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Innovative cuisine abounds at Balboa Bay Resort's rebranded, chef-driven flagship restaurant.
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Dining room at Waterline, Newport Beach, CA

Waterline Restaurant Review

: This renovated and rebranded main dining venue of the Balboa Bay Resort succeeds in providing guests with an inviting, approachable dining space. It’s still elegant --- there’s outdoor patio seating and big bay windows to allow you to watch boats jut around Newport Beach’s sparkling harbor while enjoying a selection from the solid wine list --- but bright, colorful artwork and a lack of white tablecloths give its sleekness a progressive edge. Executive chef Vincent Lesage matches this ambience by creating illusions with his contemporary, seafood-heavy cuisine. His skill and sense of whimsy enables him to craft unexpectedly innovative plays on several dishes, such as the squid “tagliatelle” in which the seafaring main assumes the role of the pasta. The adherence to using fresh ingredients and trusted purveyors is represented on the menu through winning plates like the octopus carpaccio with frisée and fennel, and the New York strip steak topped with burrata. Peanut butter cheesecake with grape sorbet is among worthy meal-enders. Resort guests and locals can also drop by and partake of sandwiches and salads for lunch as well as a breakfast menu in the morning.

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