By Samantha Hammer
Mahé Dana Point
24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point
Mahé’s name derives from a love for travel to the Seychelles, where the largest island bears the name. Owners Toby Reece and Anthony Andrews found in Mahé a very fitting appellation and their inspiration for creating the restaurant’s warm, friendly and electrifying dining atmosphere.
Now in its sixth year, Mahé sits just a few steps outside the Dana Point Harbor offering patio dining, a sushi bar, teppan tables, a lively bar, live music and pages of mouth-watering menu choices. Manager Obie Scott loves the restaurant and offers special care to all his guests which has played a lead role in building Mahé’s customer loyalty. “We love the feeling of family, Scott said,” adding that the long-time staff extends that warmth to customers.
The chefs are brilliant in their food design with exquisite flavors and picture-perfect presentations. Daily fresh selections including soups, salads, sushi rolls, teppan entrees, succulent seafood, chop house style steaks, burgers and sandwiches are among the many choices. “Kids love our children’s menu too,” Scott said, “especially our hand-dipped fresh chicken tenders.”
Sushi chef Mark offers interpretive sushi rolls. One favorite is Starfish, a roll filled with minced tuna and asparagus topped with fresh halibut slices and a side of salmon sashimi. Your inner foodie will delight in this creation. Dinner favorites are the bone-in ribeye steak and the filet mignon.
Beer, wine, martinis and happy hour specials are available daily. Be sure to indulge in Taco Tuesdays offering inspired Pacific Asian fusion cuisine.
PRICE RANGE: $2 – $39
PAYMENT ACCEPTED: Cash and credit cards
HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday