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The Resort at Pelican Hill has several restaurants and cafés that serve everything from rich Italian meals to casual coffees and treats. With plentiful alfresco seating and ocean views you can’t go wrong dining on the premises of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.
The Orange County hotel’s signature restaurant Andrea serves Northern Italian cuisine with Tuscan influences. Like the rest of the resort, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is bathed in neutral hues, featuring large cream booths and tall windows. Open for lunch and dinner, Andrea is known for its house-made pasta, which is crafted in a temperature-controlled room and includes everything from classic spaghetti and rigatoni to indulgent pumpkin ravioli and Baccalà gnocchi. Be sure to save room for dessert: Andrea serves homemade, hand-churned gelato.
The Pelican Grill serves classic California cuisine at the luxury hotel's golf club. Order up a wood oven-fired pizza or fig and prosciutto salad and watch the chefs prepare your meal in the open kitchen. There’s heated alfresco dining on the terrace with ocean views, as well as a lounge with two 9-foot plasma TVs, perfect for watching sporting events. Don’t forget to order a bottle from the wine wall, which features selections from Italy and California.
The Coliseum Pool & Grill offers casual poolside dining with American staples such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Sit inside and admire the large archways and pillars or venture outside on the heated terrace with views of the pool and ocean. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant has a kids’ menu, so it’s great for family dining.
The Caffè is an Italian coffee bar at the Orange County hotel that serves homemade breads and pastries, smoothies, espresso and La Colombe specialty coffee. Head to the glass case showcasing tantalizing treats to find the house-made gelato and tiramisu. A second gelato and coffee bar, Caffè II, is located at the golf club with outdoor-only seating.
Villa guests have exclusive access to the Villa Club, which serves upscale breakfast dishes such as Dungeness crab frittatas with asparagus and brie and Belgian waffles with apple-raisin confit. There’s also an all-day California-inspired menu with options such as salmon with beer-battered onion rings and grilled lamb chops with braised potato-tomato confit.
Finally, the Great Room is the luxury hotel's living-room style space where you can find a champagne cart, Italian-inspired cocktails, small plates, occasional live music and afternoon tea on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.