Dinner with kids close to St. Regis in Dana Point
We'll be staying at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point on a Monday for one night. We're looking for a place for dinner on Monday night. There will be 3 kids (an 8 yr old, a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old). We would like to go someplace nearby if possible. We are all adventurous eaters and will eat any type of food. Of course, I would want to eat at Stonehill in St. Regis, but I don't think they're open on Monday and with 3 kids, I think it might not be enjoyable. Anyone have any suggestions?
Take the St. Regis tram down to the Monarch Bay Club, which is a private beach club operated by the St. Regis. You can eat either on the patio overlooking the sand, or in the dining room. Either way you can watch the sunset, and there are good food options for both adults and kids. The hotel desk can make reservations for you.
If you are determined to leave the resort, you can eat at Mahe, which is tolerable Japanese food across from the harbor, at Olamendis, which is Mexican across from Doheny Beach. Shwack Burger is good too. You can also head north on Pacific Coast Highway into Laguna Beach, where there are many options. Search this board for some recent threads that run down pretty much everything there.
There's a fun Burger place in Dana Point called Shwak Burger. Great food and laid back atmosphere-easy with kids. Their prices are reasonable too!
Then head down to the harbor and take a walk by the Marine Institute. They have tall ships in the harbor and big waves crashing on the jetty!
Take them to the Dana Point Harbor. Fun to see all the boats, paddle boarders, dolphins, seals etc. Many places to eat that are OK, Harbor Grill for fish, outside patio at Wind and Sea, etc. Can walk around and push a stroller. Or, if you can find parking, take them to the San Clemente Pier, Fisherman's.
El Adobe in the heart of San Juan Capistrano is solid and very kid friendly. http://www.eladobedecapistrano.com/ If you're looking for something more upscale then you could try dining at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel as they are kid friendly by default since family business is the bulk of their income in the summer months.