Top 6 Fine Dining Restaurants in Newport Beach
Red O Restaurant and 21 Oceanfront are just two eateries to put on your list to visit when you’re in town.
With its 10 miles of gorgeous coastline, unbeatable weather, and plenty of amenities, Newport Beach is one of California’s best places to live. Whether you want to spend a day at the park, learn how to surf, or relax on the beach, you can do it in Newport Beach. If you plan to visit the area to explore Newport Beach real estate for a primary or vacation home, also plan to spend some time checking out various neighborhoods, grabbing a drink at local bars, visiting with the locals, and trying out the delicious dining options. Here are some high-end restaurants with exceptional dining experiences to consider for your celebration after making a successful offer on one of the Newport Beach homes for sale.
Photo courtesy of Mastro’s Ocean Club
Mastro’s has provided unparalleled dining experiences in their many restaurants for years. Recognized for the elegant atmosphere and top-notch service, Mastro’s Ocean Club in Newport Beach will treat you with the best steaks and freshest seafood to help you create a memory that will last a lifetime. Start your meal with bigeye tuna tartare or oysters on half shell, then indulge in a Japanese A5 Wagyu steak or jumbo lobster tail served with garlic mashed potatoes or wild mushroom black truffle gnocchi for your main course. While you indulge in your meal, you can also listen to live music every evening except Monday and Tuesday.
Photo courtesy of 21 Oceanfront
There’s nothing like dining on the best seafood and steaks while gazing out at the Newport Pier — the same experience you’ll have when you choose 21 Oceanfront for your evening meal. Located in the historic McFadden Building, this classic restaurant serves tantalizing appetizers from fried calamari to sesame-crusted seared ahi tuna and popular seafood dishes like jumbo prawn linguine and Alaskan king crab legs. In addition, the delicious steaks can be topped with seaweed butter, crab cakes, or Danish blue cheese and served alongside pancetta brussels sprouts or white truffle mac and cheese. Finally, celebrate your new ownership of Newport Beach real estate by having the sommelier choose the perfect bottle of wine to enhance your dinner, and top it all off with a pear tart or a Grand Marnier souffle.
Photo courtesy of Bayside Restaurant
Whether you want lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, you can’t do much better than the harbor-edge Bayside Restaurant. The wraparound patio offers the perfect dining backdrop of the busy harbor, and the variety of menu options means there’s something for everyone. If you come for brunch, you can expect to dine on smoked salmon Benedict, griddle crab cake “Florentine,” and breakfast burgers alongside special drinks like the Seaside Bloody Mary and mimosas. If you decide to go for dinner, you can start with a cheese board and glass of wine or a Caprese salad followed by braised short ribs or an oven-roasted rack of lamb. If you want to go all out, choose the signature prix fixe menu, where you choose a starter, an entrée, and a dessert for $77.
Photo courtesy of The Winery Restaurant & Bar
If you buy one of the Newport Beach homes on the market and move to the area, you’ll never be far from a great glass of wine. One of the best places to get one — along with an elegant meal — is The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. Chosen as the Restaurant of the Year multiple times, this sophisticated eatery features the finest in California regional cuisine and more than 650 wine selections. In addition to the perfect glass (or bottle) of wine, you can also look forward to prosciutto-wrapped wild white shrimp, nightly specials of fresh wild fowl or game, chili lime rubbed mahi-mahi, and ribeye steak served with black truffle mashed potatoes or a wild mushroom medley.
Photo courtesy of Eddie V’s Facebook
The search for the best steaks and seafood in Newport Beach can seem never-ending. However, you’ll have plenty of fun trying out all of the options to decide which one will become your go-to celebration place once you purchase Newport Beach real estate. One of the contenders should be Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, located near U.C. Irvine and serving fresh dishes made with only the finest ingredients. Eddie V’s has a fantastic happy hour from 4–6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, where you can get small bites and apps and specials on hand-shaken cocktails and wines by the glass. If you come for dinner, make sure you show up hungry to feast on shellfish towers, Maine lobster tacos, center-cut filet mignon, and Mediterranean branzino.
Photo courtesy of Red O Restaurant
Do you want something a little different for your celebratory dinner? Leave the steak and seafood behind and get a taste of Mexico at Red O. The expert team at Red O focuses on serving innovative and unique dishes that still retain the authentic flavors of Mexico. Located in Fashion Island, Red O is a hotspot for those who want to enjoy a margarita in the elegant and vibrant bar area or partake in a delicious meal of corn and goat cheese tamales, lobster and shrimp enchiladas, or salmon served with fried sweet plantains or Mexican street corn. Make sure you start your meal with a craft Paloma or 36-ounce pitcher of the Signature Red margarita.
Exploring Newport Beach real estate this season is a fun activity you can pair with shopping expeditions, trips to the beach, and a tour of some of the best dining spots. Ready to explore but haven’t yet found an agent to help you locate homes that may work for you? Reach out to trusted local agent Robert White for expert guidance in finding the perfect Newport Beach property for your needs.