Ethnic casual dinner between Newport and Laguna
Is there a non-sushi/Italian/American/seafood/fine dining/burger pan-Asian/Indian or other ethnic restaurant of high food quality for a dinner with a friend north of Laguna and south of Newport? THX!
Wow-- that's a pretty teensy window. You're basically limiting yourself to Corona del Mar and Newport Coast.
That said, it's a zone very light on the places you're seeking. High-income ZIP codes don't attract alot of indie ethnic joints.
My pick for ethnic would be Bamboo Bistro-- Thai-Viet type fusion
2600 E Coast Hwy, CdM
If you're serious about finer dining, there's Mastro's, Javier's and Sage at Crystal Cove Promendae (Newport Coast). And in CdM on PCH, Oysters, Bandera, The Bungalow. I would avoid Landmark ... but Crow Bar Kitchen is a fave-- but noisy when busy.
To OCBites' list I'd add - Rothschilds in CDM, Zov's Bistro Newport Coast(San Jacquin and Newport Coast Dr).