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Wife's 30th in Laguna Beach. Please help!

slent55 May 10, 2007 02:20 PM

Please help! Need tips for a nice dinner and a fun evening for my wife and I plus 25!!! friends and family. I have looked into Club M, the Whitehouse and am struggling after that. My wife doesn't like Sushi but is pretty open to anything else. I am envisioning a great dining experience then dancing then maybe a little hopping later into the evening for some of the party. Ages 25-40. We LOVE Laguna but don't know enough about it yet after just a few trips. Thanks so much for the help! (Open to any other ideas as well, as I'd like to make it a weekend to remember!)

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    torta basilica RE: slent55 May 10, 2007 02:34 PM

    Mozambique! They only take resvs for downstairs restaurant (which is very nice) - upstairs is 1st come, 1st served. You might be able to reserve outside patio downstairs, but I'm not sure if it's big enough. Fun bar, dancing & often really good bands on weekends - call ahead to check.

    Another fun thing to do (minus the dancing) is Rooftop - upstairs at the Casa de la Camino Hotel for incredible sunset drinks (mojitos!) & partying, then go downstairs to K'ya (don;t ask me why the name - it used to be Savouries) for dinner, which I'm not sure how the seating would be, but they should be able to accommodate - more tapas, small plates type menu. They also have an upstairs room off the bar that might work.

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      mikester RE: torta basilica May 10, 2007 04:12 PM

      I'd second that (Mozambique) !

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        Mr. S RE: torta basilica May 15, 2007 02:18 PM

        Here here for Mozambique!

        I had a birthday dinner there..... really good food, live band in the upstairs bar and they also have a private room that I think would be large enough for your party... It really is the best choice in Laguna for what you seek.

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          JBC RE: torta basilica May 15, 2007 02:43 PM

          And here is their web address:


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            wilafur RE: torta basilica May 16, 2007 11:07 AM

            mozambique is decent (their burger is pretty darn good though). however, they changed the recipe for their signature braised shortrib dish......for the worse. quite sad as the last time i had it, the meat was not tender, it was kinda dry and the new sauce was so tangy it was hard to eat. bummer!

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              OCKevin RE: torta basilica May 17, 2007 09:49 PM

              A place to look at is Claes in the Hotel Laguna, which is smack in the heart of where most of the action is in Laguna Beach. Claes has a private dining room. Go there if you love seafood, since they serve some of the best in Orange County. http://www.hotellaguna.com/dining.html

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              littlefrenchgirl RE: slent55 May 15, 2007 08:57 PM

              What about Las Brisas?

              Caution: I have never had dinner there before, only brunch. But I imagine in the summer the ocean view in the evening must be an awesome touch.

              They have such a pretty location.

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                Mr. S RE: littlefrenchgirl May 16, 2007 09:42 AM

                littlefrenchgirl, you are dead on right.... the view is world class, but the problem with that place is the food. It is a place that can truly be called bad. I have never been for brunch, but have have heard some good things about it. I have however, had dinner there, and we are talking poor quality for rich prices... a tourist trap in a nice package. But hey, with a view like that, you dont really need to do anything else. I can only immagine what would happen if they turned that place around.....

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                  brekkie_fan RE: Mr. S May 19, 2007 09:12 AM

                  Las Brisas, great for drinks and mingling, but a bit overrated for food. definitely more about the location.

              2. browndoggie RE: slent55 May 16, 2007 10:59 AM

                I've had a couple of large parties at the Aegean Cafe on PCH. The food is great and the atmosphere can be fun with hankey and belly dancing.


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                  vinosnob RE: browndoggie May 16, 2007 05:23 PM

                  I've been to the Aegean a lot for large dinner parties and the place rocks! It's meant for large groups and the food, service and drinks will not disappoint.

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                  murrayg RE: slent55 May 16, 2007 06:29 PM

                  go to marche moderne in south coast plaza

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                    slent55 RE: slent55 May 17, 2007 01:55 PM

                    Thanks so much for these replies! I think we will end up for dinner at Mozambique and maybe cocktails before hand at Las Brisas or The Roof at Casa Del Camino. I have reservations for a coastal cruise Saturday night (Dana Wharf). Does anyone know anything about it?

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                      kinipela RE: slent55 May 17, 2007 01:58 PM

                      has anyone heard of eva's carribean restaurant or something like that? i know someone who is wanting to have a group dinner there and i looked at the menu... it looks pretty interesting....

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                        torta basilica RE: kinipela May 18, 2007 01:13 PM

                        Fish is good, I'm usually not as impressed with other offerings. Charming atmosphere - you really feel as if you're in the Caribbean!

                      2. iluvfoodtoomuch RE: slent55 May 19, 2007 11:48 PM

                        if you got the extra discretionary income.... I'd recommend the RITZ CARLTON LAGUNA NIGUEL

                        1. iluvfoodtoomuch RE: slent55 May 19, 2007 11:49 PM

                          Oh! The Club House at South Coast Plaza... ask for the special booth! its suppose to be very private and special

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