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Jun 22, 2009 03:41 PM

Delicious in Newport?

Hi CH,

My parents recently bought a beach house in Newport Beach, right off Newport Boulevard, near PCH. I was hoping yall might have some delicious recommendations for restaurants in and around the area, especially:

- breakfast spots
- sushi
- seafood
- a few fancy dinner places?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Go to the pier. Turn right on the "boardwalk". Fancy hotel right there (with restaurant), can't remember the name. Mutt Lynch's a little further west. Behind you is Sharkey's, downscale I guess. And checkout the Arches, which I think moved, was a John Wayne hang. He lived on Lido Isle.

    OR - heck with Newport, go a mile or two south to Balboa locations. You will like.

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    1. re: swimfin

      The Arches is Now "A Restaurant", or "A" Restaurant or ?, it's decent and probably worth trying for you. It's quite the scene in the evening, too if you're into that. The space is still very "old school" which I think is great - you can still kind of feel the spirit of the old place with it's history.

      On Balboa Island, Basilic is really good (fits in your "fancy dinner place" list) - delicious Swiss/continental cuisine, small and initmate, reservations a must I think.

    2. Most of these recs are just for the peninsula, if you want better food, you'll need to drive a little further

      The Crab Cooker for, surprisingly, crab, and some decent chowder;

      The Cannery has some good fish dishes IMO, but others on this board don't share the love, I usually go there for brunch/lunch rather than dinner

      Blue Water Grille is another option for decent seafood.

      Shibucho - Head back up newport blvd and then turn left on 19th street, look for the In N Out and park in the dinky little strip mall next to it. This is the best traditional sushi in the area. This is strictly sushi sashimi, and a few hand rolls (not crunchy rolls)

      Abe - I have never been to Abe, but from what I've heard it used to be good, but then the owner (Abe) sold it off and opened a few other restaurants, most notably Bluefin in Newport Coast. Make the 15 minute drive south on PCH to Bluefin if you want some of the better fusion sushi in OC.

      California Beach - all you can eat "rock & roll" style sushi, meaning they play really loud music, and most people order rolls or sushi which is usually drenched in ponzu or something else to cover the taste of the poor fish quality. Not the place to go if you are a fan of traditional sushi, or are expecting a quiet/fancy meal. I will admit that I do like their salmon sushi topped with onion and bonito flakes, and they're salmon tataki drenched in ponzu and ginger. I'm not sure if it really is salmon, and it is probably injected with all kinds of orange dye to make it look fresh, but it tastes good.

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      1. re: I got nothin


        7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660

        Sushi Shibucho
        590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

        Bluewater Grill Newport Beach
        630 Lido Park Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92663

        Cannery Seafood of the Pacific
        3010 LaFayette Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663

        The Crab Cooker
        2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

        Restaurant Abe
        2900 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA

        California Beach Restaurant and Sushi Bar
        3355 Via Lido Ste H, Newport Beach, CA 92663

        1. re: I got nothin

          FYI. Restaurant Abe is closed. One of the chefs who worked there while Takashi Abe owned it now runs his own place near by. It is called Fuji Yama. It is on the corner of PCH and Balboa (same center as Jack in the Box).

          This is hardly a Abe/Bluefin type place, but it way better than average for California style sushi and as long as you order of the menu, it is a great bargain. It is also great because it is fun and casual. Very much a neighborhood joint. You would fit right at home wearing board shorts and flip flops. I go here about once a week or more.

          I live right down the street so the fact that I can eat and drink a ton of sushi and sake for a couple of hours and walk home is a very good thing to me!

          1. re: I got nothin

            Shibucho is excellent but tiny and you MUST reserve.

          2. Down the coast, in Dana Point, is Stonehill Tavern by Michael Mina. Consistently one of the best restaurants in the OC.

            Stonehill Tavern
            St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629

            1. Breakfast- Haute Cakes or Eat Chow
              SUshi, i am surprised NO ONE talks about this place much, San Shi Go, on the peninsula, see Dice the sushi chef, he is AMAZING!
              Seafood- Crab Cooker, or fancy pancy go to Mastro's Ocean in Crystal Cove
              More Fancy Pants- Flemings, Charlie Palmer, Marche Modern

              I love Cafe R & D just because the food is good, and its always consistent. A Restaurant where the Arches used to be, just on the corner of Old Newport BLVD and PCH is great. they have sunday supper where minimum of 2 people order an entree, and for the price of just the entree, the guest gets salad or soup, sides and dessert! They have a bunch of other specials throughout the week....

              1. I recently went to Bear Flag Fish Company, it's a fish market with a small dine in menu. Fish tacos were pretty good, and my salmon rice bowl was fantastic. Really fresh fish, entrees are $9-$15, really affordable. Reminds me of a small California Fish Grill. Their website has some coupons you can use.