Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille in Newport Beach, CA serves up Island Inspired Upscale Cuisine

Located in the bustling Corona Del Mar Plaza, Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille stands out from the rest of the store fronts with the exterior look of an island-style plantation house – tall wooden window shutters and tropical plants everywhere. The interior is cozy – dark wood from floor to the ceiling, comfy booths with cushy pillows just like home and fits their brand motto, “Make Life One Long Weekend.” It’s earned its place in the plaza since it opened in November 1998 as Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe. In 2007, it went through a renovation, changed its name to Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille, and hired Chef Jacquelyn Nabong (originally from Kona, HI) to showcase her talents in fresh seafood and seasonal cuisine. This location serves some of the most popular items that Tommy Bahama’s is known for but also has dishes that you can only find in Newport Beach. 13 locations in all, stretching from Myrtle Beach, SC to Kihea, HI with a new location opening this fall in New York City.

Something new called Muse Bites – little daily complimentary mini bites from the kitchen to get your taste buds going. On this occasion, it was a Fluke Ceviche Shot. It was perfectly flavored with a mild citrus flavor. The fish was luscious with a mild flavor which allowed absorption of the citrus flavor as the perfect compliment. The caviar on top added a little luxurious flavor with a slightly salty finish. Thumbs up!

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