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Light dinner in OC

jennayly Mar 10, 2014 10:57 PM

Anyone have any good suggestions for a light dinner on a girls night out in the OC? I'm a native OC girl myself but I've been combing through yelp for any new restaurants I haven't been to and can't seem to find anything worthwhile...I love all types of cuisine and open to trying anything!

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    New Trial RE: jennayly Mar 10, 2014 11:45 PM

    Which part of O.C. are you looking at and what do you consider "light"? If you mean calories, there is Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza, which has a good wine by the glass program. If you mean little plates, the lounge area at AnQi (also at South Coast Plaza) might be a good choice. Up toward Orange, Haven or Ways & Means might be suitable. Down toward the Spectrum, there are Cucina Enoteca and Paul Martin's. In Newport Beach, the new Fig & Olive is a good choice but can get noisy and crowded or (if something healthy is what matter) there is a branch of True Food [I am not a fan though].

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      JAB RE: New Trial Mar 11, 2014 06:48 AM

      Have you been to Ways & Means?

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        New Trial RE: JAB Mar 11, 2014 02:56 PM

        Not yet. I've been meaning to get there as it looks interesting but have been pulled to Haven by the rest of the group the last couple of times I have thought about it.

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        OCSteve RE: New Trial Mar 11, 2014 09:20 AM

        +1 on Seasons 52. I've been there several times, and it's a good spot for healthy plates, and they have a decent selection of wines by the glass.

        I haven't found Cucina Enoteca light, but I have enjoyed it every time I've been.

        I don't get Paul Martin's. It seems overpriced, and I wasn't particularly impressed with the food. Just my $0.02.

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          New Trial RE: OCSteve Mar 11, 2014 02:58 PM

          I was thinking of PM more for the wines--good pours and variety.

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            OCSteve RE: New Trial Mar 11, 2014 08:42 PM

            Thanks for the clarification. I've only been a couple of times for lunch. I don't have any experience with their wines.

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          jennayly RE: New Trial Mar 11, 2014 09:55 AM

          Any part of OC would be fine, but thanks for reminding me about Seasons 52 everyone! I had it bookmarked but totally forgot about it! It is a little north of my budget for tonight though. Just looking for some tasty, easy to share plates that aren't too pricey. Kentro's Greek Kitchen is my back up as of right now!

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            OCSteve RE: jennayly Mar 11, 2014 10:06 AM

            Orea Taverna & Wine Bar is in Placentia has great small plates at different price points if you're looking for Greek/Mediterranean.

        3. JAB RE: jennayly Mar 11, 2014 07:32 AM

          Although I wasn't particularly impressed by my dinner there, Little Sparrow's bar menu looked worth exploring.

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            BacoMan RE: JAB Mar 11, 2014 08:03 AM

            Been wanting to go there, might have last night if downtown Santa Ana wasn't entirely shut down Mondays.

            So it actually sucks huh? Funny how rave of reviews it gets. I guess OC is still full of pre-teen food critics who know nothing about the world. (One of the OC Weekly kids called the place the best French restaurant outside of France basically...)

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              js76wisco RE: BacoMan Mar 11, 2014 09:19 AM

              I've heard the sweetbreads at Little Sparrow are amazing. I wouldn't necessarily call this type of food light though.

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                JAB RE: js76wisco Mar 11, 2014 09:24 AM

                I didn't enjoy the sweetbreads at Little Sparrow and I love sweetbreads.

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            ocfrugalfoodie RE: jennayly Mar 11, 2014 09:21 AM

            I love Seasons 52, but depends if you are looking for a more fun vibe or a quiet evening. Pizza Ortica in Costa mesa is a fave!

            1. J.L. RE: jennayly Mar 12, 2014 09:26 AM

              Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza, perhaps?

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