Rusty Pelican Restaurant
Rusty Pelican Restaurant

Rusty Pelican Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rustypelican.com/
  • Phone: 9496423431
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:15pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Eduardo Morales
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live music in our upstairs lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Riverside Dr
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Polite and efficient valet service available nightly.
A word from Rusty Pelican Restaurant
Rusty Pelican has been a long Newport Beach tradition for outstanding meals and legendary service. You'll love the breathtaking harbor views from our Coast Highway location. With our wide variety menu, we have something to offer everyone and a selection from our award winning wine list provides the perfect complement to your meal. Our Sunset Dining Menu is available Monday through Friday 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM.
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Rusty Pelican Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
241 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (195)special occasion (133)great for outdoor dining (104)romantic (95)great for lunch (64)good for groups (59)fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (48)notable wine list (43)hot spot (25)kid-friendly (24)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (18)Show More
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Came here on Saturday night for dinner. Even though we had a reservation, ended up waiting 30 minutes extra. They offered us a table upstairs without notifying us a band (with a drummer) would be starting at 830. We realized there would be a band but not till after 9, or so we thought. It was hard to enjoy a $200 dinner with a drummer in your right ear. Overall, the food was okay for a seafood restaurant but there are much better places in Newport. The servers all look the same and aren't the sharpest but pretty to look at, if that's what you're going for. Overall very underwhelmed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • in from out of town
    susanismVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    we had a great evening and enjoyed calamari, the Chilean bass is awesome...garlic bread terrific. we had a table by the window and could enjoy the harbor.....fun fun evening. good wine list
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must have salty pear martini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been going to Rusty Pelican for several years and have benefited from being a member of the Landry's Restaurant Group. They are always so welcoming and the fish is always perfectly prepared no matter what preparation you request. I have to say that my must have is the salty pear martini and garlic bread. You won't regret starting with the pair as you contemplate what to have for the rest of your meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View!
    awesomeness123
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Rusty Pelican has an outstanding view and awesome food! I got the sea bass with lemon and caper sauce and it was one of the best seafood dishes I've ever had. It is a bit noisy so if you're the quiet dining type, you might be disappointed. My husband and I went for date night and we loved it. Definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/good scene/poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food. The fish are fresh. The blue oyster half shelf are great. The scene overlook the water. Really nice view. Unfortunately, I can't say much about the service except poor. We went at 2:30pm so it wasn't even busy. I'm really understanding of rush lunch/dinner hours but this is not the case so therefore I gave the service poor rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT VALUE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I think this place is probably the best value for seafood waterfront dining anywhere in California. We had a wonderful lunch right on the water for about the price we would have paid at a cafe! Agreat find,a gorgeous setting, a long tradition and an excellent menu and wine list. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RUSTY PELICAN
    MGPHAASVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, GREAT FOOD, I HAD THE CHILEAN SEABASS AND IT WAS DELISH! I WOULD DEFINATELY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO EVERYONE AND WOULD RETURN WHEN VISITING THIS CITY AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a very nice time. We sat outside on the patio and our server was very attentive. It got a little chilly so we asked our server to turn on the heater. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Family Dining Experience
    Tastebuds
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful table with spectacular water views. Enjoyed the salmon with pesto dish. Desserts were just OK- Mud Pie was more of a chocolate fluffy soufflé. Waitresses were switched halfway through our meal, so a side dish was forgotten. The waitress was apologetic when we asked he to take it off the bill. They were very busy serving several larger groups. All-in-all a nice experience for family 'night out'.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot!
    Gntloryntl
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is a great, underrated spot along the water in Newport. I was glad it was open on Labor Day and I enjoyed all my food. Sat upstairs and enjoyed a view of the bay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A top favorite in Newport Beach
    LRVlachosVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Really great dishes...friendly service. Mariana did a great job of taking care of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riviera
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everyone with our brunch group loved their meal. Good service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favotite
    Thequeenbird1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Rusty Peligan is such a special place. Excellent food, friendly servers, and great view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has always been a favorite of ours
    Carol
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have eaten at Rusty Pelican over many years. The food has always been incredible! This time my husband & I were celebrating our 46th anniversary. The tables were so jammed packed so tightly we almost were sitting in our neighbor's lap. The noise level was so loud we could barely hear each other! On a lighter note, the food was still excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Experience
    Chief144
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We made reservations thru Open Table based on a suggestion from a frien from the area. The 6 of us are from out of town, Northern Ca & Colorado It lived up to the reviews in all ways! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sad
    luxemburger
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    we have been there 2010 and really loved the food and the atmosphere but now in 2014 , our meals were served half cold, it took an eternity till it arrived, the service was not very much caring about all : like water and bread or cheese for the spaghetti. My salmon was without any taste, and the potatoes as if there was no time to cook them. there must be something done, as our neighbour table mentioned the same dissatisfaction. Also the carpet need to be redone, ( dirty sparks everywhere) and my plate still had rests of another eater under it , and the fork , knife and glas really weren't clean at all we are sorry to say this, but the price of the menues demands more effort, as it really was gorgeous 4 years ago...
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great waiters
    Runawaysun
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our waiter was amazing. He was knowledgable, peppy, and sweet. Our anniversary dinner couldn't have had a better view nor experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    gigi56
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was our 10th Anniversary and we couldn't have picked a better place to celebrate. I requested a table outside and we were able to get it. It was late afternoon. It was a beautiful setting. The food was excellent and the service was just as good. Our waiter, Jimmy made sure we were well taken care of. It was the perfect place to celebrate our special day!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • highly recommended
    greatfind14
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Jimmy our server was very attentive and informational. Timely serve with a wide variety of knowledge. Very helpful in suggestions and recommendations on food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food but...
    LaLizz
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fantastic food but we had to pay the bill before we were finished dining because the waitress was done with her shift. After we paid, not a single waiter came by to ask if we wanted anything else. Mind you, we tipped 20%. My parents like going there but I would go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood paradise!
    RachelF
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I had the best lunch here! We order the market special oysters of the day and orange glazed Mahi Mahi. Let me tell you...the BEST oysters I have ever had! Perfection!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rusty Pelican
    BillLasVegas
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The only thing better than the food was the view of Newport Bay, the boats moving up and down the bay are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to honor reservation
    watermelon
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Made reservation,waited 1/2 hour after reservation to be seated. Bad practice!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    Two4theRd
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They continued their fine standards for food, ambience and service. I liked making reservations on line, however they did not acknowledge a Birthday in our party (that I had mentioned in my on-line reservation notes). I did find it uncomfortable that they charged for parking then also asked for gratuities for the valets. I would rather pay more for my food and have parking included.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food good despite long wait
    industryperson
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had an 8 pm reservation and had to wait until 8.50 to get seated which is unacceptable and with not much of an apology or offer of anything. Despite this the food was good and the service from the waitress was prompt and attentive
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch at RP
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We made reservations for 7 for lunch. Spencer was our server and he did a wonderful job welcoming us and informing us about the specials.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening!
    coachliz
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is never disappointing here...and although we couldn't get a preferred seating in the patio area, we did get a window seat...with a view. The wine choices were great, we were given a yummy dessert in celebration of our anniversary. Then after dinner we went upstairs to the lounge room with more fantastic views and a more relaxed ambiance for those wanting to just sit at the bar and enjoy drinks and starters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Thequeenbird1VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As usual, EXCELLENT! The staff is so helpful and cheerful. The food is mouth watering
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Sunset2082
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We loved this restaurant for our anniversary. It was perfect. The garlic bread is to die for. Our free anniversary dessert was delicious, mouth watering chocolate lava Raspberry yumnyness. The parking lot is so small that it's valet only. The restrooms are also extremely small. Other than that it's a very nice seafood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rusty Pelican great location
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great view on the water. Service was great - all the staff was very attentive. Also received a very nice comp birthday dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    balloon9
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I decided to try out this place after reading so many reviews and I wasn't disappointed. The garlic bread, calamari and all the entrees were really awesome. I would recommend making reservation because we went on Tuesday night and the place was packed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over cooked fish
    NJMoeVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Most of the fish dishes served were over cooked, after the waitress made it a point to tell us the chef cooks all fish to medium rare for a tasty, moist piece of fish. Most of our meals were medium well to well done pieces of fish. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always top notch!
    safey
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've been here quite a few times, and it always is extremely good. Very nice atmosphere, great food, and wonderful service. It is very reasonably priced for the location right on the bay, and a great ambiance also. the staff is very friendly and helpful. You won't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday night out
    foodguy1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Rusty Pelican has been here for a very long time and has always been a place for special occasions. This still holds true many years later with a great location along the bay in Newport. The service was good and the server made suggestions on dishes and drinks. The prices are pretty standard for seafood and there was a very good selection. The food quality, including appetizers, drinks and main course were all very tasty and well-prepared. I chose a King Salmon dish with Pesto sauce and it was excellent. I would not hesitate to to revisit this classic restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    great food ,excellent service, would recommend it. we had reservations but still had to wait it was packed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service and view.
    spoiledVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Brittany was our server and made our dining experience enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    None
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Everyone was very good. All the food was great and our server was very good and very nice. The valet Parker was very in control. He had almost the full restaurant leaving at the same time and kept his cool.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected!
    JonnyVacation
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Seated within 10 minutes of reservation, competent, friendly service, dealt with all my tough dietary needs (gluten free, etc) with a smile, great view, ambient noise level acceptable. In short, a very enjoyable dining experience. Definitely a new favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Rusty
    gboston
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our meal, to celebrate a birthday, was a bust. There was a very crowded and loud dining room and meager wine list. Our waiter recommended some dishes which were uneatable, either because they were very gloppy or over spiced. The main course of arctic char, though, was good. The Alaskan Halibut special was overdone with a macadamia nut coating and salsa. While our dinner dishes and wine were still on the table an assistant waiter rushed a birthday dessert to our table. It was a memorable night, but not for the reasons we wanted!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    akumpis
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was my third time at Rusty Pelican. The server was very nice and his recommendations were spot on. We felt welcomed and treated really well. The food came out fast and was so good. The seafood was absolutely amazing! Will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.