SideDoor

4.8
117 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Three generations of the Frank family found new inspiration in England’s growing gastropub movement.
In 2009, they refurbished, restyled and re-opened the traditional British pub at Five Crowns as Corona del Mar’s first and only English-style gastropub, SideDoor.

SideDoor is a separate operation within Five Crowns. Enter on Poppy Street under the big red key and find a comfortable and convivial atmosphere. Cozy up to one of the charming fireplaces. The focus at SideDoor is on seasonal small plates portioned for sharing, cheese and charcuterie prepared by a chef on duty at the new charcuterie station and a selection of world-class spirits. A wide range of wines and craft beers in a variety of sizes and pours are constantly updated with new offerings for the curious to explore. With its warm, relaxed atmosphere, SideDoor, the casual neighborhood gastropub, will have its guests returning again and again.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 117 people are saying
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vipss1020
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One our favorite places to go with our friends

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vipEdPo
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their cocktails were excellent and loved their winter menu! Staff was very attentive and friendly. The good news is, we can walk there!

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KathyN
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pub vibe! Great food, great drinks and great service all around.

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vipWorthHaving
Orange County
173 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Like every other restaurant, Side Door is a bit short staffed. Unlike other places, they are very good about keeping their customers happy and did so for us. The table that was reserved turned out to be a 'lounge set' but since my husband is in a neck brace post surgery it wouldn't work for us. The server/host was extremely kind about moving us to a regular table as soon as one opened up.
We started with a 5 item charcuterie, the cheeses, meats, honey, jam, cornichons, walnuts and various other fun stuff were delicious. My only comment is I wish they had a better white bread (maybe it was a French or Italian bread, but it was boring as all) to pair with these amazing items. Three of us ordered the chicken pot pies, which came topped with a marvelous pastry top - both crispy and doughy - fabulous. The chicken, sauce and veggies were perfect. Kudos to Rico, and all the other staff for a marvelous evening out and thanks for helping us out with the seating issue.

SideDoor
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for the review and for sharing the details of your dining experience. We appreciate the time it takes. We're grateful for Rico and all of our staff and happy to read that they made your time with us enjoyable.

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PeytonP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit. The prime Rib Dip and the Cheeseburger were just good. The burger was not very juicy. The bun, just so so. The French Dip but was good but not the best I have ever had. The ambiance was great, waiter was great. I would try it again but most likely come for wine and the cheese/meat board.

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ChrisF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sidedoor has excellent food and great service.

SideDoor
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the stars and review, Chris! We appreciate it and love to read that you had an excellent time.

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JanF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommended to all.

SideDoor
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for the recommendation, Jan, and for the review. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service

SideDoor
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food! Service was really slow & food was really slow - arrived at 6:30 ordered at 7:15 & didn’t finish meal until 9:30

SideDoor
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you for the review :) We're happy to read that you enjoyed your meal, and want to apologize about the service you received during your visit. We're working hard during this time to ensure great experiences from start to finish. We appreciate your candidness. Thank you again and we do hope you'll give us another chance in the future.

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vipSTEVE
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just OK. Nothing special. Used to be better

SideDoor
Responded on November 9, 2021

Hello Steve - we're sorry to read that we missed the mark with you during your recent visit with us. Please let us know how we can improve, as it's important to us to have our guests happy and satisfied with their experience. Thank you again.

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DD2014
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food, great waiter (who had only been working there 2 weeks). Bravo. All around great experience!

SideDoor
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experience, and for the stars! :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!

Their wine list is small but great and their food is top notch! I will definitely be back!

SideDoor
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for the review and we do look forward to seeing you again.

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Dani
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would have given it 5 stars but we were placed right next to the men’s bathroom door. The constant flow of men passing right next to us, plus the noise and some smell was not ideal. If we were placed in the dining room by the fireplace it would have been 5 stars.

SideDoor
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello Dani - We're sorry to read about your dissatisfaction on your seating assignment. Please know we do our best with what's available, based on reservations and other factors. We do hope you'll give us another chance in the future, we want all our guests to leave 100% satisfied.

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RogerS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A classic place to eat in Corona Del Mar. Try the prime rib sandwich, the best value on the menu.

SideDoor
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello Roger - Thank you so much for the 5-star rating and for sharing about your meal :)

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vipFernando
Orange County
215 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This cozy restaurant has left the best impressions! Hospitable hosts, delicious dishes, beautiful presentation, wide wine list, and wonderful dessert.

I recommend it to everyone!

We would like to come back here again and again.

Yesterday nite we were served by the best server, ask for Bernardo, the GM Eliza is always the best of the best.

Highly highly recommended.

SideDoor
Responded on November 1, 2021

We're so grateful for Bernardo & Eliza! Thank you for sharing about your dining experience and for your recommendation. All the best to you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and everything about this place

SideDoor
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you for the stars and review!

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PatrickM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we were completely satisfied with are meal and service. It was so nice of them to take us early we don’t live close and got there earlier then are reservations.

SideDoor
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experience and for the stars! We appreciate the review and love to read of your satisfaction :)

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vipDanielM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Should not take 30 minutes to get a drink and an hour and a half to get your final course. The service was an absolute disaster. It seemed that the bartenders prioritized serving everyone’s else’s drinks that were at or near the bar. We had to ask our waitress four times for our first drinks. Prime rib of course here is always good, but the avocado mash was lacking in flavor, and of course waiting as long as we did for drinks is never acceptable. By the time we got our prime rib, we were ready to cancel the order and leave. Been here a few other times and had better service then. Management needs to make sure you prioritize getting drinks quickly when ordered, and that customers with children get their kids food as soon as possible.

SideDoor
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello Daniel, Thank you for sharing your recent experience and we're sorry to read that our service missed the mark. Please know that we've made not and will work hard to ensure better service. We appreciate your candidness. We hope you will give us another chance in the near future.

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vipcdmfoodie
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rico our waiter was a great! A wonderful local spot!

SideDoor
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you for the review! Please come back soon so we can make your next visit 5 star worthy :) Cheers!

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JohnnyChimpo
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service. Pro tip: weeknights are nice and quiet, and Fri night/weekends are happening.

SideDoor
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you for the stars and review, Johnny. We appreciate the inside tip :) Wishing you all the best and please come back soon.

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vipKymL
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack, our server was fantastic! Great energy, always fun to have him taking care of us.

SideDoor
Responded on September 26, 2021

Thanks for the review, Kym! We're grateful for Jack :) Cheers to you and we hope you can come again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding.
Three friends all ordered the same cut prime time.
Each to a different temp: 2 plates came with bone in and one did not.
The waitress may have been spread out between too many tables. She did not keep drinks refreshed, also was asked for extra ajus which arrived after the meal was almost done. When asked for items they arrived late or not at all.
The appraisers were also outstanding.
The deserts were underwhelming and very expensive for the portion received.
The manager checked on us and was very nice. She even offered the history of the establishment.
A nice touch.
Overall good food and great friends. A good meal.

SideDoor
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for the review and for sharing the details of your experience. We apologize we fell short on service. We will share your review with our management and will work to insure a better experience in the future. Wishing you all the best.

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MindyB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! We will go back.

SideDoor
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for the stars and review! Cheers and we hope to see you again soon :)

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vipBoston
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Exorbitantly overpriced. Noisy. Food just ok.

SideDoor
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for the review, Boston. We apologize we fell short of your expectations. Wishing you all the best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our first time trying this place since moving to Newport Beach and we were very impressed by the service, the food and the overall ambience. It would be a great place to bring a couple of friends for a lovely evening as the menu not only has “SideDoor food, it also offers the 5 Crowns menu. We will be back!

SideDoor
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for the review. Welcome to the neighborhood! We appreciate you sharing your experience and we look forward to having you back in the near future :) All the best.

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aliasBC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Prices have changed and some items are overpriced.

SideDoor
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thanks for the review, Alias. Wishing you all the best.

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vipSurfCityJay
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service… we’ll be back!

SideDoor
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for the review and the 5-star rating! We look forward to having you back :) All the best.

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CarolB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

SideDoor
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thanks for the stars! Please join us again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impromptu date night for me and my hubby. First time here and we finish our food because it was very delicious. The drinks we ordered was just right. Not too strong and taste very good. Our waitresses service was amazing. Highly recommended 👌 if u want a good quality food, drinks, service and ambience.

SideDoor
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you for the review and for the recommendation! We greatly appreciate it. Wishing you al the best. Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good service was good

SideDoor
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thanks for the stars and review! Please come back soon :) Cheers.

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LEONF
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent as always. now that they take reservations the experience is even nicer
food is always excellent don t miss the hamburger- have it with one of a great selection of beers

SideDoor
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thanks for the review, Leon! Wishing you all the best and hope you can visit us again soon :)

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MrFiuns
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

All regarding drinks & food were excellent, the bad service came when we got the bill and our entrees were charged twice, a bill of $ 170 aprox was of $ 260 aprox, the waiter notice that because when I calimed that he said " I am sorry I told them to take them off the bill " so he was aware of it and he didn´t review before bringing the check ? I felt I was trying to be surprised because somebody ( waiter ) made a mistake in the call to the kitchen because they order twice the entrees and they tried to leave them as this in the check. I visited many times your place in Chicago that you had to close during pandemic, I love your concept and will continue visiting, just be careful with this type of inconvinient that I had, Food is Excellent and wine was outstanding !!

SideDoor
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you for the review, Mr. Fuins. We apologize for the mixup with the bill. We will share your review with our management and will work to insure a better experience in the future. Wishing you all the best.

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AnnF
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food excellent. Service as well. Ambiance very dark. Value fair

SideDoor
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thanks for the review, Ann! Wishing you all the best :)

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TroyR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and ambiance were great!!

SideDoor
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you for the review & the 5-stars :) We hope you can join us again soon. All the best.

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GregS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, great service and excellent food made for a very enjoyable evening.

SideDoor
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you for the review, Greg. Come back soon :) All the best.

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vipFernando
Orange County
215 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always , The Omar, Bernardo and Eliza are the best of the best.

Delicious food !

Highly recommended .

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vipChrisM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus and prime rib sandwich were perfect. Great service and ambiance.

SideDoor
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thanks for the review, Chris! Cheers :)

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vipHenryG
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was good. The food was really good. Kind of old inside and a little pricey but overall goog

SideDoor
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thanks for the review, Henry! All the best to you :)

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vipDiscerningDiner
Orange County
349 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This was our second time here and while it was a nice evening out we didn't enjoy our food as much as we have in the past. I am willing to give this place another try though.

SideDoor
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you for the review and for giving us another chance :) We look forward to having you back. Wishing you all the best.

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vipMrMark
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the special dinner for 2, which was a 5 course meal. Absolutely fabulous food & value. Had not had the Yorkshire pudding + Prime Rib in a long time. Really good. Cheers

SideDoor
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you for the review, Mr. Mark! Please join us again soon :) Cheers, indeed!

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FAQs

SideDoor offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 717-4322.

SideDoor is rated 4.8 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.