Celebrate Spring With These Fresh, Seasonal Menus
It’s time to trade in those sweatpants and comfort food cravings for a swimsuit and a springtime meal. If warm weather makes you want to slip on your sandals and enjoy a fruity cocktail, you’re not alone. And with spring officially underway, there’s finally a reason to enjoy the sunshine, dine al fresco and feast on fresh, seasonal fare. Here are 8 Newport Beach restaurants with innovative, seasonal menus that capture the essence of coastal California cuisine.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Lamb Saddle
When it comes to fresh, seasonal fare, Lido Bottle Works leads the charge. Executive Chef Joel Gutierrez takes pride in using local and sustainable ingredients in each dish he creates. And this spring, he’s crafted a menu chock-full of light yet flavorful offerings like the Spring Citrus Salad, Garganelli with Pancetta, and mouthwatering Lamb Saddle.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Baked Coconut French Toast
With its dreamy coastal ambiance, Malibu Farm is one of OC’s most enchanting springtime dining spots. Perched on the waterfront in Lido Marina Village, this airy eatery offers a variety of health-conscious dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Kickstart your morning with the Glow Smoothie (carrot, strawberry, mango and coconut milk), and brunch it out with the Multigrain Pancakes, Surfers Rancheros or Baked Coconut French Toast!
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Citrus Salad
Whether you’re brunching with your crew or grabbing dinner with your boo, Fable & Spirit is sure to please your palate this spring with refreshing sips and seasonal bites. With brunch cocktails like the F&S Spritz and offerings like freshly chopped salads and steamed mussels, you’ll fall in love with the diverse flavors at this neighborhood gem.
Must-Try Seasonal Drink: El Cholo Margarita
As of March, brunch is back and better than ever at The Cannery! Think Bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas and morning margaritas! But unless you’re only ordering booze for brunch (which is not recommended), we suggest you order the Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Lobster Roll or Breakfast Burrito.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Oatmeal Crumble
Known for its wine country cuisine and polished service, Newport Beach’s Olea never disappoints. In terms of spring cuisine, you can expect the best. To start, snack on the Fried Green Tomatoes with Fresh Burrata Alla Panna. Then, move onto mains like the Wild Alaskan King Crab Legs or Sustainably Caught Chilean Sea Bass. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with the Seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Oatmeal Crumble!
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Seasonal Frittata
Chef Rich Mead is at it again with seasonal brunch specials and signature cocktails! Enjoy a serene Sunday meal (from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) this spring on the gorgeous lush grounds of Roger’s Gardens. This spring, Farmhouse is serving up foodie favorites like the Seasonal Frittata, Seasonal French Toast and more! Pair your brunch selection with a bottle of bubbles and toast to a weekend well-spent.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Mushrooms Trifolati
Experience the magic of Mediterranean cuisine at Fashion Island’s Fig & Olive. The all-day spring menu features dishes with fresh and simple ingredients, carefully selected from premier farms and vendors. Choose between entrees like Atlantic Salmon, Grass-Fed Hanger Steak or Free-Range Chicken, and pair it with flavorful sides like Roasted Rainbow Carrots & Sweet Potato, Ratatouille Niçoise, Mushrooms Trifolati, Sautéed Baby Spinach and more.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Potato Goat Cheese Ravioli
When it comes to Lido Isle, we can’t seem to get enough. And Lido House’s signature restaurant, The Mayor’s Table, is one of the many spots that contribute to Lido’s unmistakable charm. The restaurant is known for its seafood-centric and vegetable-focused cuisine, and the spring menu is no exception. Featured selections include Sautéed Spring Peas and Potato Goat Cheese Ravioli—two dishes that are sure to satisfy your springtime cravings.