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Between Pomona and Fullerton...anything great?

I need to entertain a party of six for dinner in the area generally near or between Pomona and Fullerton. It can be a bit away, but not too far. Are there any really excellent special occasion restaurants in this area? We are looking for either American/California, French or perhaps Italian cuisine. Anything more ethnic (sushi, Chinese, etc.) will probably not work. Thanks for your help!

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  1. Brea has Taps which is nice (right off the 57 @ Imperial), La Vie en Rose (French country) and Cedar Creek Inn (off the 57 @ Lambert). Fullerton has The Cellar. All are nicer neighbourhood restaurants. I'd wouldn't consider them special occasion restaurants...but it fits the bill for going out for a nice, quiet dinner where you won't see kids.

    www.tapsbrea.com
    www.lavnrose.com
    www.cedarcreekinn.com/brea.html

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    Taps Fish House & Brewery
    101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, CA 92821

    The Cellar
    305 North Harbor Blvd, Fullerton/Anaheim, CA 92832

    La Vie En Rose Restaurant
    240 S State College Blvd, Brea, CA 92821

    Cedar Creek Inn
    500 Pointe Dr, Brea, CA

    1. I recommend the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch:

      http://www.rkr.csupomona.edu/

      1. I Love the Ye Olde Ship an authentic English pup in downtown fullerton for real English Curry.

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        1. re: irishkevbo

          I too love The Olde Ship, but it's a pub and a bit cozy...not quite special occasion. I love their curry (which I split w/Mr OCAnn) followed by their sticky toffee pudding...mmmmm.

          1. re: OCAnn

            I agree, I am an impatient reader so I didn't catch special occasion.

        2. I agree with Taps in Brea...I love their drunken mahi mahi and their oysters are simply the best I've ever had.
          Caffe Allegro in La Verne is a nice French Italian bistro. Their lobster bisque and ciopino dishes are quite fab.

          1. There are some nicer seafood restaurants around Rowland Heights, but they are chinese, so unless you want to reconsider...

            Taps is probably one of the classiest out of the list mentioned. I like Olde Ship also, but it's really a restaurant/bar and not 'special occasion' unless your party likes a pint and British food.

            I've heard Napa Rose in Anaheim to be good (pricey too), but never been. Is that too far? Das Ubergeek had a review a while back:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/489579

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            1. re: notmartha

              Napa Rose is definitely a special occasion place, with prices to match.

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              Napa Rose Restaurant
              1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802