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Newport Beach One Night Only [moved from Los Angeles board]

What is the best restaurant in Newport Beach? We are staying for one night in the OC.

Anywhere near the Fairmont would be prime as we will probably take a taxi.

Looking for wine type nice romantic stuff.

Thanks gang,

Stan

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  1. THE RITZ RESTAURANT AND GARDEN
    880 NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE
    NEWPORT BEACH, CA. 92660
    PHONE (949) 720-1800 FAX (949) 720-1886

    THE RITZ IS LOCATED IN NEWPORT CENTER - FASHION ISLAND AT THE CORNER OF NEWPORT CENTER DR. & SANTA BARBARA, DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE N.B. MARRIOTT

    1. You'll get more responses if you post this on the LA Board - it includes Orange County.

      I think 21 Oceanfront is very romantic, though.

      1. I suggest you check out Basilic, on Balboa Island.

        Make reservations, it is *extremely* limited seating. And make sure you order the raclette appetizer.

        It's very good Swiss-French cuisine, and is cozy and romantic. Plus Balboa Island is kind of cool to walk around, lots of quaint little shops.

        http://www.basilicrestaurant.com/

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        1. re: Josh

          Thanks all.

          The Basilic sounds perfect. Is it far from the Fairmont?

          Has anyone heard of Napa Rose and would that be too far? I think it's in Anaheim.

          Thanks again,

          S

          1. re: stangoldsmith

            Napa Rose is in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and is (in my oh-so-humble opinion) well worth the drive... it's about 30 minutes in normal traffic from Newport Beach.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Only problem is that it's not so romantic if you have a family next to you with overly tired & cranky kids from their long day at Disneyland... I wonder if there's a way around that, as there always seems to be at least several families in similiar states. And they always seem to be seated near me :(

              1. re: torta basilica

                The way around that is to find out when the park closes and then arrange to eat just prior to that.

            2. re: stangoldsmith

              Not sure about distance. I'd check maps. I actually foundout about Basilic from checking on Chowhound when in your same position. We were both pleasantly surprised by it.

          2. We had dinner once at Bayside in Newport (maybe 5 miles or so from your hotel) and it was excellent. Not cheap but damn good.

            http://www.bistango.com/bayside.shtml

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            1. re: Servorg

              I love Bayside - and their 3 course set menu is a great deal. Although you'd mis the foie gras...

            2. I live in Newport and love their restaurants, but for a nice romantic evening, you might consider heading down PCH to Studio in the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach.