i was down in the newport/laguna area last weekend and tried two very good restaurants. splashes is in the sand & surf hotel in laguna. we went for lunch and i had a steak sandwich which was very good. those with me had a caesar salad & a chicken sandwich...we all enjoyed the food. the clincher, however, is the location. incredible spot on the beach. the place is fairly informal with indoor and outdoor seating.
rothschild's caters to an older clientele. formal, upscale atmosphere...continental cuisine. i had a good lamb chop, but the best entree was the seabass. for dessert, i loved their cappucino ice cream ball covered with dark chocolate.
anyway, thought i'd share my experiences for those in the area that have been thinking about trying either of these places.