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Oak Grill
Oak Grill

Oak Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oakgrillnb.com
  • Phone: (949) 760-4920
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Daily from 6:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Lunch:
    Daily from 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Wednesday from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
    Thursday - Saturday from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Marc Johnson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Plan an intimate gathering for a more customized dining experience in one of two private dining rooms ― featuring a private space that adjoins the deck with floor-to-ceiling windows― to celebrate your group from 4 to 12 guests. For more information, please contact Miguel Rodriguez-Vidal at 949.892.0258.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Plan an intimate gathering for a more customized dining experience in one of two private dining rooms ― featuring a private space that adjoins the deck with floor-to-ceiling windows― to celebrate your group from 4 to 12 guests. For more information, please contact Miguel Rodriguez-Vidal at 949.892.0258.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service with validation in the Restaurant.
    Five dollar charge with validation in Aqua Lounge.
A word from Oak Grill
Oak Grill is a true Newport Beach original. This exciting new dining destination combines influences from around the globe, as well as the American south resulting in an inspired taste you cannot miss. Our specially curated wine, beer and spirits programs, along with our polished and knowledgeable service team's attention to detail make Oak Grill the center of relaxed coastal luxury.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Oak Grill has an eclectic menu within California Cuisine. Shared appetizers were all delectable, flat breads and ahi tartare shined. Chef Marc's watermelon and beet salad was a refreshing palate cleanser and truly surprised us all with the burst of flavors. The chef wowed us again on the main course, as we all sampled each others plates. Whether it was the Halibut, Short Ribs, Rib-eye or the Filet Mignon, every bite was devoured. Cheers to this new hot spot. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "What a great place to eat, good location, free valet parking at the hotel was nice which saved on the parking drama, our Food was delivered with in a reasonable time after we ordered, Our waiter was attentive but not pushy and he made some very good suggestions on what to order. The over all cost to value was very reasonable, the restaurant seemed full but we did not feel crowded or rushed which was also nice, i would suggest a reservation as it appeared there was a wait for a table on a Wednesday also A+ on the people watching,"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere, even with reservation had to wait for table, O.K. service, food selection O.K."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A great new addition to the Orange County upscale dining scene, an evening dinner on the outside patio should not be missed. After extensive renovations the dining room and patio have been transformed into warm, chic, contemporary spaces with great lighting and relaxed ambiance. That being said, while the remodel is great, more importantly the food does not disappoint. You can tell Chef Johnson and his team care about each plate coming out of the back of the house. The menu is clean, coastal, approachable and delicious. Don't miss the chorizo flatbread, calamari and scallops. Nevertheless, top it all of with a great selection of cocktails and wine and you can be sure I'll be adding this to my weekly rotation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "NEW RESTAURANT IN THE ISLAND HOTEL WITH A NICE AMBIENCE. PATIO A NICE ADDITION WITH BEAUTIFUL TREES. THE MENU WAS GOOD BUT LIMITED. LOOK FORWARD TO A BRUNCH OPTION. THE FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AND FLATBREADS WERE VERY GOOD."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very accommodating with our large group. Our waitress deserves special praise for her never faltering smile, dealing with 8 chatty women is difficult, and she was a delight. Food was good, not great, but everyone seemed pleased with their choices. One negative is the decor. While the Aqua Lounge is gorgeous, and I hope to try it soon, the dining room was very dated and cold in appearance. Where were the beautiful floral arrangements? Where was the color? Table Cloths? The decor was mentioned by all as being a disappointment."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Finally a large outdoor seating area in OC that is beautiful and elegant. General Manager, Miguel Rodriguez Vidal, formerly of Mastros and Red O, has really outdone himself this time. The food is farm to table fresh and delicious, yet creative and hearty. The watermelon and beet salad, fried green tomatoes, and lobster chopped salad are beautiful and flavorful, and the pork chop and halibut are both perfectly prepared. You must try one of the unique, freshly mixed cocktails offerings, like the Boulevardier, made with The Duke Bouban Whiskey. After dinner, head next door to Aqua Lounge, the completely remodeled lounge of the Island Hotel, for a lively crowd, great tunes spun by the resident DJ, and fun people watching."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service was just plain BAD, the food was very average and the ambiance was very hotel like. I realize they are new but they definitely need new servers without question and the food was just so AVERAGE at best which is by far my bigger concern...."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "loved everything we had to eat (halibut; salmon; pineapple butter cake). liked the lunch menu but would have liked more variety for appetizers. they were very accommodating. they didn't have a cheese plate on the lunch menu but they had the chef put one together for us. our server was very attentive and courteous. he was unable to assist us in picking out a bottle of wine but did bring someone over who helped us with that (and it ended up being a great recommendation!). loved sitting on the patio. looks like it would be gorgeous at night with the lanterns hanging from the trees!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A great new addition to Newport dining. We've been twice for dinner in the last week. Great outdoor dining patio under the large trees with lanterns. Has a Napa feel. Food was fantastic. Try the roasted Alaskan Halibut, the Pork Chop or the Shirt Ribs. Nice twist on their Caesar Salad. Tip. Book a last minute hotel room using the Hotel Tonight App and get a major discount on a very nice room and enjoy the jacuzzi."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. The Island Hotel is new and improved. Good service. Amazing setting; relaxed elegance."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Granted they have been open officially for a week. Service is friendly but slow, food also uneven-nothing to rave about. The setting is lovely. Island Hotel did a nice job updating the decor and feel of their dining room. The patio is the place to be...which makes up for the food, which isn't bad, just not great!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had reservations and we were offered a table in the back by the corner. I asked for another table. The restaurant was not busy so why try and put us in the back. Took a while for the server to come, but when he did he was very attentive and knowageble. I had the baby kale salad, the feta cheese was to peppery, as was the bacon. Then the dressing was spicy. The salad just didn't come together. The sea bass was vey good, but the quina had to much of an orange taste and to many dried cranberries in it. The scallops were cooked properly, but the beans just didn't go with them."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "beautiful outdoor seating with mature garden & trees."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " Remodel at the Oak Grill was long overdue. Very dissapointed in the service and food. Party of 4. Greeted by the staff including the new manager. The manager never circulated the restaurant. complimentary fried green tomatoes were bitter and hard. Got the salmon entree and they mixed up my order for my friend who had the same. Had to wait:( Friend Got the rib eye with bordelaise which was thin and so so. The whole experience was rather blase instead of amazing. Would not go back except maybe for lunch. Patio looks very chic. Need to work on service, staff and change up the menu. Seems like the same as previous restaurant. Nothing stood out. Although the waiter was very friendly he seemed to lack professional skills. Very kind though."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What a great new restaurat casual yet upscale service and food have had 2 lunches and 3 dinners in four days Chef Mark came from Mastro!s. His risotto with crab and the rib chop not to be missed Save room for the pineapple butter cake We are Newport Beach locals and this is our new hangout. Try to dine on the deck ambiance fabulous"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Ambience was a nice balance between formal and informal. Recognizing that the large screen over the bar was causing some distraction (one of those glitches that still need to be fixed), Annie paused to chat and shared some Hawaii stories. Later she brought additional blue cheese stuffed olives when she recognized my addiction. Only constructive comment relates to the dinner plates. Lovely shape but with high edges on the side and low in front, a perfect opportunity for a fork or knife to slip right into your lap -- and yes, it did, onto a silk blouse. No question, however, that this will become a very busy place as everyone catches on to the Island Hotel's newest restaurant. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our family dines out most major holidays. Our experience at your hotel restaurant was outstanding! We each one commented on the food, the service and for Christmas Day the unbelievable attention by staff. The Hotel was decorated beautifully the grounds were perfect and the puppies in the lobby encouraged us (great dog lovers) that this in fact should become our "new" go to location for gatherings. Thank you again for a fantastic Christmas Day experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "Had a wonderful time... Great food with wonderful service and ambiance."
    Dined on 9/18/2012
  • "My girlfriend and I have been here a few times and enjoy the great food and attentive service. We've never been crowded out by hotel guests, so it's a great find for locals."
    Dined on 5/5/2012
  • "My husband, son, and I were celebrating my birthday. We did not know that the main restaurant was closed when we arrived, but were pleasantly surprised that a barbeque buffet was offered near the pool area. It was not crowded because that day was part of the weekend event of "A Taste of Newport" nearby. The BBQ shrimp, beef, pulled pork, the various cold salads, the desserts were all absolutely delicious! We enjoyed everything tremendously! We also had excellent service!"
    Dined on 9/18/2011
  • "Unfortunately I would have to say this was not at all what we would expect from a restaurant in a five star hotel. Our server was very sweet but not well trained in being a server. We ordered champagne. While we were waiting for it our soup was brought to us, I sent it back and asked to please wait until after our champagne toast. Our server then came over after awhile and explained our choice was at room temperature and that it would take awhile to chill. He offered to serve us an already chilled cheaper champagne or a glass of the one we ordered....really! We asked for the one we ordered in an ice bath that he said was another possibility. When we did have our soup it was very good. It went downhill from there. The rest was very mediocre."
    Dined on 8/19/2011
  • "We love the Palm Terrace Garden but this day the food did not all come at the same time and some of the items were cold. Requested items took a long time coming. Hopefully this was a one time issue because the garden is a special place to dine."
    Dined on 8/13/2011
  • "The food and service has been consistently excellent at the Palm Terrace Restaurant. I treated a friend to a birthday lunch...her ahi burger was the best she has ever had, and she has dined at other fine dining establishments...my prime burger, as always, delicious. The complimentary birthday dessert, a chocolate glazed white and chocolate mousse bombe, beautifully presented, was enjoyed tremendously! The front-of-the house staff, as always, was cordial and professional, paying close attention to the fine details of serving and delighting their guests!"
    Dined on 5/27/2011
  • "Wonderful, wonderful breakfast spot! Very lovely atmosphere and delicious food!"
    Dined on 9/12/2009
  • "A nice place to dine if you're staying at the hotel"
    Dined on 1/23/2009
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    Dined on 12/4/2008
  • "Service was provided by very pleasant, but inexperienced staff. Food was inconsistent. The amouse bouch was really excellent- a bit of a squash soup. The apetizers were quite good. But the entree, a john dory preparation, was average. The fish was overdone and not an exceptional dish."
    Dined on 11/14/2008
  • "A very nice, quiet restaurant--one in which conversations can actually occur. Service was a bit awkward but good--perhaps trying too hard. Sommelier was excellent. The staff, in general, was very pleasant and friendly without being intrusive. The food was not exactly as described by the server. The portions were extremely sparse--I like small portions but this was certainly minimalist--perhaps reflecting the economic times. We were informed that Wednesday evenings were a half-price for (that was because I brought a rare wine and shared with the staff). It was a very pleasant evening if not memorable."
    Dined on 10/11/2008
  • "I have dined at the Palm Terrace Restaurant many times and I must say, this by far exceeded the others. The food was exceptional and the waiter/staff went out of their way to make us comfortable. The Chef sent out a lobster bisque as a first course to wet our palet. It was creamy, rich and bold with flavour. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The funny thing is I don't usually like lobster bisque. The main course and the desert were equally impressive. Each visit to the restaurant gets better and better. I cannot wait to see what they have in store for me next time."
    Dined on 10/11/2008
  • "The food is exellent but the portion is way too small... everything else is great."
    Dined on 8/29/2008
  • "This reataurant has everything! Service, fabulous food (thanks to the talented Chef Bracken, who always comes out to say hello) and the entertainment in the lounge Wed-Sat is phenomenal. One of our favorite places for a great dinner and late night out! Ashlee is the lounge manager and she is so friendly and service oriented - THE BEST!"
    Dined on 8/1/2008
  • "The food was very good and the 30-day aged ribs outstanding! Our waitress was most pleasant and knowledgable about wines. A great place for a quiet romantic dinner or to close the deal in a quiet setting. Central location off Newport Coast."
    Dined on 7/26/2008
  • "My friend and I each ordered an Asian Chicken salad for lunch. Half way through I got a bad piece of chicken, tasted spoiled. T thought it was my imaginationa and kept eating, got another one. Told my friend who had no complaint. Mentioned it to the waiter who offered another meal. I was full so declined, thinking my taster was off. Then my friend got a bad piece. We notified the waiter again, but did not make a fuss. We got free coffee. Perhaps a rain check for another meal would have been a better response at a 5 star hotel/restaurant. Nice setting, but probably won't return and take a chance of getting another spoiled meal."
    Dined on 7/10/2008
  • "We had a fabulous dinner at the Palm Terrace. The food was terrific, the waiter was wonderful and the little surprises from the chef were such a treat and oh so delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant to our friends and others who appreciate good food and service. As a matter of fact, we have already made plans to go back with some of our friends."
    Dined on 7/3/2008
  • "We love the Palm Terrace! The food is amazing and boy oh boy those deserts! We don't do the bar scene, but it was hoppin'."
    Dined on 6/27/2008
  • "One of our favorite places! The service is always IMPECCABLE; Vaughn is so attentive in the dining room, and the lounge manager Ashlee leaves no person unnoticed. Chef Bracken does an outstanding job of whipping up culinary exquisites, and always comes out to greet his dining guest to make them feel special. We are planning a large party to go with us very soon, and know they will appreciate this special place as much as we always do!"
    Dined on 6/19/2008
  • "I have been to Palm Terrace many times for dinner and it is always wonderful. This time it was lunch and again I was disappointed in the service. We didn't get bread on the table until a minute before we ordered our appetizer. Then when we finally got appetizer (mine was soup), I was not finished when my main course came (halibut). I didn't want my fish to get cold, so I had to rush through finishing my soup which I so enjoy ordering. The service was so ill timed. We sat outdoors since it was a gorgeous day; however, the service we received treated as though we were an after thought. It truly ruined our dining experience that day. We're not sure we will ever attempt lunch there again. This wasn't the first time on lunch."
    Dined on 6/16/2008
  • "I reserved a table well in advance of our special occasion, but we were sat outside for brunch, even though it was cold. The service was adequate, bot not outstanding. The food was good, but not great. I expected more from a hotel that's on many "Best Brunch" lists."
    Dined on 6/15/2008
  • "Enjoyed the food the service and the peace and quiet."
    Dined on 6/13/2008