Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach. (562) 431-3022. Open 5 to 10 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.
Mahe, 24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629 (949)
Seal Beach, California
- Mahe Seal Beach is recognizable by the neon fish sign and
red neon that surrounds the building at night as you drive by the building on
Coast Highway in Seal Beach.
Serving meals to Californians and visitors for over 70 years, Mahe is one of Orange County's oldest
businesses known by many as Glide'er Inn. A small model glider
plane on top of the building pays homage to the restaurant's roots. It
originally was located next to a dirt landing strip where old-time aviator Ray
(Pop) Crawford built gliders, hence the name. Established in 1930 Glide'er
Inn was moved to its current location at some point, and its location has served
the restaurant well. It's hard to drive by and not stop when you see all the
cars lined up and the colorful glow from the neon that lights up the building
and parking lot.
Like so many restaurants in Southern California--Don the Beachcomber, No Ka
Oi, Duke's, and Buster's nearby--the love of the island life apparent in
the cuisine and decor. The Seal Beach restaurant is named after Mahé, the main island group of 41 mountainous islands at
Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the
east coast of Africa described as Paradise on Earth.
Seal Beach is all about friendship, and the restaurant offers a warm, abiding
club atmosphere of a dinner house where family and friends can come in their
casual attire, sip cocktails, and dine on top notch sushi, steaks and quality
meats. A full sushi bar, full cocktail bar, and area where bands
perform at night provide a reason to dine and stick around for entertainment,
like so many customers do.
Known to excel
in its sushi and fresh fish offerings, those who aren't sushi fans
can dine on delicious cuts of lamb, angus steaks, and chicken cooked
expertly over a grill that sears the meat to the tee. Prominently
displayed as you enter the front door is a big, chilled glass case
where the sushi chef takes the fish and prepares the cuts for
guests. It's clear to see the fish is fine quality. Many loyal fans
rank this is their favorite spot and raise their hands in resounding
applause. Some actually watch the calendar or clock and call up to
confirm that specialty fish have arrived such as Copper River
Salmon, only available a few weeks out of the year.
sushi menu, a sushi rolls and specialties menu, and "Dining". That
includes everything else. What is everything? Flame grilled
Alaskan halibut with a light ginger citrus marinade; mahi mahi
wrapped in a banana leaf, steamed and topped with a fresh mango
chow-chow and drizzled with a lilikoi balsamic reduction; Alaskan
Butterfish pan seared and caramelized with a red miso glaze;
Blackened Swordfish; Grilled Scallops; Mahé surf and turf; Western
Australian lobster tail;; Alaskan King Crab Legs; 16 oz. Bone-In
Ribeye topped with an Irish whiskey peppercorn cream sauce and
balsamic reduction; Rack of Australian Lamb; Lemongrass Chicken and several
are not complex, but they do satisfy. Seasonal fruits such as
grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream, and use of coconut,
cinnamon and bananas, the primary crops of the Seychelle, are
often integrated into meals and desserts recipes.