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Apr 10, 2009 09:44 AM

South Coast Plaza area recs?


Searched both the Los Angeles and California boards and nothing came up. We're going to an event at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and are looking for dinner recs in the area. I understand this is close to South Coast Plaza. Anyway, any type of food, just looking for something good, price not an issue, not interested in alcohol. Thanks for any advice!

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  1. There have been some very good reports on the board for Marche Moderne at SCP. If you go to the link below and then scroll down you will see the various posts made about MM.

    Marche Moderne
    3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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    1. re: Servorg

      Going to have to second MM. It's fab!

      1. re: attran99

        and third for marche modern. be sure to get something lemon for dessert!

    2. Marche Moderne is excellent !

      Pizzeria Ortica is literally less than a block away from your event, it's been getting mixed reviews, you can search here on Chowhounds for them. Also, just across the street you have Mastro's, a great place for steaks but also the sides and apps are good. It's very "Vegas-glitzy" though, dark and swank, it may or may not be what you're after.

      Also, within the Performing Arts Center complex you have Leatherby's (now called Leatherby's Cafe Rouge), I recall hearing generally positive reviews, haven't been personally though:

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        1. We have season seats for the jazz series at OCPAC, so we face this wonderful problem fairly frequently. Some thoughts:

          Onotria is wonderful. Leatherby's is very good and convenient. Marche Moderne is great but you'll have to allow time for the walk or drive between SCP and OCPAC. I have enjoyed Pizzeria Ortica for both lunch and dinner. I am not a fan of Savannah (which may be closed by the time you read this, although I heard it was still open as of yesterday).

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          1. re: johnglowacki

            Savannah is good only for their happy hour where champagne cocktails and appetizers are $5. Outside of that, I think the food is overpriced.

            1. re: attran99

              I went for their $10 entree special back in February, it was good for the price but not for retail. They're closed anyway.

          2. If you feel like seafood, I would recommend Scott's. I love their seared ahi tuna with soy and wazabi glaze.

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            1. re: Casualis

              Scott's is a very dependable and very good, but not great, seafood restaurant adjacent to the OC Performing Arts Center. It is a place where you can have a good meal, get out on time for a performance, and park conveniently. It is very nice for what it is, but is not in a league with Marche Moderne which is frequently an outstanding dining experience.

              1. re: josephnl

                Oh, I completely agree. It is a nice restaurant and not a mind blowing experience. But it is conveniently located and not unpleasant.

                I don't know if I would like to go to MM before going to an event at the OCPA. Simply because I (this is a personal opinion and I am not saying that it applies to everyone) would not like to feel pressured by time when enjoying dinner there.

                1. re: Casualis

                  Am exactly on the same page with you. We often go to Scott's before the theater for a dependably good meal and no stress re parking or getting out on time. Marche is much more of a fine dining experience where we like to take our time, and not feel rushed.