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ISO rec for casual-fancy seafood in Irvine/Newport Beach area

Joy | May 24, 200608:53 PM

Just found out that I'm taking a "big wig" out to dinner when he's in town next week. I've never met him: Must Make Good Impression. I'm going to offer him some restaurant options by email and hopefully make reservations ahead of time (for next Tues). I'd like to offer at least one place with great fresh fish, ocean view nice but optional, close to Irvine not optional.

The ideal place would give the impression of being casual -- relaxing, no danger that he'd feel underdressed or not hip enough -- but actually has fabulous food and service and is expensive enough to justify using the company expense account. I'm thinking: The Cannery in Newport Beach, but I've never been and don't want to guess wrong. Any ideas?

Any advice is MUCH appreciated, thank you!

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