Hi I will be posting a full review of my whole stay this past weekend at the Cove but in the mean time, I thought I'd briefly summarize the 3 restaurants we dined at.
On the 1st night, Thursday May 3rd, we went to Dune. Let me preface by saying that I had extremely high expectations of this particular restaurant. All the hype of the OC and being one of Oprah's faves etc. really set the bar high in my mind... so I guess the let down was all the more severe. Pricey dinner... apps, entrees, wine and dessert.. we paid over $430. We had a shared plate (Black Plate, I believe) and a goat cheese app. Both were disappointing. Especially the black plate as it was $38 a head. The goat cheese app was described as a fondue ( or at least that is how I read it, but perhaps the combo of candlelight and wine had me mistaken)... we got something that looked like a philo pastry you buy for $7.99 at the grocery store. They forgot our entrees, which was not a huge deal, except when they arrived my boyfriend's veal was medium well (he asked for blue). My lobster was okay. The sorbets were good and the service and atmosphere was pleasant. One last thing that irked me was that the wines for a few tables were kept in the corner at our table and servers didn't seem to know which were which. They would glance over their shoulders as they noticed me observing them and would take special care to ensure they were grabbing the right ones but more often than not, they just grabbed whichever. It was a little odd. Overall, a 7, but priced like a 10.
On Friday, we dined at Mesa Grill. It was what I expected. The tuna tartar was great, our steaks were good... not as undercooked as I read. No surprises.
On Saturday, we checked out Cafe Martinique. This was another surprise for me. I had read so many bad reviews, but I was blown away! The Marina Village is sooooo romantic but upbeat. The restaurant itself is beautiful is a grandiose way. The service was OUTSTANDING. Robert, our server, was impressively knowledgeable, but not uptight. The food was impeccable. I had the Lobster Terrine and my boyfriend had the duck. I started with the Conch Chowder and it was superb. Yes, it was pricey as well, but well worth it. 10 out of 10!