Vew from patioWith panoramic views of the Marina launch area and the calm Back Bay preserve, this restaurant offers waterfront views, and a retractable roof for the quintessential indoor & outdoor Newport Beach dining experience. The menu features a wide variety of fresh local seafood and Prime steaks. The Bistro is famous for Family Brunch on Saturdays and the Champagne Brunch on Sundays, which earned the “Diners Choice Award” by Open Table for “Top 10 Brunch Location in Orange County.” The outdoor wrap-around waterfront patio is dog-friendly so Fido can enjoy it here as well!

French born Executive Chef Bruno Massuger has developed an inspirational farm to table Spring menu, featuring California cuisine with a nod to Napa influences. “Harkening back to my French roots, I prefer to source locally as we do in France. So I work with local farmers and purchasing seasonal products. I am proud to say that most of the vendors we work with are within 150 miles of the restaurant.”  

I had the pleasure of recently being invited to a Media Tasting as Chef unveiled some of his newest menu offerings. We enjoyed a sampling by ordering various items and here are some examples of what is new for lunch…

Appetizers we enjoyed included:

Sage Ravioli Marzano ($12) – In a light Marinara sauce with Italian Sausage and adorned with fried sage. This was delicious.

Yellow Fin Ahi Sashimi ($12)- Perfectly sliced accompanied with: Seaweed Salad, Wasabi and Pickled Ginger.

French Onion Soup ($10) with crusted Swiss cheese

For Main Lunch Entrees we enjoyed:

Parisian Chicken Sandwich ($14) – Grilled chicken breast, heirloom tomato, arugula, bacon, brie cheese and Ranch Aioli on a Brioche Bun. And yes, Chef is now using Dean Kim’s custom breads from OC Baking Company which makes all the difference. Excellent and share-able too. This was my favorite and the brie and chicken worked so well together. Dean Kim’s bread is so flavorful I think that is a fabulous addition!

Calamari Salad ($16) – Mesclun Greens, tomatoes, olives, bell peppers with Cured Calamari Steak (sliced), Pickled Onions and Capers.

Bistro Steak Salad With Fried Onions ($18) – Pan seared steak, romaine lettuce, feta cheese, Dijon mustard, infused Olive Oil dressing.

Santa Fe Turkey Sandwich with Ortega Chiles ($14) – Grilled fresh Turkey, Jack Cheese and fire roasted Ortega Chiles.

IMG_6064For Desserts, lots to choose from, however my favorite was the Bread Pudding and I don’t even eat bread pudding. But it was house made and delicious!

Upcoming Events at Back Bay Bistro and Newport Dunes: There is always some fun event going on at Back Bay Bistro. From their nightly Happy Hours, to their Brunches, Wine Dinners, Taco Tuesdays, Friday night Prime Rib Dinners, here are just a few of the fun events coming up!

Weekly: -Social Hour Nightly – from 4:00pm

-Taco Tuesday – Starting at 4:00opm with $4 Draft Beer Specials

-Wednesday’s- Burger and Beer (or Wine) and Build Your Own Burger

-Friday Nights- Back Bay Bistro Prime Rib Dinner- Served with Baked Potato & Veggies

-Sunday Nights- Back Bay Bistro Family Pasta Night- And kids dine free

Special Events: 4/5/17 Special Event- Paint Nite at the Back Bay Bistro

4/16/17- Back Bay Bistro Easter Brunch- From 9:00am to 2:00pm

5/6/17- Standup for the Cure

5/28/17- Boots on the Beach ~ Nashville meets Newport (at the Dunes)

6/2/17- Russo and Steele Car Auction Newport Beach

8/6/17- LobsterFest from 3-8pm (Newport Dunes)

8/19-20 – Pacific Wine and Food Classic (at the Dunes)

Monthly: Bistro Wine Dinner Series- Every month the Back Bay Bistro hosts an entertaining and educational evening that includes a Five-Course Dinner paired with Italian and/or Regional Wines. Check the web site for the next one!

Dock-Side Duffy Electric Boat Rentals: And for those who love to be on the water, how about boating on the Bay? Couples can enjoy a two hour Duffy Electric Boat Rental Romance Package at sunset—- right from the docks of the Back Bay Bistro. With a pre-selected gourmet platter and wines at a great value, guests can plan a perfect excursion on the water. Following this, guests will return to the restaurant for a lovely dinner. It is the perfect gift which couples can purchase and redeem year round, or include friends or family too, as the Duffy boat holds up to 6 people! This offer is on deck Tuesdays through Sundays. To book: call: (949) 729-3800.

To learn more about the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve please visit this web site. Also guided kayak tours are available through the preserve which is a lovely way to experience the area.

Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.729.1144 For Special Events:

Closed: Monday Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday 5:00pm – Close Happy Hour: Tuesday – Sunday 4:00pm – Close Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm two-hour maximum on Brunch dining, last Reservation is 1:30pm

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