The Missus and I are in the process of adopting a child, and are meeting some other similarly situated couples for dinner this Saturday evening. Some of these good folks live in OC, so we are trying to find a suitable place that's reasonably convenient from both LA and OC. Unfortunately, this is not a part of SoCal with which I am familiar, and so (as always) I turn to you all.
In addition to geography (i.e., midway between LA and OC), we would like:
(a) good food, but nothing too exotic since we don't know tastes/tolerances yet
(b) we need to be able to carry on a reasonably private conversation, so no place too loud or crowded,
(c) it needs to be moderate in price and fanciness, and
(d) we need to be able to get a reservation with only a few days notice, because I'm a clod and waited until the last minute to post this inquiry.
Having written all this out, it occurs to me that this may well be the most challenging, constraint-ridden request I've ever posted, and I gratefully await your suggestions. TIA hounds.