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10 Culinary Experiences at Monarch Beach Resort

A stay at the Monarch Beach Resort offers not only a chance to explore the coastline and trails of one of the most beautiful parts of California, it can be a culinary adventure too. Here are ten experiences to savor at this seaside resort.

Breakfast in Bed

With recently redesigned guest rooms that embody a contemporary California take on luxury, you will likely be tempted to linger in the morning. You’re on vacation, there’s no reason to hurry and no better time to enjoy breakfast in bed. Choose from the wide selection of items on the In Room Dining menu (offered around the clock) and enjoy your coffee or a smoothie while starting the day by breathing in those ocean breezes.

Sandwiches by the Seashore

The Monarch Beach Resort’s Part & Parcel Market was designed for gourmets on the go. You can choose from local artisanal cheeses, freshly made deli sandwiches, and a wide selection of freshly baked pastries when you pack a picnic for a day. Perhaps needless to say, there are California wines for sale too while freshly squeezed juices and Mindful chocolate chip cookies reflect the philosophy of the Miraval Life in Balance Spa. Once you have your picnic provisions in hand, head out to enjoy an al fresco lunch on the beach or alongside one of the hiking trails near the resort.

Keep it Light

With its long menu of massages, body treatments incorporating Ayurvedic practices, and signature facials, and a schedule filled with yoga and meditation classes, you may find yourself spending a full day at the Miraval Life in Balance Spa at the Monarch Beach Resort. If you need to refuel while you pursue serenity and wellness, the Miraval Spa Café has a choice of meals including vegan and gluten-free options. Entrees like the California Orchard Salad and Lemon Verbena Grilled Red Quinoa provide proof that eating healthy can still feel like an indulgence.

Toast the Coast

At 33°North, you’ll be able to take in views of the Monarch Beach Resort and the Pacific Ocean. If you want to stop in just for a drink, the menu spans the globe with champagnes and cognacs from France, a choice of single-malt Scotch whiskies, and other whiskey brands from the U.S. to Japan. If you decide to stay for a meal, the restaurant serves Bourbon Bar Bites including market vegetable samosas, black truffle popcorn, and duck fat garlic fries.

Your Own Ocean Club

A private tram ride will take you from the Monarch Beach Resort to an unforgettable and only-in-California dining experience at the Monarch Bay Beach Club. Where better to enjoy dishes that embody the best of California cuisine, a marriage of global influences and the highest quality ingredients, than at a patio overlooking the sea? Whether you reserve a table for Sunday brunch or a romantic dinner for two, you are guaranteed a meal you won’t forget.

High Steaks

A meal at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak Orange County is sufficient reason to stay at the Monarch Beach Resort on its own. The signature dish is Michael Mina’s butter poached and dry-aged steaks, paired with sides that mix classic steakhouse preparations with innovative touches (mirin and soy-glazed mushrooms, for example). The cocktail menu is similarly divided into Old School and New School options—your Manhattan can be made with angostura bitters or amaro chocolate ones. Even if the pre-dinner drinks don’t leave you a little intoxicated, in a good way, then the views of the Pacific will surely go to your head.

South of the Border Flavors

Sombra is Spanish for shade, a fitting name for a restaurant that provides a cool retreat from the California sun during a day spent lounging by the pool. The fresh fish tacos and the ceviche menu celebrate the authentic flavors of Mexico, while nachos and healthy salads round out the choices. Our suggestion for a truly relaxing afternoon: Enjoy one of the handcrafted margaritas followed by a siesta by the pool.

Exclusive Events

Both Bourbon Steak Orange County and AVEO Table + Bar have private event spaces for meals to mark special occasions, or just to gather together with a few dozen of your closest friends for no reason at all. The Bourbon Steak Orange County private dining room embodies the same contemporary elegance as the rest of the restaurant while your meal will begin with a selection of passed canapés—lobster rolls, bourbon slides, and edamame falafel. The restaurant’s steaks, salmon, and chicken are served with the chef’s selection of favorite sides served family style. At AVEO Table + Bar, the private dining menu reflects the restaurant’s Mediterranean focus from the caprese salad to start to the tiramisu for dessert.

Sweet Dreams

Sometimes the most unforgettable culinary experiences are also the most basic, like the classic s’mores. The resort will provide all the ingredients you need to create this American favorite—graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars—over a roaring fire in one of the Fireside Terrace rooms. Located on the first floor, the Fireside Terrace rooms feature private patios that look out over the resort’s expansive lawns and include a personal fire pit to keep you warm on cool, coastal nights. The resort’s younger guests consistently give this sweet experience high marks, but somehow a warm s’more manages to bring out the kid in parents too.

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