bambu Restaurant - Newport Beach Fairmont
bambu Restaurant - Newport Beach Fairmont

bambu Restaurant - Newport Beach Fairmont

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/newportbeach/GuestServices/Restaurants/bambuRestaurant.htm
  • Phone: 9494762001
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday -Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Chad Blunston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: JOIN US FOR WEEKLY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS IN BAMBU LOUNGE
    MONDAY – FRIDAY | 4PM-7PM
    $5 DRAFT & FOOD SPECIALS EVERY DAY
  • Special Events: Quattro lunch –
    Selecting from the freshest seasonal & local california ingredients, chef creates our weekly lunch
    Combination plate, ideal for diners on the go. $22
    SOUP
    CHEF’S DAILY KETTLE CREATION
    OR
    CLASSIC FRENCH ONION SOUP
    GARLIC CROUTON, GRUYERE CHEESE
    SALAD
    ORGANIC MIXED GREENS
    POINT REYES BLUE CHEESE, BROWN FIG& ALMOND PRESS
    BALSAMIC PORT VINAIGRETTE
    OR
    POACHED PRAWNS
    BABY HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, SQUAW BREAD CROUTON
    “BEARNAISE” AIOLI
    ENTRÉE
    GRILLED PACIFIC SALMON
    BASIL WHIPPED YUKON POTATOES, CHORIZO, SWEET CORN
    SHERRY BUTTER
    OR
    ORGANIC MARY’S CHICKEN
    PARSNIP PUREE, FINGERLING POTATOES, SHAVED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
    BLACK TRUFFLE JUS
    DESSERT
    PASTRY CHEF’S DAILY DESSERT CREATION
    OR
    SEASONAL FRESH FRUIT

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Birch
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary for guests joining us in the bambú Restaurant and Lounge
A word from bambu Restaurant - Newport Beach Fairmont
Bambú Restaurant offers a culinary experience that celebrates the variety of our region by using the freshest local and sustainable ingredients. bambú Restaurant is set in the midst of a spectacular four story Atrium in the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel. Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner in a comfortable atmosphere that is casual and inviting. Here, classic and creative dishes are presented with a bold combination of regional influences; sure to stimulate and satisfy your passion for food. Lunch at bambú showcases the Quattro Lunch. A new menu each week offers a variety that is sure to exceed your desire for creative, delicious, quick dining. bambú introduces Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menus; nutritious offerings designed around select dietary and diet-dependent requirements including vegan, heart-disease, gluten-free and diabetic. As the growing trend gears more towards a healthier lifestyle and quality of life, Fairmont created dishes that speak the language of both taste and health.
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bambu Restaurant - Newport Beach Fairmont reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating5
  • Food5
    Service5
  • Ambiance5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Typical hotel dining room.
    Blobert
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Typical hotel dining room. Nothing wrong with the food or service, just nothing exciting or any special reason to visit. A wedding reception in the next room provided too much noisy music. Waiter was very good but had to multi-task, being both the greeter and maitre d', as well as waiter for the entire room. Guests had to wait awhile at the podium when he was not in the room.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines day
    JayKar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great ambience, pre-fixed dinner needs a steak selection
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service, waitress
    Lovefood
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Terrible service, waitress never came back. Took 30 min to get bread (as hard as rocks, and completely in edible) then took another 30-45 to get the check (which we asked for 3 times). Will never go back, will never recommend to anyone. Horrible
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Found this resturant during
    Toni
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Found this resturant during Newport Beach's resturant week celebration. It is in a hotel, however, the atmosphere is bright and clean. The wait staff were very helpful and friendly. The food was very good, especially the dipping sauce that comes with the bread sticks and cheese crackers. I would recommend this resturant, and we are planning on returning. Very nice place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classy Lunch at Bambu!
    PeteX
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Visited Bambu during restaurant week for a greater value. Had an amazing time, great atmosphere in the classy Fairmont Hotel. Great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misrepresented
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    When we booked it appeared the restaurant had a sophisticated feel. We found an open space, extremely noisy and reminded me of a moderate hotel chain. The condiments reminded me of Courtyard hotels. We felt we were in a cheap hotel. After seeing what others ordered, we decided it was not reflective of the website. We found availability at a local favorite and left. We mentioned this to the valet, they seem experienced this before and did not charge us even though we did not validate. I would never eat at this restaurant. Most local restaurants were sold out New Year's Eve, approximately 70% of the dining room was open. This was reflective of the food and ambience. I have never been more disappointed in a restaurant in my life.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Peaceful
    Peaches
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    First time at this place. Food and service was good. Happy environment was quiet enough to visit! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Buffet
    luvgr8food
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The Christmas Buffet at Bambu was wonderful. Buffet with all kinds of shellfish and fish, salads, veggies - just things for everyone. Then you also order your entree from the menu. It was a completely enjoyable afternoon. They did not rush you at all.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back!
    Earl
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    It was a last minute find for a Christmas Day luncheon. It also turned out to be out our very best Christmas luncheon venue. The price was great and the food choices/selection was excellent. The staff made sure that the buffet table was always stocked with food. Our server was attentive to our needs, all twelve of us. We certainly will be back for our Christmas Day family luncheon. We also found out that the hotel restaurant served Easter, Mothers Day and Thanksgiving feast this year. We will be sure to consider Bambu in 2014.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service
    topdog
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    expensive restaurant with good food, high price and terrible service we left 20% tip and should have left zero terrible Christmas day breakfast
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy dining
    scrapbookcathleenVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    It is a great place for a healthy lunch, provided you do not mind the noisy room. Halibut was excellent, and was worth the return trip. The cappuccino parfait was a tiny bit of indulgence...and I was glad I did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely, healthy lunch
    scrapbookcathleenVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    My waiter was a pleasant chap, swift with service, attentive, but not over-bearing, as it should be. The restaurant is noisy due to the elevated ceilings, but my entrée was cooked to perfection and I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed their "house" sparkling water. Very good, a nice "eco-friendly" choice. Thanks to the chef and his staff; I really liked the healthy emphasis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an healthy approach to dining
    scrapbookcathleenVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I love their healthy approach to dining. They offer some vegan, some gluten-free, and other specialized menus. They were very accommodating, felt they valued our patronage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed Service
    PatientObserver
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    It wasn't the server Marcelo's fault that he was completely rushed with 6 or 7 tables at once and no obvious help from anyone else. He was his own Busser, hostess, and order taker. Leo a food runner would pop out from time to time to help and was very friendly. But as a whole I wanted to enjoy my dinner and not feel rushed to the point that the server doesnt have time to even introduce himself or strike up any form of communication. This felt more like the type of experience I'd get at a Denny's not at the Fairmont. On a good note the food was delicious, and both Marcelo and Leo were doing the best they could with the lack of help they had. Having worked in the industry I understand the need to cut labor, but not at the cost of the guest.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Our meal was exceptional. Way above average and served beautifully. Out waiter was really a professional who had been with the restaurant for 25 years which is an indication of quality. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bambu is new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Bambu was recently renovated and is very nice. The dishes we had were uniquely prepared and delicious. Seared Ahi appetizer with curried lentils, Warm Baby Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Seared Scallops with Crispy Cauliflower were all fantastic. Sit side-by-side in one of the new high-backed booths for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant is very slow
    VersaceVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The restaurant is very slow that evening, Valentine's Day! But the Valentine's Dinner menu was quite good. The service was excellent since we know the server from another restaurant. Overall, we are pleased with our dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very slow service and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Very slow service and the food was not worth the price of $69 each
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was the worst!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The service was the worst! The cost of the meal was too high! The steak at Dennys is better than this steak. We would never go back and my Valentine meal was a flop. I thought it was a higher end restaurant but it is not. I wore a suit but other people had jeans and shorts. This was a terible experience. I never fill out any of these surveys but I have to warn people about this restaurant. I use Open Table.com a lot and when I see new restaurants, I want to try them. This is the only restraurant that was bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Great food, lousy location. I feel bad saying anything negative about this restaurant since the food was top notch - but - it's as if they got together and decided to put the restaurant in the worst place possible.... no mood... no intimacy... ruined the experience for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The onion soup was especially
    AmazingVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    The onion soup was especially good.The presentation of the salad, cod and dessert on individual dishes that were on a larger plate, seemed quite an efficient method to serve, especially the place got quite busy for lunch because of the participants from seminar/ conference arrived while we were having lunch. I was actually glad to see more people since it was very sparse up to their arrival. The atmosphere was very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • my partner had the rib eye
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    my partner had the rib eye steak with fries and veggies, all cooked beautifully. I had the halibut on savoy with veggies and it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i had the filet mignon and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    i had the filet mignon and my partner ate the lamb, both great . noise from the sports tv in the bar overwhelms atmosphere sadly........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant has now moved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    The restaurant has now moved back into the refurbished space,= my partner had the rib eye steak and I had the pork - both really really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is our second visit in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    This is our second visit in a week, so that should say it all. The staff are very accommodating and will go out of their way to give you have what you require. The food is great. We had the chicken with the white sweet potato, brussel sprouts, Guanciale,Chanterelles and Thyme juice; the pork loin came with different accompaniments, and it was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The shrimp starter with Chayote, Sorrel, Black rice cakes and red curry emulsion was one of the best starters we have had for ages..... To finish we had the California cheese plate which comes with a compote, honey and crostini. the restaurant is going to be refurbed soon and we are excited to see the transformation although we do like the ex d
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The natural jidori chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    The natural jidori chicken breast was delicious - tender, juicy and flavorful and nicely paired with the earthy chanterelle mushrooms and brussel sprouts and the sweetness of the white sweet potato. The New York strip steak was seasoned but it did not overshadow the natural flavor of the beef. We tried the Triology dessert sampler - the mini pear pomegranite panna cotta was the best of the 3 - rich and smooth. The restaurant is tucked away inside the upscale hotel - only valet parking is available, but it is complimentary if you are dining at the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh, quality food prepared
    DessertFirstVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Fresh, quality food prepared with creativity, thought, and care. A big thank you to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I feel the prices on some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    I feel the prices on some items are on the high side.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner 4/24/2012
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2012
    My wife and I had exceptional service and the food was outstanding. The restaurant was not busy and the people working there were very attentive, without being overly attentive. Our appetizer was top notch. Crab cakes were prepared perfectly. I would have liked a bit more of their sauce, because it was delicious. Our entrees were steaks and they were prepared to our specifications. Their chimchurra sauce really added to the steak. One improvement they could work on, please update your wine list, it's not hard. My wife had creme brule and thought it was good, but it was different than she likes it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was okay. When factoring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    Food was okay. When factoring in price, food was not that good. Steak was overcooked, and salad and dessert were average. Also the restaurant is in a huge area and was pretty empty, even on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed tender and juicy wild
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    Enjoyed tender and juicy wild salmon, and a great tomato bisque. Great food in a hotel restaurant with a nice connected bar. Will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly over-priced, below
    ChicagoBoyVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2012
    Highly over-priced, below average food with incompetent service. Poor lighting as well.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We visited Bambu on Valentines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    We visited Bambu on Valentines Day. We wanted to try a place we had not yet visited. The service was good but I ordered a Rib Eye Medium Rare. it was delivered well done and I was not happy with the steak that cost $40.00. After spending $180.00 for a below average meal, I would probably not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • reserved a table which we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2012
    reserved a table which we ddnt get - but regardless of that and the fact it was v.busy due to a buffet for the runners of the sunday marathon....we had the shrimp cocktail starter and the Bay crab cakes...v good. then the halibut fillet with forbidden black rice, spinach etc and the half chicken, again v good and perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The pre fixed menu for Newport
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    The pre fixed menu for Newport Beach Restaurant Week was fantastic. Good value, excellent food. Would recommend for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The four of us went because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    The four of us went because they were listed in the Newport Beach Restaurant week. It is a nice hotel and the service was fine. Unfortunately, it was just another hotel venue. There was nothing special, the food was not worth the price. It was not bad but certainly made us all say there was no need to ever go back. I think this will forever be a hotel food service place and no one outside of the hotel should ever eat there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We really enjoyed the quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    We really enjoyed the quality of the food, however the service has severely lacking. The restaurant was near empty and he had to wait 5 minutes until someone came over and helped us. Had to ask for water and bread after a while of sitting, and just felt like the waiter had something better to do throught the night even though we nearly were the only table. Everybody in the group really liked the meal, and saved what could have been a disastrous experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we shared the salmon starter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    we shared the salmon starter which consists on about 4 different salmon dishes - enough really for a main course but being piggy we also shared the 12oz filet mignon - as usual - really good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was the first day of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    This was the first day of the Newport beach Restaurant week - so we were really happy to be back at the hotel to try it. The chicken and lentil soup to start was lovely and were the short ribs that followed. Desert which was a chocolate flourless cake and mousse was also great. Arwi, the Exec sous Chef came to introduce himself - its always a good sign to see the person behind the cooking! I had the pork dish...again....and the almon started which I cant stop eating!! All in all, a great night of food. Cant wait to try the other food on the menu..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we shared a steak which was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    we shared a steak which was great - as always. Comes with lovely veggies and we ordered fries as a change. Perfectly cooked food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate