21 Oceanfront

4.7
1549 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
21 Oceanfront, located across from the Newport Beach Pier, just steps from the sand, offers the ultimate dining experience. Please note the restaurant is in a historical building therefore is not wheelchair accessible.
Due to current restrictions seating is very limited. Reservations are greatly recommended. 18% gratuity will be added to all reservations.
Unfortunately we can not accommodate everyones requests durning this difficult time but will do our best to make your experience perfect in every way possible.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1549 people are saying
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EJS901
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With sea food their forte i was reluctant to order steak, but my stomach said order away. I should never have doubted, the New York steak was done to perfection and as good as anywhere ive eaten. And the restuant decor and service is by itself worth a visit. Its is beautifully done with a long stem rose on each table. For you foodies out there visiting 21 is on your bucket list. Not inexpensive but then you have to pay to obtain the best, you will not be dissapointed

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and the food was delicious! Everything was perfect for our wedding anniversary. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner at 21 Oceanfront in Newport Beach. From the time we walked in to the time we left, we were treated with courtesy and welcome. The food was exceptional. We started with delicious cocktails, San Pelegrino, and bread, and an Asian Pear Salad. Followed by grilled lobster tail and filet mignon cooked to perfection, grilled asparagus and au gratin potatoes, accompanied by glasses of Pino Grigio. To top it off, we had ordered the chocolate soufflé, which was served right out of the oven with fresh whipped cream and house made chocolate sauce. We never felt rushed and the waiter stayed out of sight when not serving other guests. It was a perfect meal and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to celebrate a special occasion at dinner.

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DonH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my Mother's and Sister's birthdays at 21 Oceanfront, knowing it would be a very special experience. As always, the staff were kind, efficient and attentive. They went above and beyond, finishing the meal with some wonderful birthday desserts complete with candles. The stunning ambiance, ocean view and holiday decor were the perfect setting for a special meal. Truly one of my favorite restaurants. Highly recommended!

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DateNight
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you....we had a great time, very relaxing, did not feel rushed at all. Great cocktails! Special kudos to Alejandro - he was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, our server Alexandro was on point. Couldn’t of asked for a better start to the evening.

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vipsparkle
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a wonderful time for our anniversary! The service and the food was great. Pleasantly surprised with an anniversary cake! We will go back again. Thanks!

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ClaytonB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere great location actually recommend anybody who appreciates all of the above.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Celebrating our dating for 1 year with my girlfriend. Was a very nice evening.

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oysters were just “okay” Everything else was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I was traveling to LA for the weekend to celebrate my wife’s birthday and we wanted a nice fine dining experience on the beach. I noted in my reservations about the celebration. When we arrived, 5 guys in the front including a doorman and not one welcome. Then upon entering the setting was very reminding of a high end steak and seafood restaurant as advertised. That’s where it end with the experience. Service was like a 2 star dinner other than the attire. It was almost like our server was put out by waiting on us. No personalized service including my wife’s birthday as I had requested. Food was good, over priced since you were not getting the service experience. My Au Graten Potatoes weren’t cooked to the point they were crunch raw. Steak was good. Overall not what you would expect from a so called high end establishment. Someone needs to really look at the service levels. When I spoke to someone on the phone, they talk about how great the soufflé was, and another disappointment when we tried to order and according to Luke our server, it was broke…..No concern on his part to try to give a suggestion, much less that he never once said happy birthday to my wife as requested. Yet another table got a slice of cake for a birthday.
Really need to decide who you are and provide the experience you are advertising. Overall it ruined the night, especially since I chose you for her birthday while we were in town from Orlando….Anyone who is reading this, highly recommend to go elsewhere, as they may ruin a special occasion for you as well. Also according to the dress code it was to be formal, yet people had shorts and t-shirts on, like I started with more of a 4 star wannabe with service of a 2 star experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Had hugh expectations and wanted to really like the food, but very mediocre. I would've rather had dinner at Eddie V's. Our server didn't offer or suggested anything when we asked what he would recommend. The food weren't that great and too expensive for something we could've had somewhere else. Wull.probably never going to go back or tell anyone to try.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the view, service, cocktails, food and desserts were excellent! I highly recommend the Chilean Sea Bass and the chocolate or Grand Marnier soufflé!

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SteveB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the classics served here, including Abalone. Excellent, attentive service. Beautiful room in a 100 year old landmark. This is the place for that special occasion.

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vipfhbradley3
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The swordfish & sea bass were delicious, as were the chocolate desserts. We had very professional waiter. My only complaint would be that an assistant server asked to clear away my plate twice when I had clearly not finished.

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JeffH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The food was good and the waitress was good. But the ambiance was horrible!!! We sat in the dining room next to a party of four that was loud and obnoxious. They were extremely drunk; yelling and cursing. The staff did nothing to address the problem. Felt like we were in a sports bar and not the nice fancy restaurant we were hoping for.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time visiting, first time inside and the ambiance was amazing and the food just as wonderful. Definitely a repeat is due again.

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TarshaT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a great dinner for my birthday carly was amazing .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was amazing she did a great job accommodating us for our one year engagement. I wish I had gotten her name as she was so helpful in setting up our dinner. The hostess to the waiter to the busier were amazing. Valet ok. I was a bit frustrated as a guy called me three hours before dinner telling me I might not get the table I requested which was pretty disappointing. Well reason was actor had requested same table two hours before our reservation which the guy calling had no idea who we were but was going to put us out for an actor. Little did he know who we were but it all worked out we got the table we wanted and the food and service was the best. Great food and service.

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vipEvaH
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious, the service was impeccable, atmosphere lovely! This is our second visit to 21 Oceanfront and it was just as exciting as our first visit this past August for our 45th wedding anniversary!
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening.

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vip1forBeva
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was exceptional! Food and service were both great. Sunset on the beach - priceless!

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Peeez
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place , everything is good , one of our favorite places

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Deliciosa
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a lovely time. Our server Luke was kind and thorough with menu recommendations. It was romantic and cozy inside, and the food was delicious. Thank you!

JP
JulieP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We were only visited by our waiter 4-5 times. The shrimp scampi appetizer came out cold. Our steak was ordered as medium, came out still cold in the center, not close to medium. Half way through our dinner a table was seated 2 tables away from us with a young child watching you-tube with the volume on quite loud. Not exactly what I envisioned taking my husband to dinner for his birthday with a toddler you-tube video playing right next to our table.

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BillSedona
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We ordered rib eye steaks which we’d been told were prime beef. They were not prime beef even though they assured us they were. We left at least 1/2 of each steak on the plate. The steak knife had issues with slicing the meat. Too bad as it was not like the last time we were there in 2019. Will cancel future reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience if you want to treat yourself to a beautiful sunset and great food. It’s a little pricey but worth the splurge!

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KBone
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Severe was polite but not friendly. The food was okay, but not great for the price. The blackened swordfish specifically was not what I would consider blackened. It was grilled, but lacking in seasoning. The noise level was high, and it was difficult to have a conversation over the noise. Given the price, and that this was a type of restaurant with a dress code requirement, I expected a different atmosphere.

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ElizabethL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time watching the beautiful sunset and listening to music sipping on fabulous martinis 🍸 Then enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal!! The upper booth was best seat in the house!!! We will definitely be back!!!

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vipLiz59
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our daughter to 21 Oceanfront for her 22nd birthday. While the location is “beachy”, the service, food, and ambience are all very classic Continental, the kind of very fine restaurant my dad would treat us to on special occasions growing up. My daughter had the New York strip, my husband had the largest lobster tail I have ever seen, I had the baseball cut swordfish. We shared the garlic mashed potato and the grilled asparagus. Everything was delicious. Luke, our server, did a fine job of managing several tables, which we know is not an easy job. It was a very nice evening and we will definitely be back!

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RigoAye
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food, great service and overall great time dinning here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent and food was very good. My only complaint was I asked for a view of the sunset and the sight line had issues. Many people at the bar in front of the windows who appeared to have too many drinks. They blocked the view. Very loud. I would return to the restaurant but unfortunately it would not be a first choice for a romantic dinner which I was hoping for.

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LuisR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant , outstanding customer service , delicious food , will come back again soon .

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NewYork40
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely one of the best experiences I have ever had. I will be coming back for sure. Excellent food and service from beginning to end!

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ArleneM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service and a beautiful place for a romantic date. Right next to the pier. Loved it! Great anniversary spot.

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vipDavid
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carly , our waitress, was just perfect. Great ability to understand when to stop by to check on us and when to let us enjoy our private time. Food was superb. Perfect cocktails The bartender even knew what a classic champagne cocktail is. We will drive back up from San Diego just to go to dinner here.

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CurtisR
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. We had reservations for 5:30 and were able to catch the sunset. There was a cool band in the bar area which was perfect. Great service, great food with a great view. Highly recommend.

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Steele
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden Gem in Newport Beach. Baseball Cut of Swordfish is spectacular!

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vip21Lover
Orange County
91 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely our favorite all time restaurant! You can dine on their amazing appetizer.. Our favorites are the shrimp cocktail (simply the best shrimp you'll ever have), the lamb chops and the carpaccio. The steaks are always perfection, as are the crab legs... really anything you order will be outstanding. Don't miss the souffle for dessert!!!

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vipKevinB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience from ambiance to food to service! Our first visit here and it was everything we wanted for our special evening!

FAQs

21 Oceanfront is rated 4.7 stars by 1549 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.