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Andrea at Pelican Hill
Andrea at Pelican Hill

Andrea at Pelican Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pelicanhill.com/Dining_Andrea
  • Phone: (949) 612-1913
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday: 12noon - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday to Sunday: 6pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Marco Criscuolo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Andrea offers a live acoustic guitarist playing Italian and Spanish influenced light classical music.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every event held in the Private Dining Room at Andrea is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind celebration that creates lasting memories. Whether a social affair or a business dinner, our Chef personally oversees every detail with his culinary skills and creativity. The elegant ambiance of the Private Dining Room reveals vivid panoramas of the Newport Beach coastline and the blue Pacific of Southern California. Come experience the warmth of our Private Dining Room with your group of up to 24 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newport Coast Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet Parking at the Main Entrance to the Resort.
A word from Andrea at Pelican Hill
The unprecedented attention to detail in Andrea to recreate storied culinary traditions and classic dishes bursting with the true flavors of Italy has resulted in acclaimed authentic cuisine and complementary wine selections. Led by Chef Marco Criscuolo, Andrea sources the perfect seasonal ingredients and implements time-honored practices and preparations. Diners savor salads made with 100-year-old Balsamic vinegar, exquisite pastas made in a one-of-kind, temperature-controlled pasta room and artisan-style gelato made in the gelato laboratory. A chic, yet understated and relaxed atmosphere features inspiring coastal panoramas, sunsets over the Pacific, open-air dining on the beautiful, heated ocean-view terrace and round bar with its golden granite countertops and golden fruitwood paneling. Fine Italian wines are perfectly paired with each exquisite dish.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The Service was fantastic and the risoto was very yummy :)"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "- Took nearly 30 mins to be seated with a reservation. Did request the patio however would expect with reservation there would be better planned - Someone in our party suffered an allergic reaction to the crab (embedded in the pasta so no obvious) in the soup (he sampled someone else's dish). Disappointed in the communication between the restaurant and front desk (opened the hotel store to access anti-histamines). Resulted in myself doing the running back and forth to resolve the situation. Fair enough at a TGI Friday but not Andrea that prides itself on high caliber of service. Not so this time! NOTE: Normal dinner service was good however the handling of this situation overshadowed everything else."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "everything was great food, service, atmosphere, views, romantic, fun, comfortable. As with this type of quality comes high prices but that goes with this territory!!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We have been coming here since Andrea opened and it just keeps getting better and more innovative, while maintaining favorites and their quality."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "It is hard to find a true fine dining experience these days, so it is welcome that Pelican Hill offers Andrea with a formal setting, and we have been on several occasions. You get a comfortable table, regal setting, white linen, real silver, and an elegant evening. But... while the menu offers a range of promising and innovative Italian food, the execution seems to comes up short. The food is always good, just not great. And it seems to have declined in quality from our initial visit over a year ago. Seems the kitchen is just not making sure the dishes have the right balance or ingredients and flavors to make you want more. So go for the elegance and a decent meal, but don't expect to be wowed."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "A special dining experience, unfortunately we missed sunset which I'm told is spectacular. The service was second to none."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The ambiance, the service and over all experience was lovely. Some of our party felt that the fish was overlooked. Otherwise, we enjoyed the whole evening except when the music was a little loud."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I are regulars at Andrea and find the food and the service consistently wonderful. If you are interested in a quiet and romantic experience, this is the place to be. The staff is remarkably accomodating and they make every effort to make optimize the whole dining experience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "It was the best carbonara I've tasted EVER. I would drive back to Newport just for that dish. So good."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday at Andrea and had a wonderful time. Strong marks for service, ambiance, food and wine. Heath, the gentleman who waited on us, provided spot-on food and wine recommendations for us and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The outdoor seating on a beautiful evening is recommended."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I had booked Andrea for our Anniversary Dinner and it was perfect in every way! The service was courteous and every detailed was taken care of. Since I was hesitating about the wine, the server brought samples which surely helped in making the best choice. The food was delicious and portions just the right size, not too big, not too small. After the meal we felt that coffee would be enough for dessert, so we did not order any from a nice dessert menu.BUT, the server surprised us with a nice small chocolate mousse cake with the Happy Anniversary chocolate sign on it! And that was not all, so came out an assortment of delicious 'dessert' bites. We did find a sweet spot for them in our happy tummies! What an awesome experience at Andrea!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "My wife and I vacationed last week at the Resort at Pelican Hill and looked forward to an outstanding dining experience at Andrea. We could not have been more disappointed. We were both born and raised in Chicago's Little Italy, have been to Italy twice and have been dining out at extraordinary restaurants for decades. This was not one of them. The waiter was extremely pretentious and made a great effort to convince us to order three or four courses each, more than we could eat. I skipped the pasta course and was served the worst osso buco that I ever had. This place does not come close to living up to its own billing."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is about our 6th or 7th time at this restaurant. We brought our friends from out of town here. Service and food were wonderful. Would recommend this place to anyone and definitely order the tasting menu. You get a little of everything!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Revived by Marco, its new and creative chef, everything at Andrea, located inside the Pelican Hill Resort, becomes an unforgettable experience. Ritzy and over the top settings rarely equate quality and comfort, especially when what you are looking for after all is a good meal in a beautiful place. Well, Andrea conquers in every way possible and more. Starting at the bar with its most cordial staff to the impressive dining room and the honest care of its dining personnel everything comes down to superb quality in every sense of the word."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The service was not great. They were having an off night in the service department. I would still highly recommend the restaurant based on the view and ambiance alone. The food was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Everything about Andrea was first class including the food, service and ambiance. Our waiter James did a fabulous job making us feel at home and taking care of the special wine that we brought with us. I had the special rib eye with barolo sauce that we found out from the chef who visited our table was one of only six available. The setting was nothing short of spectacular with views of the Pacific Ocean and the golf course below. Wow! This is truly a special restaurant located in a very special resort."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We've been to Andrea several times over the past few years and it is consistently awesome. The pasta, especially the gnocchi, risotto and gnocchi are second to none, all hand crafted in house, and the steaks rock. Service is impeccable, the chocolate soufflé is the best I've ever had and they have a fantastic selection of Italian wines. The domestic wine selection could be expanded, but that's a very minor issue with this, by far the best restaurant in Newport."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I am a native to this area and very familiar with the restaurant choices in the area. We had never been to Andrea's before and selected it to celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We had a very memorable time and fantastic meal. Our server was very personable but in a respectful manner. We will recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Must try the risotto! Its amazing and if you order 2 orders them prepare it table side in a wheel of parmesan cheese! Staff was very attentive, we didn't feel rushed, the outside patio had an amazing view. William our server was excellent, he made some great recommendations and took great care of us, his server assistant (forgot his name) was very helpful too and funny. We will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Bring your wallet . First class! The food is fantastic, service is second to none."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 40th Wedding anniversary at Andrea. We were greeted by name from our former waiter,William. Heath took over the reins and did a fantastic job serving us. The food,wine and service was 5 Star! Through the evening the food and beverage director,the guitar player and the Chef,visited our table and solicited our feedback. Our anniversary dinner turned out to be very special due to the wonderful service proved by the Hotel and restaurant. Mr. Bren, you created a special place that should be visited by everyone! Thank you,for a wonderful evening! Steve & Sheryl Goodman"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice dinner at Andrea, the premier restaurant at Pelucan Hill Resort. The sunset view is beautiful and a great place for pictures. Exquisite food and presentation. My only disappointment was the dessert."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We reserved through Open table and asked for Patio seating. A very friendly staff right away lead us to the patio seating. As we walked toward the huge window opening it just took our breath away. The patio was open to all bright green fairways to the ocean. It was hot day but the breeze was so nice we enjoyed our lunch without any A/C help. Adrea had great staff serving us as we are some VIPs specially prepared for us and the food was amazing from presentation to the actual taste. We would come back, definately."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Celebrated 25th anniversary and couldn't have asked for more! The food was outstanding, made to order, fresh, and innovative. The service was best my wife and I ever experienced. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "From beginning to end this is a wonderful dining experience. The waiter and his staff are very friendly and helpful. There is no sense of hurry and rush which makes it a thoroughly restful experience. The food and wine list never disappoints. And of course, the view has to be one of the premier in all of California. Also wonderful music in the dining area and also in the lobby great room."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was a lovely place to take my mom for lunch, exceptional food and beautiful view."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "impeccable service. attentive and receptive. great meal. would definitely go back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived we felt celebrated. The service was spot on and attention to detail impressive. The food had great creativity and was fun to eat. Not an inexpensive option however really top shelf!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is outstanding. Great food and the best service. I would love to go again and I will."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had a family dinner on the deck and it was wonderful. Menu was different than that shown on line though. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My friend and I ordered the chefs tasting menu, so we were able to sample every item. I must say that it was some of the best food I've ever had. It's hard to pick a favorite."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is a very nice upscale special occasion restaurant which offers well prepared Italian cuisine in Pelican Hill Resort. The Wine List while pricey offers many great selections. The service is friendly and knowledgable. Great place for a romantic sunset dinner"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful, we were seated in a comfortable booth far away from the view. Our view was a hectic table with a large family with children and it was close to the kitchen and the server stand so there was a lot of hustle by our table. Why didn't we ask to be changed, as we left we saw all these lovely private, quiet tables. The service was very good, our waiter charming. The food here is very expensive and very good and the wine list is daunting. I would bring my own the next time and pay the corkage fee."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "spectacular setting in the world's best resort. view overlooking the golf course and pacific ocean. very impressive food"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Place is amazing! Portions are perfect, quality of food is top notch. Very open atmosphere, service was exceptional!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This must be one of the most amazing restaurants we have ever been to. The food was fantastic, the service was superb, and the view was spectacular. It is rare to find all of these item in one restaurant. Truly a find!!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food, wine and view is all excellent! The service is excellent as well. Our server was gracious and on top of every request. We have never been disappointed at Andrea."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were served very poor risotto with mushrooms. Literally a tasting portion for $29.00 each. Really shameful. I can see why it was only half full on fathers day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "First the hotel and restaurant are beautiful, everyone is super nice and helpful. The bus boy interacted with my nephew & made him feel important. I always love this hotel. With that said, the most important thing for my in a restaurant is the food and it was a little bland for my palette. I ordered the carrot pappardelle with lamb and I was not impressed with the flavor. It was the general consensus among the table with the exception for my Father who had the Waygu filet....that was delish. So the overall experience was good but the food isn't good enough to make a return trip. Oh and it was quite expensive for bland food. I'm a huge foodie and I do not mind paying a high price for food was long as it is delicious. It didn't seem worth it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals I've ever had in my life. We have dined at some of the best restaurants in the country, and Andrea compares to 1111 Park or French Laundry. My husband and I split a pasta dish and had an incredible filet with black truffles. It was just amazing!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014