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Oct 25, 2007 09:08 PM

Impress their pants off in Costa Mesa

A friend is taking his parents to Cirque du Soleil, and needs a dinner spot in Costa Mesa.

He's currently considering Mastro's, and I don't know the area well enough to offer suggestions anyway.

Price is no object, but they want good food and a posh ambiance. He's treating his parents to a night on the town, and he wants to do it right in every sense. Seafood, steak, anything goes. They eat plenty of Asian food on their own, so maybe something Western this time around. TIA!

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  1. How about Marche Modern at South Coast Plaza? I haven't tried it myself but I have heard great news about it.

    Marche Moderne
    3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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    1. re: aprmayjun

      Been to both, Marche is much more casual and very good, probably would pick Mastro's for a more upscale experience.
      Leatherby's just brought in a new Chef and is getting raves from some of my foodie friends who were just there last Tue. They also don't charge corkage which is nice if you like wine with dinner.

      1. re: russkar

        Yup, agree with russkar. Mastro's is the best to impress. Marche Moderne is great, but it's best enjoyed for lunch at their gorgeous patio.

        Here's a review:

        1. re: elmomonster

          Based on your criteria, I would also concur with Mastro's Steakhouse. The Veal Porterhouse or Lamb Porterhouse are sooo good.

    2. Mastro's is great.

      I'd also suggest Chat Noir, right across from South Coast Plaza. Very posh ambience & great food (French/American). I think they have live jazz most nights...

      Chat Noir
      655 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      Mastro's Steak House
      633 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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      1. re: LisaStitch

        I was also thinking Chat Noir and Mastro's. Both very uppity, and literally next door to each other.

      2. I don't know that I'd want to impress my parents' pants off. A date? Yes. Parents? No.