I grew up in Dana Point/Laguna Niguel and when I was a kid, Agostino’s was “our place” as a family. Selfishly, part of me feels a little reluctant to spread the word about it because I want to keep the hidden gem to myself. But, really, if you enjoy Italian food, you should know about it.
It’s not surprising that Agostino’s is ranked the #1 restaurant in Capistrano Beach on TripAdvisor. It’s right across from Doheny State Beach, on a sleepy stretch of PCH. The ocean views are plenty, so I highly recommend reserving a table near a window to catch a sunset.
Agostino’s is a small, family-run business. Agostino himself knows me and says hello whenever I visit. That type of customer service seems to be a forgotten art these days. Service aside, the real reason I continue to come back is the food. Their Italian dishes are the best I’ve had in California, and that’s not a distinction I toss around lightly.
I almost always order the veal parmigiana. Like I said, it’s the best I’ve had–slightly crispy on the outside, drenched in homemade sauce with perfectly melted cheese. It comes with a side of spaghetti (try the meat sauce), along with soup or salad and bread. My wife usually gets one of their pizzas or pastas and raves every time. You will be full and satisfied. Trust me.
Also: They offer cooking classes. My family and I have attended multiple classes since they began offering them and they’re always a blast. Agostino teaches the classes and you’ll get a great 3-course meal (and some good tips) out of them.
If you live in Dana Point, San Clemente, or anywhere else in South Orange County, please do yourself a favor and check this place out (and tell Augie I sent you). You’ll be happy you did!
Agostino’s By the Sea
34700 Coast Hwy, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624