Savor and Sip at Monarch Beach Resort’s Bourbon Steak


Bourbon Steak beckons locals and out-of-towners alike.


Cambridge Dictionary defines an assumption as “a willingness to accept something as true without question or proof.” When we pick up a to-go order, we expect the contents to match our receipt. Questioning things isn’t practiced, usually because asking “Why?” is a habit of curious children.

Here’s the fault in making assumptions: We might be missing out — or, as we like saying, we don’t know what we don’t know. In the case of hotel dining, some locals might hold a misconception that on-site restaurants are for guests (and their invited guests) only. At Monarch Beach Resort’s new Bourbon Steak, A Michael Mina Restaurant (in the space formerly occupied by Stonehill Tavern), everyone is welcome.

“The excitement is building through word-of-mouth and the incredible reviews and accolades we are so honored to have received,” notes Executive Chef Bryan Brown. “Though many people dine with us for special occasions, we’ve found that our guests are making it a special occasion because they are dining with us. Bourbon Steak has made Monarch Beach Resort even more of a destination, both to locals and hotel guests alike.”

While best known as a meat-driven concept, Bourbon Steak’s newest Modern American dining room showcases a variety of coastal specialties. This sea-to-table approach is apparent in the sizzling shellfish platter, featuring king crab, lobster and oysters. Broiled in cast iron, the tableside finish is an aromatic pour of blended lemongrass tea, charred lemon and red miso butter. Discerning carnivores still prefer the Brandt Farm’s prime Delmonico rib or the dry-aged prime porterhouse. No matter the choice, including a sauce trio and market side allows for a more complete experience.

Chef Michael Mina’s plan to rebrand Stonehill Tavern played an integral part in how Bourbon Steak’s menu would take shape. It offers a more intimate dining room in comparison to his other locations, and he infused the idea of additional tableside offerings in both the food and beverage selections. Reminiscent of our preferred London cocktail bar, a recently unveiled martini cart entices with French vermouths and custom bitters. Take the cart for a spin, customizing upon your primary spirit of smooth Ketel One vodka or fragrant NOLET’S silver gin. Your bartender will guide you through the possibilities. Although, the decision of shaken versus stirred should really be your prerogative.

In addition to these interactive possibilities, Brown clued us in to an exclusive experience reserved for Dana Point residents. Referred to as Cadillac & Caviar, the dinner package coordinates chauffeured transportation from home or work to the resort. Once present, the first of your prix-fixe quartet is served: a caviar parfait paired with Champagne for you and your dinner companion. It’s this level of bespoke service that sets Bourbon Steak apart from comparable dining destinations.

As locals inquiring about more of a daycation, we recently discovered the benefits of ResortPass. For a nominal fee, experience Miraval Life in Balance Spa amenities, the property’s dual infinity-edge whirlpools or your very own cabana (complete with dedicated host) for the day. Ocean views and warm hospitality are already part of your experience. Our favorite detail: the ability to cancel for a full refund at any time, because life happens.

Assume, but remember that questioning may get you further in life. Just ask Monarch Beach Resort and Bourbon Steak. We did.

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