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Dining Guide: South Coast Metro & Airport Vicinity

South Coast Metro and Airport Vicinity: Costa Mesa, Irvine, Santa Ana

3800 Plaza Dr., Santa Ana (714) 751-7153
Old-World style elegance coupled with fine Italian
Cuisine. Zagat award winner. Reservations recommended.
Famous for Ravioli di Magro and Linguine
a la Pescatora. $$$.

ANQI Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
(714) 557-5679
Fusion cuisine for the 21st century meets molecular
gastronomy at this sleek and upscale restaurant
at South Coast Plaza. Pan-Asian dishes are
as highly conceptualized as the designer décor.
There’s even a multipurpose runway that is put
to good use for fashion events. Asian tapas are
not to be missed, but leave room for signature
creations such as the ginger noodles and tuna
confit. $$$$.

19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine
(949) 752-5222
Creative contemporary American cuisine served
in a multi-tiered dining area with rotating art, live
jazz (Fri. and Sat.) and an exceptional wine list.

1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa
(949) 645-9858
Alan Greeley’s bistro-esque restaurant serves
up an adventurous mix of highly creative dishes.
Myriad influences, with France, Spain, the
Caribbean, and Asia leading the way. $$.

18051 Von Karman Ave., Irvine
(949) 261-1444
In the tradition of Italy’s trattorias, Il Fornaio
serves authentic pastas and sauces, roasted
meats and has an extensive wine list. $$.

2000 Main St., Irvine (949) 756-0505
Highly rated Pacific Northwest fish house is
a county favorite for fresh seafood, delicious
oysters, and steamed mussels. Famous for baked
salmon stuffed with crab; Northwest Pacific
seafood stew and Bayhawk, the largest brewery
in the county. $$

1641 W. Sunflower Ave., South Coast Plaza
Village (714) 444-4834; 1895 S. Harbor
Blvd., Anaheim (714) 621-0101
Enjoy an unbeatable selection of USDA prime
steaks in an elegant club-like setting. $$$$.

South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa
(714) 444-5900
Patina’s Joachim Splichal brings Provençal
French favorites to one of Orange County’s most
beautiful dining rooms. $$$.

18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine
(949) 553-1333
Featuring regional Italian cuisine with freshly
made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted
meats and fowl and an extensive wine list from
Italy and California $$.

ROYAL KHYBER at South Coast
Pla za Village
1621-D Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana
(714) 436-1010
Elegant Northern Indian cuisine with a specialty
in tandoori and moghlai dishes. $$.

3300 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa
(714) 979-2400
A perfect choice for a pre- or post-theater meal,
Scott’s is well known for outstanding seafood and
USDA prime-aged steaks. $$$.

1875 Newport Blvd. (at Harbor Blvd.),
Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0090; at Irvine
Spectrum (949) 753-9373; at Fashion Island
(949) 640-9273
The Yard House, with its eclectic menu of
American fusion cuisine, chatty bar and assembly
of tap handles, is among SoCal’s premier dining
destinations. Wide selection of appetizers, salads,
pizzas, sandwiches, seafood, and succulent cuts
of beef. There is also a kids’ menu for pint-sized
diners. $$$.


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