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Dec 9, 2006 09:04 PM

Dinner & decent band...i.e. supper club in OC?

Looking for a nice spot to have a decent meal and watch a good blues/jazz/rock band play. Where is Sid's when you need it?

Anyone have any thoughts?

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  1. The only place I could reasonably think of as a "supper club" in the OC area would be the dive-y "La Cave." They have live music mon-saturday, great steaks and incredible cheese bread that they bring to your table, nonstop.

    The restaurant is underground, and the interior, to put it mildly, is poorly lit. It's part of the charm of the place, though. It can be rather loud and raucious on the weekends, and you may want to call for a reservation.

    La Cave
    1695 Irvine Avenue,
    Costa Mesa, California 92627

    phone: 949/646-7944

    p.s. I'm surprised you know about Sid's, but not La Cave; they're in the same locale... also, the people from Sid's opened the "Blue Beat Cafe" on the Balboa Peninsula. When I ate there a few years ago, I wasn't impressed, but it seems to have a following. Their website is

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    1. re: spicy pony head

      Thanks for the tip. I've heard good things about La Cave but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder. The Blue Beet is ok but not nearly as good as Sid's or even Stubrick's in Fullerton which has a very similar vibe. What kind of music does La Cave usually have?

      1. re: Nakdcpl

        It looks like they have a jazz quartet on wednesday nights. They're somewhat famous, though, for an incredible Elvis impersonator (not really, I don't know how else to describe him), Phil Shane. There's also David Kinwald, who is a fantastic Frank Sinatra impersonator.

        They have rock music on the weekends. I live about 3 blocks away, but I could count on one hand the number of times I've been there--it's a little out of my price range. There's a music calendar on their website, and the OC Weekly has written rather profusely about it over the years...

    2. ive had decent pasta at Steamers in downtown fullerton. They have live jazz pretty much everynight.

      Only thing is that it gets quite crowded from the social college scene. the owner told me that its typically best to make a reservation.

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      1. re: frank828

        Yep, Steamers is good. Best Gumbo in OC. Trick is to get there early and you'll get a good spot. Thanks again.