13

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Pitcher of Signature Beer with Pizza at Newport Beach Brewing Company (Up to 53% Off)

Newport Beach Brewing Company

Newport Hills

Contemporary speciality pizzas topped with items like mac and cheese complements award-winning beers

$29.95 $18

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Seafood and Steak at Woody’s Wharf (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Woody's Wharf

West Newport Beach

Waterfront eatery once owned by Chuck Norris plates seafood and steak amid sparkling harbor views

$40 $22

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Tasting for Two, Glasses, and Cheese with Option for One or Two Take-Home Bottles at Orange Coast Winery (Up to 62% Off)

Orange Coast Winery

Newport Beach

Urban microwinery crafts rich vintages with California grapes and pairs pours with vintner-selected cheese plates

$70 $29

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Greek Cuisine and Drinks at Akropolis Restaurant & Coffee (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Akropolis Restaurant & Coffee

Newport Pier

Greek spices season souvlaki meats and lamb chops; sandwiches include gyros, paninis, and bifteki burgers

$22 $12

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Seated Luxury Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Optional Take-Home Bottles at Orange Coast Winery (Up to 62% Off)

Orange Coast Winery

Orange Coast Winery Ocean Cellar

Soft leather chairs hug guests as they sample limited-production wines paired with gourmet cheese bites

$60 $29

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$17 for $30 Worth of New Orleans- and California-Fusion-Style Food at JACKshrimp

JACKshrimp

Mariners Mile

Menu fuses california and cajun cuisines, featuring jambalaya, artichokes, quinoa, and avocados at beach eatery with weekend wine bar/patio

$30 $17

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$12 for $20 Worth of Sushi at Sushi Ichi

Sushi Ichi

Santa Ana

Baked lobster rolls and Ichi rolls stuffed with tuna and salmon arrive at tables in friendly, speedy manner

$20 $12

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Indian Combo Meal for Two or $12 for $17.38 Toward Carryout at Niki's Indian Cuisine

Niki's Indian Cuisine

Santa Ana

Voted "Best Fast-Food Indian Orange County" by OC Weekly; combos include entrees, rice, naan, and salad

$17.38 $11

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Indian Cuisine and Drinks for Dinner, Lunch, Sunday Brunch, or Friday Buffet for 2 at Royal Khyber (50% Off)

Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine

Santa Ana

Arun Puri folds more than 38 herbs & spices into north Indian dishes with healthy twists; dining room with silk pillows & intricate artwork

$40 $21

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Empanadas and 16-Ounce Fountain Drinks for Two or Four at Olé! Spain Delishop (37% Off)

Olé! Spain Delishop

Sandpointe

Dine on a choice of empanadas, paired with 16-ounce fountain drinks

$17.50 $11

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$9 for $20 Worth of Water — My Pure Water Store

My Pure Water Store

Santa Ana

We have alkaline ionized water made fresh just for you. Enjoy!

$20 $9

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In-Home Wine-Tasting Event for Up to 12 from PRP Wine International (Up to 73% Off). Two Options Available.

PRP Wine International Wine Tasting

Redeem from Home

Experienced wine consultants reveal grapes' backgrounds and regions and lead guests through the qualities of six varietals

$168.69 $45

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$55 for $100 Worth of Catering Services — Paris Party & Events

Paris Party & Events

On Location

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $55

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$12 for $25 Worth of Upscale Pub Food at Breakaway Sports Lounge & Eatery

Breakaway Sports Lounge & Eatery

Meredith Parkwood

Cooks prepare pub food from scratch, such as shrimp sautéed with whiskey-cream sauce, at a restaurant with high-definition TVs and DJs

$25 $12

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Tex Mex Food at Spoons Grill & Bar (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Spoons Grill & Bar

Santa Ana

Spicy chicken tacos, lobster enchiladas, and steak fajitas alongside Angus burgers, Texas chili spaghetti, and sandwiches

$20 $11

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Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 or $12 Worth of Fast Food at Archibald's Drive-Thru (50% Off)

Archibald's Drive-Thru

Multiple Locations

Burgers, classic sandwiches, fries, and Mexican dishes hit the spot, whether you're chowing inside or picking up at the drive-thru

$6 $3

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American Cuisine for Two or Four at Katella Grill (40% Off)

Katella Grill

Orange

Peanut-butter french toast, flame-broiled gourmet burgers, succulent barbecue, housemade desserts, local draft beers, and robust coffees

$20 $12

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Steak and Seafood Dinner at Manhattan Steak & Seafood (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Manhattan Steak & Seafood

Orange

Filet mignon aged 35 days finds company in Japanese-style pork chops, Skuna Bay Vancouver Island craft-raised salmon, and grilled vegetables

$100 $50

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Pizza Dinner for Two or $11 for $22 Worth of Pizzeria Food at Lamppost Pizza

Lamppost Pizza

Orange

A pair of friends shares eight slices of regular- or gluten-free crust pizza, washing it down with beer from Backstreet Brewery

$35 $17

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Hand-Popped Kettle Corn from AmeriKettle (50% Off). Two Options Available.

AmeriKettle

Multiple Locations

Kettle corn in classic and inventive flavors such as jalapeno cheddar and smoked barbecue

$20 $10

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$12 for $20 Worth of Diner Food and Drinks at Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain

Watson Drug and Soda Fountain

Old Town Orange

1950s-style diner greets guests with half-pound burgers and pancake breakfasts along with jukebox and assortment of retro sodas and candies

$20 $12

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Two-Flavor Assortment of 12 or 24 Gluten-Free, Vegan Mini Cupcakes at Sensitive Sweets (Up to 40% Off)

Sensitive Sweets

North Orange County

Two flavors of gluten-free, vegan mini cupcakes made without dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts

$42 $25

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$15 for $30 Worth of Contemporary American Cuisine at D'Canters

D'Canters

Wildomar

Contemporary American food such as crab cakes, steak, grilled swordfish, and lamb rack, complemented by 40+ wines by the glass

$30 $15

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$30 for $50 for an Indian Dinner at Mayur

Mayur

Corona Del Mar

Celebrating 30 years in business, a locally beloved spot serves Northern Indian dishes including tandoori platters and seafood curry

$50 $30

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Pub Meal for Two or Four or $12 for $25 Worth of Pub Cuisine at Racks Billiards & Bourbon

Racks Billiards & Bourbon

Corona

Bar featured on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue offers food such as burgers, pork sliders, french dip, asian wings, and grilled salmon salad

$56.85 $25

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Mediterranean Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner Two at Port Restaurant and Bar (Up to 59% Off). Three Options Available.

Port Restaurant and Bar

Corona del Mar

Seasonal menu encompasses fresh seafood, marinated kebabs, and specialty pasta, and weekend brunch; live music seven days a week

$40 $18

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 32% Off)

Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill

Corona

Draft beers compliment specialty rolls, teriyaki dishes & udon noodles in this lively eatery with widescreen TVs, DJed music & free WiFi

$25 $17

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$5 for $10 Worth of Gourmet Hot Dogs and Specialty Sausages at The Hot Dog Shoppe

The Hot Dog Shoppe

Corona

Dozens of toppings, from classic ketchup and mustard to pico de gallo and teriaki glaze; specialty dogs include Chicago-style and corn dogs

$10 $5

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Juices and Smoothies at Juice It Up! (40% Off)

Juice It Up!

Corona

Raw juice bar specializes in fresh juices, real fruit smoothies, acai bowls, and healthy snacks

$10 $6

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American Food for Two or Four at Live from Memphis (Up to 38% Off)

Live from Memphis

Corona

Honky-tonk hosts dueling pianos and live bands, as well as deviled eggs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and fried chicken

$40 $25

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Oktoberfest or Kinderfest Packages at Old World Village (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Old World German Restaurant

Huntington Beach

Festive month filled with German beers, bratwurst, and live polka bands; kids find amusement in bounce houses and dachshund races

$32 $16

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Saturday or Sunday Brunch for Two or Four at SeaLegs Wine Bar (Up to 36% Off)

SeaLegs Wine Bar

Huntington Beach

SeaLegs Wine Bar pairs upscale brunch plates with bottomless mimosas

$66 $45

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Sweet Hawaiian Hot Dog Meal with Dolewhip or Float for Two or Four at Whipped OC (Up to 46% Off)

Whipped OC

Huntington Beach

Hebrew National all-beef hot dogs with bacon and pineapple in a Sweet Hawaiian roll, paired with a float or tropical, dairy-free Dolewhip

$53.60 $29

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$18 for $30 or $36 for $60 Worth of Pan-Asian Fare at East Winds Asian Cuisine in Huntington Beach

East Winds Asian Cuisine

Huntington Beach

Honey-walnut shrimp, eggplant with basil, sesame beef & chicken-teriyaki bowls highlight large menu of dishes from various regions of Asia

$30 $18

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Dinner for Two or Four at Harvey's Steakhouse (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Harvey's Steakhouse

Huntington Beach

Steakhouse staples such as blue-cheese-stuffed filet mignon and lightly blackened ahi tuna; live entertainment six nights a week

$40 $20

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12 Cupcakes or a Kids' Cupcake-Decorating Party for 10 at Bubba Sweets Beach Blvd Location (Up to 42% Off)

Bubba Sweets

Beach Blvd

Up to 10 children decorate cupcakes in 13 flavors including thin mint, cheesecake, maple-toffee bacon, and strawberry lemonade

$33 $19

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The family that owns Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity. Since they opened the first of their three locations in 1991, they've been crafting burritos, seafood tacos, and steaks by drawing upon techniques honed at Mexico's food stands, rural kitchens, and guacamole rivers. Fresh produce and seafood, lard-free beans, and premium meats—like slow-cooked carnitas—join up with house marinade and daily made salsas. Every single corn chip lands on a plate the day it emerges from the fryer. Vegetarian options abound, too. The eatery's catering skills are praised by clients.

27412 Antonio Pkwy
Ladera Ranch,
CA
US

Jerry has dedicated his life to the pursuit of a good dog. After discovering the burst of flavor that resulted from roasting one of America's favorite foods, hot dogs, over a wood fire, he developed his wood-fired recipes with the help of a master sausage maker. Now, Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs serves an expansive menu of all-beef hot dogs, internationally inspired sausages, and hefty Steakhouse Burgers loaded with more than 30 free toppings and sauces. For enjoyment outside the dinning room, Jerry's goes a step beyond carryout by offering on-site catering services with Jerry's signature wood-fire grill.

1701 Corporate Dr., Ste. C8
Ladera Ranch,
CA
US

A flurry of activity fills the kitchen at Ollie & Jax Pub 'n Pizza, where staffers prepare flatbreads, pizza crusts, pasta sauce, french fries, and other ingredients by hand in-house. These freshly baked flatbreads envelop sandwiches such as chicken parmesan and spicy steak and ranch, and the alfredo-and-marinara Ollie & Jax signature sauce tops plates of penne or angel-hair pastas. Pizzas with thin, traditional, or gluten-free crusts don specialty toppings such as spinach and ricotta, spicy chicken in honey-habanero sauce, or the Award-Winning White, whose blend of garlic sauce, cheeses, tomato, and onion can be pinned to diners' lapels next to their 4-H ribbons. Nine flat-screen high-definition TVs dapple the dining-room walls, where they broadcast sports such as NCAA basketball and NHL hockey games. Ollie & Jax also hosts special events, such as car-and-bike shows.

27742 Antonio Pkwy, Ste K-7
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Craig Gandolph entered the deli business in Long Island, making the sandwiches he’d always eaten growing up in New York. When love brought him to Salt Lake City, he missed the flavor of his hometown. So he opened the first Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen and named his sandwiches after the Big Apple locales that he missed. Today, his little sandwich shop has grown to encompass dozens of franchises across the United States, slinging sandwiches from both brick-and-mortar joints and gridlocked food trucks.

The Mission Viejo location, one of four in California, is owned and operated by sisters Yami and Elizabeth Marin, according to a 2009 article in the Orange County Register. Yami's husband grew up in Queens and helped her discover deli food during many East Coast trips to visit his family. Inside the restaurant she shares with her sister, red accent walls, exposed ductwork, hardwood floors, and photographs of New York landmarks work together to transport diners to a New York deli.

23981 Alicia Pkwy
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Restaurateur Salvatore S. D'Abbusco was born in Naples, but traveled to the United States at the age of 24 to marry a woman from Philadelphia, with whom he'd fallen in love on a cruise. He wanted to bring the tastes of Italy to his new home and founded Salvatore Cucina Italiana more than 20 years ago.

His chefs toss pasta dishes made from traditional Italian recipes with italian cheeses, shellfish, chicken, and lamb. They handcraft tiramisu and blend, cut, and fold their own dough for manicotti. Sommeliers complement the extensive menu with an array of white and red wines from Tuscany, Sicily, and California, for a greater blend of international flavors than UN potluck parties. Each meal begins as servers lay complimentary bruschetta, in lieu of traditional bread, onto white-clothed tables arranged under ornate gilded lamps and pasta-covered walls.

27001 La Paz Rd
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Simply Fondue's intimate, chandelier-lit dining room plays host to tabletop pots that bubble with warm imported cheeses, oils, and broths. The restaurant's cheese fondues from Switzerland, the Mediterranean, and England allow diners to taste the world's flavors without having to lick every country's flag. The eatery also simmers traditional canola and broth fondue using individual "fondue grills," which sear each morsel for lighter munching. For each entree, chefs pair simmering helpings with platters of meat, seafood, or veggies, all of which can be altered upon request.

Many meals conclude with chocolate fondue, which features an impressive coterie of sweets such as pound cake, triple-chunk brownies, peanut-butter balls, and fresh pineapple chunks plucked from the hats of local conga dancers. The dining experience stays casual throughout with plush red booths and upholstered bar stools set against textured stone walls.

28719 Los Alisos Blvd
Mission Viejo,
CA
US