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Romantic Dinner near Balboa Island

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I'm coming down for business this weekend, and looking to have a romantic dinner with my gf near/in Balboa Island. I'd like to have good food and not have it break the bank too hard. I was thinking Basilic, but we're going there on Sunday night, so I'm SOL. I already saw multiple reviews on A restaurant, but I'd like to stay away from hype.

I remember down in Laguna that Chart house was one of my favorites, or whichever harbor? House that was on PCH (near the best western laguna brisas) that is small quaint, and overlooks the ocean, so I'm looking for that kind of atmosphere.

TIY for any advice =D

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Basilic Restaurant
217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

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  1. Depends on what you think is romantic. I LOVE Sabatino's AND I think it is romantic but not in a dark room-candlelight-flowers sort of way. Some of theest homemade Italian sausage this NY boy has ever had here...or in NY!

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    Sabatino's
    251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    Sabatino
    23032 Alicia Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      Last time I took my girlfriend to Balboa Island for a "date day" we did dinner at Brasserie Pascal in Newport Beach. In the evening it was lovely, dim, and very romantic. As I recall we both did a $20 menu option that gave each of us an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

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      Brasserie Pascal
      327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

      1. Sapphire in Laguna is nice & the food very good - try for a patio table near the firepit. Bungalow in CdM in a booth, I like the patio seating at Bluefin if it's not too cold, the Ritz, Watermarc in Laguna is getting excellent reviews, but I haven't been there yet. Nothing as small & romantic as Basilic, but all a littie different - in a good way.

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        1. re: torta basilica

          Is there anything at the Island Hotel?
          How about a quick trip up the hill to La Cave? Some may call it romantic.
          On PCH there's A Restaurant.
          And in Fashion Island is The Ritz (haven't been in years though)

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          La Cave Restaurant
          1695 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627