Newport Beach, California is one of Orange County’s most desirable and sought-after areas for living and vacationing alike. Between its gorgeous beaches, fine dining, awesome photos ops, and plethora of fun activities for all ages, you will never be bored in this coastal paradise.

Read along for our guide to the best of Newport Beach!

Best Restaurants

Everyone in the family will enjoy health-minded restaurant True Food Kitchen, where you’ll find delicious dishes that are as good for you as they are tasty. You can’t go wrong with their house-made chicken sausage pizza!

Come to Mama D’s Italian Kitchen for authentic, home-cooked Italian meals. There might be a line to get in, but their pasta with pink sauce and giant raviolis are worth the wait. This family-owned spot will even give you a complimentary chocolate chip cookie after your meal!

Bear Flag Fish Company is inspired by superior taste while still eating healthy, which is what drives them to serve up only the best cuts of the best fish on their menu. Between their food truck and Newport Beach brick and mortar location, this seafood spot is one you do not want to miss.

Best Bars

Newport Beach Brewing Company is the city’s original brewery and  has been carefully crafting tasty, Bavarian-style beer since 1995. Using a careful brewing method dating back to 1516 Bavaria, NBBC’s beer is as pure as it gets with only three ingredients: barley, hops, and water.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations offers craft cocktails, a large variety of bottled and premium beers on tap, as well as an exclusive whiskey tasting room – complete with over 100 varieties of select bourbon, whiskey, and scotch.  

Who doesn’t love a cocktail with an ocean view? Beer lovers will enjoy Mutt Lynch’s, thanks to its 37 beers on top and 33 varieties of bottles and cans. This longtime local favorite is the place to go for Sunday game day.

Want something different, yet familiar? There’s nothing quite like sitting down with a pint of Guinness and having a good chat with friends. Check out these amazing Irish pubs and experience it for yourself! Also be sure to visit some cool happy hours happening throughout Newport Beach.

City Events & Activities

Spend a day in Newport Beach! Gondola Adventures offers romantic Italian-style gondola tours through Newport Harbor. Relax and enjoy the sunset ride, and extras are available such as chocolates, message in a bottle, and champagne! Don’t forget to ask for a singing gondolier for an extra-festive evening.

Orange County Museum of Art’s museum is a local destination for some of the best California-made art, as well as photography, modern art, and sculpture.

The Christmas Boat Parade (December 14-18) may be Newport’s Beach most famed tradition, dating back to 1908. The parade has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times. You do not want to miss this spectacular display during the holidays!

Pet-Friendly Activities 

Take your pup to the Costa Mesa Bark Park, a fenced, 2-acre off-leash dog park. You’ll find separate play areas for large and small dogs, as well as fresh water, plenty of grass and trees, and of course doggy cleanup bags. The park is open everyday except Wednesday from 6am-9pm.  Also be sure to check out the Newport Beach Dog Park, one of the few available dog beaches in SoCal! There’s a ton of pet-friendly things that you can do in Newport Beach, so be sure to take your canine pal along on your adventures through OC.

Health & Fitness

Newport Beach is one of the world’s most renowned surfing capitals. The Wedge is without a doubt the areas top surf beach. The waves are supposedly some of the best around, but it’s recommended to visit during summer and fall to catch higher surf.  

Coffee Shops

Whether you’re out for a quick cup of joe, or a deluxe mocha frappe with a shot of espresso and extra whip, Newport Beach has what you need. Take the time to check out some of the amazing coffee shops that the city has to offer. We have a few cafes that we’d like to recommend ourselves.


Luxury SoCal shopping destination Fashion Island is not your average mall, thanks to its high-end stores and restaurants. You can even catch a flick at the mall’s own movie theatre, Island Cinema!

There’s stuff to do any time of year at Newport Beach! For more updates on local events and Irvine living, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram today!