Welcome to Corona del Mar
Private beach town with a great bar and restaurant scene
Corona del Mar is a scenic and private beach town that stretches from the ocean to the San Joaquin Hills on the south side of Newport Beach. Known to locals as CdM, this walkable community has a great restaurant and bar scene with plenty of good eats.
Housing options in Corona del Mar include charming beach cottages and luxury remodeled homes. There are grand custom-built properties overlooking the ocean and private gated communities both near the beachfront and perched high in the hills.
What to Love
- White sand beaches
- Great bars and restaurants
- Ocean-view homes
- Hidden coves
People & Lifestyle
Corona del Mar means “crown of the sea,” and this idyllic seaside community certainly lives up to its name. Beaches, large and small with white sands, rocky reefs, and hidden coves, run along the coastline. Corona del Mar’s fabulous restaurants and gorgeous coastal scenery make this a dream place to call home.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Corona del Mar’s dynamic restaurant scene is made up of many eclectic eateries, most of which are located along the iconic Coast Highway. Zagat-rated Northern Italian restaurant Rothschild’s has been a CdM landmark since 1977. The Quiet Woman has been a CdM mainstay even longer. Opened in 1965, this local favorite offers elevated comfort eats, handcrafted cocktails, and live music most nights of the week.
The Bungalow Restaurant serves mouthwatering steakhouse fare and delicious fresh seafood alongside martinis and an extensive wine list in a festive lodge-style space. Bandera is a bustling bar and restaurant with a menu of hearty Southwestern classics. Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens is an upscale spot for farm-to-table cuisine located next to one of the biggest and best garden centers in Southern California.
Traditional British gastropub SideDoor pairs seasonal plates with a fine selection of craft beers and cocktails. El Cholo offers tasty Mexican dishes based on authentic family recipes. Rose Bakery is a local favorite for breakfast and lunch, serving fresh pastries, grilled sandwiches, wraps, and salads alongside coffees and smoothies.
Island-style beachwear brand Tommy Bahama has a location at Corona del Mar Plaza that features a restaurant, bar, and clothing store. Stop by between 3 and 6 PM for happy hour specials on wines, cocktails, and small plates. Gallo’s Italian Deli is a longtime favorite for classic Italian subs. Gary’s New York Deli also serves delicious deli sandwiches alongside burgers and salads.
Things to Do
Corona del Mar’s beautiful oceanfront features several gorgeous sandy beaches and coves, which have been used as filming locations for many movies and TV shows. Corona del Mar State Beach runs for half a mile against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs. Corona del Mar State Beach is also known as Big Corona Beach. Nearby, Little Corona Beach is a smaller sandy stretch known for the excellent diving offered by the rocky reefs offshore. Pirate’s Cove Beach features unique rock formations and cave alcoves on the west side of Big Corona Beach. Goldenrod Footbridge was built in the 1920s to provide easier access to CdM’s beaches. Lined with flowers, this quaint bridge has become a beloved landmark over the past century. With the largest library of plants in Southern California, Roger’s Gardens has everything you need to make your own space similarly attractive. Every Saturday morning, Corona del Mar Farmers Market features vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, beef, sausage, mushrooms, baked goods, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, truffle oils, herbs, flowers, and more.The New Port Theater is a hip movie theater and events venue that first opened in the 1940s. This stylishly renovated venue offers comfortable leather seats and in-theater fine wines, craft beers, and artisanal pizza.
The Newport-Mesa Unified school district serves corona del Mar.
- Harbor View Elementary School, Public, K-6
- Corona Del Mar High School, Public, 7-12