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Back Bay Bistro
Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.newportdunes.com/back-bay-bistro/
  • Phone: (949) 729-1144
  • Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday ~ Friday Lunch 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Wednesday ~ Sunday Dinner 5:30pm - Close
    Wednesday ~ Sunday Happy Hour 4:00pm - 7:30pm
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch 9:00am - 2:00pm

    (2) hour limit on Brunch dining reservations, Saturday & Sunday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kurt Schaffer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Whether you're planning a beach front wedding, a business meeting for employees or an event to thank them for their hard work, there is a perfect spot at the beach waiting for you.

    Unique meeting rooms provide the ideal setting for both business and pleasure. These rooms are well-suited for meetings, break-outs, seminars, receptions, and sit down dinners. Check out our new holiday menus for 2012.

    To arrange a personal tour of our resort, or to request additional information regarding your next corporate event, please contact our Sales and Catering office at (949) 729-3800 or by e-mail at events@newportdunes.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jamboree
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary 2 Hour Parking with Validation
A word from Back Bay Bistro
Enjoy waterfront dining at its finest at the NEW Back Bay Bistro, located at the entrance of the Back Bay in Newport Beach California. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on this elegantly designed patio in a casual, friendly atmosphere. A state of the art retractable roof allows guests to dine year-round, with a great view of the bay & marina.

The Back Bay Bistro offers (2) hours of free self parking with validation and outside patio is dog friendly dining.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a cute little place (OK kind of big place) that offered good food & drink. Great for a family outing, it had just enough style to keep us happy. Waitress was also good when she was there. Service is odd in that we saw her in the beginning & then at the end. The only thing that was awful was the pot stickers. Since 2 of us were having fish (the salmon & ahi) we thought we would try something a bit different up front: don't do it. They were so bad that they took them off our bill -- great move! Salmon, ahi & even the steak was nicely prepared, so we were overall pleased with the visit. Not really on our MUST go to again list, but good enough to be in our top 20 & watching some of the yachters was worth the price of admission :o)."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service and location was nice- the food wasn't fantastic. It was just ok- and was over priced for what you got."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Its a odd journey to get here as you have to go through the marina security checkpoint then drive to other end.. but this is a nice place on the water... it has outside seating a long winding bar and then an elevated restaurant ... its all open plan, heaters in the ceiling to keep you warm... food is good with a diverse menu from burgers to scallops on risotto, wine menu is also good. I keep saying good..if your a vegetarian and would like anything other than a salad with fries then your only option is alcohol ( not a bad option :-) its surprising in this day and age to see so little for a significant section of the foodie market. Overall a good place to go for bar food, views and a chat... the menu on line is no longer the menu"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great location and view plus casual/nice atmosphere. Food is very good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Service was poor, food was cheap, cold and old! Nice area but restaurant is bad! Never again for brunch!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Wow. Everything you could imagine available for the Brunch. Wonderful breakfast items, lunch selections and desserts. Ordered the all you can drink Champagne brunch - my glass was never empty. Great food, awesome service, wonderful atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was my first time here and that will be sufficient. There was a lot of food, but it was quantity over quality. It did the job and left us satiated, but judging from other reviews I somehow thought it would be better. I can now cross this place off my list.."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The worst service I have every experienced at a restaurant. We were there a total of two hours and never saw our food. We finally paid for our beverages and left. The first round of drinks took 30 minutes. The second round took 45 minutes and they were warm. Very poorly managed restaurant that evening. When we spoke with the manager he did not seem overly concerned about the service. All wait staff (we had three different servers within the course of the two hours) was clearly not well trained. There was one server, Stephen, who did his best to assist us. He was terribly embarrassed. Even with his best efforts he had no support from the other resturant personnel including the manager."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is such a great spot, its clean, open, scenic, friendly and Sunday brunch is "Bodacious", if your a big eater, this is for you! Its fun to eat off the regular menu outside and watch the boat launching ramp action! Keep the champagne flowing! Make a reservation and save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I had great time with my family during my visit. It wasn't crowded nor loud so I was able to spend valuable time with my family at the same time enjoy great food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is very good and you'll get a nice view of Back Bay. Parking is inside the Back Bay camping/boat ramp and you may have to walk a little way, but you get 2 hours validated by the Bistro."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "BBB is always a sure bet for brunch.... great view, great service (champagne glass never empty), and delicious food!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "noisy environment even with very few patrons. imagine it would be better for lunch or brunch and sitting outside rather than inside at night."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We sat outside on the water and had a wonderful dinner. The tomato mozzarella appetizer was to die for, and the sea bass was excellent. We were able to bring our dog too!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "They have the best beef corn hash here. I usually eat at this nice restaurant after my regattas at Newport Bay. Great view too."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "I went on valentine’s day and it was outstanding. The food was perfect and the service was the best I have ever experienced. I did not have to wait at any time. As soon as one course was done, the next was on its way. It was a bit pricy though, but it was a special occasion. I would definitely go back and sit outside next time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This establishment is just so-so. The food was tasty, and the portions were generous. The place was dead. Nothing about the place appealed to me enough to make me want to return."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Sunday Champagne Brunch is really good with enough food for an army! Service is also excellent. The server was coming back over and over to ensure that our glass of champagne (well, sparkling wine more precisely) was always full. Parking has enough place for you. Don't forget to get it validated before you go out so it will be free. Only downside: I found the inside very noisy and you can barely hear what your other party at the table has to say... If you get the chance to seat at the terrace, it'd be better with this regards."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "A group of 4 of us went to BBB for a birthday dinner while taking advantage of NBRW. Although our overall dining experience was ok, the food was good and our server was very sweet, our first impression was horrible! We started off in the bar for a drink before heading to our dinner table. The young, brunette bartender did not know how to make a Kamikaze and brought me over some pink drink in a martini glass. She continued to argue that I was describing a gimlet (a gimlet does not triple sec like a kamikaze). She had to come back to ask if someone ordered red of black Johnny Walker. Then she came back a 3rd time to ask if someone else wanted Coke or diet with his Crown when the order was for Crown & Ginger. Personally, I wanted to leave."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Except for the extremely tacky plastic palm trees inside, this was a fun place. The food is just average. More like a cook and not a chef, but the ambiance on the water is great and the inside/ outside seating concepts is great. I probably wouldn't eat the food here again, but the bar is really cool the way you sit looking over the water."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The food was just OK and the service was lacking. The table next to us got seated after we did and served much sooner. Our server was a different one though. She just seemed distracted and yet there were hardly any customers in the restaurant to begin with. Also, my Mom's drink - a scotch Old Fashion and it tasted terrible. We had 2 other adults at the table try it to see if she was just being picky. Also, the lamb was overcooked when requested to be medium rare."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great food and ambiance. Difficult to get to the first time due to insufficient directions and lack of signage. worth while once there. Very cordial staff and waiters."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Excellent We really enjoy eating at the Back Bay Bistro Great service abd people and Food Cheers *****"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Nice view of the bay. There was a large group banquet/party going on adjacent to our table and they were quite loud. Our idea of a quiet dinner didn't quite work out. The service was pretty spotty (possibly due to private party?) The food was good but the ambiance was not..."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "First time in the restaurant for the brunch and we had an awesome time. The servers were amazing and our Champagne glass was never emtpy. The mimosas kept coming and they kept checking on us in a timely manner. Such a great place and would definity come back again!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant for location (Saturday Brunch). Food itself isn't something to write home about. It has the great view and open ambience. Service could be better (I only got one orange juice)."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "There was a good selection of food for the Sunday brunch even for picky eaters. The ambience was perfect for our special occasion which was my mom's 81st birthday. The chocolate fountain is an excellent dessert for the kids. I really enjoy dining with real linens, dressed up staff and the service was very courteous. It is pricey, but it was worth it."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The location, being on the water with windows all around was very nice. We had the clambake for dinner and it was not good. The seafood was all overcooked and tasteless. I have no idea what kind of courtboullion the used but it had no flavour. My husband's platter did not have any potatoes, and when we asked it took almost 10 minutes to bring out 2 boiled potatoes. The desserts, crime brûlée and molten chocolate cake were OK"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We ordered fresh seafood bake and most of the claim smell and taste bad, lobster must died a while ago same as snow crab taste it was steam well over a month. far from fresh as their description."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Got there too late for brunch :( Had the club sandwich. It arrived with French fries, I'd ordered fruit. They took care of that quickly. The tomato was left off my sandwich. Had our server checked back after we were served, I'm sure they would have taker care of that sooner. My daughter loved her cheeseburger."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Went on a Sunday morning for a brunch. The location is really really nice with a big windowed wall that offers a very nice view. The food is really good and various, from salads, salmon, oysters, to eggs and bacon or sausages, omelettes, pastas, chicken, and a lot more. Really good desserts too with also a chocolate fountain. I had the All you can drink champagne option, and it really deserves the price. It's the best place for brunch I've been!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "Great interior and exterior, freshness of the food makes this place gorgeous and romantic. Best place to have dinner with loved one or family in elegant South Californian style."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I hosted a group of 12 women for lunch a few days ago. I have eaten there many times in the past and so I knew it would be a great place for our group. It's hard when there are so many, but the staff was very accommodating. We had a couple of special needs women and they easily took care of their food. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "The first thing i noticed was there wasn't anyone else there at the restaurant for quite a while and then there were only a few occupied tables... Everyone we were dining with said there dinner was good, mine however was quite terrible... I had ordered the seafood dinner which had absolutely no flavor and I was surprised as I asked the server if she would recommend this and she said yes......"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Since it Thanksgiving, why did they keep running out of turkey??? The beef was wonderful (as usual). Enjoyed the dinner very much."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I had made reservations for two for 2:00PM. My wife and I arrived a little early and were given our table around the time of the reservation. The hostess seated us outside on the patio. Due to it being late in the year, we were sitting in the direct sunlight and it was fairly warm. After sitting down we heard the people at the next table over complaining there was no food left at the buffet, so we went in to check it out ourselves. Sure enough, most of the food trays were empty or very picked over, and there were a lot of people standing around the buffet waiting for more food to come out. We went back up to the hostess stand and told them we would not be staying."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "When we arrived for our thanksgiving meal, there were people standing around every available space inside and outside of the restaurant. The hostess informed me that they all had reservations and were waiting to be seated also. It was very loud and no place to stand or sit. We got seated about 45 min after our reservation. The wait staff was very nice but they were way too busy to handle so many customers. The food that was available was ok but there were a lot of empty serving dishes at the buffet. They had no turkey at one point! They even ran out of plates! It was difficult to get to the buffet due to the crowd. The icing on the cake was when we got the bill and they charged us for champagne that was advertised as included!!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We got there on time and had to wait 35 minutes. Asked for a window seat, was put outside. They ran out of Prime rib, we went back 4 times they never had any.... They ran out of plates...for awhile. The food was good."
    Dined on 11/28/2013