The Flavor-Packed Food-Lover’s Itinerary for a Weekday Vacay
Forks out, foodies! We know how much you love sinking your teeth into new experiences. Let’s be real—finding the coolest restaurant in town isn’t just a hobby…it’s a lifestyle. And when it comes to summer dining, Newport Beach’s collection of award-winning restaurants sure knows how to hit the spot. From fresh-caught seafood like lobster rolls and sushi to hearty chopped salads and hand-crafted cocktails, this coastal city is home to an assortment of palate-pleasing restaurants eager to cure your cravings. Culinary splendor awaits! But remember, the phone eats first.
4 p.m. How Suite It Is
Perched on 504 acres of breathtaking coastline, The Resort at Pelican Hill is an ideal destination for those who like to sip, eat, lounge and repeat. This lavish, Tuscan-inspired property features five on-site restaurants for you to choose from, including two cafes, two upscale eateries with ocean views and a poolside grill. Apart from the plethora of dining options, The Resort at Pelican Hill is also prized for its Roman aqueduct-style architecture, lush grounds and sumptuous accommodations, including spacious villas and bungalows. And now, when you book midweek, the resort will reward you with up to $300 in resort credits to spend at your leisure!
10 a.m. But First, Breakfast
While a hearty breakfast isn’t hard to come by in Newport Beach, we’d like to shed some light on an iconic neighborhood staple. Since 1990, Haute Cakes Caffe has served up some of the best breakfast in town, and it’s no surprise this cozy nook has a herd of devoted patrons. Pop in, and you’ll find a newly refreshed space with vintage bakery cases, walls of hand-glazed English tile and rustic tables made of French oak. Menu highlights include the All American Scramble, Avocado Toast with two poached eggs and the famous Orange Ricotta Haute Cakes!
11:30 p.m. Shop, Wine and Dine
While Fashion Island may be known for its endless collection of name-brand stores, this open-air shopping center also boasts a wildly diverse dining scene—oh, and some pretty sweet ocean views. Take a leisurely stroll around the center and discover a variety of buzz-worthy restaurants like CUCINA enoteca (seasonal Italian), Sushi Roku (avant-garde Japanese), RED O “Taste of Mexico” (high-end Mexican) and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (seafood and steaks).
2 p.m. Stop for a Sando
For a little afternoon pick-me-up, head to the Balboa Peninsula for a breath of salty air and a delectable sandwich from Dory Deli. Situated just steps from the Newport Pier, Dory Deli offers beachgoers a tasty selection of sandos, burgers and beer (for anyone in need of an afternoon buzz). Your best bet? The mouthwatering Buffalo Mary—a true vegan delight!
4 p.m. If You Sea Food, Eat It!
Would you look at the time! It’s happy hour, which means it’s time you dig into some of Newport Beach’s fresh and famous seafood! Head to The Cannery for an evening on the bay, and treat your tastebuds to light bites like oysters, grilled octopus, crab cakes, calamari and more! The Cannery also whips up a refreshing assortment of classic cocktails like Moscow mules, old fashioneds and negronis.
7 p.m. Dine in Decadence
Onto the main course we go! And lucky for you, we saved the best for [second to] last. Fable & Spirit, your final dining destination on this culinary tour, is a whimsical yet sophisticated Irish restaurant. This neighborhood gem is home to diverse flavors and features a from-scratch menu full of signature food and drink creations. Start with the Rabbit Fricassee with truffle potato puree, baby turnips, wild mushrooms and braising jus. Then, choose between main entrees like the succulent Cracked Pepper Bucatini, Alaskan Halibut or Smoked Shortrib. From the flavors to the ambiance, everything about this destination will have you smitten.
9 p.m. Sweeten your Staycay
To end this day of indulgence, make your way to Balboa Island for an irresistible sweet treat. Since the 60s, Dad’s Donut & Bakery Shop on Marine Avenue has remained a community staple for irresistible confections. From frozen bananas smothered in rainbow sprinkles to the shop’s iconic chocolate-dipped Balboa Bars, it’s no wonder Dad’s has a line down the street nearly every night. And no matter what you order, be sure to take home one of their famous frosted hippo cookies—it’s a must!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger