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.
Nick's San Clemente's is nestled in the heart of downtown San Clemente and is a great place to have hangout with friends whether it's for cocktails by the fireside or lunch or dinner in their gorgeous dining room. The interiors will warm you with their wood and stone decor highlighted by lovely lighting, giving it a cozy look. Nick's only use natural and organic produces in their food and the well thought menu comprises of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages. The restaurant's cuisine is combination of the traditional and contemporary cooking that has resulted in the creation of some great food. Their full bar features an impressive wine list and unique cocktails.
If you're looking for a dark, trendy bar and an amazing gourmet burger in one place, then 25 Degrees is it. Enter 25 Degrees and grab a seat at the large bar or at one of the tables and dive in to the menu. Four signature burgers come loaded with toppings like caramelized onions, Burrata, pesto, green chili and more. If you're not in the mood for one of those, they have an option to build your own custom burger with their 14 different options each of toppings, sauces and cheeses. They also offer some equally decadent non-burger sandwich options like the Sonoran Bobak Hot Dog which is a bacon-wrapped hot dog with caramelized onion, tomato, pinto beans, onion, green chili, queso fresco, mustard and garlic aioli. Try a shake, either with or without alcohol, or beer from the tap to pair with your meal.
This is a great restaurant with a delicious menu of Cuban dishes in a Latin setting. The restaurant feels like a little cafe in Havana. This is a great little spot where the food is good and the atmosphere is friendly. Much of the clientele consists of professionals who work in the area. The menu features Nueva Latina fare (not simply Cuban) since it is also inspired by South American cooking. The tamales, spicy seafood dishes, and marinated pork are excellent. There is a full bar plus a pretty good wine list.
This is Orange County's favorite spot for authentic soul food. It is a small space packed with a lot of punch. Get ready to taste some of the best, most down-home food of your life, all while enjoying the live jazz and blues and a great decor. The clientele is varied, but most everyone is relaxed and open to new tastes and new friends. Southern soul food rules here; your palate will be blown away by soul meatloaf, Cajun gumbo, shrimp Creole, soul burgers with garlic mustard sauce, chicken-sausage gumbo, blackened fish, fried chicken, and more.
The Past Memories is a restaurant and bar that serves excellent Korean dishes and soju. The menu is filled with creatively prepared Korean street food, with such dishes as chicken wings, seafood pancakes and kimchi ramen noodles. There is also a wide variety of flavored soju available, with the drinks beings served with onion and shrimp chips.
Done up in white with bamboo shades, mirrors, potted plants and wooden accents giving it a chic look, Malibu Farms in Lido Marina Village is a lovely farm-to-table restaurant. Overlooking the waterfront, you can be sure of a delectable fare using farm-fresh and organic ingredients. Savor their large plates, sandwiches and shared platters that have hints of various global cooking styles. Teetotallers can enjoy their range of coffee, tea, smoothies and organic sodas while those want to tipple on alcoholic beverages can try their cocktails, beer and wine
This hidden and cozy cafe is a great place to enjoy a quick breakfast in the morning or one of their wonderful coffee creations throughout the rest of the day. Longtime customers rave about the vanilla chai latte, as well as just their regular house blend. There is live entertainment most nights and a regularly scheduled open mic night.
Mama D’s Italian Kitchen is a quaint Italian restaurant. The place is very warm and welcoming; it has a modern decor and is quite spacious hence can accommodate larger groups with ease. Everything on their menu is cooked to perfection with the use of authentic Italian techniques which were inherited by the owner from her grandmother. From starters like Bruschetta to mains like pizzas, oven-baked dishes like pastas, lasagna and more, food is served in generous portions here with utmost attention to presentation. Food can be complemented with beer or wine and you can rely on your friendly waiters for suggestions about the same.
Located on Newport Boulevard, Sessions West Coast Deli is a cozy deli and sandwich shop not far from the beach. With its sleek design and vintage photography adorning the walls, Sessions provides guests with a fun and inviting space to relax and indulge their palate. Everything is prepared in their open kitchen using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From their quality meats and cheeses to their house-made sauces and fresh bread, this place prepares a vast array of gourmet sandwiches, salads and more.
With a welcoming sign of 'Welcome to the beach' Alley Restaurant and Bar greets first timers as well the 'Alleycats' into their breezy, seaside pub. This legendary Newport Beach restaurant which has been reveling locals and visitors alike for the past 25 years with their American pub cuisine of classic burgers, sandwiches, Filet Mignon, lamb shank, chicken picatta, garlic green beans, pound cake, sand dabs, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Chilean Sea bass and more and late night 'anti happy hour' at their vibrant bar. The vintage look of the main dining area with its stained glass bay windows and dim lighting, invites you for a time of fun and frolic. Alley serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Welcome to the world of Alley.