It all started when…

Entrepreneur, visionary, and tastemaker, Jay Lewis, had the dream of recreating the ideal Aussie go-to-spot here in Southern California. His 20 years of experience across multiple industries propelled him to the forefront of his chosen ventures time and time again. Beginning with the design and apparel business, Jay created a successful brand with multiple retail locations and a strong wholesale presence in the Gold Coast area of Australia. Soon after the acquisition of his apparel business in 2007, Jay took a role in Sydney as International Business Manager for a renowned fashion brand.

In 2010 Jay had made his way to the shores of Southern California where he created a fashion collective which includes a distribution company for Australian brands, a women’s contemporary fashion brand, The Vetiver Collection, as well as a PR/marketing firm for Australian growth in the US. With his Australian roots firmly grounded in US soil, he saw an opportunity in the local area for a gourmet coffee and organic food experience. In 2015 the OUTPOST Kitchen concept was launched to rave reviews in Southern California. Jay calls Newport Beach his home with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Lennox Lazer.

Owner, Jay Lewis, and his son


The organic menu is imbued with Indonesian  Asian herbs; fresh fish; local meats; and vegetables, a staple in new Australian cuisine, drawing a broad audience from miles to experience Aussie culture in Southern California. Fast, but fresh, every plate is made to order with flavors that have a distinct fresh taste which is immediately recognizable and revered as reflected in the satisfied faces of our repeat customers.


WHERE ART, MUSIC, and community MEET

Works of art and photography from well-known local artists are woven in throughout the restaurant’s décor, on walls to graffiti sandwich boards and platters as a reminder that food is also art and evident in our considered presentation.

The interior is clean yet industrial using recycled and vintage elements. Communal tables and counter service are incorporated to encourage networking and interaction with the employees and other patrons and ultimately a sense of community which has proven to be our biggest asset for attracting a vastly eclectic and wide-ranging loyal customer base from Long Beach to San Clemente to Sydney.

Interior of Outpost Kitchen