Newport Beach/Balboa Island lunch recommendations
Flying into San Diego early April from the midwest & staying in Carlsbad on day one. Day two dropping off hubby at a Newport Beach hotel for a CE meeting....looking for recommendations for lunch for a mom and her 15 year old daughter - a fun & funky place with local seafood and with waterfront views preferred somewhere in Newport Beach/Balboa Island. What do you recommend? Thanks.
Based on recommendations from this board we went to Sabatino's in early March--probably the best Italian I have eaten out in a long time! The sausage was amazing!! I would definitely check it out.
We also ate at the Crab Cooker--I'd say it was just okay. To be upfront, I'm allergic to crabs, so I had the oysters. My cousin had the soft shell crabs and thought they were great. The clam chowder was good.
I'd also recommend the Beach Comber--we ate lunch and dinner here and really enjoyed it--great food right on the beach!
I’ll chime-in in favor of The Cannery. Great, fresh seafood, wonderful seaside views, dynamite locale and ambience. Delectable fresh-shucked oysters, superb Maryland blue crab cakes, wonderful bouillabaisse and a very respectable Australian lobster tail. Excellent service. Never had room for dessert.
3010 Lafayette Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Another viable option - Gulfstream. Everything is very good, but two menu items standout like lighthouse beacons on a distant shore – the jumbo lump crab cakes (seasonal) and the wild rice salad. 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