“We wanted to create a spot that’s stylish yet comfortable and approachable—one where you can have a completely new and exciting experience every time you come in,” shares operating partner Jordan Otterbein of the new CdM Restaurant.
“As partners of River Jetty Restaurant Group, McG and I have been thinking about starting a new concept for some time,” says Jordan Otterbein, operating partner of Newport Beach’s storied A Restaurant, who is elevating the brand’s profile with the debut of CdM Restaurant. The former Crow Bar and Kitchen space received a major overhaul thanks to Betsy Van’t Hof of Art by Design and Kevin Forbes, who took inspiration from London’s Soho House with sumptuous blue velvet booths and light fixtures sourced from salvage shipyards. “The menu draws influence from America’s melting pot of cuisines and will change multiple times a year,” adds Otterbein of the fare, led by corporate executive chef Jonathan Blackford. Highlights include raw black snapper crudo and braised oxtail gemelli, while the Gin Blossom and La Ultima Fumar pack a punch on the cocktail side. And for those in the know, there’s Under CdM, an underground speakeasy where bar manager Ravin Buzzell is stirring up a separate menu of spirits and weekly specials. Up next: the debut of The Apartment (CdM’s private dining room), plus lunch and brunch offerings. 2325 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.287.6600
Photography by: Brecht Van’t Hof