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Orange County restaurants with views

Heather | Oct 31, 2001 01:39 PM

My parents are extremely difficult to shop for, retired (i.e. my Dad doesn't take my Mom out enough anymore) and they love great food.

This Christmas I want to do something unconventional and buy them gift certificates for dinner at several restaurants that they've never tried. My Dad loves ocean views, marina views, anything worth looking at, really--but I don't want to sacrifice quality of food for view!

They like anything, but are getting a little sick and tired of Thai and Chinese. They live in Irvine near Newport Coast Drive. Please suggest anything worthwhile within 20 miles-ish.

Thanks in advance, chowhounds!

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