Birthday Dinner in OC
Any suggestions for a special birthday dinner somewhere in Central/Coastal Orange County? We aren't interested in Asian, Mexican, Italian, etc. but are looking for perhaps steak/seafood or French food. Last year it was the Arches and the year before it was the Riviera at the Fireside. We are looking for this caliber of restaurant but want something newer.
Any help would sure be appreciated
Napa Rose ! I cannot recommend it more highly. My wife and I were just there this past Saturday night to celebrate our anniversary, and it was fantastic. It's a great place to celebrate a special occasion, esp. if you're interested in wines. They have a really good wine program, including many wonderful by-the-glass choices. Very well-chosen, everything from reasonably-priced but still good bottles at $35 or so to that 1947 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild you've always wanted to try at $4,700. Food, service and ambience are excellent as well. The restaurant has been open about 6 or so years, IIRC, and it's still got a "fresh" feel to the place.
Agree with mikester and probably many others on this board. Napa Rose! It is our go to special occasion place. Make reservations to sit at the counter for a fun experience. All of the servers are very knowledgeable about wine.
You can valet park (for free IIRC), just tell them you are having dinner at the Napa Rose
Napa Rose is excellent for Central OC.
It's an intimate local, but I thoroughly enjoyed Vine in San Clemente.
The one's I've been to and can recommend:
Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa across from South Coast Plaza on Anton
Char Noir - right next door
Pinot Provence - In the Westin Hotel off of Anton. A Joachim Splichal restaurant.
The ones I'd like to go to:
Sapphire in Laguna Beach. Former Executive Chef at St. Regis.
Mastro's Ocean Club - Right across from Crystal Cove State Park. Same great steaks as Mastro's in CM but with Seafood too.
230 Forest is a nice restaurant. Great for people watching for lunch. Good food. But probably not occassion-worthy.