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Newport Beach's Iconic The Ritz Returns as Seafood-Centric Harborside Dinner Spot

Back by popular demand.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Orange County’s restaurant scene has been surging as of late, even prompting the return of a long-gone legend. The Ritz, a 1970’s era high-brow power lunch spot situated near Fashion Island, closed up shop more than 18 months ago, but is now returning to prominence nearby under the name The Ritz Prime Seafood.

The new location will also put The Ritz closer to the water, right on West Coast Highway. Staffing is currently well underway (if you’re looking, here’s the ad), and the plan is to bring the same fine dining flair to the current address, which was formerly Chart House.

Ownership has partnered with the Grill Concepts folks (Public School, Grill on the Alley, etc.), who are revitalizing the 6,800 square foot restaurant space to include some 700 square feet of harbor views and seating for 225 people. GCI Design and Studio McCormack are putting together the finishing touches for the location, which should have an upscale nautical kind of feel.

Look for The Ritz Prime Seafood to come to life this October.

The Ritz Prime Seafood
2801 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663