The History

Of The Village Inn

The Village Inn has a history rich in community. As Newport Beach's premier dining and entertainment establishment the VI has touched generations of locals and tourists alike and commits to maintaining a feeling of comfort and approachability reminiscent of its small town affiliation.



Daniel and Jessica come to the VI with a committed background in hospitality. After serving in the U.S. Army overseas for 4 years (2001-2005), Dan entered into restaurants as an Operations Manager for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in Ranch Mirage, CA. After managing a number of P.F. Chang’s establishments, Dan became an Operating Partner for the company in 2007. In 2008, Dan joined the boutique, but highly energized La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach and in 2009 took a position as Food and Beverage Manager at the Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach. After general management of Montage’s Loft and Studio restaurants with a stint opening Scarpetta at Montage in Beverly Hills, Dan and his family agreed it was time to evaluate ownership opportunities.

Jessica’s background in hospitality focuses in on sales, catering and event planning. Jessica spent four years as Sales and Events Coordinator for La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA prior to moving to that same position at the 350-seat, Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach, CA. Jessica’s passion and attention to detail in event planning provides a unique skill to the long-term development of the Village Inn. Dan and Jessica took over operations at the Village Inn on April 18th 2012 after opening the Black Diamond Tavern in Big Bear Lake, CA December 31st, 2011. Adding to an already healthy schedule, Jessica gave birth to their daughter, Lilah Jai Miller, on October 14, 2012.

Customer Testimonials

The Village Inn was the perfect place to celebrate Bruce's 70th birthday. We had a wonderful time with all of our guests! The staff was fabulous from the planning stage and throughout the evening. I truly believe it was the easiest celebration we have ever planned. The food was delicious and the drinks were great!

Bruce and Vicki Stump

Personal Testimonial

Amazing place to stop in for a bite to eat. Plenty of tables for groups or a friendly bar for singles. If you are looking for a treat, hit up the prime rib dish.

Mike G

Yelp Review

Taking the ferry, from balboa village to balboa island, and walking to the village inn is a must. It's our favorite spot in balboa. We love the food, love the people, we love the drinks, and the environment.

Alicia M

Yelp Review

Our Executive Chef

Victor Sandoval

Victor Sandoval joins the Village Inn with a lifetime of passion and exploration into the culinary arts. By the age of 21 Victor had already incorporated his family’s niche in fine produce and generational cooking techniques into a Sous Chef position under French Chef Alain Vardon followed by training and a Sous Chef position under Italian Chef Antonino Di La Rosa. In 2006, Victor accepted Executive Chef and Culinary Partner positions for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro followed by BJ’s Restaurants. Victor is a consummate creator and visionary of culinary concepts. His comprehensive expertise will allow the Village Inn to constantly modify and enhance our culinary offerings.