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Forget That New Year’s Diet and Chow Down on Some of Newport’s Finest Food

Written By: Charlotte Farrell 2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

I know that many of you probably vowed to stick to your resolutions in the New Year, but what about delaying things until February? Hear me out: Newport Beach Restaurant Week will be running from Jan. 14-27. Locals and tourists will not want to miss out on some of the best grub Newport has to offer. “We have 70 restaurants participating in Newport Beach Restaurant Week and 13 restaurants participating for their first time,” says Dine Newport Beach Marketing Manager Melissa Jacobi. “Restaurant week is a great way for people to try a restaurant they may not know about or have ever been to. My suggestion is to try restaurants that are new to you, while also returning to some of your favorites.”

We rounded up 10 standouts that deserve a shout and a try, and with lunch pricing starting at $10 and dinner starting at $20, you should take advantage of this once-a-year foodie extravaganza. Just don’t forget to come hungry!

2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

That’s Amore

Canaletto Newport Beach

Lunch: $25
Dinner: $50

Canaletto is Newport’s version of a slice of Venetian sophistication combined with California cool. The lunch and dinner menus are as unique and mouth-watering as they are long, but here’s a preview: fresh bruschetta, gnocchi pomodoro, Caprese salads, pennoni al ragu, salmone alla griglia and desserts like tiramisu and cannolis. Don’t forget the cannolis!

Native Knowledge: Many of the staff are native Italians, so test out your best “grazie” when you want to say thank you!

Canaletto Newport Beach
545 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.640.0900

2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Prime Time

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Lunch: $25

The lunch options that Fleming’s have on deck are worthy of extending your break from work to experience all the flavor. Start off with a freshly made soup or their famous Fleming’s chopped salad, followed by an entrée of either the barbecue glory salmon fillet, the California Power Lunch with farro and butternut squash, the California Burger or the porcini crusted filet mignon for an extra $10. Dessert is either cheesecake or a gift box of Fleming’s housemade truffles. The question is, how can you choose with so many delicious options?

Native Knowledge: They now serve brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
455 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.720.9633

2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

O Romeo, Romeo

Juliette Kitchen and Bar

Lunch: $25
Dinner: $50

Expect lunch options like butternut squash soup with créme fraiche, braised boneless short rib or roasted chicken. Dinner will fill up diners with bites like duck confit meatballs, tuna tartare crostini, roasted Thai snapper and dessert, oh how much we love dessert. Imagine chowing down on an apple crisp or vanilla ice cream with brown butter caramel. Are you drooling yet?

Native Knowledge: Check their Insta page to find out when they host the next wine tasting.

Juliette Kitchen and Bar
1000 Bristol St N, Ste 11
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.752.5854

2019 NBRW

Just Keep Swimming

Bluefin Restaurant

Lunch: $25
Dinner: $50

Critically-acclaimed chef Takashi Abe presents his distinctive take on Japanese cuisine for Newport Beach Restaurant Week. We’re talking salmon mousse with caviar, Chilean sea bass with foie gras, a chef’s choice of assorted sushi and so much more. Dessert is purple yam cheesecake with green tea ice cream on the lunch menu or yuzu cheesecake with ice cream after dinner. Arigato!

Native Knowledge: There’s ample parking, so invite the whole crew!

Bluefin Restaurant
7952 Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92657
949.715.7373

Oui, Oui!

Provenance

Lunch: $20
Dinner: $40

The seasonal menu at Provenance is what draws Orange County-ites from all over the area. The lunch and dinner menus are undeniably delish. Lunch is a variation of ingredients that taste like they’re fresh off the vine—and they are! Provenance pulls ingredients from their 1,300-square-foot onsite organic garden. Lunch will provide dishes like butternut squash ravioli, a sustainable Scottish salmon club sandwich, and the list of nom-worthy eats goes on. Dinner includes plates like Meaty Beef Short Rib Pappardelle, Rosemary Free Range Baby Lamb Chops, Grandma’s Italian Wedding Soup and a selection of tarts to sweeten the deal.

Native Knowledge: You can host your next private party at Provenance to impress your friends.

Provenance
2531 Eastbluff Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.718.0477

2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Olé, This Way

Red O Restaurant

Lunch: $20
Dinner: $40

Red O’s elevated Mexican-inspired is the brainchild of Chef Rick Bayless. Lunch means duck taquitos enchiladas suizas, tres leches and more. Dinner features goodies like fresh corn and goat cheese tamales, slow braised carnitas and Baja shrimp scampi, to name a few.

Native Knowledge: After NBRW, head back for their happy hour. It’s one of the best in town!

Red O Restaurant
143 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.718.0300

2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Supper Time

Campus Jax

 

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Lunch: $10

The Campus Drive hangout has been a long time favorite of locals, and their menu for lunch is something worth trusting the natives about—for $10, how can you lose? The first course comes with a choice of gumbo, chili Orleans, housemade slaw or Creole deviled eggs. The second course continues with the New Orleans influence a la a choice of jambalaya, barbecue pulled pork in the form of a sandwich or bowl or Abbot’s Butcher vegan burger for those who have ditched the meat.

Native Knowledge: Whiskey Whisky and Wine Down Wednesdays are for those who love some sips. Bottles of wine are 50 percent off as well as 50 percent off your first whiskey drink.

Campus Jax
3950 Campus Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.261.6270

Med School

Fig & Olive

Lunch: $25
Dinner: $50

The Fashion Island favorite will be hosting Mediterranean lunch and dinner options to rock your foodie world, but with style. Here’s an inside look at the lineup: mushroom croquette, caramelized cauliflower risotto, balsamic glazed short rib, grass-fed filet mignon, brûléed cheesecake or pot de créme.

Native Knowledge: Opt for the valet parking come lunch or dinner time as Fashion Island can get crowded in the lots.

Fig & Olive
151 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.877.3005

Here, Fishy Fishy Fishy!

Fly ‘N’ Fish Oyster Bar & Grill

Lunch: $20
Dinner: $40

When in Newport, take advantage of the close proximity to the ocean and make your way to Fly ‘N’ Fish Oyster Bar & Grill for the catch of the day and some fruit de mer! For lunch and dinner, start off with a cup of their “Award Winning” New England clam chowder, followed by entrées like macadamia crusted Oregon sand dabs, Skuna Bay salmon with angel hair pesto, miso glazed wild Mexican Sea Bass and more, topped off with dessert choices at dinner like warm banana chocolate bread pudding. “Sea” you there!

Native Knowledge: Fresh, seasonal seafood is brought in daily so you can soak in the salty air minus a salty aftertaste.

Fly ‘N’ Fish
2304 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.673.8400

2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Put Some Pep-peroni in Your Step

Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store

Dinner: $20 or $30

Since 1976, Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store has been serving up pizza with love to OC and we still can’t get enough. There are two dinner options. The first offers meatballs, two pinwheels or two slices of pizza and, of course, their “Great Balls of Fire” for $20. The second includes meatballs, a small signature pizza and “Great Balls of Fire” for $30. Time to get that dough!

Native Knowledge: The sauce and dough are made in-house.

Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store
2300 SE Bristol St, Ste F
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.852.9500

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