Whitestone Restaurant & Bar
Loved this place! Delicious food and friendly staff! The chef even came and chatted for a few! Def a repeater!!❤️🙏🏻👏
This is our second time dining at Whitestone and love the family style presentation of different foods that can be shared and enjoyed.
Great new restaurant! The music was a bit loud, but other than that, the food, wine and ambience was super! Good price point, too. We will definitely be back.
The menu is really unusual, so that was fun to try some new, creative dishes. Most of the items we really liked. Our server was nice and knowledgeable about the dishes, but we waited quite some time to find him to place our order. He had a heavy accent, which was challenging to understand. Worth a try!
Not for us. Pretentious concept. Sharing but regular portions not family style. It’s an excuse to serve food not together so that some folks eat while others watch. My scallops and coffee came out cold. No substitutions on sides. All in all very annoying. Much much better when it was two left forks. We will not be going back.
Food quite good. $16.00 martini in a very small glass was a ripoff. I complained to the bartender when we left. He said it was 8oz, which I doubt.
This was our 1st time to the restaurant. We were not familiar with their type of service. This was a small plate type of restaurant. The idea is to share the food that comes to the table. We are not opposed to this type of dinning, similar to sushi and other types of small plates. The issue we found was the size of the portions vs the pricing.
We ordered a Chartuterie and Cheese plate. It was $38.00 for the plate. There were four of us. Sorry to say that there was enough food for maybe 2 small bites each. Although everything tasted good it was a lot of money for 2 bites. We also had their BBQ Mushrooms. This was a fantastic tasty treat. The issue again was it was a taste. We each got about a serving spoon of the Mushrooms, a small portion.
We then ordered the Caesar, this was a generous portion there was plenty of romaine, however, the crispy prosciutto was limited. There was plenty of salad for the four of us. We then had the Crispy Forbidden Rice. This came in as a hockey puck size portion sitting on a luscious sauce. Again the portion was just enough to taste not to satiate once appetite. Finally there was the protein. We had the Jidori Chicken Breast. This too was delicious, however, it was one small chicken breast for 4 people. In the end the dinner was about $200 including 4 glasses of wine. We all walked out disappointed in the cost for the amount of food that was presented.
In all of our opinions we felt if you want to sit at the bar and drink and eat one or two items it makes sense, but to expect to have a dinner this is not the place.
We loved the food. Unique and tasty menu made fresh from scratch with flavors you’ve never had before. Service was great and drinks were perfect.
Well we waited exactly 20 minutes before anyone greeted us at the table with blame being put on hostess for seating us in no-man’s land. Was brought the wrong drink but they did correct it. Do not care for concept of plates coming out at different times ( just personal preference). Music was loud and seemed more geared to a nightclub. Prices quite high. Aside from that the food was good. Especially loved beef cheek. Curry cauliflower was good. We aren’t planning to return. Sad because we were looking forward to a new restaurant in town. Our waitress was very sweet and wanted to make things better for us. Just too many things..
So many choices that sounded great. Very creative menu. I can’t wait to go back and try new things!!
Finally a menu that offers unique dishes that aren’t on every other restaurants menus! Between the 4 of us we tried 6 different items and loved them all!
The menu is wonderful and full of plates to share. The shrimp and the cedar salad were amazing. I can’t wait dine again. Ask for Gabriel. His service was outstanding.
Gabriel was excellent.
One of the best restaurants in Orange County!! So impressed with the unique menu.
Great food but overzealous servers! Checking on us non stop... at least 3 in addition to our designated waitress. Wanting to remove our plates while still enjoying our food. Felt invasive, unrelaxing, rushed, awkward....
Suggestion: lay off ! Let people enjoy dinner! Why ask if special occasion if u don’t acknowledge it??!
Despite food, might not go back
Hands down my favorite restaurant in Dana Point, perhaps even Orange county. The menu is creative, unique and outstanding. The service impeccable and the ambience amazing.
Fabulous restaurant with excellent food. Chef Tony is awesome and has been able to bring some creativity into his dishes.
The food was excellent and quite unique, I really have nothing to compare it to. A very brave approach to meal making.
We were big fans of Two Left Forks, but WhiteStone did not disappoint! In fact, we might even like it better. Inventive "global fusion" cuisine (as described by the server). The dishes present beautifully and are an explosion of flavor. We had the meatballs, BBQ shrimp, grilled artichoke (best I've ever had) and lamb. Highly recommend them all. Chef came to table after the meal and it is very obvious how much this endeavor means to him. Support local restaurants and give it a try. You won't be disappointed. Best dining experience in DP area.
Seemed slow for a Saturday night but nonetheless we were seated immediately. This puts speed dating at a different level. Most people complain because they have to wait for their food but this was the opposite. Our appetizer came out so fast I thought perhaps they were psychic and new what we wanted before we arrived. It was the case for everything else. We barely had a chance to catch a breath before as everything else came out before we were done with what we were eating. I think from the time we sat down we’re we’re out of there in 30 minutes. The food was very good but the ambiance and service was just adequate.
The food in this restaurant is phenomenal. We have been there three times this month. The staff are pleasant and knowledgeable. Most people like to be able to talk during a meal. I just don’t understand why they have to blast the music and spoil the ambience.
We’ve had our server Farrah before and has always been fabulous but tonight’ she was spread too thin and had very little help. The service for this caliber of place was very insufficient. We love the chef and the food but for crying out Loud. Employ some people to carry the load.
We brought friends for the first time who loved the food but didn’t enjoy the lack of service! Get it right or you won’t last!
We really like this restaurant. Food is interesting and delicious. I never do these sorts of reviews but I wanted to point out that the music they play is terrible (european rage electronica or something) and just does not work here. And too loud. The bartender admitted the staff hates it too. Otherwise great place.
What a wonderful evening we had after spending the day at the Laguna Arts Festivals. Shared a meal with another couple and between the four of us, there were three orders of the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. Our friends enjoyed the pate and grilled artichoke (my husband and I did not try them). He and I shared the blackened beet salad (would not order that again. Didn't seem blackened or that different than a beet salad from anywhere else.) We would order the muhammara again and the babaganoush. And we will be sure to be hungrier when we go next time so we'll try some of their entrees!
The mushrooms and caeser salad were amazing. Service was delightful.
Food was excellent - very unique and flavorful. Service and ambience was excellent as well. Will definitely be back.
Awesome food-delicious. The chef came out several times and explained the dish and it’s taste profile. When I first looked at the menu I thought it seem esoteric, but it was fantastic. Served family style loved cauliflower, beets, shrimp, steak, and the deserts were new and different. You have to go it is by far the best restaurant in Dana Point
First of all, the staff was wonderful. The Chef came out and told us a bit about the restaurant since it was our first time. Since their dishes are really meant for sharing, we each ordered a couple of dishes and we all had some of it as the dishes came out. The chicken liver paté is to die for! The wild boar sausage was wonderful. The Jidori chicken was amazing and... well. I'll keep it short: we all loved and truly enjoyed every single item we ordered. We'll be back!
Had no clue what to expect. Simply a Saturday night out and decided to go to WhiteStone to support a new business in DP. The waitress was super friendly and helpful explaining their concept but my Midwest meat and potatoes roots were screaming, “There’s nothing on this menu I’m familiar with!” But my mind was already made up that I was too chicken to get up and leave so we’d muddle through and make this a one and done.
But that’s the thing about getting out of your comfort zone. Every once in a while it works out! And in the case of our dinner this evening at WhiteStone it was a superb experience. From the chef stopping at our table to introduce himself and thanking us for trying his restaurant, to our just the right amount of attentiveness server, it was a “fine” dining experience! Yes! The food was “different” but definitely delectable! And yes! We will return. Try it! You’ll like it!
My husband and I have been to Whitestone twice and both times the food was fresh and delicious. This restaurant is focused on using seasonal fruits and veggies sourced locally plus relying on sustainably produced fish and meat. The atmosphere is friendly and comfortable and the servers provide helpful suggestions as you navigate their menu. It is a welcomed addition to the Dana Point restaurant scene.
Bartender was awesome
Food was great
Inexperienced hostess for seating who put us in the bar when we requested a quieter table...the restaurant was half full. Inexperienced waiter who forgot to put our order in. I ordered the octopus, which was rubbery and in an unpleasant sauce. The wine list was weird and hard to understand...what are “progressive reds”? Apparently it is lightest to heaviest but that didn’t make sense given the list. Would not go back.
Just one thing , when the plates come out for sharing it’s not really cut or set out for sharing.
But over all it was really delicious plates.
The staff is too much in a rush and that action created an anxious environment of the staff wanting to clear the plates while we we trying to enjoy our meal and wine. There was a lack of communication among the staff and the dinner not a relaxing event.
First time visitors from Seattle. I found this place online and thought it looked great. Great location with ample parking. Whitestone has a unique dining concept in that orders are taken as usual, but plates come "first up, first out" to the table from the kitchen. While initially apprehensive, our party of four was soon taking the advice of our new but very competent server Trevor, sharing plates and talking. This turned into a very enjoyable dining experience. One of the Chef Owners came to our table twice to thank us and chat about our dining experience. A nice touch that realy communicated his passion for food and people.
This new restaurant's hook is to place your order and then serve each dish as soon as it's ready. All dishes are meant for sharing.
This worked out great for me and my wife on our weekly Saturday "date", since we share our food anyway.
We had the charcuterie plate, elote, crispy potatoes and Vietnamese fisherman's stew. The elote was unexpectedly different. The corn was not on the cob, but instead the kernels were placed on top of a thick mole type sauce. It and the other main courses were delicious.
Then we ordered the brownie and coffee for desert. The cherries on the brownie were a complete surprise and could have been a desert on their own.
Looking forward to many more meals at Whitestone.
The food was really delicious, but the server was a bit off putting by starting out by telling us that the kitchen can not guarantee that the food will arrive together and there are NO modifications. What?? I'm allergic to a couple things like avocado, and you're telling me that it can't be removed? I thought that was odd, but heard him repeat it at the next table. For a new place, I would think you would be a little more accommodating. I'll still come back, but not the best first impression....
We were so impressed with the flavor of the food and creativity of the dishes that the chefs came out to share their food process of being creative. They had a duck pot pie not on the menu but should be as it was amazing.
Worth checking out
The menu was creative. But limited if you are Vegan or have dietary restrictions as Whitestone will NOT modify any menu item. It’s important to know that the food presentation is family style and food selections come out when they are ready meaning it’s random and a little annoying. A customer used to eating with certain rhythm or order must be flexible with this topic. The staff were very friendly but after 5 weeks since the grand opening staff is still learning. The chefs are friendly, visit tables to gain insight which is refreshing. Overall it’s worth a visit, but again if you are plant based or Vegan, I would visit a different restaurant.
Food was very interesting and unusual and extremely tasty. Lots of unique and flavorful dishes. The wild boar pappardelle was very, very good. Just like in Italy. The artichoke appetizer - very yummy. And the cauliflower one as well. Service was outstanding. Give it a try.