The Bungalow can be erratic. While I have undoubtedly had the best prime steaks ever at this restaurant, and the vodka martinis are to die for, service can be hit and miss. The main restaurant is far too noisy to waste an evening in, besides which it seems to be a hunting ground for local Corona del Mar cougars. The patio is a wonderful when open, as it is covered, has a blazing fireplace, allows for intimate conversation, and catches just enough of the music from the bar across the street provide a pleasant backdrop. The problem seems to be that there is no assurance that the patio will be open if you make the reservation several days in advance, as it will not be open if the restaurant is not nearly full, or the number of patrons who are requesting the patio does not justify assigning a server. In addition, some of the servers can be extraordinarily attentive, while others will almost forget you are there. My best tip: reserve a table on the patio on a night that is not too busy, but busy enough to warrant service on the patio. Order your steak rare, try the wedge salad, and have a very chilled vodka martini up, with two olives.
the staff is great, owner is a MAJOR problem.
Someone lied and told this guy that single women are coming into his place for HIS amusement...wrong
And then the jerk competes with his male customers for female attention and wonders why business is off so much
The food is good but pricey, valet is over priced, service at the bar and tables is always excellent
But too many women in town refuse to go there because the owner is a jerk
I'll be going back but only when I see the sign that says "under new management"
Fun, affordable happy hour.
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviwer below. The place is not overly crowded, but was lively the night we were there. The food was excellent and their price was right up our alley.
Great Happy Hour.
The Bungalow proves that it's still possible to have a nice evening on the town without breaking the bank. We arrived at 4:30pm on a random weekday afternoon and had the place to ourselves. The bartender and hostess were welcoming but didn't annoy us.
The location is perfect on PCH and it's got a nice view of the fancy cars constantly whizzing by. The interior of the restaurant is gorgeous, deep hues of red and brown with great contrasting art and patterns. All the chairs were comfortable and the whole joint was sparkling clean.
Our waitress was perfectly polite and professional, we had two drinks each and skidded out of there for under $25. Sweet! We'll be back, for sure.
The Bungalow Restaurant. My wife and I have been regulars at this restaurant for years. The food is always superb and the service very attentive. Unfortunately the last night we were in for dinner we were greeted by the owner with crossed arms and an angry grimace on his face. We instantly felt uncomfortable. We were seated for dinner and the owner paced back and fourth with a very angry expression and demeanor. To top things off we spent $200 for my wife's birthday and after having been there for less than an hour and a half the owner came literally up beside our table, pointed to us and said to a staff member "they need to leave. They have been here forever!" Very sad that an owner of such a nice restaurant can make a guest feel so unwelcome- We won't be back!
What a wonderful place to dine. The Bungalow is one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County. I love the intimate, yet electric atmosphere. The food is great and it is a steak lovers dream. The chef provides a creative menu and the tastes are out of this world. The bar area is always fun and the patio dining is charming. The service is always first rate. The valet parking makes parking in downtown CDM easy. I have told all my friends and they have told there's, so be sure and get a reservation early.
The Best Spot For Filet, Seafood and wine list. I have been going to the Bungalow for years. I love the new small plate menu. You get alot for your money and the food is amazing!!! I am a big wine drinker and the variety of wines they offer are fabulous. The service is top notch. Whenever my husband and I have a special occasion to celebrate we choose The Bungalow. You know where I will be going for my Birthday. I highly recommend the Bungalow for a romantic dinner or even a birthday celebration. Also the happy Hour is a great value.
Amazing Steaks, Great Fun Atmosphere. We had dinner with a group of friends there had a great time on their very nice patio with the fireplace. We had the Fillet Mignon with blue cheese crumbles and onion strings. Yum yum. Our server Jaime kind of made it for us by picking out the wine and telling us about the steaks, great attitude and attentive, seriously go ask for him. He will make you have a good time even if you don't want to. Don't take my word on it, go and try it. Oh and the cocktails aren't so shabby too.
nice restaurant. I had dinner here on Friday night and thought it was pretty good. The ambience was nice in the indoor dining area, quaint and dim. The server was friendly and attentive. I had the bone-in rib eye which was pretty good. I ordered it medium, but it was slightly overcooked. My girlfriend had the grilled wild king salmon. She thought it was good, especially the sauce. Overall, we did enjoy the food, sevice & ambience of the restaurant.
Good service. Other than the place being too loud (I know it's out of thier control) it was pretty good. The menu seemed pretty basic and simple but the choices were good. The appetizer of the prawns were a lil overcooked and the sauce didn't do much to cover it. The entrees were good though. The rib eye was cooked perfect and the flavor good. I wouldn't say it was the best steak I'd ever had but one of the better ones. I paired it with crab legs and they were good too. My girlfriend had the halibut and it was very good. Good portions for both. Service was the best part of the meal. Our server was attentive and although he was busy he took good care of us. It seemed a bit pricey but I guess it's that Newprot/Corona del Mar thing
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