Orange County Food Events
Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns to some of the city’s top dining establishments from January 14-27. During the two-week span, guests can drop by select venues and peruse special cost-effective prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Visit here for more information, including a list of participating restaurants.
Many restaurants will be offering special menus for Valentine's Day, but we've rounded up the best of the best. Celebrate with your sweetie at one of GAYOT's Top Valentine's Day Restaurants in Orange County.
The 6th Annual Napa in Newport event returns to the Monarch Beach Resort. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of indulging in numerous acclaimed cult wines and a special multi-course meal prepared by Napa celebrity chef Casey Thompson. Select wineries include Arrow & Branch, Hobel Wines, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Melka Estates and Vineyard 29. Guests will also have the chance to participate in a live auction. Cost is $800. Proceeds benefit CureDuchenne, a non-profit devoted to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The event is slated to run from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Visit the website for more information.
SideDoor, the Corona Del Mar gastropub connected to the fine dining establishment Five Crowns, hosts a cheese takeover event. A different collection of artisanal cheeses from various boutique creameries will be highlighted each month. SideDoor’s certified cheesemonger Tracy Nelsen will be on hand to discuss each selection, and executive chef Alejandra Padilla will feature the cheeses in special one-night-only menu items. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues until all of the cheese is gone. For more information, including pricing, please visit the restaurant’s website. SideDoor, Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, 949-717-4322.
320 Main in Seal Beach offers happy hour Tuesday through Saturday 3 p.m.-6 p.m., as well as all day on Sundays. (There's also late-night specials from 9 p.m. to closing Tuesday through Thursday.) Partake in $5 cocktails, beers and select wines and $6-$8 appetizers (shishito peppers, buffalo chicken cheeseburger sliders). 320 Main, 320 Main St., Seal Beach, CA 90740, 562-799-6246.
Marché Moderne, the French restaurant from owner/chefs Florent and Amelia Marneauin, offers a special Spontanée Menu on Mondays. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($38 for food only) changes weekly. Add a carafe of wine for $18. Marché Moderne, Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92657, 714-434-7900.
Bluegold, the upscale contemporary restaurant in Huntington Beach’s sprawling Pacific City complex, hosts a special prix-fixe wine dinner on the last Tuesday of the month. Each month, chef Jorge Valines creates a multi-course menu designed to pair with some of California’s viticultural heavyweights. Previous featured wines include those from Caymus Vineyards, Silver Oak Vineyards and Justin Vineyards. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website. Bluegold, Pacific City, 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. D200, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-374-0038.
EATS Kitchen + Bar, the flagship eatery in the Hotel Irvine, features happy hour daily from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy bites starting at $3 (fries, wings, garlic tots, etc.), along with $4 draft beers, $5 cocktails (blackberry mule, prickly pear margarita, etc.) and $6 glasses of wine. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.
On Sundays, Fullerton locals can receive 20% off their check at the romantic restaurant The Cellar. (The discount does not apply to the prix-fixe menu.) The Cellar, Villa del Sol Shopping Center, 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-525-5682.
Three-Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink hosts a special Sunday Social dinner specifically designed to be reminiscent of a classic Sunday family supper. From 4 p.m.-9 p.m., restaurant owner and executive chef Ryan Adams jettisons the restaurant's normal menu and prepares one rotating, multi-course dinner based on seasonality, fresh ingredients and the concept of comfort food. Prices vary. For a look at the weekly changing menu, please visit www.370common.com. Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-494-8686.