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Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom Restaurant Review: Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom is housed inside one of Newport Beach's most famed landmarks, the Balboa Pavilion. Built in 1905, this towering Victorian structure overlooking Newport's sparkling harbor holds a restaurant, bar and 500-seat ballroom upstairs. Guests sit dockside gazing at the blue water, boats, rolling hills and mountains. The extensive menu by chef Joel Lambert is built mainly around fresh seafood, as well as traditional California and American favorites with French and Asian influences. Start with the crisp and tender calamari, the clam chowder or a classic spinach salad with egg, dried cranberries, blue cheese and honey mustard vinaigrette. Entrées feature lots of salads (Cobb, shrimp and king crab Louie), seafood (pan-seared halibut, Alaskan king crab legs, grilled swordfish steak, lobster tails) and roasted meats (filet mignon, teriyaki top sirloin, New York steak, pot roast). The three-course prix-fixe “first seating” menu offered from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday provides value. The wine list, although not lengthy, is respectable with about two-dozen selections available by the glass. On the weekends, come early to watch the harbor while enjoying breakfast items like top sirloin steak and eggs or the quiche of the day. Happy hour in the bar runs daily from noon-7 p.m. and features $4 appetizers, beer, wine and cocktails.