What’s New in Newport Beach in 2022
While Newport Beach’s beautiful coastline is a constant, the destination’s retail, culinary and hospitality scenes are ever-evolving. This year, we’re welcoming several new businesses into our charming seaside community! Here are seven new and exciting things coming to Newport Beach in 2022.
21 New Stores at Fashion Island
A world-class retail experience, Fashion Island offers a curated set of ultra-premium designer boutiques, Orange County exclusive shops and purveyors of luxury goods. In recent months, this open-air lifestyle destination welcomed several new shops, including Alo Yoga, Something Navy, ThirdLove, Free People, Upwest and more! There are also several stores coming soon, such as Aerie, Buck Mason, Rails, and electric vehicle company, Lucid Motors, which joins other automotive outposts including Tesla Motors and Lincoln Experience Center.
Standing at four stories high with almost 80,000 square feet of indoor, outdoor and dining space, the all-new RH Newport Beach will be an alluring Orange County exclusive for discerning interior-design and architectural aficionados. According to CEO Gary Friedman of Corte Madera-based RH, this impressive new location “reflects [the brand’s] vision to create architecturally inspiring and immersive spaces that blur the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors and home and hospitality.” The store will reside on Fashion Island’s coastal side and will also feature a glass-walled rooftop wine bar and restaurant overlooking the ocean. The gallery will also have its own in-house interior design firm and atelier to provide services to guests. Construction is expected to begin mid-2022 with an open date of spring 2024.
Neiman Marcus’ all-new Digital Style Labs offer personalized experiences for one-on-one virtual shopping! Shoppers can get everything from styling tips to advice on wardrobe edits, closet refreshes and more! Each lab is a three-in-one space located within the store where customers can see the “behind-the-scenes magic” created by their Digital Client Advisors. Don’t have a Digital Client Advisor yet? Visit www.neimanmarcus.com to meet yours today!
A Crystal Cove
“A” new place to wine and dine in Crystal Cove is coming to Newport Beach! Spearheaded by Jordan Otterbein of River Jetty Restaurant Group and Hollywood producer Joseph ‘McG’ Nichol, A Crystal Cove is gearing up to open its doors this year! This all-new, modern American restaurant will feature an exceptional bar program along with a “greatest hits” menu of popular dishes from sister restaurants CdM Restaurant and A Restaurant. At the helm will be Corporate Executive Chef Vartan Abgaryan, who will whip up delectable dishes like Cacio e Pepe, Spicy Yellowfin Tuna and Chicken Piccata.
thehouse Newport Beach, an exclusive, members-only private bar and restaurant club on W. Coast Hwy, is set to open this February! Membership at thehouse will be by invitation only, and those who are accepted will get to enjoy stellar food, cocktails and live music right on the bay. The best part? thehouse will implement a “Cost plus 10” pricing initiative where guests will pay just 10% over what the club pays for ingredients! For example, you can get a world-class bone-in ribeye for just $22 and a Belvedere martini for just $3! Members can also take advantage of thehouse’s dock valet service.
2022 Trending Dining Scene
Newport Beach’s culinary scene is on fire. From world-class restaurants to iconic local eateries, Newport Beach’s chef-driven concepts continue to raise the bar. This year, Lido Bottle Works is listed as No. 1 of 4 in California according to Yelp’s top 100 US restaurants for 2022. LA Eater’s in 38 Essential Orange County Restaurants included several Newport Beach restaurants, such as The Winery Restaurant & Bar, A Restaurant, Fable & Spirit, The Crab Cooker, Marche Moderne and more. OpenTable’s Top 10 Diners’ Choice Winners in South Orange County, you’ll find both The Dock and Bazille at Fashion Island.
Introducing VEA Newport Beach, the completely reimagined new VEA Newport Beach, a Marriott Resort & Spa! Formerly the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, this property is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom reimagination that will offer guests a “social sanctuary”—a place to escape in the center of it all. VEA Newport Beach will feature everything from new luxury guest rooms and 33 suites including two new categories, three newly imagined dining concepts, a spa, indoor and outdoor event spaces and a luxury destination pool experience.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger