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Date spot in Orange County?

scottrj12 Aug 22, 2006 04:31 PM

Hey chowhounds,

I was wondering if anyone out there, with your plethora of restaurant knowledge, could reccommend a good date spot in Orange County. Specifically spots in or around Newport. My girlfriend and I enjoy all types of cuisine and even enjoy experimenting with new ones. Thanks in advance for your responses!

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    torta basilica Sep 11, 2006 06:10 AM

    Boardwalk, Crystal Cove - we're waiting for the tourists to clear out, but if you go midweek, the wait won't be as long. Food is good, setting is very cool - ask for beachfront on the patio.

    230 Forest, Laguna

    Bungalow, CdM

    Gulfstream's Bar for Crabcakes & a Caesar (call to make sure they're on special & they haven't run out yet)

    Bamboo Terrace - CdM

    Francoli patio - Fashion Island

    Wildfish is loud, but fun - esp. if you get one of those tables for two right off the bar

    Sage (NB) on the patio

    And, if you promise not to tell anyone, mojitos at the Rooftop bar at sunset in La Casa de la Camino Hotel in Laguna - food is forgettable - go only for drinks!

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      Tatter Sep 7, 2006 10:28 PM

      Here are a few places where the atmosphere and service is as entertaining as the food.

      Hush, Laguna Beach, uber-hip, interesting menu, awsome patio view, go be among the beautiful people
      Cafe Zoolu, Laguna Beach, crazy good seafood, jam-ass packed most of the time with Lagunatics, make reservations
      Tapas, Irvine, catch the Flamenco show
      Agora Churrascaria, Irvine, dont eat for a week before you go, you'll need the room
      Shushi Wasabi, Tustin, sit down, shut up, eat what ever the chef puts in front of you

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        212 Aug 24, 2006 06:46 AM

        Ate at Blue Coral last night, food was good, atmosphere and service excellent

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          Philly Aug 23, 2006 03:33 PM

          21 Oceanfront in Newport Beach---The Ritz Restaurant across from the NPB Marriott---Antonello's in South Coast Village

          1. mabziegurl Aug 23, 2006 08:00 AM

            five crown in corona del mar
            melting pot in irvine (fondue chain, i would go just for the dessert fondues, they are to die for and super romantic, a great way to end your night)

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              Jerome Aug 23, 2006 06:42 AM

              For dates - Laguna BEach
              Orange Inn or Ruby's Shake Shack
              both have killer date shakes.

              1. souschef Aug 23, 2006 12:56 AM

                Quiet and romantic - "Basilic" on Balboa Island. French cuisine done by a Swiss chef.

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                1. re: souschef
                  russkar Aug 23, 2006 04:01 AM

                  Basilic is One of our favorites.
                  OC is difficult when it comes to great Cusine.
                  Ambrosia(SA) is very Romantic and has wonderful fusion Food.

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                  cdmedici Aug 23, 2006 12:53 AM

                  You said "date spot". Does that mean you are looking for quiet and romatic or upbeat, hip and lively?

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                  1. re: cdmedici
                    scottrj12 Aug 23, 2006 03:43 PM

                    Thanks for the recs everyone! I was thinking upbeat, hip, and lively would be perfect. How about some recs with these characteristics. I've been to La Cave a few times, and have had a great time. Thanks again!

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