Restaurants offer diners both a delicious reprieve from the kitchen and a secure environment that makes it virtually impossible for the dish to run away with the spoon. Keep your eating implements obedient with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale, seasonally sourced fare and drinks at Port Restaurant and Bar in Corona del Mar.
Port Restaurant and Bar's chefs compile a menu of seasonal, global cuisine that represents the New World as well as the Old. Eight-ounce fillets of fresh Atlantic salmon bathe in either a white-wine-and-dill or chipotle sauce amid a prairie of seasonal vegetables ($23), and the Port gnocchi's pillowy dumplings ($22 for entree portion) lull sleepy swarms of spinach, morel mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes to sleep. Chefs skewer geometrically precise cuts of marinated salmon atop saffron basmati rice and barbeque tomato, tzatziki, and shirazi to create the salmon kabob plate ($23). Bookends for the meal include servings of homemade, palate-priming hummus with warm pita bread ($7) as well as scoops of ice cream made with rosewater, saffron, cardamom, and pistachio ($7) that conclude the outing with a culinary coda and a brain freeze.
Port's outdoor seating beckons diners to delve into the restaurant's cuisine al fresco. Live musical performances throughout the week tempt visitors to lounge and listen while sipping wine by the glass ($9+) or bottle ($32+) from an extensive list of international heavyweights.
Port Restaurant and Bar
Port Restaurant and Bar entrances diners with a seasonal menu of international and American eats such as fresh seafood, marinated kabobs, specialty pastas, and gourmet flatbreads. 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 decor's muted luxury evokes the building’s beginnings as an oceanside bungalow. Accents of wood and stone 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 on Sunday evenings.
Corona del Mar
440 Heliotrope Ave.
Corona del Mar, California 92625Get Directions