Newport Beach Restaurant Week preview captures media attention

Mayor Duffield

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Photos by Lana Johnson

Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield welcomes invited guests

On Thursday, Jan. 11, Newport Beach Restaurant Week, presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, hosted a media preview night at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center to whet our palates.


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Nobu served Alaskan black cod on butter lettuce with shredded filo

Themed, “Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey,” we indulged in a variety of culinary samplings from some of this year’s Restaurant Week participants, including Nobu, Sessions West Coast Deli, CUCINA enoteca, The Bungalow, Balboa Lily’s, Andrea, and Mayor’s Table (in the soon-to-open Lido House), along with wines by COLOR WINE.


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Andrea at The Pelican Hill Resort offered pumpkin ravioli topped with smoked pumpkin seeds

Immediately following this event, a sold-out intimate dine-around experience took place for 100 guests who purchased tickets to enjoy tastings from each of the purveyors along with two glasses or beer. Those who had their “passport” stamped by visiting each of the dining establishments were entered into an opportunity drawing for a prize.

The Bungalow

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The Bunglow shared samplings of braised short rib over Yukon mashed potatoes

The event was the perfect kick-off to Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which starts today, Monday Jan. 15, and continues through the 28th.


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Sessions West Coast Deli featured “The Quint,” Carolina pulled pork with Spanish romesco sauce, pickled fennel and habanero aioli

According to Gary Sherwin, President and CEO of Visit Newport Beach, who addressed the guests, 56 restaurants will be participating in NBRW this year. Interesting statistics he shared were that Newport Beach has 450 food and beverage establishments throughout our city with a population of 86,000, and in 2017, there were 83,000 diners of which 84 percent tried a new restaurant and 98 percent recommended their experiences.

So, go out and discover new restaurants you have never dined at before, as well revisiting some of your local favorites. They will all be offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

For more information and to view all the participating NBRW restaurants, visit


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Guests share camaraderie over delectable food samples and wine