Press Room

Have an insatiable hunger for more information and fun facts on Oak Grill? Find out what others have to say about our dining destination in past reviews and articles. Oh, and we don’t mean to brag, but here are a few accolades we’ve got under our belt to share too.

They’re Smoking at Oak Grill – May 2016
Slow Smoked Sundaze – Family Friendly BBQ Suppers

10 Fried Chicken Options to Cluck About

Oak Grill’s Cobb Salad make it onto Dine Newport Beach’s favorite Fried Chicken dishes in Newport Beach.

13 Things that Make Road Tripping to Newport Beach Actually Worth It

Oak Grill is featured on Thrillist’s list of noteworthy Newport Beach experiences.

10 Must Try Lobster Dishes in Newport Beach – August 2015

Oak Grill’s Maine Chopped Salad is featured on Dine Newport Beach’s 10 Must Try Lobster Dishes in Newport Beach.

Wine Spectator: 2015 Restaurant Award Winner – August 2015

Oak Grill make it onto Wine Spectator’s list of restaurants with the best wine program in 2015.

Casual Fine Dining at Oak Grill – July 2015

Diary of a MAD HUNGRY WOMAN describes dining al fresco at Oak Grill.

Places to See and Be Seen – July 2015

Oak Grill is featured on Riviera Magazine’s top places to see and be seen.

12 OC Restaurants With Amazing Outdoor Dining – June 2015

Oak Grill is featured on Locale Magazine as one of the best restaurants with al fresco dining in Orange County.

19 Best New Restaurants in Orange County – June 2015

Thrillist names Oak Grill as one of the best new restaurants to try in Orange County.

Take It Outside: Here are our favorite for al fresco dining in Orange County – June 2015

OC Register names Oak Grill as one of their favorite restaurants to dine outdoors.

Taste of the Town Featuring Oak Grill – June 2015

Oak Grill is a must-try dining spot for summer dining.

Bill Bogg’s Corner Table Featuring Oak Grill – June 2015

Bill Bogg describes his experience and favorite dishes at Oak Grill.

Grilling – Chefs Tips, Tricks & Prized Recipes – May 2015

Chef Marc shares his favorite grilling tips and techniques.

Oak Grill Named one of OC’s Best New Restaurants of the Year – March 2015 

Orange Coast Magazine names Oak Grill as one of the best new restaurants of the year.

Tried, True and New: Top Orange County Restaurant Picks – February 2015

Oak Grill is featured on Where Magazine’s Top Restaurant Picks 


On the Line: Marc Johnson of Oak Grill – February 2015

Part 1     Part 2

Get to know Chef Marc Johnson with this interview with OC Weekly.

Cooking with Chefs: Seasonal Salad features colorful pieces, makes most of fresh ingredients – February 2015

Chef Marc Johnson featured on the OC Register.

Destination Irvine – November 2014

Ellen Bell describes Oak Grill as a “breath of fresh air”.

Riviera  October 2014

Riviera Magazine reviews Oak Grill’s fresh and modern culinary creations. – September 5, 2014

Founder and Publisher Shelby Barone – The writer shared a recap of her experience at Oak Grill during the June media sneak preview event. (Los Angeles) – September 5, 2014

Editor Hadley Tomicki – Oak Grill was included in a roundup of “Autumnal Weekend Escape Routes” throughout Southern California. – August 24, 2014

Editor Deirdre Michalski – The site featured a detailed write-up on Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge.

Riviera – August 13, 2014

Associate Editor Kristen Faye Schott – The magazine included photos of Marc Johnson (Oak Grill) and the culinary team and coverage of Marc’s win in a post-event recap of the Live and Dine event online.

WHERE (Orange County) – August 13, 2014

Special Events Manager Stephanie Reed – Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge were included in a roundup on new Orange County hotel hot spots to drink and dine at. (Los Angeles) – August 13, 2014

Contributing Writer Katie Bodell – Oak Grill’s Summer Watermelon and Roast Beet Salad was featured in a roundup on the best summer salads in Orange County, with a photo of the dish leading the story.

The Daily Pilot – July 30, 2014

Restaurant Critic Terry Markowitz – The reviewer shared a positive review of Oak Grill in the local paper.

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