Brea Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Brea

April 14, 2018 Darwin Bolte

Brea (meaning "oil" or "tar" in Spanish) is a city in Orange County, California. The population as of the 2010 census was 39,282. It is located 33 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Things to do in Brea

1. The Hat

1210 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5715 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 714-257-9500
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

The Hat

Reviewed By Pam S - Buena Park, California

We ordered a pastrami sandwich, a pastrami burger and a cheeseburger. The pastrami sandwich was big! Piled high with thinly sliced pastrami on a French roll. Mmm. If you like pastrami, this is definitely the place to go. The pastrami burger is a hamburger topped with pastrami meat and all the burger fixings. It was really good. Their cheeseburger was also very good. On a side note, we didn't order their chili cheese fries, but someone else in the restaurant did. Their order was huge and looked very tempting. But there was no more room in our bellies for this visit. Next time ;)

2. Summit House Restaurant

2000 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835-3289 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Seafood, American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 85 +1 714-671-4111
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 348 reviews

Summit House Restaurant

For centuries the English Inn has earned a great reputation for friendly faces, cozy rooms and cheery firesides. As soon as guests come to the Inn, the charming hosts and hostesses run to greet them. In front of a crackling fire one can partake of good hearty fare - the tankard is always full - the spit hung with roasting beefs - and a table heaped with sweets and such. The Inn Keepers of the Summit House are inspired by this custom to create an hospitable place where friends can meet to eat, drink and delight in the views of North Orange County's countryside. To one and all, welcome!

Reviewed By EcoArtTraveler - Billings, Montana

Surprised to learn that this place was founded in 1989, as it felt like restaurants I went to as a kid in the 1960s and 1970s with my parents ... including the my-unadventurous-parents-would-love-this menu and the piano repertoire. It was pretty flashback-y for me. The food was good, but not as great as the prices suggested. My salad that included oranges showed up, unfortunately, with canned mandarin slices; this, in prime orange-growing territory. Yet another restaurant that clearly wishes vegetarians didn't exist; however, they did have one off-menu option. Nice views all around from the location, and pretty grounds. The place was full--and holds a lot of people--so I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't unbearably noisy. We were pleasantly surprised by a free dessert for our anniversary.

3. El Farolito

201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5616 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 714-993-7880
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

El Farolito

Reviewed By rockyjoe - Minneapolis, Minnesota

El Farolito is a small Mexican Restaurant and is located in the town of Placentia, California. This town is located about 8 miles northeast of Disneyland and about 40 miles east of LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). This place has been around a long time and officially opened in 1974. It has been owned by the same family the entire time.

I dined here on a Monday evening in mid-September with a business associate and enjoyed the experience and thought that the 100% Mexican food was really good. I ordered a giant burrito with beans and rice and really enjoyed everything. The rice did not look right but it was really tasty. The giant burrito was also really good. The portions were huge so I was not able to eat everything. We were given free chips and salsa before ordering and I also liked them (except the salsa was a little hot). This place seems to be popular with locals as there were lots of “To Go” orders being picked-up so we had to wat a few minutes for these customers to finish before we could pay.

Overall enjoyed my dinner and thought the Mexican Food was really good. I will be back on my next trip to this area. In addition, I asked two different local people for a good Mexican restaurant and they both recommended this place.

4. TAPS Fish House & Brewery

101 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-4924 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 714-257-0101
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

TAPS Fish House & Brewery

Reviewed By arturofranz - La Habra, California

We have been getting eMails about joining Taps for their 18 year Anniversary and if you come, you get a burger for $2.99....such a deal! So, my wife & I went on a Friday as the promo offer was based on the first 300 orders...MoreOh no! We're sorry you missed it but are happy to hear you stayed to celebrate with us and share some great food. We hope to welcome you back soon.

5. Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza

148 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870-3327 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating American, Pizza, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 12 - SGD 24 +1 714-579-1777
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza

Craftsman is a locally owned and operated restaurant that opened in December of 2013. Our focus is simple: great food, great value and a great atmosphere provided to you from the friendliest people in Placentia.

Reviewed By AlwaysOnTheAirplane - Washington, D.C.

We ordered a large takeaway order... five pizzas and two salads... almost $100. Upon arrival we are told that our order was already picked up. Huh!

The manager promptly dealt with the situation and went to the kitchen to expedite recreating our order. As we waited, the people who took our order... which looked nothing like their order... returned to say... " we picked up the wrong order".

The pizzas were fine but we find that letting people walk off with a $100 order does not represent the best business practices.

6. Rutabegorz Restaurant

211 N Pomona Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832-1926 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 714-738-9339
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Rutabegorz Restaurant

Reviewed By FamilyGuy3 - Orange County, California

We keep coming back to Rutabegorz. Love their salads, soups and omelettes. Only problem is that it can be very noisy during busy hours. Ask for a quiet table.

7. Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

240 S State College Blvd, Brea, CA 92821-5820 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 714-529-9300
Excellent
44%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 168 reviews

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

Reviewed By big10sjunkie - OC

This was our first trip to the Brea location. This restaurant seemed noisier than Irvine. My fried chicken was very good. The fish tacos were also very good. The lemon chicken was excellent.

The disappointment was the Bison meat loaf. The presentation was good. But The meat was mushy and tasted like it had too much breadcrumb filler and ketchup. Frankly we should have returned it and gotten something else.

The pumpkin cheesecake and apple deserts were very good.

8. Cedar Creek Inn

20 Pointe Dr, Brea, CA 92821-3652 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining American, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 38 - SGD 41 +1 714-255-5600
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 173 reviews

Cedar Creek Inn

Reviewed By Steve P - Brea, California

We used to wonder how this place stayed alive with all the coupons they floated out there. I love their building but always found their food mediocre at best. Reluctantly, we tried them again a few weeks ago and were delighted to find a more high end menu and very lovely food. From a reluctant patron, I am now eager to go back and explore their menu offerings

9. Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

1639 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5809 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 714-990-4944
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 205 reviews

Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

Reviewed By Iashutterbug - Fullerton, California

Not terribly hungry, before movie lunch, we split a combo plate. Along with the 2 biscuits with honey butter, this was more than enough. St Louis Ribs, and Tri Tip... The Ribs were overall good, but a little tough and dry along the edges. Iced Tea, and tasty Strawberry Lemonade.
Waitress, Mary, was very friendly, and helpful.

10. The Cheesecake Factory

120 Brea Mall, Brea, CA 92821 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +1 714-255-0115
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 169 reviews

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory offers something for everyone featuring a wide variety of over 200 menu items prepared fresh to order each day, plus over 30 legendary varieties of the Finest Cheesecake.

Reviewed By Valerie C - Irvine, California

If you like the Cheesecake Factory this is great but there's nothing new or different about this location or it's menu. It is conveniently located adjacent to the Brea Mall and if you aren't in the mood for Mall food, this is a good alternative.

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