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Apr 3, 2011 08:46 PM

Costa Mesa or Newport Beach Help

Hi. I am in OC from San Diego and looking for a cool restaurant Monday night. I am open to any cusine. Would love to experience great food up here and don't know where to go.

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  1. I'm in the same boat. I was looking at the restaurants in South Coast Plaza since they are walking distance from my hotel: Mastros or Seasons 52 or Marche Moderne.

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

    Mastros Restaurant
    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

    1. define "cool"... because we have hipster, scene, or just plain good food.

      really good food but not very "scene"
      - Kappo Sui for old school Izakaya
      - Marche Moderne for French
      - Pizzeria Ortica for neopolitan style pizza (the super thin kind)
      - Old Vine Cafe for New American
      - Manpuku or Anjin for Japanese DIY BBQ.

      "scene" "hipster" "cougar den" with good to okay food
      - Habana for "Carribean" food
      - Valhalla Table for craft beer and bratwurst/sausage sandwiches
      - ECCO for a thicker crusted pizza

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

      Kappo Sui Restaurant
      20070 Santa Ana Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      3033 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      Pizzeria Ortica
      650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

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      1. Other cool choices include gastro pubs like Side Door (next to the 5 Crowns), Crow Bar and Haven, bar scenes like 3-Thirty-3 (Baside @ PCH in Corona Del Mar) and Mesa, and funky spots like Lola Gaspur or Mamphis. Then there are lots of excellent ethnic spots, nice views...

        Area and preferences would be a help.

        Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar
        2920 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

        725 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

        Crow Bar & Kitchen
        2325 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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

        Memphis At the Santora
        201 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

        Lola Gaspar Restaurant & Bar
        211 W 2nd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

        Haven Gastropub
        190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

        1. Many people will say that Marche Moderne is the best restaurant in OC...........period.

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

          1. Thanks for all the reviews. We ended up having drinks and mussels at Mesa. If you have not been there, the best mussels I have ever had. We then went to Side Door. Great chickpeas and a great experience. I regret we did not have time to try more recs.