21 Oceanfront

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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EH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, great food, service and ambiance

b
Orange County
48 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
41 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
44 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.

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
41 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant. Excellent cuisine, Phenomenal service

j
Palm Springs
33 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.

CC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as I remembered! Delicious, excellent meal, lovely live music. Gotta go here every time we’re in Newport.

BL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster was probably the best Ive ever had. Our waiter was amazing!

R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was some of the best we've had and the view of the sunset was amazing. The prices are high, but not unexpected for a restaurant of this quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

PA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard wonderful things about 21 Oceanfront. It was fabulous! Old World charm, great food and outstanding service!

B
New England
107 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, and especially enjoyed the view. Lovely, quiet dining room (yes, it has a dated appearance, but we found it charming). We were staying in a nearby cottage, so we thought this one of the better options within walking distance...which was a high priority for us (once you settle in for your vacation, using the car is a bit of a drag). We would echo what many have said in other reviews: the food is good, but you are paying prices that suggest the food should be great/special...but if you keep in mind that all the food in the area is overpriced (tourist area, and all establishments are perched on prime real estate), then everything comes into alignment. I'd return here the next time we vacation along the beach.

L
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly thoughtful service. Delicious food.

PM
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great! the waitress really made the night enjoyable. The food was pricey but good not bad, not great but good. Location is easy to find

s
Las Vegas
54 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to eat. Food and service were excellent. Beautiful view of the sunset. Will eat there again.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went there to celebrate our birthdays and we would not want to go back there ever again. They sat us down an area where the light from the sun at sunset caused extremely discomfort to our eyes. We asked them not to pull up the shade until later but they refused. They told us to endure for 8 minutes so everyone else could enjoy watching the sunset. They took forever to change our seating area. Plus, when other came for their birthdays, the restaurant would give them cake as birthday special, we got nothing. we were treated unfairly, racial discrimination. We are very disappointed.

p
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a lovely view of the sunset. Our server Mr. Helton was terrific. Such a lovely atmosphere. The food is terrific.

B
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful evening here again. I had NY strip, cooked to perfection, my wife had the Sea Bass and she loved it. Fernando was our waiter and he let us take our time and made sure we were well taken care of.

We have to come to OC 4-5 times a year and last 4 times made sure we stopped here, always our best dinner while we are here!

L
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love this place. Been here many times. Plus they let me park the Ferrari right in front.

L
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Music was a nice addition from the bar for a date night

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Birthday for wife

DH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Being Newport, everything is pricey. I found this place to be overpriced for ok food. The food was not what I expected to be - my food was ok and based on Yelp reviews, should have read before considering celebrating my 3 yr. Anniversary.

AH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

If I’m spending 200 for dinner i shouldn’t have to wait 25-30 minutes with a reservation. Once you sit down another 15-30 to get a drink order in. Food was good a little overpriced but it’s newport what do you expect...

G
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and ambiance!

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

I really hate to write negative reviews so I’ll call this a constructive criticism. This has always been our favorite spot on the beach. Our son lives in Newport and we visit 2-3 a year. We always make it a point to eat at this restaurant. We’re from New Orleans and love steak and seafood chop house type dining. We know it’s expensive but we value great food and service. Unfortunately this night they were off the mark on both. Our waiter, Fernando, was covering so many tables that he hardly had time to even say hello.
Cocktail orders were wrong, seafood tower had crab legs
that were still frozen. I had to ask him to clear off the table after we finished the seafood. My sixty dollar ribeye was thin, grisly and poorly cooked. The rest was downhill after that. I don’t mind spending $600 for a four person dinner but I certainly expect 5 star service and high quality food well prepared. The wine selections were good and a good value as well. Unfortunately, they missed everything else on this night.