Located right on the sand of Crystal Cove, the Beachcomber operates in one of the historic cottages, and features seafood and mixed drinks. The quality of the food and the service is best proved by its popularity: the wait is often two hours, and limited reservations are accepted only on-line. However, a little planning can make the wait hassle free: make the Beachcomber reception the first stop at Crystal Cove, drop in your name and number, then go explore the beach until being called. Don't have 2 hours? Come for an early breakfast – sipping a cup of coffee on the sun deck while looking out at Santa Catalina Island. A perfect way to start your day.
Studio is located within the Montage Resort & Spa. It offers you a delectable French menu blended with Californian influences. Chef Craig Strong ensures that all the seasonal ingredients put to use, are of the finest quality, with splendid wines for company. The A la Carte menu changes daily, but the attention to every aspect of the dish, exquisite pairings of flavors and beautiful presentation remains constant. If you're in the mood to splurge, the Tasting Menu offers a variety of signature dishes, and allows you the opportunity to sample the best on offer. Attention is given to details and services are personalized. So, sit back and enjoy your meal while taking in the panoramic Pacific coastline. A perfect place for a romantic dinner with breathtaking views of the sunset over the ocean.
Perched on the beautiful hilltop inside the uber cool Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers you panoramic views of the golf greens and the wide blue Pacific ocean. A delicious farm to table menu highlighting the wood fire stove with specialties like wood-roasted chicken, New York steak and fries, salmon served with shiitake-ginger vinaigrette, and the scallop and shrimp duo. Or try the gourmet pizzas and the signature spicy tortilla soup with shredded chicken, cotija cheese and avocado puree. All these wonderful creations you can see being made in their open kitchen or just head to their chic lounge and catch the game on two huge screens. Pelican also offers an outstanding alfresco dining on their heated terrace with an ocean-view. Unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and groove to the live band music every Thursday through Saturday.
Located right on the water in Dorman's Oceanfront Inn across from Newport Beach Pier, Oceanfront 21 offers the ultimate in luxury fine dining. Watch the sunset as you indulge in seafood specialties and steak dishes perfectly paired with some of the finest wines from around the world. Complete with pianist, waiters in tuxes and deep leather booths, this is continental cuisine and service at its finest – with prices to match.
Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, as the name suggests, serves quality seafood and sushi too. The Bass Ale-battered fish & chips, Dungeness crab melt sandwich and assorted sushi platter will leave you craving for more. You can have wine by the glass or the bottle while you can dine al fresco. For those who want a bit of adventure in every walk of life, including their meal, the eatery organizes "helicopter private dining" and 'Duffy boat dining.' Banquet facilities, catering for parties and meetings are also available.
Enjoy dining on exquisite seafood and steaks from 230 Forest Avenue. This upscale eatery is the brainchild of Mark Cohen, who dishes out contemporary California cuisine with flair. In addition to mouthwatering dishes like Maui onion soup and short rib ravioli, the restaurant also has a famous martini bar that draws a huge crowd. The contemporary, bistro-style decor is accentuated by a rotating display of colorful local art, which gives the venue a cozy ambiance. You can also enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio and bar. Reservations are recommended, so call well in advance.
Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar heightens the dining experience with it farm to table Californian cuisine in Orange County. Nestled in the heart of the Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa, the seasonal, creative menu is an ode to culinary brilliance, featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the restaurant lures you to experience its outstanding cuisine and sophisticated setting. Silver Trumpet is the perfect pre or post-show prix fixe treats, great lunch spot, or late-night cocktail hub. The restaurant's outdoor dining terrace has breathtaking views of the property's great lake and gardens. The bar offers a creative cocktail program, wines from the globe and fine selection of craft beers. You will surely trumpet about the lovely dining experience you had here.
Back Bay's patio overlooking the water is this place's main attraction. A casual atmosphere makes this a great place to relax, enjoy the sun and a view of sailors. Back Bay also serves good food, they're known for their great seafood chowders.
SOL Cocina situated on Balboa Marina in Newport Beach is a Mexican restaurant with a difference. Specializing on authentic Baja cuisine with a contemporary assimilation of Baja's street food such as antojitos, street tacos and cocteles de mariscos. Simplicity and flavor are rulers of this delectable cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Smoky aromas fill the air from the open kitchen as the chefs grill their meat and fresh seafood on mesquite wood, rousing your appetite for the delicious spread that is to come. Salsas and sauces are freshly made daily using only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant offers quite a few dining options that includes the private dining room illuminated by the warm glow of the lovely candle wall which is downstairs. Their beautiful patio overlooks the Balboa Marina, and their unique bar with a welcoming fire pit is a great place where you can enjoy the creative hand made cocktails highlighting over 60 hand-crafted tequilas. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and also features live music on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The Village Inn is a unique neighborhood establishment with lots of regulars and plenty of live music. The music ranges from classic rock to lounge music. The clientele ranges from kids just out of college to adults on the verge of their mid-life crisis. It is an excellent place to take a date with a lot of private, low-lit corners in which to disappear. All in all, it is a perfect place to mellow out no matter what your age or interests.
With nightly live entertainment, a delicious menu featuring specialties from around the globe and a bar that serves some of the best cocktails around, the Port Restaurant & Bar is hard to beat! The menu features items like seared ali tuna and chicken pesto flatbread, and the fresh grapefruit martinis from the bar are excellent. The music usually features local talent and is of the acoustic variety.
Overlooking the spectacular view of the waterfront, the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar offers delicious Californian fare and premium wines. The decor is kitsch with elegantly laid out seating spaces over two levels, an attractive bar counter and thoughtful lighting accents. The menu is typical Californian fare and the expert culinary team headed by chef Yvon Goetz ensures that all dishes are made to order and are perfectly cooked. The seafood delicacies are a must try here. Many a patron have praised their Crispy Almond Dusted Calamari, Prosciutto Wrapped Hawaiian Shrimp and The Winery Corkscrew Pasta. The wine bar is well stashed with bottles that will definitely impress the oenophile in you. There are about 650 different libations to choose from.