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Smoking Out Cigar-Friendly Places : Where to find special dinners, 'Monday Night Football' parties, even women's nights.

November 10, 1995|MARK CHALON SMITH

Nightclubs such as the Shark Club in Costa Mesa and Roxbury South in Santa Ana are havens for young adult cigar smokers. Here's a sampling of other local establishments that are cigar friendly and attract several generations of cigar aficionados:

* Antoine, Sutton Place Hotel, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, (714) 476-2001. On Nov. 20 will offer the Davidoff cigar dinner, a five-course gourmet meal with Rhone wines of Guigal, cognacs of Pierre Ferrand and cigars ($125).

* Antonello Ristorante, 1611 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 751-7153. Offers "Monday Night Football" smoker dinners in its private dining room (price varies with menu).

* The Cellar, 305 N. Harbor, Fullerton, (714) 525-5682. Has cigar-smoker dinners on nights when the restaurant is closed to the public, with the next one scheduled for January ($50 to $60, depending on menu).

* El Torito Grill, Fashion Island Newport Beach, (714) 640-2875. Offers Monday night "XXL" Value Package with Red Hook ale or Oregon Honey micro-brew with a cigar, through Dec. 18 ($10).

* Habana Restaurant and Bar, at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-0176. Will host a cigar dinner Wednesday ($50) that includes a five-course dinner, with wines, Port, champagne and Padron cigars.

* Morton's, 1661 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 444-4834. Has a humidor and allows cigar smoking in the bar. In February, all 32 Morton's in the United States will have a women's smoker on the same night.

* Mr. Stox, 1105 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 634-2994. Will have a Partagas cigar and vintage Port tasting on Nov. 21 ($90).

* Newport Landing, 503 E. Edgewater, Balboa, (714) 675-2373. Frequently holds cigar smokers, with the next one scheduled for the Wednesday night after the Super Bowl ($85). Cigars are always welcome in the well-ventilated bar with its view of the harbor.

* Prego, 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, (714) 553-1333. Regularly offers smokers, with the next one scheduled for early 1996. The patio is always open for cigar smokers.

* Romeo et Juliette, 1198 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, (310) 430-2331. The cigar store, coffeehouse and bakery will offer a cigar dinner ($55) Tuesday and a free cigar tasting of Macanudos and Ramon Allones hosted by General Cigars on Nov. 18.

* Ritz-Carlton, 33533 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, (714) 240-2000. The Library, open from 7 p.m. until midnight every night, offers cocktails, cognacs, champagne and cigars for individual or private parties.

* Tutto Mare, Fashion Island Newport Beach, (714) 640-6333. Occasionally offers fine dining, music, Cognac and cigar sampling from Southern Wine and Spirits and Newport Tobacco. The patio is always open for cigar smokers.

* Windows, 2241 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, (714) 722-1400. Offers Friday-night smokers on the patio with cigars and liqueurs sold a la carte.

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