Dining Out Like a Local With Mona Shah of Moxxe PR

Mona’s Picks

Mona Shah, owner of Moxxe PR, is regarded as one of Southern California’s most successful restaurant publicists. She has created a reputable name for herself by working with some of the area’s top restaurants, including The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Driftwood Kitchen, ARC, Provenance, SOL Cocina, Haven Gastropub, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, and Sushi Roku Newport Beach.

In the Neighborhood

Orange County has distinct neighborhoods, and I love supporting my community. Since I live and work in Santa Ana, we have great local options to support – these are the restaurants I can pop into with colleagues or with my twins.

Haven Gastropub

Haven GastropubOld Towne Orange, “If you’re a lover of craft beer, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better list with a full menu of the best gourmet comfort food around!”

Pepitos – Santa Ana

ADYAAnaheim or Irvine, “I’m Indian, so you know I’m very picky about my Indian food, and ADYA delivers a very authentic experience with only the best seasonal, local ingredients.”

Rance’s PizzaCosta Mesa

Sessions West Coast DeliHuntington Beach or Newport Beach, “Full disclosure: the Executive Chef/Partner is my sweetheart — but I know he makes everything on his menu with the same amount of love for all guests!”

Bamboo BistroCorona del Mar

Provisions MarketOld Towne Orange, “Where else can you get craft beer on 30 taps and craft coffee from Portola Coffee Roasters side-by-side, along with breakfast at 7 a.m., seven days a week?”

4th Street MarketSanta Ana

Weekend Eats

Even though weekends are typically as busy for me as weekdays, I have to admit that I look forward to them for a little R&R, not to mention BRUNCH!

The Winery

The Winery Restaurant & Wine BarNewport Beach, “Their Sunday Brunch is a time for any lover of wine or bubbles! With a picturesque setting overlooking the Newport Marina, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation for a few hours!”

Sapphire LagunaLaguna Beach

Driftwood KitchenLaguna Beach, “Have you ever dined perched over the Pacific Ocean? Get in for breakfast any day of the week, and you’ll be living your best life!”

Puesto Irvine

Sushi RokuNewport Beach, “My favorite spot for sushi — plus, you can catch up on shopping at Fashion Island while you’re there!”

Restaurant MarinCosta Mesa

Provenance – Newport Beach, “I like to know where my food comes from, so it’s great to go into the restaurant’s on-site garden that supplies the kitchen and bar with fresh ingredients daily!”

The Loft Laguna Beach

Destination Dining

Even though I dine at restaurants for a living, I love planning a great night out with family or friends! There are so many incredible experiences in OC to limit them to one list, but here are some of my favorites!

Studio Montage Laguna Beach

Studio  – Montage Laguna Beach, “The Vegetarian Tasting Menu is so innovative and delicious; it has had me thinking I can give up meat forever!”

Marche ModerneNewport Coast

The Guild ClubCosta Mesa, “It’s a members-only club… proving that membership has its privileges.”

Mastro’s Ocean ClubNewport Coast

Hendrix RestaurantLaguna Niguel, “South County has a real gem with this beautiful restaurant – and if you love rotisserie meats, try their Colorado Leg of Lamb!”

ARC RestaurantCosta Mesa

Juliette Kitchen & BarNewport Beach, “If you’re like me and you buy your wine based on the look of the label, you’ll love their visible wine list!”

Broadway by Amar SantanaLaguna Beach


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