August 19, 2016

Best of Corona Del Mar: Top Spots for an Amazing Dinner

Corona Del Mar is known for its beautiful scenery, its relaxing environment, and most importantly, some of the best places to dine and wine! Whether you are looking for a new local favorite, or the ultimate dining experience during your California vacation getaway, we’ve got a list of the best Corona Del Mar has to offer for dinner!

BANDERA (New American)
With countless loyal customers and a high-class ambiance, Bandera offers a luxurious experience for anyone looking for a town favorite. Known for their delectable corn bread and tri-tip, Bandera will offer your California vacation a classy night, or your date a notable impression. Personally this is a favorite with many of our staff and guests because it's so reliable, so classy, and so delicious! If you are not a fan of crowds, avoid the weekends and late nights—this restaurant is a local favorite!

(New American)
Located right off the coast of Pacific Coast Highway, Summer House is a favorite for Corona Del Mar and Newport Beach locals. For families and casual dinners, this beachy restaurant is our top choice to enjoy some fun dishes and laid back environment during your California vacation. Check out the Ono or Salmon, and pair it with a smooth Pinot Noir to make your dinner especially vibrant in flavor. Summer House also provides a kid’s menu, complete with fish tacos, jasmine rice, and chicken fingers, of course, making it a great choice for family vacations!

BAMBOO BISTRO (Vietnamese/Thai Fusion)
Southern California dining is as diverse as the local population, and there is no visiting Southern California without trying out some delicious fusion cuisine. Bamboo Bistro is the best way to do that in the Corona Del Mar neighborhood. Bamboo offers a brilliant cross between Vietnamese and Thai food, with wonderful customer service and a modern feel. Take a seat, grab a couple of spring rolls, and indulge in a plate of shaken beef—this one will be sure to make your stay unforgettable!

SOTA (Sushi)
For a casual yet classy feel, SOTA sushi bar provides the perfect date night spot or destination for a night out with friends. This beautiful sushi restaurant is loved for its unique sushi cuisine and sake menu. Take a look at their Specials Board before you order-there are always neat sushi options to choose from, like live soft shell crab and toro tartare (a blend of tuna and caviar). If you are looking for something more eclectic and adventurous, make sure to try their Uni and Lobster hand rolls - a fan favorite! If you are looking for an impressive Japanese dinner in Corona Del Mar, this one is for you!

MAYUR (Indian)
We could not put together a list of dinner locations in CDM without mentioning Mayur - a local home for Indian Cuisine. Owner, Anju, prides himself in premium customer service and a master of the Indian food experience. For veggie lovers, this restaurant is incredibly vegetarian friendly as well! Check out their Mushroom Gobi or Lamb Curry, and look forward to excellent Garlic Naan. Note that this restaurant presents a sophisticated dining experience and all dishes are a la carte—so rice and naan need to be ordered on the side. However, locals adore Mayur because of the perfect combination of authentic food, a pleasant dining experience, and its location—the heart of CDM.
*Groupon often offers deals for Mayur as well!

SIDE DOOR (Gastropub)
Looking for a more casual and fun experience? Side Door offers just that! With its rustic environment (complete with a literal side door), affordable meals, and pub theme, this restaurant is the perfect place for dinner, a late night snack, and some memorable time with friends, while family friendly as well! Check out their Charcuterie Platter or Prime Rib Sandwich—Side Door’s signature dish! Like any other restaurant on PCH, parking is available on the street, or with meter parking, and don’t forget to pack a swimsuit for some beach time afterwards! Side Door is just a couple of blocks from Little Corona Beach!

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We hope you're on your way to planning a delightful dining experience in Corona Del Mar! Looking for more local recommendations? Take a look at some of our other best-of lists below:

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