As you come over the Newport Channel Bridge from Newport Blvd. or Pacific Coast Highway, the Cannery Village on Balboa Peninsula greets you. Once a popular spot for fishermen to spend the day counting their haul and sharing stories of the sea, the Cannery Village in Newport Beach is now enjoying resurgence. Waterfront restaurants like the Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, Bluewater Grill and Sabatinos — the Lido Shipyard Sausage Company — offer stunning harbor views while dining on the freshest seafood. These destinations are ideal for people who Dock & Dine. Moor your craft and eat inside, or have dinner delivered to your boat for an intimate on the water dining experience. Family is the focus at The Original Mama D’s Italian Kitchen.
Art of all varieties abounds in the Cannery Village. The popular Regency Lido Theater opened in 1938, and the first film ever played was the Bette Davis film “Jezebel.” Davis was a resident of nearby Corona del Mar. The theater has been restored to the 1930s look and posters of movies like “Gone with the Wind” and “Casablanca” hang on the walls. The Lido is now one of the home venues of the Newport Beach Film Festival. The cinema is just the tip of the artistic iceberg. From nautical inspired pieces for the home, to paintings, music, and photography, the Cannery Village in Newport Beach is buzzing with an atmosphere filled with the arts. The village has been nicknamed the “Montmartre by the Sea.”