Holidays, step aside. The most wonderful time of the year is NOW. During Newport Beach Restaurant Week, most of the city’s restaurants have got you prix-fixed with dozens of culinary options at affordable prices. Don’t delay, it’s only from January 14 to 27!
No one needs an excuse to dine out in Newport Beach, but if you somehow require one, Newport Beach Restaurant Week is exactly that. The annual event is a can’t-miss celebration of unique prix-fixe menus at dozens of participating restaurants. The special menus, which are almost always printed and available at the hostess stand of the restaurant, can also be previewed online. Each menu falls under one of eight flat rates and they’re all shockingly affordable. So much so, that you can eat out every day during Restaurant Week without breaking the bank! Just remember, NBRW isn’t just a week, it’s 14 delight-filled days.
We’ve narrowed down our favorite places in each price range for each meal. So put on your chicest pants (with the most forgiving waistline) and we’ll see you there!
A $10 lunch is good anytime, but a $10 lunch by “Top Chef” season 11 alum Brian Huskey on the beach in Corona del Mar? We can’t turn down Tackle Box’s decadent crab cake burger with soup and a drink for only $10. Closed Mondays, price not applicable at their Costa Mesa location.
Balboa Lily’s on the Balboa Peninsula is known for their unique coffee and tea creations, but their food is just as delicious and inventive. Discover their green curry and roasted veggies for only $15, includes soup or salad.
Yes, Gratitude is a vegan restaurant, but now is the time to try it, if you haven’t already. Vegan chefs know that flavor and presentation need to be optimal when catering to new diners and we have never been disappointed (or left hungry) by Gratitude. You’ll be dazzled by the plating, smell and taste of everything you order and won’t miss a single animal by-product.
What’s the occasion? NBRW. At this mind-blowing price, you get two courses and a dessert at Andrea, located at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Impeccable service, valet parking and million-dollar view of the Pacific Ocean included. What more could you want for lunch?
Summer House, a casually elegant escape in Corona del Mar, offers a dynamite $20 dinner with loads of options. We chose their potstickers and salmon, both with an Asian flair, before diving into their scrumptious lemon creme cake. They also offer their house Chardonnay or Cabernet for just $6.50 on the NBRW menu. It’s an unbelievably good deal!
We’re not saying that we picked Great Maple inside Fashion Island because of their dessert, but we must note that each NBRW dinner includes their Famous Maple Bacon Doughnut (you read that correctly and it’s made to order). Instead of salad or soup, we chose their divine truffled deviled eggs, because we need them, and the perfect steak frites for an entree. This is a meal and we are officially full.
Go old school French at Pescadou Bistro, an institution on the peninsula since 1998 whose unassuming appearance reveals serious bistro fare inside. Say oui to escargots, lamb and a selection of dessert and maybe their optional $9 cheese add-on. It’s just what you need at this time of year.
Truthfully, any of the $50 meals are going to be spot-on, you literally cannot pick a bad one. But we’re inclined to go to Nobu Newport Beach, who’s participating in NBRW for the first time and offering their fan favorites on the menu (among other options): yellowtail jalapeño as a starter with black cod as entree and green tea cheesecake. If you haven’t been the Nobu yet, try those and you’ll see why they have 22 locations around the globe.