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Need recommendations for a special restaurant - Southern OC

I need to find a very special restaurant for my mom's 80th bday dinner next month. We'll be in southern OC, Laguna Woods. We'd prefer to stay in that general area - Laguna, Mission Viejo, Capistrano, etc. The only preference is that the restaurant be extraordinary...in food, ambience, view...whatever. Price is not really an issue. Only the best for Mom!

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  1. I find Onotria in Costa Mesa (a little out of your range, but not much) to be one of the best Italian places I've ever eaten at. Very nice place.

    1. Here are a couple of off the wall suggestions:
      Naturaj, the best Indian food around with excellent service and wonderful decor.
      The Japanese restaurant at Lake Mission Viejo, with a view of the lake and excellent Japanese food.
      I still like The Ritz for drinks and Salt Creek Inn afterwards.
      Some people like Nirvana, small but elegant, in Mission Viejo along Marguerite.
      The Crow Bar in Corona del Mar is startlingly moderne with very high quality food.
      We've had great luck with Bahar's restaurant, above the market in the center at Crown Valley and Marguerite for the best Persian food.
      And if you're willing to go to Napa Rose in Anaheim, it is of the nicest, best-food, excellent-wine, eye-catching Frank Lloyd Wright Craftsman knock offs with sterling service.
      Good luck.

      1. Sapphire's on PCH in Laguna. Sit on the patio and people watch as well as a view of the ocean from the north side of PCH. Very relaxing, enjoyable and great food.
        Truffle fries, yum!

        1. Studio Restaurant at the Montage Resort.

          Great food, great atmosphere. I've taken my mom there and she loved it.

          http://www.studiolagunabeach.com/

          1. Cedar Creek on La Paz in Laguna Niguel. I've had good food there on the three occasions I've been.

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            Cedar Creek
            27321 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677