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La Cave Restaurant

1695 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3241
+1 949-646-7944
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good28%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
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“cheese toast” (3 reviews)
“seafood” (11 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Seafood
1695 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3241
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

If you are looking for a cozy place in Newport/Costa Mesa this is it. OLD school, dark underground location with the classic red booths. The food is very good and the price quite reasonable. I LOVE the cheese toast YUMMY for the tummy

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank darkpupitar2enc... .
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

The cave is a reliable restaurant that's been around for decades.. a very good place for steaks, to meet up with friends, be well served at the bar, and have a good time ... But the most fun is on Wednesday and Thursday nights, when...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank VirginiaCW
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Just a fun place to have an excellent steak or seafood dinner. The bar is fun and late night they have live music and the younger crowd files in. It fun for groups or a cozy date with someone.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Jeff Z
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

The food and service is top notch what a surprise when come in from the elevator it's under ground like a giant cave the seafood and steaks a fantastic the place is so great for a date night

Date of visit: October 2017
1  Thank R4676PKjohnb
Reviewed 26 September 2017

I was taken to La Cave by local business partners. It is dark and looks like a 60's / 70's underground jazz hangout, less the cigarette smoke! The hostess was very direct and forthright, with a great sense of humor. There was four of us...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank ccfc1968
Reviewed 14 June 2017

La Cave is really a flash back. It's in the lower level of a commercial building. Take the elevator down and exit into the restaurant which is dark & lighted with red lights. You'll likely be taken to a plush booth, just don't hit your...More

Date of visit: June 2017
1  Thank CrazyforTravel55
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

An under ground lounge ! Parking convenient , friendly staff , a cool place to hang out ,music at the lounge , food is good but not exceptional a great place to hang out after work and special occasion but nothing exceptional !

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Lizeclairs
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is definitely an old-school steak house--a number of clubby booths, the typical steak-house cart (that is the menu) they bring to the table that shows you your entrée choices, a nice bar, enjoyable cheese-bread and good service--all reasonably priced. The entrees are not fancy,...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank adalbert3
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The unassuming office building will fool you - take the elevator down to La Cave! It is a terrific old school steakhouse. Clubby red leather interior, live music in the other room, generous cocktails and a terrific ambience! Loved this place with a couple of...More

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Sherlock9190
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Downstairs and dark. Good service and food. Booths could be a big larger. Tight quarters for four diners.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Mike F
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25 May 2016|
Response from VirginiaCW | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Music is Thursday Friday and Saturday nights. It starts around 9:30-10-ish, and goes until whatever they're closing time is.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1695 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3241
    (East 17th St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-646-7944
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