SideDoor

4.6
55 reviews
$50 and over
American

Top tags:

Casual
Three generations of the Frank family found new inspiration in England’s growing gastropub movement.
In 2009, they refurbished, restyled and re-opened the traditional British pub at Five Crowns as Corona del Mar’s first and only English-style gastropub, SideDoor.

SideDoor is a separate operation within Five Crowns. Enter on Poppy Street under the big red key and find a comfortable and convivial atmosphere. Cozy up to one of the charming fireplaces. The focus at SideDoor is on seasonal small plates portioned for sharing, cheese and charcuterie prepared by a chef on duty at the new charcuterie station and a selection of world-class spirits. A wide range of wines and craft beers in a variety of sizes and pours are constantly updated with new offerings for the curious to explore. With its warm, relaxed atmosphere, SideDoor, the casual neighborhood gastropub, will have its guests returning again and again.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 55 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndreaS
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love this place! Thank you, again, for the best charcuterie and old fashions in town!

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Lori
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED SideDoor. The experience was incredible and food was amazing. Will definitely be returning in the future.

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JamesK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, and great service! The soufflé is a must!!!

SideDoor
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, James! Come back soon...for another Souffle :)

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Gillie
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our food could have been warmer and although the flavor food was fine, it did not warrant the prices on the menu. The same items elsewhere have a more complex flavor profile.

This was a birthday dinner so it was a little disappointing. I also thought it could have had a wider spread of price points for entrees.

Happily the service was above average.

SideDoor
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We apologize we fell short of your expectations with your food order. We will share your review with our management and will work to insure a better experience in the future. Wishing you all the best.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect. Not too many there

SideDoor
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review!

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vipSeaSupporter
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having had a great experience last month for an anniversary celebration, we returned for a birthday celebration. Another great evening with amazing food and wine selections and terrific service. Both the filet mignon and fish and chips were delicious! Jack, our server, was attentive and engaging. Looking forward to our next visit!

SideDoor
Responded 2 days ago

Thank for the review! We look forward to having you back! All the best :)

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vipSeaSupporter
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Louie, was terrific. The charcuterie board created by Joe was amazing and the molten cake, worth the wait.

SideDoor
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Please come back soon :)

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NEILC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always have enjoyed Side Door and it's nice to be back, attentive and happy
servers, good food!

SideDoor
Responded on 25 May 2021

Thanks for sharing, Neil! We hope to see you again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband and I came in for appetizers and wine. Very nice cheese in charcuterie boards beautiful presentation. Great service

SideDoor
Responded on 25 May 2021

Thank you! Please come back soon :)

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vipDeniseD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu seems more limited than in the past. Miss chicken pot pies.

SideDoor
Responded on 24 May 2021

Thanks for joining us, Denise! We look forward to moving toward normalcy with our menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent servers. We had the three selection charcuterie board and the items were tasty. We had the chicken sandwich and hamachi and they were both excellent. Always a great dining experience at the SideDoor.

SideDoor
Responded on 22 May 2021

Thank you for the great review. We love to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. Please come again soon!

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CoastalEddie
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place for dinner. Great food wine and ambiance.

SideDoor
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thanks for coming in Eddie!

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StanleyB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Nice atmosphere, good food and service was great

SideDoor
Responded on 7 May 2021

Thank you, Stanley. We hope to see you again soon :)

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vipFernando
Orange County
189 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! As always....

Highly recommended

SideDoor
Responded on 7 May 2021

Thank you, Fernando! Please come again soon :)

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RichardD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Food was simply awful.

Service person was v nice. However, kitchen twice misfired the apps and then dinner.

Restaurant has a terrible odor.

SideDoor
Responded on 7 May 2021

Hello Richard - Thank you for your candid review. We appreciate that you expected to enjoy a wonderful experience and apologize we fell short of your expectations. We will share your review with our management and will work to insure a better experience in the future. Wishing you all the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The cheese expert was fantastic. Made the experience extra special.

SideDoor
Responded on 15 May 2021

Thank you for the review :) Please come back soon.

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vipValerieR
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

This was our first time at the side door and unfortunately wasn't the best experience. Our server did her best but she was the only one working so we had to wait quite a bit. Drinks seemed to take a long time. The meals we all had were fresh, hot etc and were brought out by the chef I believe, which was nice as he explained the various sauces and such. Very generous portions as well. The speakers weren't working in the eating area however when we moved to the bar for a night cap there was music so the atmosphere was better.
Not sure if we'll try again, they definitely need more staff.

SideDoor
Responded on 15 May 2021

We are sorry to hear we didn't meet your expectations. We strive to deliver the highest quality service and dining experience possible and will share your feedback with our team. We hope you decide to give us another shot in the future. Wishing you all the best.

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vipFernando
Orange County
189 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the Best Restaurant in Newport Beach.

Highly recommended.

"it's not just a restaurant, it's an Experience!"

SideDoor
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you, Fernando! Come again soon :)

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JohnnyChimpo
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try their cocktails, they are unique and amazing. The cheese plates are also always a winner (they will give you extra bread if you ask).

SideDoor
Responded on 28 April 2021

Cheers! Happy to hear...don't be a stranger!

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KateG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice meal in a nice “authentic” English pub like experience. The food and drink were both exceptional and our server was kind and attentive without hovering. Would definitely come back if looking for a pub or steakhouse (prime rib) style food. Seriously delicious.

SideDoor
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you, Kate!

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vipDrPSLee
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great experience at Side Door!

SideDoor
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you! Come again soon!

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vipJenniferD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great food and atmosphere. Outstanding customer service!

SideDoor
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you, Jennifer!

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vipNoahS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing as always hands down best staff in all of OC amazing food and drink

SideDoor
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you, Noah! We hope to see you again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food. An A+!

SideDoor
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon :)

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MatthewB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Side Door was wonderful!
Get the charcuterie Michael is a master of his craft ! Service was 11 out of 10 so happy to see them seating again.

SideDoor
Responded on 17 May 2021

Thank you, Matthew! Please come again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family’s only and last chance to have a celebratory holiday dinner together before all restaurants had to close for serving diners. Outstanding service, food, ambiance. Great attention to detail too, eg. having my pre-ordered gift cards ready for me before I even arrived. Warm greetings from both manager and wait staff. Lawry’s at the Beach was a fabulous experience and put a lot of warmth and kindness and delicious food into all 5 of us! Very enjoyable all around, and special shout out to Rose and
Allison and Omar; my family and I appreciated each and every one of your efforts to make our holiday dinner a great time and special memory!!!

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Sfff
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Enjoyed it very much. A bit loud and a little slow. Tables could have been decorated nicer.

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AmberS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The pop up tent was very well put together!

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vipRomantic
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice quiet rainy evening with my sweetheart at Sidedoor, is always a welcome respite.

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vipBethA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and the staff are incredibly accommodating and welcoming! Love The Side door!

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SusanS
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Sidedoor for a snack but ended up getting dinner. My husband ordered a cocktail and a beef dip sandwich and I ordered fish and chips. Both were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Cheese was excellent. Very quiet.

RJ
vipRunnerJim
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We came to the restaurant based on a recommendation from a work colleague. The restaurant is very charming when you enter. Fireplaces and a pub feel, and it was nice to have a quiet corner. However, as usual, you're vulnerable to the loud patrons that seem to frequent all restaurants. Had we not had noisy people next to us, it would have been a really nice experience, and that's not the fault of the restaurant. Our waitress seemed to be very forgetful, so not sure if it was one of her first days or not. She was nice, but would bring food and then later bring silverware, or bring the wine but not glasses, or delayed in bringing the ice bucket for our wine. Just seemed like she was always one step behind on what she should be doing. We weren't in a hurry, so ultimately not a big deal, but could see where this could get to be a big problem with customers if she doesn't get it in check. The restaurant is connected to Five Crowns and shares a menu, so we'd like to experience the main restaurant at some point too. Overall, I thought it was a good restaurant experience.

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vipFernando
Orange County
189 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Prime Rib in all the world !

Ask for Eliza and for Omar, they are the best of the best.

Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was sooooo slow we couldn’t believe it. Was there for 2 hours with 1&1/2 hours of just waiting. Never had such poor service there EVER! Plus our server only had 4 tables. She was always in the back. Finally had to ask for dessert and check at same time. Of course she didn’t bring the check. All of us wasn’t happy that night.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was a bit musty smelling inside
The cocktails were good
We had a party of 4 but the bill was $400 so not sure it was so inexpensive. Had to at least try it but probably won’t go back. The prime rib had a big bone so you don’t get much meat

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience:)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic take on the English pub.

JS
vipJeffS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were kind and attentive. Food was spectacular pub style with a gourmet touch. Fireplace and wood floor with genuine English artifacts on walls finished off the perfect experience.

AN
vipANDREWB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Anytime a restaurant is taken over by a group it always goes bad.

FAQs

SideDoor offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 717-4322.

SideDoor is rated 4.6 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.