The Loft at Montage Resort is one of the best overall restaurants in Orange County, hands down. If you are looking to impress someone, this is where you take them. The experience begins with the valet parking (the only form of parking available). The front of the resort is graced with world class vehicles that give the approach an elite aura. Upon entering the resort you are engulfed by one of the best views in Orange County. The beautiful pool deck and lawn lead directly up to the breaking surf at the resorts watery edge. Be sure to walk the grounds after eating lunch to take in the Montage gardens. If you are lucky you will see their wonderful collection of birds of prey kept on site. The eagles, hawks, and falcons are brought out several hours a day to sun and keep away pesky seagulls.
The Loft is a fine dining experience that offers distinctly American cuisine. The wood fired rotisserie grill and open air food prep area keep the ambiance cozy when it could easily get stuffy with its elegant decor. You can't miss the breath taking panoramic views of the ocean from the windows or the balcony. This is the main draw to the restaurant and a good reason not to eat dinner here. No sun = no view.
The food and wine has always been extremely good but pricey, as to be expected. The salads are fantastic as any fish offered on the menu. The interactive cheese bar offers a plethora of exotic cheese from around the globe.
Valet service can get validated by the wait staff and they also have free Wi-Fi if needed making this spot great for a first date or lunch meeting with a client or business partner.