Good food in Laguna/Newport with a trendy atmosphere?
Philadelphia Chowhound coming into OC next week. Will be staying in Irvine, but will probably be visiting the beaches as well. Any good recommendations for dinner would be great! I am up for any type of cuisine, moderately priced is preferred. Any restaurants that I should not miss?
Please specify how you define "moderately priced". Does this include drinks and dinner? Are you looking for a view, or just great food? Does "trendy" mean a younger crowd, or just a popular spot?
These old posts might give you a start:
Lucky you, I have a cache of places to hook you up with. Sapphire (south Coast Highway), could be resonable if you order carefully. A place with a scene is La Casa de Camino (1287 S. Coast Highway), go up to the roof and enjoy. Music, young crowd , good food and what a view. The cottage(308 N. Coast Highway) for breakfast is awesome. Check out the Montage hotel for drinks, you'll be blown away. One of my all time favorite hotels. There's a place on PCH (north on PCH past town) where they've renovated cottages and the state rents them out. I know they do breakfast and lunch and dinner, it's about the most reasonably priced meal your going to find alfresco, nearly on the beach. Maybe some othe hounds can help with the name, I've zoned out on it. My favortite hole in the wall bakery is behind French 75, bring cash. I know it's toward Sapphire, south of town. Eat well and have fun!
All good suggestions. Port food if iffy - fun atmosphere on Sunday nights, though - I have gift certificate for $25 off $50 or $50 off $100 if you want me to forward via email...
Sapphire is probably the best choice, but very hard to get in...