6 Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Tacos and margaritas might be a staple for you when it comes to dining out, but if you need another reason to dig in this week, we’ve got one! Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is this Thursday and we’re celebrating with tacos, margs and everything in between. Check out this list of festive places to celebrate Cinco in Newport Beach!
With its pup-friendly patio, handcrafted margaritas and premium Mexican beer, this local taproom on the Balboa Peninsula is the perfect spot to sip and savor. Grab a seat at the bar or enjoy a cerveza al-fresco style on the covered patio. But whatever you do, be sure to order a pair of their Drunken Shrimp Tacos filled with cheese, shrimp, pico, fajitas, Baja sauce and green crack sauce.
If Cinco de Mayo is going to be a family affair this year, snag a table at Avila’s El Ranchito—a family-owned restaurant with locations in both Newport Beach and Corona del Mar. For more than 55 years, Avila’s has served up authentic Mexican dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Start with an order of the Mahi Mahi Ceviche, then move on to mains like the Sizzling Fajitas, Fresco Chile Relleno or Grilled Fiesta Platter (perfect for sharing)!
Nothing beats Baja-style eats and marina views on Cinco de Mayo! SOL Mexican Cocina, located just off Mariner’s Mile, whips up south-of-the-border bites and specialty cocktails in a snazzy setting. Go for a Cinco de Mayo date night, and order a pair of horchata martinis to get the evening started! Then, feast on a few apps, like the Naked Guacamole and Chorizo and Mushroom Con Queso, as you take in views of the sparkling bay.
Located in the shopping mecca that is Fashion Island, Red O features a menu of elevated Mexican eats that is sure to cure your cravings this Cinco. Come in for brunch with the girls and dig into morning favorites like the Lobster Benedict, Chorizo Skillet and Chilaquiles, or stop by for happy hour and enjoy $10 cocktails, wines and draft beers and a discounted selection of small plates and street tacos!
Tacos and tequila on the bay? Name a better duo. This Cinco, GuacAmigos will be serving up authentic Mexican cuisine and their signature Mega-Ritas! Grab a table outside and watch the boats cruise by as you revel in the vibrant ambiance of this local hotspot! Pro tip: try the Braised Carnitas Tostadas with slow-braised pork carnitas, cilantro lime aioli, cranberry caramelized onions and fresh cilantro.
If you’re looking to keep things healthy this Cinco de Mayo, there’s no better place to dine than Gracias Madre! Mexican food isn’t known for being low-cal, but Gracias Madre does a fantastic job of delivering all the flavor without the guilt. The menu is chock-full of plant-based proteins and gluten-free options like the Burrito Bowl, Fajitas and Pozole. And did we mention how Insta-worthy the interior is? Bring your phone—you’ll want to capture the cuteness!
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger