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About Stonehill Tavern, a Michael Mina Restaurant - Monarch Beach Resort

At Stonehill Tavern, celebrated chef Michael Mina offers modern American cuisine highlighting seasonal product from California’s finest farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Guests of the Monarch Beach Resort, enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a wine selection of more than 400 bottles with a focus on boutique producers in the California wine regions.

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.

Monarch Beach Resort
One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Wednesday - Sunday

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(855) 899-7551

Website:
http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/southern-california/stonehill-tavern/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet

Executive Chef:
Alan Mardonovich

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Stonehill Tavern, a Michael Mina Restaurant - Monarch Beach Resort 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.

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM

Stonehill Tavern, a Michael Mina Restaurant - Monarch Beach Resort Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (24)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
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Good for a Date (14)
Romantic (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Scenic View (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Cozy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Waterfront (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was awesome

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was excellent, and the staff met our every need quickly. I will likely go there again with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I had Thanksgiving dinner at Stonehill Tavern. The evening started well. My server was very friendly and recommended a great cocktail to start the night. Since it was a holiday, there was a fixed menu. I informed the restaurant in advance that I am a pescatarian. I chose the caviar starter and mushroom risotto for the first two courses, which was followed by a traditional Thanksgiving main entree and desserts. I also ordered the wine pairing.
The wine pairing for the first course came early and the plate arrived soon after I received my cocktail, but since it was a cold dish, I didn’t mind. The caviar starter was very good, though the person who poured the wine didn’t provide any explanation other than what was on the label. Once I finished the first course, I waiting around 20 minutes for the risotto, which arrived less than lukewarm. I also waited another 10 minutes for my second wine, which the sommelier poured. There was no sign of my original server. I told the sommelier that my dish was cold and asked her if I could also get some bread. She brought back my second course after a few minutes, piping hot, and graciously comped my wine pairing.
I finally got bread and finished my risotto, which was better than a neighborhood Italian restaurant, but disappointing for a Mina restaurant. For the main course, I got salmon instead of turkey and ordered only two of the sides that would normally be shared for larger tables. When the dish came out, it contained spoonfuls of all the sides and a tiny piece of dry salmon. The brussel sprouts and kale (the two I had ordered) were tasty, but the rest were average at best. My server reappeared just before the main course was delivered, but only to change my wine glass. Dessert came on a cart , so I picked the pecan and apple pies, which were good. My server brought the check.
I heard another server say that Stonehill was closing soon to be re-opened as Bourbon Steak. Maybe that explains the disappointing experience.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing place and food

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The experience was exceptional. The view of sunset was awesome while we were welcomed like royalty. The only downside of our experience was that some of the patrons seemed to be there more to see and be seen rather than to enjoy the meal.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My wife and I cane here for a much needed date night. The ambiance was relaxing and romantic. The food was amazing! Everything is expensive here but well worth the price! My wife had the filet and I had the NY strip. Both were incredible. We definitely will come back and highly suggest trying this place for a special occasion or just a romantic date night.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

One of the best dinners, service and food we have had in years! Lyle was our waiter and I would ask to be seated at his table! He was excited and knowledgeable about every part of the menu. We were always made to feel welcomed and special from the glass of Champagne, to the taster soup from the chef, and the two wrapped coffee cakes for our morning coffee to reminisce fondly about our amazing dinner the night before. It worked we loved our start to the morning! The two tiny cones with a taste of ice cream was the final amazing touch!!
We can’t express enough how amazing each plate of food from the chef tasted! We even have to give credit to the bartender for both the mixed alcohol and mixed non-alcohol drinks.
Can’t wait for another special occasion and excuse to revisit our fantastic experience!!!!
I never write reviews but I could not be happier to write a review for Stonehill Tavern!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Stonehill Tavern is a very special restaurant. They know that ambience, service, and great food makes for a great experience. I rarely comment, but our experience was so complete I feel it important to share. This is a fabulous restaurant for a special occasion. Kudos to the very attentive staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was delicious. I recommend doing the tasting menu and wine pairing. The sommelier was excellent. Service was 5 star!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went for a birthday celebration for a good friend. It was nice and quiet in the restaurant which is a great perk on a Saturday night. The corkage fee was very inexpensive and they allowed us to bring our own ice cream cake. I really appreciated this because it’s my friend’s absolute favorite cake and it made him very happy. Unfortunately the dinner was rich and every dish was overly salted. Like, way overly salted. It made all the many sides we ordered useless. They all tasted the same - of salt. I ordered the lobster pot pie. It was ok. Except they put the flaky pastry pie part of the pot pie UNDER the sherry pie filling. It was a beautiful display but killed the puff in puff pastry. I probably won’t return. Then upon my departure I gave the valet ticket to the valet guy who opened the front door but apparently that isn’t something he does. You can pay hundreds of dollars per person for dinner but it’s unreasonable to ask valet to get your car.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Stonehill doesn't disappoint, except when we learned it is planned to close and reopen as Bourbon Steak. The prix fixe menu is the way to go. Each course is unique and well prepared. Cocktails were great, lots of egg whites if you're not into that, beware. Definitely visit before it closes, it is worth it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Recommended. Good service and good food variety. Rather pricey.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a fabulous experience at Stonehill Tavern. The staff was excellent from hostess to servers. Every bite was mouthwatering and we savored each one of them. I had the mushroom gnocchi for my appetizer and it was simply amazing--didn't want to share a bit of it! My husband enjoyed the Spanish squid and said it was exceptional. We both had fish for our entrees, sea bass and branzino. Incredible. Also, best Cosmo ever. The view overlooking the resort and ocean was spectacular as the sun dropped. 5 stars all around.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Spectacular food, lovely view and great staff. Our waiter was perfect! We very much enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

outstanding dining experience. Unique menu, impeccably prepared. Great service. Worth the trip from anywhere.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Amazing restaurant. Got to visit to experience it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Lobster Pot Pie was outstanding, Service very attentive... however very expensive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent service and exceptional food. Beautiful location. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Ridiculously expensive but might be worth it if the hostess/servers were a little less stiff and snooty. This was our second time there, and if you're not a foodie, the menu is a bit over-the-top. (Some might say weird.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Terrific evening with friends. The lobster pot pie was amazing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is wonderful with great service to match!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Everything was so good! Very creative and delicious cuisine. We went as a group for a birthday and found all the food to be fabulous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Amazing service, food, view. A must!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was wonderful and the restaurant was lovely, however, the service was lacking for a restaurant of this caliber. Perhaps we came on an off night, but the atmosphere was very cold and we were constantly wondering where our servers were at. Perhaps our expectations were different than the restaurant's, but we left slightly disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Coming to the Stonehill Tavern was never to be expected to be this good.
Well we wanted a nice place for my
Birthday and it was really special.



What a view how can anything be wrong
Started with the martinis and cosmos all great.
We had a five course dinner.
Kathy and I had a salad with fresh herbs just great
Next Kathy had the tuna and I had the frog I.e.
Tasty duck liver,
Wine was expensive but very food
Next course Kathy and I spilt the tabla we spilt the lobster pot it was suprrb

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had a fabulous time at Stonehill Tavern. We were celebrating a special occasion and the food was excellent. The entire service team was flawless as well, we were really felt cared for and all 6 people in our party enjoyed their meals. A great place to celebrate a special occasion or to treat yourself!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The premier restaurant in this resort. The service is excellent and the food is amazing. This resort is on par with the upper tier resorts in the area: Ritz-Carlton and Montage. Formerly the St. Regis, this resort (and restaurant) have really 'upped their game'. In addition to the excellent restaurant, the bar at Stonewall Tavern is excellent - along with a great bartender. I look forward to being back many times.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great food & service. Lobster pot pie & tuna tartar are the best!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Overall it's a nice experience. The food is definitely expertly crafted. Aside from our specific server, the rest of the staff was amazing. Friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately our server missed some big ones...repeatedly, starting with giving us water with ice when we specifically asked for no ice. Even IHOP gets this one right...To actually delivering the wrong dessert!!! And the guy was clearly trying to get out of there. Oh well. I'd try the place again for sure.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

INCREDIBLE! We ate at another high end restaurant the night prior, and were disappointed we didn't decide on Stonehill 2 nights on a row instead! We did the chefs menu with wine pairing, and everything was delicious. Will definitely be returning.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Had a good experience and enjoyed the tasting menu. Chef even allowed us to change the main course-which was very kind. Delicious food. Bread and spread were amazing. Sommelier did a great job with the wine pairings. Very creative choices that blended nicely. Restaurant is beautiful but very loud. Service was very good. View-if you can see it-is perfect! Nice night.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This restaurant and another two restaurants in OC are on my list of must try. I want to go here for awhile but somehow I managed to skip it all the time :(, so over this long weekend I finally booked and had dinner there with my hubby. I had tried other Michael Mina's restaurants before, and this one was as good as others. The name throw me off at first, but when I saw a Michael Mina's restaurant; I knew it will be good. The overall experience was excellent. My husband loves the bread and butter that they served. If I remember it correctly, it had a bit of honey already mixed with the butter. The combination tasted so well together. I had sea bass and octopus, my husband had lobster pot pie plus the mushroom. Everything was delicious. Customer service is excellent. Ambience and location are exactly what and where Michael Mina's restaurant should be. Cocktail is good and expensive just like other LA restaurants. I was very impress that Michale Mina decides to open up another location and choose OC as his destination. I love fine dining and normally go to LA to try every month for fine dining experiences. Hopefully more restaurants of this scale are opening up soon in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The setting was beautiful and charming. Not inexpensive but a great value for the price. We would Definitely dine there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 28, 2017

This was our first night of a week's stay at the Monarch. The setting was quiet and comfortable in a booth. Lots of attention from servers as it was not very busy. Food was fantastic!
We returned on the last night of our stay - a Friday. Much busier and louder. We were seated in the midst of the bustle. Would have preferred the deck or booth but were not given the option although we noticed shortly that there was available seating outside. As a couple this would have been preferred :)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We enjoyed our cocktails, the Old Fashion was amazing, and the gnocchi appetizer was delicious. My wife ordered the sea bass and I ordered Michaels Lobsters pot pie. My wife enjoyed her meal but the lobster was overlooked and tough in my dish. This was very disappointing when the other flavors of the dish were excellent. Hopefully this was an exception because the $75.00 market price for lobster is hard to justify when poorly executed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best food in the area. Comfortable dining room Could have done without all the upselling. But it was a lovely evening

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Simply exquisitely done. Dinner experience was superb!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The service is impecable.

My meal was awesome, the trout. So was my son's the sea bass. The lobster pot pie did not live up to its hype. Both of the ladies had this and were not happy. I did not try it based on their reviews.

We did close out with a stellar desert!

The food was fresh. The scenery was spectacular. I would eat there for that alone. However my meal was a 10! I am just a bit salty that my wife and son's girl did not enjoy the meal like I did. For that reason only I give it a 4.

Maybe next time the lobster pot pie lives up to the hype.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

When you see the Michael Mina name, you expect strastopheric prices and uncompromising quality. Stonehill Tavern delivers on both. Food and wine were absolutely the very best there is to have, magnificently presented. Just be sure to bring a fat wallet!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Went loved the food and the style of the place, the service was very slow but that may have been in order to not interrupt our conversations.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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