Studio is located within the Montage Resort & Spa. It offers you a delectable French menu blended with Californian influences. Chef Craig Strong ensures that all the seasonal ingredients put to use, are of the finest quality, with splendid wines for company. The A la Carte menu changes daily, but the attention to every aspect of the dish, exquisite pairings of flavors and beautiful presentation remains constant. If you're in the mood to splurge, the Tasting Menu offers a variety of signature dishes, and allows you the opportunity to sample the best on offer. Attention is given to details and services are personalized. So, sit back and enjoy your meal while taking in the panoramic Pacific coastline. A perfect place for a romantic dinner with breathtaking views of the sunset over the ocean.
Vine San Clemente is warm, intimate and features wines and a menu inspired by Napa Valley. Following a similar aesthetic, the restaurant and bar offers guests a choice of dining spaces from the chef's pub, dining room to the semi-private dining space and a lovely outdoor patio. The menu features the use seasonal ingredients to prepare fresh, flavorful dishes like the Grilled bone-in ribeye steak, Baby belgian endive & black kale salad and House made pumpkin raviolis. Besides an impressive selection of over 100 wines including 25 by the glass varieties, the bar also offers craft beers on tap and craft cocktails. For reservations, call the restaurant.
For those times you can't decide between sweet and savory, Bruxie has you covered. Bruxie specializes in, as one might suspect, "Bruxies" which are Belgian-style waffles turned into sandwiches. Diners can choose to go the sweet route with Nutella and banana, S'Mores or Creme Brulee Bruxies. For a more savory route, Bruxies includes combinations like the Bruxie burger, green eggs and ham Bruxie or the hot pastrami Bruxie. Round out your meal with some waffle-cut fries or even go authentic and get a straight-up traditional Belgian waffle.
Casual yet classy, Old Vine Café is a popular local dining spot. Featuring a small, tastefully decorated vibrant space, the cafe's menu offers a diverse range of delicious gourmet options through breakfast and lunch daily and is open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm onwards. Choose from seasonally inspired dishes to classic lunch time fare like Seasonal Blueberry French Toast, Lengua Omelet, Southern Brunch, Porcini Mushroom Mac & Cheese, Torta de Lingua and more. Paninis, salads, soups and starters are the mainstay during lunch. A 3 course menu is offered at USD23 per person as well. Dinner is a more elaborate affair diners can choose from several tasting menus as well as a la carte options with dishes like Hand Made Raviolo, White Truffle Polenta and Rabbit Mole. Resrvations for dinner are highly recommended.
There's nothing quite like fresh, seasonal cuisine to awaken your appetite and excite your palate. At Brick, every dish on the ever-changing, seasonal menu is prepared using only locally-sourced, fresh, sustainable ingredients and oodles of care. From crisp salads, and enticing appetizers to handmade pasta tossed in a variety of sauces, and pizza prepared in a wood-fired oven, a meal at this local culinary gem promises to delight. Handcrafted cocktails, a curated beer and wine list, and impeccable service complete the offer. The restaurant itself boasts an inviting decor, rife with wood accents that lend the space a genuine warmth. Come dine with family, friends and loved ones at Brick and savor the goodness of wood-fired, rustic Italian cuisine.
The Ranch Restaurant is famous for its gourmet food, but it is even more popular because it houses the Ranch Saloon, a premier dance and entertainment venue in Orange County. The premium meat and seafood is sourced from some of the country's finest ranches and fisheries and many organic vegetables and fruits come from their own farm. This restaurant has bagged multiple accolades at the Golden Foodie Awards and serves dishes like Georges Bank Sea Scallops, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Sliders, Maplewood Smoked Jidori Chicken and Colorado Grass-Fed Lamb Chops. It also has special menus for concert-goers and for occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas. After a meal, head to the adjacent Saloon for happening parties, performances and dance classes.
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.
One of the best things in life the combination of cookies and ice cream, and here at Chunk-N-Chip, the handcrafted sweets are some of the best in Orange County. The cookie and cream flavors range from classic and traditional to seasonal and exotic; try the Bahama Mama made with a Macadamia nut cookie then packed with pineapple and white chocolate ice cream or the Red Velvet cookie stuffed with Peanut Butter Cup. Any one you choose will leave you wanting to return again and again until you try the entire menu.
The Gypsy Den is a mainstay along Broadway in Santa Ana's historic arts district. For more than two decades, this local eatery has served American comfort food with a vegetarian and vegan twist. Most of the options are vegetarian, however carnivores can indulge a little with the Cubano Press sandwich, a hefty Chicken Waldorf, or the Tuna Melt. Live music on certain nights and a full bar round out the entertainment in this restaurant/cafe which is perfect for health-conscious folk in Orange County.
Located in the heart of Santa Ana's historic district, Lola Gaspar brings small bite dining to the revitalized inner core of this otherwise sleepy O.C. city. Most of the items on the menu are reminiscent of Spanish tapas, however the ingredients are a mix of Spain, Mexico and ultimately California. The Crispy Chile Relleno made with a duck confit in a tomatillo-habanero salsa is extraordinary as well as the Salmon Crudo with homemade Ponzu; chef Luis Perez should be proud of both dishes. Additionally, the cocktail menu is just as innovative and enticing, another reason why to visit this restaurant in the historic artists' village of Santa Ana.