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The Lazy Dog Café Restaurant and Bar in Orange, CA has patio dining.
The Lazy Dog Café Restaurant and Bar in Orange, CA has patio dining.John R. Aberle

Lazy Dog Café Restaurant & Bar in Orange, California’s Stadium Promenade

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On our anniversary, Dorothy and I decided to take a short weekend getaway locally so we started with a movie and dinner in the Stadium Promenade Shopping Center in Orange. Following the movie, we returned to the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar for the first time in a couple years.

The Lazy Dog Café Restaurant and Bar serves up the ideal retreat for steaks, burgers, international dishes and friendly service
The Lazy Dog Café Restaurant and Bar serves up the ideal retreat for steaks, burgers, international dishes and friendly serviceJohn R. Aberle

This Lazy Dog Café has patio seating for those who enjoy the fresh outdoors. We usually prefer their pleasant, spacious seating inside where the air conditioning kept us refreshed. We loved the feeling of a classy mountain resort lodge. As we arrived after the main dinner hour, we got seated right away. We were pleased with our server, Kaylee, who was pleasant, helpful and attentive throughout our meal.

As members of Lazy Dog’s Gossip Hound Email List, we received a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert, which definitely helped us decide which of the many excellent restaurants in Orange County we were going to choose.

Passion Decaf Fruit Tea, $2.85

As usual, I ordered my fresh brewed iced tea while we read the menu. I started with Lazy Dog Café’s Passion Decaf Fruit Tea. It was very good. Nevertheless, I switched back to my standard black tea later.

Chicken Lettuce Cups, $9.50

Known elsewhere as lettuce wraps, we ordered Lazy Dog’s Chicken Lettuce Cups. This dish is ground chicken breast, water chestnuts, peanuts, carrots and green onions served with sweet sesame soy sauce and crisp lettuce cups on the side. The mixture came on a bed of crisp, white rice noodles. The diced chicken was delicious.

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, $9.95

This is “Lazy Dog’s tribute to “Carolina style” BBQ. Tender shredded pork tossed in our house-made BBQ sauce topped with bleu cheese coleslaw & cajun (sic) onion straws on a toasted bun.” (This description comes from their online Sandwiches menu.)

We thought the flavor was excellent though there wasn’t enough BBQ sauce originally so Kaylee brought us more. Dorothy didn’t like the flavor of the bleu cheese coleslaw. She thought it was goat cheese. But once she added the extra barbecue sauce, it was delicious. As Dorothy was leery about how hot Cajun onion straws would be, she got them on the side. Surprisingly, they were milder than she expected so she enjoy them too.

Tater Tots, $1.50

Instead of rice or potatoes, Dorothy upgraded to the sweet potato tater tots. She let me sample them. I loved them too. They were wonderful. They seemed like they would make a great snack as they were crunchy and sweet.

Bacon Wrap Coulotte Steak, $17.45

Lazy Dog Restaurants online Meat menu describes this as “USDA Prime Coulotte Steak (the best part of the sirloin) wrapped in a thick slice of hickory-smoked bacon, grilled & served atop our sauteed baby spinach & mashed potatoes with burgundy wine sauce.”

While I normally prefer ribeye steaks, I loved this steak. Our server brought it exactly as ordered, rare. And I thoroughly enjoyed the lovely burgundy wine sauce. It was like a light gravy for the mashed potatoes.

E-Club Redeem, -$9.50

As I mentioned at the beginning, we had a coupon as members of the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar’s Email Club. As a result, the restaurant took $9.50 off our ticket for the appetizer.

This really is a wonderfully relaxing place to dine so they scored across the board with great food, wonderful service and fabulous ambiance. That’s five stars in my book.

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Additional information
Lazy Dog Café Restaurant & Bar

  • 1623 W Katella Ave #212
  • Orange, CA 92867
  • (714) 769-7020

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar website

Lazy Dog Café Menus

Starters Menu

Sandwiches

Meat

Downloadable Menu

Lazy Dog Café location:

  • Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: 3.3 miles
  • Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: 4.2 miles

Hours:

  • Sun 10am - Midnight
  • Mon 11am - Midnight
  • Tue 11am - Midnight
  • Wed 11am - Midnight
  • Thr 11am - Midnight
  • Fri 11am - Midnight
  • Sat 11am - Midnight

Meals Served:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cuisine Type:

  • International

Service Type:

Chef Gabe’s Notebook

What a delightful section, especially the "OC Weekly’s Q & A." Dorothy and I both enjoyed his questions and his responses.