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  • Review Count
    8
  • Helpfulness Votes
    2
  • First Review
    December 31, 2013
  • Last Review
    April 23, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4.3
 
 
Joannaj's Reviews
 
Dining at Red O is an experience like no other
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Excellent buffet brunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/20/2014
 2006
Dined on 4/20/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We dined here for the first time at brunch on Easter. The food was excellent. Made to order chilaquiles, huevos rancheros as well as fresh guacamole. Our server was friendly and attentive. The desserts were homemade ice cream with various toppings. We were told they switch flavors. Sunday's was coconut. The sangria had tons of flavor and fresh fruit. We look forward to celebrating another occasion here soon."
Dined on 4/20/2014
 2006
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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The legendary culinary vision of Roy Yamaguchi can be enjoyed right here in Newport Beach. At Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, our menu features the finest seafood with a focus on delicacies from the oceans around Hawaii. Each creation is a fusion of flavors found in our freshest local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices and served with the spirit of Aloha, creating a dining experience that leaves you feeling like you’ve found paradise. The Newport Beach restaurant is located in Fashion Island, South Orange County's premier shopping center, and features an exhibition kitchen, Chef’s Counter, spacious dining room and three private dining rooms. Chef Edgar Agbayani brings imagination and artistry to the plate every night. Educated at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and through years of tutelage by Chef Roy, he brings refreshed inspiration to the kitchen of Roy's Newport Beach. It is our pleasure to welcome you into our Ohana and we look forward to serving you.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great service and food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/19/2014
 2006
Dined on 4/19/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Haven't been to this location in many years. Went to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday. Our waiter Anders was amazing. Brought a complimentary appetizer to the table as well as made sure to know our kids' names for special dessert plates at the end of their meals. The calamari was flavorful and had a great spice to it. The t none steak and Mac and cheese were some of the best around. The braised Hawaiian short ribs were tender and seasoned perfectly. Don't miss the hand crafted soufflés for dessert. Will come back here again soon!"
Dined on 4/19/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar was established in 2005 and has quickly become one of Orange County’s premiere dining establishments. Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants, Hanna's Executive Chef, Sean Reynolds offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with classic, traditional flair. Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance. From our friendly bartenders, vibrant ambiance, outgoing wait staff, and incredible menu, our guests are always embraced in a comforting fashion. And on any given night you can always find owner David Hanna mingling among guests and ensuring that every detail of their experience at Hanna’s is nothing short of extraordinary.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lunch menu is great and varied
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/07/2014
 2008
Dined on 03/07/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Lunch menu is nice but still pricey for mid day mid day meal. Food was hot and fresh. Especially the edamame a favorite at this restaurant. Service was just ok. It was friendly but table service was slow. Especially for the lunch hour."
Dined on 03/07/2014
 2008
Special Features: fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar was established in 2005 and has quickly become one of Orange County’s premiere dining establishments. Named one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants, Hanna's Executive Chef, Sean Reynolds offers modern American Steakhouse cuisine prepared with classic, traditional flair. Our appetite for an exceptional dining experience is rooted deep in our passion for extraordinary culinary creations and exemplified in our award-wining service and ambiance. From our friendly bartenders, vibrant ambiance, outgoing wait staff, and incredible menu, our guests are always embraced in a comforting fashion. And on any given night you can always find owner David Hanna mingling among guests and ensuring that every detail of their experience at Hanna’s is nothing short of extraordinary.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent quality steak
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/24/2014
 2008
Dined on 02/24/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food was very good. Steak appetizer and edamame appetizer 2 of the best dishes I have had anywhere. Their sour dough bread is not to be missed. Excellent cocktail selection. Mondays are 1/2 price vodka which makes it even more affordable. Staff and service very friendly and accommodating."
Dined on 02/24/2014
 2008
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Dining at Red O is an experience like no other
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Upscale Mexican Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/23/2014
 2008
Dined on 02/23/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Overall food and service were very good. Went for brunch. Didn't realize only the Los Angeles location serves a brunch menu. A bit disappointed. The quesos (both chorizo and mushroom) were the best things on the menu. The churros for dessert were also very good. Pricey but would go back again for a special occasion."
Dined on 02/23/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Mastro's collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Seafood extravaganza
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/16/2014
 2008
Dined on 02/16/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Took a family member to celebrate her birthday here. It was her first time. Service was just ok. Took a long time to order a cocktail and then get them. Some of the food items ordered were never delivered. Seafood entrees were very good especially the shrimp appetizer. The steak was good but not great. Think that Mastro's steak house still does the steak better. Would eat here again but very expensive and would hope service would be better."
Dined on 02/16/2014
 2008
Special Features: fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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Monstera is a hip, casual, moderately priced restaurant providing great food, service, ambiance and value. We are more than a typical sushi restaurant--we have included menu items of Noodle Houses and Izakayas (Japanese Pubs of Japan) to offer you a selection of dishes never seen before on the Big Island. Our philosophy is smile in, smile out. We want you to feel welcome with our gracious local-style hospitality and enjoy great food at a great price in this beautiful location. We hope this will be a stopping point for those traveling along the coast or after visiting a nearby beach. <br><br>Named after a non-native, mysterious plant found in Hawaii, Monstera offers a wide selection of items, including sizzling platters and drinks in a casual, yet hip, atmosphere. Here, guests can sit in crocodile print booths under soft lighting and listen to familiar tunes or dine alfresco. Monstera is owned and operated by Big Island residents Norio Yamamoto and Wes Monty.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great sushi and other Japanese food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/03/2014
 2008
Dined on 01/03/2014
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was our first time at monstera. We will definitely be back. Everything was so fresh and delicious. Some of the best spider rolls and sashimi we have ever had. The tempura and udon noodles were also flavorful and not greasy at all. The service was quick. They can handle large parties. The selection of beer and wine is also very good. The desserts you can skip. Otherwise. A great great experience."
Dined on 01/03/2014
 2008
Special Features: fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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"The best of Hawaii's hidden treasures," claim food critics and locals alike. The menu features fresh local seafood, exotic pizzas, colorful eclectic salads and Asian inspired pastas and risottos. <p>The harbor settings, rich in Hawai'ian history, provide a backdrop of authenticity and charm to the award-winning restaurant. Visit the stone temple Heiau of Kawaihae harbor to view the ancient shark deities on their sunset vigils.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Cafe Pesto is delicious
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/29/2013
 2008
Dined on 12/29/2013
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We enjoyed a lovely dinner. Our server was very good and friendly. The seafood risotto was a good sized portion and full of flavor. The kid's pasta with pua sausage was very tasty. The classic pepperoni pizza is a good size with plenty of toppings. The dessert is one of our favorites. If you like coconut, the coconut tart is a must. We return here annually when visiting the island of Hawaii. Our only complaint would be the restaurant is VERY loud so don't go here expecting to hear a conversation. However the loudness definitely makes it kid friendly."
Dined on 12/29/2013
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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