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Stonehill Tavern
Stonehill Tavern

Stonehill Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/stoc.php
  • Phone: (949) 234-3318
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Raj Dixit
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Stonehill Tavern offers modern American tavern fare highlighting seasonal product from California’s finest farmers, ranchers and fishermen.

    A diverse selection of 500 wines is available as well as a variety of hand-crafted, seasonal cocktails.

    The beautiful space is ideal for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and birthday parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Jacqueline Dotti (949) 234-3318
  • Special Events & Promotions: Stonehill Tavern can accommodate your party, large or small and can host special events for either lunch or dinner. The restaurant is available to reserve in its entirety or in our private dining room.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from Stonehill Tavern
Restaurant Description At Stonehill Tavern, Bon Appetit’s 2005 Chef of the Year Michael Mina offers modern tavern fare highlighting seasonal product from California’s finest farmers, ranchers and fishermen. The warm and inviting setting, created by world-renowned designer Tony Chi, features a comfortable bar with intimate booth seating, a handsomely appointed dining room, terrace tables perfect for enjoying a Pacific Ocean sunset and private dining with its own fireplace.

Los Angeles Times restaurant critic, Irene Virbila, gave Stonehill Tavern three stars.

Check out what the media is saying about us (http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/life/food/dining/article_1109746.php)
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went to dinner and a aited 20 minutes just to give our drink order. The main courses came out 15 minutes apart and we were not even given the side dish we ordered because the waitress forgot. Service seemed uninvolved and uninterested. Ambience and the food were good, but the service was so disappointing that next time I will go to Mastros or the Montage."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The entire experience was truly outstanding. The food was creatively prepared and delicious. We were also given a few additional surprise items."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Very, Very, very noisy! Food service was very slow.The captain came to our table and apologized for the kitchen. We received a lobster pot pie while we waited. We like cold white wine. The ice bucket was remote so we had to ask for refills (three times)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Dined there on several previous occasions, this time total disappointment . Food was " precious" over thought/overworked and basically bland ."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was good, but slow - almost 4 hours for dinner! Mixed bad of patrons - tee shirts to sport coats."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had dinner here 2 nights ago with a pal I haven't seen in a while. We ate on the patio overlooking the grounds, pool, & ocean. It was lovely. The service from the entire staff was perfect & very gracious. We shared a kale Caesar salad which was delicious & the Jidori chicken for 2 which is carved table side & served with the best truffle mac & cheese. So scrumptious. We were seated for more than 3 hours chatting & not once were we rushed. The server even gave us each a little tin of spice that was used on the chicken to take home. I would highly recommend Stonehill Tavern & am looking forward to dining there again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "great wine list, expensive but as expected for 5 star hotel. food is good but not AMAZING lamb was really good but filet was average, tuna tartar was ok, hamachi app was ok but nothing to write home about. if you want a relatively elegant dinner experience in Laguna/Dana point this isn't a bad place to do it. staff is very friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "When you're charging $300+++ for a meal for two, would it be too much to provide bathrooms--not just send your diners out in the hotel corridors to maneuver at least three corners?????"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My fiancé and I another couple went to dinner at Stonehill Tavern with great excitement. We have eaten at many excellent restaurants in many cities/countries and cook a lot so the opportunity to eat at such a highly rated restsurant was much anticipated. Unfortunately, it was basically a disaster. It took TWO hours to receive our appetizers. No one came to apologize or to tell us the status. I had to flag the waiter down. When the food finally came it was decidedly mediocre, with my fiance's pork special of the evening literally inedible. Having already been there 2.5 hours we didn't bother to send it back. They gave up free desserts but that really didn't make up for lack of service and quality. I'm sorry to have to write this review."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Stonehill and it was just as amazing as the first! This time, my husband and I were celebrating our birthdays. It was a nice, warm day so we agreed to sit on the balcony outside. The view was beautiful and we felt like we had the entire patio to ourselves. Everything from the salad to the main course and sides were amazing. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the squash blossoms were so flavorful and unique. The wine list was impressive and we enjoyed a fantastic bottle. We ordered a dessert to split but they also gave us each a complimentary little dessert for our birthdays. The service is extremely high class and you feel it from the moment you call for a reservation until the moment you leave."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We visited this restaurant while staying at the St Regis. The location is beautiful, with spectacular views of the Pacific. The Chef, Michael Mina is well respected, and indeed there was a book of his recipes in our suite. However, the execution of the meals we were served was not spectacular, and the appetizers were considerably over priced for what they were. We had stayed at a St Regis in Puerto Rico and there is a restaurant there run by noted chef Jean-Georges, and everything we ate there over several days was remarkable. The food we had at the Stonehill Tavern was very good, but simply not remarkable. The service was also very slow. In summary, the meal was good, however not worth the time or money invested."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Wonderful experience from start to finish! Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was impeccable, and beyond my expectations! the service was more than excellent! I can't wait to return to the St Regis, Monarch Beach and savor every bite again! Bravo to Chef Michael Mina!!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Went to Stonehill for our anniversary --- short ribs, tuna tartar, and black cod were outstanding... excellent top notch service."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went for my 40th birthday. Food was spectacular! The lobster in the pot pie was so tender and delicious. We started with cocktails that were excellent. I had the Moscow Mule. Yum! Wine was great. Claude wAs our waiter. He provided outstanding service. Lovely evening! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I've had the pleasure of dining at ten different Michael Mina restaurants over the years and the Stonehill Tavern rates as one of his crown jewels. An elegant room with high ceiling and excellent table separate allows very good table conversation. The menu contains several Michael Mina standards that fans will appreciate along with innovative dishes crafted using locally produced items. The wine list reads like a novel with appropriate concentration on California wines. An extremely well stock bar mixing both old cocktails and new inventive ones. As expected at a restaurant of this status, the wait staff is highly trained, knowledgeable and efficient. If possible ask to be served by Claude. A world class waiter who could work in any house."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "we had reservations for 4 for the Stonehill Tavern- Our drinks and wine took 45 minutes until we were served. The wine presentation was very poor. Our Anniversary Dinner was ruined because of the poor service."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "There were four of us for dinner and the service and food were excellent. We had a table near the kitchen door which was not ideal and i would recommend requesting a booth when booking as these were mush nicer. Our waiter was awesome - Claude / Garcon - professional, dry wit and very knowledgeable. Overall a great dinner and i would recommend the restaurant. Try the fried chicken with the truffle mac and cheese and request the kale chips as an on the table snack pre meal - delicious..."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We've dined several times at Stonehill and reserve it for special occasions. This time around we tried the tasting menu which was very good. The portions are tiny and the prices high so with a bottle or two of good wine from the extensive wine list you can easily spend $400. The service was above average, but very uneven. It took over 2 1/2 hours for the dinner service and the restaurant was not crowded and we were the first guests at 5:30 pm."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our meal was very nice but the service was better. Our waiter was excellent and allowed our conversation to flow while picking his moments to address the table. The meal was very good and we enjoyed the chef samplings we were presented with. It is a tad bit on the expensive side but the experience was worth it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife had the scallops which were tender and delicious. I had the filet (medium rare of course) and it was exceptional. Together with some starters (lovely salad and pumpkin ravioli), a nice bottle of wine, and some side dishes of vegetables (mushrooms and squash), the meal was extraordinary. The waiter's attention to detail was above average. He brought us some complimentary soup made by the chef prior to our starter, as well as some complimentary deserts for our anniversary, although I still ordered the warm chocolate mousse! Our only complaint would be the prices are extremely high for the quantity of food that is served. All portions are tiny. Extremely small and less than what we would expect from a steak/seafood house."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We've been going there for special occasions for about 6 years. Note: There is only a view out the windows BEFORE sunset. Booths by the bar (no view) are cozy and romantic. Food is mostly local, with good fish and vegetables. Meat is over-priced, even for a $$$$ restaurant. Wine list is extensive and expensive. Service is excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I brought my Mom to Stonehill Tavern for her birthday. She lives nearby and it is her favorite special-occasion restaurant. They always treat us so well, lavishing attention and special samplings of their incredible creations upon us. Metro has always been our waiter, and he has a talent of making us feel extra special and appreciated. Add to that feeling the incredible food (we both had the Black Cod- excellent), and it truly is a spectacular event. They even brought us a few birthday desserts- wow! We were totally spoiled, and I think my Mom will remember it always. Thanks to Stonehill and Metro for a truly wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Excellent dinning experience all around. Bit disappointed not have the bottle of wine ordered from the menu, Gary Farrell. Tried to up sell, but did not offer at the same price point, not good business. Dessert order was forgotten at the end and timing fell short at the end also, while not very busy at all??? Over all great experience and cuisine. We will more than likely return to this beautiful property. Merci,"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Just an amazing meal. The food presentation was perfect. My wife had the filet and I had the bone in rib-eye. They both had amazing flavors, charred nicely with seasoning that enhanced the meat's flavor. If I had to be uber critical, the filet was cooked medium towards the edges, instead of medium-rare the whole way through. The tuna tartare was great as usual, its one of the staple appetizers. They prepare it at your table and you see all of the fresh ingredients. The small chef appetizers they brought us were perfectly sized, unique and a great surprise for the meal. We were starting to think we would not have room for the steaks since there was so many. All in all, it is one of our favorite restaurants. Great experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The setting, with windows overlooking the St. Regis Hotel's expansive garden, couldn't be more dramatic. I'd definitely opt for an early dinner to enjoy the light. The service was also excellent; our server, Greg, was pleasant, efficient, non-intrusive, but personable. Food was good. We had Miso sablefish and the lobster pot pie along with a side of fried shisito peppers. We also had a konpachi appetizer. The sashimi portion was on the skimpy side. The miso cod was similar to what you'd get from an izakaya, along with an ordinary udon. The lobster pot pie was richly flavorful and had a wonderful presentation, but the lobster tail was a bit overdone and the crust was lost under the sauce. I'd have loved to see a pâte levée feuilletée crust."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food at Stonehill Tavern is some of the best. Ingredients are always a cut above what you find elsewhere. Tuna tar-tar with truffle and jalapeno oils is wonderful. St. Pierre fish was a bit salty, but very good when combined with the brussel sprouts and/or parsley root puree that accompanied it. Service was slow this time. Took us three hours to complete a simple three courses. But I still love the food and ambiance. It is Michael Mina at his best."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went there the day before Valentine Day and it was absolutely incredible experience. The food was superb along with the service. Special occasions a must!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "second visit here and again the food didn't disappoint. drinks are extremely pricey"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Hi All, So the service was 5 star for sure. They use your name and treat you like you tip $100 for water. This is even before you sit down. The tables are set perfect, so you can see the sunset from almost any angle. The food was devine. My wife and I had 2 dishes that words will never do them justice. The Lobster Pot Pie was perfect. THe meat felt like it was boiled in butter. The pastry crust was light and melted in your mouth. you wanted more with every bite. The Butcher cut this night was so good, I had to take a moment. The meat was so rich in flavor you have had sit back and feel eat bite. If you eat this to fast you would be short changing your self and your taste buds. I will go back as soon as I can afford to... $330 on dinner"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Stonehill Tavern is a great place to eat dinner. The menu is unique and the food is simply outstanding. I had the black cod which reminded me of eating in Asia. My wife had the lobster pie and it is always good. You will not be disappointed at this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Was. Busy night and the staff was amazing funny and energetic-will definitely be back soon!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the atmosphere and the well made cocktails, but the entrees were small and overpriced. The kale caesar salad that we split was mediocre served with warm dressing. My wife's sea bass was cooked well, but served with tasteless noodles in a strange broth. My filet was cooked perfectly, but it was small and came cut up. My steal was served with small portion sides. I would have ordered more food if I knew it was a tasting portion. We did appreciate the service as well as the complimentary appetizer, but the overall cost was not in line with the offering."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in OC hands down! The food was amazing and the service was spectacular! We're looking forward to coming back soon!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We didn't think anything other than Mina's flagship in San Francisco would be amazing. We were wrong. This is in a five diamond hotel, for starters. Then add a top notch wine list-even those by the glass-and a smart, comfortable setting. The food was perfectly prepared and our server left us wanting nothing. Make sure to try the lobster pot pie."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I have been going here for years, but in the last year the restaurant has become one of the best in southern California. GM David, Chef Raj and the Sommelier Paul have all taken the Stone Hill Tavern to the next level. I highly recommend this restaurant !"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Dining room is long and narrow, with tables close together. Food was good but not exceptional, especially considering the high price point. Service good and very knowledgeable, but not quite attentive enough. We prefer Studio at the Montage. At same price point you get far better ambiance, exceptional food and attentive service. Overall just OK."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Stonehill Tavern delivered on all fronts and exceeded in most. The food was delicious. Tuna Tartare could have been a little less busy because the perfect quality of the fish was so noteworthy, but still tasty. The Trofie Pasta, The Pork tenderloin, exceptional. An array of deserts, even more so. The service lovely and personal. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Rare to find this level of service and food in Orange County. Chef Raj Dixit is very creative with his amuses and constantly changing seasonal menu. Amazing wine list and great service. Note: use the free valet service at the hotel entrance when you come to the restaurant. My own complaint is that they're not open for lunch!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We had an excellent meal with attentive service. This was not my first visit to Stonehill Tavern although it was the first time I ordered the Jidori Chicken. I do not usually order chicken in a restaurant but my daughter kept telling me how good it was so I had to try it. It truly was outstanding, moist and tender, accompanied by truffled macaroni and cheese, and broccoli. I will definitely return to order this wonderful comfort food again. The black cod was also very good. My only complaint was the noise level was rather high, probably because we were seated by a table of six women that increased their volume with each round of drinks. Nevertheless, it was a most enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 12/20/2013