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Jun 21, 2011 04:06 PM

Looking for anniversary dinner spot in Newport/Huntington Beach

Title says it all. Looking to take the girlfriend out for a nice dinner in Newport/Huntington Beach area. I prefer something with a nice view of the water (any water); Balboa Island looks cool and so does Newport Bay, but the food is more important to me. We can go to the beach after...

As far as food goes, I don't mind spending $30-40 on a main dish. No Japanese/sushi since we already have our spot.

My quick bit of research shows Basilic Restaurant is something I wouldn't mind trying. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Basilic Restaurant
217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

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  1. Tried Basilic once and it is OK (Swiss/German/French inspired food) but nothing really special. If you really care mainly for the food you should go to Marche Modern - not the most romantic location but some of the best food you will have anywhere in OC.

    1. No water view but not too far from it are the Ritz (still good albeit not up to the level it was under the prior owner) and Rothschild's. If you get the right table and squint, you might get a view at Mastro's Ocean Club in Crystal Cove.

      Rothschild's Restaurant
      2407 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

      Mastro's Ocean Club
      8112 E Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA 92657

      The Ritz Restaurant
      880 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

      1. A great view is from the Rooftop Bar then diner at K'ya (separate establishment but same hotel building).

        I really like Tabu, but it is just over your price range (entrees are $40-50). I like the vibe of the place with smaller tables and an open kitchen, and the food is great. It is also on the wrong side of PCH for a view.

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

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