Newport Beach, CA 92657
09.09.09 was our 2nd year anniversary and we wanted to celebrate it near the beach. Sage on the Coast is a fine local restaurant in the Crystal Cove Promenade plaza at the end of the strip. The atmosphere was friendly and not too pretentious as other Newport Beach restaurants. We made reservations for the Wednesday and was a bit embarrassed that we did because the place was pretty empty. There were only 2 tables occupied in the whole main dining area and a few more tables in the patio. But I shouldn't complaint because sitting in the patio was romantic and private, especially with the lighting, which made our anniversary night special.
We each ordered the tasting menu which includes the 3 courses and a dessert for $35. For an extra $10, the tasting menu is paired with 3 glasses of wine. Good deal!
Wine: Roederer Estate, Brut (Anderson Valley, NV)
Wine: Merum, Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain 2006)
Wine: Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre (Veronese, Italy 2005)
Sage on the Coast is a nice getaway from the nearby crowded and noisy restaurants. It's secluded enough for people to enjoy a serene evening right next to the beach (though it could be a different story on the weekends). The food was good, and I like the fact that they use seasonal ingredients. We enjoyed our experience, especially with the $35 tasting menu and an additional $10 for wine pairings. Worth a stop for a reasonably priced dinner, although nothing really too exciting.