On a daily basis we all ask ourselves the question “where should I eat right now?”

With hundreds of restaurants in the city of Newport Beach - here is my list of essential local restaurants (just in-time for all of you Valentines Day procrastinators):

1.  The Crow Bar and Kitchen

2325 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

949.675.0070 | www.thecrowbarcdm.com

 Dine in gastropub ambiance while noshing on upscale, gourmet cuisine (one of the perks of dining here is their wine selection by the glass).

2. The Dock

2816 Lafayette Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92663

949.673.3625 | www.dineatthedock.com

The Dock is the quintessential experience of old Newport charm and style - naturally beautiful and relaxing. And did I mention they have a cozy, outdoor, waterfront patio?

3. Zinque

3446 Via Oporto Newport Beach, CA 92663

949.612.7259 | https://lezinque.com

Hip neighborhood restaurant with French-inspired dishes and small plates. Uniquely curated wine & beer selection on Lido Village's most amazing view outdoor patio. High-design/low-key vibe for breakfast, lunch, drinks or dinner.

4. A&O Kitchen + Bar

1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

949.630.4145 | www.balboabayresort.com

Newport Beach’s newest waterfront gastropub. The space is beautiful, featuring rustic wood floors and communal dining tables. Expect to see real food presented in unpretentious ways that’s meant to be shared among friends. By the way, they are pet-friendly so make it a lunch date with the pooches!

5. The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific

3010 LaFayette Ave. Newport Beach, CA 92663


This iconic Newport Beach restaurant is currently sitting at #10 on the OC Register's list of 75 best restaurants in Orange County. Enjoy Classic seafood entrees plus a diverse wine selection in a versatile space with outdoor dining.

6. Il Barone

4251 Martingale Way, Suite A

Newport Beach, CA 92660

949.955.2755 | http://www.ilbaroneristorante.com

This elegant family-run Italian spot is Newport Beach's "Best Kept Secret" in my opinion. Many would say it is the best Italian food in Newport Beach, and possibly all of Orange County!