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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?

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  1. 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:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/402830
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/363849

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    1. re: I got nothin

      Moderately priced is about $100 -$120 for two with a drink or 2. Thanks for the link!

    2. 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!

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      1. re: gordita

        the 'hole in the wall ' bakery name is Andre's.

        1. re: gordita

          Yup, and their croissants (as well as other things) are fine!

        2. re: gordita

          The beachcomber is the place where you can basically eat on the beach.

          http://www.thebeachcombercafe.com/

          1. re: gordita

            Beachcomber Cafe is the place on the sand with the renovated cabins - not worth the 2 hour wait, if you ask me!

            1. re: nancyhudson

              ...and Beachcomber is part of Ruby's diner

              1. re: Mr. S

                really? are you sure? i know the shake shack up on pch is now part of ruby's, but i didn't think the beachcomber was...hhhmmm.

                1. re: nancyhudson

                  Yes, The Shake Shack as well.... Last summer was quite tragic. We keep living up to the cookie cutter image in OC... sadly.

                  1. re: Mr. S

                    that IS tragic - i'll have to stick to the orange bowl for date shakes! i couldn't believe the jolly roger was closed down when i came for my annual visit.

                    1. re: nancyhudson

                      The Jolly Roger is closed? *tear*
                      Are there any of these left??

                      1. re: nancyhudson

                        Ruby's still does date shakes if you ask - not on the menu. I haven''t had one yet, though. Do you mean the Orange Inn on Cleo?

              1. Hush in Laguna
                Port in Corona del Mar
                Aire in Costa Mesa
                Mesa in Costa Mesa
                Sejour in Newport Beach
                Marche Modern in Costa Mesa

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                1. re: swicks

                  Is Sejour open again? I heard they had to close "temporarily" last month.

                2. 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...