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Christmas Lunch for 20 in Newport/Tustin/Orange area..upscale atmosphere and excellent food...does it exist?

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We are doing a Christmas Lunch for our office. We have been to Canaletto's and Ruth Chris.
We would like to try another place for lunch and we would like it to be close to our office in
Tustin...we can go to Newport. Any suggestions? We don't want to be rushed, we want an upscale atmosphere and food that is memorable..any suggestions?

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  1. What about one of the dining options at Pelican Hill (such as Pelican Grill) in Newport?

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    Pelican Grill
    22800 Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657

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    1. re: Servorg

      One other thought. What about Marche Moderne?

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

    2. Charile Palmers at South Coast has an excellent lunch menu, with a 3 course deal at about $20pp. The dining room is very nice and the menu changes weekly. Right across from them is AnQi, which is Asian fusion, though I have not been.

      For a little twist, you could try Broudard Chateau. It is upscale Vietnamese with a French influences and is nice inside.

      Off the end of the 55 is the Golden Truffle, kind of French via the Caribbean.

      Brasserie Pascal at Fashion Island is nice and the food is good.

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      Brodard Chateau
      9100 Trask Ave Garden, Grove, CA

      Brasserie Pascal
      327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

      Golden Truffle
      1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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

      AnQi
      3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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      1. re: ocshooter

        I will add one other option, though you may dismiss it just because of the location. There is a surprisingly good Italian place, DaVinci, right over the 55 on 1st Street. It is attached to a slightly seedy looking motel, but do not judge the restaurant by the motel. I have been on a few occasions where we wanted an upscale lunch that is walking distance from my office.

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        Davinci Ristorante
        2222 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705