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Back Bay Bistro

3.9
3.9
1062 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Breakfast

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (949) 729-1144

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bruno Massuger

  • Private party facilities

    The Back Bay Bistro features two waterfront rooms. Our Harborside and Dockside room can accommodate up to 50 guests for any occasion. We also have many other rooms and venues to choose from on our resort, which will accommodate 20 to 600 guest.

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Cross street

    Jamboree

  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,062 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. JL

    JadenL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on December 28, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Good place for brunch..love their king crab legs. Please include the bottomless champagne again :)
  2. FI

    FussyItalian

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on December 26, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    View and location excellent, the food is subpar and expensive
  3. D

    David

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  4. IZ

    IanZ

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on October 29, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    Poor service, poor food, no management on duty. They had live music, though.
  5. a

    acproductions

    Springfield

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Reviewed on October 1, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Fun lunch spot, great people watching, good choice and variety.
  6. J

    Jemery

    Orange County

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 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.
  7. TT

    TamieT

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Reviewed on August 20, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Beautiful place w a nice view of back bay. Excellent place for special event like birthday, holiday ...
  8. B

    Brian

    Portland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 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.
  9. b

    buddy

    Orange County

    60 reviews

    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Food was good and the service was Great! Back bay beautiful!
  10. SA

    StevenA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    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...
  11. GC

    GinnyC

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 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!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was a good brunch. Great price for a kid. Spendy for an adult.
  14. MC

    MarkC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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....
  15. F

    Foodie77

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It wasn’t open
  16. B

    Boop

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprising~ great dinner wonderful staff
  17. JE

    JohnE

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 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.
  18. EP

    ElysianPark

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 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!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 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.
  20. J

    Joan

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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!
  21. KC

    KristyC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch was outstanding! Excellent selection of seafood items.
  22. S

    Surfside

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  23. KW

    KirkW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 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
  24. P

    Pumpkin

    Raleigh

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 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!
  25. ME

    MaryE

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  26. BS

    BethS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    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.
  27. MD

    MaddyD

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Don’t ever go for dinner. Good is overpriced and not good at all. Very sparse environment and not good ambience.
  28. RM

    RodericM

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Sorry just wasn’t impressed...I went for dinner. I heard the brunch is delicious...
  29. IE

    IreneE

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 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!!!!
  30. H

    Harriedmom4

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside with kids and was pretty and quiet. Food was great, saw a beautiful sunset.
  31. P

    janetP

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  32. s

    smartnsavvy

    Los Angeles

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 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.
  33. B

    Boberan

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 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.
  34. SB

    SiBonFans

    Palm Springs

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dining experience. The sea bass was over the top. Great service and amazing place to watch the sunset.
  35. SM

    StephenM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was excellent. Service was efficient and friendly.
  36. L

    Lagunafoodie

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 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.
  37. KR

    KristinR

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 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!
  39. LS

    Love2dineSD

    San Diego

    70 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 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
  40. G

    Greg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 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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Back Bay Bistro is rated 3.9 stars by 1062 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jamboree

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Parking with Restaurant Validation

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bruno Massuger

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 729-1144

  • Private party facilities

    The Back Bay Bistro features two waterfront rooms. Our Harborside and Dockside room can accommodate up to 50 guests 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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