Newport Beach Restaurants

  • Azar's Pizza, Newport Beach, CA (Balboa)
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    Rainforest Cafe: Not Quite Dinner in the Amazon, But Close

    by soulanjuli Written May 11, 2003

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    Dine in a jungle, brimming with lush, green trees and blue waterfalls. Share your meal with a gorilla or watch giant butterflies flutter while you drink your mai tai. Suddenly lightening and thunder burst out and you feel a gentle mist envelop you. OK, so it's not quite like that, but you'll still have a damn good time at the jungle themed Rainforest Cafe.

    Favorite Dish: I love the Volcano, a chocolate, vanilla, and caramel dessert that could easily feed four. The Awesome Appetizer Platter is great to share as well because it features lots of different bitesized snacks like spicy shrimp and avocado egg rolls, spinich-garlic cheese spread with blue corn chips, ginger chicken taquitos and more.

    Address: Located in Downtown Disney, Anaheim, Ca.

    my dinner guest at the Rainforest Cafe

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    Charlie's Chili: Good Eats at a decent price...

    by TravelChick67 Written May 29, 2004

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    If you can get a front booth, you've done well! There are only 2 and they look out onto the "square" (for lack of a better term) right in front of the pier entrance. Very nice way to have breakfast and sip coffee watching all the joggers, dog watchers, and tourists pass by.

    Even if it's cold and rainy, GO. In fact, that's our favorite time to have breakfast here if when it's damp and dark outside and you can sit in your warm booth sipping coffee and eating chili fries watching the rain pound the sidewalk. Not a bad way to start a day.

    Favorite Dish: Don't expect gourmet fare. This is a "hole in the wall" place that's been around for over 30 years and made its claim to fame with chili, not foie gras.

    It's damn good chili though. Perhaps not the best I've ever had but good.

    My favorite things are the chicken-fried steak and eggs for breakfast and the colossus burger for lunch.

    The chicken-fried steak is served with 2 eggs, potatoes and toast. Although, I mostly eat low carb so I had them sub in some delicious berries and melon (see pic above) instead. I love this stuff! They serve it nice and crispy and put the gravy on the side. I really like this because it doesn't make the patty soggy!

    The colossus burger is big and good. Note, DON'T order their regular burger, it isn't that good; the meat is scrawny. If you want a burger, only get the colossus or order something else.

    Many people like their Mexican food too. I don't order that (I have another fav place in Anaheim for Mexican) but I see plenty of people ordering it so you might want to give it a try.

    Address: 102 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, CA

    Directions: Right at the entrance to the Newport Beach Pier

    Phone: 949-675-7991

    Inside and Out (and my breakfast!)
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    Blue Water Grill: Great View of Balboa Island at Night

    by dennyandconnie Written Jan 31, 2005

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    We were sent to this local seafood restaurant by the demo chef at Trader Joe's. He said that it is a local place that most tourists don't find. He was right. It is on Lido Avenue just before you cross the bridge to Lido Island.

    We ate on the deck for the great views but most of the locals were bellied up to the bar enjoying conversation and great seafood.

    Favorite Dish: The menu was pretty typical of a fine seafood restaurant. We started with a fried calamari appetizer, braised spinach salad (yummy) and had the local fish of the day prepared in a lemon pepper butter sauce. All was well prepared and very good.

    A beacon in the night.
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    The Cannery: Fresh Seafood and Sushi!

    by jenn5179 Written Sep 5, 2007

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    Off of the water, nice view from outdoor patio, really good seafood
    Sushi bar upstairs (we had the rainbow roll as an appetizer downstairs and it was AWESOME)

    Favorite Dish: The rainbow roll stood out in my mind, but both of our seafood entrees were also very good

    The roll was extremely fresh, perfect temperature, great combination of flavors

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    Gulfstream: Indulge in Gulfstream

    by marinarena Written Nov 26, 2006

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    Off (Pacific) Coast Highway and MacArthur Blvd is Gulfstream, an elegant but not so turn-offish posh seafood restaurant nice for an afternoon or evening outing. The main attractions here are the fire pits for cozying up and fried oysters. Though not extraordinary, the service is good enough. This is a restaurant suitable for all kind of groups, including families with children, though especially to romantic couples, those of the Newport local network and those who seek for upscale but not uptight and overpriced.

    I came here during a late lunch at the bar which is fairly stylish with dark wooden look like the whole restaurant. Reservations are not very necessary here but are recommended on busy, weekend nights.

    Favorite Dish: must try more , just had salmon which was cooked just right

    Address: 850 Avocado

    Directions: Corona del Mar Shopping Center, about 10 min walking distance from coast

    Phone: 949-718-0187

    Gulfstream patio, Newport Beach
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    Rusty Pelican -: Rusty Pelican -

    by LizC Written Aug 26, 2002

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    the striking architecture designed rustic exterior, natural feel throught out, fresh seafood prepared in their unique and innovative ways plus the great view of the beautiful Lido Bay from your table. Everyone who asked me where to take their guests in Newport Beach and tried all loved Rusty Pelican and kept going back.
    This pics from their web.

    Favorite Dish: Fried calamari steak, the thick pieces are tender and juicy lightly coated and fried just right, with their delicious special honey mustard sauce, I only wish other chef's can copy and improve their fried Calamari dishes.

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    The Newport Brewery is one of...

    by JonnyBoy760 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Newport Brewery is one of my favorite places to eat and hang out. They have the finest beer brewed on the premises. Take that coupled with good food, excellent service and people watching and you got an evening of enjoyment.
    This place is considered a good hot spot for Newport. The people are friendly and always looking their best. It's a relaxed atmosphere where you can still talk to the girl or guy next to you and have fun.

    Favorite Dish: I'm a big fan of the wood brick oven pizzas, Garlic Ranch Pizza being my absolute favorite. I've also heard that their Pasta Caliente is remarkable. I'm not a shell fish eater so I'll take their word on it. Did I mention the beer is great?

    Directions: 2920 Newport Blvd , Newport Beach 92663
    949-675-8449

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    Charlie's Chili: If you like Chili

    by zssoneten Written Aug 15, 2007

    Charlies is a local institution, after the bars close is when this place comes alive, but any time you are in the mood for chili, the breakfast is chili chesse omelet, dinner chili cheese burger combo

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    Mama Gina's: Great Italian food right on the water!

    by jenn5179 Written Sep 5, 2007

    Mama Gina's had a nice dining room, with friendly staff and a good sized menu.

    We were there with our friends and their toddler, and the staff was very accomodating and attentive - definitely child-friendly!

    After dinner we grabbed a drink or two in the lounge, which was definitely a mix of tourists and locals, and had some live music going on that evening

    Favorite Dish: My girlfriend and I both had gnocchi, and they were cooked perfectly! Not too mushy or sticky. I would definitely tell any pasta lover to try them

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    Kean Coffee: Espresso from the pros...

    by bpwarne Updated Sep 8, 2007

    The Diedrich family name is well known in coffee/espresso circles.
    I was very surprised to find out that thier small capuccino was 12 oz. With only a double shot of espresso in it, this is not a capuccino, it is a latte. This is typical in the western US but was not what I expected from a coffee cafe of such reknown, even if it is located in southern California.

    The small capuccino, at 12 oz, was a big disappointment. Of course it would be, containing only 2 1/2 oz of espresso in it at most. Very weak. Best to order an extra shot or two or to instruct the barrista to put it in a 6-8 oz cup so as to get the 1-1-1 ratio of espresso, milk, and foam that a true (to many espresso purists) capuccino should contain. Then it will shine!

    Address: 2043 Westcliff Drive, Suite 100

    Directions: At the corner of Westcliff Dr and Irvine Avenue

    Phone: 949 642 5326

    Website: http://keancoffee.com

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    The Galley: Classic Diner, Quirky Location (with a view)

    by brewjohnson Updated Oct 23, 2007

    The Galley is probably my favorite breakfast spot in Orange County (my old stomping grounds). Not because it was my most frequented breakfast option (it wasn't) or because it has the best food, but because of its quirkiness and the personal memories I associate with the place. Don't get me wrong, the food is very solid, old school diner fare... eggs, omelettes, pancakes, flavored cokes and floats for lunch, etc. (the chili cheese omelette is out of this world). But its the location and ambience that really makes the Galley shine. It basically sits at the end of a residential cul-de-sac, between a very high-end Newport Beach homes and one of Newport Harbor's yacht marinas. The juxtoposition of a family-owned diner that could have been pluck straight out of the 50s next to modern McMansions only ads to the charm. To get to the galley, you have to drive through a residential neighborhood, and it seems like the last place you'll find a greasy spoon. But when you walk into the tiny place and see the vinyl booths and counter filled with a mix of locals who have been coming there for years and people filling up before jumping onto their boat for a day on the ocean, you'll understand why I'm a fan. It can be a little annoying having to line up to wait for a seat (there's no list or hostess), but at least you have a nice view of the water and boats!

    No credit cards. Only cash or checks (the fact that they accept checks gives you a hint as to the type of place it is).

    Favorite Dish: Chili cheese omelette.

    Address: 9 Harbor Island Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7235

    Phone: (949) 673-4110

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    Sabatino's: If you're a fan of Italian food and ole blue eyes.

    by dznguy Updated Jun 19, 2006

    Not too many people know about this place because it's hidden and out of the main drag on Newport, but look for it, and you won't be disappointed. The walls are covered with a campy type of mural of Venice, but overhead is non-stop Frank Sinatra serenading you and your date. The service tends to be better at night than for lunch. The ambience is also better in the evening.

    Favorite Dish: The best item on the menu for me are the eggplant parmesan, the sausages for which they're famous (I always get the spicy variation), and the cioppino.

    Address: 251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    Directions: from the 55 fwy to Newport Peninsula, after you drive over PCH
    make a left on Via Lido
    right on Lafayette
    left on Lido Park Dr
    right on Shipyard Way

    Phone: (949) 723-0621

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    Royal Thai: Not pretty on the outside but oh so good inside!

    by dennyandconnie Written Jan 31, 2005

    The location isn't the greatest, trafficwise not safetywise, but once you get inside the food was outstanding! There was a good lunch crowd at 1:30 and I'm sure that the $7.95 combo plates were the reason. The meals included soup, salad, spring roll, rice and entree. There were about 10 specials to choose from.

    The dinner menu was pretty extensive and the prices ranged from $11.95 to $16.95 for the lobster dish. I'm sure that the meals are as good as those we had for lunch.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered squid in spicey sauce of chiles, ginger and garlic and Thai basil shrimp. Both were very good.

    Address: Pacific Coast Highway - just north of Newport Blvd

    The frozen drink helped balance the spicey sauce.
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    Hacienda: Great Food and Great Ambiance!

    by dennyandconnie Written Feb 1, 2005

    Located a block from Santa Ana College, the Southwestern cooking was outstanding and the garden patio in 70 degree, sunny weather made our lunch a real delight. There was anextensive menu but we opted for the lunch buffet [see below].

    Favorite Dish: The lunch buffet consisted of salad fixings, fresh fried chips with garden salsa, great chili, a pork roast in tomato sauce [so tender and juicey], cheese enchiladas, sauted vegetables, rice and dessert {cake and flan}.
    Everything was very tastey and well prepared. I can only imagine that the rest of the menu was equally good.

    Address: 1725 College Ave, Santa Ana

    Directions: Cross streets are Bristol and 17th. Almost directly across from the college.

    Phone: 714-558-1304

    This was only part of the buffet.
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    3 Thirty 3: Seek out Casual Convival 333

    by marinarena Written Apr 15, 2013

    Come join the locals at 3-Thirty-3, a quintescential Newport Beach locale to dine. Located off a waterfront along P.C.H, 333 has a chill out atmosphere with sophistication. Expect affordable semi-gourmet entrees and afforadble prices on the menu (One can escape spending $30 for a more than decent meal and drink, alcoholic or otherwise).

    Claiming to be "the original home of the gourmet slider", try a choice of pulled pork, filet mignon, angus beef, parmesan chicken or cashew-coconut crusted Mahi-Mahi. Other menu standouts include weekend brunch faves "make your own" Bloody Mary and gourmet burritos. There is a huge variety here with classic American culinary faves (steak, shrimp cocktail, patty melts) with a slight Mexican and Asian influence (street tacos, quesadillas, Japanese seared style Ahi, Thai chicken satay, etc.).

    Come here to unwind in casually or have a fancy get-together on a date or with friends. The crowd is usually a mix of poshy, pretentious Newporters donned in their fancy luxury threads and the casual, beachy dressed who are more regular Joes and Joanna folk. 333 is referred to some locals as "Cougarsville" or "Sugar Daddy Central" with its heavily 40-50+ crowd on the mingling prowl for sweet young things, during the evening hours especially. During lunch, one can expect the patrons to be common-day looking dock and people who work shops nearby.

    Overall, the look of 333 is country club look, without the attitude. Decor is handsome and well-crafted, with cushy sofas and table seating. Centrally located is a huge, inviting bar.

    During my first visit here, i went for happy hour at the bar- and boy, was I elated! I got a good great value in tacos done 3 fancy ways and drink for a great value (under $20)- even better with an unexpectant discount with the bartender! And I swear, I didn't even flirt to get that!

    Parking is valet is a bit tight but don't fret- it is complementary valet, so trouble yourself not!

    Open 11 AM- 2AM, 9AM- 2 AM on weekends for brunch-dinner-late night dining.

    Address: 333 Bayside

    Directions: off Coast Highway (P.C.H.)

    Website: http://www.3thirty3nb.com

    333 restaurant happy hour, Newport Beach, CA
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