Anniversary Meal in the OC
I have a reservation for an anniversary dinner at the StoneHill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Any thoughts and/or opinions? Are there some other restaurants I should be looking at? What about Pascal?
I was underwhelmed by Stonehill, but most really like it. For the best food in OC, Studio at the Montage. Disclaimer - started out fantastic, stayed fantastic, but just read a downhill review somewhere fairly recently, so perhaps someone could give an update? I could only afford it once, so can't compare ;-)
Stonehill I feel the tables are waaay too close together & the lady sits at a long banquette shared by everyone else, with gentleman across from her. So, I personally wouldn't want it for an anniversary dinner. I like a cozy private booth. Unfortunately, the OC restaurants with those are not cutting edge cuisine - all good, but nothing gourmet - 21 Oceanfront very romantic, The Ritz, a few more I'll keep thinking! Oh - Mozambique has a couple of private booths in the back of the room to the left - romantic & excellent food, but not what I think the cuisine-type you're going for.
I had a very bad experience at Pascal, but, in his defense, I found out later he wasn't cooking there that night - was at a fund-raiser.
AMBROSIA(OC Pavilion, SA) is our favorite Restaurant in OC at present , followed by
NAPA ROSE (private room)
other notables are:
The Studio at Montage isn't as solid as it once was.
I also like Stonehill Tavern and they DO have nice booths, which is where we ate last time. There are also a few small tables outside on their terrace, so if you go, take advantage of them, for either a pre-dinner sunset drink or posssibly, even dinner with a view of the ocean in the distance. Check with the restaurant to be sure of getting what you want.
If you end up at Pinot Provence, it's a romantic choice. If you go to Stonehill Tavern, it's pretty fabulous also. Pinot is more classic romantic, while Stonehill is more trendy romantic.