Taste the Good Life in Dana Point

Blog post excerpted with permission from Hungry in LA.

Click here to read the full article, STAY / EAT / DO: DANA POINT EDITION.


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hen a city’s official motto is, “Harboring the Good Life,” thoughts of an amazing oceanside getaway in a beautiful locale immediately come to mind. Picture a place with unique shops and interesting restaurants, on a latern-lined street complete with a trolly cruising by. The “Good Life” means leaving your cares back at home while you relax in a world-class resort, watching the most beautiful sunset over the ocean. This is Dana Point and everything about it is good. That’s why when we were invited to explore Dana Point and share our experience, it was no surprise to us that we fell in love with this charming city characterized by coastal bluffs and rolling hills. If you’re planning to visit, we’ve narrowed down our favorite restaurants in Dana Point and the best things to do. Here’s our recommendations for where eat in Dana Point.

The Good Life is not complete without good eats and Dana Point has plenty of them. The unique restaurants in Dana Point will have any foodie bookmarking a food-crawl on their next visit. From farm-to-table cuisine that revolves around seasonal ingredients at a high end resort, to a casual taqueria in a strip mall, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this city.

Why get out of bed? Have in-room dining delivered to you.

Monarch Bay Club
1 Monarch Beach Resort N
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.234.3900
www.monarchbeachresort.com

Dana Point provides many options for accommodations. Everything from camping at scenic beaches to quaint Victorian-style bed & breakfasts, to luxurious 5 Star resorts, the city will have exactly what you’re looking for. And if you’re looking for an amazing resort with luxurious amenities like fire-side guest rooms, scenic views, private beach, and a breathtaking pool, look no further than the Monarch Beach Resort. The property offers running routes, golf and tennis for the active traveler, kids club for families, chef-driven cuisine for foodies, and a romantic setting for couples. There’s something for everyone here. Why get out of bed? Have in-room dining delivered to you, or check out Monarch Bay Club. Only open to resort guests or members, Monarch Bay Club is not to be missed if you’re staying at the resort. Savor char-grilled meats and fresh-caught seafood in a breathtaking oceanfront setting. Expect California-style cuisine here in a more relaxed environment by the beach.

Shrimp roll with basil aioli on a sweet roll.

AVEO Table + Bar
1 Monarch Beach Resort N
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.234.3200
www.monarchbeachresort.com

Offering seating on a large terrace overlooking the resort for the ultimate al fresco dining experience, AVEO is a Mediterranean concept focused on seasonal ingredients to create fresh California-inlfuenced dishes. Taking a “Farm-to-Bar” approach to cocktails, the bar program features ingredients harvested from the resort’s own garden. Try the Catalina Sunset for a refreshing aperitif.

Chef’s special: Chilean Sea Bass pan seared with vegetable ragu.

Raya
1 Ritz Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.240.2000
www.ritzcarlton.com

We’re always asked the question, “What restaurant do you recommend that has great food and an ocean view?” That answer will now include Raya at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Chef Richard Sandoval brings Pan-Latin flavors through locally sourced ingredients. Highlights include the Arroz Negro, a paella-like dish, as well as the lamb lollipops.

Arroz negro – black forbidden rice, Maine lobster, prawns, mussels, calamari, Dungeness crab and Spanish chorizo.

Crank & Grind
34150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
855.433.8806
www.crankandgrind.com

If you’re like us and are very picky about good coffee (AKA coffee snob), then make a stop at Crank & Grind. Organic, fair trade, and roasted by the best roasters around the country, you’re getting a premium cup of joe at this cool, underrated spot that shares a space with a bicycle shop. If you’re hungry, make sure to grab one of their toasts.

Smoked salmon and avocado toast with a perfect cortado, complete with beautiful latte art.

Lupe’s Mexican Eatery
33621 Del Obispo St
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.558.5430
www.eatlupes.com

For a fast casual lunch, look no further than Lupe’s for traditional Michoacan dishes mixed with Baja style seafood (think fish tacos). The small space, with a hip vibe, features some of Dana Point’s best tacos and burritos. Plus they also serve Mexican sodas and craft brews from Baja.

Surf & Turf Burrito – steak, shrimp, pico, guac, rice, cheese, and white sauce.

Craft House
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.481.7734
www.eatatcrafthouse.com

Open for just over a year and already a Dana Point staple, Craft House is that place you go to have a great food and a great time. With unique craft cocktails (no pun intended) to round out the experience, this is a lively restaurant perfect for a night out.


Blog post excerpted with permission from Hungry in LA.

Click here to read the full article, STAY / EAT / DO: DANA POINT EDITION.

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