New Year’s Dining in Newport Beach

Here are some of my favorite places to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the Newport Beach area. Some restaurants are being very creative this year and are offering two seating’s---one for those who would like to sneak in early, and a later seating that includes dinner, a champagne toast to the New Year, and in some instances even dancing and live music! Consider making your plans soon. With 18 different places, and 28 different dining & party venues--- there is...

Where to Dine & View the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade This Year!

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is celebrating its 107th Year with a “Seas the Holidays” theme. The parade will run the same route as last year and will be held for five evenings, beginning on Wednesday, December 16th, and running through Sunday evening December 20th, 2015.

This event is proudly hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, and is a local favorite. There are elegantly adorned yachts,...

The Winery Makes A Big Splash in Newport Beach, CA!

Finally made it to this new waterfront hot spot and what a pleasant surprise! This is quite a transformation from Villa Nova!  Let’s just start there. This new darling of Newport is “Wine Country meets Marina” kind’a vibe, and it is all befitting this noble, award winning restaurant. (Their first restaurant is located at The District (in Tustin), and has been winning awards left and right.)  Arrival here at the coastal sister restaurant means sleek stonework, lots...

PREGO Presents A 5-Course Wine Dinner with Antinori Winery

PREGO Ristorante Presents A 5-Course Wine Dinner with Antinori Winery
Join Chef Ugo Allesina Friday, January 24, 2014th @ 7:00pm

Prego Ristorante presents its first wine dinner of 2014 with Italian Winemaker Antinori. Executive Chef Ugo Allesina will present a 5-course Italian menu featuring Chef Ugo’s famous Osso Buco-filled Cannelloni, Braised Beef in red wine and rich Grilled Polenta. The dinner is priced at $68.95 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity).

Antinori’s...

Superb Dockside Dining @ Bluewater Grill In Newport Beach

Perched on one of the Lido Island inlets, is a tucked-away treasure of a restaurant. This is an authentic Fish House. It is always on my “must do” on our list for out of town guests, and over the years it has become a local spot for us as well. With family from Boston, great seafood is not an option. It’s an imperative. And this restaurant never disappoints. It is “sensational seafood” with a lovely outdoor patio overlooking the water. There is always activity on...

Cheers to Champagne’s Bistro!

RESTAURANT VISIT- Champagnes Bistro has a "neighborhood" vibe, and offers sit down dining as well as gourmet take away. With lots of ten minute parking, right up front, that works for me. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have expanded their menu to focus on sit down dinner service. So I popped in to give it a try, and it was fantastic. Very diverse menu....something for everyone which I prefer. For example, a number of delicious salads are featured, Pasta Provencal, Pan Seared...