Going to Laguna Beach/Dana Point
Anyone have any suggestions for restaurants not to miss on my trip?
I was actually in Dana Point last Sunday and I really liked Wind and Sea which is at Dana Point Harbor. If you like calamari, you definitely should order the calamari strips. They're lightly breaded and fried and the meat was just buttery-tender and it came with really great dipping sauces, including a cucumber-based tarter sauce.
For my entree, I had the seared ahi rolled in sesame seeds with a spicy asian sauce. Really delish. The fish was tender and moist and it came with a really fresh and crunchy vegetable medley with red and yellow bell pepper strips and red onions.
Anyway, I really liked this restaurant and would definitely go back. Look below for the restaurant website.
Wind n' Sea is a pretty location for lunch with it's view of the harbor entrance. After dark, when the view is gone, I'd rather eat somewhere with better food. In DP Harbor, Gemmels comes to mind, but no view at all.
The Ritz, Regis, and Montage, several notches higher than anything in DP.
There are numerous threads dealing with Laguna restaurants.
Sadly, DP is lacking in good chow... especially sad since I live here ;-(
Anybody tried the latest incarnation of the Blue Lantern Plaza restaurant? I believe it is now called "Wicked Garden"
It's amazing how fast restaurants go bust in DP, except for the few clustered right around the harbor... and those are, for the most part, nothing special.
Our family often goes to the Beach House in Dana Point. It's at the end of the harbor, nice views, decent food and good sunset specials.
If you have the money, I also highly recommend the Studio restaurant inside the Montage hotel. It's absolutely exquisite.
There's a lot of Laguna threads if you do a search, but in addition to two of my faves mentioned above (Cafe Zoolu & 230 Forest), I also really like Mozambique & Sun Dried Tomato Cafe.