La Cave

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Steakhouse
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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ErnieHughes
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at the restaurant at the appointed time, and found the doors locked. There was no explanation on the door, and our calls to the restaurant yielded only a busy signal. We still haven't got a call from them or anything by way of apology. It's like we did not have reservation, at all.

No harm, no foul... but no future visits to this place, either.

Regards,

Ernest M. Hughes

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vipRoseguy
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

La Cave: Restaurant has a '60's vibe. Downstairs, low lighting, seats have red 'leather' backing. The grill is near the entry and peaks your interest. Hot 'cheese toast ' was presented, a pleasant surprise. I ordered a 10 oz fillet, medium rare, which arrived as ordered, salad & starch included. Drinks are generous and the wines by the glass or bottle are reasonable by restaurant standards. This is a nice place for dinner and a rendezvous... I'll leave the rest to you.

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Timm
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic old style steak house that does not disappoint. A festive environment and a pretty good value all in all. Everything was tasty. It is on the 'go back to' list for sure.

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SJLM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and delicious food! We’ll definitely be back.

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bobby
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

My wife's food was good, but my prime rib was terrible. Worst that I have had in more than 30 years. It was worse than horse meat & must have had 0000000 marble texture........surely was NOT PRIME.

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DianaD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Received excellent service. Mushrooms and cheese bread were amazing. My husband enjoyed his steak but my king crab legs were very underwhelming and the portion was small. It would be fun for drinks and appetizers but I will most likely never return for dinner. The price was outrageous. Double what we normally pay at our usual spot for twice the food and better ambiance.

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JimF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, was a excellent experience. Our waitress (Laura) was above excellent highly recommended and will be back again for sure.

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Bdub
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there 20 years ago so it has changed a little.

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MeganS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bianca was incredible ! We had a reservation and were seated right away . Bianca made sure to break down the menu and items since it was our first time. I can happily say our 6 year anniversary was memorable .❤️

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WesS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

LaCave is a wonderful place. The ambiance is very cool, very retro, like stepping back in time. The food is excellent and the service was good although our server did make us feel a little rushed.

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viprobertb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We felt rushed by server. Third time it’s happened.

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vipAggie57
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very average experience. The steak was not great quality, one of our party ordered a rare NY strip, it was served medium and sent back but the kitchen insisted it was rare. It wasn’t. At attempt number three he got his rare steak. But no real apology. The rest of the food was likewise average. Service overall was no more than mediocre and the noise levels high, we had difficulty conversing. Overall very disappointing.

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vipCarolg
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Neat place to dine. The food is excellent, the drinks are fabulous, wait staf attentive without being annoying. We loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Cave is an absolutely great experience!!!

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LauretteW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent. Fab food, ambience, and, service.

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vipOCGIGI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots!

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GoGo
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Usually one of our favorite places to dine. If you eat in the front room of the restaurant, which we have always done in the past the ambience and noise level are great, We requested a booth and probably because we made our reservations the afternoon of the day before we dined, we were seated in the back room at a table in the middle fo the room that abutted another table. The food was very good as usual; however;, however, it was hard to enjoy it or talk with the high noise level and lack of privacy. I am worried that we may not be able to get one member of the group to return to the restaurant.

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BeachGirl
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was amazing! As always excellent food excellent drinks great atmosphere my favorite restaurant

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vipDailyGrill
Orange County
84 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We have never felt taken in by La Cave on special occasions, but this was an exception. Prices were not listed on the menu, but if they were, we would have left. The potato and bread were dry and the steak was not up to par. I can see raising prices somewhat on a holiday, but this was truly a rip-off. It is terrible La Cave took advantage of its long-time customers to make a buck on New Years'. A definite long-term absence is in order for us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Great steak, mediocre salad and potatoes. Ok desert. Service was not at the same level as the steak.

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vipDevinL
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always. Try the surf and turf!

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AdeD
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We started coming to La Cave 25 years ago. In recent years, in my opinion, the food isn't quite up to the quality it used to be, especially the cheese bread. My filet was a little stringey and my husband said his New York was tough. Over all we enjoyed our dinner with friends.

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Golfgirl
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cave is a great place for dinner and the food is always fabulous. We’ve been going there since the 60’s and the quality has always been very high.

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vipTunes
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time there. Outstanding food although limited menu.

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vipdonalds
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Every thing was very good except sitting close to the bar, the noise prevented any conversations

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vipDocB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa and has been since 1962. Fabulous meat and martinis. Always great ambiance and service. Tradition of excellence that can't be beat.

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RyanH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La cave never disappoints. It is consistently excellent.

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RonH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ambience and service was great. Our filet was great, but the ribeye was sinewy. We get better ribeyes, free from excess tendons, from other steak places.

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CiCi
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though I have lived in the Newport area all my life, I had never been to La Cave. The interior was very much like an old fashion chop house, which I loved. The room was cozy and comfy. We didn't get a menu which is how the restaurant works. Instead, the wait person was very nice and explained the choices on a trolley cart. While the prices are on the higher side, the food and drinks were very good. We would go again.

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vipBonBri
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though hard to image, we've been coming to this restaurant since the 60's. What we love is that it is the same delicious food, it's a romantic sort of steak/fish place with red booths, a friendly & good bar, great wait staff and when we make reservations we anxiously anticipate their famous cheese break, twice baked (or regular baked) potatoes and their quality steaks and seafood grilled to perfection. We love that it's still here and that others love it as much as we do. Eat late and stay for the live music Friday and Saturday. We enjoyed Saturday night's Blues band - great musicians!

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Nursejedi
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is a constant 4-stars; my personal favorite being the smaller 8oz Filet. Very flavorful and good quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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Susie
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dining experience! The service and the food was outstanding and I think the atmosphere is romantic!

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SallyB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The only disappointment was that they gave me the wrong steak and even though I asked 2 different people they didn’t fix the error. I ordered a 10 ounce filet (cooked medium) while my friend ordered a 6 ounce (medium rare) and she got my steak. I shouldn’t have had to make a big deal of it. Sadly, I didn’t make a big deal of it so I didn’t get the steak that I ordered. I felt cheated. It should have been corrected when I brought it to the servers attention.

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vipGlennH
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school vibe with great service, food and drinks. Rare and grand experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surf and turf! Music . Again 5 star, love the sexy booths !

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vipJenniferK
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This place is so old-school, we just love it. I adore their king crab legs! My husband always wants to do the surf-and-turf, but I'd be happy with a big old plate of legs. If you haven't been, you'll love their old-fashioned "menu," which is just a big rolling cart with all of the different cuts of meat and fish under glass - they show it to you via flashlight! Been coming here since the 80s and the place has not changed a bit. Skip the "Elvis" impersonator show - we were not impressed by the sound of things. But if you want a good steakhouse at a reasonable price, you can't go wrong with La Cave!

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vipAngusD
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Seated promptly, table clean, greeted promptly, great service and food.

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vipLRCostaMesa
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we have a special occasion to celebrate, we always choose La Cave. The food, cocktails, atmosphere and the amazing service is always outstanding!

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JasonM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school steak and seafood, loaded bar. Expect Dean Martin to roll in any minute. Staff is excellent, food is good.

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