DANA POINT, CALIF.–Monarch Beach Resort has opened BOURBON STEAK ORANGE COUNTY, the property’s new Michael Mina restaurant and bar that is a modern, seasonal take on the classic steakhouse. After closing the successful Stonehill Tavern last December in order to create BOURBON STEAK, Monarch Beach Resort has set out to further enhance the resort’s dining scene with a new look and modernized culinary concept.
Executive Chef Bryan Brown, Sommelier Michelle Morin, and General Manager Amber Ault led the opening of the first BOURBON STEAK in Orange County. The menu highlights Chef Michael Mina’s signature butter-poached and dry-aged prime steaks along with dishes showcasing locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Brown helms the kitchen, with signature dishes unique to its coastal Southern California location including Smokin’ Hot Shellfish Platter, Beet Tartare, and The OC Lobster Salad. The spirits program pays homage to classic cocktails and the restaurant offers a tableside martini cart.
“After much anticipation, we are happy to officially open BOURBON STEAK ORANGE COUNTY,” Ian Pullan, vice president and general manager of Monarch Beach Resort, says. “Chef Mina’s talented culinary team, along with Chef Brown, has been working closely together to create a lively dining destination for Orange County residents, members, and resort guests alike.”
“I’m extremely excited about the opening of Bourbon Steak Orange County at Monarch Beach Resort,” Michael Mina, MINA Group chef/owner, says. “As a restaurateur, it’s a dream to be part of such an amazing community and we’ve been privileged to be in South Orange County for 18 years. I look forward to welcoming our neighbors into the next evolution of this space.”
Designed by Bishop Pass, the new restaurant has leather booths, a solid walnut bar surrounded by linen, and metallic cork walls, with panoramic Ocean views from the dining room and terrace. Monarch Beach Resort has six restaurants, most of them with an ocean view.