Laid-back beach burg takes wine-country detour at top spot for poised California cuisine and enlightened wine selections. Surfer-chef-owner Justin Monson’s seasonal cookery suits the hand-hewn space. St. Roy Chef’s Pub…
“Forward-thinking California coastal cuisine” on a bluff overlooking Dana Point Harbor. Outside, the ocean breeze and fire pit add to the romantic ambience. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).
Chef Manfred Lassahn pulls out the stops at restaurant and “gastro bar” in inspired “living rooms” and on redone ocean-view patio. Shareable Bar Jars; honey-lavender Berkshire pork entrée. B, L,…
Eclectic Cal-Mex cantina with Asian accents near Honda Center: crunchy crab-chicharrón-chipotle sushi; lobster mac-and-cheese enchiladas; avocado split dessert; shareable Larry y Yo cocktail. L, D (daily).
Waterfront spot with colorful history serving seafood and steaks since 1965. Cary Grant and Mickey Mantle were guests. Chuck Norris once owned it; doormen included Jean-Claude Van Damme! L, D (daily).
Surfer-chic restaurant-and-bar at hip Shorebreak Hotel offers stylish “American/beach comfort” cuisine to match—and fine Cal-Med dishes. Br, D (daily).
Zov Karamardian’s culinary passion propels her spots. Acclaimed Med cuisine at all locations; bakery-café in Tustin also offers jewel-like desserts and premium breads. L, D (M-Sa).