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Family Restaurants with No TVs

Family Restaurants with No TVs

Where can a family go to eat and not be bombarded by the news or distracting screens pulling us away from a nice family dinner?

Initially, I could only come up with 2 ideas: Ruby’s Diner and Islands (but Islands doesn’t really count because there are screens – but at least it’s not the news).  So I asked the question on the Facebook. Here’s what you said, plus a few more I thought up!

Family Restaurants in South OC

Family Restaurants in Central OC

Family Restaurants in North OC

Multiple locations

  • Moulin Bistro (Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente)
  • Cafe Rio (Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Tustin, Irvine, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, Huntington Beach)
  • Outdoors at Food Courts (think Irvine Spectrum, The District at Tustin Legacy, The Marketplace in Irvine/Tustin, and Foothill Ranch Towne Center, Rodeo39 Food Hall, Mess Hall Market Tustin)


Worth a Mention

If you think of any more, please email me at!


Monday 7th of July 2014

Wahoo's Fish Tacos is always a fun family dining experience! Although they have some screens inside, they are usually only showing surfing or skateboarding clips. Not live TV. Some sites also have outdoor patios without TVs too.

Michele Whiteaker

Monday 7th of July 2014

Good one, Marissa! We love Wahoo's.


Thursday 6th of June 2013

Café Rio


Tuesday 14th of May 2013

The Chili's in Aliso Viejo has put TVs in the dining room now! So disappointed!

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