La Cave
La Cave

La Cave

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacaverestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9496467944x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Orozco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: La Cave features an Underground Lounge after 10:00pm six nights a week. Enjoy a variety of free entertainment options, from Sinatra night on Mondays, College Wednesdays, Karaoke Thursdays and dancing and DJs on Friday and Saturday night!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 17th St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from La Cave
Delicious, juicy grilled steaks, Australian Cold Water Lobster, Giant Crab Legs dipped in butter, Fresh Halibut and Swordfish await you at this hip 1960’s retro underground steakhouse. Voted a top 10 privately owned steakhouse in Southern California by Channel 9 “On The Town”!

Best martini’s in the OC according to OC Weekly and a great drink and fine wine selection are available for you! The late evening provides dancing and lounging in the famous Underground Lounge. Do not miss a 51-year piece of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa History! We specialize in small parties and groups. Walk-ins always welcome. Visit our website at www.lacaverestaurant.com
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La Cave reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)romantic (6)special occasion (5)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (3)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • La Cave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Classic. Probably my favorite restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time in The Cellar
    mrkoffee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've been wanting to check out this classic steakhouse ever since I lived down the street 15 years ago, and just never got around to it till now. What a treat to take the elevator down to the basement where folks first started having cocktails and dinner when JFK was president. My only minor gripe was that the prices of the meals weren't written down (though they were for drinks and wine), and of course you're embarrassed to ask, since it definitely feels like "if you have to ask, you can't afford it." For the record, our two perfectly-cooked filets, complete with the delicious twice-baked potatoes and salads, came to about $78. $127 with drinks, wine and tax. So not as steep as it could have been. We'll definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Web Site Deceiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The web site advertises a Full Course Dinner, three choices for $27.95 Monday - Friday. We were there on Monday and the waitress said the special on Monday was prime rib, the special we asked about (per web site) is Tues - Thurs. We showed her the web site on our phone and she said they would honor that price. The food was good but they need to change that advertising. We were never asked if we wanted to order another drink, I think she was annoyed with us!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 130 reviews are from the La Cave reviews archive.
  • Not what it used to be.
    steve
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Looks like another old time restaurant going down hill. Place was mostly empty on a Saturday night, which should have tipped me off. The food was ok but not great and not worth the money. The only reason I went is that my Sweetie likes the place, otherwise I would never go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Cave took a serious nosedive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Last time I went here was about 5 years ago and it was great. Excellent steaks and service in an interesting setting. This time, the steaks were terrible. My husband, who is the ultimate carnivore actually said it was the worst steak he's ever had. Service was mediocre. I don't mind spending a lot of money in dinner, but it better be good. La Cave was a complete waste and disappointment. Too bad, because this is one of the last "Old Newport" spots and was always good for a dose of nostalgia.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grat seafood and Steak combo
    Reggie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    we like to order seafood appetizer (marinated shrimp with mushrooms), and a nice steak!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big b-day
    BigBday
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food - good Service - fine Wait - understandable Cost - reasonable Sound - too loud to talk Pace - way too fast
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    No menus, no foodie central here. Just the real deal steak and seafood. Great service. Wine list a small but well priced. Great dark neighborhood tuck and roll steakhouse. They don't call it La Cave for nothing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High School Reunion
    Chuck
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Very impressed with the Open Table reservation system. Our table was ready at the requested time, even though our party did not entirely show up until 45 minutes later. The server was attentive and offering us drinks from the bar while we waited. The food was delivered quickly and efficiently, even thought there was was a private party of 45 in attendance. As always, the food was grilled to perfection. We did not stick around for dessert, but I am sure it would have been just as good as the main entree.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip/Old School Vib
    Dezignqueen
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Table for 5 was small but manageable. Not good for parties larger than 4, but I loved the food, carrot cake to die for. Overall, good experience. Good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice romantic atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very nice quiet and romantic restaurant we would love to go again only thing didnt like was that they sat us to close to another couple
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dark like a cave
    bobby
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    food & service was very good, BUT way too dark. Could hardly read the wine list, and waitress had to use a flashlight.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have lived in OC a long time
    stacy
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Have lived in OC a long time and have always wanted to try La Cave..totally disappointed! Shrimp cocktail was great, salad was incredibly bad, twice baked potatoes overdone, 3 couples, 19 year old waitress, 20 % gratuity=never going back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite places
    RobertBP6
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We found La Cave a few years back and eat there any chance we get and delight in bringing first time or out of town visitors. The people treat you like you are their only customers and it is evident in the returning customers you see on every visit. Truly an A+ experience. My favorite is the swordfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service, No Menu, No Prices
    NetEmpire
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    La Cave does not offer a menu, but rather rolls a cart with all of the offerings for the evening. Beware, there are no food prices provided in writing or orally. The wine list did provide pricing, which for finer dinning was reasonable, thus the assumption was made that the food would be equally reasonable. There was a sort of sticker shock, $597 for a party of 6. I think the most annoying aspect of our La Cave evening was that the service was sub-par. We had to continually ask for water and ice tea refills, garlic bread (which was much smaller slices than remembered) napkins, etc., etc. I will say that our waitress was very good when she was available, I'd give her 4 stars.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place
    Scott
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I like how the restaurant is in a basement, fitting the name La Cave. The environment is very romantic and relaxed. Cocktails are pretty good. I had the filet mignon and lobster tail combo and both were really juicy and tender. I would recommend this place. The price is okay, a little bit on the expensive side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Menu
    oreo
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The food was VERY good but I was a little put off by the fact that they don't have menus so you have no idea of pricing. I am on a budget and make my choices accordingly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    The food was so great! The steak melted in my mouth and the crab legs were excellent. Very cozy atmosphere. Nice waitress who was very helpful with taking our groups picture!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG
    bobcVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Great steaks, cooked to PERFECTION. Perfectly grilled to your liking. Charred medium rare was probably done the best ever for me. Diet, cleanse, or starve yourself first but don't scrimp on what you order, make it a feast. Also great music for all ages, pick your night for your type of entertainment. The BEST in great casual dining. Almost forgot, Huge king crab legs and lobster the shrimp dish is a great appetizer
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    I enjoyed my dining experience at La Cave. I got the filet and half lobster with stuffed potato and I ate the entire entree because I liked it. The bartenders make a great drink, one of the best martinis I have had. The atmosphere was just like the show Mad Men. I felt like I was going back in time. Our waiter was Christopher and he was really helpful and knowledgable about suggesting what to get for drinks and food. All over great place and I will be dining there again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We had 6:30 reservations and arrived at 6:30. As soon as we sat down our waitress wanted our drink order, and to take our dinner order. By 7:05 she had delivered drinks, salads and the main course. We were out of there at 7:30. Focus was on turning the table, not allowing us to enjoy our night out. I've had more leisurely meals at Mimi's Cafe.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Potato>mushrooms>steak>lobster tail
    Underwhelm
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    First of all the service was excellent, no doubt about it for birthday party of 9. The feel was just what we were looking for, dim lighting, underground with old school vibes traveling back in time. Sinatra night on Monday was excellent. The steak on the other hand was just ok, nearly burnt and overcooked. How do you burn a steak that was ordered medium rare? I thought it was just mine so I didn't mind holding my tongue for the sake of keeping the party going. Until after we finished, multiple others had the same thoughts on the steak. Also, the lobster was poorly cooked to the point where it was almost like chewing rubber. The twice baked potatoes and mushrooms were delicious and the only thing I'd go back for besides drinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underground fun
    Winendine89
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    La Cave was an interesting place to say the least. Classic 1940s, New York style underground restaurant feel. (considering I'm young, I'm going based off movies) My opinion of the food was that it was good, although feel as though I could get better and fresher for cheaper. Bar scene is very nice and would have preferred to make it a drink night. Last note, I would have preferred better service. We were never asked if we wanted refills and service was unpleasant. Might rethink coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy
    takaime
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    We took my son to dinner for his 13th birthday and we had a great time. Food was perfect and the service was spot on. Chef Roberto's food was cooked to perfection. Thanks La Cave for making our evening special!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food this time around.
    Matt
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Decent food this time around. Way too loud. Would have rather spent another 20-30 to go to Mortons, Flemings or Ruth's Chris.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Curb Appeal=0 Steak=10
    PhillyGalVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Walking into this place is really bad. There are large ashtrays lined up against the wall to the elevator and the place stinks but once you get downstairs to "the cave" it actually is a cave. The shrimp cocktail sauce is great but the shrimp are very "wet" and without a lot of flavor. I must say though, that the filet was absolutely fabulous - cooked to perfection and such outstanding flavor. The meal comes with a baked potato and a salad. I ordered the broccoli which was also very good. The prices are reasonable for the quality of food. The small filet was around $25
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, service and experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    Food, service and experience over all was all a very nice evening. We were at La Cave celabrating our aniversary the waitress gave us a very good complimentary desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The steak medallions were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    The steak medallions were amazing - highly recommended! I also got the side of mushrooms that were also wonderful. The garlic bread was awful though, I wouldn't waste the cards on it. The lighting and ambiance would be excellent for a date. I am hoping to go back on one of the jazz nights.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved La Cave! The food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Loved La Cave! The food was delicious (try the Swordfish!!) and the ambiance was amazing. Perfect for a special date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even after coming here for
    nieuport17VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Even after coming here for almost 45 years, this place is great. Always has been.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The staff did not know about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    The staff did not know about the Costa Mesa restaurant week deal going on. The food was okay. We got the filet medallions with a mushroom sauce, soup and a twice baked potato. Also had one chocolate cake to share which I thought we would get our own. The server said one per table and didnt realize the cake was part of the Costa Mesa restaurant week deal. He thought he was giving us a free cake. Overall it's okay. We won't be coming back here. The walk way down to the underground restaurant smelled like number 1.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La Cave provides an a menu,
    RobertBP6
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    La Cave provides an a menu, service, & atmosphere that will continue to draw you back time after time. I never tire of our visits and always look forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Problem !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    I enjoyed the restaurant the food was good and the service was outstanding. The only concern I had was with the Open Table Reservation Service. My wife and I were celebrating our 24th anniversary. I ordered flowers from your website to be delivered to the restaurant and they never arrived. The florist and the restaurant both confirmed the flowers were ordered. I did receive a very nice call from the restaurant manager apologizing and offering a free dinner. I realize that it was not the fault of the restaurant, but they went out of their way to remedy the situation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wasn't for me.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    It wasn't quite what we expected from the pictures and the food was okay. The menu isn't very flexible to people with special diets. Also we thought we would be listening to live music during dinner but this was upstairs in another room.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good. They do
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    The food was good. They do tend to overcook their meats. The double baked potato did not wow us. Nice ambiance, but it was a bit warm and loud. Maitre d' called to confirm a birthday dinner, but nothing was acknowledged when we got there. After we received the check, we had to pack our own left overs and pour our own wine. Something different from other restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not go to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Do not go to this restaurant for the food. You select your protein -- fish or beef -- from a selection of raw samples of what is available, from a cart that is brought to your table. There are no indications of how it will be prepared or what the price is. The meal starts with a bread basket filled with white sandwich bread that they turn into soggy garlic bread. I have heard that it is a fun place after 10:00 pm, but we were long gone by then. And the wine list.....very similar to the selection you would find on the bottom shelf of the grocery store.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a old-fashioned steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    This is a old-fashioned steak type place with a great low-lit romantic atmosphere. Great for couples or steak connoisseurs. Food was extremely delicious ad came out right away. The bar tender was experienced and our cocktails were perfect. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • went for a birthday celebration.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    went for a birthday celebration. food was excellent, Phil shane made the evening fantastic! Loved La Cave!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our server was Christine,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Our server was Christine, she was sweet, professional and incredibly attentive. All of the staff was helpful and courteous. We were seated in an excellent location. Food was amazing and so was the experience! Simone
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well known local landmark,
    Laguna141VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Well known local landmark, but really tired and in need of a real update that could preserve the 1960's vibe, but in a more vibrant way. Glad I went, won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate