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MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 06:06 PM

Looking for a good place to take some client for lunch. We are in Costa Mesa and they are in Irvine. Price is no object. Thanks.

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    SouthOCHound RE: MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 06:11 PM

    In Costa Mesa there is Mastros or Chat Noir since price is no object. I don't know if Onotria is open for lunch or not, but that might be a different place to try with clients.

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      MEalcentric RE: SouthOCHound Jan 3, 2007 06:23 PM

      Mastros is my #1 choice but they are not open for lunch.

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        SouthOCHound RE: MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 06:37 PM

        Bummas. OK, I have no idea which ones are open for lunch, but here's from the hip:
        Gulfstream, Roys or Flemmings in Fascist Island
        Bistango, Blue Water Grill, Il Fornaio, Darya, or Antonellos in Costa Mesa. 21 Oceanfron, Sage or Taco Rosa in Newport Beach.

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      mrsjoujou RE: MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 06:20 PM

      We just had lunch at Onotria yesterday and it was wonderful. The tri tip sandwich is amazing.

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        SouthOCHound RE: MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 06:41 PM

        Two more thoughts. What about Plums on 17th in Costa Mesa? Not a steakhouse but if your guests haven't really sampled califonia cuisine it might be a refreshing break from the ordinary. Also, if you are not opposed to travling to Tustin, I would heartily recommend Zov's.

        1. Professor Salt RE: MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 06:44 PM

          Throw them for a loop and take them, literally, to the beach. If this is a lunch where you want to linger and not rush back to the office, the Beachcomber Cafe in Crystal Cove State Park might work.

          It's all about the beach, being outside, and the view. Food's just ok. Casual, & not the hyper expensive treat that client lunches usually entail. Just a twist on the usual, y'know?

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            Wonginator RE: MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 06:51 PM

            Haven't been yet, but heard good things about Bistango.

            Onotria is indeed open for lunch.

            When the Wild Rabbit was open for lunch, I took some clients there and they enjoyed it. But I think they are dinner-only now.

            Kitayama's seems best suited for the business lunch and have had some decent meals with clients there.

            There is Taleo Grill in that marketplace, but that parking lot is becoming more of a pain to find parking every time I visit. Houston's and Ruth's Chris are also in that area.

            Also, across the street from the Bluffs, is Marco Polo, a nice Italian restaurant. Had excellent lasagna there last week, rack of lamb on my previous visit.

            Turner New Zealand is also quite good, and open for lunch.

            Second Zov's in Tustin, if you're willing to travel out a bit.

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              Samantha RE: Wonginator Jan 3, 2007 09:14 PM

              I like Bistango for client lunches. Unusual decor, food is always solid, and lots of "business" going on there during the lunch hour.

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                kingkong5 RE: Samantha Jan 3, 2007 09:43 PM

                I'll second Bistango is a good choice for a business lunch. Also, just up the street is Prego, a nice italian place conducive to impressing your client.

            2. russkar RE: MEalcentric Jan 3, 2007 09:19 PM

              MORTON'S (lunch is pretty good, dinner is so-so)

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                nikinaka RE: MEalcentric Jan 4, 2007 12:40 AM

                Koto (japanese) which is up the street from Bistango.

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                  cdmedici RE: nikinaka Jan 4, 2007 01:02 AM

                  Didn't Koto close like four years ago?

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                    kingkong5 RE: cdmedici Jan 4, 2007 04:35 AM

                    Yes, Koto has been closed for a while. The empty building still sits there though.

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                      nikinaka RE: kingkong5 Jan 5, 2007 06:37 PM

                      my apologies! i moved out of the area but could've sworn i spoke with someone who had been recently. my mistake.

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                  cdmedici RE: MEalcentric Jan 4, 2007 01:09 AM

                  Bistango is a great choice. If you don't mind driving to Newport then I would also recommend Bayside which is also owned by the Ghoukassians. Pretty soon they will open Kimera in Irvine on Jamboree. It is going to be Japanese Italian. Cool.

                  It should be yet another great place to take clients to lunch.

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                    MzMaggie RE: MEalcentric Jan 4, 2007 04:28 PM

                    I have to go along with Bistango. Their seared tuna is out of this world.

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