Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Unique Orange County Gem - Nieuport 17 Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Broughton
Last week Orange County Blogcrush members were invited to enjoy dinner at Nieuport 17 in Tustin. I had never been to Nieuport 17 before, however I was immediately impressed with the look and feel of the restaurant when I walked in. There were pictures of planes covering the walls, unique chandeliers and the most romantic furniture and ambiance. This restaurant is a aviator lovers dream dining experience!

Why is the restaurant named Nieuport 17? It is named after the Nieuport 17 early French hi-wing single seat fighter plane in which many allied flyers became aces. It was flown by American volunteers of the celebrated Lafayette Escadrille prior to America's entry into WWI.

Nieuport 17 was founded by formla naval aviator Bill Bettis who opened the original location with only $11.

He has a love for aviation and has one of the finest collection of aviation artifacts, photos and painting within his restaurant. Many famous aviators have enjoyed Nieuport 17 including  R.G. Smith, Gen. Curtis LeMay, the Blue Angels, The Thunderbirds, Flying Tigers, Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Gen. Adolf Galland, Eddie Martin, Gunther Rall, Sahuro Sakai, Frank Tallman, Bob Hoover, and other aces and test pilots covering almost the full spectrum of aviation.

Priscilla Willis & I enjoying the live entertainment

Come enioy a wonderful evening of delicious steak, seafood and cocktails with live entertainment in the bar!

Nieuport 17 is located at
13051 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Open Monday-Friday: 11 am | Saturday: 5 pm | Sunday: 4:30 pm

We were provided with a lovely dinner for review purposes only. My thoughts and opinions are of my own


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