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A timeless tradition

Welcome to Hanna’s

Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar is South Orange County’s premiere dining establishment.  Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants, Hanna’s offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with a classic, traditional flair.  Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance.

Our Awards

  • Best New Restaurant in Orange County Orange County Register
  • Best Restaurant & Best Chef in Rancho Santa Margarita Orange County Register ​
  • Best Overall Restaurant​ ​​
  • Best in Service ​​ Neighborhood Gem Award ​
  • Top 100 U.S. Restaurant Open Table

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The Story

Dave Hanna’s passion for food and hospitality is deeply rooted in family tradition. The Hanna family’s culinary connection began with owner David Hanna’s grandfather who served as a cook in the US Army during World War I. After his service, David’s Grandfather expanded his love for the culinary arts with the opening of his own restaurant in Western Pennsylvania called The Lone Star – the first of many restaurants opened by the Hanna family. ​

Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, David Hanna established the first coffee house in Rancho Santa Margarita called Haute Caffé and opened a second location quickly after. Both shops eventually sold in 1997 and, after taking several years to recharge, David decided to venture back into the hospitality scene in 2005 with the opening of Hanna’s Restaurant and Bar.

Hanna’s believes the essence of life is sharing meals and cherishing time with one another. Hanna’s aims to foster a connective experience with service that is based on the art of hospitality. We believe in a commitment to excellence from how we source our food to training our gold standard team. Our tenets are rooted in family, community service and a respect for a superb culinary experience. We are humbled to have received the Open Table Top 100 Restaurant in the US, Voted Top 10 Steak and Burger by OC Register and Golden Foodie Nominee 2016 and 2017.

Kitchen Philosophy

It has often been said that a true fine dining experience represents a work of art; from the skill of creativity and execution of technique, to the quality of ingredients used and precision of presentation. At Hanna’s, we have made it our philosophy and passion to master the art of perfection in every single dish we create.

Every day we seek to find the newest culinary innovations to continue to establish the highest standards in fine dining distinction. Our chef has traveled the world and staged amongst countless culinary masters to develop new techniques and principles that, in turn, enables us to create a savory dining experience from beginning to end. ​

Hanna’s success is not only developed from our avant-garde principles, but also from the quality of our ingredients. We strive to buy only the freshest, highest-grade product available. Whether it is our organic produce and fresh baby veggies, organic free-range chicken, top grade fish and seafood selection (from Ahi to Australian Lobster), or our all-natural Meyers beef; you can guarantee that the quality of your meal will be remarkable. Additionally, our menu is changed on a seasonal basis, so you can always look forward to enjoying new delectable creations during your Hanna’s fine dining experience.

 

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