There’s something special about this theater. Perhaps it’s the luscious lattes or flaky croissants that call you for breakfast, or the potent cocktails and enticing entrees that have you returning come sundown. If you’re looking for dinner and a movie done right—and then some—head to The Lot, Fashion Island’s buzzing new hot spot that’s housed in the former Island Cinema space. The third branch in a growing conglomerate of premier silver screen venues, The Lot transforms moviegoing by creating a memorable occasion. Complete with a party room for your next shindig and a mixologist with fresh herbs in his arsenal, there’s something for the adults and kiddos alike.
Go for breakfast in the resplendent cafe featuring Equator coffee and pastries baked on the premises. The chocolate croissant is worthy of compliments from a Parisian, and the coffeecake will make a New Yorker swoon. Sit back, relax and enjoy the setting perched atop the alfresco shopping paradise we all love. Mix and mingle over a lobster salad with green goddess dressing while sipping a gin-based Blueberry Basil Bramble and soaking in the cool California breeze. The quality of the ingredients used throughout the cafe’s expansive menu shines. (See the pure almond paste enrobed in flaky puff croissant at breakfast and the Scottish salmon at dinner.) All three meals are served daily, and there’s something for everyone. For a little indulgence, the smoked gouda mac ‘n’ cheese is creamy and comforting. On the lunch menu, the flatbread tempts with melted fontina, confit onions, asparagus and pancetta for a blend that’s both delicious and satisfying.