Two names that loom large in the county’s culinary annals are The Ritz, for decades a quintessential Newport Beach dining destination, and the late Hans Prager, its chef-owner for most of those years. The restaurant closed in 2014. Now the iconic name and its ritzy spirit get new life thanks to the owners of the Daily Grill chain and the upscale Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. The venue overlooking Newport Harbor is a stunner, with floor-to-ceiling windows, Chinese Zebrano marble topping the bar, a mix of porcelain tile and mesquite wood on the floors, and feathered coral throughout. Menu highlights: hamachi crudo on a Himalayan salt block; grilled lobster with burgundy truffles, above; dry-aged Prime New York strip steak with umami butter, fennel pollen, and blistered Campari tomatoes; and an outsized slice of coconut cake. There’s a new generation of winning cocktails, too.
2801 W. Coast Highway