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Tommy Bahama Island Grille Restaurant Review: This location of the Tommy Bahama franchise taps into the upscale yet relaxed ambience of Corona del Mar by creating a toned-down version of the bright décor and tropical greenery that festoons the chain's other outposts. Ladies-who-lunch and the nearby Newport Beach business crowd show up at midday, while couples, families and big groups celebrate in the evenings with strong cocktails, cold brews and good by-the-glass wine selections. Chef Jackie Nabong brings some island flair to each dish while utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients. For appetizers, try the sweet-and-spicy coconut shrimp, ahi poke flatbread and smoky grilled artichoke. The ahi salad is surprisingly different with its seared tuna and tart apples. A Cuban-style barbecued pork sandwich satisfies hearty appetites and picky palates. Desserts are just as appealing, as in sweet and tart Key lime pie and creamy butterscotch pudding. After eating, stroll through the neighboring Tommy Bahama store for some upscale beach-inspired clothing and home items.