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Birthday Dinner in Laguna Beach

Anita Drink Aug 22, 2007 03:35 PM

I am looking to take my boyfriend out to dinner for his birthday in the Laguna Beach/CDM?Newport/Dana Point area. I want to take him somewhere with for a great three course meal. I don't eat fish, so I need somewhere that isn't primarily seafood. I know that Sapphire, Port and Landmark are already booked for Monday night. Any suggestions?

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    cdmedici RE: Anita Drink Aug 22, 2007 07:28 PM

    Does he like steak? When my wife asked me I said take me to Mastros Ocean Club.

    First course- Grey Goose Martini w/ three blue cheese stuffed olives.
    Second Course- Caviar w/ blenis, capers & creme fraiche
    Third Course- Bottle of Dominus
    Fourth Course- Seafood Tower w/ crab claws, oysters & shrimp.
    Fifth Course- Wedge Salad w/ blue cheese dressing and vinaigrette one the side.
    Sixth Course- Bone-in Rib Eye -medium rare/room temp plate.

    And of course Gorganzola Mac & Cheese, Sugar Snap Peas & Sauteed Mushrooms.
    And to finish off...Butter Cake w/ a side of fresh berries and a glass of 18 year old Macallan.

    1. nancyluna RE: Anita Drink Aug 22, 2007 09:10 PM

      If you don't mind heading north to Costa Mesa, Turner New Zealand is terrific. They are a all-organic fine dining establishment. The meat is fantastic. Location: 650 Anton Blvd
      Costa Mesa, CA 92626; Phone: (714) 668-0880.

      If you must stay along PCH, may I also suggest Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point, where the Pork Chops are absolutely divine. So, is the Mac N Cheese side dish.

      Hope that helps, Nancy
      a local OC foodie

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        nunnayerbeezwakz RE: nancyluna Jul 2, 2008 10:52 AM

        Sadly, we tried to make a reservation at Turner New Zealand a month or so ago, and discovered that they are now closed. Such a shame! What a wonderful restaurant it was! It will be much missed by us...

      2. Mr. S RE: Anita Drink Aug 23, 2007 03:31 PM

        You’re truly in luck that those places are unavailable….

        Try Zoolu Café (mostly seafood, but AWESOME veal chop and excellent filet)
        Tabu Grill- everything is good

        Both in Laguna, and two of my favorites right now.

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          torta basilica RE: Anita Drink Aug 25, 2007 06:22 PM

          Bungalow in Corona del Mar. Ask for a booth.

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            The Vapors RE: Anita Drink Jul 3, 2008 12:32 PM

            Splahes in the Surf and Sand Hotel, Laguna Beach. Un-matched view, (besides Las Brisas).

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              cdmedici RE: The Vapors Jul 3, 2008 06:18 PM

              Hee Hee. Well it has been 11 months, so it is the OP's boyfriends birthday again soon.

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