Newport Dine Guide

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Presenting the casual yet elegant charm of Northern Italian fresh flavor in a beautiful Tuscan resort setting, Andrea is one of the many savory lunch and dinner offerings at Pelican Hill. 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. South; 800.820.6800;

First Cabin Restaurant 

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a setting reminiscent of a cruise liner’s fine dining room, First Cabin, located at the Balboa Bay Club, is known for their delicious steaks, chops and seafood. 1221 W. Coast Hwy.;  949.630.4145;

The Californian  

Enjoy exquisite culinary creations at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the lemon grass crème brulee for dessert, along with a glass of one of the restaurant’s many boutique wines. The Hyatt Regency, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; 714.845.4776;

Palm Terrace

Located inside The Island Hotel, fine seafood and steaks are the focus here, and the atmosphere is casual luxury for lunch and dinner. 690 Newport Center Dr., 949.760.4920;


The Ritz Carlton’s Chef Richard Sandoval brings Pan-Latin cui sine to the California coast, where he prepares delicious dishes like pan seared sea scallops and Jidori chicken breast with sustainable seafood, organic meat and local produce. 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point; 949.240.2000;

Sam & Harry’s 

Inside the NB Marriott, Sam & Harry’s is a classic American steakhouse in the purest sense, with a variety of quality meats and sides. 900 Newport Center Dr.; 949.640.4000;

Stonehill Tavern

Enjoy tavern fare with seasonal ingredients and contemporary twists in a casusal yet sophisticated setting with an unbeatable view. St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point; 949.234.3200;


This craftsman cottage restaurant situated by the sea serves up modern French cuisine with California influences. Executive Chef Craig Armstrong offers ever-changing à la carte and tasting menus, to be paired with selections from an extensive, carefully assembled wine collection. Montage Resort, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach; 949.715.6420;

Newport Center/Fashion Island

Brasserie pascal Offering a three-course champagne brunch on Sundays, the Brasserie Pascal serves authentic French cuisine. 327 Newport Center Dr.; 949.640.2700;

Canaletto Ristorante Veneto

With a solid offering of hearty Italian food, Canaletto is a great place for authentic flavors of Italy. 545 Newport Center Dr.; 949.640.0900;

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 

With more than 100 wines to enjoy by the glass, a  renowned happy hour and fine choices of prime steaks and other succulent offerings, Fleming’s is always a treat. 455 Newport Center Dr.; 949.720.9633;

Mariposa Restaurant 

Tucked away in Neiman Marcus, Mariposa serves fine food in a chic and hip setting, good for lunch or a cocktail while shopping. 601 Newport Center Dr.; 949.467.3350

Muldoon’s Irish Pub 

As authentic an Irish pub as you’ll find this side of the Emerald Isle, Muldoon’s brings great food and a mighty beer selection to Fashion Island. 202 Newport Center Dr.; 949.640.4110;

R+D Kitchen 

Serving fresh and tasty food for lunch and dinner, R+D Kitchen serves up sandwiches, seafood and salads in a fun and casual indoor/outdoor environment. 555 Newport Center Dr.; 949.219.0555;

Taco Rosa

Authentic recipes passed down from generation to generation make up the Taco Rosa menu. 2632 San Miguel Rd.; 949.720.0980;

The Ritz Restaurant & Garden 

Classic elegance and refined cuisine define The Ritz, as juicy steaks and fresh seafood are at the heart of the menu. 880 Newport Center Dr.; 949.720.1800;

True Food Kitchen 

Cuisine that is as delicious as it is nutritious is the focus at True Food, where tasty flavor is never compromised on even the healthiest dishes. 451 Newport Center Dr.; 949.644.2400;

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos 

A fusion of Mexican, Asian and Brazilian cuisine, Wahoo’s is known far and wide for its fish tacos. 1091 Newport Center Dr.; 949.760.0290;

Yard House 

Known for its wings, pizza and other bar staples, Yard House has a beer selection on tap that overwhelms every other bar, as well as the senses. 849 Newport Center Dr.; 949.640.9273;

Newport Coast/Crystal Cove

Beachcomber Cafe 

With breakfast, lunch and dinner service just a few steps from the sand, the Beachcomber serves everything from Caprese salads to Kobe beef burgers. 15 Crystal Cove; 949.376.6900;

Bluefin Fine Japanese Cuisine 

Fresh sushi and a good selection of wine highlight this fine Japanese eatery. 7952 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.715.7373;


Javier’s offers great regionally influenced home-style cooking in a chic, upscale Crystal Cove setting. 7832 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.494.1239;

Mastro’s Ocean Club Fish House 

Delivering fresh and tasty seafood in a classy, throwback setting, Mastro’s offers visitors dinner that parallels its ocean view. 8112 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.376.6990;

Tamarind of London

London’s Michelin-Starred Indian restaurant comes to Newport Beach, serving innovative and modern seasonal dishes in an upscale yet casual atmosphere. 7862 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.715.8338;

Zov’s Café Bakery & Bar 

With a few O.C. locations, Zov’s specializes in amazing bakery items in a bistro setting. 21123 Newport Coast Dr.; 949.760.9687;

Balboa Peninsula

21 Oceanfront 

An Old World steak and chophouse that defies time and exists in a building more than a century old, 21 Oceanfront is the ultimate romantic setting for amazing meals and memorable occasions. 2100 W. Oceanfront; 949.673.2100;

Aurora Mediterranean Bar & Restaurant 

Aurora offers fresh Mediterranean cuisine in a cozy lounge environment, complete with sangria and hookahs. 2307 Balboa Blvd.; 949.642.1073

Avila’s El Ranchito 

Mexican food in the heart of the Balboa peninsula, Avila’s offers classic favorites in a festive family environment. 2800 Newport Blvd.; 949.675.6855;

Bluewater Grill 

This tasty grill brings fresh seafood and fun happy hours to the docks of Newport’s harbor. 630 Lido Park Dr.; 949.675.3474;

Buddha’s Favorite 

A wide variety of noodles, rice dishes and Japanese favorites, served hot and fresh for every visitor. 634 Lido Park Dr.; 949.723.4203;

Charlie’s Chili 

Right next to the pier is a local beacon for chili lovers that offers breakfast, sandwiches and casual outdoor seating. 102 McFadden Place; 949.675.7991;

Commonwealth Lounge & Grill 

This modern-day supper club serves up
American gourmet comfort food in a chic setting. Try old-fashioned specialties like the
Monte Cristo while looking out over the harbor. 2406 Newport Blvd.; 949.675.4444;

Crab Cooker 

With a variety of seafood dishes on the menu, the Crab Cooker offers great chowder, delectable appetizers and fresh-from-the-sea main courses for lunch and dinner. 2200
Newport Blvd.; 949.673.0100,

Malarky’s Irish Pub 

A mainstay on the peninsula since ’77, Malarky’s is a good choice for pub grub, cold beer and great live music. 3011 Newport Blvd.; 949.675.2340;

Mama D’s Italian Kitchen

Known for its authentic Italian food and inviting family atmosphere, Mama D’s is a perfect place for dinner. 3012 Newport Blvd.; 949.675.6262

Mutt Lynch’s 

This seaside establishment is known for its schooners and wide-open windows facing the beach boardwalk. 2300 W. Oceanfront; 949.675.1556;

Newport Beach Brewing Company

Boasting an outdoor patio for sunny days and warm nights, along with an ever-changing rotation of house beers brewed on site, Newport Beach Brewing also does burgers, pizza, salads and steaks for lunch and dinner.
2920 Newport Blvd.; 949.675.8449;

Newport Landing Restaurant 

Newport Landing is a harborside classic
that has served up terrific seafood, cold
drinks and amazing views for years. 503 E. Edgewater Ave. 949.675.2373;

Pescadou Bistro 

Known for its fresh French seafood, Pescadou regularly changes its menu based on what’s in season. 3325 Newport Blvd.; 949.675.6990;

Regatta Cafe 

Spicy and full-bodied Italian food, a full bar and a fun and festive atmosphere topped off by waitstaff that sings during dinner service. 3421 Via Lido; 949.675.1878;

Ruby’s Diner 

This old-school diner serves up a great selection of classic American fare in a fun and nostalgic setting. 1 Balboa Pier; 949.675.7829;

Rudy’s Pub & Grill 

Featuring a retractable roof that opens up for warm days, Astroturf and tons of flat-screen TVs for all the big games, Rudy’s delivers Kobe burgers and one of the most unique environments to fill up the sports-loving masses. 3110 Newport Blvd.; 949.723.0293;

Rusty Pelican 

With a cool environment by the water and a view to match, the Rusty Pelican serves great food in a refined setting. 2735 W. Coast Hwy.; 949.642.3431;

Sabatino’s Sausage Company 

Providing more than just sensational Sicilian sausages, Sabatino’s delivers hearty Italian food in an authentic setting. 251 Shipyard Way, Cabin D; 949.723.0621;

San Shi Go 

Among the highest-rated sushi restaurants in all of O.C., San Shi Go is one of the brightest stars in Newport. 205 Main St.; 949.673.3724

Sol Grill 

Near the pier and with lots of steaks,
seafood and pasta to offer its visitors, Sol Grill has
a laidback NB environment with serious
food. 110 McFadden Place; 949.723.4105;

The Alley 

Known as the “best pour by the shore,” The Alley is a local favorite for cocktails, cuisine and fun. 4501 West Coast Hwy.; 949.646.9126;

The Blue Beet 

A local favorite for decades and steeped in history. Great food and spirits, casual atmosphere and live entertainment most nights. 107 21st Place; 949.675.2338;

The Cannery 

On the water and renowned for happy hour, seafood and chops for dinner, The Cannery is a standout Newport restaurant housed in a retired sardine cannery that echoes Monterey’s Cannery Row. 3010 Lafayette Ave.; 949.566.0060;

The Dock  

Known for its wide variety of Continental cuisine, extensive wine list and waterfront dining. 2816 LaFayette Ave.; 949.673.3625;


Balboa Island


Amelia’s Restaurant 

A longtime anchor of Balboa Island, this Italian seafood restaurant delivers fresh food and friendly service. 311 Marine Ave.; 949.673.6580;

Barolo By the Sea

A quaint Italian eatery on Balboa Island that delivers memorable pasta and seafood dishes along with a variety of fine wines. 305 Marine Ave.; 949.675.6193

Basilic Restaurant 

Serving up Swiss and French fusion in a romantic setting, Basilic is a great option for a quiet dinner or a special date night. 217 Marine Ave.; 949.673.0570;


A combination of French and Mediterranean dinner cuisine in the most intimate of settings on Balboa Island. 216 Marine Ave.; 949.566.9525;

Shanghai Pine Gardens 

A Balboa Island fixture, Shanghai Pine Gardens offers traditional Chinese food favorites for lunch and dinner at modest prices. 300 Marine Ave.; 949.673.3802

Wilma’s Patio 

Well-known for packing in customers on Sunday mornings, Wilma’s serves up great and hearty American classics, including breakfast, all day. 203 Marine Ave.; 949.675.5542;


PCH/Mariner’s Mile

Back Bay Bistro Newport Dunes

Dining on the water in the Newport Dunes resort with a wide variety of fresh and tasty contemporary seafood choices for lunch and dinner, including weekend breakfasts. 1131 Back Bay Dr.; 949.729.1144;

Bayside Restaurant 

With a menu full of inventive and daring takes on classic dishes and a terrific view of the harbor, Bayside is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. 900 Bayside Dr.; 949.721.1222;

Billy’s at the Beach

A Polynesian dockside hangout, known for its bread and festive atmosphere, great for lunch and dinner with out-of-towners. 2751 W. Coast Hwy.; 949.722.1100

Cappy’s Cafe 

Traditional American breakfast served in hearty portions by friendly servers in a laid-back setting. 5930 W. Coast Hwy.; 949.646.4202;

Nesai Restaurant 

Neighborhood Italian in NB, with some daring twists on traditional offerings. 217 Riverside Ave.; 949.646.2333; NESAIRESTAURANT.COM

SOL Cocina 

Baja’s favorite meals served with modern twists, alongside a great beer selection and periodic tequila tastings. 251 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.675.9800;

Villa Nova

One of NB’s Italian heavyweights on the coast, Villa Nova offers a mammoth wine list, outstanding food and distinguished dinner service every day. 3131 W. Coast Hwy.;  949.642.7880;

Zubies Chicken Coop 

This local favorite offers fresh, homestyle food to fill you up at breakfast, lunch and dinner. 414 Old Newport Blvd.; 949.645.6086


Corona del Mar

Bamboo Bistro 

Bamboo Bistro is family-owned and offers some of the best flavors of Asia in a small, inviting and relaxing environment. Wine pairing and meal recommendations are standard here, whether enjoying lunch or dinner. 2600 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.720.1289;


Bandera’s open kitchen lets you watch the rotisserie meats prepared in the wood-fired oven as they cook up American/Southwestern cuisine. 3201 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.673.3524

Five Crowns 

A coastal beacon of fine dining since 1965, Five Crowns is an elegant English-style inn that offers prime rib, steaks and seafood for a decadent dinner experience. 3801 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.760.0331;

Gen Kai of California 

Gen Kai is a popular Corona del Mar sushi house, known for its attentive staff and fresh, quality dinner. 3344 E. Coast Hwy. 949.675.0771


A modern and chic setting for the freshest catches and daring seafood preparation, Gulfstream is quickly becoming a NB landmark. 850 Avocado Ave.; 949.718.0188;

Nagisa Sushi Restaurant 

Offering sushi and sashimi that boasts incredible freshness and quality, for lunch and dinner. 3840 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.673.3933.

Panini Café 

With Mediterranean favorites and a commitment to healthy ingredients and preparation, Panini Café is a great place for either lunch or dinner. 2333 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.650.0101;

Rothschild’s Restaurant 

Rothchild’s is the type of place you take a date or someone special, although a new lunch menu and happy hour make it ideal for business lunches or meetings as well. 2407 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.673.3750;

Summer House 

Asian twists abound at this fusion café, with fun new takes on American gourmet cooking. 2744 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.612.7700;

The Bungalow 

Known for serving top-quality prime cuts of beef with delicious sides and for its fun happy hour, The Bungalow is a natural dinner destination in sparkling Corona del Mar. 2441 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.673.6585;

The Crow Bar and Kitchen

A modernized pub with all sorts of meat, seafood and cheese offerings to go with the extensive selection of beer and wine for brunch, lunch and dinner. 2325 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.675.0070;

The Quiet Woman 

The Quiet Woman offers fresh-from-the-grill meats for lunch and dinner and a succulent selection of sides to accompany them. 3224 E. Coast Hwy.; 949.640.7440;

Tommy Bahama’s Island Grill 

Offering an array of tropical-inspired cuisine, Tommy Bahama’s is a laid-back place to
get away from it all, even if only for lunch or dinner. 854 Avocado; 949.760.8686;


Airport Area

Il Barone 

A blend of Old World charm and contemporary Italian cooking, Il Barone brings the finest tastes of Sicily to Newport in an elegant setting that’s great for dinner. 4251 Martingale Way; 949.955.2755;


Hot food and dancing come together with a spicy Latin kick at Tapas, which serves dinner, offers happy hour and turns into a nightclub as the night goes on. Salsa dancing lessons are also offered at Tapas. 4253-A Martingale Way; 949.756.8194;

Ten Restaurant

Known most for their sushi, sashimi and traditional Japanese menu, Ten also features a wide variety of dishes from other regions of Asia for lunch and dinner. 4647 MacArthur Blvd.; 949.660.1010;


Upper Bay

Bistro le Crillon 

Provencal dishes come together in one location near Newport’s Back Bay. With a prix fixe menu and a deep wine list, this is a
great dinner option for a little romancing. 2523 Eastbluff Dr.; 949.640.8181;


Sashimi, sushi and other traditional Japanese dishes prepared by master chefs trained in Japan. 101 Bayview Pl.; 949.725.0777;


Taking American cuisine to adventurous new heights, Sage imports exciting new twists to staples of the lunch and dinner table. 2531 Eastbluff Dr.; 949.718.9650

Tradition by Pascal

Classic French entrees prepared by Normandy native and chef/owner Pascal Olhats in fine dining setting. 1000 Bristol St.; 949.263.9400;

Wasa Sushi on the bluffs

Perched on the Newport Coast and offering delectable sushi options for both lunch and dinner, Wasa is a great place for friends and family. 1346 Bison Ave.; 949.760.1511;


Serving classic seafood and steaks in an upscale, modern Newport environment, Wildfish is also known for its popular happy hour. 1370 Bison Ave.; 949.720.9925;


Costa Mesa/South Coast Plaza

The Arches

Known for its delicious seafood, steaks, salads and extensive wine list,The Arches is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing meal. 1617 westcliff dr.; 949.645.7077;

Charlie Palmer

Slip your shopping shoes off for a brief moment (or two) with a glass of fine wine or a French-American dish at this rustic gem tucked inside Bloomingdale’s. 3333 Bristol St.; 714.352.2525;

Haute Cakes Caffe 

A neighborhood classic that serves extravagant breakfasts and lunches, Haute Cakes brings a sweet and tasty combination of great menu items. 1807 Westcliff Dr.; 949.642.4114;

La Cave

This treasured steakhouse and lounge offers great food and cocktails, in addition to nightly entertainment. 1695 irvine ave.; 949.646.7944;


Florent and Amelia Marneau fuse strong French recipes with modern American cuisine at this “modern market” to create dishes that are truly exceptionnelle. 3333 Bristol St., Ste. 3001; 714.434.7900;

Mi Casa 

This family favorite serves up some of the best tacos, enchiladas and margaritas on this side of the border. 296 E. 17th st.; 949.645.7626;

The Pizza Bakery 

With an emphasis on fresh, tasty ingredients, The Pizza Bakery’s pies are as delicious as they come. 1741 Westcliff Dr.; 949.631.1166;

Pizzeria Ortica

Neapolitan-style pizza and rustic, rich flavors of Southern Italy with an array of tasty antipasti, insalata, hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizza made with local ingredients. 650 Anton Blvd., 714.445.4900;

Seasons 52

Feel free to indulge in a complete dining experience at this “fresh grill”, where everything on the seasonally-inspired menu packs delicious flavor into 475 calories or less. 3333 Bristol St., Ste. 2802; 714.437.5252;



Located in the award-winning Atrium Building, Bistango offers artful New American cuisine to pair with more than 400 varieties of wine, as well as nightly live entertainment in a cozy atmosphere, either indoors or outside on the patio. 19100 Von Karman Ave.; 949.752.5999;

Kimera Restaurant Lounge

Dine in comfort and style at the newest addition to the Dining As Art Collection (the same company that brought you Bayside and Bistango). Kimera offers traditional American comfort food with a modern twist. 19530 Jamboree Rd., 949.261.1222;

Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro & Bar

Who would have thought a Vietnamese noodle soup could go gourmet? At Phans 55, only the highest quality, grain-fed meat is used in the famous Pho soup—and it’s paired with Rosé! Be sure to try their specialty, shaken beef (filet mignon). With a sleek interior, exhibition kitchen and full bar, this eatery just upped the ante on O.C.’s diverse culinary map. 6000 Scholarship Dr., 949.724.1236;

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

With roots originating from Louisiana, Ruth’s Chris is perhaps one of the best steak houses in the country. With impeccable service and attention to detail, the eatery’s success is back to the basics steak, seafood and chops. 2961 Michelson Dr.; 949.252.8848;

Wasa Sushi 

James Hamamori’s Wasa has a fresh look to go with his just-caught fish, including specialties like seared toro with ponzu and yellowtail with jalapeno. The Irvine Marketplace, 13124 Jamboree Rd.; 714.665.3338;

Laguna Beach


Start of with a signature cocktail from the tequila bar and then savor classic flavors of Mexico in a cozy setting by the sea. 480 S. Coast Hwy.; 949.815.5533;

Broadway By Amar Santana

This N.Y.C. theater-themed restaurant boasts flavorful (local) farm-to-table fare and a bounty of wines. 328 GLENNEYRE ST.;949.715.8234;

Cucina Alessa

Owner Alessandro Pirozzi brings a mozzarella and prosciutto bar as a unique treat at his newest restaurant location. Open for lunch and dinner. 234 Forest Ave.; 949.497.8222

K’ya Bistro & The Rooftop Lounge

With a European-style bistro menu with every individual item under $10, K’ya Bistro Bar is a Laguna Beach local favorite. Don’t forget to come early for sunset at the Rooftop Lounge and enjoy a famous mojito. 1287 S. Coast Hwy. at Hotel La Casa del Camino; 949.376.9718;;

La Sirena Grille

dedicated to “good food and good health,” this local mexican favorite uses fresh, organic ingredients that are just as healthy for you as they are tasty. 30862 S. coast hwy.; 949.499.2301;

Nirvana Grille

Chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales’ serves up some of the best vegetarian dishes Southern California has to offer. 303-101 Broadway; 949.497.0027,

Sapphire Laguna 

Chef Azmin Ghahreman offers an array of international flavors that you can’t find anywhere else, such as the Hawaiian-style steamed mahi mahi with green onions. 1200 S. Coast Hwy.; 949.715.9888;

Sundried Tomato 

The restaurant earned its name because of the cream of sundried tomato soup topped off with gorgonzola cheese. Also try the blackened chicken spring rolls. 361 Forest Ave.; 949.494.3312;

Tommy Bahama

This purveyor of islandwear now brings tropical flair to table fare.400 S. Coast Hwy.;949.376.6886;

Tabu Grill 

Check out the avocado and crab-stuffed
yellowfin tuna—seared rare, with grilled squash, zucchini, asparagus and red piquillo aioli.
Tabu received a Zagat food score of 29 out of 30—the highest food score in Southern California. 2892 S. Coast Hwy.; 949.494.7743;

Zinc Cafe & Market 

Enjoy fresh coffee, pastries and vegetarian fare in a european-style setting, or take it to go. 350 ocean ave.; 949.719.9462;

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