Outdoor Dining in Newport Beach
Photo Credit: Louie’s By The Bay
Photo Credit: Bayside Restaurant
Photo Credit: Helmsman Ale House
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Photo Credit: Royal Hen
Indoor dining at restaurants may be starting up again, but with warm weather on the horizon, there’s no better time to dine al fresco at one of Newport Beach’s restaurants with outdoor patios. After all, outdoor dining in Newport Beach is all the rage these days, and dozens of establishments have creatively expanded into newly-constructed open-air spaces. So throw on your Sunday best and snag a seat in one of these heated outdoor seating areas to sip, eat and soak up that SoCal sunshine. With an ocean breeze and views like these, social distancing has never been easier!
Newport Beach Outdoor Dining
With supreme weather and a prime coastal location, it’s no wonder outdoor dining in Orange County has remained a favorite activity among locals—and outdoor dining in Newport Beach is no exception. Newport natives harness a deep appreciation for an al fresco cocktail or open-air happy hour in one of the city’s serene outdoor spaces. Whether it’s brunching on the bay or sipping brews on the bustling Balboa Peninsula, the options for outdoor dining in Newport Beach are endless!
HELMSMAN ALE HOUSE
Helmsman Ale House built a partially covered parklet patio complete with a beer garden, corn hole turf and socially distanced tables. The brewery’s pub-style menu features everything from Coconut Shrimp and S’mores Pie to the juicy Helmsman Burger. Enjoy brews and bites under the SoCal sun with a cool ocean breeze at this hoppin’ Newport brewhouse.
BOSSCAT KITCHEN & LIBATIONS + TEN ASIAN BISTRO
One of Newport’s favorite brunch spots, Bosscat Kitchen + Libations, and sushi spots, Ten Asian Bistro, have expanded their outdoor dining under a huge canopy in their parking lot for safe and socially distanced dining. QR menus and sanitization stations are just some of the extra precautions these two neighboring restaurants have taken to put their patrons first!
Concerts in the parking lot are back! Enjoy live music, delicious seafood and champagne al fresco on Bayside Restaurant’s extended patio. This Newport Beach locale overlooks Newport Harbor and continues to wow the taste buds of its loyal patrons with inventive dishes by award-winning Executive Chef Paul Gstrein. Grab a seat on the extended parking lot patio or on Bayside’s wrap-around patio, complete with built-in electric heaters.
CANNERY SEAFOOD OF THE PACIFIC
Enjoy waterfront dining outside at the Cannery! This seafood-centric haven has extended its patio dining into its parking lot so guests can get their fix on some of the best seafood in Newport Beach. Dine on savory Maine Lobster Pasta, Fish & Chips and Lobster Rolls under the clear, blue sky while the boats cruise by.
PELICAN GRILL AT THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL
Dining at Pelican Grill has expanded into other parts of the resort to encourage socially distanced dining. The combination of the beautiful, Mediterranean-inspired architecture and a fresh ocean breeze is sure to inspire your taste buds! Snack on favorites like the Braised Short Ribs, Cobb Salad or Seared Salmon in one of the resort’s serene outdoor spaces.
Pizzeria Mozza has expanded its outdoor patio to accommodate guests for dinner every night. This Italian restaurant is the brainchild of three culinary pros and sits on a stretch of PCH surrounded by luxury car dealers. Stop in for one of their legendary wood-burning pizzas and a romantic evening on their heated patio. Reservations are strongly encouraged to enjoy the Italian restaurant’s highly acclaimed cuisine.
A+O KITCHEN | BAR AT BALBOA BAY RESORT
Dine with breathtaking views of the harbor (and multi-million dollar yachts) under the open sky at A+O Kitchen | Bar. This newly refreshed restaurant and bar on the grounds of Balboa Bay Resort pays homage to the Italian coast with its wrap-around patio, featuring yellow striped umbrellas and a pristine palate of nautical blues. Dig into a selection of chef-driven favorites, including Baja Fried Fish Tacos, Maine Lobster Rolls and the Guajillo Lobster Bisque!
Get inspired for date night with outdoor dining at Royal Hen! This quaint yet upscale pub on Balboa Island features everything from craft cocktails to classic comfort foods like chicken pot pie, short rib fettuccine and more. Snag a seat under the shade of the trees along Marine Avenue, and enjoy the charming outdoor ambiance of the island.
LOUIE’S BY THE BAY
Situated along the picturesque Mariner’s Mile in Newport Beach, Louie’s by the Bay is a sleek Italian steakhouse with an elegant vibe, exceptional service and 180-degree bay views. This waterfront oasis also features an extended outdoor dining space and is open daily for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Don’t forget to pair your pasta with a glass of vino from their superb wine list!
In the heart of Marina Park lies Lighthouse Café—an airy eatery with floor-to-ceiling windows, unobstructed bay views and a spacious deck with plenty of outdoor seating. This family-friendly restaurant boasts an extended outdoor seating area and an upper deck space with beautiful harbor views. Lighthouse Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you’ll definitely want to head in for brunch and try their famous Lighthouse Benedict or Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes!
WILMA’S PATIO RESTAURANT
For over 33 years, Wilma’s Patio Restaurant has remained a go-to outdoor dining destination for locals and visitors of Balboa Island. The laid-back, family-friendly eatery serves up hearty portions of American comfort food in a casual setting. Out of all the restaurants with outdoor seating in Newport Beach, this one has stood the test of time! You’ll fall in love with the quaint atmosphere of the bustling heated patio. So whether you’re stopping in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Wilma’s will not disappoint.
THE WINERY RESTAURANT & WINE BAR
Revel in breathtaking views of Newport Harbor as you dine in a hip, vibrant and sophisticated setting at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. This iconic Newport Beach wine bar offers a cutting-edge dining experience like no other. Feast on contemporary California cuisine on the open-air patio, and sip the evening away with a selection of over 650 wines. Guests can even tour the restaurants’ climate-controlled cellars, which can hold up to 7,500 bottles!
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Written By: Kaylin Waizinger