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Quiet Woman, Oysters, or Nagisa in OC

Hello all,

I'm picking up a co-worker at John Wayne airport today and then meeting up with a third person. Want an early dinner in the NB/Airport area. Third person lives in CDM. They recommended Oysters, The Quiet Woman, or Nagisa for sushi. I've never been to any of these but was under the imoression that The Quiet Woman was more of a nightlife-type environment. Any opinion on these three?

I also was thinking about Onotria or Aire. Thinking it'll be early enought o get a table if we call at the last minute.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

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  1. The Pleasant Peasant
    4251 Martingale Way
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 955-2755

    1. So for tonight we decided to go to Onotria because it was close to the airport and hotel.

      Overall we were very satisfied.

      We really liked the grilled rapini with cannelli beans, corn pasta with a spicy tomato coulis, and clams. I ordered the lobster and white truffle oil risotto special which I believe was the weakest item. I added pepper which helped and a coworker said it needed salt. I think I just don't like risotto. Too rich, too all-the-same-thing and I get bored with my plate. The lobster was good though. Nice chunks which I pulled out before giving up.

      We had a really lovely Italian Pinot Grigio (don't ask me which one beyond it was $40 a bottle). They brought delicious olives when we sat down. That was a welcome touch.We also ordered the grilled calamari entree as an appetizer for the table. It was stuffed with herbs and whole olives and the calamari were 4-6" whole calamari, not rings or tentacles. When we cut the squid it compressed the body and the olives shot out one end looking like...well you imagine.

      The service became rather lackadaisical toward the end of the meal but that could be because we started at a rather slow pace because we were catching-up and discovering the menu. Also a large party came in so between the two I think we ranked a little low in the priority scale. I'd descibe the service as European, not offenive, and certainly very good in whole.

      Tomorrow night we choose between the Pleasant Pheasant recommedation and Blue Coral. I made reservations last week at Blue Coral because vodka sounded good but a scene isn't really what I'm looking for so we'll have to see how we feel tomorrow.

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      1. re: Pate

        Blue Coral isnt really a "scene," so dont let that deter you. I've been a couple times now and really enjoy the food and service. My only gripe is that they serve their biscuits at room temp but I guess we cant win em all.

      2. My choices would be Gulfstream (can make a reservation) or Bandera (as long as you get there before 6:00/no reservations). Both are on PCH in NB/CDM. Way better than Oysters or The Quiet Woman! Blue Coral is a waste of a LOT of $$$. Their vodka bar is a joke as it is so small.

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        1. re: Kaisgraham

          I like Banderas, they make a great martini and grilled artichoke. You are right, get there early or the wait is miserable (although if I'm there with my husband he enjoys the "scenery").

          Gulfstream, I don't know. I've only been there once and it was for lunch. I remember having a hard time finding anything on the menu that sounded good to me and wound up with an unmemorable salad. The restaurant smelled good though, the smokiness of the grill always gets my juices flowing. I just wasn't in the mood for grilled meat for lunch so maybe that was my mistake. Perhaps it's a grilled-half-a-chicken kind of place.

        2. Should have gone to Bungalow or Bayside! Nagisa, & QW should be avoided. Oysters can be brilliant or can be a let-down - I do think it's over-priced for what it is, but the music is always nice.

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          1. re: torta basilica

            Hi Torta, long time!
            Is Crow Bar in CdM still good?

          2. Fuuny name - The Quiet Woman. Drove be it once and it was pointed out to me why the name (the woman's body on the front of the restaurant has no head...)