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Pelican Grill
Pelican Grill

Pelican Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pelicanhill.com/Dining_Pelican_Grill
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best spots in OC! The service was amazing and the view from the terrace is priceless! Thank you!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I love this restaurant & frequent it for business and pleasure. I brought my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday & we had a lovely time. The food & staff were excellent, as always...with one small annoyance...our biggest reason for coming there is the view. A party was seated next to us, & they asked to have the shade pulled down for their comfort, and their request was granted without the slightest consideration of our desire to enjoy the view. It seems that if that party didn't like the sun, they could have moved indoors! It was frustrating, and we should have said more, but didn't want to hassle it The worst part, was how the other party's preferences we honored without regard for ours. So go, enjoy, but be ready to defend your view!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The casual restaurant had a stunning view and outdoor dining at its best. Food was excellent and lived up to expectations for a 5 star resort."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a great experience at this restaurant. The Veal Porterhouse was the best I have ever had. The Wine List offers enough to entice you to get a bottle which will work with dinner. Our server was well trained and friendly. Great place for lunch as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "sitting outside with a view of the pacific and the sun setting, well could not get much better. food was delicious, and being a bread aficionado, love their homemade pretzel breadsticks. service was also excellent. look forward to returning"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary dinner and were pleasantly surprised. Every staff member we encountered was friendly. We did not have to wait long for service and the food wqd phenomenal. We might make this an annual tradition."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Easily the best grill in Orange County. Great for special occasions. Excellent food and service. A real treat!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "For lunch a very relaxing setting amongst elegance and view. Good was excellent and service well paced. Will return."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "waiting about 30 minutes for the food to come, so we ate a lot of bread while waiting and the bread was good. I ordered PELICAN GRILL CIOPPINO and the mussels seems not fresh but the source was good, my daughter liked her ROASTED CORNISH GAME HEN The view is not great because did not get to be seated by the window"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed great Chilean sea bass, pizzas, soup, delicious fruit drinks, and an amazing chocolate molten lava cake with sea-salt caramel filling and fresh whipped cream. It's pricey - $120 for 3 people for lunch, but if you need a break away from it all, this is the place! The service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "A perfect place to celebrate Fathers Day with the family! The food was fabulous and the atmosphere perfect! Will go again soon for any occasion!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I went to this restaraunt for Fathers Day and was disappointed. They need to learn how to cook steak. I had the Flat Iron steak which I ordered medium rare and it was served rare more than a little pink inside. I had a mimosa which came with very little orange juice and mostly champagne. Most places give you the orange juice on the side so you can add as much as you want. Pelican Grill is highly rated which is why I went but I found it to be overpriced for the quality of food they serve. The view is very beautiful and it is an impressive place. But I would not go back because I know I can find better food at another restaraunt."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our server was excellent, the food good but not outstanding. Was disappointed in the loud traffic noise from the road below. Also, the trees really need to be trimmed as they obscured most of our view."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent evening of dining with good friends. Service was outstanding. Food was very good. A must if you are vacationing in the Newport Beach area. Yes is pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The sweet and spicy was the best. Rum, mango, jalapeno, mint. The braised short ribs were better than the lamb chops, which were stilngood. The cauliflower bisque was amazing. Spicy tortilla soup was a bit bland. The fruity nutty bread was delicious, wish there was more in the basket. Seemed like there was only one dessert option, the special for the day, or else they never offered a dessert menu."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We continue to find Pelican Grill to be the best restaurant in OC. Everytime we go in we have a great experience. The menu is a perfect combination of "favorite" items and new seasonally prepared items. We had the Carrot Souffle for dessert...it is one of the most tasty desserts I've ever experienced! I was leery, but ended up eating the whole thing and wishing I could make it at home! I guess we'll just have to go back again, lucky us. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food and service. The Chilean sea bass was fantastic. Very pricy. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "It was a perfect birthday dinner! We sat out on the terrace and enjoyed the beautiful view of the ocean. The heaters on the ceiling made it very comfortable. They even offered us blankets which we didn't need. The waiter was so attentive and made the dinner so nice for us. We shared the baby kale salad with Marconi almonds. goat cheese and roasted apple slices with a fig vinaigrette. That was so good. We then shared the salmon, short ribs and the scallop dinners. They were all great. The birthday girl was given a tiramisu - so good and we shared a molten chocolate cake with a salted caramel sauce. We will definitely come again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I can't think of a better scenic dining experience - what a beautiful area. May be time to trim some of the trees so the patio dining area can get a better view of the beautiful and tranquil scene. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It's not that the food is bad, just that the service is that great. To be honest though at that price range I was really expecting more from the food and drinks. You could probably find better food at a lower price but not better service. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We look forward up returning soon; Perfect in every way!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I was very pleased with my dinner at Pelican Grill with the exception of my server. He was attentive but it was hard to enjoy my food after the comments he made about my order. I am 5'2 & 105lbs. I am not over weight &I do not diet... yet when I ordered the Lobster and Crab Mac n Cheese my server looked me over & followed up by saying, "It must be cheat day, that's a perfect cheat meal"...... This left me feeling upset because i'm sure that if he had said that to an individual with weight issues it probably would have really hurt their feelings. A customer should be able to order ANY dish, male or female without being judged by a server or other wait staff. I will return to Pelican Grill and hope for a more considerate server next time. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Private notes sent to Management. First visit so errors were hopefully a one time issue. Very expensive for the entire package that they are delivering"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "9 of us had dinner here for my birthday last Saturday--what a fabulous time! The entire staff was extremely accommodating, and our waiter Jose was exceptional! Although not inexpensive, it was good value for the quality of the meal and the experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice place. The food is just average. Could use a better chef in my opinion. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Always wonderful. That's why we keep coming back...."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Went for Mother's day brunch which you pay a premium for. View and ambiance is incredible. Food was disappointing. All the dishes were served cold. Service was spotty, had to ask several times for things. Considering the price it was disappointing especially for special occasion. Also, sons I touch disappeared from the table. They said security would call us but they never did. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were there for a special Mother's Day celebration. This was probably the best food that I have ever had in a restaurant. I had the lamb chops which were fresh and perfectly cooked and my wife had the halibut special which was also very fresh and perfectly cooked. The bruschetta appetizer was delicious and fresh as well. We will definitely be back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The best tasting steak I've had. Very classy atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We elicited tips from the waiter as to what is good and how to have dishes prepared. He did a great job at helping my group of 4 to find the best and tastiest entrees. Quite a happening spot on a Friday night. The two 9' tv's in the bar were something to behold after dinner. Sit outside to enjoy the coastal view (the only downside was occasional traffic noise from cars accelerating up the steep hill on Newport Coast Blvd)."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Nothing can take the shine off of a good restaurant faster than bad service and that's what we had recently at Pelican Grill. The room is decorated emaculatly and the view is breath-taking. But add to the fact tha the service was horrible that they also screwed up our food order, and it ruins the dining experience. Go to Andrea at Pelican Hills instead. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Overall, everything was fine. I think I was expecting to be wowed, so was a bit disappointed when I wasn't. The service was great. The ambiance was good. We made the reservations almost a month in advance, but still did not get an outdoor seat on the balcony, so we didn't have that great of a view. I ordered the short rib and it was fine - not great, not bad. My husband ordered the chicken and it was literally still pink in the middle. We sent it back and the staff acted like it was no big deal, nor did they discount the meal. I know I'm not a chef or anything, but I do not that chicken should be cooked thoroughly. Just kinda felt "eh" about the place. Was hoping to be thrilled and wasn't..."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Beautiful does not describe the view properly! We had such a wonderful time . The service was amazing. Thank you Anthony, the bartender, it was great talking with you ! One if the most beautiful resorts I have ever been to !"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The view and ambience along with the food was outstanding. The brunch far exceeded my expectations I would recommend Pelican Grill to anyone wanting a special dining experience."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Very happy about my first time experience ! Great place during a perfect weathered Sunday , everything was perfect per my opinion!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean, fabulous food and service. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I forget what a nice place The Grill is to have lunch or dinner during the sunny days. It's elegant surroundings make any lunch/dinner a special event."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "This is an extraordinary restaurant in every way; food, service, ambience, view. Extremely classy without the stodginess. Amazing service by everyone."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We have been here many times for our anniversary dinner. I highly recomend Ray or Jose as your server. David is the Mannager and also the best. They know the food and wine. delicious. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Easter lunch was very busy which may account for the very slow service. Almost 30 minutes to take our order. The salad arrived after about 20 minutes and entrees 5 minutes thereafter; barely had time to finish salad. Apologies were offered. My NY steak was tasty, but grizzly and not very tender; very disappointing for $49. My son's chicken Caesar salad was excellent but wife's ravioli was only so-so. Got out the door for $200 for 3 people very disappointed and probably will not return. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014