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Reasonable places for dinner in Costa Mesa near Performing Arts Center

lindyber Oct 5, 2011 11:53 AM

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. JAB RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 12:46 PM

    Check out Habana.

    2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    1. ocshooter RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 03:04 PM

      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

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        I got nothin RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 04:06 PM

        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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          JAB RE: I got nothin Oct 5, 2011 04:30 PM

          Old Vine Cafe would be difficult at that price point.

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

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            I got nothin RE: JAB Oct 5, 2011 07:53 PM

            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

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          New Trial RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 06:34 PM

          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. scottca075 RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 07:32 PM

            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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              inaplasticcup RE: scottca075 Oct 5, 2011 07:36 PM

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

            2. inaplasticcup RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 07:46 PM

              For steak/American, you might try Lawry's at South Coast Plaza:


              And I second Memphis for burgers/American:


              1. groover808 RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 10:34 PM

                How about Shabu? California Shabu right off Baker in Costa Mesa. Mitsuwa food court is a good suggestion if you don't mind it's a food court - Santouka Ramen.

                Santouka Ramen
                665 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                1. Das Ubergeek RE: lindyber Oct 5, 2011 11:49 PM

                  La Cocina de Mi Abuelita is on Bristol between Segerstrom and Warner in Santa Ana—get the carne en su jugo.

                  You could probably get out of Andrei's Conscious Cuisine, just down the road on Main St. in Irvine, for $20 a person—but you'd have to either go beforehand (they've got decent happy hour plates) or be quite careful.

                  Andrei's Conscious Cuisine
                  2607 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614

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