La Cave has been thriving for 50 years, opened on Valentine's day in 1962. This subterranean gem has been popular for its fine steaks and seafood, vibrant lounge with live music, DJs, dancing and more. So it doesn’t matter if its a dimly lit cellar because it is great escapade from the daily grind to dine and unwind. Here's to La Cave, uncork the bubbly!
Cupcakes are finally getting much-deserved attention like other cakes and sweets thanks to Sprinkles, a cupcake bakery that originated in Beverly Hills. Now it is a chain only in selected—or lucky—cities, and Newport Beach is one of them. This boutique cupcake shop has simple and contemporary décor, with the cupcakes displayed behind a floor-to-ceiling glass panel. Each of the 22 flavors is beautifully handcrafted, and each order is nicely packaged with a paper box and wooden utensils with the store logo. Don't expect to walk in and out of Sprinkles like other bakeries—the line always goes outside the door, and each order takes a little wait time; but flavor and moistness are guaranteed.
Tantalizing aromas beckon you at this neighborhood gem called Rothschild's Restaurant serving wonderfully prepared Italian–Continental fare. A known landmark, the vibrant bar tables are nice for people watching and the Wine Cellar for special occasions. Rothschild's is cozy and intimate with its candlelit setting making it a hot spot for romantic occasions. The menu features homemade pastas, seasonal fresh fish, blackened lamb loin, handmade raviolis, apricot-glazed baked brie, Godiva chocolate torte and more deliciousness. Must try is the chef's daily specials that will make you raving for more. Their full bar has an extensive wine list to complement the food. Rothschild's is a delightful romantic and charming restaurant that will make your dining experience a memorable one.
Piccolino Ristorante Pizzeria is a hidden gem in the Mission Viejo neighborhood, blink and you will miss it. Known for their Italian fare which includes house made pasta, fresh wild fish, fine meats and poultry, this charming restaurant has been wowing diners with its classic décor, candlelit dining which exudes romance with red roses for that added touch. Their al fresco dining is quite loved by the locals. Piccolino also serves some of the best Italian and Californian wines. Serenade your beloved in this beautiful restaurant.
This small and unassuming family-run deli may not seem like much from the outside, but it has won several "best of" awards for its delicious, quality pizzas. Ciao is a great Italian deli, serving up delicious items like their signature Italian subs and hoagies, or they allow you to create your own sub as well. Aside from the traditional deli offerings, Ciao also offers up delicious pasta dishes, giant calzones and of course, the award winning pizza. Round out your meal with an order of their famous garlic knots, one of their several salad options or one of their homemade desserts. The weekday lunch specials are a great value.
Darya Restaurant is a Persian restaurant with an opulent decor that has beautifully lit chandeliers, a lovely balcony, a cherrywood bar with a mirror and gorgeous food. Whether it is a boneless lamb kebab, chicken koobideh with jasmine rice, Persian stews, decadent desserts like pear chocolate torte or apricot mousse cake or any of the alluring dishes from the menu, it is just delectable. Their full service bar offers an extensive wine list from both international and domestic brands, customized cocktails and beer. Darya is a great place to host private and corporate events. They have live piano music every Friday and Saturday night for their diners entertainment.
Saigon Beach is one of the most frequented places in Newport Beach for good Vietnamese dishes. With prompt service and friendly staff, you shall be kept well informed of the various dishes that you may want to order. Their pricing is reasonable and quantity is worth it. Rest assured with a low price, there is no compromise on quality of the food. They are known for their pork belly, beef brisket, grilled pork, and other signature dishes.
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.