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“320 Main is modern comfort food with a twist in Seal Beach, CA”
Review of 320 Main

320 Main
Ranked #40 of 92 Restaurants in Seal Beach
Price range: $15 - $30
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Pacific Coast Highway
Description: Seal Beach's intimate 320 Main long ago set the benchmark in Orange County for cutting edge, creative craft cocktails. Owners Jason & Rebecca Schiffer have all but perfected the art of re-imagining popular cocktail recipes, utilizing the latest techniques and ingredients, all the while refining their standard cocktail repertoire that pays homage to America's greatest gift to the culinary world. 320 Main is a friendly, spirited and quality driven restaurant that specializes in classic American dishes & freshly crafted cocktails with simple but inspired twists Where Main Street Americans Eat
Anaheim, California
Level 6 Contributor
411 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“320 Main is modern comfort food with a twist in Seal Beach, CA”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Cheese & Charcuterie is pepato cheese, chicken liver and veal pate, prosciutto, purple mustard, pickled vegetables, and grilled bread. The pate was more like a terrine of chicken liver and veal but absolutely delicious! The texture was a little coarse but melts in your mouth from your natural body heat. The pickled vegetables were perfect, just enough pickled flavor while keeping the vegetables crisp. The prosciutto was fantastic with a faint scent of gaminess which reveals the aging process. It melts in your mouth like pork-flavored candy. Pepato cheese is like parmesan reggiano with an aged aroma and creamy finish on the palate. Thumbs up, way up!

I had to try a hand-crafted cocktail. Punchin' Daisies is made with Maurin Quina (French aperitif), fernet (bitter, aromatic spirit), lemon, and elderflower syrup. I'm unsure how to describe the experience, but I loved it. It has a sweet and sour front end with a slightly bitter finish. The aroma was familiar but I couldn't place it. After you sip and swallow the cocktail, you are left with the taste of butterscotch candy. This is a really fun drink that likes to play with your senses. Thumbs up, way up!

Crispy Skin Branzino served with cauliflower couscous, pomegranate, butternut squash, Brussels sprout leaves, and brown butter. My first impression as it was brought to the table, "What is that fantastic aroma?" It was the brown butter and crispy skin of the branzino. The skin was beautifully crispy and the fillet was succulent, delicately sweet and flavorful. The vegetables were beautifully presented with bright orange butternut squash, bright red pomegranates, and bright green Brussels sprout leaves. Everything worked together for a perfectly balanced dish. Thumbs up, way up!

8 oz. Skirt Steak served with bacon braised greens, romesco (Spanish nut & red pepper-based sauced), king oyster mushrooms, and hand cut fried potato. The skirt steak came out a perfect rare with a deep red interior. Even at rare, the beef was tender and sweet. The bacon braised greens were tender and naturally salted with smoky flavor from the bacon. The king oyster mushrooms had a meaty texture and were cooked to perfection. Thumbs up, way up!

Apple Butterscotch Tart served with crème fraîche and vanilla wafer. A twist on the American pie turned galette (French term for flat round or freeform cake or tarts). The crust was flaky and buttery. The apples tasted like a tart caramel apple, but not too sweet. The crème fraîche was creamy and matched perfectly with the apples, sort of like vanilla ice cream atop an apple pie. Thumbs up, way up!

Brown Sugar Cake served with banana, braised pineapple, and candied pecans. Fantastically presented on a cross-section of a tree trunk! The brown sugar cake was moist and had a salted caramel flavor. The banana "coulis" worked great with the cake and braised pineapples, very tropical like a deconstructed pineapple upside down cake. Thumbs up, way up!

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Seal Beach, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Bartender”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

320 Main prides itself in their wonderful cocktails, but the bar area is just too small. Several times we have had to go elsewhere because it was too crowded. Happy for them that they are so busy, but really, if the bar area was expanded somehow it would be great! All of their cocktails are made fresh and you can't find that anywhere else close by! The restaurant is good too! Small and cozy, with good food - but the bar is the star!

  • Visited February 2014
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spokane
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Pretty good...”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Good drinks, great atmosphere but yes, very loud as others mentioned. Food was pretty average. Server seemed tired, annoyed or maybe she was just a low key person?

  • Visited July 2013
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Seal Beach, California
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“DISSAPPOINTED”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

After 3 tries AI give up. Ordered a Kansas City Strip Steak. It was good but not much of it for $38.00. They said 14oz. The bone had to weigh 11oz. The twice backed potatoe was 1/2 of a
potatoe and really small, 3 bites. They had an onion one the plate the looked like a cat turd. Waited 15 minutes to get a glass of water and had to ask if we had a waiter.
WILL NEVER GO BACK. You get a better steak a Chris & Pitts for $8.95

  • Visited September 2013
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Eckert, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good happy hour”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Stopped here on our buisness trip. Nice little place. We went during happy hour and sat at the bar. The bar tender was great and they had some interesting drinks. We each tried something different. Overall a good place . Would go back . We onlytried the fried pbj . It was ggood.

  • Visited July 2013
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