Photo by: Bret Robertson Photography (
Photo by: Bret Robertson Photography (

The Beautiful Upscale Version of America’s Classic Diner

Treat Your Refined Palate to Costa Mesa’s Restaurant Marin

Written By: Elaine Cutting  Restaurant Marin
Photography By: Bret Robertson

Tucked in the corner of Costa Mesa’s SoCo collection, sits the delightful European-inspired Restaurant Marin. Opened early in March 2016, Restaurant Marin is the newest venture of husband-and-wife team, Chef Noah and Marin von Blöm, who also own the acclaimed sister restaurant, ARC, located only steps away. With Restaurant Marin, Noah and Marin’s attention to quality in every aspect really makes this modern diner shine.

The interior of Restaurant Marin is artfully crafted, mostly by Marin herself, in modern-deco diner theme with a refreshing and elegant French twist. They even offer a classic European-style tea time sampling, complete with various tea flavors and finger sandwiches, to provide class to afternoon gatherings.

The level of care and devotion to quality shows itself not only in the environment but also in the dishes served at Marin. All menu items, even the ketchup, are prepared in-house with natural ingredients. Marin and Noah are particularly proud of their enormous, in-house-made muffin. “It’s made like a traditional English Muffin, ” says Noah. “It’s almost like a biscuit it’s so good!”  

The entire restaurant is also a completely gas-free environment, preferring a wood-burning stove instead. “There’s absolutely no gas coming in, ” says Marin. “The only gas that comes in through the water heaters.” This is not only a greener alternative, it also adds character and warmth to all oven-baked items.

Restaurant Marin truly is a cozy, yet refined experience. “I think this is what a person expects when they think of a modern diner, ” says Marin. “I think the modern person is on the go a lot more and they want something that’s easy and comfortable, but they want to feel refined and have an upscale approach to it. Because if you’re paying for food why not pay for amazing service and ambiance as well?”

Blueberry PancakesMarin’s Top 5 Dishes

  • Steak salad
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • The Daily Cake

Noah’s Top 5 Dishes

  • The Baked Eggs
  • Chicken Salad
  • Stroganoff and Bouillabaisse
  • Apple Pie or Donut Holes

Best Blends: they specialize in their bottled cocktail program

  • La Fĕt De Fizz – “Vodka, lavender, and a little lemon juice. It’s almost like a lillian soda. Effervescent a little fizzy, but it goes down so smoothly.”
  • Soleil – “Orange, Cognac cocktail with Cognac, curaçao, and Calisaya, and it just has this amazing orange finish. Definitely spirit forward.”

Restaurant Marin
3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Finger Lickin’ Restaurant Marin

About the author

Elaine moved across the country to Orange County with her family when she was twelve. She is passionate about frequenting and featuring local businesses and stories. She graduated from University of California Irvine with double majors in English and Literary Journalism. In her free time, you’ll probably find Elaine at a local coffee shop reading or working avidly on her next writing project.


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