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Situated just minutes from the Newport Beach Pier, Palmilla Cocina y Tequila has emerged as Southern California’s newest culinary gem, igniting the dining scene with its enchanting Sonoran- and Baja-inspired flavors. The brainchild of the same creative team behind Palmilla in Hermosa Beach and Esperanza in Manhattan Beach, this dining haven just opened its doors on July 27, beckoning both locals and visitors alike to experience the allure of Cabo San Lucas right in Orange County.
Under the masterful culinary direction of Chef Ray Alvarez, Palmilla Newport Beach brings to life a vibrant tapestry of Mexican cuisine, celebrating the bounty of both land and sea. The menu boasts a tantalizing array of dishes expertly crafted with the freshest seafood and the finest cuts of beef, promising an unforgettable gastronomic journey that mirrors the beauty of its coastal inspiration.
The design of Palmilla Newport Beach is nothing short of spectacular, thanks to the visionary talents of globally recognized architect Gulla Jónsdóttir. Stepping into the restaurant is like stepping into the luxurious embrace of a boutique hotel in Cabo San Lucas. The inviting dining rooms are adorned with imported, custom-made furniture and decor that seamlessly transport guests to the captivating landscapes of Mexico’s coastal haven, complete with a retractable roof for guests looking to dine under the stars.
One cannot help but salivate over the menu’s diverse offerings. The “Crudo Del Mar” section showcases an array of four ceviche variations and a delectable Cocktail de Camarones, inviting patrons to revel in the ocean’s treasures. As the journey unfolds, “Apertivos” entice with tempting options such as the Braised Short Rib Taquitos, Guacamole Trio, and the rich, molten Queso Fundito Flameado.
For those seeking a refreshing twist, the “Ensaladas y Sopa” section presents vibrant salads and soul-soothing soups, while the “Taqueria Tacos” and “Vegetarian/Vegan” sections cater to all palates. The “Especiales de la Cocina” brings culinary revelations, including the mouthwatering Pollo en Mole Blanco, the Esperanza Burrito Especial, and the decadent Sabor de Oaxaca Carnitas.
The menu’s “Tradiciones de Mexico” segment highlights authentic flavors through dishes like the Cabo Surf & Turf Enchiladas and the Chile Relleno y Crispy Taco. “Platos del Mar” elevates seafood to new heights with offerings like the indulgent Chimichanga Mariscos and the bold Prawns Diablo.
The libations menu is equally captivating and offers a plethora of margaritas alongside innovative concoctions like the Rico Suave and the refreshing Sonoran Sunset, creating a perfect harmony when paired with the cuisine’s rich flavors.
Palmilla Cocina y Tequila has masterfully captured the essence of Mexico’s coastal charm, inviting patrons to experience the vibrant colors, bold flavors, and warm hospitality that define Cabo San Lucas. From its impeccable cuisine to its exquisite design, Palmilla transports diners on a journey that transcends the boundaries of Orange County, delivering an unforgettable dining escapade that mirrors the allure of the Baja Peninsula.