Off the Menu Side Dish: Merry Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

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christmas-diningCompiled by Laura Wise | NB Indy

21 Oceanfront

Enjoy Christmas Eve with a view at 21 Oceanfront. They offer a three-course menu available from 4 to 9 p.m. For $75 per person, you can chose starters such as lobster bisque or butternut squash bisque, and entrées that include filet mignon, diver scallops, and rack of lamb. There’s also a children’s menu available for $25. Visit 21Oceanfront.com or call (949) 673-2100.

Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro is serving a delectable seven course prix-fixe dinner on Christmas Eve from 4 to 8:30 p.m. for $75 per person. Main course selections are roasted rack of lamb, filet of beef perigourdine, or Cornish game hen. For reservations, call (949) 729-1144 or visit NewportDunes.com/BackBayBistro.

Waterline Restaurant
Waterline Restaurant

Balboa Bay Resort’s Waterline Restaurant

Waterline restaurant is serving Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., and Christmas Day dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. Both menus feature a five course prix-fixe meal ($95 adults and $46 children 4-12) that includes hot and cold appetizers and choice of entrée and dessert. For reservations, call (855) 923.8301 or visit BalboaBayResort.com.

 Bayside

Eat, drink, and be merry on Christmas Eve with Bayside from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. The regular dinner menu will be available, featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu. Live entertainment take place 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. For pricing and reservations, call (949) 721-1222 or visit BaysideRestaurant.com.

 Island Hotel

Oak Grill is putting out a four-course prix fixe Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings like butternut squash soup, slow-roasted prime rib and dark chocolate peppermint cake. Prix fix menu is $90 per adult; $35 for children’s menu options; under 5 is free. Menu is available both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 to 9 p.m. For reservations, call (949) 760-4920 or visit opentable.com.

Island Hotel is also hosting a Christmas Day brunch in the ballroom 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price is $80 per adult; $20 for children 5-12. For reservations, call (949) 760-4920, 888-554-4620 or visit opentable.com

Hornblower Cruises

Whether you’re in the mood for a champagne-filled Christmas brunch or a more traditional sit down dinner, Hornblower offers a slew of dining cruises to get you in the spirit. Brunch starts at $67.95 and dinner starts at $86 per person. Children prices also available. (310) 301-9900 or Hornblower.com.

Pelican Hill Resort / courtesy of Pelican Hill
Pelican Hill Resort / courtesy of Pelican Hill

Pelican Hill Resort

The Resort at Pelican Hill has special Christmas Eve or Christmas Day menus in all four of their restaurants. For Pelican Hill dining reservations, visit pelicanhill.com, or call (855) 315-8214.

–Christmas Day Ballroom Brunch – Celebrate Christmas overlooking the Pacific Ocean with an unforgettable feast of traditional cuisine, accompanied by live entertainment. Children’s activities include Santa Claus photos, cupcake decorating and children’s entertainment programs at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations recommended. December 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $125 per adult and $65 per child under age 12.

–Christmas at Andrea Ristorante – An Italian holiday festa comes to Andrea on Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Andrea features an all-day special menu from noon to 10 p.m. with a variety of holiday dishes served in the ocean view dining room. December 25 for $140 per adult.

–Christmas at Pelican Grill – Chef Luke presents a California prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Live entertainers perform in the lounge from 6:30 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, enjoy a California grill three-course menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., as well as a limited regular menu and special lounge menu. December 24 and December 25 for $130 per adult and $65 per child.

–Christmas at Coliseum Pool & Grill – Delight in a classic California Christmas overlooking the Pacific Coast, with an ocean-view breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon and à la carte menu from noon to 10 p.m. December 25 with breakfast buffet for $60 per adult and $30 per child.

 The Ritz Prime Seafood

The Ritz Prime Seafood will be serving an a la carte menu on Christmas eve with entrée choices that include Filet Mignon, Duck Breast, Wild Salmon and more. For reservations call (949) 720-1800 or visit RitzPrimeSeafood.com.

Sapori pizza
Sapori pizza

Sapori Ristorante

Pizza and pasta for Christmas! To celebrate the holidays, longtime local favorite Sapori will be offering a full-service menu on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, with seating available on their luxurious, heated patio, or in the restaurant. Reservations are recommended. Visit saporinb.com.

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