Best Restaurant Ambiance Orange County 2013 - The Corner
If the tapas-portioned American food and craft cocktails were only half as pleasing as they actually are, this place would still deserve kudos for having successfully replaced the gawdawful Chinese restaurant that preceded it. (Trying to remember the name brings a bout of PTSD.) Even more amazing is the remodeling job that has opened up, brightened up—and dare we day it?—hipped up a space that was as bland as the egg rolls that used to roll out here. The décor is minimalist, but that just slides your party into a casual evening of being served the one-of-a-kind creations of the chef/owner who came to Surf City from Napa Valley's famed French Laundry. And you'll love the trendy dinnerware. Thankfully, despite the much-needed re-do, the Corner retains its sneaky little bar off the main entrance, where you must sit down and order its take on an old fashioned. That'll bring you back for a nightcap after dinner.