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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Prix-Fixe Menus in the OC for your Restaurant Week Withdrawls! 

Are you missing OC Restaurant Week already or did you not get a chance to take advantage of those fabulous prix-fixe menus? No worries! There are actually quite a few restaurants in the OC that have prix-fixe menus year round!  In fact, some of OC’s BEST restaurants offer prix-fixe lunches and dinners – what better way to try a place out!  

Here’s a breakdown of restaurants that I know of, grouped by area of the county w links included where available. 

North OC
Summit House in Fullerton - $45 for a 3 course prix-fixe dinner - ONLY on Thursdays w one of the entrée options being their famous prime rib!
Yves’ Bistro in Yorba Linda - $10 for a 2 course lunch w the first course being soup or salad BUT they give you approximately 15 options for your entrée choice.  It also includes a non-alcoholic drink to boot!

Central OC
The Winery in Tustin - $16.95 for 2 courses and $21.95 for 3 courses. Lunch only.
Capital Grille in Costa Mesa$18 for 2 course lunch from a select menu that includes 4 entree choices. 
Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa$24 spa prix fixe lunch which INCLUDES a non-alcoholic beverage and tax! Chef inspired  selection so changes every day. This one is definitely for the more adventurous foodies but you really can’t go wrong with anything they serve here!  They also offer a $45 pre-theater 3 course dinner on Tues-Sunday.
Charlie Palmer in Costa Mesa$20 for a 2 course lunch from 11:30-2:30 …selections change weekly but usually at least 2 entrée options.  CP also offers a $55 3 course pre-theater menu w 3 choices  for entrée from 5:30-6:30 only. Keep in mind that CP is closing in the near future though as they convert to a new restaurant.
Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa $25 for 3 course ‘spontane’ menu that includes at least 2 entrée options. The  menu changes weekly but is typically updated on their website promptly on Monday. This is a STEAL for the quality of food here as in IMHO this is probably the best French restaurant in Orange County. ;)
Bistango in Irvine- $22  for a 2course lunch w LOTS of entrée options or $24 for 2 course prix fixe w petite filet mignon. They also offer a $46 dinner prix-fixe w 3 courses with 2 entrée options -typically a beef and fish item.
Taco Maria in Costa Mesa $59 for four course dinner offered Wed – Sat 5:30 – 9:30PM with two choices for each course.  They also offer an option $26 wine pairing to go with the prix-fie dinner.  No lunch prix-fixe.
Mortons in Santa Ana – $25 3 course prime lunch – lots of entrée options including a ribeye steak, of couse! Mortons also consistently offers dinner prix-fixe specials like it’s current $59 2 course surf and turf going  but these appear to change seasonally. If you sign up for their emails you’ll be apprised as they come out or you can just call and ask what the current prix-fixe special is.
Old Vine Café in Costa Mesa- $23 for a 3 course lunch menu – 11-3pm, 7 days a week. There are 5 -6 options per course except for dessert which is always Grandma’s cheesecake.  Note: last time they let me pay an upcharge to upgrade to a different dessert but that may be contingent upon your waiter. ;) OVC also offers several ‘tasting’ menus fordinner that vary in price and composition (i.e. vegetarian, etc.)
Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa - $20 for 2 course lunch w 3 choices for each course. You can even add a glass of wine for $8.
Fig & Olive in Newport Beach- $28 for 3 courses lunch w 5-6 choices for each course, and 2 for dessert.  They also offer a similar dinner prix-fix for $38.
Orange Hill in Orange3 course prix fixe dinner $40-$49 depending on which entrée you order.
Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar - $28 for a 3 course lunch menu w several options for each course. 

South OC
Broadway – On Mondays nights only, Broadway offers $39 for a 3 course prix-fixe w two options for each course. It changes weekly so best to either call or check the website for that week’s menu.
Savannah Chop House - $20 for 3 course dinner with lots of choices for each course.  It’s available all evening Sun –Thursday and between 5-6:30 only on Friday & Saturday nights.  

Keep in mind most prix-fixe menus offer no substitutions so they may not work for those of you on special diets (sorry my paleo and gluten-free friends!), and many are only available during specific time frames, noted above when known.  As with any specials, it’s always best to confirm the prix-fixe meals are still available when you call to make a reservation.

I'm sure there are plenty more I haven't discovered and if you know of any you'd like me to add to the list feel free to email me! Happy prix-fixing! 

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