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sherpa50 Jan 6, 2011 12:13 PM

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.

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  1. OCAnn RE: sherpa50 Jan 6, 2011 12:45 PM

    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.

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    Pizzeria Ortica
    650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

    1. Searching4Dunny RE: sherpa50 Jan 6, 2011 12:49 PM

      A little bit further down Bristol than Old Vine but still relatively close is Onotria Wine Country Cuisine. They serve many Italian dishes.

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      Onotria Restaurant
      2831 Bristol St Ste A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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        haydn1796 RE: sherpa50 Jan 7, 2011 10:36 AM

        Seasons 52 across the street at South Coast Plaza. You should be able to accommodate both of your eating 'styles'.

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