Bars in Balboa Island

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Fiesta Cantina serves up a menu of tasty Mexican-style eats and throat deparchers in a festive space lined with high-definition TVs. Fix competition-craving eyes on a sportive game or a live UFC fight while mouths focus on chicken-filled Santa Monica rolls ($6) or the tres amigos dip platter, a posse of guacamole, queso, black bean dip and hot or mild salsa served with fresh corn tortilla chips ($8).

100 Main St
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Tap Shack blends the convivial atmosphere of a lively sports bar with the hearty, flavorful burgers, pizzas, and small plates of a gastropub. Servers haul out plates laden with prime-rib sliders, coconut shrimp, and fish tacos, while tableside taps let patrons sip a nice, frosty glass of draft beer without having to line up behind a crowded bar or fire off a flare to alert a bartender. Twenty flat-screen TVs broadcast games, and a separate video game room lets friends blow off steam with Xbox and PS3 contests. Guests sip craft brews from the bar's lineup of 28 taps, forming a perfect complement to the menu of thick, gouda-covered burger patties, pizzas smothered in Italian sausage and pastrami, and filet mignon surf-n-turf plates with shrimp scampi.

1617 Westcliff Drive
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Gourmet French fast food at its finest; using only fresh, first-quality ingredients and prepared in a healthy way.

327 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Port Restaurant and Bar entrances diners with a seasonal menu of international and American eats such as pizzas, kebabs, pastas, and seafood. Meals of wild salmon and filet mignon unfurl on an open-air patio, and wines selected by a veteran sommelier swirl by the fireplace in the atrium with the candlestick.

The décor's muted luxury evokes the building’s beginnings as an oceanfront bungalow. Accents of wood and marble charm diners amid eye-catching displays of artwork and exploding dynamite. A lineup of live music fills the elegant space, mirroring the kitchen's eclectic menu with acts ranging from acoustic pop and rock to Persian songcraft with its undulating rhythms.

440 Heliotrope Ave.
Corona del Mar,
CA
US

Despite living half a world away from the restaurants that her family founded in India over the years, Anju Kapoor chose to continue the family legacy in 1984 by opening Mayur. Now celebrating the restaurant's 30th anniversary, the chefs remain committed to the bold flavors of Northern Indian cuisine. Chef Dharam Singh has been with Mayur since its inception?he previously worked with the Kapoor family in India. Orders of chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetables arrive straight from the clay tandoor oven, which is also used to bake naan. Spicy lamb vindaloo, spinach cooked with homemade cheese, and eggplant help round out the menu's selection of regional Indian cuisine. Sea bass, quinoa salads, and rack of lamb are less-traditional additions to the menu. Sundays offer a survey of Mayur's signature dishes with a prix fixe champagne brunch.

Like the menu, the ambiance at Mayur is vibrant yet refined. An ornate wooden deity sculpture of Ganesh channels ancient traditions, the space also features a handful of more contemporary touches, including large framed images of peacock feathers.

2931 E Coast Hwy.
Corona Del Mar,
CA
US

At first glance, South Coast Pizza Parlors might look like an ordinary family pizza joint. The requisite video and redemption games chirp and ring near the entrance. Six big-screen televisions flicker with sporting events. But the difference is in the pizza--the kitchen crew crafts dough and sauce fresh every single day, drizzling pies with classic toppings such as green peppers and pepperoni, as well as more non-traditional options including vegan cheese and soy chorizo.

410 E 17th St
Costa Mesa,
CA
US