Dating on a Budget

From a restaurant with a cheap meal deal to a free local activity, impress your sweetheart for less in Orange County.

Updated: August 30, 2004

Restaurants & Bars


Melting Pot Restaurant

2646 Dupont Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

On select evenings, enjoy the "Two for $22" special featuring chocolate fondue and either two martinis or specialty coffee drinks.


Villa Nova Restaurant

3131 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

This romantic spot on the water offers a free birthday entree with purchase of another entree.


Anaheim White House

887 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

This classy, romantic restaurant is usually pricey, but offers a Daily Express Lunch for $18.95 (includes starter, entree and dessert).


Z Tejas

3333 Bristol St Ste 1876, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

This date spot boasts not one, but two, nightly happy hours on weekdays.


Cafe Tu Tu Tango At Orange

20 W City Blvd, Orange, CA 92868

Order a bottle of wine for half price on Wednesday nights, along with ample appetizers to share.


Activities


Boomers

3405 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Into miniature golf and bumper boats? Purchase an all-day pass ($19) or pay per game ($3-$6.50).


Irvine Park Railroad

1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Take your date on a paddleboat ride, to the Orange County Zoo or on one of several area hikes.


Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E. Chestnut Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Explore the zoo for only $6 each, including a romantic stroll in the on-site rain forest.