Corona del Mar’s Quiet Woman restaurant recently celebrated its 50th birthday.
“The Quiet Woman is a perfect place,” said owner-chef Lynne Campbell. “We will never have a Michelin star but Michelin stars don’t matter much in everyday life.”
The restaurant, located at 3224 East Coast Highway, opened its doors on Dec. 15, 1965 and has been a local hangout ever since, from business lunches to live music at night.
Campbell posted a note on Facebook with her reflections on the golden anniversary.
“The QW is the place you go for drinks and appetizers after a day at the beach, at the end of a great day, at the end of a miserable day, to celebrate a birthday, for a casual dinner, for an extravagant dinner, with your kids, without your kids, when everyone in your party all wants different food, when everyone in your party wants the same food, when your octogenarian aunt and multi pierced daughter are going to be celebrating at the same table, for late night munchies, to listen to music, when you are by yourself and don’t want to talk to anyone except a bartender who can deliver a well-crafted cocktail and leave you alone,” she wrote. “It’s the place where you wind up sharing a platter of Kushi oysters with a friendly stranger from Dallas just because. It’s the place where you linger for longer than you should; drinking one more drink than you should, talking about the meaning of life while sinking deeper and deeper into a curved black booth…It is in fact, all things to all people who walk in the door.”
Generations of customers have enjoyed the Quiet Woman, she said, and will continue to do so.
Shannon Beador, a star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County, said she and her husband, David, had their first blind date at the Quiet Woman.
“We announced our engagement there also,” she said. “Back in the day you could walk to the back and we were always able to avoid the long line in front because we knew all the bouncers. When Lynn stared to issue Quiet Woman VIP cards, I felt pretty cool that I had one.”
Her three daughters now join them, calling it Q Dub, Beador said.
“It’s old school and a classic,” she said. “We never get tired of it.”
“It’s not going anywhere,” Campbell said.
In 2009, the restaurant underwent a major remodel; read our earlier story here. At the time, co-owner Sean Campbell said that first meal in Orange County — shortly after landing from Florida at John Wayne Airport — was at The Quiet Woman. A year later, he and his now wife, Lynne Campbell, were dating, and they eventually bought the restaurant in 1989.