Discovering a trifecta of culinary gems in Newport Beach

Newport Beach houses an impressive array of stylish restaurants and bars that exude local charm and create a perfect canvas for gentlemen to step out and enjoy time with their friends. A few standouts that we must mention are Fig and Olive, Side Door at Five Crowns, and Stag Bar + Kitchen. A perfect stop on your drive home, night out, or Sunday brunch is Fig and Olive. A French-born concept, Fig and Olive brings its “cuisine of the Sun” in a relaxed but refined atmosphere, according to Shaun Smith, CEO of Fig and Olive. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves house influential culinary masterpieces, extraordinary wine offerings and prized olive oils that are made from Arbequina olives, which are among the finest in the world. 

Fig and Olive emulates a cuisine that pays respect to the Mediterranean, has roots in the French Riviera and weaves in North African flavors. The restaurant brings an experience that is health conscious, flavor forward and celebratory of the finest ingredients. From the 32 oz. Tomahawk steak, signature crostinis and dazzling olive oil cake, Fig and Olive brings world-class dining and crisp thoughtful service to our doorstep in Newport Beach. 

Further south in Corona Del Mar is an almost secretive down-the-rabbit-hole type of establishment called Side Door. Classic old English charm beckons people to this quiet village-like location. Look for the red key and follow it to unlock a serious gastronomic experience. Modern and classic pub fare finds its home at Side Door with time-honored dishes like chicken pot pie and modernized pub classics. Side Door also houses an impressive selection of local craft beers, ingenious cocktails and a worldly wine selection.

Bright carnival lights light up the night at Stag Bar+ Kitchen. Established in 1908, Stag has a rich history and is one of the oldest bars in Orange County. From rare and hard-to-find whiskeys to signature cocktails, Stag Bar has something for everyone. If your hunger pangs set in, you are also in luck as it has an onsite scratch kitchen, where they serve up hot and bubbly oven-fired pizzas, mouthwatering meatballs and juicy craft burgers seven days a week.