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Date Night at The Citrus Fresh Grill


My favorite thing about Springtime is that there are more opportunities to eat outside, and the Citrus Fresh Grill at the Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo is one of my favorite outdoor dining destinations in Orange County. Not only can my husband and I enjoy a cocktail and dinner on their outdoor heated patio, but they also have a wonderful on-site childcare facility so we don’t have to worry about a babysitter canceling on us last-minute.


The Citrus Fresh Grill just re-introduced their Friday night live music nights, and if we are in town, you’ll always find us on the patio listening to their Friday night music. On April 18th, The Flock of 80’s will be playing, and on April 25th Entropy will be rocking the night away.


The Citrus Fresh Grill has a wide variety of dining options to meet every family’s unique needs. There is a small cafe where the latest sporting event is always playing on the flat screen televisions. In the cafe, they offer the best smoothies around and a wide variety of grab and go food options.

There is a large bar on the other side of the cafe where travelers (or local dads) can often be found laughing together after work with an ice-cold beer. For dining, there is a small indoor dining area and our favorite – the large outdoor patio. When dining on the outdoor patio, it is very casual seating. There are large couches, oversized chairs and fire pit seating  for guests to enjoy a relaxed dinner in one of the intimate areas of the patio. (please note that the outdoor patio is closed to guests under the age of 21 starting at 6pm)


Last week, my husband and I were desperate for some time alone, so we signed the kids into the Kids World (on site childcare) and headed out to the patio for drinks and dinner. After sipping on our favorite cocktail while reconnecting as a couple it was time to order our dinner.


My husband, loves their burger, so he always orders it (even though it is not on the dinner menu). While my husband goes for the simpler dishes, my favorite dish on their dinner menu is the Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. The presentation tantalized my taste buds before even taking my first bite. The lettuce wraps features citrus ponzu, water chestnuts, mushrooms and organic living lettuce wraps. The dish is light, refreshing and is served with the perfect portion for dinner.


The menu at the Citrus Fresh Grill offers a wide variety of healthy dining options designed by their elite trainers featuring only 485 calories, and gluten-free options.

The Citrus Fresh Grill is the perfect dining destination for your next date night. The restaurant is located inside of The Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo at 50 Enterprise in Aliso Viejo.

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