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About 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

1695 Irvine Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Tueday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

*Bar Opens at 4:30pm
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Bar closes at 1:45am
Thursday the bar closes at midnight

Cross Street:
East 17th St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 646-7944

Website:
http://www.lacaverestaurant.com/

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!

Executive Chef:
Roberto Orozco

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Cave Ratings and Reviews

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3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
Cozy (7)
Live Music (7)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

All was well. Good food. Good friends. Excellent service. Always fun to eat at la cave

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been going to La Cave for years. A hidden gem. Great for an intimate dinner or with a group of friends. Very cool ambiance in this underground location. Great service. Awesome cocktails and great food....grilled steaks and fish are the best! If you have not tried La Cave, you need to go!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Old school place. Food was very good. Loved my crab legs!! Steak was delicious. Friendly service. And super reasonable! We will be back!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My wife and I and a friend dined (tried to dine) at La Cave last Saturday. The hostess / manager was very courteous and gave us a nice corner booth. I ordered a 10 oz Filet medium, and specifically asked if medium is warm pink center and the server confirmed that's how they serve it. My wife ordered halibut and our friend a shrimp cocktail. We got our cocktails, soup, salad and bread in a timely manner and were enjoying the evening. Our entrees took forever to arrive and when they finally came the waitress apologized and said she was tending to a large party of 10. The halibut and shrimp cocktail were fine, but my steak was well-done and the twice backed potato was totally dried out. I politely asked the waitress to get me another steak that was prepared to the correct medium temperature and she said no problem. I fully understand these kind of things can happen on a busy evening and didn't mind waiting a few minutes. Twenty five minutes later my replacement steak was still not delivered and my wife and friend had already completed their meals.

I told the manager to stop my order, since it doesn't take 25 minutes to cook a 10 oz filet to medium temperature. They did comp our cocktail, but needless to say, won't be back to La Cave for overpriced burnt steak.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Another great night at La Cave! We were lucky to stumble in on a Monday, when they have live music - there was a gentlemen singing Sinatra/Martin/Bennett classics who was quite good! (better than similar shows we have paid to see in Vegas!). Steaks and cocktails were excellent as usual.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

A neighborhood gem, it’s a throwback to a restaurant my parents would have dined at. Very good food and an excellent specialty cocktail menu I recommend for a nice evening and a change of pace

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It is a cave indeed. Was not crazy about the very dim lights and the darkness. If you are claustrophobic this is NOT a You venue.
But the service was great, friendly people!
The food was excellent. The menue is basic steak and fish and veggies. . Not a complicated menue.

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

It's not a luxurious place or a place you need to dress up for. If you're in a jeans and t-shirt mood and just looking for a place as a couple, this is your place. It is expensive though.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great atmosphere and fantastic food. Love being in the "cellar"!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We always enjoy La Cave. It is one of our go to places where the food is great, service is wonderful, atmosphere is warm and we would not hesitate recommending it to anyone.
The elevator is a little scary !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our favorite go to restaurant for great food, service, ambiance. Classic Newport restaurant since 1962, never fails to provide a terrific dining experience. Late night entertainment brings in a younger crowd perfect for people watching.

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Last night we ate at the restaurant la cave.
This was the worst experience I've ever had at this restaurant where I have been many times over the last 15 years

The dining room was full on a Saturday night and a table of six made so much noise that I was unable to hear my table mates conversation even though we were seated at least 25 feet away from the table of six.

The disgust on the faces of the other 12 or more diners in the same room was clearly visible.

I asked the waitress to ask that table to be quieter and nothing was done

I asked the table myself to quiet down which they did for a short period of time.

Management was clearly completely unconcerned that the party of six was disturbing everyone else in the room.

Several of the diner sitting nearby told me that they would never return and I shall never return due our dinner being ruined.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent old-school decor that we loved for a change from open pipes in the "modern" restaurants! Please don't close this last reminder of better dining times!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Overall I have to give this a disappointing 1 star! Why? UNPROFESSIONAL COURTESY! - I booked it 2 weeks in advance and confirmed I will be joined by 6 friends for dinner with the ELVIS show. I checked online on their website calendar the day of my reservation --yup - Elvis is scheduled to be there. I show up early and am told "oh Elvis played here yesterday so he's not here tonight." Stated the hostess. I explained my friends were coming from LA and SanDiego for our monthly get together and expressed how upset I was. She stated "I'LL let the owner know when she get in." We ate there anyway and left at 9pm. No owner or manager came by to apologize. Clearly the hostess knew, the bartender knew there was not going to be an Elvis show! I would have canceled the reservation if they had bothered to call the day before and let me know!!!!!! I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT EVER AND WILL BE YELPING THE SAME COMMENTS!!!!!Naomi

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Was good but my boyfriend's jerk fish was dried out.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Really fun ambiance, and dinner with the steaks was great value. It's the opposite of the nickle-and-dime you steakhouse.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

First of all , what restaurant does not have a menu with prices? Had no idea what anything costs!!
Secondly, my free chocolate birthday cake was dry as the the Mohave Dessert! No kidding!
The steak was just ok, rather go to Ruth Chris for the same price.
The ambience was set for an 80 year old, if that what you want , I don't!
The salad was good. The shrimp scampi gets 3 out of -10 stars. The potatoes were pathetic . Dry, looked pre maid. Not a good dining experience at all. I won't go back. This place needs to close!

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·Dined on July 26, 2017

This was a sad birthday visit. I have been going to this restaurant for over 40 years and was always pretty happy with the entire experience. This was most likely the last time I will eat here. The food was mediocre at best. The lobster tasted old and it was over cooked. the baked potato was not worth remembering. I mean, come on, rub a little olive oil on it, season it, and then wrap it in foil. I guarantee at least in wont taste like a dirt slug. My girl has a salad and the twice baked potato. The salad was Denny's quality at best, drowning in dressing. The potato tasted like it was made a week in advance and reheated, horrible. For the price the food should have been 5 stars. It was a 2. Never again.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Restaurant was to dark, could not see the food. Corkage charge was to high.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 14, 2017

going here for 35 years. As good today as the first time

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Very attentive service. Food quality and quantity perfect. Cute menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 7, 2017

What a cool vibe! Fantastic food in an awesome atmosphere. :)

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Always great food and service....love the New York ambiance! The Elvis Show way too loud but they moved us back to the front room...thank you!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent place for a date night dinner and late night live entertainment after dinner .

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 22, 2017

ALWAYS SPOT ON, EXCELLENT SERVICE, EXCELLENT FOOD. THE SETTING IS ROMANTIC AND COZY, THE MEAL FROM THE APPETIZERS, TO THE SALAD, TO THE CRAB AND STEAK, TO THE DESSERT WILL BE DECADENT.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Delicious steaks! Always a great place to dine 😊

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Have been going to La Cave for many years and love the food, service, and cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Very pleasant dinner out. Portions are very good, meal cooked to my preference in a timely manner.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 24, 2017

It was an ok place , food is average a typical steak house nothing exceptional, service is good , comfortable parking
Attentive waiters , live music , prices are comparable to Ruth Chris , Flemings and other steak places

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Live Music
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was not that good for the price paid. The steak was overdone.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 13, 2017

First time at La Cave and had high expectations based on reviews I read. I loved the atmosphere and decor, the service was very good (water glasses refilled regularly) and the owner or manager stopped at our table to see how we were doing. My wife had the crab legs and they were excellent, but I have to say the New York steak was pretty mediocre. I ordered it medium rare, and it was prepared that way, but it was a little thin, and a little chewy. The drinks were excellent, and they served a complimentary dessert to celebrate Mothers Day even though it was Saturday night. So, overall it was good, but the New York steak was less than great.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 12, 2017

La Cave has been going since 1964 and never disappoints

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great Ambiance - Fantastic Beef and Seafood and Bar!!!!
The Service was over the top- Our very personable Hostess Janet " that's spelled
"J A N E T " haha was amazing- attentive and made our dinner and bar experience special and memorable. Rachelle our server was "on the spot" and made my girlfriends Mothers day dinner a date she will never forget - with a special desert - Long Stem Rose and Chocolate spoon. LA Cave should be commended for their outstanding Food, Service, and Employees!! Well Done!!!
Tom G

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Best kept secret in Newport Beach. Fantastic food at a reasonable price. Unusual in this area. 5 star dining for $$. Amazing.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Always enjoy meals here. The food is excellent, the service is great, the atmosphere is old school. Really a great find and I eat here whenever we are in town for business

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Live Music, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Jessica was a awasome server food good - we loved it

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Great evening. Food was good, the service was great and the setting was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 30, 2017

A classic! The same menu rolled up to you with the same about 7 items since the restaurant opened years ago. I think it's only on it's second owner who kept everything the same except they added asparagus. Red leather booths, dim lighting, downstairs in a "cave" like setting.
If you live in the area, you have to go at least once. You will either become a caver or not, but you have to try. The shrimp cocktail is the best I have ever had. Oh, it's a steak house. Get the filet with the medallions sauce and the twice baked potato.
No screaming kids.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Had the special early bird (not age dependent) dinner. Was GREAT. Always a consistently well delivered dinner and cocktails are great. Moving out of area soon and will truly miss coming to La Cave for dinner. Please support this place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Our food was amazing, once again and the service was great!!! I always look forward to going on my birthday. Also great for anniversaries!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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