21 Oceanfront

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1052 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Seafood
21 Oceanfront, located across from the Newport Beach Pier, just steps from the sand, offers the ultimate dining experience. Extraordinary sunset views, opulent decor, and an extensive Wine List. 21 Oceanfront is the perfect location for cozy gatherings or receptions up to 180 people. Live Entertainment in the Oceanfront Lounge. Seasonal Happy Hour. Complimentary Transportation for parties of 8 or more in one of our Custom Mercedes Sprinters (based on availability). Please note the restaurant is in a historical building therefore is not wheelchair accessible.
What 1052 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Love this place, but poor service on a Tuesday night. Very disappointing.

MM
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great , but menu for restaurant week was bland and not very original and boring to be honest

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Slow service, slow to pick up details. Simple things such as touching base with tables and following up. At this level of restaurant, these things should be expected.

H
Portland
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing setting and decor. Steak was perfect.

RW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We arrived and found a wonderful looking old time style restaurant. The staff were very courteous and friendly. We decided to try this establishment because of Newport Beach's Restaurant Week. If you want a great experience come here, If you want good food go somewhere else. I had the NY strip steak. It was more than a third fat. My wife had the pork chop. It was tough enough to be competitive in an MMA fight. One bright note were the delicious desserts

A
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We had the incredible Prosciutto wrapped scallops followed by Cioppino for one of us and a prime rib for the other. Both were magnificent. Kudos to Fernando our waiter whose recommendations for food and beverages were spot on. Will definitely return when back in the area.

JF
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt, courteous service, timely coursing and attentive wait and support staff. Dinner, desert and drinks executed quite well. Perfect backdrop for a business conversation.

HS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The service was excellent. The waiters were attentive and provided every request. Excellent ocean view. An overall classy place for my 40th wedding anniversary. My wife was pleased and impressed.

AA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here every year for my birthday. It is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable experiences I have in Newport Beach!

EC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great anti new years tradition continues! We will have to do it again! 2020!

i
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kerri Forsythe G. M. was exceptionally gracious and accommodating - we will return
The supper club ambiance was most engaging for celebrations

W
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect food preparation and service

G
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at 21 Oceanfront several times. It is always excellent. Our dining experience and service was extraordinary this past week. Thank you for a delightful experience.

SK
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with a very friendly staff. Every thing we ordered from the steaks, seabass and dessert were delicious! My favorite side were the Brussels Sprouts!! Luke our waiter was attentive and super helpful. Cant wait to come back next time we are in town.

s
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last minute decision to dine out before boat parade. Liked the overall feel of the restaurant. First time dining there. The food was first class and my swordfish was truly exceptional.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Made our anniversary very memorable. Can't wait to come back.

LG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food: Filet + 5oz Lobster with Mushrooms and Au Gratin. Food was excellent only complaint was that it came out warm. Chocolate cake was delicious!

Service: I saw two waiters handling about 15 tables. The waiters were extremely busy. My waiter was cordial and professional. He did forgot couple of things I asked for; soda and a knife. Our bill took 15min to arrive. I also received a comp plate.ty

Ambiance: very good. The clientele were all dressed up and looked like a very rich crowd. Not my kind of people but hey.

Overall: excellent food. Average Service.

CH
Orange County
186 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an anniversary dinner here. The vibe is definitely old school charm. Big leather booths, tables with chairs, great views of the ocean, classic menu choices, the works. We had great service, smiling, friendly and attentive. The lobster bisque was so good as were our 8-ounce beef filet. Cooked perfectly and offered with a variety of toppings with an extra charge. We shared the Brussels sprouts which were roasted just right. One side dish was plenty and after ordering a chocolate souffle we were also given a piece of chocolate cake to celebrate. 21 Oceanfront is the perfect special occasion restaurant!

EH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual we had a fantastic experience at 21 Ocean. I finally tried a new entree instead of getting my usual and it was one of the best meals I’ve had, the Ciopinno.
Our waiter Luke always had an infectious smile and was even better than what one expects from a fine restaurant. We will continue to return as this place has a speacial meaning for us.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, great food, service and ambiance

b
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, service was excellent and the food was fabulous!

SM
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always our go to in Newport! The BEST cocktails, and view in the bar. The food is always excellent!!!

OT
Las Vegas
45 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

A little cheesy, not ocean front, very expensive, $50 entrées, sleazy surroundings. This was recommended by the concierge at the Marriott Newport Villas, I think there was a kickback involved. Do not recommend.

VH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The restaurant is classy and in a great location. The service was excellent. The prices were high on some things for example $25 to add a very small lobster with a steak that was small and cost $46. The Fall special was a better price $55 for several courses. The pork chop was excellent with the butternut squash risotto. I would like to tell the chef that the Ricotta toast was very difficult to eat. A crispy toast should be able to bite and break easily so it needs to be thin. This was too hard and too thick to eat. It had the appearance of the old bread that should be tossed out. The deserts were all wonderful. For a nice dinner at a classy place I would recommend to a friend :]

FR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I don’t give a 5 unless it was an exceptional experience. This was great value for the brunch with nice service and nice atmosphere. My reason for not ranking higher is that my husband is semi disabled and there are steps up to the buffet so I had to do all of the legwork. He could not get up to the buffet to see his choices.
I was very happy with the value for the price

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner celebrating our anniversary. Zach was a great waiter.

s
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife out for a date night

H
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal, the service was the best and the night was amazing. Thank you.

WR
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance as well as the excellent menu and service.

m
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is an amazing restaurant ... the food was incredible - great flavor - great portions - delightful taste ... service was Fantastic !!!
My diner party loved it

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come to love this restaurant!!! The service is impeccable and the food has never disappointed. Practically every seat has a view of the ocean and the staff make you feel like one of the family.

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Best swordfish ever. The server was fabulous!

SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Newport many times, but this was my first time eating at 21 Oceanfront. All I can say is that I am disappointed that I hadn't eaten here before. The food is amazing with a great wine selection and cocktail menu. I was able to get my usual Belvedere Dirty Martini w/ Bleu Cheese Olives, and my wife had sampled a selection from the specialty drink menu. Both were poured to perfection, and the wine we ordered with dinner did not disappoint. We both had the filet & split the wedge - perfect & perfect. Service was attentive without being 'harassed'. Great place to relax, have great conversation over cocktails, and enjoy being in love. That last part may just be me, so do with it what you will. Bon appetite!

JV
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, Amazing service, and Amazing ambiance. We we're celebrating my partner's birthday and im glad I made the choice to visit here. They even brought him a special slice of cake to celebrate. High recommended.

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White table linens, roses, clubby seats, great service, great food, special occasion dinner and view of ocean. Very nice.

FS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a window table with a great view. Would recommend 21 Oceanfront to all my friends.

HG
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was amazing night! The view was amazing, the food was great and the service was excellent! The was a musician playing a guitar, which topped off the night. I would say this is my go to dinner date night, my date absolutely loved it. I would recommend this place any night of the week!

RD
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant. Excellent cuisine, Phenomenal service

j
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on a Saturday evening. The dining room was quite noisy. Service was impeccable. Zack was our main waitperson. Food was prepared as requested. For example, we requested the salmon be blackoned. While it was not on the menu as an option, it was prepared as we wanted.

LS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our two year old and seven month old granddaughters with us and the staff was very accommodating. From the time we walked through the door until we walked back out was an amazing experience. Great location to watch the sunset over the ocean. Food is tremendous. We’ve been there as a couple, with our grown children and now our grandchildren and it’s always above expectations.