Explore the benefits of ghost kitchens in Orange County

Learn how an Orange County ghost kitchen can supercharge your growth and earning potential


Why open ghost kitchens in Orange County?

Average basket size

The average basket size at our Orange County ghost kitchen locations is $30, meaning more online revenue for your restaurant business.

Deliveries per week

Tap into more online delivery demand at our Orange County dark kitchen locations with an average of 2.8K deliveries per week.

Average delivery time

Our Orange County ghost kitchens are built for efficiency, with the logistics and delivery support you need to deliver more orders faster.

Delivery platforms available

Maximize your reach online with 6 delivery platforms to choose from.

Ghost kitchens versus traditional restaurants

Real estate

Brick & mortar


High cost, high traffic address

Ghost Kitchens


Same area, low cost low traffic address

Staff required (~)

Brick & mortar


Many dedicated to front-of-house

Ghost Kitchens


We provide staff to handle all order handoffs and more

Weeks to launch 1 location

Brick & mortar


10 locations 5-10 years

Ghost Kitchens


Multiple locations 1 year

Upfront investment

Brick & mortar


High investment

Ghost Kitchens


Low investment

Break even

Brick & mortar


10% profit on 1M run rate

Ghost Kitchens


10% profit on 1M run rate

* Varies based on local permitting and operational complexity

Kitchen specs

All you need and more under the hood

We offer kitchens for modern-day chefs and help get you set up with specialized equipment and minimal fuss.


  • Private kitchen
  • Driver pickup area
  • Staff locker area
  • Restrooms
  • Mop wash
  • Cold & freezer storage
  • Dry storage


  • Order pickup & processing*
  • Courier handoff
  • Cleaning & maintenance
  • Safety & health inspections
  • Delivery logistics
  • Extraction & ventilation
  • On-site support staff
  • Delivery software
  • *Level of service dependent on facility


  • 3 compartment sink
  • Prep sink
  • Hand sink
  • Commercial hood
  • Tablet
  • Grease-trap/interceptor


  • Gas points
  • Power outlets
  • High power lighting
  • Cold & hot water lines
  • Gas/fire safety system
  • WiFi
  • Trash / recycle
  • Ethernet connections
  • Grease/trap cleaning
  • Hood/flue cleaning
  • Pest control

Are ghost kitchens worth the investment?

The rise of ghost kitchens

The golden age of food delivery has arrived. And with that, comes 54M delivery app users and a market estimated to reach a net worth of $1.65T by 2027. Ghost kitchens are providing restaurateurs with a lower-risk alternative to a traditional brick and mortar by cutting labor costs and the overall upfront investment to get started.

With dedicated kitchen space built for delivery, these lower cost, tech-enabled locations set you and your restaurant up for delivery success, making it easy to get up and running in less time.

With over 8,000 ghost kitchen locations in the US alone, chances are there is a ghost kitchen in your neighborhood. At CloudKitchens, we find the best possible ghost kitchen location that captures the most delivery demand, at the lowest cost.

As more hungry customers turn to delivery for their next meal, it is becoming even more vital to have a delivery strategy in place for your restaurant business.

Unlock new trends emerging in food delivery, new AI tech to take advantage of, and how to tap into this booming industry with our latest trend guide.

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Ghost kitchen facility

2 ghost kitchen locations

Our Orange County facilities are located in the heart of delivery demand, providing you with exclusive access to more online customers.

Ghost kitchen

62 total ghost kitchens

Our Orange County facilities are equipped with a variety of kitchen layouts to best fit your restaurant needs.

Ghost kitchen cooking space

~190 sq ft cooking spaces

Choose from a variety of kitchen spaces or open up multiple kitchens to test out new concepts.


Delivery and pickup in high traffic areas

With prime locations near high concentrations of delivery demand in Orange County, you're able to easily drive more pickup and delivery business to your restaurant.

The Orange County food scene

Spaghetti - ghost kitchen

With plenty of sun, sand, and famous attractions teeming with tourists, Orange County is more than a beautiful destination—it’s a fantastic place to start a business, especially if that business is based around food.

The populace of Orange County is accustomed to fantastic cuisine. You have something valuable to bring to the table, but you’re concerned about high investment costs and the long, frustrating process of building a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Don’t get stuck in the dine-in past, or hung up on expensive construction delays. Partner with CloudKitchens to open a ghost kitchen Orange County will flock to.

In the restaurant business, food delivery-based cuisine is a fast-growing industry, and for good reason. Since COVID, more people than ever are staying home and ordering in. This is good news for savvy restaurant operators—after all, operating a ghost kitchen offers all the joys of creating fabulous cuisine, with greatly reduced overhead.

With an initial investment as low as 30k, and an opening day in as few as six weeks, you can launch a dedicated commercial kitchen space in the OC. Once your kitchen is up and running, our onsite staff will maintain and clean the space for you, and keep order fulfillment running smoothly. All you have to worry about is cooking up delicious food.

So, if lower costs, less stress, integrated management tools, and higher potential profits all sound good to you, take a tour of an Orange County commissary kitchen. No matter which sunny Southern California neighborhood you land in, we’re ready to help you change the face of the food industry—for good.

Orange County ghost kitchens

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What is a ghost kitchen?

Ghost kitchens, also known as dark kitchens or virtual kitchens, are commercial kitchens built for food delivery. They’re located within the delivery radius of a high volume of online customers, rather than high foot traffic areas. With ghost kitchens, there’s no physical storefront or dining area, so you only need a few back-of-house staff members to fulfill online orders.

How does a ghost kitchen work?

In a ghost kitchen, your restaurant is focused on delivery rather than dine-in. When eaters order your food online, you’ll prepare it from your ghost kitchen, and hand it off to a fulfillment team to get the order over to the right delivery driver. This gives restaurateurs a low cost, high efficiency model to get the most out of delivery.

Are ghost kitchens profitable?

Yes, ghost kitchens can be profitable. Ghost kitchens allow restaurateurs to increase profitability by maintaining the essential elements of a restaurant while cutting costs on labor, overhead, and wasted food while reaching a higher volume of customers ordering online. Plus, you can run multiple virtual brands out of a single ghost kitchen to increase revenue without the extra overhead.

Why are ghost kitchens so popular?

Ghost kitchens are rising in popularity because they’re a lower cost alternative to operating a traditional restaurant. They’re also focused on delivery, which has grown 300% faster than dine-in since 2014. That means restaurateurs are using ghost kitchens to future-proof their business and accelerate growth.

How does a ghost kitchen help your restaurant grow?

Ghost kitchens help restaurateurs grow their business by doing delivery right. The way we dine has changed, and ghost kitchens allow restaurant operators to capture food delivery demand without sacrificing their bottom line. They’re also a great way to expand to new markets without spending time and money on a traditional restaurant buildout. You can easily expand your restaurant brand to different cities across the country such as Los Angeles or New York.

How much do ghost kitchens cost?

The cost of ghost kitchens varies by market, space, and services. Compared to a traditional restaurant, they’re a much lower cost alternative on both upfront capital and ongoing operating costs. You can get started in a ghost kitchen with as little as $30K, instead of $1M+ for brick and mortar buildout.

What are the requirements to set up a ghost kitchen in Orange County?

Culinary businesses based in Orange County need to follow the California Retail Food Code, the Sherman Food, Drug, and Labeling Law, and the Cottage Food Law. In addition, your ghost kitchen will need to be properly permitted, inspected, and in adherence to the California Health and Safety Code.

We know, there are a lot of boxes to check. Never fear - when you partner with CloudKitchens, you gain access to a team of experts who can help guide you through the logistics. Meanwhile, you get to focus on the fun stuff - the food.

How much does it cost to start a ghost kitchen in Orange County?

Opening a restaurant can be expensive, especially in an affluent area like Orange County. Luckily, our Orange County ghost kitchens can be up and running for as little as $30k.

What is the best location for my Orange County CloudKitchen?

Orange County is a vast and sprawling area with many potential customer bases. Appeal to long-time locals, outdoorsy tourists, and anyone enjoying the sunshine on the weekend with a top location by the coast, from Huntington Beach down to Laguna Beach. Other major attractions include the buzzing tourist and family scene near Disneyland Park in Anaheim and the young, tech-savvy crows at UC Irvine.

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