Last fall, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa General Manager Debbie Snavely told the audience gathered for Newport Beach & Company’s annual Tourism Awards and Reception that her hotel was undergoing a complete reinvention that will have a transformational impact.
“It will be something you’ve never seen before and create a wonderful new experience,” Snavely said.
She was right – the new VEA Newport Beach, a Marriott Resort & Spa (co-owned by Lyon Living and Eagle Four Partners), officially debuted in June, and it is indeed a stunning resort.
The property has undergone a complete refresh including new luxury rooms, three new restaurant and bar concepts, a wellness-focused spa and high-performance fitness center, expansive new indoor and outdoor event spaces and a luxury destination pool experience.
Dining concepts were still being fine-tuned at the VIP preview party in June, but VEA executive chef Andrew Arndt treated hundreds of guests to a variety of small bites that served as previews of delicious things to come. .
Now, VEA Newport Beach has announced the official opening of its three new dining concepts: VIEW Restaurant & Lounge, Elan Café & Bar and Edge Bar.
More than just a place for resort guests, they are also dining destinations for locals who want to enjoy great food in an elevated ambience.
Chef Arndt has worked at the Marriott Resort – now VEA Newport Beach – for several years and brings over 20 years of experience to the kitchen at VEA. According to Arndt, his cuisine offers accessible, yet elevated dishes that emphasize seasonality and innovation.
“My goal is to create experiences from arrival to departure, with every aspect designed to create memorable moments,” Arndt said. “Being in Southern California has been inspiring, and I appreciate being able to use local vendors to show customers and travelers what our area has to offer.”
VIEW Restaurant & Lounge is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers “coastal California cuisine with a cosmopolitan outlook.” The restaurant offers appetizers, salads, main courses, sushi and a variety of sides served in a comfortable and elegant ambience.
Among the many dishes: Lobster Roll (previewed at the VIP party and dubbed “exceptional”), Crunchy Roll, Spaghetti alla Chitarra & Meatballs, Grilled Primal Pastures New York Steak and one of my favorite desserts: Butterscotch Budino with cocoa nibs
VIEW also offers a range of craft cocktails, draft and craft beers, seasonal
margaritas, sake, plus an extensive list of local and international wines by the bottle and glass.
“We’ve carefully crafted an eclectic beverage program that you can’t experience anywhere else in Newport Beach,” said catering manager Randy Bloomquist. “Whether you’re looking for a classic favorite or something new and innovative, VIEW’s dedication to quality ingredients and seasonality can be found in every creation.”
Elan Café & Bar is a European-inspired coffee bar and pastry shop in the lobby lounge, with bakery offerings from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition to an assortment of coffees and teas, Elan also offers a handful of wines by the glass and bottled beer. .
The most popular spot during the VIP preview was undoubtedly Edge Bar, a terrace bar overlooking the Newport Beach Country Club golf course and the Pacific Ocean, with a menu of California-inspired bites , maki sushi rolls, pops and desserts.
I have enjoyed Chef Arndt’s cooking in the past, and even sat at his table for a Table for Ten charity event, and have always been impressed with his culinary creativity. Now that VIEW is officially open, I’ll be dining there soon and reviewing the experience.
Visit www.veanewportbeach.com for more information.