Newport Beach

American Tea Room Delights Diners

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American Tea Room Newport Beach Fashion Island

American Tea Room Newport Beach

“Tea Service” – a modern interpretation of high tea without stuffy doilies and fine china.  Launching Saturday, May 28, CEO David Barenholtz collaborated with Culinary Director Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections to design a program with influences from traditional global tea ceremonies, but with a contemporary twist.

American Tea Room

Available in three sizes and served on custom wooden boards from The Wooden Palate, the teas and food pairings are perfect for enjoying on your own, gathering with a friend or two in the oasis tea garden, or celebrating a fun group event, such as a baby or bridal shower.

Options include:

  • “American Tea” with a choice of a pot of classic or signature tea; Crème Fraîche Scone with Tangier tea butter and preserves; Chai Chicken Sandwich with chai and curry spices, red onion, and apple; Watercress Sandwich with radish, butter, and fleur de sel; Smoked Salmon and Chive Cream Pinwheel with mascarpone, wild arugula, and Meyer lemon; Matcha Panna Cotta; choice of Petit Four including matcha, Champagne, rose petal passion fruit, and lavender and tea-infused Truffle including matcha, jasmine pearl, Earl Grey, and Marrakesh mint ($35)

American Tea Room

  • “A Little Less” – the same as the “American Tea” but sans the chai chicken sandwich and smoked salmon and chive cream pinwheel ($25)
  • “A Bit More” – the same as the “American Tea” but with a choice of a pot of tea (including Single Estate and Rare teas), four tea sandwiches, including the Avocado Sandwich with mayonnaise, arugula, and pickled jalapeno, and choice of two petit fours and two truffles ($45)

Items are available à la carte with tea sandwiches offered for $6 each, scones from $4-4.50, and desserts from $2-5.

Daily happy hour: 3-6 pm, Half-off tea with the purchase of a pastry
Tea service is available Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5pm

Fashion Island, Newport Beach
549 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 432-6006

Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge

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Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge

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A new reason to visit Newport Beach, opening Friday, June 27, the Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge at The Island Hotel are more than just a restaurant and bar. In a spacious setting, these two new venues couldn’t compliment and yet be more different than one another. The Oak Grill boasts one of the largest outdoor patio dining experiences at over 2,100 square feet in addition to the plush main dining room, two private dining rooms and a lounge-bar featuring floor to ceiling glass doors that open entirely to welcome both the outdoors and the “in”. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Oak Grill aims to please.

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With elegantly warm interiors, the Oak Grill has the feel of a special occasion restaurant but with an inviting, lush modern flair. Executive Chef Marc Johnson is the perfect choice to helm the cuisine which is equally elegant yet bold and creative lending itself to a blend of his experience from high-end Southern California restaurants to the cultural cuisines of the South. In his own words, Chef Marc says, “I cook food that I want to eat,” which is a celebration for diners as they can choose from his fresh creations such as the deconstructed BLT in the form of an heirloom tomato “BLT” panzanella salad with crispy pork belly. Or, select the grilled Brandt beef filet with trumpet mushrooms and fingerling potatoes and a cauliflower horseradish puree. Braised short ribs, Seared Maine Diver Scallops, and Rocky Road Bar for dessert which is a Gianduja chocolate mousse, marshmallow and crispy rice pearls of decandence.

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Craft beer and American heritage cocktails such as The Boulevardier – a Duke bourbon whiskey with Campari and Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth – and over 50 California wines by the glass including a luscious Patz and Hall Pinot Noir insightfully selected by General Manager and sommelier, Miguel Rodriguez-Vidal.

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Creating a sense of playful ambiance, the Aqua Lounge is the only “ultra-lounge” in the Newport Beach area. With a 360-degree bar and intimate outdoor patio and fire pit, guests at the Aqua Lounge can enjoy an interactive tableside mixology program helmed by Tony Abou-Ganim while listening to live DJs spinning the new, eclectic sounds from the hip and sexy. One of the only truly late-night lounges in the area, Aqua Lounge features small bites and a late-night menu til 1:30am on most nights. Selections include Fried Green Tomatoes, Short Rib Beignets, and Charred Shishito Peppers. Also enjoy craft cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Cucumber Cobbler, a blend of coastal sage infused with Hendrick’s Gin, fresh green apple and cucumber puree with housemade ginger syrup and fresh lemon juice.

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The Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge are located across the street from Fashion Island in the beautiful Island Hotel.
Oak Grill
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Open daily 6:30am-11am for breakfast; 11am-5pm for lunch;
Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-10pm for dinner, Thursday-Saturday 5pm-11pm
Oak Grill reservations: (949) 760-4920 or

Aqua Lounge
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Open daily 11am-2am for drinks; 11am-10pm for food
Late-night food menu Thursday-Saturday 11pm-1:30am
Aqua Lounge reservations: (949) 760-4342 or

Both Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge feature complimentary valet parking at Island Hotel Newport Beach or self parking along Newport Center Drive.