Since debuting with a new look and new retailers three years ago, every restaurant that has opened in Lido Marina Village has been nothing less than a perfect fit. Lido Marina stands like the Santorini of Balboa Peninsula – the gentle waterfront breezes skipping along the streets, only stopping to view the occasional wall art affixed to the shimmering white walls of the village. A destination like this, with a litany of wonderful lifestyle tenants on the roster, will attract those looking for a certain joie de vivre, close to the water and kissed by the Orange County sun while enjoying the day. It only makes sense that restaurants and chefs would follow. More and more, Lido Marina Village is establishing itself as one of the best places to dine in Newport Beach, no matter your mood or the time of day.
Living the Lido Life
3434 Via Lido | Newport Beach, CA 92663
If you are going to start a day of enjoying every single moment that comes your way, then you really need to start it at Malibu Farm, where you’ll find the very definition of healthy and sustainable eating. Malibu Farm has affixed itself as the definitive dining option for those starting their day. Even if you are on the go and can’t stay long, Malibu Farm will lay a fantastic foundation to help you take on whatever life throws at you. malibu-farm.com
Also great for: post-school drop-off, apres-spin class meet-up, healthy living enthusiasts
It is never a bad thing when great brands get together, and that’s what we have here. The teams behind Bear Flag and Wild Taco have opened Circle Hook to massive amounts of fanfare from locals, and is a mandatory pit stop. A kids menu at a lot of restaurants are often an afterthought, but here it’s celebrated. Make a pit stop on your next stroller group walk and dig in. No kids? They have adults covered too, with a wonderfully eclectic yet casual menu that will please anyone who needs a bite.
Also great for: taco lovers, parents with hungry kids, dog walkers who need a quick bite
Lido Bottle Works
Should you find yourself as more of a brunch person, then Lido Bottle Works has you covered. But there are many reasons to visit. This dining destination has quickly found itself as a vanguard of O.C.’s movement in redefining what eating local really means. A deliciously curated menu is helmed by Executive Chef Amy Lebrun, one of the most impressive (though perhaps unknown to many) chefs in the area. It’s got one of the best rooftops around, and you would be hard-pressed for a better place to enjoy that afternoon rosé. lidobottleworks.com
Also great for: catching the sunset, after-work get togethers, Sunday fundays, serious foodies
It is an inevitable truth we have to accept as residents of California – the sun will set. Before it does, and because no one wants a sunburn, you should transition from the sun-soaked deck of Lido Bottle Works to the seductively serene Zinque. As that orb of fire sinks into the horizon, and the color palette shifts on the waters of the canal, it’s time for some shareable plates and wine. lezinque.com
Also great for: wine lovers, enjoying a slow afternoon, kicking off a girls’ night
From a stylish date night to the last word in opulence, nobody does it quite like Nobu. It’s the ultimate way to cap off any day. Whether you’re in the mood for a few bites of sushi or the intensely delicious omakase offerings, the choices are yours, and none of them are wrong. noburestaurants.com
Also great for: happy hour, milestone celebrations, VIPs, fans of dressing sharp and being seen
Things to Love at Lido
- Up to 3 hours of FREE parking!
- Farmer’s Market, every Wednesday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Live music, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Little Lido Kids Club, every Thursday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.