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Sep 3, 2011 09:33 AM

Gift Certificate recs for Steak in the Trabuco Canyon/Lake Forest(?) Area?

We are Texans who need to send a gift cert to an LA friend. Friend lives in Trabuco Canyon that looks to be near Mission Viejo/Lake Forest. I know nothing about the LA area so forgive my poor geography. We'd like to send $100 and hopefully cover most of a nice meal for two. Any recs for a local steak joint in the area that might come close to that?

Thanks in advance...

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  1. How about The Trabuco Oaks Steak House? Not sure if they have gift certificates.

    Trabuco Oaks Steak House
    20782 Trabuco Oaks Dr, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

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    1. re: scottca075

      Haven't been in a long time, but it is a funky log cabin in the middle of the forest. They might enjoy the atmosphere and the ride there.
      On the other hand if they live in Trabuco oaks they might like to go somewhere a little different. There are good restaurants in Newport Beach which isn't that far.

    2. Trabuco Oaks is a nice recommendation. IIRC, casual dining and the steaks are pretty good.

      My go-to place for special dinners in the neighborhood is Nirvana Grille - Not a steak place, but a few beef dishes on the menu. Not much to look at from the outside since it sits on the corner of a small strip mall, but tasteful and cozy on the inside. In addition to the Mission Viejo location, there's also a Laguna Beach site which I've never visited. Your friends could try either one...