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Newcomer76 Oct 3, 2007 07:55 PM

Please help! I need a restaurant with good food and ambiance (on the elegant side) to take a friend out for a birthday dinner - in or relatively close to Costa Mesa. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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    jaykayen RE: Newcomer76 Oct 3, 2007 08:16 PM

    ambrosia in santa ana?

    what kind of food are you looking for?

    1. brekkie_fan RE: Newcomer76 Oct 3, 2007 09:52 PM

      How about The Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach? Took my fiance there for his birthday one year, and we enjoyed the ambiance and food.

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        empfam RE: brekkie_fan Oct 3, 2007 10:22 PM

        I hadn't been to The Ritz in several years, but I thought the ambience leaned towards being like a gentlemen's club, with the dark decor & the low cut french maid waitress outfits. Is it still like that? The profiteroles were good, though.

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          brekkie_fan RE: empfam Oct 5, 2007 12:11 AM

          I guess when I think elegant, that it leans more towards old school/classic. Mastros is trendy, but not necessarily elegant. You know, maybe I'm comparing the crowds to the ambiance now. I see more Antonellos for elegant. Marche Moderne for trendy.

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        Frank_Santa_Monica RE: Newcomer76 Oct 3, 2007 10:35 PM

        Go to Mastros Ocean Club in Newport Coast. It's a great time.

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          Philly RE: Newcomer76 Oct 4, 2007 05:31 AM

          Antonello's near South Coast Plaza is always good for a celabratory dinner.

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            byeCalihelloBahamas RE: Newcomer76 Oct 4, 2007 06:48 AM

            The Bungalow on PCH in Corona Del Mar, they have a nice courtyard out back with a fireplace and I love their food.


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              Wonginator RE: Newcomer76 Oct 4, 2007 11:16 AM

              The Wild Rabbit, Onotria, Turner New Zealand.

              1. OCKevin RE: Newcomer76 Oct 4, 2007 05:30 PM

                New, Marche Moderne in South Coast would me my first choice. However, if the heart is willing, but the wallet isn't, you may want to drive about a mile south on Bristol to the Camp and try the Old Vine. I'll be posting a review soon, but I think for a small (12 to 15 tables!) restaurant, it really delivers great food and a pleasant ambience. It's more casual than elegant/fancy, but I'd still recommend it.

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                  Kaisgraham RE: Newcomer76 Oct 4, 2007 07:41 PM

                  If you are in the mood for good Italian, go to Onotria! Lovely!

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