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Mid-priced in Newport Beach?

Golem Jan 24, 2007 05:53 PM

Future son-in-law flying in to town soon, and we're meeting him in Newport Beach. Can anyone suggest a nice, mid-priced restaurant in Newport Beach? Don't want to break the bank, but can't skimp, either. A quiet place is desirable and a view would be good. Oh, a bar is a must.

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    cdmedici RE: Golem Jan 24, 2007 07:38 PM

    How about The Cannery. Mid-priced, historical building, decent food, upstairs bar, view of the water.

    I am not sure what "break the bank" means to you, but First Cabin at the Balboa Bay Club would be a more upscale option. It is right on the water as well.

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      EricV RE: Golem Jan 24, 2007 09:02 PM

      Sage is a great restaurant and fairly priced for the food quality. There are 2 Sage Restaurants in Newport - one in Eastbluff, the other in Newport Coast (Crystal Cove Shopping Center). No views, but excellent food. And yes, bars in both.

      1. Golem RE: Golem Jan 25, 2007 08:44 AM

        Are there any "upscale" Mexican restaurants in Newport Beach?

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          Wonginator RE: Golem Jan 25, 2007 08:48 AM

          Taleo Mexican Grill in neighboring Irvine.

          http://www.taleomexicangrill.com/

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            I got nothin RE: Golem Jan 25, 2007 08:56 AM

            Kantina

            http://kantina.com/

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            mrbyll RE: Golem Jan 25, 2007 08:46 AM

            Taco Rosa, an upscale branch of Taco Mesa.

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              MEalcentric RE: mrbyll Jan 25, 2007 09:47 AM

              http://www.tacorosa.com/

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              johninoc RE: Golem Jan 25, 2007 12:12 PM

              Like EricV, I think Sage is good choice. The Newport Coast branch has no view, but has a very nice patio if the weather's decent. They also have a "small plates" option that can help keep the tab down. It has become our go-to place when we have out-of-town guests.

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                AquaW RE: Golem Jan 25, 2007 12:16 PM

                Third the recommendation for Sage. Went to the Eastbluff location yesterday & had their Newport Beach Restaurant Week 3-course menu (unfortunately, tonight's the last night)-- very positive experience overall: creative dishes, perfectly-sized portions, and a good value. The regular menu runs about $30-40 a person (w/o drinks) ~ from the Website, the restaurant on the Coast also offers a tasting menu option that's $30 alone or $40 with wine pairings, which is a relatively good deal.

                ~AquaW
                http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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