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Short Visit - Time for One Great Dinner - Newport Beach/Laguna Area

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I'll be Newport Beach visiting from Michigan for a very short visit in August and have time for one great dinner. Last time I was in town I had dinner at Studio Restaurant at Montage Resort and really enjoyed that. I'm planning brunch at Ramos House (please verify still good:) and I'm looking for suggestions for dinner. Price isn't an issue, I want to take advantage of the seafood while I'm in California and prefer a multple course dinner with a wine flight. Alternatively, I'm open to anything and if there is something that is a must try - please recommend - up-scale is not required.

Many thanks from a person jealous of your ability to go to In-n-Out whenever you want!

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  1. If you like sushi, definitely hit up Bluefin in Newport Coast and get the Omakase

    1. I love Mozambique, which is close to your hotel, but Bluefin is the best rec by far for omakase!! A bit of a drive is The Old Vine Cafe is Costa Mesa, but also worth it.

      Stonehill Taven at the St. Regis gets good marks for their tasting dinners. Only time I ate there was a la carte, and I wasn't totally bowled over, but maybe someone who has done a recent wine paired dinner can advise. I really like the Ritz Carlton's Eno wine bar - they do flights of wine, cheese & chocolate, along with different charcuteries, but it's better with a group of people who like to share!

      1. I would recommend Stonehill Tavern or Hush. Hush is bit louder and trendier than ST, but the food is solid and the wine list is excellent. At ST I would recommend the tasting menu with wine, although the whole table must order it too.

        1. If price is not an issue I would choose between Studio at the Montage resort in South Laguna or Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis in Dana Point. Leaning a little toward Studio.

          1. Consider also La Fondue in San Juan Capistrano
            It's not seafood, but definitely good food and a fun experience!
            http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com/2007/...