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Best Food & Things to Do in Tustin, California

Best Food & Things to Do in Tustin, California

Founded in the 1870s by a Northern Californian carriage maker of the same name, Tustin is an amazing mix of urban and suburban. Its motto, “City of Trees,” embodies this, and as we’ll see later, there’s beautiful nature and greenery almost everywhere you look. Beyond its natural beauty, Tustin was also ranked as one of the Top 25 Towns To Live Well by Forbes in 2009 due to its job market and (relatively) low commute for the area. So whether you’ve lived in Tustin for years, just moved, or are just vacationing and looking for places to check out, we put together our list of the best food in Tustin, and the best places to visit while you’re here.

Best Food in Tustin

Starting with the food, Tustin has a thriving array of restaurants to satisfy anyone in town. Like many other coastal cities in California (such as Newport Beach), Tustin enjoys fresh seafood and blended cultures that make it feel unique. If fish and crab aren’t quite your speed, don’t worry — there’s plenty of burgers, pastries, halal, spaghetti, and much more.

Best Burgers

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

American Grub

Bar Louie

Peter’s Gourmade Grill

Rock & Brews Restaurant

Best Seafood

The Black Marlin

The Crab Cooker

Uoko Sushi



Best Mediterranean/Greek Food

Zov’s Bistro & Bakery

Christakis Greek Cuisine

Fresh Off the Boat


Divan Mediterranean Grill

Best Breakfast

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Citrus Cafe

Kolache Factory

Cream Pan Bakery

Friends Cafe

Best Italian Food

Roma D’ Italia

Prego Restaurant

Barolo Cafe

Casa D'Oro

CENTRO Storico Spaghetteria

Top Things to do in Tustin

Being located near the spectacular California shores and stretching into the hills overlooking the coastline means that Tustin has a wide variety of activities and places to see, no matter what you’re looking for. From cars to golf and art to parks, you can find something that fits your mood, whether it’s raining or beautiful outside.

Marconi Automotive Museum

Perfect for car lovers of all ages, the Marconi Automotive Museum has over 100 vehicles that are worth $60 million. They range from classic Lamborghinis and Ferraris to American muscle cars and iconic Formula 1 cars. No matter what kinds of cars (or motorcycles) you want to see, the Marconi museum probably has it.

Santa Ana Zoo

If you’re looking for something to do outdoors with the whole family, the Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 80 different species of animals. Ocelots, lemurs, iguanas, eagles, and many more can be found here, with additional conservation and educational programs available. These programs are currently virtual due to the pandemic, but typically involve self-guided visits and in-person learning sessions.

Tustin Ranch Golf Club

For some competition, you can head over to the Tustin Ranch Golf Club to play a few rounds, hit the driving range, or take lessons. Located less than two miles from our Tustin restaurant, this is a great way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends or put some stakes on the outcome of your game. Regardless of skill or experience level, the club also has instructional programs for adults, either in group classes or private lessons.

Chemers Gallery

Since opening in 1978, Chemers Gallery has been a well-known and respected destination for those interested in fine and decorative art. They focus on emerging and mid-career artists, so you’re guaranteed to find pieces from ones you’ve never heard of. With a wide range of styles and mediums, Chemers not only is worth visiting simply to see the art on display, but also for those looking to buy or add to their collection.

Tustin Parks

Circling back around to the city’s motto, Tustin is full of beautiful parks and nature. Whether it’s Peppertree Park, Cedar Grove Park, Magnolia Tree Park, Citrus Ranch Park, Victory Park, or countless others, chances are good that you’re within walking distance of one. Most of them are several acres with playgrounds, trails, pavilions, BBQ facilities, picnic spaces, and more. This makes them the perfect places to relax at and explore after grabbing a burger, fries, or drinks down the street at Hopdoddy Tustin.

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