I am very sad to let you know that the Manhattan Steak & Seafood is no longer in business.
Manhattan closed some time ago and I had been hoping that a new owner would appear and re-open this fine local steakhouse. Unfortunately that has not happened. I believe his hidden gem suffered form severe lack of exposure coupled with a rather odd location.
In the first case the owners, in my opinion, never adequately advertised this wonderful comfortable restaurant. Given it’s proximity to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), I would have thought there would be a continuous stream of medical professionals stopping by for lunch and after work refreshments. But apparently the management there did not pursue this obvious opportunity.
The second failing was not really the owners fault. While easy to get to and with ample parking, Manhattan Steak & Seafood is located on a rather pedestrian and uninspired main street surrounded by a seemingly never ending collection of small strip malls.
I will miss the Manhattan Steak & Seafood.
Below is my original comments for reference:
One of my favorite local places to have a drink is Manhattan Steak and Seafood. Located in a rather obscure part of the city of Orange, in Orange Co., CA, it is a great hidden gem well off the beaten path. The food is excellent, the staff is awesome, and the ambiance is comfortable and classy.
But this is a Martini Blog. In short the Martinis are really quite good. But just not quite great. On the plus side the drinks are generous and nicely mixed. And always served with a smile. On the down side the drinks are not as chilled as I would like, probably because the stems are not pre-frozen. Or even chilled in the refrigerator.
So Manhattan gets a single Martini.
However, the restaurant is definitely worth going a bit our of your way to find. http://www.manhattanoc.com/