If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Savor the fruits of our own inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary American fare and drinks at The Lido Deck Restaurant & Wine Bar, located in Newport Beach. The establishment is closed on Mondays.
Helmed by executive chef Don Schoenburg and pastry chef Christi Carter, The Lido Deck harnesses fresh ingredients from local farms and farmers' markets, creating tongue-toppling dishes. Pamper your palate with delectable appetizers, such as the spinach salad, a mix of strawberries and goat cheese with toasted pecans and a balsamic honey vinaigrette ($12), or seared foie gras, which is escorted to the table dance by pain perdu, pineapple, and star anise ginger broth ($18). The braised rabbit entree comes paired with sautéed asparagus tips, rabbit jus, and white truffle foam ($27), while the infamous half-pound elk burger is a stacked combination of remoulade sauce, braised lamb belly, and wild boar bacon, topped with tres leche cheese and a duck egg ($15). Like the flailing arm of Arsenio Hall, the culinary lineup rotates frequently; if any aforementioned menu item is not available, an equally succulent bite will surely be standing in its place.
The menu also offers thoughtful pairings from the extensive wine and beer list, and The Lido Deck's rustic yet elegant desserts are known to shape-shift at each full, new, and quarter moon. Inside the eating confines, white leather booths populate the cozy dining room, while chairs line the outdoor patio deck overlooking the harbor. Call ahead or shout really loud to make reservations.
Orange Coast magazine and the Los Angeles Times dish positive reviews of The Lido Deck, and CityVoters named it the #2 Best New American restaurant on the 2010 Best of the OC Hotlist. Gayot rates it 15/20, OpenTable diners give an average of four stars, and 75% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- But for the real story at The Lido Deck, explore beyond its ho-hum name and outrageous burger. You’ll find refined cooking and sophisticated service equal to some of Orange County’s better Euro-style cafés. – Gretchen Kurz, Orange Coast
- The house specialty? It's elk burger: ground elk, caramelized onion, remoulade sauce, lamb belly, wild boar bacon, duck egg, tres leche cheese, and grilled romaine. – Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
- The braised rabbit is a standout, with its fresh chanterelle mushrooms, asparagus tips, rabbit jus and white truffle foam. – Gayot
- AWESOME! generally its hard to find a place with the veiw [sic] AND the great food. this place has it. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 05/21/2010