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Yes, Gulfstream is big, but you'll never be served an entrée that is outweighed by a power garnish-and no heaps-o-chow that scream Claim Jumper, either. Proportions are just right, as is the wine list. Desserts aren't a big deal at Gulfstream, but they make a fabulous hot-fudge sundae with candied pecans.
My wife and I had 8 pm reservations on Friday, 02Nov2012. We arrived early (630 pm) and enjoyed cigars on the outdoor bar/patio. Both barmaids ignored us until 7pm, when Nikki the hostess found us and asked if we wished to be seated for dinner. I explained we were still smoking and if she could direct one of the barmaids to take our drink order. Buy 730 pm, still no drinks, the wife was fuming (not from the smoke, hehe) because she used to be a food server and said repeatedly there was no excuse for the inhospitable barmaids. Nikki apologized profusely, and I told her we would be leaving. My wife spoke with the manager, Jeff, who politely listed (but, this is the OC, footstool to the throne of God.) I told him, this is the reason we don't go out in OC, I save my money for Sin City.
The moral of the story...If you want a great dinner, night out, drink outside and smoke inside, Go to Vegas, Baby! Gulfstream sucks @$$!
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Where do Orange County's corporate, judicial, trust-fund celebrities like to gather? Gulfstream, near Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Here, you can order a dozen oysters for $26 (double the price of certain inland restaurants), sip on $16 glasses of white wine and whale-watch. Of course, by whales, we respectfully mean heavyweights--you know, power brokers, fellas driving black Hummers and looking for admirers, usually female. If you're lucky, like Orange County Register... More »
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