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Fine-dining Recs. for Dana Point/Aviara

Bill Hunt | Jun 1, 200806:39 PM

We’re going to be attending a series of meetings at the Four Seasons Aviara, Dana Point, next month. It appears that we’ll have 2-3 nights on our own, with the rest being events. We’re looking for fine-dining experiences. As we always enjoy wine with our meals, we’re not looking to drive all that much.

From a search on this board, I’ve picked up on Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern, and not that much more nearby. Most posts were on inexpensive food for families, cheap-eats, etc.. I did see that Aviara has the Argyle Steakhouse, however I did not find it on CH. Maybe the name has been changed, as is often the way with resorts. Also, we’ve had pretty good results with Four Seasons properties fine-dining, though it has not been 100%. Also, we are less steakhouse patrons, than serious, chef-driven restaurants offering other culinary motifs. It’s not that we do not love beef, but “steakhouses,” have sprung up, like mushrooms after a rain, and I’ve found little to differentiate one, from the other.

Questions: is Stonehill Tavern still doing good things? Has anyone dined at the Argyle Steakhouse? Is it worth the evening? In case we need another/additional choice, is there anything near, that we should look into?

Price is not an object, though I do not enjoy throwing $’s away, if the restaurant is not worth it. Just got back from London with Joël Robuchon and Gordon Ramsey, so I think I have been immunized against sticker shock (had my booster shots while in Las Vegas last week) Also, for recs, really good wine lists are a major plus, as are chef’s tasting menus.

Thanks for your thoughts,


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