Best Restaurants 2017!

No. 4 Drama Queens

Always ready for their close-ups

Gratitude Newport BeachAnqi
Known for sumptuous modern Viet fare and eye-popping chic, An family operations are visual treats, and this dining room that is also a lounge and catwalk oozes style equal to its swanky South Coast Plaza neighbors. Late‑night events attract the competitive shoe‑shopping set. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714‑557-5679, houseofan.com

Andrea
Italian elegance achieves maximum impact at Pelican Hills’ superfine dining room where staff, guests, and ocean views all turn heads—until the signature risotto stops traffic, done table-side with a 90-pound wheel of Parmesan as a mixing bowl. The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., newport coast 949‑467‑6800, andreanb.com

Gratitude
Upscale vegan dining exudes bohemian style for miles at Westcliff’s prettiest patio, overflowing with sun-kissed, gluten‑free devotees. Even the organic cocktails have an extravagant flair. Whether you’re a believer or just vegan-curious, this is a hot spot. 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949-386-8100, cafegratitude.com