Back Bay Bistro

4.0
1185 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Enjoy waterfront dining at its finest at the NEW Back Bay Bistro, located at the entrance of the Back Bay in Newport Beach California. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on this elegantly designed patio in a casual, friendly atmosphere. A 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
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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
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Special events & promotions
Whether you're planning a beach front wedding, a business meeting for employees or an event to thank them for their hard work, there is a perfect spot at the beach waiting for you.

Unique meeting rooms provide the ideal setting for both business and pleasure. These rooms are well-suited for meetings, break-outs, seminars, receptions, and sit down dinners.

To arrange a personal tour of our resort, or to request additional information regarding your next corporate event, please contact our Sales and Catering office at (949) 729-3800 or by e-mail at events@newportdunes.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

There are two bay front rooms within the Back Bay Bistro. Our Harborside and Dockside room can accommodate up to 50 guest for any occasion. We also have many other rooms and venues to choose from on our resort, which will accommodate 20 to 600 guest.

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What 1185 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We felt our food was not very tasty for the $100 bill for two kids and two adults. It was very stuffy and hot. Nothing special here unless you get lucky and get a view spot

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CT
1.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we arrived, we found out they were having a huge party in the main dining room and the music was Extremely Loud. They informed us that we could only be seated outside. The outside tables were down a flight of stairs and there were approximately 6 tables. It was hot and windy and not conducive to outdoor dining. No one was eating outside. Therefore we had to leave very upset and find another restaurant and celebrate a birthday. They should have called to tell me ahead of time that they could not accommodate my reservation.

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JT
Los Angeles
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The first time we went to this restaurant a few years back we really enjoyed it. This time we were very disappointed. The service was lacking but it was obvious that the server was new being that he had someone with him. The food was fair.

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OT
Orange County
1.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience ever

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MC
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This place has food that I enjoyed...however the selections have been limited compared to previous dining experience...now it’s much quieter and business has been slower...probably because they have reduced their food selections...I am still happy to enjoy the Alaska king crabs....oysters, shrimp, and smoked salmon...

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P
2.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

This "restaurant" looks like a party warehouse with dining tables as an afterthought. It is very industrial. No ambiance. It might be a good venue for a reception but would need quite a bit of decoration to create atmosphere. The design and decor is very incongruous with the waterfront location. Nothing beachy or welcoming about it. Also needs a power wash in the rafters-lots of cobwebs. A real missed opportunity.

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SE
Orange County
2.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Went for Sunday brunch and my dining companion and I were very disappointed. We enjoy lunch hamburgers here on other days but will not ever return for brunch. Food was not good. For example the crab legs were so soggy that it was impossible to crack them open. What little crab that could be extracted was watery and over cooked. The bacon was greasy and tough. The dessert tasted stall like the had been cut and left out overnight. The one bright note was the shrimp that were very tasty. Omelettes and eggs cooked to order are probably the best bet. Not recommended.

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MK
2.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We made a reservation simply because we had tickets for a concert that was being held there. We were very disappointed when we arrived that there was a very limited/reduced menu of only 3 entrees, it would have been nice to have been told that when they called to confirm the reservation. After sitting at the table for over 30 min, we went to the hostess to inform them that nobody had been to our table to greet us let alone take an order. That being said, they were very friendly and apologetic. I got the feeling that they were a bunch of very green servers with very little experience but with great attitudes. Attitude is everything so as a result we tried to be more patient and understanding. Both of us ordered the chicken which was bland and overly salted. As a concert venue it was great and I'd definitely go back for that.

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OT
Atlanta
1.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

We made a reservation for a family gathering but they did not tell us there was an Oingo Boingo cover band the same night. They sat us in a back room that was unattractive and smelled like dead fish.

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OT
Los Angeles
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Hostess did not tell the truth about seating. Service was very slow. The food was bland - good selection for buffet but bland.

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ML
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

On my reservation I put that we were there for a birthday but that was never acknowledged .... but other than that it went well

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DZ
Orange County
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, lots of variety and the view from everywhere was fantastic!!

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DH
1.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

My husband and I wanted to find a place that served brunch on a Saturday, so I googled Sat brunch in the OC. Back Bay Bistro came up and we thought we would give it a try since it was on the water. Yes, it overlooked a small part of the back bay, and yes, it did serve a brunch on Saturday. However, the food was just ok... nothing special. The service was terrible! After being seated we had to wait a minimum of 10 mins before someone came to help us. (Yes, we had a reservation.) Once someone finally took our drink order we were able to serve ourselves at the brunch buffet. The pancakes were previously made and in a heating tray so were on the same level as those from McDonald's. The Eggs Benedict were also pre made and disappointing. The watermelon was totally soggy. But the worst parts were that it was so noisy my husband and I could barely hear each other. And never once did anyone ever come back to refill our coffee, water or OJ! Super frustrating. It seemed they only wanted to pay attention to refilling for the people who ordered the mimosas. So very dissapointed that this was the experience on our weekend date out. This place is just a high priced cafeteria in our opinion.

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j
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and reasonable prices! All with a view of the back bay. This was a very good find.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Cute place

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AB
Orange County
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The server charged my card twice with different amounts.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience

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IK
Orange County
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was ok, the service was exceptional. Our mimosas were always filled to the top, it was great, especially because we were having a pre-celebration for Mother’s Day.

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KR
2.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Over priced and too noisy. The open plan and hard floor surface made the Back Bay Bistro one large echo chamber. The noise from the bar (watching hockey on tv) and tables near ours made conversation difficult. The decor leans more towards food court than fine dining. For $30 per entree we at least expected the servers uniforms not to have holes in them. Even after getting validated they tried to charge us $15 for parking.

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M
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We like dinner here the sunset was outstanding. Good quality in food. A bit noise

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MW
Orange County
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date & I had a nice table outside on the water at sunset. The service was excellent & the food was superb. I had the Chilean sea bass cooked to perfection and their signature seafood chowder was amazing and like no other. It was a great overall experience, I highly recommend this restaurant. Very romantic ... with a beautiful view of the back bay.

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J
Las Vegas
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve always came here for Sunday brunch to eat crab but now they give you a little cup full and control it. We were disappointed about that

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OT
Central Coast
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Pet friendly restaurant out on the patio...was perfect for our visit. They even brought a water bowl for our pup. Great brunch, delicious food, great selection, friendly staff. Great for hanging out with friends.

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OT
1.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We went because we read it had a great view. It overlooks a small port and there really isn’t a lot to see. The food was subpar. My mom ordered a breakfast burrito and it came with a square slice of Kraft cheese on top. The breakfast potatoes were soggy and flavorless. All around disappointing.

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San Diego
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the onion soup, seafood chowder, Dory, and shrimp scampi, which were all excellent.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great veiws and atmosphere, oved the location

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RK
San Francisco
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Perfect place for the sunset over the back bay. Service was good. Food was excellent. Seared scallops and shrimp. Dirty martini not very dirty but still did the job. Definitely a must return. Will try Sunday brunch next go around

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OT
Los Angeles
4.0Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I started off with the Caprese salad, it was good. Then my wife and I enjoyed the Bistro Burger. Excellent!

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JE
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this pkace is the best kept secret. We came here to watch the sun set on the bay. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and a meal while enjoying the calm and quiet of the sunset by the bay. Our server was friendly and helpful. My husband and I ordered the caprese salad and parisian chicken sandwich to share and she divided the serving for two which was just right for a light evening meal. We will definitely plan to return again soon.

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OT
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place for brunch in Orange County

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V
Nashville
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our time. Beautiful sunset view over the back Bay. Every table has a view. My wife had an excellent sea bass. My Shrimp scampi was so so. Only 5 shrimp and pasta noodles. I had a couple gr at lemon drop martinis. Will definitely be back.

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b
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service excellent! Hidden gem! Great for any occasion and the food was well prepared and service was much better than most!

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St. Louis
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food with a beautiful atmosphere and good service made for a wonderful date night. I had the prime rib special that was delicious and my wife had the beef tip Pasta, only wish the sides were a little larger but other than that everything was great

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C
Orange County
3.0Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Good place to go for lunch if you want easy parking, varied menu, great service , and an outdoor casual feel. away from the hustle and bustle of Fashion Island. Great selection of fresh salads, sandwiches and heavier entrees if that's what your crave. Menu pricing is very reasonable.

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WJ
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING Brunch menu with great service. We will be back for sure.

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JL
4.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We've been going to the Back Bay Bistro for a few years now. We bring our friends from out of town, and also go there on special occasions. Food last Saturday seemed to have less selections compared to past, but we love the mimosas, salad and lamb stew. Desserts too. Service was excellent as usual.

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l
4.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When first walking in we were a bit hesitant because the restaurant was pretty empty, however the food and service far made up for any reservations we may have had. Everything was delicious and a great value for the price.
I would recommend some live music. The place is by far big enough to handle without it imposing on your dining experience.
Overall everything was great.

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MS
Los Angeles
3.0Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

While the restaurant was empty...due to rain...the food was great.

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b
Orange County
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food... great area.... always great service... yummy.. filet tortellini with spinach

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SM
Orange County
1.0Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

We will not be going back. First off, it’s sorta an indoor/outdoor tent sort of thing. It was FREEZING and extremely drafty and uncomfortable.

The staff was nice and they really tried.

We were the ONLY couple without white Hair and a walker. The music was slow and from the 50’s. Just before we left, the audio started bellowing, “Blue Mooooon!”

I ordered the Cornish Game hen. It was plated beautifully and I was optimistic. Unfortunately, it was flavorless except for excessive salt on the walnuts, and carrots which was so severe, it was uneatable.

We will not go back. Sorta felt sad for the people who work there.

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