Couples seeking a romantic setting for drinks flock to Cano's Cafe every day at sunset. Seated along bay windows that overlook Newport Harbor, they sip margaritas and watch the sailboats return from an afternoon at sea.
The cafe's high ceilings and ceiling fans, brass fixtures and mirrors complement the Mediterranean decor and the bartenders and waitresses wear nautical attire befitting the locale.
A separate part of Cano's restaurant, the Cafe offers its own menus and specials, including the Cano's margarita, made with gold tequila and orange juice. A spoonful of sugar sweetens the concoction and softens its bite. The drink, a bargain at $5.50, is served in a large plastic shaker that fills more than two normal-size margarita glasses. Most other drinks are around $4, and domestic beers and imports run $3 and $3.50.
Menu bargains include the cafe's pesto, chicken and fresh tomato and basil pizzas at $3.95. Also, try the Cano's Platter, consisting of shrimp taquitos, calamari rings, quesadilla, baked oysters and bean dip, served with cocktail sauce and chipotle cream sauce. It serves two and costs $5.95. After 5 p.m., the menu includes Cajun swordfish ($7.95) and seafood fettuccini Alfredo ($5.50).