4.8 rating over 4 reviews
Call 3801 E Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625-2599

Cuisine: English, Californian, Continental

Five Crowns is a English, Californian, and Continental restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Overall
75%
Food
75%
Service
100%
Pros
"Loved the ambiance, old school beef house. Sat by the fireplace in comfy chairs. Service was competent and friendly. Lover the special touch of the "owner or manager" stopping by each table to top off the water glasses and chat. Wish the food was as gene"
"Loved the old 5 Crowns, new menu is mediocre at best. I could have gone to Hometown Buffet and saved a lot of money!"
Cons
"The sides were a little pedestrian, the mashed potatoes almost tasted premade. One of our quest's prime rib had a bone and two did not. DI'd not make for Happy campers Around the table. When raised to the server she said that hapens all the time and walke"
Comments
"make a reservation, the place fills up fast. "
Gayot
Rating:
15 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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turtley

 Irvine, CA
Five Crowns 5.0
 

Crowns = Stars?

At Five Crowns, each crown is a star. The building seems like its from a couple centuries ago in England (or something like that). If you want to use their parking lot, its mandatory valet, but you could probably find parking away from the restaurant for free if you looked. Something to note about this place is that its pretty classy. They expect the same from its guests, which means no shorts and scrubby clothing (my normal clothing). The plus about this is that the meal feels more meaningful than say a meal at your local Denny’s (yay?).

Now if you’re coming to this restaurant, don’t expect to have many spectacular veggie options; this place is known for Prime Rib. It’s owned by Lawry’s, which pretty much means you KNOW it has quality meat. As it was my birthday I just ordered whatever, and started with some lobster bisque, which was super creamy. I ordered the Henry VIII cut of prime rib: 20 oz of meat and bone goodness. (Un)Fortunately for my stomach, we ordered souffle and also got a free birthday strawberry trifle. Incidentally the trifle tasted better than the souffle, but both tasted good overall.

Great service, food, and atmosphere (its not too stuck-up). If you’re willing to spend a little more for some good food, not a bad option.

Henry VIII  at Five Crowns

Henry VIII

Goooooood. Choice of one side, and yorkshire pudding.

Lobster Bisque at Five Crowns

Lobster Bisque

The creaminess was tasty, but it can’t be good for you (but whatever). What held this back, in my opinion, was that it had some weird flavored dried fruit thingy in the soup. But then, maybe I’m not classy enough to appreciate stuff like that.

Strawberry Trifle

Free B-day dessert! the flavor was excellent, like a fancy strawberry shortcake. The texture to me was a little funny, but didn’t detract from the taste.

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tulips500

 Los Angeles, CA
Five Crowns 5.0
 

old-school prime rib house

if you’ve been to lawry’s in LA or house of prime rib in SF, then five crowns will be a familiar visit for you red meat-eaters. the prime rib is the reason for dining here, as it is superb. the atmosphere is refined, sailing/ships-themed, and very old-school classy. service is stellar, as you might expect from a place such as 5 crowns.

the only difference is there’s no spinning salad or big grey meat push-cart.

english cut at Five Crowns

english cut

thin slices, juicier, and for the smaller appetites.

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GrantGreeley

 Irvine, CA
Five Crowns 5.0
 

It feels like your in England and taste like your in heav...

It feels like your in England and taste like your in heaven. a terrific high in resturant. you have to get the prime rib when you go there!

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ocfooddiva

 Anaheim, CA
Five Crowns 5.0
 

Five Crowns brings English charm to Corona Del Mar, CA

Five Crowns has been a Corona Del Mar landmark since 1965. Its exterior is a replica of an English country inn and offers warm hospitality and cozy fireplaces with authentic antiques and paintings adorning the walls. They recently renovated the interior of the restaurant in March. If you haven’t been there since last year, it is a delightful surprise. Also, the executive chef has made changes to the menu by incorporating foods from local farms in Southern California. You can enjoy fabulous food while cutting down your carbon footprint. The service is always friendly and top-notch.

Here ye! Here ye! You’re food adventure is about to start! If you get there early, take a step back and have a fine drink in the pub. The décor is similar to those in England, dark wood, bench seats, and a rustic-looking bar. Have a pint of your favorite ale or fine cocktail. In no time, the hostess will come by to seat you at your table in the newly renovated dining room.

White Corn Chowder

White Corn Chowder is topped with Dungeness crab and a lemon verbena drizzle. This soup is light and refreshing. The corn is sweet and creamy. The Dungeness crab adds a bit of luxury. The lemon verbena adds a hint of lemon whose subtle flavor helps entwine all of the flavors together. Thumbs up, way up!

Mary Alice's Pride Salad

Mary Alice’s Pride Salad is topped with toasted pistachios, sheep’s milk cheese, and bacon. This is another light and refreshing option. The pistachios add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. The cheese adds creaminess. The bacon adds a salty, smoky flavor. The dressing is very light and tied everything together. Thumbs up!

Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef-Five Crowns Cut

Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef-Five Crowns Cut, a standard since 1965, is served with au jus, Yorkshire pudding, whipped cream organic horseradish, and your choice of Lawry’s creamed corn, spinach or mashed potatoes. Lawry’s is known for their prime rib and the Five Crowns definitely serves up to their standards. The beef is cooked to a perfect rare (or to your preference), juicy, tender, and packed with flavor from the perfectly seasoned crust. Use your Yorkshire pudding to sop up all of the au jus. The au jus is thick and rich with flavor and is unlike anything you’ve had before. Their creamed spinach is a must-try. It’s the best creamed spinach I’ve ever had. It is creamy and the spinach was cooked to that perfect point where it was silky smooth but still retains its flavor. The bacon adds a salty, smoky flavor. It’s to die for! If you like horseradish with your prime rib, you definitely have to try their whipped creamed horseradish. It is delightfully light, fluffy, and addictive! Don’t be surprised if you need to ask for more. Thumbs up, way up!

Dark Chocolate Soufflé

The Dark Chocolate Soufflé is 68% chocolate and topped with Devonshire double cream. It is absolutely divine! The dark chocolate adds a rich, deep, decadent chocolate flavor. The double cream adds creaminess and melts to a silky sauce inside the soufflé. It’s light so you’ll definitely have room for it. Thumbs up, way up! Remember to order this when you order your entrée as they are made to order and take 30-40 minutes to prepare.

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From OpenTable: 

Thank you for choosing the Five Crowns, a beautiful replica of one of England's oldest country inns in beautiful Corona del Mar. Dress code is casual. Should your plans change or if you are running late, please let us know. The award-winning food, wine list, exceptional service and unmistakable style that have made Five Crowns a dining legend since 1965 awaits you. We look forward to your visit.

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  • 10/14/2014 - A diner from Mountain View, CA tried it and liked it. They liked the food and liked the service.
  • 01/23/2015 - A diner from Mountain View, CA tried it, didn't like it, and rated it 1 star. They didn't like the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Loved the old 5 Crowns, new menu is mediocre at best. I could have gone to Hometown Buffet and saved a lot of money!'
  • 03/08/2015 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 3 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Loved the ambiance, old school beef house. Sat by the fireplace in comfy chairs. Service was competent and friendly. Lover the special touch of the "owner or manager" stopping by each table to top off the water glasses and chat. Wish the food was as gene'
    Cons: 'The sides were a little pedestrian, the mashed potatoes almost tasted premade. One of our quest's prime rib had a bone and two did not. DI'd not make for Happy campers Around the table. When raised to the server she said that hapens all the time and walke'
    Comments: 'make a reservation, the place fills up fast. '
Five Crowns is located near the cities of Central Coast, Balboa, Newport Coast, Crystal Cove, and Lido Isle.
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