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Award-Winning Dining

March 18, 2024

With a myriad of award-winning restaurants and bespoke dining experiences, it’s no secret Newport Beach is an epicenter for culinary innovation. Our city prides itself on curating gourmet experiences for locals and visitors that range from decadent seafood brunches to omakase tastings and beyond. Travelers are invited to leave the ordinary behind and indulge in the high life, where each bite caters to a sophisticated palate. So let this be your guide to gourmet gastronomy—Newport Beach’s most renowned restaurants know how to wow.

Daiji Yacht Club: Private Sushi Dinner at Sea

For those seeking an unparalleled omakase adventure, Daiji Yacht Club sets a new standard. Step aboard a luxurious Italian-crafted yacht and watch as Japanese chef Daiji Uehara curates a ten-course sushi tasting experience before your eyes. Each dish, a testament to his artistry, unfolds with a detailed explanation, allowing you to appreciate the flavors and the story behind each creation. The yacht itself is a refuge of refined comfort, complete with Bluetooth speakers and ample deck space—the perfect setting to indulge in this epicurean journey.

Bello by Sandro Nardone: Chef’s Table

In the heart of Newport Beach, Bello by Sandro Nardone offers a unique Italian dining experience rooted in seasonality that’ll wow you from start to finish. Combining the traditional methods of Italian cooking with contemporary creativity, the Chef’s Table seven- and 12-course tasting menus take foodies on an exceptional and personalized dining adventure guided by the talented Chef de Cuisine, Drew Adams. The menu changes each week, showcasing vibrant ingredients sourced from local farms that pair perfectly with hand-selected boutique wines from Bello’s in-house sommelier.

Balboa Bay Resort: Sunday Seafood Brunch

Sundays embrace a whole new level of grandeur at Balboa Bay Resort. Within the resort’s picturesque Lighthouse Room, a magnificent seafood brunch is held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., inviting friends, families, guests and bay club members to dig in. Reserve your seat and prepare to indulge in everything from fresh seafood and made-to-order omelets to fresh pastries and artisanal cheese and charcuterie bites.

Marché Moderne: Chef’s Tasting Menu

Renowned for its Michelin Guide recognition and touted as one of the best (if not the best) French restaurants in Orange County, Marché Moderne wows culinary connoisseurs with its elegant ambiance and innovative and meticulously crafted dishes. Each one, from the Brown Butter Roasted Whole Lobster a La Thai to the Brown Butter Scallop Barely Sauteed, is a testament to the mastery of husband-and-wife-chef duo Florent and Amelia Marneau. For a flavor journey like no other, opt for the chef’s tasting menu—a true Parisian soiree for the discerning palate.

Mastro’s Ocean Club: A Sumptuous Steakhouse Dinner

Mastro’s Ocean Club is a must-dine when in Newport Beach. This specific location sits on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Crystal Cove State Beach and serves all the fan favorites. Start with the oysters, lobster cocktail or roasted bone marrow before moving onto premium cuts like the 12-ounce filet, rack of lamb or porterhouse, which can all be paired with sides such as garlic mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and truffle butter sautéed wild mushrooms. For dessert? It’s always the famous butter cake.

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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