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.



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.