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As we begin the third week of January, restaurants throughout Newport Beach are beginning to serve their special prix fixe menus for the city’s annual event, Newport Beach Restaurant Week!

The holidays are a huge rush time for restaurants, where things get extremely busy. This all halts as the new year comes around and restaurants experience a January slump. The Newport Beach Restaurant Association decided this would be a good time of year to encourage people to go out and try new places and to enjoy old favorites, by making an event out of it—a celebration of the local cuisine community. And in 2006, Newport Beach Restaurant Week was born. It was designed as a way to get the community together to try local restaurants, as well as to boost the local economy during a slow time of year.

Now in its 13th year, Newport Beach Restaurant Week is an annual event that actually lasts 14 days. During this 14-day event, participating restaurants throughout Newport Beach offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for all of us to enjoy.

There are no tickets. Simply show up at one of the participating restaurants, order off the special selection of restaurant week menu items, and enjoy your meal in celebration of Newport Beach's various delicious cuisines. You can rest assured knowing you are getting a good deal, while simultaneously supporting local businesses.

The official start of the event is today, Monday, January 14th, and it runs through Sunday, January 27th.

The Orange County Register released an article about the “must-try” meals of this year’s Restaurant Week. You can read all about their recommendations in the article: Where to find meal deals during Newport Beach Restaurant Week.

Visit Newport Beach is the official source for information on Restaurant Week. For more information on the event, a list of participating restaurants, and to check out the special menus, visit their page here.

We are excited to go out and eat some delicious food. And we hope to see you out there with us supporting local restaurants by celebrating and participating in Newport Beach Restaurant Week!