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Any Chow worthy eats near the St. Regis Monarch Beach?

Going to be spending a weekend there soon and wondering if there's anything I should try to eat. The hotel restaurant Stonehill Tavern supposedly is good, but at those prices, it better be michelin quality food, which I don't think it is.

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  1. Anything in particular that you're looking for?

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    1. re: JAB

      Not really. Just trying to avoid chains.

      Nothing super fancy either as we'll have a 4 month old baby with us.

      1. re: TailbackU

        In San Clemente, Riders Club for a super casual burger spot. In downtown Laguna, 370 Common, Alessa & Brussels Bistro are good and not super fancy. 370 has a Sunday Supper.

        1. re: JAB

          thanks!

          Do you know if the Sunday Brunch at the St. Regis is worth it? It's $79pp w/ unlimited champagne (not sure what kind they serve).

          1. re: TailbackU

            If they are serving a decent sparkling, the food is very good. They have rotated through Chandon, Gloria Ferrer and last time whatever it was I don't drink- so ask.

            Here is the OC Weekly 10 Essential Laguna restaurants from last month, which should be helpful to you. Alessa and 370 Common (2 of my favs as well are on the list).

            http://www.ocweekly.com/slideshow/10-...

            You also might like Nick's, simple American food across from the Hotel Laguna on PCH.

            http://nicksrestaurants.com/nicks-lag...

      2. StonehIll Tavern is expensive no doubt, but I think it's worth it for a splurge meal if you're staying at the St. Regis. The whole jidori fried chicken for 2 is quite possibly the best chicken I've ever had. And I've eaten a lot of chicken.

                1. re: cookie monster

                  LOL, you're right. I don't know where I initially saw 2007.

            1. why leave the hotel! there's not much worth venturing of to as far as I can remember. stone hill is ok but not worthy of the prices. if you do venture out the ritz has a beautiful bar where you can eat overlooking the ocean and an adjacent restaurant... the montage also has a couple of decent places to eat. there was a pretty good fish taco place across the street from the montage, not spectacular but a welcome change from all the pricey meals. name is escaping me sorry...

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