- Frank Feb 21, 2006 06:46 PM
Can anyone vouch for Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point? I'd like to take my mom to dinner there, and would also love some recs.
Thanks in advance.
i haven't been, but it looks phenomenal. i've heard great things about the sf restaurant. it's only been open for a few weeks though.
It's Michael Mina's version of a modern classic American tavern in the space that used to be Aqua at the St. Regis, Monarch Beach hotel. We had a great dinner there last week. It's very sleek and contemporary. You enter thru floor-to-ceiling glass walls of wine bottles and there's a distant ocean view from half of the room. You can also sit outside on the terrace for cocktails or dinner. Their lychee gimlet is tasty.
They offer a lot of small plate appetizers. The duck tasting trio was delicious, the foie gras with date sauce stood out. Prime short rib was also excellent, and so was the lamb. The portions can be small, so don't skip the appetizers. The wine list is particularly nice! The sommelier, direct from the Highlands Inn, Carmel was in charge of the wine for their Masters of Food & Wine for many years, so definitely go with his advice.
They've only been open a couple of weeks, so things are still very new, but our service could not have been more professional, yet friendly. I'd recommend it for a special occasion.