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great food by south coast plaza?

is there a fun place to eat by segerstrom hall? by south coast plaza. i love lola's in santa ana. we are going to peter pan the day before thanksgiving.

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  1. Title = great food = Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza.

    Body = fun place = ?

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

    3 Replies
    1. re: JAB

      I second Marche Moderne, but make a reservation ASAP

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

      1. re: OC Mutt

        Why ASAP? Marche is never fully booked and usually has every time slot available on Opentable. The evening of the 24th is wide open as of today with tables available every 15 minutes from 530pm

        1. re: Porthos

          pre-theater they're usually booked early.

    2. Pizzeria Ortica is just across the lawn... literally 100 yards from peter pan. I like it. Some on this board don't, but I think it's quite good and would be a really nice, convenient place before the theater. Marche is very good, very nice (higher end), and only about a 10 minute walk.

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      Pizzeria Ortica
      650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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      1. re: adamclyde

        Second Pizza Ortica. The pizza is excellent but there's much more than just pizza here. As long as you understand that you're getting Neapolitan style pizza. Enjoy it for what it is. Pastas and appetizers are also very good here.

      2. Unfortunately, I don't think Marche can work- dinner service begins at 5:30 and Peter Pan starts at 7:00. I don't know how to post a previous thread from a couple weeks ago, but I like Leatherby's for convenience, no corkage and one stop valet parking. Enjoy Peter Pan, it's a great show.

        1. I enjoy Charlie Palmer's in south coast plaza.

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          1. re: joshekg

            I LOVE Charlie Palmer's these days--but mostly for their 3-course $20.10 lunch. Another good option is Old Vine Cafe (who also offers a $20 3-course)--I'm addicted to their burrata caprese w/flash fried arugula. Pizzeria Ortica, mentioned above, is another great option for pizza or pasta.

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            Pizzeria Ortica
            650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

            Old Vine Cafe
            2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

            1. re: OCAnn

              We found both Charlie Palmer and Ortica to be mediocre when they opened, and did not warrant return visits. Hopefully, they are better. Fully agree as to Marche Moderne, Old Vine Cafe (and their burrata caprese). Call the restaurants ahead to make sure they can accommodate pre-dinner.

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

              Old Vine Cafe
              2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

              1. re: lawdog262

                I didn't go to CP when they opened...so I don't know if they've improved. But their recent 3-course lunches included a braised short rib & hangar steak--both ridonkulously (ok, it's a made-up word) delicious for $20 which included a first (salad or soup) and dessert (another ridonkulously good panna cotta or choc bread pudding). They also have a burrata caprese--not as good as OVC, but still solid. CP's was served with a arugula pesto

                It might be worth a return visit--if only for lunch.

                1. re: OCAnn

                  I need to try this CP three course lunch, sounds fantastic!

          2. Season 52, perhaps?