Back Bay Bistro

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1194 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Groups
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
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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, Entertainment, 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 1194 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Worst experience ever

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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