Nobu Heads to Orange County as Part of Massive Newport Beach Waterfront Makeover

Nobu, the international restaurant empire is finally coming to Orange County. But instead of building out a standalone space with ocean views somewhere high up on a cliff, they’re actually helping to revitalize one of Newport Beach’s biggest secret blights. Since the 1970’s, the city has had its own waterside boardwalk full of retail spaces and aimed at consumer walkability. The problem is, nobody’s been using the damn thing, and so it’s been largely vacant for a long, long time. But now developers DJM Capital Partners are reformatting the 17-acre space, known as Lido Marina Village, hoping to transform it into something akin to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica — full of sweeping views, seagulls, and spendy shoppers, with real estate prices to match.