New Year, New O Sea

January 12, 2022

Starting the new year off with a bang, Old Towne Orange’s O SEA is shifting its service model to a full-service operation. Located in the heart of the Orange Historic District, Michael Flynn, Founder & General Manager of O SEA has transitioned its dining room to offer an experience facilitated by trained waitstaff and has transformed its former ordering counter into a cozy wine bar.

To take advantage of the new full-service model, Chef Carla Arce has introduced a Grilled Whole Branzino with banchan-style condiments and tortillas, Cioppino in the style of Thai Red Curry, and Clam Chowder with a unique, O SEA style.

As a seasonally driven restaurant, O SEA begins the year with a new Winter Menu that plays into the globally influenced character of Southern California. Among Chef Arce’s new dishes are:

– Wild Fijian Albacore Tuna Poke with Blood Orange Ponzu, Shaved Fennel, & Cucumber
– Grilled Spanish Octopus with Roasted Sweet Potato Mole, Salsa Macha, & Pickled Onions
– Shaved Brussels Sprouts in Almond Dressing with Avocado, Fresno Chili, Mint, & Parmesan Cheese
– Roasted Sweet Potatoes in Miso Beurre Blanc with Shiitake Mushrooms, Toasted Almonds, Parsley & Sage
– Mexican 'Tres Leches' Cake with Candied Blood Orange
– Blood Orange-Mint Agua Fresca

O SEA’s commitment to transparency in seafood sourcing is evident with core menu offerings like Farmed Norwegian Kvaroy Salmon, Wild Tahitian Albacore Tuna, Wild Mexican White Shrimp, and Farmed Desert Springs Barramundi, as well as seasonal menu offerings like Wild Morro Bay Black Cod, Wild Mexican Yellowtail, and Wild Morro Bay Rockfish, among others.

To complement the quality and innovativeness of the kitchen, O SEA’s new Wine Bar highlights the restaurant’s carefully curated selection of wines and beers that mirror the same philosophy as the food menu. Wines are offered by-the-glass, half bottle, and bottle, with a wine list that is approachable and fun, showcasing producers and varietals from diverse regions around the world and served in varietal-specific stemware. Beers are sourced locally and with care, with selections that showcase the county’s many noteworthy breweries.

O SEA is located at 109 S. Glassell Street in the Historic District of Orange.  Easy-access carryout pickup, affectionately dubbed Take Me Home, is available outside the rear entrance of the restaurant. For more information about the restaurant menu, reservations, sourcing information, and more, please visit eatosea.com. 

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