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Jan 24, 2001 12:00 AM

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Dining Room?

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Anyone had any experience at the Formal Dining Room of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel? I had them fax me a menu and it appears that they just serve prix fixe meals. Any info, suggestions, etc appreciated since I'm considering taking an elderly person there for a birthday celebration. Zagat's description looks good, but....? Thanks.

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  1. It's been a few years, but the Hotel alone is almost worth the visit. Get there around sunset (obviously early this time of year) and sit in the bar overlooking the ocean. The service there is so bad that you probably won't need to order anything and can just soak up the view.
    The restaurant, at least in the recent past, lets you order either prixe fixe or a la carte (I would call to be sure this is still the case). The fixed menu is by far the better choice. It's not a bargain, but if money is not the point the food is imaginative and competently prepared and the service is usually both flawless and unobtrusive. The whole experience is very elegant and won't leave you at all disappointed.

    1. It's great. I was engaged there and it's a perfect QUIET room. Perfect for an older person. We didn't have a fixed menu though - we ordered a la carte and it was good food, not fantastic, but good. An exceptional value, especially considering the wonderful area the Ritz is in. Have fun!