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January 5, 2017

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Newcomers

Newport Beach Restaurant Week is right around the corner! Returning for its 11th year, the annual event kicks off on Monday, January 16 and continues through Sunday, January 29, offering 14 days of exciting culinary offerings as Orange County’s longest standing restaurant week. All participating restaurants will offer special, two-or three-course, prix fixe menus priced between $10 and $25 for lunch, and $20 to $50 for dinner.

With more than 60 of Newport Beach’s most delicious restaurants participating, we are also excited to welcome some newcomers to this year’s Restaurant Week. Be sure to welcome some of these new participants by trying their special menus!

g-newport-beach-welcoming-stuffed-phylloGratitude Newport Beach
Experience the gratification that comes from a great deal on a unique and delicious meal. Gratitude is an exciting new addition to our restaurant week lineup this year. The bright, very intricately decorated room along with the fresh air, outdoor patio make this restaurant a great choice for either lunch or dinner. Gratitude’s $20 dollar lunch menu, prepared by Chef Dreux Ellis, grants you the option for both an appetizer and an entrée. The three appetizers and entrées that are available combine to make an extremely memorable Newport Beach Restaurant Week meal. With the $30 dinner menu, elevate your meal and choose something to sip on. Drink options include the Skinny Margarita, Cola Old Fashioned, and a Rose Water Lemonade Sparkling Water. Towards the tail end of dinner, dive in to the Macaroons and Ice Cream that round out the $30 dinner menu.

14702267_10154151215432675_7695421884442550741_nBenihana
Gather your friends and family around the Teppanyaki table for a dining experience everyone enjoys. At Benihana, communal tables seat guests in groups of eight to ten, where your personal chef performs and creates your meal right in front of your eyes. For Restaurant Week, Benihana is offering lunch at the $20 dollar value where you can enjoy your favorite entrees. From mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood, the chef’s preparations will dazzle your eyes as well as your taste buds.

Photo Credit: Steven Lake Photography

Photo Credit: Steven Lake Photography

Zinqué
Zinque is a new hidden gem in the beautiful and newly renovated, Lido Marina Village. This rustic and refined restaurant allows diners to enjoy their meal steps from the Harbor and serves up some all-around great food. Zinque is a nurturing space that invites guests to stop, sit, and linger while enjoying endless conversations and late night discussions. Their $15 extensive lunch menu will spotlight some of their most popular dishes. Their burger, garnished with gruyere cheese and sriracha “thousand island”, is so tasty it may just reel you back for a second visit during Newport Beach Restaurant Week. After experiencing Restaurant Week here, Zinque will become a year-round favorite.

15156914_10157865006655565_8681702897600797857_oStag Bar + Kitchen
Stag Bar has very quickly become the center of nightlife here in Newport Beach. Many people go for the lively conversation and great atmosphere, but the food is a huge draw as well – and great news, they will be participating in Newport Beach Restaurant Week this year. They will be offering two lunch menus, one for $10 and the other will be $15. The $10 menu offers the meatball sub or three sliders complete with a side salad and fries. The $15 option features a half salad, personal pizza and beignets for dessert. For dinner, $20 will get you a 3-course dinner and beverage of your choice. Shoot some pool, raise a glass with some of your closest friends and enjoy this incredible restaurant week offer.

15780700_1697951927183031_7496610655605443086_nMr G’s Bistro
This brand new restaurant is making a name for itself in the Newport Beach restaurant community. Inspired by the nostalgic feelings of Italian Sunday suppers with friends and family, Mr G’s is a modern California bistro where splendid food and wine is basked in the utmost warmth of hospitality. Brand new to Newport Beach Restaurant Week this year, Mr. G’s is one you’ll want to pencil in to your list of “have to visit” restaurants while this promotion is running. They’ll be offering a $25 dollar three-course lunch menu and a $40 three-course dinner menu. Mr. G’s is a great addition to Balboa Island and an exciting restaurant to welcome to our Newport Beach Restaurant Week lineup.

12096031_433997243391531_3793623020006220033_nSessions West Coast Deli
Influenced by the countless surf and skate sessions that have taken place on the Newport Beach Peninsula over the years, Sessions offers a simple vibe with a clean, minimalist feel. Featuring 20 hot and cold sandwiches, Sessions brings gourmet to the simplest, yet perfectly complete meal. Try their lunch special at $15 or dinner at $20.

sweetladyjaneSweet Lady Jane
Sweet Lady Jane has satisfying sandwiches and salads as well as scrumptious treats including sea salt brownies and lemon bars, butter croissants, cookies and artisan breads that are all baked fresh daily. The charming bakery and restaurant in Corona del Mar is offering great lunch specials at the $10 or $15 value. Offerings on their menu include the Sweet Lady Jane Salad Combo, a Quiche Combo or their delicious Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich Combo. Or maybe you’re just in the mood for treating your sweet tooth! They are offering a Dessert and French Press Combo where you can have some of their signatures desserts.

dessert-2Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Located at Roger’s Gardens, Farmhouse will be serving up a unique farm-to-table menu by Chef Rich Mead. This open-aired bistro is offering a dinner menu at $50. Choose their red wine braised lamb shanks or perhaps their Farmhouse Cioppino, with delectable shrimp, scallops, mussels, whitefish and tomato seafood broth. Farmhouse also features exclusive wines-by-the-glass, craft beers, and signature cocktails infused with fruits and herbs from local markets.

Written by Dine Newport Beach

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