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Selanne Steak Tavern

1464 S. Coast Hwy. (Calliope St.) Send to Phone
Future Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne brings his A-Game to this elegant steakhouse and neighborhood tavern hybrid.
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Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Selanne Steak Tavern Restaurant Review

: World-class hockey player Teemu Selanne does more than lend his name to this cross between an elegant steakhouse and bustling neighborhood hangout. He and his team have turned the historic Laguna Beach cottage that housed French 75 into a stylish space that smartly ties into the town’s modern façades. The downstairs tavern is a sophisticated yet approachable place for locals to grab a craft cocktail, watch the game, and enjoy bites like the Wagyu beef tartare or the ground sirloin and short rib burger with truffle Parmesan fries. Lucky patrons may even spot the famous yet very hands-on owner. Head upstairs and you will encounter a chic setting replete with white linens, chandeliers and a cozy ambience. While Selanne’s name draws attention, the true stars here are found in the kitchen. Executive chef Joshua Severson, who worked under Tom Colicchio, displays an exceptional sense of composition with his dishes, one where simplicity prevails and every ingredient is delivered with a definitive purpose. His craftsmanship is evident in starters of Pacific diver scallops and the beef bone marrow served with tangy red onion marmalade. Severson’s skill turns steaks such as the bone marrow butter-topped New York strip into edible art, and this deft touch is also seen in the apple wood-smoked salmon paired with faro-celery root purée. Accompaniments of seasonal mixed mushrooms with truffle butter and white polenta with blue cheese demonstrate equal consideration to detail. Pastry chef Heather Fisher follows Severson’s lead with whimsical, balanced desserts such as sticky toffee pudding. The deep wine list contains labels from appellations culled from all over the globe, and includes a special “Black List” that features rare, high-end selections.

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