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North Orange County Romantic/Fine Dining - Valentines Day Suggestions

setesami Jan 4, 2011 10:41 AM

I recently moved to the North Orange County area and dont know of many romantic or fine dining retaurants in the area. I read a few reviews online and was thinking about taking my girlfriend to Napa Rose, but I'm not sure if there is a lot of Disneyland traffic there and if its overrated. I also heard The Anaheim White house is good? I've never really heard of any other restaurants in the area.

Price isnt really an issue. Food is obviously important, but ambiance is my biggest concern.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  1. Servorg RE: setesami Jan 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    Just a little way down the page is this new thread that may be of help: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7571...

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    1. re: Servorg
      setesami RE: Servorg Jan 4, 2011 10:52 AM

      wow, didnt even see that thanks.

    2. honkman RE: setesami Jan 4, 2011 11:21 AM

      Good restaurant for dinner on Valentines Day ? - None

      1. JAB RE: setesami Jan 4, 2011 12:22 PM

        Canyon in Anaheim Hills?

        1. BubblyOne RE: setesami Jan 4, 2011 12:57 PM

          Napa Rose is the least romantic spot I've ever been in my life for that price point.

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

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          1. re: BubblyOne
            attran99 RE: BubblyOne Jan 4, 2011 03:17 PM

            I believe that the Chef's Table in the kitchen would be much more enjoyable, but definitely not romantic.

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            schmoopy RE: setesami Jan 4, 2011 03:08 PM

            Definitely try Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa. The food is amazing and the ambiance is like a Paris bistro - small tables close together, white tablecloths, great service, great bar.

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

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              setesami RE: setesami Jan 10, 2011 09:26 AM

              thanks for the replies. I agree about napa rose being overrated. I went to check it our last week and it didnt do much for me.

              1. Jigsaw RE: setesami Jan 10, 2011 10:50 AM

                I have not tried it, yet, but The Hobbit Restaurant looks to be a nice experience. Received an email that they are doing a 7-course, V-day menu.

                The Hobbit
                2932 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

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                  BubblyOne RE: Jigsaw Jan 10, 2011 11:21 AM

                  I haven't been in a few years, but it was one of the most enjoyable dinners I've had in OC. Unique and romantic.

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                    ocshooter RE: BubblyOne Jan 10, 2011 04:54 PM

                    I have always been intrigued by the Hobbit, but I just get the feeling it is going to be a very dated experience, and one that for Valentine's day is also going to be very pricey. It is a l-o-n-g set menu affair, one seating... And every time I drive by it I look at the neighborhood and feel the place has been passed by.

                    Most of my high dollar dinners have been at sushi bars over the last couple of years. depending on who you go with, a high end sushi bar can be very sensual. The textures work great, you can eat with your hands, the food can be exotic, and the service is usually personalized to an extent. Too bad my top places are not in N. OC.

                    I may get eviscerated for suggesting this (as long as I am straying from N OC), but you might try Le Cave in Costa Mesa for some retro old school charm. I don't know what they have going on for V-day, it may end up being way too pricey for what you get, but the place is dark, with those red pleather booth, the steaks are wheeled around on a cart and cooked properly. Not as high end as Mastreo's Ruth Chris... but not as expensive either. It is not my definition of high end, but with the right girl, it could make for a fun romantic dinner.

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                      BubblyOne RE: ocshooter Jan 10, 2011 08:27 PM

                      The Hobbit is "dated" to be sure. If someone likes Five Crowns, The Ritz, the old Bob Burns at FI or other similar long-gone spots, most likely they would enjot The Hobbit.

                      Five Crowns
                      3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

                  2. re: Jigsaw
                    ns1 RE: Jigsaw Jan 10, 2011 05:08 PM

                    wow, pictures from Yelp make the place look soooooooooo dated.

                    related: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636370

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