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.
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.
At this family-run restaurant located in Chino, guests will find comfort food from around the world as well as a few American classics thrown in for good measure. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Riverside Bar & Grill starts the day out with omelets, oatmeal, bagels and the exotic Nopales, which is the Prickly Pear cactus made with eggs any way you want. Lunchtime brings the deli counter to you with sandwiches like Turkey on Rye, tuna, the Reuben, French Dips as well as veggie selections. Burgers, appetizers, salads and soups round out the entire lunch menu and though the dinner menu is not as extensive, it's diminutive list still packs a punch. Here the Italian influence is seen, where the kitchen prepares steak, chicken, fish and pasta in a simple fashion and with a nod towards the 'Boot'.
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 restored Victorian home, this restaurant serves luncheon and classic high tea. There are four dining rooms and a tea garden in front. The in-house art gallery features artwork by owner, Audrey Heredia. Meals are made with organic vegetables grown in the garden. The menu changes depending on the season, and includes salads, soups, sandwiches, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie, pot roast, Cornish game hens and more. There is a full bar and a good selection of wine. No matter when you plan to come, it is a good idea to call first, as hours are subject to change anytime.
Located right in front of the pier at Balboa Beach, Tacos Cancun is the go-to spot when you are looking for a classic beach side taco. The portions are huge and each plate comes with rice, beans and chips. Of course, since you are at the beach, the fish tacos are considered the favorites, however the burritos and the Asada Fries are close to the top of the list. Moreover, if you are here for the holidays, Tacos Cancun makes some of the best tamales in the Newport Beach area, a hidden secret only locals know about.
Alta Baja Market is a unique, one-of-a-kind store that specializes in products that derive from the American Southwest, Mexico and California. Some of the products include wine, beer, crafts and home goods that come from these regions. Additionally, the shop provides classes and workshops in cooking, demos, pop-up dinners and idea swaps. Its location in the 4th Street Market is also another reason why people are attracted to Alta Baja.
MAR is a raw fish bar where the kitchen serves a variation of dishes, from poke and teriyaki bowls to tacos and Ceviche. Located in the popular 4th Street Market, most of the menu focus is on the raw fish, however the chicken teriyaki and chorizo tacos are masterfully prepared. Order a glass of Black Rice Horchata or Blood Orange Lemonade and you have a unique lunch that is out-of-the-ordinary.