Perched on the beautiful hilltop inside the uber cool Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers you panoramic views of the golf greens and the wide blue Pacific ocean. A delicious farm to table menu highlighting the wood fire stove with specialties like wood-roasted chicken, New York steak and fries, salmon served with shiitake-ginger vinaigrette, and the scallop and shrimp duo. Or try the gourmet pizzas and the signature spicy tortilla soup with shredded chicken, cotija cheese and avocado puree. All these wonderful creations you can see being made in their open kitchen or just head to their chic lounge and catch the game on two huge screens. Pelican also offers an outstanding alfresco dining on their heated terrace with an ocean-view. Unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and groove to the live band music every Thursday through Saturday.
Nick's San Clemente's is nestled in the heart of downtown San Clemente and is a great place to have hangout with friends whether it's for cocktails by the fireside or lunch or dinner in their gorgeous dining room. The interiors will warm you with their wood and stone decor highlighted by lovely lighting, giving it a cozy look. Nick's only use natural and organic produces in their food and the well thought menu comprises of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages. The restaurant's cuisine is combination of the traditional and contemporary cooking that has resulted in the creation of some great food. Their full bar features an impressive wine list and unique cocktails.
Serving farm to table, organic food is the motto of this cool California bistro called Nirvana Grille. Nestled in the heart of Laguna Beach, the restaurant offers various dining options from their lovely patio, beautiful rooftop or cozy dining room. The menu changes with the season and some of their signatures are the Pistachio Crusted Chilean Sea Bass and Coffee Crusted Filet Mignon. They have carefully thought vegan, gluten-free and kids menu as well. Enjoy a cocktail or wine from their fully stocked bar. At Nirvana, you will surely get food that so sublime, that you will attain culinary Nirvana!
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is a Californian restaurant with a farm to table menu using only local, sustainable and naturally grown produces. Inspired by nature, you will be welcomed by a towering waterfall in the lobby, and then greeted by the elegant onyx and granite bar, while the dining room is cozy and inviting with its eco-friendly pecan wood floors. The creative menu, which is Californian cuisine with a blend of Mediterranean flavors, is designed for meat lovers, vegans and vegetarians and gluten free diners. Some of the menu highlights are the octopus salad, beef short rib, flatbreads, sweet potato fries and mahi mahi. The bar has a great selection of cocktails and a nice happy hour. Live entertainment is on three days of the week. A great place for foodies and special occasions.
This restaurant proves that we vegan food can be incredibly delicious. The restaurant offers a wide variety of Thai and Chinese dishes. Try Pad Thai with imitation chicken, clay pot fish with eggplant, curries. Three factors make the soy "meat" like the real thing: look, taste and texture. Cheesecake is a must - you can't believe it is made of soy! And the staff's sincere friendliness will keep you coming back.
This lovely French restaurant by the sea exudes romance, comfort, coziness and has an edge with its personal touch. Gemmell's is one of Dana Point Harbor's hot restaurants, giving a culinary experience that is unforgettable. Using only natural and organic produces, the contemporary French menu offers game, poultry, seafood and desserts such as duck with caramelized banana rum, roasted rack of lamb, house smoked salmon, casserole of escargots, shrimp Provencale and more. Gemmell's serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and diners can choose to dine by the fireplace inside or on the patio.
Located in a rather charmless shack, the bustling scene and aroma are enough to draw people into La Sirena Grill. As you walk through the outdoor dining area, you'll notice this is a neighborhood hangout place; patrons talk across tables and converse with the staff as if they were neighbors. Organic is the theme, and vegetarians are also in for a treat. Though you cannot go wrong with any order, seafood is not to be missed, and the guacamole is second to none. This is an eco-friendly restaurant that uses biodegradable utensils and eco-containers. They also tirelessly support many environmental organizations and events. - Hoiyin Ip
Lumberyard is situated in one of Laguna Beach's historic buildings and is known for their rotisserie chicken, steaks, ribs and seafood, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, cobb salad, and spaghetti and meatballs. The restaurant makes a viable dining destination due to its close proximity to the Main Beach, The Festival of the Arts, The Laguna Playhouse, The Pageant of the Masters, City Hall, and The Sawdust Festival. Offering various dining options, diners can choose to dine on their lovely patio outside which overlooks the city hall, or in either of the two dining rooms with a fireplace or by a wall of wine. Only the freshest and natural produces are used in the food and some of the signature dishes are the pan seared Pacific sea bass, bourbon-crusted prime ribeye steak and the French dip sandwich. Contemporary yet traditional, the dishes are heartwarming and delightful. Enjoy this vibrant restaurant.
Located in the posh enclave of Dana Point, The Shwack Beach Grill bucks all pretentiousness and gets down to business with good, old-fashioned burgers and surf-side snacks. In adherence to surf culture, the menu features two simple options, 'Breki' which includes almost everything for the most important meal of the day, and 'Core' for a meal after 11am. Burgers, sandwiches, tacos and even items for the 'groms' (little ones) make this spot one of the best in Dana Point, especially after coming home from the beach.
Juice Joint Deli is a Juice bar that caters to delicious smoothies, shakes, sandwiches, juices and other Mexican edibles. They also create good breakfast and brunch meals apart from health juices and smoothies. A separate kids menu is available for your young ones. You can opt for customization of your sandwich, smoothie or juice as well.