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Pelican Grill
Pelican Grill

Pelican Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pelicanhill.com/Dining_Pelican_Grill
  • Email: diningreservations@pelicanhill.com
  • Phone: (949) 612-1913
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Derek Brooks
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Pop-Rock "Newport Coast Trio" featured Thursday - Saturday, 7pm - 11pm
    *Band start time subject to Sporting Event schedules

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pelican Hill Road and Newport Coast Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet or Self Parking.
A word from Pelican Grill
Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, this restaurant celebrates the best of the California lifestyle with its gorgeous seaside location, delectable menu prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, stylish and comfortable décor, Italian-inspired architecture, terrace with ocean and golf course views, gracious personalized service and sophisticated, yet relaxed bar with nine-foot HDTVs for sports viewing. In the open-display kitchen, Chef Derek Brooks leads the culinary team in creating innovative seafood and steak dishes. Dining al fresco on the terrace, equipped with hidden heaters and sunscreens for year-round comfort, is the quintessential California dining experience. The generous, balanced wine list features mostly California selections and more than 30 wines by the glass. The Tasting Table invites diners to sit right next to the open-concept kitchen in the main dining room for an intimate, chef-led dinner featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients and creative presentations.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I decided to try the Grill last weekend and we were very glad that we did. We have both dined at the other restaurants at Pelican Hill and the Grill lived up to the quality that we would expect. The menu was very creative while satill being accessable to most tastes. The service was very attentive and efficient while not being obtrusive. I especially appreciated the friendliness of of all the staff we encountered. Also, I am not sure if this is normal, but our table was visited by both the Executive Chef and the General Manager. This was a very nice touch and helped to make the evening memorable. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "we always enjoy this place..the view is incredible if you sit outdoors. We had a late lunch. The food was incredible and has been every visit. The service is outstanding - not rushed and very helpful."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I came many times for lunch and dinner. Great service, Great food, Great views !"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Mark, our server, was incredible... He made the evening memorable, fun and we cannot wait to return. Everything was flawless. Food, service, atmosphere, was all perfect."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This is a beautiful resort restaurant with views of the Pacific Ocean. Our problem was with the quickness of the food delivery. Our food was served within 6 mins of ordering. Way too fast. We had ordered a bottle of wine and didn't have a chance to begin to enjoy it. The food, for the price, was just ok. We are locals and probably won't revisit."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was absolutely amazing. The family enjoyed a nice dinner and great conversation. Our waiter was the best he was so friendly and the best sense of humor!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for dinner one December evening and sat under the heaters on the balcony. In summary: FOOD: 5 of 5, SERVICE 2. We brought a 16 year old special bottle of wine with us; My husband mentioned to our server that the wine was an old wine, and might need some TLC with the cork. She grabbed the bottle and treated it like a basketball, really. No gentleness involved. She broke off the cork and was trying to fish out the pieces. Then the busboy wasted to give it a try. Really? Finally, we said "don't you have a Sommelier who can help"? As far as the food went, all was excellent, Jumbo Prawn Cocktail, salads, Chilean Sea Bass, Lamb Chops. No problem with with the quality of the food. But poor service will keep us away."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "This is a classic should have been better. High prices for food that looks amazing, but afterwards you needed to go have a second meal. Two hanger steak salads, one glass of white wine, and two cappacinos = $113.00 which included tip/tax. Save your money, get an equally great view and go to Montage Resort just down the road."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Love the location and the vibe of this restaurant. The food is great and well presented. The service is impeccable. If you love wine, then you are in economic trouble. The prices are ridiculous..I would recommend bringing your own favorite bottle, even though corkage is a hefty $30. To sit outside and watch a beautiful sunset over the ocean makes it all worthwhile."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Amazing view...outstanding service and food...cioppino that is amazing."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We were at a business meeting at Pelican Hill and ate at Pelican Grill at their golf course. The view, service and food would bring us back again and again. I recommend it."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We arrived earlier than our reservation, and we're seated immediately with no drama. The staff were very attentive and explained any queries competently. The food was excellent and just enough time was left between each course. We ordered a second round of cocktails, and because these took longer to arrive, we were told these would be complimentary ! Portions were not huge, like many American establishments, but by the end of the evening, we felt pleasantly full. All this and stunning scenery, watching the sun set over Catalina Island - all in all a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "LOVE this place! I've been here plenty of times! Always get the best service! Even the manager offered to take our picture of me and the bf @ our table! U must try the Chilean sea bass! WOW! amazing! Perfect blend for ur taste buds! The filet was also so flavorful! How the have the sweet potato puree and their au gratin potatoes! YUM! If you order any alcoholic beverages, it's well worth it. Since they make your drinks stiff. The atmosphere of this place is romantic. I love how it over looks the beach and on clear days you can see Catalina . This is definitely one of my favorite places to dine at in OC!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I wasn't expecting Pelican hill to be so economically friendly. We stopped off at the pelican grill which was perfect. We were seated right away and enjoyed our pretzel bread basket, and our tropical ice tea served with mint. This restaurant reminds me of a small lounge with a 5 star feel. The waiters were very nice. He made many suggestions based on what I was already ordering. He also was very funny, kind, and was always on top of getting us what we needed before we needed it. Great good, very nice, truffle mac and cheese, chopinno, basil pizza and a nice goat cheese bruschetta. Very very good. I think this is a prefect date night, with complimentary valet, and moderate pricing. It's a really great place."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food and service are always excellent. At lunch we had the bruschetta and ahi tuna tartare for appetizers. The bruschetta (roasted figs) was lovely but had that sweetness to it that became a little much when paired with the white wine we ordered. The ahi tartare is a must and is better than any others I've had elsewhere. As an entrée, the pan seared Chinook salmon was a good size, moist on the inside and very flavorful. This place is romantic and intimate in a gorgeous coastal setting. Service is always warm yet professional, parking is easy (valet or free self parking), dining leisurely, and the crowd elegant but understated. No large crowds of status seeking, loud wanna be's that you would otherwise find at the Montage or St. Regis"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We coupled dinner at the Grill with a stay at the bungalows of Pelican Hill. Both were amazing !"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "What a gem this restaurant is. The service was excellent and attentive . The food was fresh and tasty. The daytime views of Newport Beach were breathtaking."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "LOVED our visit to the Pelican Grill-Great food, great service and really great ambiance and views of the ocean!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Definitely a beautiful restaurant with amazing views. Interior decor is pretty nice and has a lovely romantic feel. The service is pretty friendly.However, the food did not have a "wow" factor like other restaurants we have been to."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our experience was phenomenal from when we showed up to the moment we left. Excellent and personable service to complement the great food. Our waiter, Chris I believe was his name...was fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We loved the old French toast with pear and cream sauce. The one we tried today was different - with apples. My friend ordered crab cakes and it was awful. The side asparagus was excellent. View was spectacular. But floor where we sat was dirty and sun flower in the vase was dead. Bread - I miss the Sundried tomato rolls. The berries roll was ok. The pretzel bread was much oiler than before, and the Italian bread was hard as a rock. We would rather go to the pool side Coliseum next time."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Although I live just a couple miles away, I'd never visited the resort. The grounds are lovely and the service was exceedingly friendly. It quickly dispelled my fears of a snooty, stiff environment. I was greeted very warmly, with an acknowledgement that I needed to be gluten free. Our party of six had a great table by the window. The room is spacious, for an uncrowded and unrushed lunch experience. I have to say that food was just good...pretty to look at but not particularly noteworthy. For the price, it was not a great value. Also, the support for the "gluten free" aspect was weak. Our server while friendly was not involved in the food service, unaware that my burger mistakenly came with a bun and had to be returned."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "When in Newport Beach, my husband and I always dine at Pelican Grill, despite the many exceptional culinary options this area has to offer. Unfortunately for us, Valentine's proved to be a disappointment. Service was perfunctory while the food was only slightly above average. At the encouragement of our waiter, each of us ordered the Beef Wellington, served medium rare as recommended by the chef. One member of our dining party received hers much closer to medium well. As the chef made his rounds to inquire about our experience, we pointed this out. Despite his assurances that he would "make this right," nothing was done. For a restaurant that touts themselves as a fine dining establishment, this is unacceptable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner with great service and atmosphere. The crab cake appetizer and the heirloom tomatoe salad were the best I've had. We both had two amazing pasta dishes as well. We usually come and sit in the bar area but it was nice to experience the dining room area. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I wrote previously about having to wait for our reservation for lunch this week. We called to say we would be 10 minutes late, but when we arrived the hostess said no tables were available. She failed to mention that the other side of the patio area was free. We waited for 15 minutes before I Went to the desk to check. She told me that the side of the patio on the right was not under her care and we could seat ourselves there. Why didn't tell us that previously is a mystery. The better news it that our wait staff were just great and also the food was very good."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Had 2 appetizers with 2 lemonades for lunch. $70 bucks. Pretty steep. Great view and phenomenal service though."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We went to The Pelican Grill during NB Restaurant Week. The menu offered at The Pelican Grill was great. The food was very good. The menu let us taste different types of offerings. The service was excellent. The dining room is beautiful and tables are fairly private. I will surely be going back to enjoy another evening out."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "David was our server and his attention to detail and support of my employee's 25 Year Service Anniversary was impeccable. This is one of my favorite restaurants based on food, service, ambiance and views! Giuseppe is a World Renowned Resort General Manager and it shows in his chefs and staff!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The Resort at Pelican Hill and the Pelican Grill restaurant have a relaxing ambiance that makes you feel like you are on a mini-vacation in just the short time you are there. The servers make you feel special and the food is very good. It is difficult to decide whether to get a table inside or on the patio. The inside is so elegant and comfortable, you want to stay there, but the patio has such a wonderful view (and great heaters) you just can't decide."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Great food. Good service. Beautiful view. Horrible valet parking"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "They had two large parties in the restaurant while we were there but the restaurant overall was only about half full. They seemed to struggle a bit with serving large and small parties concurrently. Waiter was great. Food was inconsistent. The ribeye steak was neither tender nor flavorful. Lamb was good but not outstanding. Appetizers were better. We were seated across from a counter used for wine and water service. One of the staff bussed a table onto the counter and left a dozen dirty dishes there for about five minutes for us to stare at."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "What a delicious find. Good food, service and quality. I had the surf and turf and it was superb. Thank you ."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "A beautiful setting and the staff are very warm and friendly. We went for a birthday celebration, and everyone who we met from the hostess to the waiter to the server seemed to know it was a birthday and offered a friendly greeting and a smile."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Service was slow. Waitress forgot to put in our soup, so mains came first. Food was good. It's a nice location, but not going back anytime soon."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "It was our first time going there and we had an amazing time! The ambience was nice, quite, romanitc. The view was extraordinary. The service was great and the food was delicious! I would definitely recommend this to my family and friends."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Hostess could use more of a smile. Don't understand why we couldn't sit out in the patio when there were plenty of spaces. Food, BBQ sandwich-bread stiff & not tasty, not enough flavor on pulled pork, salad dressing too thick. Don't mind paying $20 for sandwich if it was satisfying... Waitress did come by several times to refill drinks, $4 for cutting fee is a little high. Ambience was beautiful but because we were inside we didn't get to enjoy as much."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "You can savor the really fresh cuisine while taking in the lovely sea views fro the covered veranda. The wait staff are handy and attentive, but not stuffy. I liked the creative ways the chef treated some of my favorite super foods such as Kale and Avocado. I also appreciate that they are happy to split plates for you, so that we could collectively sample more dishes."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "But...I have to say that the last time I came here, our server had to split our bill into two cards. She lost/deleted one of the credit card transaction and double charged my card for the full amount. How is that my fault? How can you just double charge my card without my signature? I called the accounting to figure out what went wrong, and they demanded me to call my friend for her to call her mom who flew back home to Ohio to call in to their office to pay for the bill and then they will revise my charges. How is this my problem when their waitress messed up the transaction? I called my cc service and sent in my receipt and they reimbursed my charges. Annoying!"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "This was my first time at Pelican Grill. I went for lunch with me wife. Great service, food and atmosphere. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We arrived in town early evening and were glad that we made reservations for dinner here. I liked the valet service. We sat at a booth table and had excellent service. The sea bass was good and the steak cooked to perfection. Loved the ambiance."
    Dined on 1/4/2014