Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill
Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill

Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pelicanhill.com/Dining_Coliseum
  • Phone: 9496121913x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Micah Severeid
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newport Coast Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service.
A word from Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill
The casual resort lifestyle on the Southern California coast comes to life at the Coliseum Pool & Grill, with gorgeous Pacific ocean vistas, whimsical table settings of bright aquamarine linens and blue-tinted glassware, and a wide selection of American favorites on Chef Micah Severeid’s superbly prepared menu. Dine overlooking the strikingly iconic Coliseum Pool with its radiant blue bottom created by hand-setting 1.1 million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers fresh seasonal fare with many ingredients sourced locally from the Irvine Ranch®, located just 8 miles from Pelican Hill. With a large selection of pizzas, panini, sandwiches, seafood dishes, pastas, specialty salads and even smoothies, there’s something on the menu for every taste and desire. A lounge with nine-foot TV screens is a favorite for sports viewing and families delight in the “Coliseum Kids’ Menu,” featuring an endless pizza, pasta and gelato option.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (115)great for outdoor dining (110)special occasion (74)great for lunch (74)great for brunch (62)romantic (58)good for groups (51)fit for foodies (43)kid-friendly (40)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (22)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Coliseum Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and ambiance is spectacular ! I highly recommend and food prices are very decent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was delicious. ORGEOUS view! Service was very friendly but slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep coming back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    it was busy with visitors being the weekend, but the food and the service are worth it. The scenic view breathtaking, took dozens of pictures. I got the same table i had in the past and I loved using OpenTable to make the reservations. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointed in service
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were celebrating my wife's birthday and I noted that on my OpenTable reservation and the hostess confirmed that she saw it when I asked her after we had been seated. Thereafter, there was absolutely nothing mentioned by any of our servers or the staff about her birthday and there was absolutley nothing done or provided during the meal or dessert to acknowledge it. Additionally, it took them nearly 40 minutes to bring our food after we ordered it. They said a couple BIG orders beat ours in the kitchen - very poor excuse. There should be no excuse for it it take that long. I would and did expect more from a 5 star resort. Finally, be sure to bring your own wine (glad we did). The wine markups are outrageous. Worth paying the corkage fee.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best views in OC
    GmoneyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We go to the Coliseum because of the view of the ocean and one of the largest infinity pools in the nation. It also helps that you're in a 5-star resort so the grounds are gorgeous. Great for brunch, lunch or dinner and one of our go to places for group dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coliseum Pool & Grill
    vacationtime
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have dined at the Coliseum Pool and Grill several times. I've taken many guests and family here for a relaxing or special day. The quality of service and food is consistent offering a menu that is varied, healthy, fresh, and in addition to this, well prepared. My favorite is the Beet Salad with Salmon. Prices are quite reasonable for a place of this caliber. The location is outstanding, offering beautiful views of Newport Bay and the golf course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait and bad service
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I have never experienced such a long wait and bad service at any 5 star resorts. Took 45 mins to get to the table although we reserved a table. Then it takes another 15 minutes for a someone to come to greet us. No water and no napkin until we ask. It is totally a mess and we never expect such service at this kind resort. Colesium staffs, please pay more attention to your customers.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Buffet is $55.
    LillyBelleVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This really is a venue for property guests. The service was very slow. We were given a cooked-to-order menu and offered the buffet. Wanting a little of everything, we chose the buffet. Our server, Traci, never mentioned that the buffet is $55 per person. Had we known the cost of the buffet, we would have ordered from the menu, where the plates were $25, and enjoyed our meal much more. Outside diners are subjected to property guests and their families going to the pool.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never again on Labor Day
    Neighbors
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had reservations for 7:15 on Labor Day. We were not seated until 8:30. It was noisy and chaotic. A buffet was offered for $60. a plate that included hot dogs and hamburgers. People were taking food from the buffet with their hands. I had a wilted and warm Tuscan salad. Don't know how long it was sitting out before it came to the table. The 4 of us were very disappointed with our experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration Dinner
    YLLakerFan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Always a fun place for dinner. We love to bring out of town guest here, especially for sunset. Our only problem this time, we had a 6:45 reservation and we did not get our table until 7:20 PM. The food was good, the Ahi on my Tuscan Salad was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Pelican Hill!!!
    SheriandBillVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It's even more perfect each and every time we visit. This time we drove down from LA just to have lunch. It makes for such a lovely afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Ocean View Spoiled
    love2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We arrived early and had a cocktail in the main lobby bar overlooking the golf course and pool area. Service was great and drinks were good. Maybe a little pricy but after-all you are a Pelican Hill. The Coliseum Pool & Grill is on the ground level of the resort, not to worry if you're not able to make the walk you can catch a ride from the hotel shuttle. When we arrived for the our dinner reservations we were disappointed that we did not get the seating we had requested when we made our advance reservations. The waiter service was good, food good, view ok you just need to be flexible as you may not get what you requested. Over all I would recommend and will go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular setting!
    Waikikidiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Coliseum at Pelican Hill has a beautiful setting, over looking the resorts enormous round pool, with the golf course and ocean beyond. The food was good, service great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing view, reasonable prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at The Coliseum Pool and Grill. The service was excellent and the food was really delicious. Beautifully presented and reasonably priced for the quality, service and view. Our waiter was wonderful and the manager came by to ask us how we were doing. All great! My only disappointment was paying $25-26 for a glass of Chardonnay ..... the amount of wine in the glass when served was less than normal... C'mon guys! Lets make sure that you are making it worth the $26 or else suggest ordering a bottle. Pour a glass that is generous when we are paying those big prices!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • xxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Needed a place for brunch in OC and decided on Pelican Hill. We sat outside on the patio and we had a beautiful ocean view. The service was excellent. Everyone from the busboys to the manager were attentive. Our server, Sandra, was great. They have a varied menu with sandwiches, fresh fish, pasta, Thai, Italian food - huge variety with fresh local ingredients. You can tell that they use quality ingredients. AND they have free parking!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coliseum Grill Newport Beach A+
    dinendash
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Beautiful open air indoor/outdoor terrace. overlooks pool, golf course and pacific ocean. excellent menu (not massive, but something for everyone) quality cuisine and good service. not overly expensive. relaxed dining with a view partnered with elegant 5 star surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went to celebrate a birthday having previously had a great experience. Apparently a large group in another part of the restauarant had priority and we felt like lower class patrons. It took more than a half hour for our salad/soup course to arrive and even longer for the main course. The waiter often was no where to be found as wine glasses were empty for quite some time. While the waiter explained the delays were due to a large party, nothing was ever offered to make our experience better. Not even a complimentary iced tea as every soft drink was added to the bill. With such delays, you would think a manager would have stopped by, but we never saw anyone that night. Food was mediocre compared to the prior visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must For Any Occasion!
    RealtorCamille7VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You can sit outside, inside at a table or inside at a booth. We like either outside under the covered patio or inside in a booth. For our 23rd wedding anniversary we chose the booth. Scott was our server and he took great care of us on our special occasion. Everything is beautiful at this resort. The decor, views, table cloths, glasses and the food are outstanding! The wine list is great. We had Schramsberg champagne, the flat bread special, the swordfish and the Skate fish special. Everything was so delicious! They gave us a special anniversary dessert to share that was a mocha, chocolate mousse cake topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries - delicious. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Anniversary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We found this fantastic restaurant on-line and made a reservation to celebrate our Anniversary. We're visiting from Canada with our 2 children. Everything was spectacular, the view, the food, the service - everything. Chef Micah even visited our table to ensure we were satisfied and to wish us a happy anniversary. Thank you Coliseum - we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Love this restaurant. Food and service are consistently outstanding, and the view spectacular!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely wonderful
    luvitVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We loved it and will bring others back to share it thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunshine
    Sunshine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food ingredients are top quality. Salad greens are clean, crisp, and tasty--said to be grown locally on the Irvine Ranch. Grilled salmon cooked perfectly! Servers are friendly and cater to your every need. Girlfriends enjoy as a favorite lunch spot; husband and I go for dinner often (we live locally). The outdoor patio is wonderful, and the view is the best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have been there for brunch and lunch. This was our first time for dinner. Everything was wonderful. The food was great. Service was wonderful and the outdoor dining was perfect. Definitely will go back next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coliseum Pool & Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had a lovely, relaxing, delicious lunch. Enjoyed the spectacular views, and dining outdoors. Perfect service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunset Excellance
    Travelwithron
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food, service and view were exceptional. Dined with best friends from out of town, they were amazed about how nice the view and the food was along with great service. We will be back to the Coliseum Pool & Grill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    If you like looking at the gorgeous view for over an hour after you order your food, this is the place. Who knows why it took so long to get the food, but it did finally did arrive and it was very farm-fresh. We brought two guests from out of area, and we were embarrassed by the slow service/kitchen delay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Moving to Newport Coast so decided to try out this highly recommended restaurant in the beautiful Pelican Hills resort. Casual lunch was perfect. Lots of activity by the pool overlooking the Pacific. The shrimp quesadilla was perfect and the potato leek soup was excellent. I highly recommend the Coliseum for a fun, casual meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for lunch or brunch
    deegee
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We really enjoyed this as a party of 6 for a birthday. It was very crowded and we had to wait for a table outside and the service was a bit slow but it wasn't a real issue. Food was good and the view is really great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite in every way
    FoodWineLoverVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We are regulars at the Coliseum but find it special every time. The setting is spectacular with outside dining in a semi circle around one side of a 100 foot diameter round swimming pool all overlooking the manicured golf course and Pacific Ocean beyond. The name of the restaurant reflects the grand architecture of the restaurant and pool cabana building. The decor is classically elegant yet, in the setting, feels casual. The result is that we can feel comfortable in shorts, casual or business casual attire. The excellent, well presented food is consistent with this theme, from simple choices like hamburgers to imaginative steaks and seafood entrees all priced as casual dining. Service is consistent, attentive and excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When it's bad, it's really bad
    OccasionalIndulgerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went for a quiet light dinner midweek. Normally a great spot. We ordered a starter of garlic fries and some gazpacho. After 30 minutes and being told twice that our order would be out "in just a minute," we asked for a manager and after another 5 minutes (no show on the manager) we got up and left. Don't go here if you're hungry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience
    Cherie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    There were 11 of us celebrating a birthday. Everyone loved it. The staff was great and the experience was truly amazing. I will definitely recommend this place and I will definitly go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We live locally in Newport beach ca and always arrange to meet all of our dining dates here at the coliseum to showcase the best of dining with a view along the coast !! Great food, great service, great ambiance!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service & views
    LuvGrub
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had lunch (party of 6) on Saturday, the views were superb, and the food and service was excellent. Great place to have lunch with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Connie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Our lunch outside was absolutely fabulous. The ambiance and scenery and food were excellent. The mushroom soup was so delicious. Can hardly wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was ordinary and very salty. Took forever to get food. Server was lovely and location is great. Not very creative or innovative. Brunch buffet was $65, a ridiculous amount for an aveerage hotel brunch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre experience at Pelican Hill
    Disapppointed
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    They ignore your wishes at reservation with some lame excuses. The waiters are nice and trying but food is mediocre - there are nicer places to go where they have a better control over roaming children. I am not recommending the place, particularly not for an intimate celebration or special occasion because you just will embarrass yourself.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ncdiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Requested an outdoor table at 6:45. Upon arrival we were told to wait for a table outside (20 mins). Checked back at that time and was told first come, first served. After another 25 mins they took us to a table that had been empty from the start. Didn't get food until 8:15 which is too late with kids. Won't go back. Nice view though and food was ok.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome place!
    astropopcandyVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Everything about Pelican Hill is amazing and the Coliseum Pool and Grill is a continuation of that. Great view, great service and great food. I like having meetings there. The noise level is low, the scenery is great and it sure beats Starbucks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    wine2dine
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Everything was prefect . The food was great. The waiter was friendly . Best 1st anniversary ever.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great restaurant that seems very overwhelmed on busy summer weekends. I have dined at this restaurant many times and usually it is fantastic. However, when dining on a Saturday night during the busy summer season, it seemed very overwhelmed and perhaps understaffed. From the valet parking, to the hostess desk, to the servers, to the quality of food coming from the kitchen, it wasn't the usual amazing experience and amazing food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic