Deals on Some of Newport Beach’s Most Delectable Dishes
Written By: Chelsea Raineri Newport Beach Restaurant Week
Back by popular demand, Newport Beach Restaurant Week marks its 11th anniversary and longest standing Restaurant Week yet. Presented by Dine Newport Beach and Newport Beach Restaurant Association, this year’s event will host over 60 participating restaurants from Jan. 16 to Jan. 29. Each restaurant will offer guests a special prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner. Besides the delicious food, the best parts about this week are the prices. Lunches range from $10 to $25 and dinners will be no more than $50.
Last year’s Restaurant Week attracted 13, 000 diners, bringing in $3.8 million in revenue to the city. This year’s event is expected to surpass those markers, “There’s several new restaurants joining Restaurant Week and a lot of excitement for this year. There’s no question that this is expected to be the biggest week, ” says Ron Schwartz, President of Newport Beach Restaurant Association.
With so many restaurants and just about two weeks to try them all, we rounded up 10 of our favorites to ease the anxiety.
A Restaurant – New American
With roots dating back to 1925, when Pacific Coast Highway newly stretched from Newport to Huntington Beach, A Restaurant has long been serving classically delicious meals. This Restaurant Week, A Restaurant’s menu will include several gourmet dishes, from Crispy Pork Belly and Blue Lake Beans to Anson Mills Corn Madeleines. Diners can begin their meal with Potato and Cheddar Pierogies, with shredded brussels, caramelized onion puree, and pickled mustard seed making this dish a must try. An entrée available for guests’ dining pleasure is the Colorado Lamb Rack; served with couscous, mint, medjool dates, smoked eggplant, and spiced jus.
Back Bay Bistro – Waterfront California Bistro
Tucked in the reserves of the Newport Dunes, guests can enjoy surf and turf as they gaze upon the bay. With amazing specials for lunch and dinner, we’re guessing that diners will be making multiple trips to Back Bay Bistro. Dine here during Restaurant Week and you’ll have your choice of entrées, such as the Calamari Steak for lunch, or the Rack of Lamb that’s mustard and fresh herb crusted with goat cheese polenta and mint jus for dinner. Not to mention, a glass of house wine or draft beer is included in either menu.
Beachcomber Cafe – American
With its surroundings perfectly preserved in the 1920s, the Beachcomber Cafe is unique in more ways than one – it’s seated a short walking distance from the ocean. The unbeatable view and mouthwatering menu draws in guests to dine at one of Newport Beach’s most scenic restaurants. Offering specials for lunch and dinner, diners can enjoy entrees like the Savory Southwestern Crepes for lunch, or a three-course meal for dinner including the Maple Glazed Kurobuta Pork Chop. With your choice of dessert to complete the meal, the Beachcomber is sure to satisfy any foodie’s palate.
The Cannery– Seafood
Beginning as a fish cannery in the 1920s, The Cannery serves guests daily with the freshest seafood, steaks, and chops; with Restaurant Week being no exception. Guests can dine here for lunch or dinner to experience great food at even better prices. Diners can start dinner off with Risotto Parmigiano Reggiano with parmigiano frico and have the Tasmanian Ocean Trout with duck fat fingerling potatoes, leek emulsion and caviar crème fraiche for their entrée. No meal should conclude without dessert, and the dessert at The Cannery definitely shouldn’t be passed up—double chocolate graham cracker tart with burnt marshmallow and sea salt has us wishing it were Jan. 16 already.
Five Crowns – American
A replica of one of England’s old country inns, fireplaces, a greenhouse, and a garden? It might sound too good to be true, but Five Crowns provides guests will all of these amenities plus a fine dining experience. During Restaurant Week, Five Crowns is offering a three-course meal for just $50. Enjoy the Pride of The Crowns salad featuring butter lettuce, bacon, toasted walnuts, gruyere, and herbs de Provence dressing, and the Niman Ranch Pork Chop as the main dish. Finish your meal with a classic hot fudge sundae topped with toasted almonds and whipped cream.
Lighthouse Bayview Café – American
The Lighthouse Bayview Café has just that—a gorgeous view of Newport’s bay. Enjoy everything you’ve ever wanted on a Salmon Burger topped with lemon caper aioli, mixed greens, and tomato on a brioche bun and a side of cajun fries for lunch. For dinner, guests can order the Braised Short Rib complete with parsnip puree, king oyster mushroom, horseradish gremolata and parsnip crisps. With friendly staff, a beautiful view, and incredible food, guests can’t go wrong by dining here, “Everything’s great so come on by and we hope to see you soon, ” says Ryan Sumner, Executive Chef.
Red O – Mexican
Need to getaway but don’t want to use those new vacation days quite yet? Take a trip over to Red O for a dining experience that’ll make you feel as if you’re thousands of miles away. Red O’s vacation inspired restaurant brings guests lunch and dinner specials for Restaurant Week. With appetizers like Duck Taquitos and Fresh Corn and Goat Cheese Tamales, you’ll need to come on an empty stomach. Enjoy the Enchilada Suizas for lunch and the 6oz. Filet Mignon for dinner. Don’t forget the chocolate tart with fresh berries, whipped cream, and cajeta syrup!
The Ritz Prime Seafood – Seafood
Located on Mariner’s Mile in Newport Beach, The Ritz Prime Seafood has fish and seafood flown in daily to serve its guests dishes that are nothing short of perfection. Their creative dinner menu offers Restaurant Week diners several seafood and meat options. The Spanish Octopus is seared with fingerling potato, romesco sauce, and shaved asparagus. “The fresh turmeric and guajillo chile blend brings that sweet spice you taste, ” says Sean Rowe, Manager of The Ritz Prime Seafood. Enjoy the Pan Seared Jidori Chicken Breast with ricotta cavatelli, creamy morels, and onion jus for your entrée. As for the dessert, you’ll have to visit The Ritz Prime Seafood to find out what the chef’s daily selection is.
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – American
Receiving the title of “Restaurant of the Year” does not come easily, especially during the first year of business. The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar in Newport Beach has over 650 wine selections and an appetizing dinner menu. Who doesn’t love prosciutto wrapped anything? Order the Prosciutto Wrapped Wild White Shrimp and the Zinfandel Braised Angus Beef Short Rib accompanied by carrot infused pearl couscous, a zinfandel reduction, and of course, prosciutto wrapped asparagus to satisfy that craving. Be sure to save room for dessert, with your choice of warm vanilla beignets or Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulee.
Sessions West Coast Deli – American
Having recently opened in 2014, it’s no surprise that this gourmet sandwich spot has grown significantly in popularity. With a scratch kitchen that creates sauces, sides, soups, salads, and made to order sandwiches, customers always know they’re being served the highest quality meals. For lunch and dinner, guests can choose from any sandwich or salad. If selecting a sandwich, you’d be wise to try the wild mushroom chorizo with fresh corn goat cheese guacamole and guajillo slaw on brioche. “We’re excited to highlight vegetables as the main ingredient rather than cheese, ” says Chef and Partner Max Schultz of this vegetarian sandwich.
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