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Mr. H and I will be headed down to Newport Beach next weekend on our sailboat and we are looking for restaurant recommendations within walking distance of the harbor. We are not totally sure where we will be moored- probably at Balboa Yacht Club, which is close to the harbor entrance on the Corona del Mar side of things. We will have a dinghy, so can get pretty much anywhere in the harbor.

We have walked before from Balboa Yacht Club to Fashion Square, but we'd prefer to dine within a few blocks of the harbor if possible.

Either casual or upscale casual ambience is a plus- since we will be dinghying around, we'd rather not get dressed up.

No fish, but we are otherwise open to all cuisines. The quality of the food is the most important consideration.

Suggestions?

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Balboa Yacht Club
1801 Bayside Dr, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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  1. I like Sabatino's for hearty Italian--great housemade sausages. If you like Mexican, Sol Cocina does a good job. I have heard nice things about Lido Deck but have not been. Somewhat more upscale, there is Bayside.

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    Sabatino's
    251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    Bayside Restaurant
    900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Sol Cocina
    251 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    The Lido Deck
    3420 Via Oporto Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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    1. re: New Trial

      What is ambience like at Sabatino's? Better for lunch or dinner?

      Will have to look up the other places, we're not familiar with them.

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      Sabatino
      23032 Alicia Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

      1. re: heathpack

        Sabatino's is very casual, great for lunch on a nice day when you can sit outside. Lido Deck is OOB.

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        The Lido Deck
        3420 Via Oporto Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    2. Has anyone been to Basilic or Amelias on Balboa island? How about that hotel on the peninsula, the one between the beach and the amusement center- does that have a good restaurant or bar?

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      Basilic Restaurant
      217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

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      1. re: heathpack

        You might consider the Cannery. While they are a seafood restaurant they have plenty of other non seafood choices such as a couple of kinds of steak, duck, rack of lamb, short ribs or even chicken. Plus, they have a dock right in front of the restaurant you can tie your dinghy up to.

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

        1. re: Servorg

          If you don't want to eat seafood, then I would skip the Cannery; I've regretted it every time I've ordered a non-seafood dish there. Their lobster roll is great; Abalone, is great; sous-vide short ribs, not so much

          1. re: I got nothin

            Had their steak once and it was very good and the burger was also good. Haven't ever tried the short ribs.

            1. re: Servorg

              The last time I tried their short ribs (about a year ago?), let's just say I focused on eating my side dishes rather than finishing the meat. I've also been unimpressed when I've ordered the rack of lamb. Never had the steak or the burger at the Cannery.

        2. re: heathpack

          Basilic is excellent and of course walking distance to the BYC. Haven't been to Amelia's in years- it was never very good IMHO. Don't miss the Galley Cafe for breakfast; it's a Newport institution and close by. Cash only at the Galley.

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          Basilic Restaurant
          217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

          Galley Cafe
          829 Harbor Island Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

          1. re: BubblyOne

            +1 for Basilic. It is small so I would highly recommend reservations. If the OP is looking for Italian, I'd certainly recommend Sapori's over Amelia's; not close IMHO.

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            Basilic Restaurant
            217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

            Sapori
            1080 Bayside Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

        3. A Restaurant can be a fun night out. Just south of the bridge on the shore side of PCH.

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          A Restaurant
          3334 W. Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

          1. Basilic looks perfect. We called for a reservation but they closed early today. We will try for Sat or Sun and consider whichever our Valentie's dinner.

            I think we have actually been to the Cannery and thought it good. That is a good option because they have their own dinghy dock.

            It looks like for Sabatino's we'd need to tie up at the public digny dock near 19th and Balboa and then walk about 1 mile. I see a drug rehab center on the route on google maps, is this an un-lovely area?

            Love the look of A Restaurant. Seems like a place John Wayne would have met up with Liza Minelli for cocktails. Alas, there does not appear to be a public dinghy dock anywhere nearby. We might go for it if we can figure out the dock aspect- might be able to tie up for a few hours at the sailboat dealer's dock nearby.

            We also might take a nice stroll in Corona del Mar. What are the opinions on either The Crow Bar or the Side Door?

            Maybe gastropub lunch on Saturday and Basilic on Sunday.

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            Sabatino's
            251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

            Basilic Restaurant
            217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

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            1. re: heathpack

              I'm not aware of any un-lovely areas in Newport Beach. It's sort of industrial-dockyard looking, but it's a dockyard.

              I'd call anywhere you want to go and see if they have moorage. A lot of places have arrangements—I know for sure SOL does.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Thanks for the confirmation! Glad to know our family has it right after 60 years.

            2. This is unbelievable...no one has mentioned the most obvious choice !! There is no question that the best restaurant within walking distance of the Balboa Bay Club is right at the BBC! The First Cabin at the BBC is a terrific, albeit a fancy and expensive restaurant. If you have a car and/or want to take a taxi, there are innumerable restaurants nearby...but within walking distance, there is not too much. If you will be willing to take a 5-10 minute drive, say so, and there are many excellent recommendations which I can make (I have lived/worked in the area for 40+ years).

              Whoops...just reread your post and saw BYC rather than BBC! Whole different story! Still would say that best choices require a car. Bayside very nearby is good. Also like Rothschild's near Fashion Island and a bit of a walk. Also in this area is Crow Bar ( a gastropub), Gulfstream or Roy's at Fashion Island...or also nearby, Fleming's for steak. If you have a car, many other better choices!

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              Balboa Bay Club
              1221 W Coast Hwy Ste 145, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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              1. re: josephnl

                Just to clarify, Balboa Yacht Club is not the same place as Balboa Bay Club. Balboa Bay Club does have a dinghy dock,. They made a very deal as to how much of a big favor it was to let us tie up there the last time we were in Newport. I do like the looks of the spa dinner menu at the First Cabin, though, so it might be worth sweet talking the dock master into another favor.

                We'd take a cab if necessary for some good grub. Where would you recommend?

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                Balboa Yacht Club
                1801 Bayside Dr, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

                Balboa Bay Club
                1221 W Coast Hwy Ste 145, Newport Beach, CA 92663

                1. re: heathpack

                  Pretty sure you will like First Cabin. If you are willing to take a taxi to South Coast
                  Plaza, you can dine at Marche Moderne, surely one of southern CA's best French restaurants where you will have an outstanding meal. It's very nice, but not overly dressy...nice casual clothes (slacks & sweater) will be fine there. Also near South Coast Plaza is Mastro's Steakhouse...a terrific steakhouse with great drinks & wine.j

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                  Marche Moderne
                  3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                  1. re: josephnl

                    Have you been to the Side Door?

                    1. re: heathpack

                      SideDoor is probably the best gastropub in OC right now. Also, check out Sherman Gardens if you have the time.
                      http://www.slgardens.org/

                      FYI, Sabatinos is fine.....there really aren't any "un-lovely" areas in Newport.

                      1. re: heathpack

                        Sure. Side Door is a good gastropub in Lawry's Five Crowns in CDM. You will need a taxi to get there from the BYC. If you want a fun casual meal, go for it...although you can have adequate gastopub food at Crow Bar which is walkable for you...or a really good Italian meal at Rothschild's near the Crow Bar. All depends what you are looking for. If you want a really nice gastropub, Side Door is great...if you want an outstanding dining experience, you can not beat Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza.

                        Just to clarify the above post. Sherman Gardens is a small, albeit wonderful, botanical garden in Corona del Mar...although they serve lunch there, it is not a restaurant.

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                        Marche Moderne
                        3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                        Five Crowns
                        3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

                        1. re: josephnl

                          According to google maps walking directions, both the Crow Bar and the Side Door are 1 mile from BYC. It is deceptive because the Side Door is farther along the PCH, but it is closer to the water so we don't have to jog inland.

                          Right now, it looks like we will try for Basilic one evening and then either the Side Door or the Crow Bar + seaside walk, botanical gardens one day -OR- the First Cabin one evening.

                          So far the marine forecast looks great, and the weekend weather is looking good.

                          H

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                          Basilic Restaurant
                          217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

                          1. re: heathpack

                            You can walk to either Crow Bar or SideDoor from BYC- it's a 20 minute walk, tops. My parents are in the 2200 block of Bayside and we do that all the time. No worry about drinking:)

                            1. re: heathpack

                              If Side Door and Crow Bar are indeed equidistant, I would definitely choose Side Door. Last time I was at Basilic (about a year ago) it was just mediocre and quite expensive. Can any CH comment on recent experiences? For your more upscale dinner, I would consider either First Cabin...or if you want something less fancy, but stll very good, give some thought to Rothschild's or, perhaps the Bungalow, Bayside or perhaps that old CDM standby, the Quiet Woman for great drinks and good steaks.

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                              Basilic Restaurant
                              217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

                              Quiet Woman
                              3224 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

                  2. Thanks CHOW. For some reason we never made it down to Newport Harbor last Feb, but we are just finishing a 2 night stay here on our way back from San Diego.

                    We walked from Balboa Yacht Club to the Side Door. it was a very pretty walk along Ocean Blvd in Corona del Mar at sunset, maybe took 20 min. The place was packed but we managed to score a great spot at the bar. Food was awesome, we had a stone fruit salad, fries, chicken pot pie, pub filet, one wicked Mai tai and several good beers. Definitely worth the walk and calories.

                    We dinghied over to Sol for happy hour- margaritas, beer, tacos, salsa sampler and empenadas- everything was quite good except for maybe the carne asada tacos, which were slightly bland. Swell atmosphere looking into the harbor with a groovy fire pit inside. Totally reasonably priced as well.

                    Thanks for the recs, next time we will try some of the others on the list.

                    H

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                    Balboa Yacht Club
                    1801 Bayside Dr, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625