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A Crystal Cove Announces Public Grand Opening

River Jetty Restaurant Group partners, Joseph ‘McG’ Nichol and Jordan Otterbein, are pleased to announce the public grand opening of A Crystal Cove at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Located within the Crystal Cove Shopping Center at 7864 E Coast Hwy, A Crystal Cove will be open for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends.

“As Orange County natives, McG and I take pride in contributing to our community, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to expand upon our vision of bringing people together,” said Jordan Otterbein. “A Crystal Cove will have the same genuine hospitality that fans of our concepts know and love, but the result is a completely one-of-a-kind experience, and we can’t wait to share it.” 

Known for stylish community eateries, A Restaurant and A Market in Newport Beach and CdM Restaurant in Corona del Mar, California, River Jetty Restaurant Group’s latest addition will be their first full-service concept to offer brunch, lunch and dinner. Tailored to the unique community in which it is located, A Crystal Cove’s atmosphere of relaxed coastal sophistication will welcome guests throughout the day to experience elevated cuisine in a lively and inviting setting. 

A nod to old Hollywood, the elegant beachside hideaway features design elements from both CdM and A Restaurants, but on a larger scale as the new space will seat 200 inside with additional patio seating accessible by front-facing sliding doors. A glass-enclosed wine room will display a collection of exquisite wines with beautiful and rare bottles in view, interior walls will be adorned with fine art and gallery-style lighting, and an antique photo booth will be available for guests to commemorate the world-class dining experience. The show stopping, centrally located, 24-seat bar will be a focal point in the restaurant churning out equally impressive cocktails.

The menu will reflect a curated selection of seasonally inspired greatest hits from A and CdM courtesy of Executive Chef Elvis Morales. Start with BBQ Heirloom Carrots with pecan butter, dill and herb dressing, or opt for the Spicy Yellowfin Tuna with tempura eggplant, sriracha aioli, wasabi tobiko, sweet soy, and chives. Main dishes feature unique pastas, elevated pizzas, and favorites of land and sea including Chicken Piccata with lemon and caper butter, cherry tomato and shallot salad, potato puree, and basil; Akushi Skirt Steak with fingerling potatoes, charred broccolini, sweet garlic, and ranchero; and Cioppino made with linguine, sea bass, salmon, scallops, mussels, clams and New Zealand prawn.

A Crystal Cove will be open from 11 a.m.—10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Indulge in a lively weekend brunch with guest DJs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. The restaurant will also host DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for a spirited late-night affair. For more information about River Jetty Restaurant Group visit To stay updated on A Crystal Cove’s grand opening and weekly happenings, visit and follow @A_CrystalCove. To inquire about private events, please contact Madison Harris at

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