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.
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
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!