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Sebastiani’s Italian Bistro Catering Co.

Near Fountain Valley, Westminster and Seal Beach

Just east of the Huntington Beach pier is Sebastiani’s Italian Bistro Catering Co. A small and charming restaurant in a strip mall, Sebastiani’s serves from two adjacent spaces. One is the main dining area, which captures romance with Italian art, intimate seating and decorative hints of vineyards. Next door is the wine bar, open in the evenings Wednesday through Sunday.
Dining in either space will help you to enjoy the best of what Sebastiani’s has to offer: delicious Italian cuisine and a small but diverse wine list. From the main menu you can choose your own pasta, sauce and meat. Without looking, I asked for spaghetti with a pink sauce and Italian sausage. It was creamy and spicy with the perfect balance of flavors.
The wine bar is charming and understated, displaying wine bottles on a rack by the door and behind the bar. There are quite a few tables, many of which are topped with corks under glass. The Chianti Classico, Castello D'Albola-Italy is a popular choice for tapas; a savory selection that includes mozzarella-stuffed meatballs, crab cakes Florentine and risotto fritters stuffed with ground beef. From the wine selection, create your own flight. I had fun with the Zinfandel Hullabaloo, Lodi Shiraz, Jester-McLaren Australia and Sauvignon Blanc NZone-New Zealand. A random selection, but hey, just go with it.
Sebastiani’s Italian Bistro Catering Co.
6078 Warner Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647


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  • Snooth User: ocozzie
    127922 5

    Thanks for featuring fine wine and dining in the OC. Most reviewers forget that there are 3 million people living in Orange County (I'm one of them) and almost none of us want to drive to LA for dinner.

    Feb 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

  • Snooth User: JCBellomy
    936597 7

    You are lucky to have good choices and a scaled down geographical area in OC, more like living in Dallas which has some of the best restaurants in the US. L.A. has terrific choices, but grappling with the distances, travel time, and 10 million residents continues to be a real challenge!

    Feb 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM

  • Snooth User: ShoeJunkie
    1040684 17

    Thank you, Judy, for a most informative piece on these OC gems! Hope to catch up with you sometime soon. Ellen

    Mar 02, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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