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Lumberyard

384 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-3900

Veteran local restaurateur Cary Redfearn brought new life to this downtown landmark with a tasteful remodel, welcoming bar, and comfort classics

Website: http://www.lblumberyard.com

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-546-9550

Getting seated is the hard part at this perennially popular Chicago-style pasta house. Ordering is easy for parties of four or more since most of the menu is served family-style…

Website: http://www.maggianos.com

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Mahé

1400 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, CA, 90740

562-431-3022

The corny old Glide’er Inn is gone, making way for Mahé, a hot spot for locals…

Website: http://www.eatatmahe.com

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Marché Moderne

South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-434-7900

Florent Marneau’s chic bistro serves French favorites with a contemporary twist, including charcuterie, sushi topped with avocado sorbet…

Website: http://www.marchemoderne.net

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Mare Culinary Lounge

696 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-9581

This Coast Highway hotspot is the newest and swankiest Alessandro Pirozzi’s Italian restaurant…

Website: http://www.mareculinarylounge.com

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Mastro’s Ocean Club

Crystal Cove Promenade, 8112 E. Coast Highway, Newport Coast, CA, 92663

949-376-6990

O.C.’s flashiest hipsters gather here to be nursed like they’re bleeding cash. And they are. Megamartinis, obese lobsters, and Bible-thick steaks don’t come cheap…

Website: http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com

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Mastro’s Steakhouse

633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-546-7405

Be prepared for gargantuan portions, with cocktails to match. Mastro’s offers Prime steaks, wet-aged for 28 days…

Website: http://www.azeats.com/mastros

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McCormick & Schmick’s

2000 Main St., Irvine, CA, 92614

949-756-0505

This urbane fish house is renowned for its copious menu of immaculately fresh seafood, simply prepared…

Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com

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Memphis Soul Café & Bar

2920 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA, 92627

714-432-7685

Memphis was one of the county’s first retro restaurants. It’s set in a sassy shoebox, with a ’50s look and a menu to match: fried chicken, cornbread, gumbo, and steaks…

Website: http://www.memphiscafe.com

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Mesa

725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

714-557-6700

At this high-style hipster hang with a retractable roof, expect shareable dishes that play by the seasons…

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Morton’s, The Steakhouse

1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA, 92802

714-621-0101

Steaks—including the 24-ounce porterhouse and double-cut filet mignon—are wet-aged three to four weeks…

Website: http://www.mortons.com

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Morton’s, The Steakhouse

1641 W. Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA, 90740

714-444-4834

Steaks—including 48-ounce porterhouse and double-cut filet mignon—are wet-aged three to four weeks…

Website: http://www.mortons.com

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Moulin Bistro

1000 Bristol St, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-474-0920

Moulin is the passion project of Paris native Laurent Vrignaud. After 30 years in the action-sports industry, he lives his longtime dream…

Website: http://moulinbistro.com/

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Mozambique

1740 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-7777

The eclectic cuisine shows influences of Portugal, South Africa, and, of course, California. Peri-peri prawns, South African curries, and grilled meats are best bets…

Website: http://www.mozambiqueoc.com

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Napa Rose

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA, 92802

714-300-7170

Wine country thrives at the Disneyland Resort by way of this classy dinner house—no park admission required…

Website: http://www.disneyland.com

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Neapolitan Pizzeria & Birreria

31542 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-499-4531

All about pizza worship and emphatically Italian, right down to the Molino San Felice flour and the glossy red Stefano Ferrara wood-fire oven imported from Italy…

Website: http://www.nealaguna.com

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Nick’s

213 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, CA, 92672

949-481-2200

Situated on a prime stretch of vintage Avenida del Mar, this inviting bar and grill is just urbane enough to lure grownups who prefer to skip the surfer grub scene…

Website: http://www.thenickco.com

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Nick’s

440 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-376-8595

Perched on Laguna’s prime stretch of Coast Highway, this inviting, urbane bar and grill lures grownups who prefer to skip the surfer grub scene…

Website: http://nicksrestaurants.com/

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