Best New Restaurants 2021: Shorebird Offers Modern American Fare in a Dazzling Venue

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Shorebird’s Balboa Peninsula arrival in June was so stealthy, it was almost a surprise. Hiding within the new marina enclave of Vue Newport, the dazzling split-level venue merges outdoors and indoors for a massive living picture of pricey boats in their sparkling slips.

Brought to life by Wild Thyme Restaurant Group, Shorebird hums with cheer, even partially full. Its broad menu of modern American fare, solidly implemented by executive chef Jay Bogsinske’s scratch kitchen, ensures instant chemistry with locals. For dinner, impeccably shucked oysters open for a massive pork chop grilled over almond wood or the elegant pan-roasted black cod. Weekend brunch boasts sweet or savory recipes not served after dark—say, pulled rotisserie chicken chilaquiles or trendy soufflé pancakes.    

2220 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-287-6627

Orange County’s Best New Restaurants of 2021

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