Corona del Mar recs please...
Suggestions for places in Corona del Mar--no specific food or price an issue...
The Bungalow on PCH-great, fun place for steak
El Ranchito-Casual Mexican in open-air restaurant; pretty small, and very popular-get there early
Oysters-close to the Bungalow-fresh fish with an Asian flare, upscale dining
Mayur-good Indian food in an upscale Indian atmosphere
Ruby's-for casual diner food like hamburgers, hot dogs, and delicious milk shakes
Some other chowhounds highly recommend Svelte, though I have never been.
IMO, Corona del Mar doesn't really have any terribly bad food. But, there is quite a variety of eateries, restaurants, prices, and ambiance (and some are only open for dinner or just for lunch). Since you are making no boundaries, make a choice from the list linked below with these edits:
(1) Brio closed and is now named Garlic Joe's.
(2) Add Breugger's Bagels. It's across the Goldenrod Ave. from Starbucks on Pacific Coast Hwy.
(3) Carmelos's closed and now Landmark (steaks) will soon be opening at that location.
(4)(5) And isn't there a C'est Si Bon Bakery (3444 E Coast Highway) next to Rose's Donuts across PCH from the "Kitchens" Design store (black awnings)?
You may want to include the restaurants in Corona del Mar Plaza also, but technically their address is Newport Beach.
* Bristol Farms
* Gelato Paradiso
* Tommy Bahamas
If you want a description of what food they offer, name a specific. They're all good.
re: kc girl
Cafe Jardin is not open for dinner
Svelte is over-the-top nuevo in comparison to others.
Gulfstream (mostly fish) has great crab cakes
and on the other end of the scale,
Quiet Woman is older American cuisine without change, but consistent in its menu quality, beef, chicken, fish, salad condiment turnstyle on table. Entertainment (jazz/old rock)
The Place is like a biker bar, but has good burgers
And, obviously, the to-go places are to-go places, but it is dinner.
And, the most formal/old school is probably Five Crowns (Lawry's beef and English prime rib)
To all the other good recs, add Bandera - good upscale American food & Asian Bistro for Thai/Vietnamese. BTW, I don't think our sushi restaurants are very good, but it will be hard to go wrong with anything else.
The Health Emporium also has some good food if you're into that & Zinc Cafe is excellent for breakfast or lunch.
Cafe Pannini is wonderful. Mediterranean in flavor, wonderful salads, foccacia, sandwiches, seafood. Priced well and a less cosmetically-enhanced crowd than some of CdM's other haunts. It's on Pacific Coast Highway near MacArthur. Between Golden Spoon and Ruby's.
That's in South Laguna Beach - way south from CdM, but still fun! If the OP wants Laguna restaurants too (of which there are many good ones...), there are tons of threads.
If you want to include Crystal Cove in CdM, there's Sage, Mastro's Seafood & the eagerly awaited opening of the new Javier's.