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Jul 13, 2006 01:58 AM

Birthday dinner in orange county

Any suggestions for a good place for a birthday dinner in Orange County. Dinner will be friends (age-range is 30's) plus family will be present. Suggestions have been Maggianos's at South Coast Plaza but anything else?

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  1. what cuisine? what price range?

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    1. re: derekp17

      any kind of food, any price range (its hard to find a place that has a relaxed, great atmosphere with great food)

    2. Habana
      Address: 2930 Bristol St # A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
      Phone: (714) 556-0176

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      1. re: JAB

        I second Habana as a fab place to go - great atmosphere, yummy sangria by the pitcher and pretty tasty food. However, it is kind of romantic, so if you are looking for loud and boisterous or family oriented this is not really the place.

        Memphis, on the same block, is really good but really small.

        Here I go again...but for Italian, the patio at Roman Cucina (on PCH in Sunset Beach) is ideal - great ambience, amazing simple Italian food, gorgeous waiters (not that that matters...) and really conducive to large parties.

        I would skip Maggianos, overpriced and mediocre food. Depending on the size of the party, the Melting Pot on Dupont in Irvine is a really fun experience if you like your meal to be a several hour affair. I think it's a great time, but some people don't like it.

        Chat Noir (on Anton, near South Coast Plaza) is nice too, a little pricy though. The lamb is delicious but skip the souffle - it was not worth the calories.

      2. For a birthday celebration, I love the atmosphere and food at Sage Restaurant in the Eastbluffs shopping center. Outstanding food and very relaxed inside. Love it. Zov's is another place...they just remodeled their main restaurant (meaning not the bakery/bistro side) and again, outstanding and memorable desserts and delicious food.

        1. You can't go wrong at Zov's and I also love The Black Sheep Bistro in Tustin.

          1. I really enjoyed my bday dinner at Chat Noir. We had a party of 8 and they sat us in the covered patio outside, in the round cabana so it felt very exclusive. Food is pricey but good and there's live jazz after 8 or 9pm.