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January 4, 2018

Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns for its 12th year in 2018! Kicking off Monday, January 15 and continuing through Sunday, January 28, NBRW provides 14 days of exciting culinary offerings as Orange County’s longest standing restaurant week.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week invites diners to explore nearly 60 participating restaurants that will offer special, two-or three-course, prix fixe menus priced between $10 and $25 for lunch, and $20 to $50 for dinner.

Here are five of the new restaurants participating in restaurant week this year:

free Free Range Café

Free Range Café is an independently owned and operated neighborhood café on Balboa Island. They have inside dining as well as a large area of patio seating, where dogs are welcome.

The menu includes the Free Range LA food truck menu items as well as other dishes made from fresh ingredients and breads baked in house daily. Free Range Café pride themselves in offering a selection of delicious fried chicken sandwiches, fresh baked goods, house-made beverages, and a rotating menu of weekly specials. Check back soon for their restaurant week menus!


Nobu Newport Beach, the newest addition to the world-renowned Japanese restaurant empire founded by Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, opened within the luxe Lido Marina Village to provide the ultimate Nobu-Style experience in the heart of the Orange County coast.

With more than 16,000 square feet of stunning two-story waterfront space, including outdoor covered patio dining on both levels, expansive bar & lounge, and exquisite special event space. The new Nobu Newport Beach provides the ideal setting to enjoy signatures like Black Miso Cod and Yellowtail Jalapeño, world-renowned sushi, and Newport Beach-inspired dishes and cocktails.

Their $50 Restaurant Week menu provides three courses including options like yellowtail jalapeno and crispy shiitake salad as starters, plus a variety of sushi offerings for dessert.

Balboa Lily'sBalboa Lily’s

Located in the heart of the historic Balboa Village just steps from the Balboa Pier, Balboa Lily’s is a neighborhood gem serving up fresh bean-to-cup and farm-to-table fare. The menu offers quality coffee beverages (including their signature Honey Lavender Latte) and fresh innovative food, sourced directly from local farmers who subscribe to sustainable and fair-trade standards, including locally roasted Kean coffee.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is inspired by Southern California traditions, and the dynamic menu and ingredients change seasonally. For restaurant week, Balboa Lilly’s has a $15 lunch menu and $20 dinner menu available. The openers include a diverse selection of soup and salad, while the second course offers a choice of pasta, veggies, sandwiches as well as short ribs and mash for dinner.

Pizza Nova

Pizza Nova specializes in gourmet pizzas that are hand stretched, then baked on a wood-burning oven. The pastas are made fresh daily and all the sauces and recipes are made on the premises. Our salads are enormous and pizzas made in 10 and 14 inches.

They also have a $15 lunch menu and $20 dinner menu during restaurant week. Appetizer selections include calamari, salmon crostini, and caprese, as well as a choice of salad, entrée, and dessert. Chicken picatta, chicken tequila fettucine, seared salmon risotto, and various pizzas are among the entrée selections.

La FrenchLa French Touch

La French Touch combines culinary delights with style and personal flair to create a unique experience every time you visit. The authentic French restaurant offers a diverse, unique selection of appetizers, soups and entrees to satisfy every taste, including fresh seasonal dishes. They’re also well-known for their mouth-watering desserts.

The $50 Restaurant Week dinner menu allows diners to experience an authentic three-course meal. Options for the first course include a French house salad, escargot, and French onion soup. Second course options include duck confit, jumbo scallops, and filet mignon en croute.

Don’t miss your chance to try these great options and more during Newport Beach Restaurant Week this January!

Written by Debbie Miller

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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