5 Recommended Restaurants in Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach in Orange County, California, attracts beachgoers from all over. However, there’s more to the area than pristine beaches and water activities. The city also has a diverse food scene that offers both casual and upscale dining. Read about five recommended restaurants in Newport Beach and plan to try them all.

5 Recommended Restaurants in Newport Beach

21 Oceanfront Restaurant

21 Oceanfront Restaurant, reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century dining club, specializes in classic continental food, offering an array of fresh seafood and premium meats. While here, guests enjoy an elegant oceanfront dining experience, ideal for a romantic date-night and watching the sunset. In addition to raved-about food and views, 21 Oceanfront also offers live entertainment in the bar and lounge.

Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro serves a variety of contemporary American dishes, including casseroles, scampi, sandwiches and seafood. Enjoy dinner and a great view in the elegant waterfront enclosed patio, which over looks the Newport Dunes. The restaurant also has a state-of-the-art retractable roof with heating that allows people to dine outdoors year-round. Back Bay Bistro also ranks as a top spot for brunch in Newport Beach.

Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom

This casual spot offers waterfront dining and one of the longest happy hours in the area. Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom, situated in the famous Balboa Pavilion, specializes in prime steaks, fresh seafood and local favorites. While at Harborside, visitors can also watch current sporting events on flat-screen TVs.

Pelican Grill

Pelican Grill, using fresh and local ingredients, offers alfresco dining experience. While sampling a delicious meal in the elegant dining room, take time to admire the view. The restaurant features high ceilings and Palladian-style windows, so guests can see the ocean and shoreline. Pelican Grill also provides a place to kick back with friends while watching the game.

Newport Beach Brewing Company

Situated in the Old Delaney’s Seafood Market building, Newport Beach Brewing Company specializes in signature American dishes. The restaurant serves pizza, pasta dishes, hamburgers and sandwiches — try the Cajun salmon sandwich. In addition to the food, this casual spot offers a large selection of craft brews.

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