Haunted History of Orange County

California is known for many things: the beautiful beaches, the celebrities, and the constant sunshine. However, California also holds hundreds of years of history from the Mexican settlers to the Gold Rush. Orange County has seen its fair share of action, and many restaurants and bars in the OC are thought to be haunted or possessed by spirits and ghosts. Check out a few of them below.

Rutabegorz (Orange)

Located in Old Towne Orange, this eatery was built in 1915 by citrus ranchers Daniel and Annie Crawford. The cellar is thought to be haunted, as reports from owners and tenants of the buildings have described the ghosts of adults and children alike.

Rutabegorz opened in 2000, and immediately had issues with the Coke machine and items falling off the wall. The cash register wouldn’t open and the doors wouldn’t shut. A prior owner reported seeing a little boy walk out of the kitchen at the same time every day. The ghost children are thought to be Danny and Annie Crawford, the original owners’ children from the early 1900s.

Rutabegorz Website

The Cellar (Fullerton)

Customers of the Cellar have reported feeling a male presence in the women’s restroom including a “whoosh of air” and icy air brushing their arms. There have also been rumors of electronic voice phenomena heard in the men’s restroom.

The Cellar Website

The White House (Anaheim)

gervaishouse2The White House is called so because it was built in 1909 as a home. This restaurant is said to be haunted by children, who can be heard running down the empty halls. A mother and daughter duo have also been seen in the Blue Room. Employees at the White House claim they are blocked from entering rooms by an invisible wall of energy.

Allegedly, the daughter of a former resident was hit by a car in front of the restaurant but died in the home. Chandeliers swing and strange noises are heard, even by current owner Bruno Serato.

The White House Website

El Adobe de Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano)


Snug in downtown SJC, El Adobe was once the home of Miguel Yorba in 1797. In 1812, it becames the town’s court/jailhouse. The jail cells are now El Adobe’s cellar, which is said to be haunted by a headless friar.

The El Adobe De Capistrano Website

Chain Reaction (Anaheim)

Chain Reaction has been a bar, Mexican restaurant, and club. Employees have heard disembodied talking and laughing, particularly at night and in the bathrooms. Reports say that a homeless person was found dead in the back alley, so that may explain the spirit haunting this spot.

Chain Reaction Website

The Victorian Manor Tea House (Orange)

While the Tea House is no longer open to the public, it has been rumored to be haunted for many years. Mediums have stated that they felt the ghostly presences of children, Confederate soldiers, various women, and a local man who fell down the stairs. The soldier is thought to have moved to California after falling in love with a local.

Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you are a believer or not, there will always be stories of apparitions and spirits haunting local Orange County restaurants. Check out these locations and see for yourself.

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