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Wildfish Seafood Grille - Newport Beach
Wildfish Seafood Grille - Newport Beach

Wildfish Seafood Grille - Newport Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com/
  • Phone: (949) 720-9925
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday 4:30-10:00 Monday - Thursday 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Happy hour 4:00pm - 7pm nightly. All night Sunday and Mondays
    Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Keith Stich
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Wildfish Seafood Grille restaurant and patio bars are the place to be for HAPPY HOUR, enjoy a selection of 1/2 price appetizers,$6 martinis and wines by the glass from 4:00 to 7 pm seven nights a week, and all night on Sundays and Mondays.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self park and valet are available.
A word from Wildfish Seafood Grille - Newport Beach
Wildfish Seafood Grille is committed to offering fresh prime seafood, aged USDA prime steaks, creative cocktails, and an award winning wine list. Set in a casual, contemporary atmosphere focused around the combined energy of the centerpiece bar and lounge, innovative oyster & raw bar, open-air patio and exhibition kitchen. The menu is made up of imaginative creations prepared fresh with superior quality seafood, utilizing the best preparations, and simple, light sauces to enhance the delicate flavors. The Wildfish Seafood Grille restaurant and patio bars are the place to be for HAPPY HOUR! Enjoy a selection of 1/2 price appetizers,$6 martinis and wines by the glass from 4 to 7 pm seven nights a week, and all night on Sundays and Mondays. Planning an event? The patio is the perfect place to host your next business outing, private party, special event or any large group. Join us at Wildfish Seafood Grille Where Prime Seafood, USDA Prime Steaks and Good Times are always in season.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "First timer but not my last visit! Celebrating a birthday and this place did not let us down. From the Merlot and Armanac (cognac) Sidecar to the jumbo "lump" crab cake to the pan crusted sol and 8oz filet and roasted beets and honey walnuts, the drinks and food were flavorable and good. Jumbo "lump" crab cake was fresh, mildly seasoned perfection A+, pan crusted sol, good, ranks a B (my preference is different) and the 8oz filet, medium, I rate a B, definitely not Mastro's filet, A+! Overall, we enjoyed the service, we were promptly seated. We arrived 20 minutes earlier than our reservation but they were able to seat us right away. The service was exceptional, Bailey B. is a gem! Thanks for a great first impression, we'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very attentive staff. Food was excellent. Very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We have been to Wildfish several times. It is our favorite Newport Beach restaurant and has been rated #1 in Newport Beach as well. The evening specials are terrific and the happy hour fare is as well. Flambé desserts are outstanding. This is a great restaurant that justifies it's high rating."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Wildfish is a nice place to have dinner. They do both fish and seafood well. Nothing terribly special about any preparations though. Service was great. Parking is ridiculous."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We have eaten at Wildfish on several occasions and always enjoy the good service and food. On 8/14 the food was excellent and our waitress, Donna was a gem. She was fun and proficient and never missed a beat. We ordered a lot of dishes among the four of us. The crab cake appetizer is fantastic, and the Bananas Foster is incredible! I had swordfish and loved it. Everyone else was happy with the meal. The one thing lacking was an educated sommelier. We enjoy trying new wines but have preferred styles of wine. Since there was no sommelier Donna sent the "manager" to help define the wines on the extensive "select" list. The experience was awful and he was clueless, but charged us for a higher price than the wine we actually drank."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great Fish courses, with great Fusion of taste! The service is excellent!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food was good but not spectacular. Calamari app was very large and heavily drizzled in chilli sauce. Asian salmon tasted like it had the same generic sauce, and peanut slaw was probably not the best addition to the dish. Wine was excellent as was the orange mojito. Service was ok, maybe a little invasive for a romantic evening but more appropriate for a lager group."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Hong Kong style seabass was among the best fish I have ever had and our son agrees. All in all an excellent experience for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Your restaurant's food was outstanding, the service was great. We were particularly pleased that you allowed us to sit on the patio in the section reserved for dinner as we just wanted cocktails and appetizers and there were 5 of us to celibrate an 890th birthday.. The Rose for the birthday lady was also special. The 5 of us and sometimes 6 get together for a small reunion every so often as we used to work together.. We are going to make WildFish one of our regular favorites. We ordered 5 of the appetizers and shared them. The oysters, tartare ahi and crabcakes were my favorite. Ihaven't had a good crabcake since I left Maryland. Yours was excellent! Magifique!! Thank you for making this special occasion a memorable one."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We ate here for our anniversary and this was our first meal in Irvine since moving from New York City, where we enjoyed a lot of excellent restaurants. I indicated that it was our anniversary on the reservation. We had a short wait, but when we got to our table there was a Rose and a nice card. The waiter knew my name and he treated us very well. He was attentive but was only around when he needed to be. He had honest suggestions (not just the most expensive option), good descriptions of the wine and food, and was incredibly nice. The place was romantic and not too loud. Biggest problem (hence the 3 starts on Ambience) was that there are TVs playing sports around the bar that are distracting -- sports bar clashes with romantic dining!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding and the anniversary desert put it over the top"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I took a large business group here and was disappointed with service. I got a call from their operations director to discuss and went back Friday night for a birthday dinner. Huge improvement, great service this time, unobtrusive yet attentive. Soft shell crab was awesome."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "One of the best ship cocktail I have had Shrimp was firm and cold. Great sauce to Accompany them. The surf and turf appetizers were wonderful. Corn and crab chowder was a nice creamy and very filling soup. The lemon slow was great. The only poor dinner was the seafood salad dinner. The salad was limp and not tasty. Mac and cheese was really good as it had truffle mixed in. The waiter Manuel was a very good server."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice environment and decor for an evening out but the food (especially seafood items) were bland and not very flavorful. The bisque and chowder were both overly rich or creamy, the crab was not on the sweet and succulent side, and the sides were bland. Service was great and very attentive."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "First time at Wildfish Seafood Grille. Started with the Lobster Tacos ... Superb! Followed with the Chilean Sea Bass and Chef's special Red Snapper ... Excellent! Service was very attentive in a very comfortable atmosphere. We will definitely return for our next special occassion!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Received excellent response to our request for seating in a quiet area. Pleased we were not rushed to order or finish even on a summer Saturday night."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I've been to Wildfish seven times in the past four or five months, and the service and food have been absolutely outstanding every time. Everything I've tried has been excellent, but the following dishes are exceptionally exceptional: Saint Andre cheese appetizer (a flavorful brie-like cheese melted with some pesto and served on the most delicious panini bread), crab cake (very crabby), lobster bisque (chunks of lobster!), sea bass (insanely tender in delicious broth), sole (just as good as the sea bass only different!), bananas foster butter cake (the best dessert ever made in the history of the world), Oh, and the wine-by-the-glass list is great! Wildfish is very well-managed, and the servers are friendly and attentive. Rave, rave, rave."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Been here a few times and ordered something different each time, surprisingly they consistently deliver high quality entrees. Also, each visit has been wonderfully guided by a very professional and polite server. I'm looking forward to my next dining experience at wildfish."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Was looking for a place to grab dinner, but hoping for a nice experience. I read the review that talked about the pineapple upside down cake and I was sold. What we found was beyond all expectations! The service was amazing, from being greeted by name immediately, to top-rate service throughout...we even had two managers check on us during the meal!? The fish was amazing and the specials and the wine-list were impressive. I will have to agree that the pineapple upside down cake was truly to write home about. Both the Server, Bailey and the Manager, Ausencio, were kind, friendly and made for us, a meal and an experience to remember! We will be returning soon!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waiter was very helpful, especially talking about some of the off the menu preparations that we might prefer. The food was delicious - not the standard fare - with fresh, sustainably caught fish, and great cuts of meat. Not an inexpensive evening, but worth the price."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My husband and I vacation in southern California every summer and the Wildfish Seafood Grille is the restaurant we choose to celebrate our wedding anniversary. My favorite dish is the scallops which are done perfectly every time, the crabmeat and mushroom fried rice, the buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatos for an appetizer and the ultimate best is the pineapple upside down cake with praline ice cream flambe'd in a caramel sauce. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Although located in a strip mall with an unimpressive facade stepping into the door is a heightened experience. The interior is elegant, modern and visually appealing. The same can be said for the patrons, beauty abounds at this happening spot. The food menu extends that elegance with sophisticated twists to traditional surf and turf items. Much of the food is well flavored and conscientiously constructed, a few miss on presentation and my halibut was cooked to strings. Half of our group of 14 had steak, all raved about the meat few commented on the fish. Wildfish has all the right things for a night to remember including the stunning price however for that I do expect their namesake, fish, to be executed with perfection."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The Wildfish Seafood Grille is a great causal dining restaurant with a vibrant bar scene but also a quiet restaurant section. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. The table service was professional and thoughtful. The food was delivered surprising fast and served very hot. Both our entrees were delicious and with good "presentation". The price was reasonable for what was essentially a fine dining experience. We highly recommend the Wildfish Seafood Grille for an outstanding seafood diner (we did not sample the steak menu)."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food is always great with a good bar scene but the sea bass I had recently was outstanding"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "After about a week of research, we decided on Wildfish for our 6th Anniversary Dinner, and it did not disappoint. Food was perfect, and Preston took care of our every need. Our entire experience was fantastic. If I had to nitpick, I could only complain about the ambiance and decorations of the restaurant, it could have been better with some more aquariums, waterfalls, LED lighting, etc as the TV's made it feel a little like your regular sport's bar."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Got to this restaurant 10 minutes early for our reservaton made through open table. They told us they are running on time and would come get us, to wait at bar area. They finally after 35 miinutes after our reservaton time called us. We sat down the waiter came by after 10 minutes and took our drink order. He didn't come back to take our dinner order for another 35 minutes, my husband was totally irritated by now and starving and checking his watch every minute on the minute. Thank goodness the food was great and our waiter made up for the delay with his professional service. So the moral is if you have the time, the food is definitely worth waiting for. Let's hope this was just an off night for this lovely gem of a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The seafood is so fresh and presentation was beautiful. The service was friendly, courteous and attentive. Will definitely go back next time we're I Newport Beach."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful fish all around! Love Brussel Sprouts! Best fish dishes around."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food is always amazing! We got Chilean Sea Bass and Scallops- both were great. The service was really attentive. It's pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Read reviews on trip advisor and wholeheartedly agreed! Great good, service, et. al. Made my selection of chileam sea bass gluten free for me. Really good and enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Selected on Open Table for a business dinner. Absolutely great from start to finish! I would recommend this to anyone in the Newport Beach/Santa Ana area. As always I'm a big fan of Open Table and have been using it since I first learned about it (before it became an iPhone app) because it is super convenient and rarely recommends a restaurant that isn't worthy. This was no exception. Oh, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake? YESS! Thanks for a great all around experience; can't wait to visit again."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "At a friend's recommendation, I took my family here to celebrate my wife's birthday. My wife loved it. Her sea bass was outstanding as well as her "birthday dessert" which was very chocolaty. My kids enjoyed their food a lot. I shared lobster tacos with my son, and had the swordfish which was excellent. My wife said she wants to come back here for happy hour as well as for our anniversary. She may want us to come here for my birthday, instead of our usual which is Morton's. Finally we got great service from Heather."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in town. We eat at Wildfish often. Edward, our server on this last occasion was excellent and went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed. Great server! And a shout out to Cody who has been our server on numerous occasions. He is one of the best. The St. Georges Bank scallops are beyond delicious and the sole is delicious. Drinks and dessert are always great!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "they have amazing food and fun place for happy hours if you are into sea food... I love the sea bass, oysters, and wagu."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "All is good - Cody, our waiter, was attentive and did a great job pacing our meal. Good value and a nice place to spend a few hours away from the rat race"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great selection and very good food. The sea bass was excellent!! I would come back to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "If you want great seafood, this is the place. The meat looked good, but we didn't order it. The fish was wonderful. The server was excellent. She was there every time we needed something. The wine list is very extensive. The only criticism is that it was a bit noisy. We absolutely will be returning. We look forward to it. This is a place for that special occasion."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Celebrated our 24th anniversary and had another excellent dining experience. Cory was our waiter and he did a super job...he was polite, fun, knowledgeable and efficient. The food is always really great, especially for a chain restaurant and has become a favorite of ours. The soft-shell crab starter is one of the best we've had and the scallops were fresh and succulent, with a citrus beurre blanc, macadamia nuts and segments of orange. The Seared Ahi tuna entree is always wonderful. as well. Absolutely delicious! Don't forget to order the crab fried rice as this is a fabulous side dish not to be missed. The bananas foster butter cake is to die for and came as an anniversary treat! All in all, another exceptional dinner and fun evening."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Eaten at Wildfish several times and the restaurant always delivers. The seafood dishes are outstanding. The bar scene is very active. Happy hour food selections are delicious and prices are reasonable. Highly recommend Wildfish for both singles and couples."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our fourth time to wildfish. We went for a special occasion and were treated like a king and queen. Hostesses put us in a great booth, waiter was AWESOME, and the food was incredible! Have been here for just for dinner and received same great service! Love the place and staff!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014