Views and Decadent Dishes at VEA Newport Beach

Experience a circular waterfall, decadent dishes, and breathtaking views at the Newport Beach hotel’s restaurant.
Photograph by Isaac Maiselman

The impressive circular waterfall at the entrance to VEA Newport Beach sets the tone for Marriott’s dramatic reimagining of its property. Pier-like design elements and wave-inspired millwork lead past a stylish lobby filled with intriguing art to the View restaurant, a ground-floor homage to the once-upon-a-time top-floor hot spot of that name. “Vea” is Spanish for “see,” a double entendre suggesting the sea and being seen. The view from the View and its lanai—of the pool and pool bar, golf course, and the Pacific—is still a draw. Sushi rolls are a signature starter. But the real stars of a first visit were executive chef Andy Arndt’s Garden Gem Leaves + Shoots salad with house-dried strawberries and the grilled Primal Pastures New York steak, sourced from Electric City Butcher, served with a buttery Robuchon-style potato puree whose decadence was exceeded only by the cocoa-nib-studded butterscotch budino that followed. A winning take on the Ladies Man cocktail features Bulleit Rye, Courvoisier, tangerine, and piloncillo.

900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-402-3787, veanewportbeach.com

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