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Stonehill Tavern , A Michael Mina Restaurant
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Ranked #15 of 146 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: STONEHILL TAVERN at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point offers modern American cuisine focusing on seasonal ingredients and elegant tavern fare with twists on home-style favorites. The menu showcases the restaurant's strong relationships with local farmers with offerings of California coastal vegetables, as well as local and seasonal seafood specialties.
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Great food, amazing service, and one of our top rated experiences during our tour of the US. We were a team of 13 most spoke no English, they offered a Mandrain speaking staff that allowed my team to enjoy further the taste and treats of the Stone Hill Tavern

1  Thank Warren K
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Went here for Valentine's dinner and it was absolutely delicious. We had been to Michael Mina's American Fish restaurant in Las Vegas a few months ago and were so impressed that we wanted to try this local restaurant.

The food was absolutely delicious. We had tuna tartare, scallops and black cod and all were cooked to perfection with amazing flavors. Even the bread was excellent. We did not try the signature lobster pot pie that most other diners were enjoying, but I'll try it next time. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere is very nice but still relaxed (not stuffy), with dim lighting (not dark) and a very nice view of the property grounds. The food was served at appropriate intervals for a relaxing dinner. Will definitely be back!

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3  Thank CapeHope
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

My husband and I had dinner with 7 friends to celebrate my birthday last night at the Stonehill Tavern. It was our first visit, whereas several of our friends had been many times.

Overall, I agree with most reviews--Stonehill has very good to great food, has some uneven service moments, and is on the pricier side.

The restaurant has a nice modern style and ambience without being at all pretentious. Prices are not insignificant, but they are not out of the realm for a good restaurant like this at a resort like the St. Regis. Those who want cheaper fare shouldn't bother here.

Service was a bit rough to start. We were never offered dark napkins even though most of the men were wearing dark slacks or jeans--a no-no for a good restaurant. We had to ask. Also, they didn't have the Macallan 30 Fine Oak I ordered from the Scotch list. They did bring over a Macallan 21 Fine Oak with less than a shot's worth in the bottle but didn't offer it free of charge, something a great restaurant would have done in that situation. I eventually complained that the situation was handled poorly, and the manager ended up giving me the remnant gratis, as well as bringing another Oban 14 gratis. They erred, but they rebounded.

The website also includes a pre-fixe menu, but the restaurant clearly was confused as to what we referred---and they surprised us by not providing a pre-fixe menu at dinner. They obviously had a disconnect between their website and what they actually provide. In the end, the manager and chef were happy to create a pre-fixe for our party, along with wine pairing, and the overall meal was very nice. They charged $105 for the 5 course pre-fixe plus dessert, and they even offered a cheese course which we all declined.

There are obviously some management issues which need to be handled--fixing the website, having a true pre-fixe menu option or a chef's surprise tasting menu available, napkins, etc.

On the plus side, the food was very good. The sommelier was fantastic, and really put together a nice range of wines to complement the 5 courses, something I always judge harshly when not done well.

Yes, there were a few problems, but in the end they treated us very well and tried very hard to make up for the mistakes I had pointed out. They were very friendly, and service improved quickly thereafter. Overall, everyone had a very nice meal, and everyone agreed we would return to try again.

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5  Thank Bill R
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Everything, from the service to the dessert is perfect. The staff is professional and well educated on the menu, foods, and wines. We have done both the wine pairing menu and regular meals and have always been surprised and pleased by the incredible flavors of each morsel. You really get what you pay for here.

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3  Thank Orla M
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Had a group of 12 the private dining room with fireplace. Food was small portions but really unique and flavorful.

4  Thank Cutterback
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