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Back Bay Bistro

1143 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
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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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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Cross street
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Parking details
Complimentary Parking with Restaurant Validation
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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
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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 1143 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

RedDog (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 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.

BarbaraK (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 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.

raybird (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

First time and will probably go back; food was wonderful

vip2diners9 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

this was an old favorite who seems to have slipped a lot. Maybe it was the cold winter night but scallops in blueberry cause, how weird was that. We miss the good basic seafood menu of past years and won't go back

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Good view
Food is just so so

Service is good.

A little noisy

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

We went for NB Restaurant Week and my birthday. My friend and I both started with the French onion soup - it was just ok, lukewarm and way too many onions with little broth. My friend's cobb salad looked pretty good, but nothing out of the ordinary. I had the calamari, which was just ok. It was served with 2 asparagus spears, 2 carrots, and a scoop of mashed potatoes with nothing on them - not even any butter. I asked for some kine of gravy but was told they had none, so the server brought me butter. Kinda disappointed in the meal overall.