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Dining Guide for Families in Orange County

2013 Orange County Christmas Dining Guide


Enjoy the holidays spending time with those you love instead of in the kitchen this year. Orange County restaurants are offering delicious menus and fantastic take home dining options. Start making your reservations today for one of these top picks from our Orange County Christmas Dining Guide.


Sapphire Laguna (Restaurant Dining)
1200 S Coast Hwy #101
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-9888

The three-course, pre-fixe dinner will be served Tuesday, December 24th from 4:30pm to 9:00pm. The menu is priced starting at $58 excluding beverage, tax and gratuity.

Appetizer Selections
· Spanish Seafood Plate, Octopus Terrine, Potatoes, Pimentón, Tomato-Salt Cod, Raisins, Olives, Pine Nuts
· Fuyu Persimmon Salad, Green Kale & Escarole, Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese Fritter, Fennel-Sherry Dressing
· Roasted Bone Marrow, Oxtail Marmalade, Herb Salad, Grilled Baguette
· Duck Confit Agnolotti, Melted Leeks, Wild Mushroom Broth
· She-Crab Soup, Lump Blue Crab, Fresh Roe, Sherry- Bisque

Entrée Selections
· Roasted Colorado Lamb Sirloin, Artichoke-Taleggio Lasagna, Delicata Squash, Barolo Wine Sauce
· Pan-Seared Skuna Bay Salmon, Sake Braised Eggplant, Napa Cabbage Roll, Uni Emulsion
· Crispy Barramundi, Lobster & Winter Vegetable Risotto, Parsley Pistou
· Traditional Herb-Roasted Diestel Hen Turkey, Winter Fruit and Nut Stuffing, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Root Vegetables, Savory Cranberry Chutney, Pan Gravy
· Rosemary Sea Salt Prime Rib, Duck Fat Fries, Creamed Spinach, Pan Drippings

Dessert Selections
· Dark Chocolate Mousse, Crumbled Candy Cane, Vanilla Chantilly
· Laura’s Lemon Pie, Blueberry-Ginger Compote
· Almond Linzer Tranche, Raspberry Gelato


Sapphire Pantry (Take Home)
1200 S Coast Hwy #101
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-9889

For those who prefer to enjoy a gourmet meal at home, Sapphire Pantry is offering Holiday “To-Go” options. The a la carte menu includes Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib, Diestel Hen Turkey, House Smoked Salmon, Roast Colorado Rack of Lamb, and Chianti Braised Prime Short Ribs, among other items. A variety of holiday-inspired side dishes are available to complement main courses. The Pantry also offers a diverse selection of well-priced wines and beautiful cheese and charcuterie platters, as well as homemade pies and other baked desserts for your holiday gatherings.

All orders must be placed by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, and can be made by calling (949) 715-9889. Orders will be available for pick up on Tuesday, December 24.


Zov’s Bistro (Take Home)
17440 E 17th Street
Tustin, CA 92780

The best-selling cookbook author says that the prepared meals that feed up to 12 is an ideal gift in that it allows families to spend quality time together, rather than facing a hassle in the kitchen. Orders must be placed no later than Friday, December 20 and picked up at Zov’s Bistro (17440 17th Street, Tustin) by 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

The meal includes a choice of roasted aged beef prime rib with traditional au jus, rotisserie pork prime rib with sour cherry sauce or free-range Deistel roast turkey and gravy. Each meal comes complete with a salad of baby greens topped with blue cheese sprinkles and pears and tossed in a balsamic herb vinaigrette; green beans with sautéed mushrooms; glazed baby carrots; creamed corn; and freshly baked dinner rolls.

Cost is $495. To reserve a limited dinner package call (714) 838-8855 ext. 21.


Lark Creek Newport Beach
957 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-6700

To cheers to the holiday season, Lark Creek Newport Beach will offer a festive prix-fixe menu from Chef/Partner John Ledbetter on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24. Guests can enjoy a celebratory three course prix-fixe dinner featuring slow roasted pork loin with apple relish and croissant bread pudding will be available for $37 per person. For those who would like a more flexible evening, the full a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 949.640.6700.

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24

Roasted Chestnut Soup
with brandy cream and cocoa

Slow Roasted Pork Loin
with smoked bacon, potato gratin, and apple relish

Croissant Bread Pudding
with chocolate gelato


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