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Back Bay Bistro
Back Bay Bistro
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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 - 7:00pm
    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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We ate our buffet and watched the fireworks from our table. We really enjoyed the evening!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was so bad...we paid a lot to dine there on July 4th and the buffet was mediocre at best. We had to go out and order pizzas from the nearby pizza truck that was nearby so we had something to eat. We had a family of 6 there that evening so the bill came to over $ 350 for the evening. The worst part about it is that they did not let us know in advance that parking fee next to the restaurant was $ 50.00 !!! Outrageous to say the least. I would definitely share this with our friends...it was dismal. Sincerely, Mrs. M. Green"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I will not be back, had the Ahi, covered with spice and glaze that did not belong together. Rice undercooked. Waitress seemed less than interested in being there!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "... means excellent food "à point"! Steak and fries could not be better. Chowder can easily compete with East Coast."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "55 years of date nights for us. It was too cool and breezy for us to enjoy the patio dining, which we would have preferred. Will try again sometime in the near future."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Bartender Scott was great. Sunday night is not the time to go.food was mediocre."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "our mimosa glasses were NEVER empty! 2 thumbs up! the service was great. it had live music and everything. the venue is great and would be perfect for a family brunch or even a rehearsal dinner for a wedding!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wonderful location right on the water with views of Newport's Back Bay. We had a private room which was a bit out of the way, yet Jisel and the wait staff were great and attentive. The brunch menu was well rounded with lots of choices for every pallet. Large selection of seafood (crab legs, oysters, shrimp, salmon, lox, sashimi) Bottom-less champagne, so all the adults were happy. Plus, valet parking. The location is what truly makes this place special and we could not have picked out a better locale for our graduation party. In fact, we are already planning a Christmas brunch."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was quite good but the service was spotty. Everyone was very pleasant but they seemed disorganized. There were long waits for drinks, long waits for somebody to ask for table settings because they didn't notice we had none even when delivering food to the table etc. A female companion said the ladies restroom was disgusting."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I will definitely return here with my family but the only irritating part was the restaurant "ran out of high chairs" on Fathers Day. In looking around, I saw maybe 2-3 in the entire place. I have a 10 month old and all they had was a booster which doesn't work for a child his age since he wants to go go go so I had to try and eat quickly with one hand and hold him down with the other. They ended up borrowing from another restaurant but our meal was already over. Also id called ahead for a specific table and a high chair and told no problem at all & got there and was told that my request wasn't honored since they were busy?! Besides these issues the food, our server Sabrina and the ambience was amazing. Just needs to be more kid friendly."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went for brunch with the family and had a great time. Little slow start with the service but picked up during our visit."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Back Bay Bistro, and it was excellent! The sea bass is one of the best I have ever eaten! My wife and I will definitely be back! The sunset was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Back Bay Bistro. It was highly rated as a Sunday brunch venue. We came for Mothers' Day. We had a very unpleasant experience. The staff seemed completely overwhelmed by the number of diners. After an almost 20 minute wait (beyond the time of our reservation), we were seated at a decent outdoor patio table, then suddenly moved to a hastily placed table on a narrow outdoor walkway area next to an occupied bench. We had to request, and then wait almost 10 minutes to receive, a promised table umbrella and our "set-ups" (silverware and napkins). Our drinks were late and never refilled. Many of the hot food items set out in chafing dishes were cold (the sterno cans under them were not burning). Not planning to return."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Too expensive for the quality of food. $35 would be a more realistic price for Brunch. Would not return, nor suggest it to others."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Just down right Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I think a great place for lunch/brunch. Dinner a bit quiet. Very nice view and food/service was great. Outdoor dining fantastic on a nice day."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Difficult to find, even with GPS. Go through a guard shack and he said, "Way in the back over there." After a few hundred yards. we spotted what might be a restaurant building. The parking lot was massive with no cars to speak of and two guys milling around in front of the building. We pulled up and asked if this was the Back Bay Bistro. He said it was and the parking was valet at a charge of $5.00. The driver said he preferred to park his own car. We were directed to park where there were no cones. We did so and got yelled at to park completely out of the area about 100 yards away. This was crazy and did not set a good tone for the evening. The "Wine expert" was insulting and the food service people great. We won't be back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Wine list very poor! Need to expand the wine list."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Made reservations @ BBB thru open table only to find out that the entire restuarant had been booked by a charity and only outside dining was available. Was with my father who does not like to eat outside(food gets cold, he gets cold-he's 94). Although the hostess said she called everyone with reservations as to the only area to eat was outside I received no message. The heat lamps were not working and the sun was setting. The waitress did everything within her power to make it better. We were set to leave. The beverage manager came by and apolegized and offered us complimentary anything on the menue. Well a good martinee can make anything better. We stayed and enjoyed the shrimp scampi (was great!) and will be going back. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "...Thursdays $29 for 2 read their ad, sounded like a great idea, dinner on the patio, view of the water, sun setting. Made reservation. They called and said outdoors only because special event booked all indoors, was that okay? That was thoughtful! Weather was great so no problem. Service was a little slow, but we sipped our cocktails and enjoyed the view, crowd noise was not intrusive. Dinner for 2 was 1 shared app, 1 shared entree and 1 shared dessert. Food was so-so. Service remained pleasant and smiling though very busy working special event and regular guests. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I was looking forward to trying out this place as I am a fan of the back bay area. I wasn't aware that it was a buffet offering on Sundays and had I known I would not have even made a reservation. When we arrived we were told the buffet would be $40. After eating the food I knew we had wasted money. The food was poorly made, soggy and all around gross and having to pay the bill for less than mediocre food was more than frustrating. I would never go back and they should be ashamed of the food they are serving in a relatively nice spot. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "the food was great. very romantic place. the service was wonderful too"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Casual dining in a large glass building with windows and skylights that open to the sky, plus an outdoor patio where you can bring your dog, BBB is fun and feels like a vacation spot, since it is at Newport Dunes with a view of the boat ramp and part of the Back Bay. The service is sometimes slow, but the food is very good, and the brunch has a lot of variety for the price. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The view, service, wine and appetizers were excellent. Unfortunately, we choose to also have dinner. I had the rack of lamb, and my wife had chicken. I both cases, the sauce was clearly out of a bottle. My wife's meal was inedible. We do plan to return, with our kids, but just won't have dinner."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a large birthday party at the Back Bay Bistro on a Saturday night in May 2014. We requested use of the private room and got it. The service was excellent even though we were "off the beaten path" in the back room. Food was quite good too. We were not pressured to leave, and stayed almost past closing time. I will definitely go back to enjoy the ambiance; great view of Back Bay and plenty of parking. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went for brunch. Limited selection. Food was unremarkable. Not even as good as a typical Vegas buffet. "
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I got the Valentine's special. It was all I expected. The food was good there was live music the place is nice and endearing. A little under occupied but im guessing most people didnt want to pay for the Valentines package. But I enjoyed it as well as my date. The free rose was a nice touch too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Been coming here for mother's day brunch for a few years now, but this year was pretty sub-par. They still charge the same 75$ per person rather or not they drink mimosa or not AND the quality of their food went down a few notches. Their crab legs were obviously frozen then thawed... the shells were soggy and squishy. I ordered a glass of OJ and it took me about 30 minutes to get it after i asked our server about it three times. the only redeeming factor was their oyster and kobe beef station. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Took mom for Mother's Day and we both loved it! A little noisy, but food was fresh and fantastic. More choices fordesserts would be nice, but overall quite pleased. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Cold food. And the guy on Kobe station : bad attitude and for what ? 90 a person for mother's day brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been taking My Mother to Back Bay Bistro for several years especially for Mother's Day!!! As always, the Food was great and the service is the Best!!!! And you can't beat the view!!!! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Loved the brunch selection and stunning view - great place to host a business lunch or social gathering of friends. Great service, with a smile."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had dinner there early Sunday evening. We have eaten there several times, and the food is always very good. The view of the boat ramp and part of the Back Bay is very nice too. But, although there were only a few people eating in the restaurant at the time, they seemed to be shorthanded with only one waiter, and the service was much slower than usual. Also, it got cold when the sun started to set, since they had the panels in the roof open, as well as the windows, so be sure to take a sweater or jacket if you will be there in the evening."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "White table clothes, full service piano bar, classy waiters and great service stand out in this upscale place to dine. Hidden a bit just off Jamboree near Lido Isle, this is a very comfortable place we have snuck into a bit dressed down...but black tie is fine too. Seems to be an older crowd, but that is fine for me. We are 40's and 50's in my group and able to have wonderful food, attentive and mindful service is always important to a great dinner experience. Fine steaks and seafood, salads and desserts...can't get much better. The Piano music is not too loud in the dining area, but sets a great tone. Easy to talk and enjoy your company. Excellent date place to be romantic! The ladies will be comfortable and appreciated. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "placed at table with very hot sun, moved to another table, bus boy body language was "not pleased" it was very apparent. He had to take off table paper. arrived 10 minutes before dinner time. That created some confusion . Ordered a round of drinks, 15 minutes later server came for order , but no drinks, seems someone called a staff meeting. The food was o.k. but not good enough to tell others how good it was. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We had to move ourselves because we were seated at a table where the setting sun was in our eyes. The waitress had to be asked what the specials for the evening were. The wait staff was just a bit off when we were there for dinner. Lunch was great. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday here last Saturday and it went better than planned. The ambiance was awesome. It was a little chilly but they have heaters inside and outside that take the chill off. The selection of food was great- from salads and salmon, to eggs benedict, french toast, and pancakes. What was even more pleasing was the quality of the food- they made it in smaller batches so it didnt get cold or too old and they were on top of refilling everything. The omelet station had egg whites as an option, which i loved. They also had a carving station with tri-tip and turkey. I would definitely go back. Their lunch items looked delicious too!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We did the buffet on Easter. For the cost, the food was average at best and was served outside. It was cold and old, not being replaced as it should. Put the buffet back inside like last year and cut the price to something reasonable and we might go back. Otherwise, forget about it."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "While the food and view was good, the service was not. Our waiter was Not attentive to drinks or requests for extra napkins or utensils. We also had a problem with our credit card ( on the resturants part) and those issues are being dealt with by our bank. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Absurdly overpriced!! At $75./person....there should be no complaints. Nice variety of food, but.... The crab legs were terrible -- so soft they could not be cracked nor peeled apart to get the meat out. Left them on our plates - disappointing. The food stations (outside) were not well monitored and re-supplied when almost empty. Patrons should not have to ask for more scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict....or anything...serving dishes should never be empty. Suggesting the gratuity on the tab...does not sit well with me....we served ourselves (with the exception of Champagne and orange juice)...we had to ask for coffee. (I foolishly paid the 15%.) I doubt we will be back, especially during a holiday."
    Dined on 4/20/2014