Lunch spot for 5 ladies in OC
I'm looking for a recommend for a restaurant, preferably in the Costa Mesa, Newport Beach area that has good sandwiches and salads and a nice atmosphere and one that isn't a chain. Is there a restaurant in Fashion Island or South Coast Plaza that might be nice for a Wednesday luncheon?
In FI there's R&D Cafe (small chain) and in SCP there's Marche Moderne.
3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Be aware! If you choose Mariposa be sure to clarify your order since they slip a $5.00 shared plate charge! My friend and I ordered the truffle fries and a sandwich which we planned to share. NO mention of plate charge but it was put on our bill!!
110 Pine Ave Ste 400, Long Beach, CA 90802
If it's nice outside, the patio at The Cannery in Newport Beach is nice. If you're into something more urban, intimate, and quaint, there's Old Vine at The Camp in Costa Mesa.
Old Vine Cafe
2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Ritz and Brasserie Pascal are also very good options in/near Fashion Island.
Ritz Restaurant & Garden
880 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
The Golden Truffle, a somewhat quaint bistro in South Costa Mesa, serves exceptional lunches Tuesday thru Friday from 11:30 to 2:00 PM. Alan Greeley, owner/chef is usually there during these hours. His presence will indeed maximize your dining pleasure. I suggest giving a call to confirm his presence and to reserve. You might even consider dining in Alan's wine cellar for a truly enhanced, private experience. Talk it over with them when you call in.
Your best bet is to just let Alan cook whatever he wishes. Let him know how many courses you would like and if you have any food aversions or limitations. I suggest at least four courses, preferably more, to give him a solid opportunity to fairly display his extensive gastronomique. His frequent catering engagements afford many off-menu surprises that you would not know were available if you relied solely upon the regular menu that changes daily. Exceptional wine list and pairings. Outstanding service.
The Golden Truffle
1767 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa CA 92627
1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Thanks, everybody, for all the wonderful suggestions! I knew I could count on you. I've submitted all of your recommendations and I have a feeling that over the next few months we'll be trying all of them since we go at least once a month and are sick and tired of chains.