Newport Beach Restaurant Week: The Best Picks From Morning to Night

January 10, 2020 in California, Food Reviews, Travel - 9 Comments

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Are you ready for Dine Newport Beach? The 14 year Dine Newport Beach event also known as Newport Beach Restaurant Week starts Monday, January 13, 2020.

The two-week event highlights the best dining in Newport Beach, California. Options for brunch through dinner let you spend the day at 73 participating restaurants.

Special prix-fixe (fixed price) menus starting at only $10 make the Newport Beach Restaurant Week affordable.

As Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill put it, “The question should be not when are you going to do this, but where.”

Here are our picks for the best Newport Beach Restaurant Week offers.

Pro-tip: Remember to make your reservations early.

Pay with a travel rewards card that earns bonus points at restaurants like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Amex Gold, and Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card (learn more about this card).

The Amex Gold dining benefits earn 4X points at restaurants.

If you’re traveling from out of town the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is a short drive from all the Dine Newport restaurants.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week: The Best Picks From Morning to Night

Two weeks of delicious meals await during Dine Newport Beach. It’s a great way to have a luxury budget experience in Newport Beach.

With so many dining choices from American to seafood it can be overwhelming. Use our handy guide to finding Newport Beach Restaurant Week restaurants that appeal to all palates and budgets, family-friendly options included.

Because you don’t want to be like Mayor O’Neill and “force your kids to eat things they wouldn’t.” 🙂

These are our favorite bites at participating Newport Beach restaurants. Orange County Restaurant Week including Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach starts in March.

Check out all Dine Newport Beach’s participating restaurants for Newport Beach Restaurant Week.

Pro-tip: Be sure to check for restaurants that participate in airline dining programs so you can earn extra miles. Tavern House is part of the airline dining program.


buttermilk fried chicken breast on bed of mashed potatoes
A little tab will do ya and like how. A taste of Tavern House Kitchen & Bar’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles

New to Newport Beach Restaurant Week this year is weekend brunch.

Who doesn’t love brunch? Breakfast and lunch combined! It’s the best of both worlds!

Add in a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or other cocktail or two and it’s a great way to start the weekend.

When that weekend starts with a fantastic meal during Dine Newport, it’s even better.

Our pick for the best brunch for Newport Beach Restaurant week is Tavern House Kitchen & Bar.

Their brunch menu includes Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles with Pecan wood Smoked Bacon, Thyme Gravy, and Vermont Maple Syrup.

One bite and you can die and go to heaven. Because this ain’t your grandma’s fried chicken nor is it the colonel’s.

Seasoned to perfection the finger-lickin’ good chicken packs a wallop.

Tavern House Kitchen & Bar’s Newport Beach Restaurant Week Brunch Prix-fixe menu includes a choice of starter and entree for $25.

Bloody Marys, Aperol Spritz, and Mimosas are available for $8.

Pro-tip: Enjoy bottomless Mimosas for an extra $10.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week budget-friendly $15 brunch options include Guacamigos, Helmsman Ale House (they also have chicken & waffles), and Lighthouse Bayview Cafe


sugar snap, snow peas with yogurt and grapefruit slices
Fable & Spirit proves that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring

Enjoy lunch with a view at Pelican Hill’s Coliseum Pool & Grill during Newport Beach Restaurant Week.

Sit poolside and enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and the resort’s unique coliseum shaped pool.

Our pick for lunch is Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Braised Pork Belly sliders with Togarashi aioli and red cabbage kimchi.

Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Newport Beach Restaurant Week lunch prix-fixe menu includes a choice of appetizer and entree for $25.

Pro-tip: During Dine Newport Beach valet parking is free for Coliseum Pool & Grill guests.

Looking for a $10 lunch option for Newport Beach Restaurant Week? Head to the Balboa Peninsula for $10 lunch at Chihuahua Cerveza and Malarky’s Irish Pub.

Want something a little different? Fable & Spirit’s $15 lunch menu includes a Sugar Snap Peas first course with pancetta powder that takes molecular gastronomy to another level. Hats off to Chef David Shofner

Dine Newport lunch menus are priced from $10, $15, $20, and $25.


ravioli topped with brown and white sauce on black plate
A sneak peek and a sample of CdM Restaurant & Bar braised veal ravioli for Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Unsure where to enjoy dinner during Newport Beach Restaurant Week? Our top pick is CdM Restaurant and Bar.

CdM Restaurant’s Dine Newport Beach dinner menu includes a Braised Veal Breast Ravioli that is delightfully tender and delicate.

The ravioli include Chanterelle mushrooms, red pearl onions, shaved celery, celery leaves, a Sunchoke puree, and a brown sauce made up of the cured veal breast marinade.

CdM’s Newport Beach Restaurant Week prix-fixe dinner menu includes a choice of a first course, second course, entree, and a dessert for $50.

Pro-tip: CdM offers an intimate setting open for dinner only so reservations are a must.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week fixed-price dinner menus are $20, $30, $40, and $50.  


small slice of brown pudding cake topped with mousse and purple flower
Get Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden’s Hachiya Persimmon Bourbon Pudding before it’s gone

Newport Beach Restaurant Week doesn’t offer a separate dessert dining menu. But there are some desserts you MUST try like the ones at Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden.

Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden’s Peacock Farms Hachiya Persimmon Bourbon Pudding with black currants, candied pecans, bourbon & caramel sauce and topped with a chocolate Earl Grey creme is worth every calorie!

Pro-tip: Farmhouse creates farm to table meals based on the freshest produce of each season.

This means tasty treats like the Hachiya Persimmon Bourbon Pudding won’t last long. So get it while you can.


Be sure to check out Newport Beach Restaurant Week and enjoy two weeks of tasty dining from morning to night. From Fashion Island to Corona Del Mar, there’s a restaurant to fits your taste and budget.

Reserve early and pay with a travel rewards card that earns bonus points at restaurants like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Amex Gold, and Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card (learn more about this card).

I can’t wait to have more of Tavern House’s fried chicken and earn extra airline miles dining out.

Which restaurant are you going to visit for Dine Newport Newport Beach Restaurant Week?

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  • Danik January 17, 2020 at 5:07 am

    This is a fantastic way to experience the higher-priced luxury experience at a lower price and I wish a lot of European cities and towns did this as well as it will boost the profile of the restaurant. Some of the food mentioned here I really want to try, The most appealing one for me is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles with Pecan wood Smoked Bacon, you make it sound like its the best chicken in the world, so I think I am going to have to go! 😀 It be great to return to area and see how much Newport Beach has changed, its been 10 years since I was there.

  • Linda (LD Holland) January 17, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Restaurant Week certainly sounds like the perfect time to visit Newport Beach. I love food weeks like this with good priced prix-fixe menus. Lets you try restaurants and things you may not otherwise try. I would definitely want to try a spot with bottomless mimosas. I would definitely want to stay close by so I could try the greatest number of these restaurants. Good tip to look for spots that also earn you travel rewards.

  • Kavita Favelle January 18, 2020 at 3:45 am

    I love local restaurant week events like this, they are such a great time to visit and enjoy local food at great prices. I’m feeling tempted by those Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles at Tavern House, and the Braised Pork Belly sliders with Togarashi aioli and red cabbage kimchi at Coliseum. I also like the look of Farmhouse, and their ethos.

  • Agnes January 18, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    I love food. I haven’t heard about Newport Beach Restaurant Week before. So your article intrigued me. Next time when I visit California, I will consider this place and time. I am impressed with your professional food photos; they make your appetite grow. Great restaurant recommendations. I’d love to visit Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden’s to eat dessert and Coliseum Pool & Grill’s for lunch.

  • Mijia Eggers January 19, 2020 at 2:22 am

    The food on the picture of Fable & Spirit looks so attractive. Does it have caviar on the plate? It raises my appetite as I am a fan of seafood. Is it also below 10$? I cannot imagine that the food is not so expensive there. Really good recommendations here.

  • Umiko January 19, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t think you can go wrong with the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles. It looks delicious! The pudding looks yummy, too. And I think prices during the Restaurant Week are reasonable. A really smart way to bring people to come to your city.

  • Jennifer Prince January 19, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    I love restaurant weeks! It’s a great way to test out a few new places and also get good deals. Tavern House does seem nice, too. And it is SO smart to use cards that help with points. I need to look into getting a better one!

  • Manjulika Pramod January 20, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Food pictures really made me hungry. I like brunches where one can indulge and go overboard too. Restaurant week sounds delicious, a great opportunity to try some new places and new flavors and make some points too.

  • Cat Lin January 20, 2020 at 7:02 am

    This event is so interesting! Since everyone loves food, it’s not just the tourist they are targeting to participate in this event but the locals as well. The food is nice and looks delicious. I hope we can have an event like this in our place…

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