10 Unique Orange County Dining Adventures

Interactive Dining Explored

Orange County is filled with countless unique and interesting places to dine, so why choose something ordinary? The list below consists of some of our favorite interactive dining places you have to visit on your next night out.  All you have to figure out is what you’re in the mood for!

Benihana |Various locations

If I close my eyes and listen carefully I can hear the sizzle of the hot table, smell the delicious aroma of Benihana’s garlic butter fried rice, and start drooling over the thought alone of their deliciously tender filet mignon. The food is prepared right before guests’ eyes by chefs who are both talented and energetic! Come for the food, but stay for the show. When it comes to interactive dining Benihana is a must-try! Check out their menu here.

Manpuku Tokyo BBQ Dining | Various locations

So, you’re in the mood for something different, but what? At Manpuku they specialize in beef tongue. You read that right, in fact, the signature dish they are known for is their Salted Tongue with Chopped Tokyo Negi. If you do not feel that adventurous, don’t let that keep you away from Manpuku, they also offer plenty of soup, noodle and vegetable dishes which are sure to please. If you’re a meat eater, try their one Kobe style beef options for a full flavored dish. Their full menu can be found here.

Cal Shabu | Various locations

Looking to impress a date? At Cal Shabu you are the chef, so roll those sleeves up and get cooking. Shabu-shabu is a Japanese dish that consists of thinly sliced meats and yummy veggies which are cooked in a simmering dish of broth directly at your table. You get to chose what type of course you would like, as well as size. Every dish is served with tasty sauces, warm and filling rice and healthy veggies. Find out what you’ll be cooking up here.

Rolling Boil | Anaheim Packing House

Located in the Anaheim Packing House, Rolling Boil is everything you could ask for when it comes to do-it-yourself dining. This form of “hot pot” cooking originated from Mongol horsemen warriors, whom over a 1,000 years ago would fill their helmets with water and set them over an open flame to cook their meals. Rolling Boil offers a wide assortment of soup broths, from ghost pepper hot to a vegetarian option, which will you choose? Find your next craving by clicking here.

The Melting Pot | Various locations

Ladies and gentlemen, take note. The Melting Pot can best be described as a passionate love affair between you and the food. The ambiance inside the restaurant is dimly lit and remarkably enticing. It’s as if the moment you walk through the doors the mood is already set to romance — romance between you and their endless array of fondues. If you have yet to experience a dinner here, do your body a favor and book a reservation immediately. Only click here if you’re ready for a meal unlike any other.

Andrea| Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

At Andrea, guests are transported to Northern Italy (no passport required!), all while enjoying the comforts The Resort at Pelican Hill has to offer — including stunning views of the Pacific ocean. If you find yourself debating between all the delicious menu items offered, I suggest you go with their signature risotto, prepared tableside in a Parmesan wheel. Or if you’re looking for something a little more interactive, make reservations to discover the art of pasta making! You’ll discover how to make traditional Italian egg-based pasta dough in the Andrea Ristorante pasta kitchen, followed by a two-course lunch using your handmade pasta creations! For a list of menu options that’s sure to leave you craving Italian, click here.

Hibachi Steakhouse | Anaheim

If you enjoy Benihana’s style, but you’re looking for an interactive dining experience just a bit less theatrical, Hibachi is the place to go. Just make sure to arrive with an appetite! Most meals are served with a salad, soup, rice and small appetizer before your entree is even prepared. The chefs do an excellent job of showcasing their incredible talents all while cooking everything right before your eyes. While Hibachi doesn’t have a website, their phone number can be found on their Yelp page.

Gyu-Kaku | Various Locations

While you may be cooking your meal at Gyu-Kaku, it is not in a simmering bowl of broth, or on a hot table. At Gyu-Kaku, you cook your meal over a flaming charcoal grill, giving it a great BBQ taste. Depending on what you order, and how you take your meat, the wait staff explains approximately how long each item should be cooked. The food to pricing ratio here is impressive; I found myself not being able to eat everything I ordered! Drinks and shots are also nicely priced. It’s a great place for a night out with friends or family. Check out their signature menu here.

Caspian Restaurant | Irvine

The best word to describe Caspian is fun. Not only do they serve some of the best Persian food I have ever come across, but there is a feeling about the place that is so welcoming and warm. They do offer daily buffets which are great if you’re new to Persian and Mediterranean cuisine and want to try a bit of everything. My favorite part though is the live international dancing that takes place every night, with live music included on weekends! The dancers are super friendly and encourage guests to get up and enjoy the music with them. For a list of menu items offered, click here.

Goofy’s Kitchen | Anaheim

If you’re looking for a great interactive dining experience for the whole family, Goofy’s Kitchen is the place to visit! And who doesn’t love Disney? Spoil the little ones by creating a magical memory alongside some of their favorite characters. Located at the Disneyland Hotel, you don’t need a pass to treat the family to a fun-filled brunch or dinner! To check out all the tasty menu items offered, click here!

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