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,

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,

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,