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Food Lovers Guide to Newport Beach

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Newport Beach is the home to waterfront restaurants, seafood, organic, farm-to-table and several types of restaurants that would make any foodie giggle with joy. Dining is a definite past time in the city with more than 400 restaurants to explore. Here are some of the best places to explore for the food enthusiasts in Orange County.

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Red O
143 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 718-0300 The highly-acclaimed Mexican restaurant offers some of the best Rick Bayless has to offer with Mexican cuisine with a dash of California influence. They offer modern adaptations to the menu items and the impressive bar and lounge offers specialty cocktails with an extensive wine list and tequila display. For the food lovers, the combination of prime steaks and seafood with Mexican sauces will leave your mouth watering. The restaurant also sources the ingredients from local farms that use sustainable practices. Chef Bayless won the title of Bravo's Top Chef Master in 2009 and has numerous accolades and recognition for his work. His practice of sustainability in his field sets him apart from other chefs.

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
3131 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 999-6622
thewineryrestaurant.netIn just its first year of business, The Winery was named Restaurant of the Year by the Orange County Concierge Association. The American style cuisine pairs the contemporary California regional cuisine and a cutting-edge dining experience. The restaurant offers over 650 wine selections that change on a weekly basis. The climate-controlled cellars hold more than 7,500 bottles and can be toured if requested. The pairing of the perfect wine to your menu selection sets this restaurant on a different level from the rest.

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Andrea Ristorante
22701 Pelican Hill Road S.
Newport Coast, CA 92657

(855) 467-6800
andreanb.comLocated on a five-star luxury hotel, the Andrea has provided top quality and a one-of-a-kind dining experience with is ocean view and amazing Italian cuisine. The traditional and classic dishes ring true to the Northern Italy handmade pastas. Pelican Hill resort, where Andrea is located, is one of the renowned locations in the Southern California region. On Wednesdays through Sundays they offer an il pranzo veloce, the quick lunch, which is a two-course express menu served in 45 minutes or less.

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Waterline Newport Beach
1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-5000
balboabayresort.comLocated in Balboa Bay Resort, Waterline is one of the top seafood restaurants in all of Orange County. Executive Chef Vincent Lesage and Chef de Cuisine Rachel Haggstrom have created an exclusive and fresh experience for those that dine at the seafood restaurant. Beautiful yachts line the club's private marina and the oceanfront views make the dining experience unique to those that look to enjoy the beauty of Newport Beach.

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Buddha's Favorite
634 Lido Park Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 723-4203
buddhasfavorite.comRestaurant owner Yoshi came to Southern California from Kamakura, Japan a popular surf destination and home to the second largest bronze statue. Relocating to Southern California, he settled his restaurant is one of the popular surf destinations in California and named his "hidden treasure" Buddha's Favorite. It is a place where authenticity and tradition come together with creative Japanese cuisine. The menu includes the freshest ingredients and incorporates the recipes of Yoshi's mothers' restaurant back in Japan. Its atmosphere is a mixture of California beach culture and traditional Japan, making the ambiance something that is worth the visit.

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Elle Toussi is a freelance journalist covering all things Southern California. She has traveled to the Middle East in 2013 and 2014 covering the Syrian refugee situation in Jordan. That experience inspired her to become the founder of which uses the power of mobile technology and philanthropy to meet specific needs of women around the world. Her previous work can also be found on and
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