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My wife and I will be celebrating our anniversary while in Anaheim around September 28. Can anyone recommend a great restaurant in the Anaheim area or with an ocean view. Seafood, good mojitos, Asian-Mexican, Italian, etc. Dinner or brunch will do.

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  1. Anaheim isn't exactly close to the ocean, so you're going to want to head out somewhere else to get the ocean view. Congratulations on your anniversary, by the way!

    In Anaheim you may want to try Napa Rose inside the Disneyland Resort's Grand California Hotel. It's an excellent restaurant, a wonderful, changing tasting menu, great service, and good decor. You will be happy you ate here at the happiest place on earth.

    Nearby for Fine Dining you also have Mr. Stox, Thee Anaheim White House, Morton's, Ruth's Chris, The Cellar, La Vie En Rose, but if you want really special, I would not go to any of those.

    You may want to head down towards Newport Beach and try Bluefin or Mastro's. A little further south in Laguna Beach there is Studio inside the Montage Resort, a Ritz Carlton, and Stonehill Tavern inside the St. Regis Monarch Resort. For high end fine dining, those would be great choices, imho.

    1. Don't worry -- you're not being ignored. The problem is your location. There just isn't much "fine dining" in Anaheim. Your best bet would be to make a trip to Newport Beach if you want an ocean view. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a good view and great food -- you always have to choose, at least in LA. But check the board for Newport Beach (or nearby) and you will probably find a few recommendations that will be reliable, have good views, but won't turn your foodie world upside down.

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      1. re: glutton

        Well, having recently spent 2 months in Laguna on a job, I've got to disagree. I don't know about Newport cause I rarely ventured up, but Laguna has a surprising number of great restaurants, several that WILL turn your foodie world upside down, or it least take it for a joy ride in a stolen convertible.

        Most notably:

        230 Forest (great food, no view)

        Five Feet (great food, no view)

        Cafe Zoolu (EXTRAORDINARY seafood. No view. Quaint. Off the beaten path. But the most amazing calamari I’ve ever experienced, plus spectacular sea bass and excellent swordfish. This place is a hidden gem.)

        Laguna Sapphire (ocean views from across the street AND foodie food)

        Also for breakfast or brunch:

        The Beachcomber Café (ON the beach. Really something too see, if you can find it)

        And a little further south...

        Ramos House Café (definitely worth the trip, even from LA!)

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        Sapphire Laguna
        1200 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

        Cafe Zoolu
        860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

        Ramos House Cafe
        31752 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

        Beachcomber Cafe
        15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657

        Five Feet Special Events & Catering
        328 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

        230 Forest Avenue Restaurant
        230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

        1. re: wutzizname

          There are definitely good restaurants in Laguna. My comments were more directed at Anaheim and cities closer by. Laguna, after all, is 25 miles away.

      2. You are only 25 miles, but could be 2 hours from the ocean. Napa Rose is the ticket or Napa 29 in Corona.

        1. How about Ambrosia in nearby Santa Ana?

          1. The best place with an ocean view in the other posts is the Studio at the Montage. Ask for a table by a window with a view of the ocean. My wife took me there two and a half years ago, shortly after we were engaged, to give me the wedding ring she had picked out for me. Wonderful view of a moonlit ocean. Very romantic. The food was quite good, but it was the view that made it perfect. Stonehill Tavern has better food, but no view.

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            1. re: lawdog262

              Agreed on Studio. Aim for the main dining room. From the lobby level, you get an excellent vantage point of what you are describing. Perfect for a pre (or post) dinner cocktail.

              Oh, and while Stonehill doesn't have the view - you can roam the extravagent grounds. The little garden overlooking the golf course was a great place before sunset.

            2. Doesn't have the "ocean view," but Marche Mardone (sp, sorry), has a really good prix fixe, the chef/owner is from Pinot Provence. His wife is the pastry chef, and she is awesome. If you call in advance, I am sure they would do something special for you. They are located at South Coast Plaza. My boss and his wife know him from Pinot and if you call in advance and explain your situation, I am sure they would be happy to do a special menu for you, together with paired wines. They did it for my boss and his friends all of the time. The $20.00 three course is quite lovely. Hidden gem.

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              1. re: trahastings

                It's Marche Moderne.

                k'ya in Laguna Beach just opened a branch at Harbor Blvd. and Ball Road in Anaheim, in the Hôtel Ménage.