Heading down to The Orange County Center for the Performing Arts ...
in a couple of weeks. Can anyone recommend a nearby restaurant for dinner before the performance? I am a vegetarian, my companion is an omnivore - prefer Italian, but open to anything that can accommodate both (although he's not too fond of Indian). Mid-range to higher mid-range prices are fine. We will be a little dressed up for the ballet so nothing too casual. Thanks.
Italian: Pizzeria Ortica (great housemade pasta)
Old Vine Cafe @ the Camp has great both meat & non-meat menu items
Charlie Palmer @ Bloomingdale
Pizzeria Ortica & CP are both within walking distance of OCPAC. There are other restaurants nearby, but these are the ones I prefer.
650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Old Vine Cafe
2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A little bit further down Bristol than Old Vine but still relatively close is Onotria Wine Country Cuisine. They serve many Italian dishes.
2831 Bristol St Ste A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Seasons 52 across the street at South Coast Plaza. You should be able to accommodate both of your eating 'styles'.