Back Bay Bistro

4.2
1225 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Enjoy waterfront dining at its finest at the Back Bay Bistro, located at the entrance of the Back Bay in Newport Beach California. Savor breakfast, lunch, or dinner on this elegantly designed patio in a laid-back, luxury atmosphere. Our state of the art retractable roof allows guests to dine year-round, with a great view of the bay & marina.

The Back Bay Bistro offers (2) hours of free self parking with validation and outside patio is dog friendly dining.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Closed: Monday
Lunch: Tuesday ~ Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday ~ Sunday 5:00pm - Close
Happy Hour: Tuesday ~ Sunday 4:00pm - Close
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 2:00pm
(2) hour maximum on Brunch dining, last Reservation is 1:00pm, Buffet stops at 2:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 729-1144
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bruno Massuger
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jamboree
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Parking details
Complimentary Parking with Restaurant Validation
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1225 People Are Saying
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B
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Family dinner on the water overlooking the boats was a quick walk from our hotel across the street. We sat outside and had a fantastic server. Food was delicious and dessert was enjoyed by all.

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b
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and the service was Great! Back bay beautiful!

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SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Thanksgiving Brunch was a big hit with the family—the service was attentive, and the buffet copious and delicious! The $5 bottomless mimosas certainly sweetened the deal...

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GC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Thanksgiving buffet, with a dog, on the patio! Great service, great view, outstanding variety of options!

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Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Not memorable. Great location, decent food and friendly staff - all wasted in a large banquet hall without any personality. No decor or background music whatsoever. Lighting is shockingly bright. Open room causes noise issues. Weird addition of tvs playing sporting events made it feel like a sports Bar. What is going on with this restaurant? Not as advertised.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a good brunch. Great price for a kid. Spendy for an adult.

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MC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience and attentiveness of the staff. You can always appreciate quality when visiting BBB for Brunch! One note - they changed the Champagne source - and so the quality of this "option" in my view has compromised the value of the brunch. Anyone whom like(s) good champagne will realize - quality is quality....

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It wasn’t open

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B
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprising~ great dinner wonderful staff

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JE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I needed a place for a business meal. Preferably one with a nice view. I'd never been to Back Bay Bistro, but it looked good. Turned out it was perfect. Quiet enough for our business conversation, yet a vibrant atmosphere throughout. And on warmer evenings, the patio dining option would be a lot of fun. Plus, the food was terrific, and the service attentive without being intrusive.

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EP
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a "staycation" planned and walked across the street to Back Bay Bistro for happy hour. They had a very nice selection of food specials, as well as beer, wine, and cocktail specials.
We decided to go back for brunch the next day for a treat. The food variety and presentation were excellent. Mimosas were included. The service was great, from the hostess who recognized us from the night before, to every other person we interacted with. They seemed to take pride in their work--how refreshing nowadays. We complimented our waiter and he said he wanted us to come back. Well, it shows. Keep up the great work, everyone!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunset on patio was very nice. Food was very good. Menu a bit basic. Could have some creative specials that they can change out. Heater was avail but ended up warm enough to not need it.

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J
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and it was a beautiful fall day, so we could eat outside. Our server was very nice and friendly and attentive. Will go back!

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KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was outstanding! Excellent selection of seafood items.

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S
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall, this was a fun experience. The view is amazing. So nice to be on the water. Service was great. Food was tasty although you should really go to enjoy the view.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the food was just as good. We found this on the map and glad we checked it out. Very reasonable price for what you get

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P
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Sunday brunch at this beautiful restaurant. It overlooks the bay, and we enjoyed watching boats, kayaks, and paddleboards out on the water. The huge buffet is thoughtfully arraigned around the perimeter with plenty of space to move around.
Everything we ate was delicious. Salads, breakfast items, carvery, omelets, fish (even crab legs!), and desserts. All nicely prepared and delicious.
We truly enjoyed this experience!

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ME
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My favorite relaxing Sunday brunch atmosphere. Food is very good staff is extremely nice & accommodating. Very peaceful outside dining.

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BS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was an "okay" brunch. Very expensive for the quality of the food. The waffle was cold, turkey was dry, shrimp was okay but nothing special. Brunches tend to be very costly and hard to eat that much food. Have gone to other brunches that were not so expensive. I believe you pay for the view and location. As more people arrive it got a lot noisier. Sitting outside on a nice day would seem to work better. Might go back to the restaurant again to have a glass of wine, enjoy the happy hour and the view, but probably not the brunch. Will add the service was good.

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MD
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Don’t ever go for dinner. Good is overpriced and not good at all. Very sparse environment and not good ambience.

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RM
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Sorry just wasn’t impressed...I went for dinner. I heard the brunch is delicious...

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IE
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Worst experience ever!! Special event happening at the restaurant. No tables available except outside or sitting at the bar.

The hostess argued with us about where we could sit.

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we ended up paying for the special event band just to get a table. This restaurant should not have taken reservations for dinner on open table if 90%of the restaurant was set aside for the special event. Their event was not even at 10% capacity.

THE WORST DINING EXPERIENCE EVER. AND IT WAS OUR ANNIVERSARY!!!!

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H
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside with kids and was pretty and quiet. Food was great, saw a beautiful sunset.

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday brunch for my daughter. We sat outside and watched the boats come in and out. It was a very nice time.

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s
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

service was terrible. some of the food was good but some was not. brussell sprouts were not cut small enough or cooked enough. view and ambience are great. hope they fix the weaknesses.

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B
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The scallops were delicious. Would come back just to have them again. Celebrating a birthday and hoping for romantic setting but a bit stark - better for lunch or brunch. Our waiter couldn't have been better and gave us wonderful service.

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SB
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dining experience. The sea bass was over the top. Great service and amazing place to watch the sunset.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was excellent. Service was efficient and friendly.

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L
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

No atmosphere at all. We felt like we were in a cafeteria dining room. The food was so bland and the prices high for the lack of quality. The French fries were good though and the wait staff was sweet, but incompetent. We were interested in this place for a private event, but that will NEVER happen.

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KR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have only gone for the always delicious weekend brunch. I suggest going before 11:30 as it does get very noisy. However, that is not all so bad as the open setting is pleasant even though it is the reason it does get noisy.

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This is my first review ever since i have being using Open Table.
It was my daughter’s 21st Birthday we made a reservation over the phone a month a ago for 10 people, when I called to confirm they only had 4 people so I booked it with open table and requested outside seating
When we got there it was difficult to get the hostess to give us a table outside.
The table was set for 8 people I advised the front desk that the reservation was for 10 as it clearly stated in my open table reservation and she told the waiter, it too more than 10 minuets to get our table even though they were only servicing 3 tables.
It took more than 15 minuets to get our drinks ( were brought drinks for another table)
We had to ask the boss boy for bread,
It was NOT a good experience...we live In Newport Beach and dine out often almost every weekend and have never experienced such poor service any where.
The place needs to provide better training to their employees most of them are clueless about service.
My daughter was not even offered a birthday desert like most good restaurants offer.
I have been here a few times a the bar and it was OK.
I will NOT dine here again.
The view is beautiful though!

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LS
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We thought it was extremely loud here
It was one very large open hall -
It was not really conducive for conversation or for a date
It would be better Suited to large parties in our opinion

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G
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The two of us had the Mahi-Mahi and the salmon entrees. Very good taste and presentation. Service from Ish was excellent. Sat out by the water and watched the sun set at the same time. Went back for lunch the next day.

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food!! Great service and very clean ! Excellent view

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had to ask for a high chair 3 times on 2 different visits in the same weekend and on the second had to get it for ourselves(we actually went three days in a row and had to ask twice the first visit). No ceviche for the brunch ...

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IC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good and tasty
Music way too loud on request turned down but later up again
Rock music did not go with the atmosphere at all , negative point
Setting n ambiance nice

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MC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. I had John Dory fish and it was delicious. My partner's New York was also delicious, as were our friend's scallops! The waiter was outstanding. There was a VERY loud concert inside so we ate outside, which was very nice!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Fish came drenched in a white sauce and it didn’t not describe this sauce in the menu had a friend who was lactose intolerant. She just ate it but it would have been nice to have the detail in the description. Boat fumes where terrible on entering the restaurant.

Bathrooms where unclean !!!

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LN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch yesterday. It turned out to be a beautiful day and the view of the Back Bay made it a great day! Food was wonderful as well.

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g
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good buffet, lots of options, and the champagne was constantly refilled!

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