Casually Elegant Dining Returns to the Waterfront

(Newport Beach, CA) With waterfront views of one of the world’s most beautiful, tranquil ocean harbors, multi-million dollar yachts, as well as the playground of Southern California’s rich and famous, THE LIDO DECK has quietly debuted in an intimate space that cradles this pristine waterfront. 

Owned and operated by chef husband-and-wife team Don Schoenburg and Christi Carter, THE LIDO DECK recently opened to private philanthropic events, with lunch and dinner service offered daily beginning this week.  Official Grand Opening Celebrations will be held on February 3, 2009.

Chefs Don and Christy have together built a culinary career that began with their own restaurant in Key West, Florida – The Sugar Plum Fairy – an intimate space that opened as a stage for Christi’s pastry creations, eventually expanding into a beloved neighborhood gathering spot, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The winds of Hurricane Wilma, however, forced the couple to close shop, returning to rebuild their lives and careers amongst friends and family in Southern California.

The couple is perhaps most recognized as the Executive Chef & Executive Pastry Chef for Tradition by Pascal in Newport Beach.  During the couple’s tenure, the classic French dining room was consistently rated as the #1 Dining Destination in Orange County for more than a decade.  Chef Don handled lunch and dinner menus and the execution of kitchen duties throughout the multi-restaurant empire, while Christi became synonymous with creative dessert creations, including an entire branch of special occasion cakes and pastries.

Don was tapped by the Patina group as Executive Chef at the Orange County Center for the Performing Arts, serving specifically as Executive Chef of Leatherby’s Café Rouge.  With intricate tasting menus, Chef Don received widespread acclaim for his house made cheeses that were featured on cheese carts and throughout his menu.

Now arriving full circle, the couple has once again opened their own restaurant, an intimate space located on the waters’ edge of the elite Newport Beach marina.  With three separate dining areas, the primary dining room boasts tall, tufted white leather booths that wrap the tiny space with a sense of warmth.  Just steps away, tables line the deck overlooking the harbor, with breathtaking views of the world’s most luxurious private yachts and sailing vessels.  An attached bar that opens to the water, as well as a private dining room complete the set.

Menus include an iconic House Specialty, the Chef’s infamous ‘Elk Burger’ – a mix of ground elk, caramelized onion, remoulade sauce, lamb belly, wild boar bacon, duck egg, tres leche cheese, and grilled romaine.  Dinner menus span an elegant gamut of starters – ‘Duck Confit Crepes,’ ‘Braised Pork Belly,’ and ‘Sweetbreads,’ to entrees selections of ‘Sautéed Barramundi,’ ‘White Bean Ratatouille,’ ‘Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops,’ and ‘Marinated Tenderloin of Venison.’

 THE LIDO DECK is located at 3420 Via Lido

Newport Beach, CA | 92663

For reservations, please call 949.673.9500 or visit