Gorgeous—that’s the word that rolls off the tongue upon entering Newport Beach’s Lido House, and it’s warranted. Indulge in a creative culinary experience, pamper yourself with bubbly and beyond, or nestle into a snazzy seat at the rooftop bar—no matter where you sip or savor, you’re in for a treat in a truly lavish setting.
With its iconic architecture, the hotel is worthy of a toast every time you set foot on the intimate property, which boasts a sophisticated coastal ambiance all its own. And a toast is fitting. They’re big on bubbles at Lido House thanks to a partnership with Piper-Heidsieck that’s allowed them to develop a signature Champagne, making them the first hotel in the United States to have their own exclusive blend. Another two full pages of Champagne options on their libations menu and some serious Krug selections round out the luxe offerings.
The 130-room resort feels special, and its on-site fine dining restaurant, The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, bolsters the charm. It’s a beautiful build-out, and the dining room is a great use of space with a killer bar, a brick fireplace sitting room, sumptuous booths, communal tables and an illustrious glassed-in kitchen where you can take in all the action. The culinary team is big on utilizing the freshest catches and produce daily, and the talent behind the menu is impressive. Executive chef-partner Riley Huddleston hails from luxury properties in the Windy City, and executive chef Janine Falvo exemplifies the finesse a female chef adds to a high-level restaurant kitchen. The wine list is an eclectic grouping of notables that salute the terroir in regions other than the usual suspects, and the craft beer selection will strike you. But let’s eat, shall we?