Kitchen 305 is an upscale eatery located inside the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort, but don't think you have to be a tourist to patronize this beautiful restaurant because there are plenty of locals who find their way to fine food and drinks.
When we arrived we were greeted by a smiling doorman who told us of the ten dollar valet charge. I usually choose valet parking anyway but I thought ten bucks was a little outrageous to park your car for a couple of hours while you're spending more bucks eating dinner in the restaurant. I am sure this is a big turn off for a lot of people and they are probably losing some business because of it.
Michelle had made reservations in advance and Steve and Illona were joining us. We were seated promptly on our arrival and chose a table near the small dance floor. The place was smartly decorated and the hostess was very nice and accommodating. Michelle's friend, Daniela, who works at 305, invited us to experience the faire.
Illona started with a bowl of the Texas bouillabaisse. Kind of a sea food soup with spicy fish, shrimp, clams & shellfish. We also split a couple of Caprese salads. For our main course Steve and I both ordered the Cowboy ribeye (cooked Pittsburgh medium of course.) Illona got a rack of bar-b-que baby back ribs and Michelle had salmon.
The steaks were cooked perfectly and came with Hungarian pepper stuffed with colby cheese wrapped in bacon, stilton gratin potatoes, a very interesting and quite tasty combination. Illona was served the largest rack of baby backs that I have ever seen. We all tasted a rib or two and they were dee-lish! The picture is deceiving because the plate they serve the ribs on is aout twice the size of the regular plates.
They have some great promotions going on like all you can eat lobster on Wednesday nights and stone crab mania. I saw some terrific looking burgers being served so I know I'll be back to try them out. You should try Kitchen 305 yourself and tell them you read about it here: at http://www.whiteplatespecial.com/