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Reviewed February 25, 2020

Having spent a lot of time at the original Bandera up in Brentwood, I thought I'd try this location while down in Laguna and Newport. It's located right off the PCH and even has a small self-parking lot. So far, so good! The room looked...beautiful (and not too dated, even though it's been here awhile), with perfect low amber lighting. Somehow the whole restaurant feels a tad bit claustrophobic, though... due to a relatively low ceiling throughout. It was a weekday night and it was very, very busy, totally packed with well-off Orange County people (who really are different than LA people). Staff was uniformly nice, though I felt a little rushed (Hillstone tends to do this at most locations, especially at Bandera... the worst location for that being Bandera Brentwood). However, the biggest issue I had was that the food was subpar. The jalapeno queso and guacamole dip duo is just too dense and spicy and is a poor substitute for the spinach and artichoke dip they offer at other Hillstones. Plus at Hillstone, they never bring enough chips (though they will if you ask for more). Unfortunately, I had a genuinely awful french dip sandwich, too. Worst ever at this chain. Should be such an easy dish. Completely dried out meat... in tiny little pieces, not the typical juicy big slices. I would have sent it back but would have had to wait another hour to get it. Surprised the kitchen staff would even put it on a plate. So I had an okay experience with subpar food, and while the prices are reasonable, this place still isn't cheap. I doubt I'd come back, so that's why it gets 3 stars from me.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

Salmon was served with cucumber salad only... potato purée was surprisingly missing. Still the same high price for less food. It is a great meal for people who are on a diet though. Had to order sides additionally. No “happy birthday” small complimentary desert for...our birthday dinner.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 31, 2019

I love this place, reservation is again a must because the atmosphere is truly fantastic, the service and the food is excellent, the bartenders are exceptional great, they are focused in providing you quickly your favorite alcohol drink or food, the place tend to be...loud but controlled, service staff are great and humble. The food is well prepared and fresh, try the signature corn bread with wood fired roasted chicken. You cant go wrong here.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2019 via mobile

We finally found ourselves staying in CDM and we’re getting to know all the local shops and restaurants. We tried Banderas last night and couldn’t have had a better experience. Our waiter, Edwin, shares my father’s name, so of course that was an instant connection....Edwin had great input into our order: tri tip with enchilada and lamb sandwich. But those dishes had so many layers than their names imply. The lamb especially is very tender, sliced thinly and so flavorful too. Soft peppers and a hint of lemon on the sandwich added to the complexity. My husband had a martini and I had a nice glass of Turley Zinfandel and we were stuffed! Edwin was so personable and friendly and what a great story he has. The manager came over to check on us and offered us a slice of banana cream pie but we were so full we had to unfortunately decline. Be sure we’ll be back again for that! Thank you one and all— excellent staff, ambience and of course food.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Excellent. Best restaurant in the area of Newport Beach ! And love the Take out menu!!! Great music and ambience as well.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 18, 2019

Brought our family for our twin granddaughters birthdays and were none too happy when the bill arrived and we were charged $24 for their birthday desserts. Insulting at best after spending over $300 for food and drink.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Every time we have eaten here it has been a good experience. The service is always great. And we have tried pretty much everything on the menu and It’s all good. From the salads to the main courses and desserts, we have liked everything we’ve...tried and always look forward to coming back.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019

Always great food here. Service was a bit off which was unusual glasses empty for more than 15 minutes at a time. The macho Chicken salad was smallish at 23.00 and had three small pieces of chicken. Was delicious but not worth $23.00 as where...was the chicken Could have been an off night just reporting.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2019

Bandera is a top choice for locals, with an upscale vibe that is still coastal casual. Good food, specializing in healthy and hearty option like Macho salad, riibs, chicken and other other fresh items.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

Searching for a nice diner we were attracted by a nice wooden house. Inside we were welcomed by a warm mix of wooden interior an candle light. In the middle or the big room was a bar. The super friendly waitress brought us our menus....Hmmm very yummmie. The house speciality was the long rosted chicken. It was gorgeous. The encilladas are also absolutely perfect also the same with the chicken salad. Well done. We will come back soon.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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