Oak Grill

Casually elegant dining in Newport Beach
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There are any number of chichi dining establishments in Newport Beach but the Oak Grill at Fashion Island Hotel feels both more elegant and, oddly enough, more casual than many of its rivals. 

Maybe it’s the cool blue adjacent Aqua Lounge with its St. Tropez vibe or the romantic outdoor dining beneath a big leafy tree decked out in warm conical lights that drape its limbs like votive candles, but, even in winter, everyone looks like they just stepped off their yacht after a day of sailing and is famished and ready for a fabulous cocktail and some tasty, satisfying fare, which is just what you get here.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • When the owners of the former Four Seasons rebranded the property Fashion Island Hotel, the old Palm Terrace, which always felt a bit dark and old-school, gave way to the brighter, more youthful Oak Grill with floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious padded banquettes in a swank and airy room.
  • Snag one of the 25 outdoor tables in the lushly landscaped gardens, almost all cozily situated beneath the canopy of a sprawling ficus tree that seems to cover the expansive 2,160-square-foot patio lit from the glow of a festive fire pit and dozens of twinkling lanterns.
  • Oak Grill’s 50 wines by the glass are extensive and reasonably priced, from Duckhorn sauvignon blanc ($17) to Justin Isosceles, a Bordeaux blend ($45).
Things to Know
  • Chef Brittany Valles put together the little-known “after hours” menu in the adjacent Aqua Lounge, offered Thursday to Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight, that includes her cider-braised beef taco, hot toddy tots and what may be the best bar burger in Orange County.
  • The Newport restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
The Food
  • Breakfast offerings at this Orange County eatery showcase California’s unique flavor with healthful options (house-made quinoa granola and a berry chia breakfast bowl) appearing next to Mexican-inspired dishes (heuvos rancheros or the chorizo and avocado-stuffed breakfast burrito).
  • On the dinner menu, you’ll find American cuisine with a global influence—think ceviche and poke alongside white wine steamed mussels and roasted Chilean sea bass with orzo risotto.
  • The popular Sunday brunch offerings run the gamut from an indulgent cinnamon roll French toast to a light ahi nicoise salad.
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Getting There
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660 866-554-4620
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