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Wave of New Restaurants Puts Newport Beach, CA on the Culinary Map

November 1, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Newport Beach, CA is welcoming an incredible influx of exciting restaurants by celebrity chefs and acclaimed restaurant groups. Restaurants are slated to open during holiday 2013 to late 2014.

Adding to the already thriving dining scene in Newport Beach are the following:

RED O – Celebrity chef Rick Bayless, innovator of modern Mexican cuisine, brings RED O to Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Featuring authentic Mexican food with a lighter California style, RED O will offer a menu of classic Mexican dishes and seasonal plates, a style not the norm for Mexican cuisine. Opening Holiday 2013.

FIG & OLIVE – The Newport Beach Fig & Olive joins an exclusive family of restaurants, with other outposts in New York and West Hollywood. The EGT_Artical Banner A 250x250stunning 12,000-square-foot dining destination will introduce diners to the refined flavors of the coastal regions along the French Riviera by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange. At FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach, guests will partake in a unique dining experience based on the restaurant’s focal component: olive oil. Diners will also enjoy a diverse selection of wines from the South of France, Spain, and Italy, alongside a selection of fresh, handmade cocktails. In addition, FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place will offer a large collection of extra virgin olive oils for purchase, which diners can take home after sampling at the restaurant. Opening Holiday 2013.

“FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is very reminiscent of the South of France where I grew up: located on a beautiful coast with olive trees all around and refined cuisine and décor,” says FIG & OLIVE Owner/Founder Laurent Halasz. “Our new restaurant aims to transport guests to the French Riviera and it is with great thanks to the shared vision of the Irvine Company and Chairman Donald Bren, that we are able to create this true French Riviera ‘oasis’ in the heart of Orange County.”

Lemonade – At Lemonade, Chef and Restaurateur Alan Jackson takes diners back to basics with elevated Southern California comfort food, including white truffle macaroni and cheese, buttermilk chicken breast, and traditional pot roast. Health-conscious eaters will enjoy fresh marketplace salads, including seared Ahi tuna and an avocado salmon Louie. Currently Open.

Lark Creek Newport Beach – The award-winning San Francisco-based Lark Creek Restaurant Group opens its first Orange County restaurant, offering with Chef John Ledbetter’s menu of seasonally influenced dishes including wood-fired steaks, fish, artisanal cocktails, mock-tails and pastas. Currently Open.

“I’m looking forward to bringing what I’ve learned across the country back home to Orange County at Lark Creek Newport Beach, and taking full advantage of the area’s local produce, meats, and seafood,” says Chef John Ledbetter.

Blue C Sushi – Blue C Sushi first opened in 2003 in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Under the culinary leadership of Jeffrey Lunak, Blue C Sushi’s Vice President – Culinary and former protégé of Iron Chef Morimoto, Blue C Sushi sets the benchmark in innovation, sustainable practices, quality and value. Inspired by the dynamic and vibrant Tokyo subway lines, Blue C Sushi embodies the rattle and hum of modern day Tokyo, while combining Japanese tradition with American inventiveness. The dining experience is built on Blue Sushi’s pledge of nutrition, value and genuine hospitality, underscored by a diverse and approachable menu that evolves, yet stays seasonally fresh. Early 2014.

Provenance – Provenance brings seasonal, local and responsible ingredients into every plate. Executive Chef Cathy Pavlos describes her menu of contemporary California cuisine as Napa-esque. The restaurant will incorporate ingredients that will be grown in the restaurant’s 1,300 s.f.-organic, raised-bed garden. Even items cocktails will receive the fresh, seasonal approach, including raspberries and mint that can be muddled for signature drinks. Opening Late 2013.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz have created quite a stir by successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting. The restaurant is located on Pacific Coast Highway with Newport Harbor views. The menu will focus on contemporary California regional cuisine at its finest and delivers a culinary experience straight from the Wine Country. Opening Late 2013.

“At The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, we pride ourselves on really focusing on our guest experience. Our next location will have the same level of service, with six Sommeliers on our team, as well as an incredible wine program, and a warm and passionate menu orchestrated by award-winning Chef Yvon Goetz,” explained JC Clow, Managing Partner of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. “The major difference with this location will be the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and boat access. We anticipate endless possibilities, with something to suit every palate.”

CUCINA Enoteca – CUCINA Enoteca from recognized culinary proprietor and restaurateur Tracy Borkum will open a modern Italian kitchen-meets-rustic farmhouse concept at Fashion Island. The restaurant will also present guests with the unique and highly curated “restaurant to retail” environment found in their existing locations, offering diners nearly everything for sale within the new location, including the customized furniture, lighting and decor. Opening 2014.

“With the incredible line-up of some of the country’s most noted chefs & restaurant groups, such Fig & Olive, Red O Restaurant from chef Rick Bayless, Lark Creek from Northern California and Lemonade from LA” Tracy Borkum proprietor and restaurateur of CUCINA Enoteca says, “we are thrilled to be part of such an exciting period of growth in this beautiful coastal location.”

Save the Date! Newport Beach Restaurant Week is happening on January 17 – 26, 20143. From luxe fine dining to hip neighborhood hot spots, indulge in savory samplings from Newport Beach’s finest for ten lively full days. Whether you’re craving haute international cuisine, locally sourced seafood or a perfectly sizzled steak, Newport Beach has a diverse culinary roster that will please your palate. Newport Beach is serving you special 3-course prix-fixe gourmet menus at tiered price points for lunch and dinner during this citywide culinary celebration. Welcome to Newport Beach, Bon Appetit!

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