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“Fabulous, Innovative Fare”

AnQi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar
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Ranked #13 of 508 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Anton Boulevard
Description: The AN Family, of the famed Crustacean Restaurant in Beverly Hills, invites you to experience their latest concept: AnQi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar. AnQi serves a unique twist on California Vietnamese Cuisine, with favorites like Filet Mignon Potstickers and Miso Black Cod, as well as items from their Award-Winning Molecular Menu. AnQi is the most architecturally impressive designed space in all of Orange County, with its unique Catwalk concept and eco-friendly sustainable interior design. Winning Riviera’s 2010 Best Restaurant Decor Award, AnQi compliments its earthy-chic versatile decor with a bar menu just as fresh and organic. Sip on AnQi's award-winning hand-muddled signature cocktails, as you watch models strut down the Catwalk. AnQi is the only place you can enjoy dinner and a Fashion Show - an evening of cuisine and couture!
Santa Fe, NM
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Fabulous, Innovative Fare”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

We found this place by accident during a business trip to Orange County last summer and keep hoping we'll have a chance to go back! The ambiance is sleep and sophisticated, and the food out of this world. Try the noodles, and anything else your server suggests. Also, try the special martini--REALLY excellent.

  • Visited August 2011
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Orange, California
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“Be S(c)e(ne)en.”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

Ok, this is South Coast Plaza hip scene good. Seriously, don't show-up in your grubby jeans expecting great food. Pay too much, eat too little that tastes Asian Food good but, wow, look at all those scenesters! Totally worth the overpriced wine that probably got switched with the cheap stuff anyway. It's that cool in a "The OC" sense of the term.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Excellent Food. Tapas really great. Went on a busy friday night, had to wait at the bar for a table. Staff fantastic in organising a table and drinks at bar. Service really good, wait staff very friendly. Well worth the visit.

  • Visited March 2012
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Orange, California
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“Beautiful restaurant, beautiful food”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

Anqi is inventive and really delivers high quality, excellent food. It is a high-end restaurant but shared items can help economize. Service was great, too. The garlic noodles are divine and we tried the filet and it too was superb. Only disappointment, when we ordered their Mussels, the dish was delicious and came with plenty of mussels but only one little slice of pesto- enhanced baguette. We requested another piece of plain baguette and were amazed to see a .75 charge for the extra bread on the bill. Really? Won't prevent us from returning but did leave a negative after-thought to an otherwise wonderful evening. I can't believe that the .75 charge is worth the negativity and hope they re-think this policy!

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank Erin W
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Tustin, CA
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57 reviews
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“A Birthday Celebration”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Mt wife and I celebrated a friend's birthday by having a delightful dinner at AnQi at South Coast Plaza. We took advantage of Restaurant Week and each of us had some version of the Prefix menu. The flavors and presentation of the dishes was absolutely delightful. In fact we all shares tastes and enjoyed everything brought to our table. The only shortfall was the coffee which was more like something you might get at Denny's tea almost tea-like. Odd that a restaurant that pays so much attention to their cuisine would fall short making a simple cup of coffee.

The overall experience was really very nice too bad the punctuated it with a weak cup of coffee!

  • Visited March 2012
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