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Dinner Rec in OC

vlad Jul 6, 2007 05:34 PM

Anyone out there got any good recs in their little bag of tricks? I would like to explore a new, delicious place in the OC for my b-day this Sunday.

I am game for anything ---- would prefer a place that has both winning food as well as great ambiance.

Sock it to me, please.

  1. OCKevin Jul 8, 2007 08:57 PM

    So Vlad, where did you end up on Sunday?

    1. k
      karynx78 Jul 6, 2007 09:43 PM

      Bistangos for Californian, also has great dessert souffle.In Irvine
      Onotria for Wine Country/Italian in Costa Mesa
      Garlic Joes for Japanese fusion in Newport Beach
      230 Forest has great Seafood and Steaks.. Great porkchop with sweet potatoe fries, small but nice and cozy with great martinis.

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        New Trial Jul 6, 2007 07:38 PM

        Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza is excellent and attractive--only glitches are service (though they are trying to improve) and oddly uncomfortable chairs. I would also second the recommendation for Blue Fin, though, again, some service issues to be wary of there.

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        1. re: New Trial
          brekkie_fan Jul 7, 2007 12:51 AM

          Marche Moderne all the way. I do not like French food, and yet I managed to have so many options to choose from! It was divine, from start to finish. The chef is from a number of well-known places such as Pascal and Pinot Provence. Wife is the pastry chef, and the staff is friendly all around. Great wine selection...you can even order a half or full glass, allowing for sampling of many.

          1. re: brekkie_fan
            karynx78 Jul 7, 2007 04:33 PM

            brekkie fan,

            Where is Marche Moderne. I loved the chef from Pascal. I would love to go try this place.. which dishes were your favorite. Thanks!

            1. re: karynx78
              elmomonster Jul 7, 2007 05:21 PM

              Marche Moderne is in South Coast Plaza, on the third floor above Tiffany's.

              Here's a detailed review:

              1. re: elmomonster
                karynx78 Jul 7, 2007 05:41 PM

                Thanks so much! Can't wait to try it.

        2. elmomonster Jul 6, 2007 06:29 PM

          The place I'd want to get treated out is Bluefin...and that's what happened last year. A blast! Get the omakase.

          Here are some pics:

          1. OC Mutt Jul 6, 2007 06:20 PM

            Try The Bungalow in Corona Del Mar - great local steak house.

            1. russkar Jul 6, 2007 06:03 PM

              CLAE'S at the Laguna Hotel has been really good lately since new Chef Todd has taken over the kitchen a few months ago. OCEAN FRONT!

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                Mando Jul 6, 2007 05:40 PM

                Memphis if you haven't been -- http://www.memphiscafe.com/

                Everyone I've taken has liked the place. 2 locations 1 in Santa Ana other in Costa Mesa both have pretty good ambiance though you might want reservation as neither is very big.

                P.S. I've never eaten at the S.A. one though I have gone by it, but assuming the food should be the same.

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