21 Oceanfront
21 Oceanfront

21 Oceanfront

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.21oceanfront.com/
  • Phone: 9496732100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar and Lounge open at 4pm
    Dinner
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Miroslav Rusev
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: 21 Oceanfront is the perfect venue for your next group Newport Beach event or Newport Beach banquet. Our event professionals will plan and coordinate your next family celebration, corporate event or business meeting in one of our formal dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Hay 8667902091
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment in our Oceanfront Lounge
  • Special Events: Please log on to our website for information and menu's for all Wine Dinners, Promotions and Special Events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newport Beach Pier
  • Public Transit: We offer Complimentary Roundtrip Transportation for groups of 8 or more within a 20 mile radius (based on availability). We have Custom Mercedes Sprinters and Corporate Vans.
    Comfortable, clean white vehicles, staffed with professional drivers. This service is complimentary, driver gratuity is appreciated.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet or Self parking Available
A word from 21 Oceanfront
21 Oceanfront, located across from the Newport Beach Pier, just steps from the sand, offers the ultimate dining experience. Extraordinary sunset views, opulent decor, and an extensive Wine List. 21 Oceanfront is the perfect location for cozy gatherings or receptions up to 200 people. Live Entertainment in the Oceanfront Lounge. Happy Hour Monday thru Thursday, 4pm to 6pm. Complimentary Transportation for parties of 8 or more in one of our Custom Mercedes Sprinters (based on availability).
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21 Oceanfront reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (50)special occasion (46)romantic (40)notable wine list (18)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (13)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (5)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Kevin
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Excellent! Couldn't have asked for more. ..................................
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 21 Oceanfront fan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Thank you to 21 Oceanfront on making our Anniversary special. Arguably the best Fillet I have ever had! All food was prepared to perfection. Great service and nice view of the sunset. Our waiter was attentive and very good. I haven't been to 21 Oceanfront in 10 years - still raving about it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Great!!
    LETDOWN
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent!!!!!...The setting ... the food.... the people.... all the very best one can hope for in a dinning experience....Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Celebrating a 50th birthday and this was a great place to enjoy it with great food, great music and great service!! I had the lobster tail and it was fabulous. My husband had the osso buco and he loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Wonderful view. The food was very well presented and tasted great. We had the fish,steaks,and shellfish and all was wonderful. Service was attentive but not overbearing. A little pricey but great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable service
    Greatservice17
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service was impeccable. All my requests were granted. Requested a personalized desert for my wife when I booked our reservation online and they did exactly what I requested. Everyone greeted her with a happy bday.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Service OK
    MikalJo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good, but we had to continue to ask for things, more water, check and timing was off. We were trying to "dine" it was my wifes birthday and the food service seemed rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Special Occasions
    austinp3
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and were seated at a window overlooking the ocean and pier. The view was terrific and service was great. The process were a bit high, bit you pay for what you get. The wife and I ordered the New York steak and they were cooked perfectly. We were treated at the end with a complimentary anniversary dessert of chocolate cake which was also tasty. Needless to say we were both stuffed. Would definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Location and Wonderful View
    NS22
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Reserved through Open Table and asked for a table with an ocean view. We enjoyed our table with the view, in addition to the beautiful sunset experience. Staff were very friendly and warm. Fish and Lobster was good. Steak was OK. Service was fair and I say that because the food came out too slow and too much waiting time in between the starter and entree. Not sure if that was a standard in the restaurant or a kitchen issue. Nevertheless, it was still a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eatingout
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Ate in bar booth & had a beautiful ocean view. Monday night...had to wait way too long for service. Halibut special was dry & overdone. Steak order was excellent, as were the crab legs. I'd go back, but hoping for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laura
    ladon
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I really enjoyed dessert. Their Grand Marnier Souffle was delicious. My husband's meal was to die for. (Steak) My food was overly salted. My husband tasted it and agreed that all you could taste was salt.(Chicken Piccata),
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 555Lover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I went to celebrate our anniversary. The look of the place gave us high hopes that our experience would be great. unfortunately that was not the case. My wife had order the scallops and it was a ten. Cook to perfecton with a pepper coulis, it was the highlight of our meal. I on the other hand had ordered the Rib Eye along with a lobster tail. They advertise Prime Meats however the steak I received was Choice at best. Tough, overcooked (even though I requested medium) and the lobster was terribly over cooked. I had our server return it to the kitchen and opted for the Wedge salad and a bowl of the lobster bisque. Salad was fine but the bisque was way too strong and dark. Either burned stock or burned rue, absolutely unedible.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was good and the scenic view was great. It was a little hot where we seated. It was better if we were given a better table with full view of the ocean which I requested. There were still many open tables with better scenic spot. We requested the front lady but she said our area will have ab teer view which we did not. I appreciate though the fre birthday cake. And the souffle was really good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous sunset view
    Socalfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    View and location is great Food is very good. Service is poor. Expensive!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I made a reservation at this restaurant via OpenTable 2 weeks in advance. I called the restaurant a couple of days prior to the reservation to confirm and everything was ok. 2hrs before my reservation the restaurant calls me and says that the table is no longer available and i would have to wait until 930PM to be seated. This was a dinner after my surprise proposal to my girlfriend (now fiancee) and we had this special date booked for awhile. After some much needed discussion with the manager, they finally accomodated us in the bar with two tables put together. Not ideal for a special night but this had to do since we had other plans after dinner. Will not come back to this location again based on this experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Views
    MkyD
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great place for a romantic sunset dinner or small group of friends. Live music, great bar and cool wrap around cozy booths! And the food is great as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was by far the best I have experienced in a long time. Nothing was left wanting. Staff was friendly, always attentive and exceptionally professional. Food was wonderful and the view was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    TibiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been passing by this restaurant for years, usually while at the beach for the day, or biking the path. It is a beautiful historical building. We finally had a chance to try it with Family on my husband's birthday. It was wonderful. The food was perfect; seafood, pasta, and steak done to perfection. And the service was impeccable yet down to earth. We will be back again to enjoy the gorgeous setting and view. It is a special experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise!
    rian
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We expected 21 Oceanfront to be stuffy and formal. It is not. It's charming and yet venerable. It was our anniversary and we wanted lobster. We cancelled two other reservations in favor of this one and we are so glad we did. Monday through Thursday the lobster dinner (3 courses) is only $49. Unbelievable! And it was delicious. The chef even stopped by our table. We said we'd definitely go there again, anytime.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service and vie was great
    DJWB3
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food, server, service, drinks were excellent. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality 40% and overpriced
    dallas
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Expensive for the quality of the fish and very overpriced! we will not go back! Crab cake (no crab to be found but lots of fish) Sword fish (portion ok but less than good quality) Sea bass cooked too greasy on a "lentils" base (different but not great)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I planned this evening to enjoy the company of an old friend and enjoy a wonderful evening of good food, good service and a fine dining in a beautiful setting. Our table was ready when we arrived and from then on it was chaotic service from the waiter who almost appeared frantic. We were not interested in the evening choices, but then felt rushed as we looked at the menu. The entire experience at 21 Ocean was one I would not repeat on a Saturday night. Perhaps it would be best, if i cared to, return on a week night or a lunch one day. It is certainly a beautiful restaurant with an excellent view and I wish my experience had been more favorable to my returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great dinning experience
    DinningatSunset
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    All of the above: Outstanding, food, service, ambience, and noise level was low, I could enjoy a conversation while watching the Sunset!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were disappointed, they sat us at a small table by the window which was ok. When the sun set the sun was in my wife’s eyes while she was trying to eat her entrée. We finished quickly and left. We had dessert and coffee elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, wonderful food, parking
    lmdine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Parking was bad. It took us 15 min. trying to get to the valet, because of traffic n 21st street. Valet was slow in getting our car.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • baseline
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Old world steakhouse with lots of wood and leather. Incredibly attentive staff and great food. Only complaint was the parking. It took 20 minutes to get from the entrance of the parking lot to the parking valet. Not their fault. Just very crowded at the beach early on a summer's eve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I found this restaurant to be one of the best in Newport Beach. It is better than Splashes. The food, service and atmosphere are great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ocean view
    davew
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    very nice and comfortable restaurant with great atmosphere as a white table cloth dining experience. great view friendly service and food was good but high priced. Goes with the location but Balboa only has a couple of very nice restaurants to pick from. Upscale and romantic with great views. Valet parking is a must and weekend beach traffic can create a crawl to get to it. Really nice cocktail bar with nice acoustic live entertainment. We enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 228 reviews are from the 21 Oceanfront reviews archive.
  • Brillilantly brilliant
    JLVenice
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    From the hostess to the bar for sunset and great server, a perfect dining experience. Very nice, very much a neighborhood home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Meal!
    Jashki
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Steve was a great server and Kerry was the nicest hostess we have ever met. It was a great evening! We intend to go back whenever we get into town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valet Ease in Popular Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Loved not having to search for a parking spot! Started the evening off right! Cozy booths overlooking to ocean is quite wonderful. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not sure what happen?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were early to our reservation @ 5pm, we headed over to the bar for some drinks. When it was time to take our seats they seated us in the back near the bar. When placing my reservation i had noted I wanted a table by the window and that morning prior to going I confirmed that my table was near a window. I asked to why we were not seated my the window as I requested. The girl went to find out and she came back to say because i didnt have a collar on. I wasn't dressed as a slob. I have a white t-shirt w/a black sweater vest and nice black pants. On their website it does not say anywhere a collar is needed. That was one issue, service was excellent Our Waiter Zach was awesome. Food was terrible no flavor. I will not be coming back
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Beso1
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great dinner& service! Food was wonderful! We loved it !!! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Truly enjoyed the experience. Nice and quiet and a great view of the ocean & pier. Food was excellent and about what I would have expected to pay for the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We celebrated a 65th birthday. The food, staff and ambiance were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best birthday ever
    Mashedpotato
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Spent a while looking for a romantic restaurant for my girlfriend's birtbday. I ended up taking her here and she absolutely loved it. The food was great the service was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Boxer
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food was great but small portions.... Was smaller than I would like and seating was tight service was a lil slow but very friendly
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection by the Beach
    Nena2828
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I decided to celebrate our 28th Wedding Anniversary at 21 Oceanfront after reading the great reviews on Opentable. The restaurant is literally walking distance to the beach. We were seated in a cozy section with an awesome view to the ocean. Our waitress was extremely nice. The wine, mussels, oysters, Sea Bass, Crab legs, and dessert was spectacular. We are definitely returning to this restaurant that offers not only delicious meal selection, but great service. Thank you Oceanfront for making my anniversary extra special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant with nice view!
    Bobbie
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great steak and seafood with an ocean view. How can you go wrong?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum Yum Yum
    travel2dine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Awesome! Tuna appetizer was melt in your mouth perfect. Most tender ribeye steak Ive had in a long time. The only thing I can say is Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet