Newport Beach: Where Hollywood Stays, Plays + Works

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A playground for the rich and famous, Newport Beach epitomizes the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. Conveniently located 45 minutes south of Los Angeles, the opulent seaside community is often referred to as “The Hamptons of Hollywood.”

Reality television shows like “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and the wildly popular “The O.C.” are filmed along this serene California coastline.

Along with big name residents you can also find big name food in Newport Beach. The Michelin-rated Tamarind of London opened its first U.S. venue in Newport’s Crystal Cove Promenade last November, serving upscale Indian cuisine.

Feast your eyes on their impressive open kitchen or rent out their 40-pax bar area for a night of Ginger Sutras—a sexy concoction made from Hangar One Kaffir Lime Vodka, Jaggery, fresh ginger and lime.

Executive chef Shachi Mehra whips up fun, flavorful meals like the signature spice-crusted seared scallops with fennel, star anise and smoked tomato chutney. And definitely save room for dessert. You’ll want to try their spiced molten chocolate cake and ginger gelato. A restaurant buyout seats 140-pax groups.

For fine oceanfront dining take the gang over to 21 Oceanfront Restaurant where they can indulge in views of waves crashing on the Pacific out of the large bay windows. Try the signature “21” Tomahawk, a 21-oz grass-fed bone-in ribeye dry aged for 21 days. And pair it with one of over 300 wine labels from California, France, Portugal, Italy and Spain.

Groups can host upscale intimate beachfront dinners in any of the award-winning steakhouse’s seven dining areas, all with lavish Victorian era decor.  The 12-pax Doryman Parlor is a cozy room with glass doors that open to a breezy balcony. Another elegant space is their wine cellar, where up to 60 diners are surrounded by world class champagnes and the finest bordeaux. Or instead have a full restaurant buyout for groups up to 250, complete with nightly live entertainment in the lounge.

 

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