Bar Review: 21 Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA

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21 Oceanfront is exactly what you would desire in a fine dining beach front establishment – awesome view of the beach and sunset, great food, and fine service all in a sort of Victorian Nautical decor.  A near perfect place for a romantic dinner followed by an after-dinner stroll along the beach.  Absolutely wonderful.

Except for the martini. The Martini was acceptable but not noteworthy.  And certainly not up to the standard that the location, food, and view would lead one to expect.  The drink was chilled but a bit on the wet side and served in very small stems.

(That combination of small serving and a bit on wet side always raises a ‘red flag’ in my mind.   It leads me to wonder if the bar management is more concerned with profit that Perfect Martinis – Vermouth is significantly cheaper than gin!)

21 Oceanfront is definitely worth a visit.  Order a Martini if that’s your fancy, but they do have a nice wine list.    Martini Glass Sideways

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