Newport or Huntington Beach
I'm entertaining 10 biz execs this weekend all from elsewhere (me too). Variety of tastes. Looking for the best possible food and atmosphere for dinner, but not pretentious or overly formal. Ocean views are a plus. We are staying at the Huntington Beach Hyatt.
Recommendations? Websites or links to reviews would be especially appreciated.
I'd do 21 Oceanfront - right on the pier, food is very good - nothing cutting edge, but always excellent & broad selection. There's a room downstairs they might make private for you.
The California at the Hyatt HB is also excellent, but it is a little on the formal side.
Both Blue Water Grill & the Cannery have other than fish on their menu & would be fun.
re: torta basilica
Bummer about Ocean Club. Costa Mesa is not to far away and they have a Mastro's Steakhouse there.
Other options in Newport are Gulfstream, Flemings and Bungalow. Simllar vibe... upscale yet not to stuffy. Sorry to say that I think 21 Oceanfront is overly formal and geriatric.
You might also consider the new Blue Coral next to Flemings in Fashion Island. I had a great Cioppino there a few weeks ago. My other companions were not as happy with their meals though.
If anyone recommends Landmark in Corona del Mar you should say thanks but no thanks.
I second the Gulfstream in Newport Beach recommendation. Solid seafood and other dishes with quality ingredients and excellent service. I this location better overall than the smaller Century City location.