Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Newport Beach Duroc Tomahawk Pork Chop

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar in Newport Beach isn’t just a restaurant; it’s an embodiment of the island lifestyle. During the month of September, the restaurant is offering a limited-time Tacos & Tequila menu.

From the moment you arrive at Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Newport Beach (one of four California locations), you’re greeted by a laidback atmosphere, beach-inspired decor and a menu that pays homage to the flavors of the Caribbean. The name “Tommy Bahama” is inspired by a fictional character who represents the essence of the island lifestyle and the spirit of relaxation. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler seeking a taste of the tropics or simply in search of a memorable dining experience, the restaurant will whisk you away on a culinary journey that will leave you longing for island life.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Newport Beach Dancing in the Dark -
Dancing in the Dark

For a delicious summer sendoff, we checked out the Tacos & Tequila menu, available during September. First, we started with Sun & Spice, which is a spicy take on the traditional Paloma, and Dancing in the Dark, which swaps out the vodka in a traditional espresso martini and replaces it with tequila. Both cocktails are a delicious take on two of our go-tos. In fact, we might start requesting tequila for all of our espresso martinis hereafter!

When looking at the main menu, you’ll notice special icons next to 10 dishes. In honor of Tommy Bahama’s 30th Anniversary this year, customers’ favorite dishes and drinks throughout the last three decades are highlighted. When we saw the coconut shrimp is on this list–preceded by “world famous”–we knew we had to order it. The coconut shrimp has the ideal combination of breading and coconut and is fried to perfection. Plus, it’s served with a refreshing papaya-mango chutney. From the Tacos & Tequila menu, we ordered the lobster flautas, which are absolutely delectable. With sweet corn fondue for dipping, we scarcely left any on the plate.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Newport Beach lobster flautas
Lobster flautas

The Tacos & Tequila entrees looked incredibly tantalizing, and we were not disappointed. The Chilean sea bass is crisp on top and utterly buttery and flaky underneath. Served with Israeli couscous, Campari tomatoes, roasted tomato guajillo butter, poblano rajas, citrus and olive salsa, the dish is flavorful yet light. The Duroc tomahawk pork chop is a real showstopper. Rubbed with nutty, smoky salsa macha, the pork chop is exceptionally tender and juicy and pairs well with its grilled pear and cress salad. Additionally, a sweet potato tamale covered in sweet corn fondue is served alongside the pork chop. To say we were satisfied with our selections is an understatement.

Because we were still feeling the island vibes, we managed to save room for dessert. When our server brought us the grand display of desserts to choose from, we couldn’t keep our eyes off the pina colada cake. Fluffy vanilla cake is layered with Myers’s Dark Rum, diced pineapple, white chocolate mousse and toasted coconut. The cake is subtly sweet and pillowy with a generous dollop of extra creamy whipped cream.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Newport Beach Sun And Spice (1)
Sun & Spice

Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar is open every day, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

854 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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