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May 18, 2011 09:52 PM

Newport Beach Birthday Dinner?

My nephew and his fiancee are going to Newport Beach this weekend for her birthday. He would like a nice restaurant for dinner saturday night, and a nice place for breakfast/brunch Sunday. I think they would like something nice and romantic, not too expensive, and they are 30. TIA

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  1. You need to provide more details on what they want to spend and what types of food they like. There are a ton of options around the area, but you are better if you expand your venue past just OC.

    Some dinner options are Marche Moderne (it is in a mall, so the walk in is not romantic, but the restaurant itself is really nice and it is the best French Food), Tabu for modern American; San Shi Go for sushi, Studio at the Montage or Stonehill Tavern (both really expansive and about 30 minutes or so south of Newport), K'Ya (the rooftop bar is really nice for a drink, even if you do not eat there), the Cannery (on the water in the Harbor). The first 5 options will be pretty pricey, the latter two less so. There are also a number of seafood spots on PCH with nice views, the Carthouse, Rusty Pelican... which are OK but standard.

    I would have included Las Brisas on the dinner list, but it is my recommendation for brunch.

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

    Stonehill Tavern
    St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629

    Cannery Seafood of the Pacific
    3010 LaFayette Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    Las Brisas Restaurant
    361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    Tabu Grill
    2892 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    San Shi Go Sushi and Asian Cuisine
    205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661

    K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach
    1287 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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    1. re: ocshooter

      thank you oc, I'm really not sure what they want, but I think a nice cozy restaurant would be nice. Maybe something on coast highway, or on balboa island. I don't want chains, but something local. TIA

      1. re: paprkutr

        Basilic is probably the most romantic spot on Balboa Island. It's a tiny Swiss/French place.
        For brunch Taco Rosa has a pretty good buffet

        Basilic Restaurant
        217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

    2. Having lived in the area since 1972...almost 40 years, I know the restaurant scene pretty well. For sure, Marche Moderne is the best restaurant in the area, but it is not especially romantic, and it can be expensive, especially if you do not show restraint. A restaurant that has been in the area for almost as long as I have (almost 40 years!) is Rothschild's on PCH in Corona del Mar. It is small, intimate, romantic, has great food and will certainly fill the bill. Make a reservation soon, request a quiet table in the main dining room, near the window if possible, and you won't be disappointed. If this is not available, alternatively the small tables in the bar area with side-to-side seating are quite nice, and certainly romantic.

      Someone else mentioned Basilic on Balboa Island which is also nice, but the seating is so close there that I don't find it as romantic as Rothschild' is good however.

      For Sunday brunch, the options run from Bayside in Newport Beach, a very nice upscale the Beachcomber right on the sands in Corona del Mar the Coyote Grill (or Cafe) in south Laguna Beach, which is a casual Mexican restaurant with a bit of an ocean view and good Mexican style the First Cabin which is at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport, has an outstanding bay view, is really special, and has prices to match.

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

      Coyote Grill
      31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Basilic Restaurant
      217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

      Balboa Bay Club
      1221 W Coast Hwy Ste 145, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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        1. re: paprkutr

          Report back about where you go, and how it turns out. From what you say, I think you'll love Rothschild's...romantic, intimate, quiet, great food, not trendy, and if you get a nice table by the window it can be very private. If you tell them you're celebrating something special, I'm sure they'll try to accommodate you.

        2. re: josephnl

          I just want to chime in on the Marche Moderne is not romantic angle. The dining rooming is definitely not romantic, but the cabanas on the patio are tres romantic. My wife loves the cabanas...

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

        3. Thank you everyone. The kids went to the Cannery and loved it. I haven't talked to them, but emailed me to let me know, so thanks

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          1. re: paprkutr

            Glad they like it. That would have been at the bottom of my list for romantic...but the important thing is that they had a good time!