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Oct 16, 2007 01:06 PM

Tapas Bar in the OC?

Business trip end of this month to the Irvine area. Any good tapas bars around? Laguna Beach, etc.. Willing to drive if its worth it!

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  1. Were you looking for authentic spanish style or just the "small plates" concept?

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    1. re: cdmedici

      Authentic would be nice but some place fun, live and upbeat would also do it!

      1. re: NatC

        There is a place called Tapas in Newport Beach by John Wayne Airport, but I have heard nothing good about the place. If you are looking for the full experience (music & flamenco dancing etc) you might be best heading to Long Beach to a place called Cafe Sevilla.

        There is another tapas place in Long Beach called Alegria...but I hated the food.

        1. re: cdmedici

          The only Tapas I know near John Wayne Airport is a club and I'm pretty sure they don't have food. (Even if they do, I wouldn't recommend it, heh)

          1. re: cdmedici

            Cdmedici is correct, there is a place called Tapas in NB by the airport that is one of the worst meals I have ever had (i.e. Do not go!). I think this has been asked in the past so you may want to do a search, though nothing is coming up in my little brain.

      2. Go to Black Sheep Bistro in Tustin. While it's not exactly the tapas bar of your Leonese youth, they have very, very good food and a surprisingly reasonable wine list. It's table service, not bar service.

        1. I've been to lunch at Tapas in's not really a "foodie" place. The food was okay. Nothing that made me jonesing to go back. I think the restaurant is simply called "Tapas" to convey a "Spanish" ambience. There is a wealth of posters and flags from Spain inside. However, the menu seemed a bit light on tapas-style fare. Still, if you're going to hang out with some business folks, the place has a stage and I believe has different events scheduled, like flamenco dancing, salsa etc. I was looking for a website for you, but couldn't find one.

          I'm wondering if Habana in Costa Mesa may fit the bill. Again, not "tapas" per se, but fun all the same, and with a better edge in terms of food quality. In the same complex as Habana is Zipangu, a sushi restaurant/bar which serves excellent Japanese fare in a "small plates" style, so you can share with others.

          1. K'ya - rooftop of Casa Camino hotel 1287 South PCH.
            Great sunset view be there early, no reservations allowed

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            1. re: ml22

              There's also k'ya at the Hôtel Ménage at Harbor and Ball in the Anaheim Resort. No sunset view but fireworks instead.