Food+Drink in Costa Mesa
A great beverage can enhance the flavor of your food and overall dining experience and with with several eateries that boast beverage menus as meticulously curated as their food menus, the craft cocktail, beer and wine movement is striving in Costa Mesa. Whether you prefer cocktails, wine or beer with your food – there is a place in Costa Mesa for you.
Old Vine Café at the CAMP is a must-go for any wine lover. Chef and Owner Mark McDonald hand picks wines to pair with his lunch and dinner menus. Each year, McDonald shares his love of food and wine with his guests by hosting an epicurean tour of Southern Italy. Mastro’s Steakhouse is synonymous with fine dining and incredible wines and cocktails. Mastro’s Costa Mesa boasts an impressive wine selection, which becomes evident before you’re even seated. With thousands of bottles displayed throughout the restaurant, including a staircase and an entire dining area, known appropriately as “The Wine Room" surrounded by various types of wine, an evening at Mastro's without sampling one of the many options is a true test of self-discipline.
The wood burning oven at ARC at the OC Mix is certainly the centerpiece to this modern American eatery, but the large bar that surrounds it sets the stage to indulge in a hand-crafted cocktail. With a list of vintage cocktails, and unique house creations, everything used to create the complex flavors comes from ingredients sourced from local artisans. The cocktails here perfectly complement the fare. Chef Alan Greeley’s Costa Mesa institution, The Golden Truffle, has been landmark for over 30 years by combing many different global culinary disciplines with incredible and imaginative drinks. Greeley often hosts dinners where he prepares the specialty cuisine from a country and serves unique cocktails that help enhance flavors highlights in the cuisine. If you’re looking for a different type of dining experience, look no further than The Golden Truflle. The Wild Goose Tavern offers guests a cool vibe and neighborhood feel to enjoy some serious pub grub, like gourmet sausages and burgers, and inventive cocktails. Wild Goose is also home to an impressive a set of pre-existing cocktails, or come up with your own, either way, the talented bartenders are sure to serve up something delicious. Operating in a ‘secret’ room behind Pitfire Pizza on 17th Street is Pie Society, a speak-easy type lounge that serves complex cocktails and small bites. The specialty drink at Pie Society are the sours - a classic drink that uses a base liquor, lemon or lime, egg white and a sweetener. Guests can create their own or choose from a pre-set list. Can’t make up your mind? Just order the bartender’s special and leave the decision making to the professionals.
If you’re more inclined to reach for a craft beer with your meal, there are some great options in Costa Mesa to quench your thirst for the hops and barley. Pizzeria Ortica has a rotating list of seasonal and craft beers on tap. Periodically throughout the year, Pizzeria Ortica hosts specialty beer dinners where breweries and the executive chef at Ortica work together to perfectly pair various Italian courses with a wide selection of draught or can craft beer as well as a selection of specialty Belgian bottles.