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10 Spectacular Spots to Dine with a View in Newport Beach

Spring is near, which means a day enjoyed outside is in your future. Whether it’s sailing around in an electric boat during the day or partaking in a casual sunset walk around Balboa Island, there is no better time to relish the perfect springtime weather. Here are 10 spectacular spots to grab a bite and enjoy the views in charming Newport Beach.

Crystal Cove Shake Shack

Shake things up with a midday stop at Crystal Cove Shake Shack—an iconic, counter-serve spot that overlooks the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Feast your eyes on the waves and treat your taste buds to classic American bites, including burgers, fries and creamy milkshakes.

The Beachcomber Café

Make the most of your day on the water with a stop at The Beachcomber Café in Crystal Cove. This local hotspot is located just steps from the sand and features an outdoor deck with sweeping ocean views, an on-site tropical bar (The Bootlegger) and a menu full of California favorites and tropical libations.

Tavern House Kitchen + Bar

When you “sea” food, eat it! Tavern House makes it easy to enjoy all of your seafood favorites! From Spicy Ahi Poke and Coconut Crusted Shrimp to New England-Style Clam Chowder and Ale-Battered Fish and Chips, there is no shortage of tasty plates at this bayside restaurant. Arriving by boat? Tavern House’s new Boater’s Menu allows you to order ahead and have it ready for pick up, so you can enjoy your meal on the water.

Nobu Newport Beach

Known for its innovative Japanese fare and celebrity following, Nobu remains a staple in the Newport Beach community. Make a reservation and enjoy a swanky dinner at this stunning, two-story waterfront location in Lido Marina Village. Local Tip: Order the Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Black Cod with Miso!

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

With a globally-inspired wine list featuring 650 selections, you’ll be thankful you stopped by this hip, harborside restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for red, white or rosé, The Winery has it all—and the dishes to go with it. Dig into contemporary California cuisine and sip the day away!

Lighthouse Bayview Café

Situated in the heart of Marina Park, Lighthouse Bayview Café is an airy eatery with floor-to-ceiling windows, unobstructed bay views and a spacious deck with plenty of outdoor seating. Plan a day with the family here and take full advantage of the 120-foot boat dock.

Rusty Pelican

With harbor views that’ll have you smitten and an esteemed menu of seafood dishes, it’s no wonder Rusty Pelican has remained a culinary staple in Newport Beach since 1972. Relish views of the sparkling water and enjoy happy hour, Sunday brunch, a full bar, an award-winning wine list and patio seating.

GuacAmigos

Tequila and tacos on the bay? Yes, please! GuacAmigos is committed to serving authentic Mexicam food and fine tequila in an upscale and vibrant setting. Slurp down one of their signature margaritas, and you’ll wonder why this isn’t exactly where you’ve been all day.

Newport Landing

Drop anchor and head upstairs to Newport Landing’s iconic Oyster Bar for seafood snacks and a selection of local wines, craft beers and tropical drinks. Perched on the harbor’s edge, this historic spot makes for the perfect waterfront happy hour.

A&O Kitchen + Bar

Nothing beats an afternoon spent at Balboa Bay Resort’s A&O Kitchen + Bar. This seafood-centric restaurant boasts an outdoor patio—perfect for a relaxing weekend meal. Sip on hand-crafted cocktails and local brews, and snack on shareable plates that’ll please your palate. Local Tip: Cozy up around one of A&O’s many outdoor fireplaces!

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