There are not many places on earth where you can restaurant and bar hop around in a boat, but Newport Beach makes dining a delightful adventure. Hands down, our favorite date night (or day) in Southern California is dock & dine in Newport Beach. First, we picked up a delectable charcuterie board and a bottle of wine from A Market. Next up, we rented a private Duffy boat (available all over the harbor) with a driver. Even though these Duffy boats only go 5 mph, we highly recommend getting one with a driver so you can indulge. Cruise around the bay, marvel at sea lions playing in the water, covet the magnificent houses that sprinkle the coastline, and enjoy the magnificent Southern California sun from your own private boat.
In My Element
On a Duffy Boat
There are dozens of restaurants that are accessible by boat in the area including A&O Kitchen + Bar at the Balboa Bay Resort, The Dock, and Nobu Newport Beach. However, our favorite dining establishment to stop at is the brand new Malibu Farm at Lido Marina Village. All of the food is organic, farm to table, and absolutely delicious. Once you’re done with dinner, hop back on your Duffy boat and cruise on over to Sugar ‘n Spice on Balboa Island for some tasty ice cream.
The yuzu sour at Malibu Farm
is the perfect sundowner!