Rusty Pelican Restaurant
Rusty Pelican Restaurant

Rusty Pelican Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rustypelican.com/
  • Phone: (949) 642-3431
  • 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
202 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (164)special occasion (119)romantic (85)great for outdoor dining (81)fit for foodies (65)great for lunch (58)good for groups (53)neighborhood gem (43)great for brunch (41)notable wine list (40)vibrant bar scene (26)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (15)Show More
  • A Favorite Spot
    PistosMontereyVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Rusty Pelican consistently delivers quality ambiance, service and excellent entree & side selections. We enjoy lunch and dinner here - it is one of our favorite get-away dinner spots. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday break
    headway37
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We were heading down to Newport for a Sunday meeting and had LOTS of choices. I picked the Rusty Pelican because I had history there and it was always great fresh fish. This was no exception. Great food, great service. I thought the young greeter was less than helpful and really not even nice. But the waiter and every after that, was great. I would recommend it to anyone...foodie or not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The Rusty Pelican is very consistent, delicious seafood. I love their King Crab legs!! It has a nicer view if you sit upstairs where the bar is, although the seating is first come, first serve. There is live music on the weekends I believe at 9pm. It's a casual fun place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Excellent food excellent service. Beautiful view of Newport Bay while dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Celebration
    Kingbingo1
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We arrived for my Birthday celebration, just a quiet dinner for the two of us. I was hoping for a window seat overlooking the bay, sailboats, fishing boats and yachts. No problem at 6pm. It started to fill up close to when we were about to leave. We had the hard to get Chilean Sea Bass and it was cooked to perfection. The appetizer crab cakes were very good, but a bit on the small side compared to what I usually cook at home. We ordered a side of spinach and keep in mind the sides are a good size, so share them. James, our waiter gave us a wonderful Birthday dessert of chocolate mousse/cake and vanilla ice cream which we barely had room for after such a great meal. The service, food and atmosphere was perfect. Keep in mind that there is currently construction going on near the restaurant, so traffic was a bit much. So give yourself a little extra time if you want to be on time. Also, the parking lot is a tight squeeze and justifiably, there is only valet parking, $5.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    DeebaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our waiter Nick was very attentive and friendly. The manager Kim was personable and checked in on us to ensure all was well....which it was (food, service and atmosphere). Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess at the front desk was very gracious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The waitress and service were super and we had a lovely evening. Our guests for dinner had never been there in the evening and we had a wonderful time
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rxfoodie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our server was excellent. A little noisy but the table was nice and out of the way of other diners. overall excellent experience and will dine here again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service; great food!
    Regrudy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a table by the window and the view was beautiful. We did ask to be moved as a large group of 8 was seated right behind us and they were extremely loud. Our waitress was most accommodating and told us to pick any table we wanted. The service was great and the food was delicious. We had the Chilean Sea Bass.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at the Rusty Pelican
    KASanders
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I am a firm beliver that First Impressions are Lasting impressions. Upon arrival at the Rusty Pelian the Hostess went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. Our server, Clay, was great. He knew the menu well and was able to suggest something that I enjoyed. It was my wife and my anniversary, which I stated when I made the reservations.. And was pleasantly surprised at the end of our meal when Clay brought out a little dessert with a lit candle on top of it (nice). The food was good too. It could have used just a little more salt. Overall everything was tasty. Would definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was beautiful inside. The server was awesome!
    Awesome
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The ambience inside was amazing! it was very romantic, we got a table right next to the window with a view of the bay. The food was to die for!!! Definitely get the calamari and the garlic bread! Our server Jimmy was incredible. I was on a first date, and he broke the ice very well and got good conversation started. He went into detail about all of the specials and the food for which the restaurant is famous. He made the evening very fun and memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view - great food - great service
    TeriVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Nick, our server, made our night & made dinner a great birthday dinner for my husband. He has to be one of the best servers I've ever had at RP. Food was excellent, as was the presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JiroVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This time our experience was very negative. The order was not brought out in a timely manner. Appetizer came out one time one and the sauces requested didn't arrive at the table until one of our guests went to the kitchen and asked for it. The food was good and well presented but did not come out as requested. The lunch time experience was a poor example of the restaurant and was very disappointing. Perhaps it was just the waitress whomwas friendly but certainly not efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent view on pattio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The view was amazing. The food not so great and the portions of the entrees very very small.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old Favorite Still Delights...
    BesideTheSea4Me
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The Rusty Pelican restaurant has long been a feature on the waterfront in Newport Beach Harbor, but perhaps become overlooked with all the newer restaurants to choose from along the So-Cal coast. So we were pleasantly surprised to find it still in the running for the best fresh and innovative seafood selections served in a romantic yet casual atmosphere; featuring exquisite views and attentive and friendly service. We recommend the perfectly prepared Chilean Sea Bass, and the crisp but light Calamari appetizer. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, food, and views that this lasting landmark on the harbor has to offer. *Valet parking, Reservations a must (ask for window seating), upstairs bar and happy hour, outside terrace dining also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed results
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    When I called to confirm birthday dinner reservations, I asked they could do something special (low-key). The hostess said that they usually comp the chocolate torte cake and add a candle, which would be perfect. She said that she would speak to the hostess and that I wouldn't have to do anything. The dinner was outstanding and the service was top-notch, but we were billed for the chocolate torte. I couldn't find our waitress, but discreetly mentioned the conversation to the hostess and she offered to find our waitress, who brought out a sliver of cheesecake with a candle on it. Unfortunately we were still charged for the torte and she disappeared, so we just paid and left. It's a small thing, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service is second to none
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    From the moment the Valvet greets you the service is impeccable. We had reservations and asked to be seated on the patio deck which was already waiting for us our waiter Michelle was amazing knew the menu well as it was out first time dining here(from phoenix there on a weekend getaway) her recommendation of the firepot swordfish was spot on. Glasses never went empty for water and the kids drinks food was great had an awesome time and will be back very soon as Newport is one of our favorite weekend trip escape destination. Keep it up Rusty Pelican staff
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    HaydensgrandpyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner, beautiful sunset over the bay. Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Few Flaws
    redhairmac
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We are repeat customers. I mean, we go there OFTEN. The food is great and the service is usually excellent. However, our visit last night had a few flaws. It's OUTRAGEOUS that they charge $15.49 for TWO silver-dollar-sized crab cakes. Our waiter even apologized for forgetting ' to mention that there were only two for our table of FIVE. Next, they need to remove a table by the window to allow for easier seating. It was so hard to get into our seats without knocking against the occupied chairs on either side of us that 3 chairs had to be extricated in order for us to get into our seats. We were squeezed in so tightly that I actually felt the person behind me at the next table every time she moved her head.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always go back to the Rusty Pelican
    WorkingcrewVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We started going there for Easter Brunch years ago and now go for special occasions, birthdays and anniversaries also. Menu is great and we love their fish especially the Swordfish and Halibut. Reasonably priced and feel you can go back more often than not. Great Happy Hour menu and drinks too! Wonderful place to take out of town guest because it has a great view of the back bay, right on the water. The service is very good and friendly! Only thing I would rate them down on is sometimes it gets a little too full and then it gets kind of loud and crowed with all the people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We fell upon The Rusy Pelican as we were at Billy's the night before, preferred the atmosphere and the service at The Rusty Pelican.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't have been better
    Marykaydevine
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Cousins from Utah visiting. Got the deck. Good food. Nice service and a terrific view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food took FOREVER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Upon being seated at 8:15pm (for an 8pm reservation), we waited until 9:50pm before we received our entrees. By the time our food came, my girlfriend & I had basically lost our appetite. I highly doubt I will ever return here... I wasn't impressed by the food quality/taste given the high prices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great views
    Chowderman
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and stunning views make this an outstanding place for dinner at sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy place
    Donk50cal
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Made the reservation 1 hour in advance and still had to wait 20 min to be seated. I was a disappointed in my 16 oz. prime rib cut compared to my wife's 12 oz. cut, but the waitress fixed the problem by bringing out another steak for no charge!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    Rusty
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was really good. We ordered the most expensive item on the menu but it was worth it. Good menu for foodies or for nhealthy eating. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Really great food, service was friendly and accommodating, can't beat the way the dining room looks. Prices were on the higher side but definitely reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interior
    BrendaK
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Needs an update. The carpet is dirty. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Steak had a piece of butchers paper imbedded in side. Salmon spinach was undercooked to nearly raw. All menu items were close to bland. We joined Landry's club last year and have never had a meal that was outstanding. All the restaurants within this franchise appear to make it based on the settings alone, we refer to it as "Blandry's"
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place.
    VvDd143
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I came for lunch this time and had a nice quiet both upstairs with a prefect view. We've come here for dinner before also and say outside and watched the sun go down over the water. Very romantic and of course a delicious meal. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Good Bet ...
    GreatEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Never had a bad experience at the Rusty Pelican. Have been there many times and both food and Service are impeccable. Highly Recommended!!!!! Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    AR23VIP
    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.