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In the Newport Coast Shopping Center is Zov's Bistro and Mustard's Cafe, Mustard's is great for breakfast and lunch, Zov’s is Middle East meets California cuisine. Great for carry out is Newport Coast Pizzeria and Pavilions Deli.
Crystal Cove Promenade features Mastro’s Ocean Club, Javier’s Cantina, Bluefin Sushi, Bear Flag Fish Co., Babette's Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Modo Mio Cucina Rustica and coming soon, the great Marche' Moderne from South Coast Plaza.
On Coast Highway in Corona del Mar is The Five Crowns and Side Door Gastropub, The Quiet Woman, a nice steak and seafood place, but very casual. Bandera, an upscale American bistro, another nice bistro is the Summer House Restaurant. For Italian you have Pirozzi Cucina. There is also a great Indian place, Mayur Cuisine of India and a couple of Asian restaurants, Thai del Mar and Vietnamese Bamboo Bistro.
Continuing up PCH is Avila's El Ranchito for Mexican food, Rothschild's for fine Italian and the Panini Kabob Grill for eclectic Med.
Fashion Island/Newport Center has a big mix of food from high end restaurants like Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, R+D Kitchen, Roy’s, True Food Kitchen, FIG & Olive and Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, for more casual Gulfstream, Tommy Bahamas and Muldoon's.
On Balboa Island there is Royal Hen for upscale pub food on the main street of Balboa Island. There is also Wilma’s Patio, a very casual spot, Shanghai Pine Garden and Picante Martin's for Mexican. Just off Balboa Island is Sapori for very good Italian.
For intimate and romantic on Balboa Island, Basilic Restaurant, a Swiss French restaurant, is a great choice.
Mariner's Mile Newport Beach is a section of Coast Highway with a good number of restaurants, many of whom are on the waterfront. The Balboa Bay Club is famous for being an old hangout of John Wayne's and in fact the bar is named Duke's Place. Other places include Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza, popular Irish pub, Shamrock Bar & Grill, Billy's at the Beach, A Restaurant (formerly The Arches, just "the A" now) and Villa Nova.
West Newport has a good mix of family friendly restaurants including The Spaghetti Bender, Cuccina Alessa and Royal Thai Restaurant.
The Balboa & Newport Pier area have some hole in the wall type places. The Crab Cooker is famous for serving on paper plate; there is also Charlie's Chili; Il Farro Restaurant, not a hole in the wall, but fun for families, and the Old Spaghetti Factory, also great for families, all near the Newport Pier.
Fine dining at the Newport Pier area includes 21 Oceanfront, Sol Grill, Le Bistro Mediterranean Restaurant and The Dock.
At the Balboa Pier area there is Newport Landing for seafood with a view of the harbor; Harborside Restaurant in the historic Balboa Pavilion, for great views and casual seafood and chops; Cabo Cantina for fair Mexican food, but great margaritas in a great location. There is also BJ's Brewhouse for deep dish Pizza and Balboa Lily's for great breakfast and coffee drinks.