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La Cave

4.6
334 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
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Phone number
(949) 646-7944
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Roberto Orozco
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East 17th St.
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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!
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
What 334 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was fantastic .... we had steak, shrimp, prime rib, halibut and lobster. The cheese toast is the best. Wonderful service. Friendly and attentive staff. We will definitely be going again.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous restaurant. Been going since the late 70's. Service impeccable..food delicious..can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great Elvis act. Outstanding food quality. Weak drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Have been going to La Cave for about 35 years and the wonderful thing about it is that the menu has remained the same and the quality of food cannot be beat. The chef's are OUTSTANDING. I like the original restaurant room better where the bar is because there are more booths, but still, I could not come up with enough proper words to explain what a treat it is to eat at La Cave! My favorite restaurant of all time - and I MEAN THAT!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great steaks and seafood. Friendly service. My wife thought that her blackened halibut was the best ever! My petite filet was super tender and cooked to perfection. Love the garlic bread and the twice cooked potato. Lively indeed so be prepared to read lips if you are like me. We love this place!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Debbie was our server. She was fabulous attention to every detail. Food was delicious. Perfect evening!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine at La Cave. The greeter is so pleasant and the food is excellent

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Just married

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

La Cave is a classic restaurant with all of the classic menu items. The crab legs are amazing! The martinis are generous..

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Old school local haunt - super fun

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

First time at La Cave, great old school vibe, great bar, great food excellent service. If I lived locally this might be a weekly gig for me, can't wait to go back

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Been going to La Cave forever and it never disappoints. I recommend it to everyone.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Birthday celebration. The staff and hostess were bending over backwards to make sure we were treated very special in spite of the busy and large crowd. It was a little noisier than usual but tolerable. La Cave is a special place, wonderful food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent. Great throwback dining experience

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Fun and romantic, but the food isn't great. We had the filet, the ribeye and the twice-baked potato, all of which are supposed to be the restaurants specialty. Don't go in expecting Mastros or Flemings and you should be fine.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The steak was tough and the lobster over cooked. The service was good and we like supporting local places.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Classic steakhouse. Fresh steak cuts and seafood entrée selections were showcased in a glass-covered cart, no menu.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Grew up in Newport and moved, whenever back in town wanted to get back in and this time I made it happen....., glad I did! An old established standby that never gets old. Service and attention is always there. Steak & seafood selections are always top notch. Nice small bar area where you can dine and watch sports or chit-chat. Be prepared, can get noisy, but in a good way. Check out entertainment listings.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Greeted warmly, seated promptly, service was professionally done, not rushed, not slow. Management seemed concerned about our experience. Very interesting atmosphere. We will definitely return frequently.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Celebrated Valentine’s Day early and had an amazing experience

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Love this place. If you enjoy a great steak, soup or salad, and a twice cooked potato this is the place for you! Get a reservation; it gets busy. Wonderful cocktails! Lorrie was a wonderful server.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I forgot how good this place was. Best steak in a long long time. Glad we rediscovered it!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

First time there and we will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We got seated right away since we had made a reservation. We love to come there for special occasions. We love the 70’s style. Service is awesome and sometimes they have entertainment. Food is great and delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Such a nice "old Newport" environment. We celebrated our wedding anniversary as did the couple next to us. Table #1 was perfect and our waitress Susan made the evening complete. And, oh, those yummy lobster tails! doesn't get any better!!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was amazing as always. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent meal.food and drinks

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The steaks were excellent and a good value. It was very loud in the room we were sitting in.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

This is our 5th time. Food is great. This time was a little different with 3-5 little kids running around. The parents must have thought we were at Chuck e Cheeses.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

An old time favorite revisited, last time was many years ago. Came early, still was the same which we appreciated. Friendly place with nice attentive service and good food. The later dance scene is not for us, but is for many others. Get there early evening and enjoy the older time ambiance and retro feeling of a nice place still doing providing a good experience. We enjoyed it!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Old school steakhouse with leather booths. Steaks cooked to perfection. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

One of the most authentic and unique restaurants in Newport Beach! Ambience and energy is fun for any date night to special occasion. Food is awesome!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

My husbands birthday

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Way over priced for what you get. Better ambiance elsewhere if you going to pay $$.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

This is our go - to steakhouse. It is in a cellar! Loads of old school charm, try the swimming in garlic butter mushrooms!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 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!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on November 3, 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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5.0Dined on October 23, 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.

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