21 of the Best Restaurants in Newport Beach by Category

Newport Beach is proud to offer world-class dining to its residents and visitors. Our areas restaurants will transport you to Italy, France, and beyond with their international fare. As locals, we’ve wined and dined at all the finest restaurants in town. Below, we’ve compiled an extensive list of the best restaurants in Newport Beach. From beach bars to steakhouses, you’re in for an amazing culinary experience no matter which of these options you choose! 

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Fine Dining in Newport Beach

1. The Cannery

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific will remain closed until the New Year. 

The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific is committed to continuing its rich tradition of delivering the freshest and most beautifully prepared seafood, steaks, and chops available. Ron and his staff are not reinventing the wheel, but with one eye on the Cannery’s rich history and one on the future, they are changing the ride. 

The Cannery

2. Mastro’s Ocean Club Newport Beach

Noted as one of the top 10 steakhouses in the U.S., Mastro’s Ocean Club is well known for its luxury dining experiences. From flawless guest service to some of the finest food in the world to a fine dining experience enjoyed by celebrities and culinary enthusiasts across the country, this highly sought-after dining experience is now available in Newport Beach! 

Mastro's Ocean Club Newport Beach

3. Wildfish Seafood

Wildfish Seafood offers contemporary, sophisticated dining in a fun and relaxing environment. The open exhibition kitchen is reminiscent of a night at the theater as you watch the expert staff prepare culinary masterpieces. An attentive staff member will guide you through the eye-catching menu offering prime midwestern steak, aged 28 days bringing the flavor to perfection and fresh-catch seafood that offers a taste of the ocean. 

Wildfish Seafood

4. 21 Oceanfront

Reminiscent of a grand, turn-of-the-century dining club located in the historical McFadden Building, 21 Oceanfront specializes in classic continental selections offering a wide variety of fresh fish, seafood, and prime meats. 

Complement your elegant oceanfront dining experience with a fine selection of wines from the extensive private wine cellar. 21 Oceanfront Restaurant is recognized as being the most romantic restaurant in Orange County and the best place to watch the sunset. Don’t miss this amazing dining experience! 

21 Oceanfront

5. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Newport Beach

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Newport Beach is now offering online ordering and delivery in addition to dine-in service. 

For the past decade, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has been focused on successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a vibrant, sophisticated setting to create a cutting-edge dining experience. When Partners JC Clow, William Lewis, and Chef Yvon Goetz set out to deliver a culinary experience straight from wine county, little did they know that they would also earn the title of “Restaurateurs of the Year” for their achievements and have their restaurants in Newport Beach and Tustin earn the title of “Restaurant of the Year” multiple times! 

JC and William have spent more than two decades together, the past 10 of which have been with Chef Yvon. The three partners strive to deliver the best dining experience In Orange County on a nightly basis. 

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Newport Beach

6. A Restaurant Newport Beach

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, A Restaurant Newport Beach is currently offering takeout service. 

A Restaurant features a seasonally inspired, contemporary American menu. Chef Jonathan Blackford and his team showcase this iconic restaurant’s relationship with many local farms and suppliers. Their menu changes regularly to make the most of seasonal ingredients and features sophisticated dishes inspired by Newport Beach’s seaside location. Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, A Restaurant has maintained close ties with their customers and community. 

Restaurant Newport Beach

7. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

The Newport Beach Fleming’s is located at Fashion Island, close to John Wayne Airport, the Island Hotel, and the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. Join us for drinks after work and select a glass of your favorite wine from our extensive wine list. Then stay and enjoy an innovative menu inspired by our passion for steak and wine, including our dry-aged prime ribeye. 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

8. Red O Restaurant

Dining at Red O Restaurant is an experience like no other – offering classic Mexican dishes as well as prime steak and seafood, showcased through flavorful and inspired preparations of local and sustainable ingredients in collaboration with Culinary Director Rick Bayless.  

The Red O culinary team thrives on the creation of flavorful dishes with a focus on quality while keeping true to the flavors of Mexico. The restaurant’s team of friendly employees creates a welcoming atmosphere that parallels the luxury resort-style interior of each Red O restaurant. Red O also features an impressive bar and lounge, where you’ll find their specialty cocktails, an extensive tequila list, awardwinning wine list, and live entertainment. 

Red O Restaurant

9. Basilic

Head Chef Bernard Althaus spends most of his time perfecting his exquisite dishes and pleasing his clientele five nights a week  at Basilic on Balboa Island. At home, he harvests his own organic garden to produce the fresh herbs used in his dishes (the name Basilic is the French word for basil- Althaus’ favorite go-to herb for seasoning) and grows the yellow and red, organic, heirloom tomatoes found in the summer seasonal Special Tomato Salad.  

In the kitchen, he prepares each dish and every dish to-order, making sure each plate is served to perfection from the Swiss Onion Soup, the John Dory Filet, to the crème brûlée. He’ll often make a quick appearance in the dining room to greet guests between seatings. 

Basilic

10. Olea, Cellar. Craft. Cook. 

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Olea, Cellar. Craft. Cook. is not currently offering dine-in or patio service. However, you can call or order online for delivery! 

The menu at Olea, Cellar. Craft. Cook. Features everything from elevated American classics, like a Wagyu burger to Italian fare like house-made agnolotti. They also have an extensive list of California wines to choose from. 

Pasta and wine.

Newport Beach Pier Restaurants

11. Baja Sharkeez 

Mexican fare is the highlight of Baja Sharkeez. The fun and vibrant atmosphere of this local joint combined with their menu full of delicious tacos, burritos, and massive margaritas. It’s a great place to stop for a drink after a day at the beach. 

fish tacos

12. Stag Bar + Kitchen 

A great mix of trendy cocktails and oven-fired pizzas makes Stag Bar + Kitchen a fantastic place to hang out in the evening. Woodfired pizzas, meatballs, and burgers are the highlights on the menu, and the atmosphere is perfect for watching a big game with your friends or family. 

Woodfired pizza

13. Mutt Lynch’s  

Mutt Lynch’s is one of the best restaurants near the Newport Beach pier. This casual watering hole is a favorite for those searching for a cold beer or cocktail after playing beach volleyball and surfing during the day. 

burger sliders

14. Banzai Bowls 

If you want to cool off with some fresh fruit or an açai bowl, head to Banzai Bowls. This small shop is a fantastic place to stop and grab healthy eats while taking a walk along the Newport Beach boardwalkThey also have a rooftop deck where you can enjoy views of the ocean. 

Breakfast smoothie bowl

15. Blackie’s By The Sea 

Craft cocktails and ice-cold beers are the main draws at this beachside watering hole. Frequently rated as one of the top bars in the area, Blackie’s By the Sea is a spot that you’ll want to hit during your time in Newport Beach. 

Beer and snacks

16. Rockin’ Baja Lobster 

A lively beach bar scene makes the Rockin’ Baja Lobster a popular spot to hit after hanging out on the sand all day. This fun beach bar serves up plenty of margaritas, seafood buckets, and tacos steps from the ocean. They even have outdoor seating! 

fried fish tacos

17. Sol Grill

If you want to enjoy a casual date night with your significant other, look no further than Sol Grill. This award-winning restaurant in Newport Beach serves up delicious California cuisine ranging from seafood to steak to pasta. Take a look at their menu and see for yourself!

lobster raviloi

Local-Approved Restaurants in Newport Beach

18. Newport Landing Restaurant

Newport Landing Restaurant is a great spot for the entire family to enjoy a bite to eat together. Take in beautiful views of the harbor as you dig into plates of fresh lobster, mussels, and fish. The oyster bar is a fan favorite here.

oysters on the half shell

19. The Beachcomber Cafe

You’ll have to travel about 15 minutes down the Pacific Coast Highway to discover one of the best Newport Beach restaurants. The Beachcomber Cafe in Crystal Cove is home to some of the best views in Orange County and features delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The Bootlegger Bar is also an excellent place to grab a drink at sunset.

panini sandwich

20. Bluewater Grill

If you want to savor more seafood with beautiful harbor views, head over to the Bluewater Grill. This local hotspot serves up fresh fish, oysters, mussels, clams, lobsters, and more in a casual setting.

fish and chips

21. Bear Flag Fish Company

You have to enjoy a fish taco during your time in Newport Beach. Stop by Bear Flag Fish Company for a delicious taco, burrito, or poke bowl.

 

Indulge in More of Newport Beach 

 

Ready to reserve your table at one of these restaurants in Newport Beach? Visit each establishment’s website (linked above) to view their reservation policy, menus, and more! Keep these Newport Beach bars in mind for a nightcap after your dinner! 

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