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Oct 5, 2011 11:53 AM

Reasonable places for dinner in Costa Mesa near Performing Arts Center

Best places to eat dinner near the Segestrom Center in Costa Mesa,Orange County. No Sushi or high end places, just around $20 for steaks, American, Mexican, Teppan, or Thai. Thank You.

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  1. Check out Habana.

    2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    1. It is a drive, but reasonably freeway friendly, to try La Cave. I would guess 10+ minutes to get from one to the other. They have excellent early bird specials and free corkage. You are not going to compete with Ruth Chris or Morton's, but the steaks are good and the vibe is 100% old school.

      Across the street (OK,a little more than just across the street, but close...) is Charlie Palmer's. It is more than you were looking to spend, but they have a 3 course prix fixe menu with beer tasting this week for $35. I had an excellent lunch there not too long ago, and I would consider this.

      You have a chain, but I have always found Maggiano's to be at the very least competent Italian, and if you have a bigger group, it is fun to eat family style.

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

      Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdale
      3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      Maggiano's - South Coast Plaza
      3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      1. Anjin for Yakiniku; you might be able to get out of there for $20/person for just food.
        Memphis for southern/american in the LAB
        Old Vine Cafe in the CAMP

        3033 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

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        1. re: I got nothin

          Old Vine Cafe would be difficult at that price point.

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

          1. re: JAB

            Obviously the OP couldn't do the OVC tasting menus at that price point. But they could order 2-3 small plates per person, depending on which items they choose

        2. Memphis is a good option or, if Italian works, Pizzeria Ortica is right there.

          Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar
          2920 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

          Pizzeria Ortica
          650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

          1. A $20 steak you are in Outback territory.

            Try looking at Marche Moderne, Pacific Whey, George's Thai Bistro and the Mitsuwa Marketplace has several great places including Santouka, Miyabitei and the Loft Hawaiian Grill.

            Loft Hawaiian Restaurant
            20157 Pioneer Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90715

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

            3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

            George's Thai Bistro
            3732 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704

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            1. re: scottca075

              I think 20/head at Marche might be challenging for dinner.