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Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett honors Tavern on the Coast owner Veronica Scala with the city’s Business of the Month award Jan. 21. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett honors Tavern on the Coast owner Veronica Scala with the city’s Business of the Month award Jan. 21. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

Compiled by Robert Sedita, Management Analyst, Dana Point Community Development

Tavern on the Coast, located 34212 Pacific Coast Highway, is owned and operated by Veronica Scala.

Originally from Chicago, Scala and her family began visiting Dana Point regularly when she was a child. In 2011, she moved to Dana Point full-time to start her first restaurant venture. Scala felt the city was missing a tavern-style restaurant and wanted to raise the bar in town.

She purchased the property on PCH that once housed a Hollywood Video store and completed a major remodel from the ground up. The revamped building, which features multiple storefronts, is named Coast Market Place and features Tavern, Sundara Salon and off-the-street parking.

Scala designed Tavern on the Coast to be a neighborhood place, where residents and visitors can feel welcome and know the staff as well as the staff knows them. She wants Tavern to be part of the community’s fabric and is involved in the future of the Town Center Lantern District.

Opened almost a year ago, Tavern on the Coast is not your traditional tavern; however, it holds onto that traditional-tavern charm. A friendly staff accompanied by a large bar, outside dining area featuring a fireplace, a private dining room and TVs welcome Tavern’s visitors.

Complementing Tavern’s excellent service is excellent food.

Tavern on the Coast has built its menu on quality and freshness. All meat is prime grade, seafood is wild caught and produce is organic and locally sourced. Everything on the menu, from pastas to sauces and appetizers to desserts are made fresh in house daily. Customer favorites include the prime-beef meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and the sausage and peppers served over pappardelle pasta.

Tavern on the Coast also features daily specials and an extensive wine and draft beer selection.

For more information, visit or call 949.415.5888.

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