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Aug 22, 2011 12:53 AM

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week

Costa Mesa has their first-ever own restaurant week, August 19-26, 2011

But, from a quick glance, nothing really stands out to me.

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  1. The La Cave deal looks good.

    La Cave Restaurant
    1695 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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    1. re: JAB

      I would do the 16 oz rib eye for $24. The used to have free corkage early in the evening as well, so you can save a ton on a good bottle of wine too.

      1. re: ocshooter

        Exactly, that's what caught my eye as well. Good point as to the corkage and Hi-Times is right there.

    2. If you haven't been to Ecco, it is worth trying at least for lunch.

      1. Didn't know it was Restaurant Week when we went to try Mastro's for the first time. They had a special menu for the week, which was (relatively speaking) a good deal. In addition to the items on the published menu, they had a 10-ounce ribeye that was excellent. Prix fixe menu included appetizer (soup or salad), two individual size sides and a choice of 2 desserts. No substitutions on those other things, but it was in the $40s for the whole thing, whereas that can be the price of a steak alone....and the food really was excellent.

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        1. re: asimen

          I went with a group this past Sunday and thought the $40 prix fixe was just ok. I've been to the Costa Mesa Mastro's twice before and it wasn't as good as I'm used to. My thoughts:

          - French onion soup ok, the croutons are just way too big. My chopped salad was kind of flavorless.
          - I got the 10 oz NY strip, just didn't have as much char and nice crust I had last time. Maybe it's because it's a smaller steak? The 1/2 rack of lamb was great.
          - The side of au gratin potatoes were a bit lukewarm in the center. The side of broccoli was fantastic though, huge portion.
          - The menu on the Restaurant week website lists a trio of mini butter cake, chocolate covered strawberry, and mini pecan tart. When we got there, the dessert option was some type of super rich (actually too much so) chocolate ganache cake or cheesecake. Fail, we had to order an a la carte butter cake for the table.

          The deal definitely drew me in for $40 where the protein alone is usually in that range. I feel they compromised a bit to get to that price point, I would've paid a little more to get their usual well executed food. Also, our waiter was nice enough, but we didn't see him very much after we ordered, probably since we all did the restaurant week deal. I'd skip Mastro's for Restaurant Week and go a la carte, well worth putting your $40 into that instead.

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

        2. Actually besides La Cave, I liked the deals at Mi Casa, Pinot Provence and Charlie Palmer's.

          And while what they had at Antonello on special didn't excite me, they do have very good Italian food. Mastro's looked expensive for what they were offering, so I'd probably head down the coast to Mastro's Ocean Club, which is a nicer setting.

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

          La Cave Restaurant
          1695 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

          Pinot Provence Restaurant
          686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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          1. re: scottca075

            For fish, which one would you recommend, the special for Hamomori or Scott's?

            1. re: naggie

              Scott's is the only one I've been to, but I find their fish pretty fresh. It is tough to compare a sushi place to a traditional seafood restaurant, but among my friends, Hamomori has a pretty good reputation.

            2. re: scottca075

              I love Mi Casa, but they have a lunch deal every day for $7.49.

              1. re: BubblyOne

                Yeah along those lines, Charlie Palmer and Old Vine have the same lunch specials ongoing for the same price, so no price advantage to going to those places during this time.

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