A Food-Lover’s Guide to Winter Dining in Newport Beach
Forks out foodies! We know you love to wine and dine—especially during the holidays. Whether it’s a hearty brunch or a sensational seafood dinner, Newport Beach has no shortage of award-winning restaurants eager to please your palate. So without further ado, we present the ultimate food-lover’s itinerary for a day full of festive deliciousness. Here’s exactly where to savor the season.
Stay at Balboa Bay Resort
Boasting 15 acres of bayfront bliss, Balboa Bay Resort is an idyllic place to call home base this December. Stay in one of the resort’s expertly appointed guest rooms, which all feature private balconies, and take advantage of a variety of on-property rentals, including Duffy boats, paddleboards, kayaks and bikes. And when it comes time to indulge, you’ll be happy to know that the resort is home to a sea-to-table restaurant, A+O Restaurant | Bar, where you can enjoy views of the glistening bay along with signature smoked cocktails and a menu of fresh seafood.
9 a.m. Breakfast at Lighthouse Cafe
Start your day with a salty breeze and a hearty brunch at Lighthouse Cafe on the Balboa Peninsula. This multi-story restaurant sits on the harbor’s edge and boasts postcard-worthy views of the boat-filled bay. Jumpstart your holiday vacation the right way with a Buddy’s Bloody or Captain’s Sangria, then cure your cravings with the Chicken and Waffles, Breakfast Burrito or Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes.
11 a.m. Rent an Electric Boat
Take a drive up the coast to Lido Marina Village for a breezy boat ride on the bay! Make a reservation online with Vision Electric Boat Rental and choose from a fleet of dynamic vessels that come in a variety of playful colors. Be sure to pick up a gourmet cheese and charcuterie board from Lido Bottle Works, so you have something to snack on while out at sea.
Docking and dining is one of the most popular activities in Newport Beach, and for good reason. It’s a great way to experience the bay and the city’s local cuisine! Once you’ve cruised around for an hour or so, pull up to either The Cannery or Bluewater Grill for a tasty seafood lunch with friends.
6 p.m. Wine Tasting at Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery
After a day on the bay, settle down with a glass of vino at Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery. Since 2001, this locally-owned winery has grown, harvested and matured its award-winning wines. The estate sits near the beautiful Back Bay and features lush grounds, botanical gardens, koi ponds and a bird aviary. Take a tour or enjoy a tasting before heading to dinner!
Take a trip back in time to Old England with a candlelit meal at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. The cozy restaurant’s warm, old-world ambiance sets the scene for an festive and authentic English meal. Snag a table in the courtyard or cozy up inside and prepare to be wooed with dishes like Roasted Prime Rib, Rack of Colorado Lamb and Seasonal Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto. Once your palate has been pleased, pop into SideDoor, Five Crowns’ cozy English-style gastropub, for an after-hours cocktail by the fireplace.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is back for its 115th year! Celebrate the holiday season with us and watch as decorated boats cruise the harbor from Dec. 13-17. For more info, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger