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Tue, 6/19
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Back Bay Bistro

4.1
1176 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Scenic View
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 1176 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Cute place

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The server charged my card twice with different amounts.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was a great experience

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great veiws and atmosphere, oved the location

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great place for brunch in Orange County

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great Sunday brunch buffet with a view of the back bay!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's night fixed menu - $85/person for a few courses with tiny portion. THEN THERE WAS HAIR ON TOP OF OUR PATATO! Server won't refill water or soda without being asked, and there were only 10 customers in there at the time. Very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great place for brunch. The 1st 15 minutes of our arrival there was a screaming child that was very disruptive and annoying. Fortunately they left.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We get the brunch buffet. Kinda pricey, but the food is great if you are open to spending the dough. Great outdoor seating options. Views of the bay available from most seats in the house.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Enjoyed Sunday brunch with my wife. Beautiful location, lovely outside table right on the water. Amazing selection of food and desserts. Highly recommend. We will take our family there when they next visit from out of state.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We wanted to try something new and decided to go here. Walking in it is a very large open room that is a little cavernous for me. But we stayed inside due to it being a little cold outside however, I can see where outside is the place to be. We tried restaurant week and a kids meal and a couple of appetizers. I must admit, I was surprised on how wonderful the Chilean Seabass was. One of the best I have ever had. The wedge salad was also very good. The Creme Brulee was very bland and not much flavor at all. Kids pizza was good and the caprese salad was good as well. Wine selection is ok as well. I guess it sounds like I am not fully getting excited about this restaurant even though the food was very good. The service was less than stellar. There were only a few tables in the restaurant so the awareness of our coursing was not timed well and table maintenance was lacking . No manager appeared to be in the building or we never saw one. The server was very nice and it may have just been an off night but if this is their typical service, it is easy to understand why there were only 3 tables there on a Saturday night and 3 people at the bar. We will be back for Brunch as I have heard good things about it and when it is warmer then we will try the patio.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Gorgeous view of the Newport backbay!
Very attentive service without hovering.
Extremely casual atmosphere and very loud when there are people at the bar.
My beef short ribs were tender, but not very flavorful. My wife’s sea bass was cooked well with a delightful crunch, however the sauce was to salty.
I would come back because of the service and view to try some of their other offerings.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Have only been there for Sunday brunch, but it is a nice, varied, large spread and the champagne flows generously. Always groups there celebrating birthdays or Mother's Day, so the noise level can get pretty high. Nice view of the back bay with outdoor seating and lots of glass windows.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

First time and will probably go back; food was wonderful

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