The Country Club | Exclusive Dining and Drinking Establishment

The Country Club, is a new dining and drinking establishment in Costa Mesa, it opened its doors to the public on National Repeal Day, December 5th. A former long-time 17th street watering hole, The Country Club is a complete departure from its former self. In its place, a swanky, luxury-appointed restaurant and bar that celebrates traditional American cuisine and classic libations at its finest. Guests of the 21 and over only establishment will bask in the warm ambiance and classic space reminiscent of a time-honored social club.

The all-scratch kitchen proudly offers nightly dinner options which range from savory flatbread and prime cut steaks to fresh seafood and tempting desserts. Presented by executive chef Zachary Scherer, all items are made with premium ingredients and locally-sourced produce.

Entrees include Roasted Jidori Chicken Breast with salsa verde, baked red potatoes, and creamed pencil asparagus, as well as the 42oz Ribeye Tomahawk with fresh horseradish, smashed potatoes, and beef jus. Side dish items will include a savory mac ‘n cheese with fontina, gruyere, and aged cheddar cheeses with black pepper. Guests can also enjoy weekend brunch offered from 10am to 3pm, or cocktail hour from noon to 6pm Monday through Friday. The kitchen opens weekdays at 3pm with a menu of lighter fare from flatbreads, chicken sliders and a premium beef cheeseburger, among other Happy Hour bites.

Libations will consist of 14 rotating beers on draught, crafted cocktails, premium whiskey and spirits, and a carefully curated list of wine by the bottle or glass. The selection by the glass is quite impressive with options not commonly made available by the glass.

Anticipated dessert favorites include Chocolate Lava Cake with bourbon caramel, popped blackberries, and vanilla ice cream, as well as Clafoutis with roasted strawberry and blood orange campari sorbet.

The drink menu will showcase classic libations such as whiskey old-fashioneds, gin martinis, and Moscow mules. Signature cocktails will rotate seasonally and feature premium spirits made with fresh ingredients and house-made fusions. Among the opening seasonal menu cocktails are the Royal Melbourne with Toki Japanese Whiskey, pear, and almond, and the Cypress Point, with Stoli Vodka, blood orange, and honey.

The Country Club will also be a destination for after dinner dancing complete with live entertainment and exclusive VIP table services. Guests will be invited to dance the night away with an experience unlike anywhere else in the area. The venue is uniquely tailored to accommodate large parties with party-specific menus and designated secluded spaces.

The spacious dining room is highlighted by its authentic mid-century A-frame roofline that serves as a significant and visual center point of the historic building. Housing decades of memories, The Country Club’s original architecture and heritage can still be seen and appreciated even more so after its recent extensive renovation.

From gorgeous chandeliers to leather high-back banquettes and vintage sports memorabilia, no expense has been spared and no detail overlooked. Seating options range from comfortable wrap around booths, to traditional 4 tops and large communal tables inside as well as on the patio.

Showcased with warm, intimate lighting, guests will enjoy a drink at the stately 80-foot long marble bar, as well as at communal and banquette style tables on the patio. For those looking for a more secluded setting, the patio will also offer semi-private dining and lounging spaces, complete with the warmth of a flickering fireplace. Large bi-folding doors allow an open and seamless transition to and from the patio.

While the décor and ambiance has a decidedly upscale feel, The Country Club is a place where you can wine and dine while relaxing with friends in the most comfortable of settings. Everything within its four walls is intended to bring people together, over good food and drink, and a memorable country club experience where no membership is required.

Hours of operation are 12 noon to 2am Monday through Friday with Cocktail Hour from noon to 6pm, dinner from 4:30pm to 10:30pm daily, and weekend brunch 10am to 3pm. The bar will be open until 2am daily. The Country Club is located at 330 E. 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. For more information, call 949.281.CLUB or visit countryclubcm.com.