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HELP for high quality dining in Anaheim area

Need recommendations for restaurants that creatively use high quality local ingredients for biz dinners in or near Anaheim. We already have Napa Rose but need several others....preferably American, French or Italian. Mr Stox and Anaheim White House are too old school mediocre.

Thanks

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Napa Rose Restaurant
1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Anaheim White House
887 South Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Mr Stox
1105 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805

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  1. How is "THE CELLAR" in Fullerton? And, what about K''Ya?

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    1. re: nyperr

      The Cellar is as "old school" as Mr. Stox. You will not find anything terrific without driving a few miles. I'd highly recommend Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa, or Mastro's Steakhouse (also in CM), for the true carnivore!

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

      Mastro's Steakhouse
      633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      Mr. Stox
      1105 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805

      1. re: nyperr

        I think the place link for K'Ya didn't add because you inadvertently used a " rather than a ' mark after the Y.

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        K'ya @ Hotel Menage
        1221 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

        1. re: nyperr

          I ate at K'ya Anaheim the other night. It's not very upscale, the one in Laguna is much more so. There were some items we got that were good (Jamaican Jerk Wings, meatballs), others were just ok (pork wontons, Cuban sandwich). We ordered about 20 things and I'd say half were good.

          They're served on paper plates. The service was absolutely terrible. We kept having to go in the kitchen to find our waiter for drinks, more tapas, etc.

        2. Definitely add Park Avenue Steaks and Chops in Stanton, CA to the list. It's a surprising, highly rated by Zagat GEM! Food and service are outstanding, which includes more than just steaks and chops. They use high quality local ingredients, some of which are grown out back. Next door to Anaheim, the Stanton neighborhood is pretty shabby, but the restaurant itself is a fabulous find! You and your clients not be disappointed! We arrived for an early dinner and were advised reservations are highly recommended.

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          Park Avenue Restaurant
          11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA 90680

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          1. re: CaliB

            Park Avenue is very nice, and we enjoy it a lot. Nevertheless, for folks who consider Mr. Stox and the White House " old school", Park Avenue will be equally so.

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            Park Avenue Cafe
            501 Park Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

            Mr. Stox
            1105 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805

            White House Restaurant
            887 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

          2. What about Catal at Downtown Disney?

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            1. re: ocshooter

              We ate at Catal Downtown Disney last time we had to go to the Anaheim Convention Center. Really very mediocre. We're spoiled living in New York.

            2. Local ingredients at Park Avenue means grown in their garden, for much of the roughage they use. Yes, it's sort of old-school (the Googie bar, etc.) but I wouldn't compare it to White House and Mr. Stox in terms of old-schoolness.

              I don't know of any French restaurants in Anaheim. You'd have to go to Marché Moderne or Tradition by Pascal for that sort of thing.

              For Italian, what about Francoli Gourmet in the Orange Circle?

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              Tradition by Pascal
              1000 Bristol St N, Newport Beach, CA 92660

              Marché Moderne
              3333 Bristol Street, #3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I guess what I meant by Park Avenue being old school is the look of the bar and dining room...and I suppose the menu choices, as well. The food is good and pretty traditional...nothing especially innovative, but nothing bad either. I personally think that Mr. Stox is a nicer restaurant with great drinks, nice wine list, generally very good service and good rather traditional food; I would pick it over Park Avenue.

                For something more special, and French, I would definitely recommend Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa...last few times we were at Tradition, Pascal was nowhere to be seen, and the resulting dinners were not great! It is rare that Florent is not in the kitchen at MM.

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                Park Avenue Cafe
                501 Park Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

                Mr. Stox
                1105 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805

                1. re: josephnl

                  I reserved Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa.for one night but we need places closer to the Anaheim Convention center for entertaining so we don't have to be responsible to drive everyone to their hotels.

                  How is Roys???

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

                  1. re: nyperr

                    It's completely and totally middle of the road, and much too expensive for what it is.

                    The Cellar will be fine and the food is excellent, but it's very old-school. Unfortunately, you're in a family entertainment district in one of the poorer cities of Orange County, and you've dismissed the few decent, non-steakhouse options that do exist. Anaheim is awash in beautiful, fantastic holes in the wall, not upscale eateries, and even most of those are not walking distance from the convention centre.

                    I'd recommend Canyon in Anaheim Hills, but it's as far away as some of the other restaurants you've been recommended. (Anaheim is something like 14 miles wide by two miles tall.) Gabbi's and Haven Gastropub are in the Orange Circle; they're not exactly upscale but they are quite good.

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                    Haven Gastropub
                    190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866