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
249 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (202)special occasion (143)great for outdoor dining (112)romantic (100)great for lunch (67)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (61)neighborhood gem (52)great for brunch (48)notable wine list (44)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (24)kid-friendly (23)late-night find (19)Show More
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great service and great food as the sun set over the pacific ocean.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We arrived 20 minutes before or reservation and were seated immediately at a nice table at the Window overlooking newport bay at sunset. Service was great and the food was excellent. I had the garlic bread, crab bisque and the best Chilean sea bass ever. First time there and i would definetly go there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pitafam
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our waitress Brittany was the best. She knew about all the fish dishes and how they were prepared and was up beat and genuinely wanted to make sure your experience was the best it could be. We celebrated our 32ND anniversary and she was sweet giving us a dessert along with taking our picture. She was awesome with all her tables. The halibut choice she picked for my dinner was excellent. The entire team of workers were very accommodating. We originally sat outside and it was to windy for us so they moved us inside with a smile. Awesome experience again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    AR23
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great fresh seafood along with top notch service, add a fantastic view and you get the Rusty Pelican. I highly recommend this restaurant especially while the sun is still out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cody024
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Haven't been there in a while but was very impressed with whole experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    NBGuest
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We go to Rusty Pelican whenever we get the chance. On the 23rd, it was extra special mainly because of our waiter, Lance. Excellent vibe. Made our Anniversary dinner special without being over the top. Hang on to this man, he is an asset to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oldschool
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Haven't been for a long time. Better than ever. Loved the spicy treatment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+ service every time
    Junebug
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food is great and reasonable. View is amazing love this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    Brunchers
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been here several times for brunch and just love it! You cannot get a better piece of fish for the money anywhere. The service is excellent. The view is oh so nice. This is just a wonderful place to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Herbsquared
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Outside Dining
    Loveroffreshfish
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Outside dining was wonderful. Not many tables outside however. Inside dining was rather noisy. Make reservations early so you can select an outside table. Wait staff was attentive......but not hovering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect late afternoon/dinner
    DocDan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was perfect. Service, food, ambiance, attention to detail, and willingness to serve the birthday cake we brought from Suzie's Cake in Newport. Terrific waitress and helper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Afternoon delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It has been quite a few years since we had been to The Rusty Pelican...we definitely won't wait so long until our next visit! The ambiance, service, drinks and food were all wonderful! Thank you to all of the staff for a great lunch and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must have salty pear martini
    pearloverVIP
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet