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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Blanca

3420 Via Oporto (Via Lido) Send to Phone
949-673-0414
Eclectic dining and plenty of small plates in Newport Harbor.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Blanca Restaurant Review

: Blanca was once one of OC's most innovative restaurants, but has morphed into a trying-to-be-cool establishment. However, the place does bring a hip vibe to the aging waterfront boardwalk in Newport's Lido Marina Village. The indoor-outdoor space has sexy white banquettes, dark woods and shocking hot pink lighting. The menu's focus is now on tapas such as prosciutto-wrapped seared ahi, braised beef and a green bell pepper stuffed with Italian sausage, mozzarella, vegetables and spices. Entrées lean on global classics like linguine and meatballs, Thai-style spicy roasted chicken and braised pork shoulder in a red wine jus. At meal's end, try the coconut and walnut sweet potato fries with Chantilly cream and seasonal berries.



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