An adult, very classy restaurant that caters to the wealthy Newport Beach crowd. Bentleys and other fine cars occupy the valet parking at the entrance. That said, this is one of the few restaurants in Orange County where you can break out your nice threads and feel pampered in a white-tablecloth setting.
Most reviews have been about dinner. I have dined here at both dinner and more often at lunch. The restaurant is divided into two sides at dinner with seating in the bar area rather noisy due to the music. I prefer the other side to the right as you walk in as it is much quieter at night. At lunch, however, the bar area is the only side open. It becomes very serene at midday with a gracious ambience. Also at lunch, there are tables outside (weather permitting which is almost always) that overlook a canal of water and tony homes. Lunch is a more relaxed affair and diners are able to linger for conversation long after they have finished eating. My recent experience was at lunch.
Service here is always very professional. The lunch menu offers many options including small plates ($8-$28), large salads ($16-$26), a lobster salad sandwich ($24), pasta ($17-$24), and large entree-sized plates of seafood, steak, lamb, shellfish ($24-$38). The 3-Course Menu at lunch is a great deal priced at $29.75: soup of the day or small salad, choice of one of six large plate entrees (served as a smaller portion) and either a souffle cake or gelato dessert. There are several seasonal lunch wines too reasonable priced at $8.50 a glass.
Prices are on the high side for sure but the ingredients are first rate and preparations meet a high standard. I had the diver scallops large plate and it came with five large seared scallops, lobster mashed potatoes and asparagus. A companion diner enjoyed the pepper crusted ahi tuna salad - a mound of couscous, cucumber, tomato, olives and multiple slices of seared ahi dressed with balsamic. The salads are a major indulgence and some may not be able to finish them. Only the penne pasta with chicken was disappointing to another diner. Our bill including tax for four was $125 for two large salads, one pasta one large plate, two glasses of Miraval Rosé and three coffees.
Full bar with an extensive wine list and proper wine service.
This is an ideal restaurant venue for dates, birthday or other special event celebrations, business lunches or just an opportunity to spoil yourself. Reservations advised. Single dining at the bar is available at lunch. Sunday brunch on a sunny day at an outside table is a real pleasure.
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