Stonehill Tavern
Stonehill Tavern

Stonehill Tavern

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/stoc.php
  • Phone: 9492343318
  • 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: American, Contemporary 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 9492343318
  • Special Events: 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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Stonehill Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (21)scenic view (20)romantic (20)great for outdoor dining (12)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (7)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been dining in Stonehill Tavern many times and many years, and have wonderful experience. Manager David is friendly and accommodating. Food is always good with all nice people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've been here several times and have always had a good time/meal. Both my wife and I were very happy with our food this time around, but service was definitely slower. Granted, it was 8:30 on a Sat. night but even factoring that in, we both felt it was slower than usual. In hindsight, we should have ordered an extra glass of wine to pass the time, but we didn't realize food was going to take this long to come out. So, we ended up just chatting, would have been nice to chat over some wine, while we waited for our apps and entrees to come out. We thought they would bring our wine well before our food arrived so we held back on ordering more wine. The wine showed up just before the food. Wine by the glass menu was underwhelming as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Booths a must...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was excellent. It has a beautiful view but the space incorporating that view can be very loud. Booths are definitely recommended...staff was excellent as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointment
    MSMSI
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been dining at Stonehill Tavern occasionally for few years. We loved the food and the service then that's why it was one of our to go to list. I felt that the service yesterday was not at par with "Michael Mina" name. The server forgot my appetizer, did not even noticed that it was not served until I called her attention. The food quality is declining. My husband's salad was not fresh "not Michael Mina" quality. The bread had too much butter. There is definitely decline in the quality of the restaurant overall.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    jea234VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    everything about the restaurant was wonderful! the food, service and view all stand out. i would go back anytime i'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Irwin6
    SteveI
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was our second visit to Stonehill (after LOVING our first visit). On this visit, we were celebrating our anniversary. We were put on the patio and from the moment we sat down, rarely were taken care of. We did get to order one cocktail (not to be asked if we wanted another one). We ordered our food and it took sooooo long to get it and they didn't even know which one of us order which meal when they brought it. Our waiter never came to check if everything was ok, if we wanted another cocktail or bottle of wine or even dessert! After 2 hours of being completely ignored, we had to ASK for the check!!! We were very disappointed because our food was so good we wanted to order dessert and for sure would have ordered a bottle of wine!
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  • Great food... Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was great, however it took a long time to get served. My wife and I waited over 20 mins to get menus then another 10 to get water. All night, we hardly saw our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected Better
    DanaPointer
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Table for four was small, with little leg room. Waiter was very personable and was helpful explaining the menu and specials. Two of the dinners were switched, delivered to wrong person. One of the dinners was missing key accompaniments (dungeness crab and potatoes/truffle shavings). Two of the dinners were delivered warm to room temperature (not hot) . . . for the prices they charge, one should expect better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    krasher
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything was perfect; the food and the service and the view and it was not noisy! Is there anything else to know? Brilliant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in OC & Maybe SoCal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Raj's tasting menus are on a par the best NY, Copenhagen, LA, San Fran! I don't even bother trying to pick wines any more. Paul (Sommelier) just brings what he thinks is the best find of the evening. Incredible value! Service headed up by David seems to find exactly the right pace. Should you be interested in cocktails, Jenny makes the best whether it is an old favorite or just something she dreamed up. If you are looking to try something new but don't want to take a chance, go to Stonehill you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susan
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We celebrated my husband's milestone birthday here last week and had a wonderful experience. There was nothing we didn't enjoy about our evening from the welcome we received from the hostess to the fantastic service from our waiter and his team. We loved the craft cocktails and the unusual menu items. All the little touches from the amuse bouche to the ice cream cone at the end were much appreciated. Our only regret - it was a week night and we had to work the next day. Otherwise we might have lingered lomger with an after dinner drink. We will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Birthday Dinner
    Collegekidca
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Mazkel
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The entire experience was truly outstanding. The food was creatively prepared and delicious. We were also given a few additional surprise items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner
    Avery
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive Disappointment
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Dined there on several previous occasions, this time total disappointment . Food was " precious" over thought/overworked and basically bland .
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  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was good, but slow - almost 4 hours for dinner! Mixed bad of patrons - tee shirts to sport coats.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful beginning to end
    dininggalVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner date
    scottbrown
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restrooms?
    KansasGuyVIP
    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?????
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terribly disappointing
    Bess8VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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  • Great food, wine and service
    AnniversaryLove
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as we had hoped for.
    TomasVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 433 reviews are from the Stonehill Tavern reviews archive.
  • Spectacular!
    Socountyfoodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wonderful experience from start to finish! Highly recommend.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Quick Dinner Not To Be Believed!
    FoodieLoriVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food and atmosphere
    rogersgw
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went to Stonehill for our anniversary --- short ribs, tuna tartar, and black cod were outstanding... excellent top notch service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Best lobster pot pie in earth!
    Foxyjen
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael Mina at his best
    AlanDVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • May 2,2014 dinner
    PaulsAnniversary
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
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    Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Brunch
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our meal was very nice but
    chefsuprise
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food/Service - 10; Price/Qty - 5
    Eric
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've been going there for
    pH123VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chapeau!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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,
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    Matt
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for a memorable meal
    Harry
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at Stonehill Tavern
    Greg
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stonhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rates up there with best oc meals
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    second visit here and again the food didn't disappoint. drinks are extremely pricey
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate