Going to Laguna Beach/Dana Point
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.
Try Eva's Carribbean Kitchen in South Laguna. Always good, high quality food. I like the seafood there.
If you like seafood, Cafe Zoolu is great. Its a little hole-in-the-wall place whose menu changes daily.
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.