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Feb 1, 2010 01:32 PM

Newport Beach Sat. night

We're heading down to Newport Beach for the weekend and I've been reviewing several posts on CH.

Even though they're close to our Hotel (Marriott, Fashion Island), I don't want to do Roy's & Flemmings, we have them up here and don't go so why would we down there?

I've been looking at Lido Deck and Back Bay Bistro. Any recent updates on these? Also, Franco Gourmet Emporio was mentioned but I just don't seem to want to eat in a mall, am I wrong?

Thanks for your input.

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  1. Try Gulfstream. Everything is very very good, but two things on the menu standout like lighthouse beacons on a distant shore – the jumbo lump crab cakes (seasonal) and the wild rice salad. Both are worth the drive from virtually anywhere. Amazingly fresh oysters and fresh fish char-grilled to absolute perfection. Excellent selection of wines by the glass. Great vibe and surrounds. Dine inside or out on the elegant, heated patio with a nice ocean view. Right on the corner of MacArthur and Pacific Coast Hwy.

    850 Avocado Ave
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 718-0187

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    1. re: degustateur

      Is this the same Gulfstream that's owned by Houston's (in Century City)?

      1. re: LesThePress

        Gulfstream is one of ten restaurants owned by the Hillstone Restaurant Group, including Houston’s. For info, check out their website at:

    2. You can cross Francoli off your list, they moved and will be replaced by a Drago.

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      1. re: BubblyOne

        They haven't moved yet, but there was definitely construction going on in the building on the new building (the last building on the left as you head into the Orange Circle on Glassell from the 22). They're not open anywhere yet, more's the pity.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Pardon me, I should have said closed and will be moving. In any case, they are no longer in FI.

      2. How about Mastro's Ocean Club for great steak and seafood, Canaletto is a great Italian restaurant in Fashion Island. I haven't been to Andrea at the new Pelican Hill Resort but if you are looking for an fancy place that should fit the bill.

        1. Why not branch out a bit and maybe downscale a bit? Cucina Alessa is a nice, home-y (as opposed to homey) trattoria with homemade pastas; Onotria in Costa Mesa is another good choice, or just eat at Old Vine.

          If you've got to eat in a mall, then Marche Moderne is the way to go.

          1. Sounds like you don't want to eat at a chain (at least one available in LA) and are looking for water-front dining? Unfortunately, most of the places nearby are either chains (Joe's Crab Shack, Rusty Pelican, Chart House, etc.) and/or not worth your time.
            Forget Back Bay Bistro- I have a friend that works at the Newport Dunes and even though I can eat there for free, I would never pay to go there.
            You might like the Lido Deck. The owners are 2 former chefs from Tradition by Pascal (Olhats), a well-respected OC chef. I haven't been, but 2 picky foodies I know just went and loved it. Some unusual things on the menu as well.
            And speaking of Pascal Olhats, if you decide you want to walk to dinner and not have to worry about drinking, Brasserie Pascal is located on the opposite side of Fashion Island from where you are staying (no view though). It's a charming French bistro with good food and a couple prix fixe/specials every day, along with a great happy hour menu as well.
            Good luck!

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            1. re: BubblyOne

              If you go just a few minutes away to Laguna Beach, there are many wonderful places to dine there. We loved the Sundried Tomato Cafe, we had lunch and dinner there when we were in Laguna over the 4th of July weekend. Splashes @ the Surf and Sand is very nice, Claes @ the Hotel Laguna, Las Brisas has very good food and gorgeous views. I have also heard great things about 230 Forest in downtown Laguna. Have fun! :)

              1. re: syrahgirl

                230 Forrest is good, or you can check out the chef's newest place, Watermarc on PCH.