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OC Restaurateur David Wilhelm opens Tavern House Kitchen + Bar 

By EMILY SPAIN

You may have noticed that the former 3-Thirty-3 restaurant off Pacific Coast Highway has a new name and changing facade. Thanks to OC restaurateurs David Wilhelm and Gregg Solomon, your new favorite spot – Tavern House Kitchen + Bar – has taken over.

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Renowned restaurateur David Wilhelm welcomes all to Tavern House Kitchen + Bar

Wilhelm and Solomon were also behind former OC restaurants like Kachina, Bistro 201 and French 75. After a few years of pursuing individual projects, the duo teamed back up to create Tavern House Kitchen + Bar, which Wilhelm hopes will become the “local go-to place with its world-class location and straightforward food.” After continuing to operate 3-Thirty-3 for a period of time, Wilhelm and Solomon were able to convert the space into Tavern House in just two weeks. The upgraded interior features dark wood paneling and navy accented furniture giving the space an intimate and comfortable ambience to enjoy a meal with friends and family.

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Harbor views from the covered patio dining room

With bay front views and mouthwatering dishes and drinks, Tavern House is a feast for the senses. If you are stopping by for one of their Skinny Maggie drinks or for dinner, Tavern House’s menu has something for everyone. Wilhelm says the menu embodies the Golden Triangle of cuisine: Cabo, Hawaii and Southern California with dishes such as Ahi Poke, Bourbon BBQ Oysters and Prime Rib Dip. Compared to Wilhelm’s past restaurant ventures, Tavern House’s menu will feature more seafood dishes like San Francisco-style Cioppino and Wilhelm’s personal favorite, The Red Snapper “Veracruzana.”

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Red Snapper “Veracruzana” is Wilhelm’s personal favorite dish

Although Tavern House opened last week, the menu already has a star item: The Tavern Buttermilk Fried Chicken. It is the same craveable fried chicken recipe Wilhelm introduced more than 25 years ago at Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach and is continually featured at his other restaurants. For weekend brunch, the fried chicken is complemented with malted waffles, bacon and thyme gravy. 

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Tavern House Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Tavern House Kitchen + Bar is the perfect spot for birthday parties, celebrations and taking visitors to for delicious and scenic drinks and bites to eat. Currently, Tavern House located at 333 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, is open for dinner, weekend brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and weekday happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Reservations are encouraged, however, walk-ins are welcome. To make reservations or check out the menu, visit www.tavernhousekb.com.

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Tavern House Kitchen + Bar located off PCH and Bayside Drive