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Starfish

30832 Coast Hwy. Send to Phone
949-715-9200 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
American and Asian sensibilities mingle in this dark, Pacific Rim-style venue created by OC restaurateur Nancy Wilhelm.

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Starfish Restaurant Review

: Fans of Orange County restaurateur Nancy Wilhelm’s handiwork will feel very comfortable at this venue, located across from the Montage resort. The space is dark, the atmosphere cozy, and the décor is influenced by the Pacific Rim. However, this eatery’s menu enables it to clearly create its own solid identity. The culinary milieu is one that infuses Americanized touches into a broad arrangement of coastal Asian gastronomic motifs, although this marriage of concepts is clearer in some of chef Jarvis Yuan’s dishes than it is in others. Since most of the plates are conducive to family-style dining, you may want to draw up a battle plan on how to work through the menu as you indulge in one of the signature cocktails. We recommend settling into the meal by ordering the trio of Korean galbi tacos and wok-fired mussels served in Thai basil coconut curry broth. From there, items such as wild mushroom garlic noodles, moo shu pork and whole fish of the day make for ideal options to share. Pamper your sweet tooth with one of the Asian-inspired flavors of ice cream. Locals and tourists seeking midday nourishment should note that the restaurant offers a scaled-down version of the dinner menu at lunch.



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