Best Margaritas in Orange County, California

If you love margaritas as much as I do, you’re in for a treat. Orange County is home to some fantastic spots where you can enjoy a delicious margarita. Here are some of my favorite places to sip this classic cocktail.

Avila’s El Ranchito – Laguna Beach

El Ranchito in San Clemente is a gem. This cozy spot offers a warm, inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for a casual night out. Their margaritas are delicious. I highly recommend trying their Blood Orange Margarita – it’s smooth, flavorful, and just the right amount of strong.

Blood Orange Margarita at El Ranchito
My Blood Orange Margarita
me drinking blood orange margarita at er rachito rstaurant laguna beach

Rose Canyon Cantina and Grill – Trabuco Canyon

Nestled in the scenic Trabuco Canyon, Rose Canyon Cantina and Grill is a must-visit. The rustic vibe and outdoor seating make it a great place to unwind. Their margaritas are refreshing and pack a punch. The Prickly Pear Margarita is a favorite of mine – it’s sweet and I like sweet. Check out my full review of Rose Canyon Cantina & Grill.

My prickly Pear margarita at Rose Canyon cantina
My prickly Pear Margarita
Blended frozen Prickly Pear margarita at Rose Canyon cantina and Grill
My favorite Margarita at Rose Canyon Cantina – Blended Frozen Prickly Pear Margarita

Oak Restaurant – Laguna Beach

Oak Restaurant in Laguna Beach has ocean views from the deck and have amazing margaritas. This place has a laid-back vibe that’s perfect for a beachside drink. I had the Lagunarita and it was delicious. It’s fruity and refreshing.

lagunarita at oak restaurant
My fancy Lagunarita
Lagunarita margarita at oak restaurant in laguna beach

Avila’s El Ranchito – San Clemente

Avila’s El Ranchito in San Clemente offers a fantastic margarita experience. I like the outside area to sit and enjoy a drink. They have a good selection of drinks. I tasted their Strawberry Mint Margarita – it was refreshing and hit the spot. Plus, the food here is good too.

strawberry mint margarita at Avilas el ranhito in san clemente
My Strawberry Mint Margarita
strawberry mint margarita at avilas el ranchito restaurant in san clemente

Landers – San Clemente

Landers in San Clemente is a great place to get a drink or eat some food. I go there often when I go to the beach or bike on the bike path nearby. The trendy, relaxed setting is perfect for enjoying a well-crafted margarita. I’ve had a couple different margaritas there and they didn’t disappoint.

margarita at Landers restaurant in san clemente
My fancy Margarita at Landers
me drinking a margarita at landers restaurant in san clemente
I’m enjoying different Margaritas at Landers restaurant

La Casita Olvera – Foothill Ranch

La Casita Olvera in Foothill Ranch is a fantastic spot for margarita lovers. The friendly atmosphere and inexpensive menu make it a great choice for any occasion. I loved their Mango Margarita which was sweet and in a big glass. I also love their street tacos.

huge mango margarita at la casita olvera in foothill ranch
My huge Mango Margarita that I definitely recommend

Garcias Mexican Cuisine – Carlsbad Beach

While not in Orange County, Garcias Mexican Cuisine in Carlsbad Beach is worth the short drive. This place has a laid-back beach vibe. Their margaritas are excellent, especially the Strawberry Margarita. It’s sweet and just what I needed on a sunny day by the beach.

strawberry margarita at garcias mexican cuisine in carlsbad
My Strawberry Margarita at Garcia’s

These are some of my top picks for the best margaritas in and around Orange County.

me on the beach
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Hi, I'm Kat, the adventurous spirit behind TasteCaliforniaTravel, your guide to the hidden wonders of California. Having called California home for the last 15 years, I am thrilled to take you along on my journey and share the adventures that this incredible state has to offer.

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