Worth Every Penny: Haute Dining in California

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Studio at The Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S Coast Hwy,
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.6420

AMBIANCE

You’ll find pure luxury at this intimate eatery set high on an oceanfront bluff in tony Laguna Beach. Imagine stepping into a turnof- the-century Plein Air painting, but with a modern sensibility.

What to Order

Start with Golden Osetra caviar before moving on to Chef Craig Strong’s petite basil-fed escargot risotto and close with the tea-smoked salmon.

Who Comes Here

Those seeking a truly memorable dining experience and innovative Modern French fare with California influences.

Sweet Tooth

A standout sweet treat is the Guanaja chocolate sphere with sea salt caramel and Guinness foam.

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First Cabin at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort
1221 West Coast Hw y,
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.645.5000

AMBIANCE

This elegant dining room with large picture windows overlooks some of the most expensive yachts in the world. Therefore there is only one word for its view of the Southern California coastline: epic.

WHAT TO order

Set sail with sea-worthy fare like the classic BBC Maine lobster bisque, seared Chilean seabass or a châteaubriand for two.

Who Comes Here

Ritzy Orange County residents seeking fine dining experiences come here, as do the yacht-lovers who want a stellar meal (and a break from their boat) as well as anyone seeking a truly romantic sunset view.

Sweet Tooth

If you love sugar and wine, try this combination after-dinner delicacy of mango and red wine sorbet with bittersweet chocolate and berries.

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The Monarch Bay Club at the St. Regis Monarch Beach
500 Monarch Bay Drive,
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.234.3200

AMBIANCE

This private beachfront club overlooking the Pacific Ocean is casually elegant and a perfect spot to survey the sea come rain or shine.

WHAT TO order

The post popular dishes on Chef Joshua Marshall’s California Pacific Rim menu include the crispy skinned Scottish salmon with citrus cous cous and rainbow Swiss chard and the boneless natural beef ribeye.

Who Comes Here

Only members or resort guests are allowed to dine at this haute club. Past celebrity patrons include Magic Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Julia Roberts, Michael Jordan and Adam Sandler.

Sweet Tooth

Opt for the delectable lemon chocolate tart with fresh berries and toasted almonds.

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enoSTEAK at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point,
CA 92629
949.240.2000

AMBIANCE

This meat-ery at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel is dark, cozy and comfortable with its wood paneling and prominent fireplace.

What to Order

If you have one choice, order the Grilled Prime New York Steak.

Who Comes Here

Everyone from luxury travelers to Orange County VIPs to local residents are fans of this stunning steakhouse as it only serves prime and grass-fed, pasture-raised beef.

Sweet Tooth

The desserts change almost every two weeks; hope that the Peanut Butter + Jelly Cake with peanut butter ice cream is on offer the night of your reservation.

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