8 Places for Fireside Dining in Newport Beach
Winter is nearly here, and there’s no better way to welcome the season than by slipping on your favorite sweater and enjoying a cozy night with friends. Whether it’s cocktails or hot cocoa you’re sipping on, nothing beats gathering around the warm glow of a crackling fire. And lucky for you, we’ve rounded up seven Newport Beach restaurants with fire pits for a snug night out on the town. Here’s where to sip, savor and stay warm this season.
Bayfront views and cocktails by the fire? Yes, please! A+O Restaurant | Bar at Balboa Bay Resort features an expansive wrap-around patio with cozy fire pits, white resin stone tables, yellow-striped umbrellas and a nautical color palette of blues and whites. Snag a table here during sunset, and enjoy stunning ocean views, live music and one of A+O’s signature smoked cocktails!
Reminiscent of Britain’s oldest country inns, Five Crowns in Corona del Mar has remained a time-honored English restaurant since the 1960s. And in addition to its traditional menu of comfort food classics, this old-school haunt has a cozy and comforting ambiance to match. Cozy up around one of the many fire tables in the Backyard Patio & Garden and feast on English favorites, like roasted prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, creamed corn, mashed potatoes and more.
Gulfstream boasts an upscale yet homey space to spend an evening with its string lights, Adirondack chairs and warm ambiance. The outdoor patio features a handful of fire pits and heat lamps that’ll keep you cozy all night long. Snuggle up and share a bottle of one of their California wines, then indulge in Gulfstream’s selection of fresh seafood and mouthwatering home-cooked favorites like the Ruby Red Trout, New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp and Newport Beach Clam Chowder.
When it comes to that stylish beach house vibe, nobody does it quite like Lido House’s Topside Roof Deck. Whether you’re looking for a spot to sip at sunset or you’re eager for a nightcap, this rooftop bar and lounge is the perfect place to kick back, relax and cozy up with a drink in hand. Order one of their Topside Margaritas and enjoy it fireside with friends! Topside is both social and scenic, offering views of the coast that just won’t quit.
For the ultimate bonfire experience, head to The Beachcomber in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District! This coastal restaurant sits on the sand and offers a variety of bonfire experiences for parties of 10 or less. Opt for the Sunset Package, which comes with beverages, beach chairs and s’mores or the Campers’ Delight Package, which includes beach chairs, beverages, hamburgers and hot dogs and s’mores for dessert! To reserve your fire pit, click here or rent one in-person at The Beachcomber’s express beach tent.
For those in search of an upscale fireside evening, Javier’s will keep you warm and well-fed. Not only does this beloved Newport Coast restaurant serve up a stellar selection of elevated Mexican cuisine, but it also boasts an unbeatable ambiance. Enjoy everything from hand-shaken margaritas and fine wines to fresh ceviche and delicious enchiladas while you dine by the fire on their expansive yet charming patio. Yes—ocean views included.
Adjacent to the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve sits the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach—a coastal resort with an abundance of family-friendly amenities, such as three pools, outdoor fire pits and games like table tennis, shuffleboard and volleyball. There’s no better place to enjoy some much-need family vacation time! You and your crew can roast s’mores at one of the property’s public fire pits or reserve one of the private fire pits for an evening of sweet togetherness.
Enjoy private dining in the comfort of your bungalow or villa at The Resort at Pelican Hill! Many of the rooms at this luxury resort feature fireplaces as well as patios with outdoor fire tables. Gather around and leave the cheffing to the staff! They will deliver everything from light fare to gourmet delicacies and a bottle of bubbly right to your room, so you can nosh fireside.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger