Newport Beach

Establishment neighborhood
The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Rd., Newport Coast
This 504-acre property features ocean views from practically every room and restaurant. There are several ways to stay here: For a romantic getaway, check into one of the resort-style rooms or private bungalows (stand-alone suites with ocean-view balconies); for a longer stay, families will appreciate the private three- and four-bedroom villas where everyone shares a living room and kitchen. Villa guests have access to a private pool, restaurant, and fitness center. To add to the thoroughly considered accommodations, the concierge will set up a picnic, beach chairs, towels, and everything needed (ride included) for a day spent at Crystal Cove.
Bear Flag Fish Co.
3421 Via Lido, Newport Beach
The NY Times may have deemed the fish taco as the unofficial fast food of Laguna, but that's doesn't mean they're all equal. This restaurant-market hybrid continues to impress us with theirs—Baja-style with the freshest catch and house-made slaw. Also on offer: incredible poke, chowder, seafood plates, and one of the best grilled seafood sandwiches we've had. Get here early and be prepared to wait—but trust: it's worth it. (Or if you're looking to cook, head to the market section for the daily seasonal catch and a few lemons, then head home to make the perfect meal.)
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Corona del Mar
This farm-to-table restaurant is situated on more than seven acres of greenery inside Roger's Gardens—fitting, given the menu concentrates on locally-sourced produce. Chef Rich Mead serves up a mix of excellent salads and seafood for lunch and dinner. It's particularly festive around the holidays and, thanks to its popularity amongst locals, requires a bit of pre-planning to secure a reservation. Food photograph: courtesy of Diana Hossfeld
The Beachcomber
15 Crystal Cove, Crystal Cove
Located right in the sand of Crystal Cove Beach, this authentic seafood restaurant has been a coveted spot for locals and visitors since it opened back in 2006 largely thanks to its beachside cottage setting and nostalgic 1950's California vibe. To get there calls for a bit of a hike from the parking lot to the beach, but it's worth it once you get to the underpass tunnel, which is decorated with local children's art. When you arrive, the to-die-for ahi tuna tacos are the thing to order. Bonus: there's a pretty great bar—the Bootleg Bar—attached.
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