Harlow's Offers Themed Dining – and Drinking

If you feel like you're dodging the law during the Prohibition Era, that's intentional.

Marbella Plaza is becoming something of a night spot, now that Harlow’s Fine Cuisine and Cocktails, has finally joined South Coast Kitchen and The Olives Branch Mediterranean Grill

Set to open around Thanksgiving, it finally premiered this month. 

The first thing you may notice about Harlow is the themed rooms. The second might be that you're drinking alcohol from teacups. Poured by a bartender with a handlebar moustache.

It's Prohibition chic.

With her 23 years experience in the restaurant business and party planning, San Juan Capistrano resident Bonnie Harlow Kingston is opening her first restaurant and bar with whimsical dining rooms which feature house favorites and comfort foods with modern infusions.

“I simply wanted to open the kind of place that I would want to go, and I wanted it to be close to home. There’s nothing like Harlow’s in San Juan Capistrano and maybe not anywhere in Orange County, so I had to create it,” Kingston said.

The cozy yet imaginative design of the restaurant and bar features the “The Gatsby” room and “The Rabbit Hole” for Alice in Wonderland fans. According to Kingston, “The Gatsby” will offer a place for local artists to display their 1920s-themed works for sale.

Kingston wanted to express her love for literature in the bar’s design, making it a place where customers can enjoy a unique night out, she said.

The cocktails served from the “Apothecary,” Harlow’s bar, features "classic Prohibition Era favorites" served in teacups "like they were in certain establishments during the 1920s to disguise their illicit elixirs,” Kingston said.

Meanwhile, the Harlow’s menu leans toward the health conscious, she said.

Kingston uses locally grown, sustainable, organic and non-GMO produce. The kitchen will use organic meats and seafood caught and brought in fresh, daily. The handcrafted cocktails will be made with organic ingredients as well, along with gluten-free beverage options, she said.

Harlow’s looks forward to the seasonally changing menu, accompanied with creative seasonal cocktails, Kingston said.

“Autumn and winter will bring more of the cozy comfort foods and spring and summer with feature lighter more refreshing fare,” she said.

jim capistrano April 02, 2013 at 04:18 PM
..which one of my comments haven't been true?...if she followed my advice she would have a successful restaurant...instead...
ca April 02, 2013 at 10:55 PM
dear jim.. you're a dope.. i've lived in sic for 30 years and i hope i don't know you
Penny Arévalo April 02, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Let's not get into calling names, please.
jim capistrano April 03, 2013 at 01:07 AM
,,,where is sic?...does one get smarter the longer one lives in sic? Obviously one does not get more tolerant...but I realize that goes with the territory...
bill odel April 09, 2013 at 08:46 PM
How about all of them. If you want a Bud fine, but if you want fine dinning, Harlows is a great place.


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