Back Bay Bistro

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$30 and under
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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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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JadenL
Orange County
3 reviews
Reviewed on December 28, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Good place for brunch..love their king crab legs. Please include the bottomless champagne again :)

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FussyItalian
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on December 26, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

View and location excellent, the food is subpar and expensive

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David
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Reviewed on December 19, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great quiet place for breakfast! On a sunny Southern California morning the view is wonderful and the food and service are great.

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IanZ
Orange County
2 reviews
Reviewed on October 29, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Poor service, poor food, no management on duty. They had live music, though.

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vipacproductions
Orange County
30 reviews
Reviewed on October 1, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Fun lunch spot, great people watching, good choice and variety.

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vipJemery
Orange County
67 reviews
Reviewed on August 25, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

We ate lunch here for my husband's birthday and were quite disappointed. Food was 'meh' and the service not much better. There was only one other table filled on a weekday in mid-June.

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TamieT
Orange County
5 reviews
Reviewed on August 20, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Beautiful place w a nice view of back bay. Excellent place for special event like birthday, holiday ...

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Brian
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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vipbuddy
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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

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StevenA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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GinnyC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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MarkC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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vipFoodie77
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It wasn’t open

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Boop
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprising~ great dinner wonderful staff

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JohnE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ElysianPark
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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Joan
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KristyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was outstanding! Excellent selection of seafood items.

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Surfside
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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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KirkW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipPumpkin
London
79 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MaryE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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BethS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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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vipMaddyD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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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vipRodericM
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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

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vipIreneE
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

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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Harriedmom4
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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janetP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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vipsmartnsavvy
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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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Boberan
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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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vipSiBonFans
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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StephenM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Lagunafoodie
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

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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KristinR
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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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vipLove2dineSD
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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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Greg
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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