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Summer 2016

Five Crowns’ Evolution of Excellence

Building on a 50-year history, exciting updates to the restaurant’s interiors, exteriors, and menu bring a new energy to Five Crowns in Corona del Mar.

Lush landscaping highlights the historic building’s English theme. Lush landscaping highlights the historic building’s English theme.

FIVE CROWNS HAS REMAINED a premier Southern California fine dining landmark by both reflecting and shaping our guests’ tastes without ever losing sight of what makes us unique. Last year, we initiated some exciting changes to mark our fiftieth anniversary. This summer we completed the multi-phase project and the results are stunning.

“It’s more ‘Five Crowns’ than ever.”

If you’ve read the front-page story in Newport Beach’s Daily Pilot or caught the buzz on the Internet and social media, you’ve already heard about it. Those who’ve seen what we’ve done love it. One longtime guest was heard to remark, “It’s more ‘Five Crowns’ than ever.”

Another diner who had only come to the restaurant as a child said, “Wow, Five Crowns 2.0!” A soon-to-be bride who had planned on seeing a half dozen other possible reception venues took one look and told her fiancé, “We’re done; this is the place. It’s beautiful.” We share their enthusiasm and know you will too.

You can tell a new chapter has begun in the restaurant’s history.

Following a long tradition, family members collaborated with designers, architects, and landscapers in a real labor of love. Both CEO Richard Frank and his sister, Director of Design Susie Frank, were once again “hands on,” teaming up with contractors and co-workers to bring a new vision of Five Crowns to reality.

Even from the outside, you can tell a new chapter has begun in the restaurant’s history. The eye-catching pole sign on Pacific Coast Highway features a bold new graphic logo.

While the iconic red telephone booth remains, the building’s exterior now showcases a multi color palette including a distinctive red stripe embossed with “Five Crowns” in gold above the windows and doorway. The relocated entrance, complete with a larger front door, opens to an imaginatively redecorated reception area.

Cozy fireside nooks and authentic English artifacts continue to be central to the Five Crowns experience.

Topiaries and boxwood hedges surround the property. Colorful flowers and verdant shrubs crowd the lower walls. A large raised vegetable bed and aromatics including lavender, rosemary, and sage embellish the front. Citrus trees enhance the back garden for outdoor dining and special events.

Vivid paint colors, eclectic wallpapers, and fabrics along with new flooring bring a heightened awareness of the elegance of the Crown, Nelson and Main dining rooms. While we’ve replaced the white linen tablecloths with handsome hardwood tabletops, our cozy fireside nooks and authentic English art and artifacts continue to be a central part of the Five Crowns experience.

We’ve brought some of SideDoor’s energy to Five Crowns with a striking addition to the restaurant’s Greenhouse: a vibrant new showpiece, Cooper’s Bar.

Dedicated to his 42 years of service, our new bar is named after Chris Cooper.

Dedicated to his 42 years of service, our new bar is named after Chris Cooper.

Whether dining or just enjoying a drink, guests gather on plush, plaid barstools around a grand communal table designed by Richard, who painstakingly glued in place the nearly 3,000 English shillings that cover the top. We promise you haven’t seen a table quite like this before. In addition, spectacular custom designed redwood benches now line the wall of the beautiful, candlelit Greenhouse dining space.

We’re ready to move into the next fifty years.

Complementing the renovation, Five Crowns brings to the table a fresh, forward-looking menu. Guests can now enjoy a Crown Classic heritage entrée taken from decades of menu archives or a shared main dish paired with seasonal small plates.

We offer a daily selection of fresh fish, hand cut pasta, a variety of steaks and chops along with your favorite cuts of our famous Lawry’s Prime Rib.

Ryan Wilson, fourth generation family member, and Lawry’s Corporate Executive Chef explains, “There’s something for every discerning palate. We’re ready to move into the next fifty years.”

A bartender at Five Crowns prepares a craft cocktail.

A bartender at Five Crowns prepares a craft cocktail.

For more than a half-century, Five Crowns has welcomed its guests to a world apart, a place of warm hospitality, the finest food and drink, a one-of-a-kind Southern California dining experience. Today’s changes represent a true evolution of excellence at Lawry’s gem by the sea.

Five Crowns

3801 East Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA 92625

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