Lido House: Everything You Need to Know

“Take a picture of the pool!” She had a broom in one hand, a bucket filled with soapy washcloths in the other. I had a clunky DSLR camera slung around my neck, click-clicking at nothing (or maybe everything) from a nearby lounge chair. It was too early in the morning for swimmers and this woman,…

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Where to Dine with Your Dog on Balboa Peninsula

If you’re like us, you take your dog everywhere. So, when it comes to dining out on Balboa Peninsula, these are the restaurants that are dog friendly (and some even have pup-approved items on the menu):

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Dinner Deal Alert: Orange County Restaurant Week at La Vida Cantina

La Vida Cantina, a Mexican oasis on the second level of The Triangle in Costa Mesa is offering a special $20 three-course dinner for Orange County Restaurant Week, which began Sunday, March 4 and extends through Sunday, March 10. (By the way, this dinner price doesn’t include tax or gratuity, and the powers that be at…

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Here’s What They’re Serving at Lido Bottle Works for Brunch

A new chef is continuing her predecessor’s penchant for whimsicality and local eats. On a coldish Sunday in February about eight or nine of Orange County’s most notable food reporters and editors – palate’s sharp as a chef’s knife – gathered at Lido Bottle Works for brunch. (A nod must be sent to Lido Bottle…

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Here’s What We Know about Lido House Food + Drinks

*UPDATE* Lido House is open! While we love that you’re reading our articles, we suggest you check out our new story about all things Lido House HERE. It’s probably fitting the newly opened Lido House—part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott—is calling its dining establishment, Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen. After all, Lido House (3300…

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New Chef Takes Helm at Lido Bottle Works

Many months ago, we profiled Chef Joel Harrington, the farm-to-table innovator who helped launch Lido Bottle Works at Lido Marina Village as a fresh, sustainable option in the chic development catering to the bon vivant lifestyle. Now, Harrington is out and former Executive Sous Chef Amy Lebrun has taken over as Executive Chef. A lengthy…

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Valentine’s Day Dinners on Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island

A quiet, corner table, a candlelit dinner for two, a soft voice answering the phone with melodic exuberance, “Thanks for calling but we’re all booked up for tonight!” As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s wise to plan ahead. Nobody wants to be the one stuck at home with two cans of tuna fish and a 12-pack…

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Malibu Farm in Lido Marina Village to Sell Fresh Food and Drinks

Malibu Farm is set to open at Lido Marina Village in spring 2018 and, as a sign outside the soon-to-be spot announces, it’ll serve alcohol, just as its sister location does in Malibu. (For reference, here’s the current bar menu at the latter establishment.)

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Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

On Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 11 p.m., 21 Oceanfront, an exclusive beachside fine dining establishment, is hosting a three-course dinner featuring Stag’s Leap wines. 

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New Restaurant Hook & Anchor to Set Sail in Beach Barrel Location

A new lobster and seafood eatery, Hook & Anchor, is opening January 18 on Balboa Peninsula in the spot where The Beach Barrel Grill once served its Barrel Burger, homemade pesto and BBQ chicken pizza. The small restaurant is located directly next to Newport Fresh along Newport Blvd., a block east of the gas station.…

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