Pelican Grill
Pelican Grill

Pelican Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pelicanhill.com/Dining_Pelican_Grill
  • Phone: 9496121913x
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Pelican Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (106)great for outdoor dining (91)special occasion (77)romantic (70)fit for foodies (45)great for lunch (41)good for groups (31)notable wine list (25)great for brunch (24)neighborhood gem (24)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (6)Show More
  • Lovely Lunch al Fresco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Perfect spot for a friendly business lunch or romantic rendezvous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Find!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We really enjoyed to location, food, service, and ambiance. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Milad
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Amazing view and high quality food. the staff were so polite. the price was also reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Service
    DLDLVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Waiter was very in attentive and rude. Waited almost an hour to take our order or check in with us as if he was too busy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Professional lunch date
    Realist
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at Pelican Grill. I have enjoyed baby showers, committee meetings, high tea and lunch with the girls many times over. BEAUTIFUL SETTING, GREAT SERVICE AND WONDERFUL FOOD. THEY GO OVER THE TOP TO FULFILL ANY REQUESTS..... I'm going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    Lala
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Pelican Grill was a wonderful return experience. They were very accommodating due to our late night arrival and let us dine at 9:00PM. Our waitress was a breath of fresh air! Knowledegable without being over bearing. Food was varied and delicious! Having been on the road for more than 8 hours all this was sooo appreciated.We will return again on our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Third Time Wasn't a Charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    After two wonderful dining experiences in one week, we were looking forward to concluding our vacation with a third outing to the Pelican Grill. Unfortunately, my order was mishandled twice. It was the kitchen's fault; not the the wait staff. The restaurant made it right by not charging for my meal, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We spent 3 hours in the patio, never felt rushed, service was very good. The food could be more flavorful. The entire as usual very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 44foodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful dinner, expensive but worth it! Very attentive server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pelican Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great location and ambiance. Poor service and attention to detail. New chefs took to long to make main entree and burnt steak.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    VacationTime
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    High expectations were exceeded - dinner, service, view & overall dining experience truly outstanding. Super-fantastic evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nicely surprised
    EricLasVegas
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I booked lunch reservations there and then read a few reviews. Of course we always focus on the negative ones, so I was a little reserved with my expectations. However, the service was just as good as I would have expected from a property like this. From our greeting to the time we left, every staff member was genuinely friendly and helpful. The food was great and the view from the veranda of the ocean was nice. We were there on a weekday for lunch, so the noise level was very low. Price was on par with a restaurant of this caliber. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed patron
    Expertdinning
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Thought was going to sit in a dining area, but this was just a bar! A bar with lots of noise.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Picturesque Outdoor Dining
    BigDaddy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were seated outside overlooking the lush green golf course and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The breeze blew gently through the tiled deck with vaulted ceilings. There was a light bustle of people talking at their tables, imparting some energy to the scene but not loud enough to distract. The food was excellent. I had a corn bisque and Eggs Benedict and my wife had the heirloom tomato salad, substituted greens for the focaccia bread, and the salmon over lentils.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The flavor of our cornish game hen was gamey and the skin was greasy. The mashed potatoes were not fluffy, were heavy, and tasted gamey also. Salad good. We were at a table on the terrace, outside of the very noisy bar, and the waiters repeatedly left the door open, bringing out the noise to the terrace, to the point where we could not hold a conversation. We ourselves closed the door three times. The service was exceedingly slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Atmosphere and Service
    BigGuy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at the Grill, and were very pleased with the entire experience. The service was impeccable, with several wait staff to help us. We never felt rushed, and were allowed to fully enjoy our time together at the restaurant. We'll definitely return, and more often that just for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MnMR1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I recommend the Pellican Grill to anyone who would like an evening of very good food, great servers and a beautiful atmostphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went for our anniversary celebrations. It was an awesome experience. View was amazing, food was good, wine was good and Server was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of best dining experiences ever
    Maverick1776
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I went to The Pelican Grill to celebrate her birthday. Everything was exceptional: food, service, ambiance, and the ocean view were all first rate. I have paid much more for meals that were enjoyed far less. My wife and I both recommend this restaurant as strongly as we would any. We hope to go back again soon, and many more times after that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Al Fresco Takes on new Meaning
    Richard
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Beautiful, peaceful ambiance. Perfect rare ahi tuna (and lots of it) in Salade Nicoise. Lobster risotto lovely, with succulent chunks of lobster and full of exotic mushrooms. The view of the grounds with the Pacific in the background in such a quiet environment is truly special. Service impeccable, and our server Cobi also showed me how to post a photo of us at our table on Facebook. Above and beyond. We will so be back and try to bring family and/or friends when we do to acquaint them with this gem. Magical.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Annivesary Spot
    jsquires
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We celebrated our 2nd anniversary here and we were beyond impressed. We got a table on the patio (a must for the ambiance) and because we said it was our anniversary, we got a table in the corner and watched the sunset while we ate our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cojojo
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great service. Great food. Great ambiance. Husband requested chef make Oysters Rockefeller and chef accommodated. They were amazing. Perfect night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a View!
    mouse
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Pelican Grill offers great food with a great view in a relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    delay711
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I went here for a special birthday and it was awesome. Mark was our server and he was great. Explained everything on the menu and catered to our every request. The food was amazing and service was fast. I had the special grilled skinless salmon and my fiancee had the chicken caeser salad. We also had the mac & cheese which was probably our favorite part.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can I offer you Gluten Free bread?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved that I was asked if I wanted some gluten free bread on the table! That rarely happens. My friend had the SeaBass and thought it was delicious. I had the Sarsparilla Short Rib, and thought it equally delicious. The meat was tender and the sauce sweet and delightful. The appetizers are generously portioned. I had the grilled artichoke and it was awesome. I would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was barely mediocre. Won't return. ...............................................
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I thought everything was very nice, just VERY Pricey. The wine list started at $47 a bottle. I thought the waitress was very snotty....like this place was above us. It was a beautiful view and the food was okay. I would not go back....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MrbdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great location with beautiful view of the sunset from the patio. Imaginative menu and we enjoyed every one of our choices. Great service. Only one caveat--be prepared for sticker shock when the check arrives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambiance, food is below par
    turbojetmc
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we enjoyed the ambiance so much that we are willing to forgive the mediocre quality of the food. you can get much better tasting food from places like Houston, El Forino, or Roys, but again, we went there for the ambiance, and the prices of the food is not cheap so we were a bit disappointed. I noticed couple of golf course restaurants are like that, they serve mediocre food at high price with great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view and great food
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed our lunch at the Pelican Grill. I had a wagu burger, which was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful view
    Kathryn
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Beautiful ocean view. Nice atmosphere comfortable seating. Very good food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Won't be Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Set in the Clubhouse of Pelican Hill Resort, Pelican Grill has a beautiful ambience, exellent food and service, and a very traditional menu. You might want to arrive early and wander through the grounds of the resort. I had the cioppino, and my partner had the filet with chimichurri sauce. Both were excellent, though we did have to send hers back because it was undercooked. The offered her a bowl of their tortilla soup while she waited. it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GoetyG
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    excellent location with good food in an extraordinary environment
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best golf club restaurant.
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Its ideal to have a meal after a round at the Pelican Hill golf courses. But the food, service and ambience are all a cut above golf circle. Worth to drive out there to eat even if you did not play golf that day. Excellent duck breast and Chilean sea bass. Service and ambience are true to 5 star resort class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner, great food, view
    Eatingwell1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had the chance to sit in the patio and watch the sun drop into the ocean. The entrees (sea bass, scallops, crab cakes) were superb in presentation and taste. The wait staff were attentive, good natured and unobtrusive. The ambience was great - even with young families nearby the noise level was conversational. This was our second time there and both experiences were great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complete experience
    Norse66
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    From the personal greeting at arrival, unhurried atmosphere, wonderful panoramic view at sunset, The Pelican Grill delivered on all accounts. Oh I forgot to mention the food! A wonderful eclectic choice (my date, a vegetarian even marveled at her choices). Highlights were the Chilean sea bass served on a bed of forbidden rice and surprisingly an iceberg wedge salad with enough fresh ingredients to make it standout. Give yourself enough time to enjoy this dining experience and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Meal in Special Setting
    NItraveller
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My wife and teenage daughter ate here one evening. We had an outside table with a view of the sunset - spectacular! The food choices were extensive. The specials and many items in the menu were well explained by our server (Mark) who was very attentive throughout the evening. All of the food which was ordered was tasty and the wine was very good. My wife's sea bass was particularly outstanding and my daughters' pasta was very tasty. This is a special restaurant. We enjoyed the ambience, setting, food and the excellent service. Try to get a table outside before sunset and watch the sun go down over the Newport Coast. We are returning again for the final meal of our vacation and have requested the same outstanding server again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not up to its usual Standards
    Michael66
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I have dined at Pelican Grill in the past as well as Andrea, and the Coliseum pool & grill when I stayed at Pelican Hill Resort. The service is always impeccable, the views delightful. Food can be spotty, but generally well prepared and at times innovative. However my visit this past Sunday with a party of 5 was quite disappointing. While our table was charming and the server efficient, the first thing that greeted one of our guests when seated was a dirty fork. Of course it was replaced along with an apology and complimentary order of Bruschetta. Then came our food, with three of the orders fine but the other 2 problematic. One a salmon order, had some weird barely edible accompaniments, the other a cob salad, missing proper ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent excellence
    Candleman1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Pelican Grill has been our special restaurant over the last several years because we always have a special experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh what a Night
    Raddad
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was one of our most enjoyable evenings. It was our 46th anniversary and the staff was fantastic. Kevin, our waiter, took more than enough time to explain everything, from the wine list, beer list, and the menu. The food and ambiance was superb. It was truly a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate