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

bambu Restaurant - Newport Beach Fairmont Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/newportbeach/GuestServices/Restaurants/bambuRestaurant.htm
  • Phone: (949) 476-2001
  • 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
  • Special Events & Promotions: Quattro lunch –
    Selecting from the freshest seasonal & local california ingredients, chef creates our weekly lunch
    Combination plate, ideal for diners on the go. $22

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great ambience, pre-fixed dinner needs a steak selection"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Visited Bambu during restaurant week for a greater value. Had an amazing time, great atmosphere in the classy Fairmont Hotel. Great food!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "First time at this place. Food and service was good. Happy environment was quiet enough to visit! Thank you."
    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."
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Very slow service and the food was not worth the price of $69 each"
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2013
  • "i had the filet mignon and my partner ate the lamb, both great . noise from the sports tv in the bar overwhelms atmosphere sadly........"
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/8/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/24/2012
  • "Fresh, quality food prepared with creativity, thought, and care. A big thank you to the chef!"
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "I feel the prices on some items are on the high side."
    Dined on 6/22/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/24/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2012
  • "Enjoyed tender and juicy wild salmon, and a great tomato bisque. Great food in a hotel restaurant with a nice connected bar. Will return."
    Dined on 3/30/2012
  • "Highly over-priced, below average food with incompetent service. Poor lighting as well."
    Dined on 3/28/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2012
  • "The pre fixed menu for Newport Beach Restaurant Week was fantastic. Good value, excellent food. Would recommend for special occasion."
    Dined on 1/28/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/27/2012
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/21/2012
  • "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.."
    Dined on 1/20/2012
  • "we shared a steak which was great - as always. Comes with lovely veggies and we ordered fries as a change. Perfectly cooked food."
    Dined on 1/14/2012