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Seafood Specials for Lent in Orange County

With Lent coming up on February 17th, we’ve found some of the best seafood specials from restaurants in Orange County. For those abstaining from meat, these restaurants offer a smorgasbord of seafood dishes for outdoor dining or takeaway, from poached lobster to salmon family meals to fresh ceviche.

Lent Dining in OC

El Torito | Locations throughout Orange County

Founded in 1954, El Torito is the authority on great Mexican food, with many locations in Los Angeles offering safe outdoor patio seating. Rich in heritage and memorable experiences, El Torito offers many seafood specials including All-You-Can-Eat Dos Equis Beer Battered Tacos ($16.50) every Friday, featuring beer-battered shrimp or mahi-mahi tacos served with frijoles de la olla and rice.

Acapulco | Costa Mesa

Acapulco infuses the savory flavors of Mexican coastal cuisine with California’s freshness and innovation, creating stimulating flavor combinations. With an expansive outdoor patio, Acapulco welcomes to guests to enjoy the very best of Mexican food, especially its seafood dishes. Options include the Ceviche Rojo ($12.50) appetizer with mahi-mahi, shrimp, guacamole, pineapple, and mango relish as well as the Crab & Shrimp Enchiladas ($19), which includes lump crab meat, shrimp, jack cheese, onion, cilantro, roasted tomatillo sauce, avocado slices, sour cream, rice, and sautéed vegetables.

SOL Mexican Cocina | Newport Beach

Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Now open for safe, outdoor patio dining, SOL’s seafood specials include Wild Fish on Esquites (market price), a seasonal wild fish with an almond-lemon crust, grilled corn Esquites, tomato, basil, and avocado lime butter, topped with scallions and cotija cheese. Another option is the Hot & Raw Ceviche ($17) with habaneros, tropical fruit, citrus, avocado, cucumber, sweet potato and red beet chips, and pico de gallo.

Solita Tacos | Huntington Beach

Solita celebrates great Mexican food, dynamite margaritas, and Southern California’s laid-back lifestyle. For those seeking refreshing seafood dishes, Solita is offering its Pescado Taco ($8.75), served with pan-seared wild fish, special sauce, slaw, pickled jalapeños and onions, and topped with cilantro.

Las Brisas | Laguna Beach

Las Brisas, the iconic SoCal restaurant perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, brings the beauty and charm of Mexican cuisine to its loyal guests—fit for any occasion. With outdoor dining available as well as delivery and takeout options, Las Brisas’ seafood specialties include the Butter Poached Lobster ($59) with potato-chile gratin, paprika, and corn and the Seared Sea Scallops ($47) with cauliflower purée, tomatillo, green olives, and sparkling wine beurre blanc. Guests can also share the Contramar ($74), a whole grilled fish with red chile-parsley marinade, served with black beans, rice, salsa, and fresh corn tortillas.

Urban Plates | Locations throughout Orange County

The chef-driven restaurant brand offering made-from-scratch meals using ethically sourced ingredients. Available for delivery, pick-up, and outdoor dining, Urban Plates offers several sustainable seafood options including Grilled Sustainable Salmon ($16.50), available as a plate with sides, a salad, or as a protein added to one of the restaurant’s popular bowls as well as a Wild Ahi Niçoise Salad ($14.50).

Black Angus Steakhouse | Locations throughout Orange County

With over 30 locations in CA, WA, AZ, and HI, Black Angus Steakhouse has been mastering their craft since 1964, specializing in comforting, wholesome meals that everyone can enjoy. For Fish Friday, Black Angus’ Salmon Family Meal ($80) is the perfect meal for a family gathering, with four 8oz grilled fresh salmon, home-style mashed potatoes or rice, fresh broccoli with garlic butter, and eight chocolate chip cookies. Black Angus’ locations now open at noon where guests can enjoy outdoor dining, or grab meals to go with takeaway, delivery, and curbside pick-up available through blackangus.com.

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