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About Back Bay Bistro

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.

1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Jamboree

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 729-1144

Website:
http://www.newportdunes.com/back-bay-bistro/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Parking with Restaurant Validation

Executive Chef:
Bruno Massuger

Additional:
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

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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Details
Wed - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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.

Back Bay Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance was very generic and very average inside. For the amount of the Sunday Brunch I was expecting a more elegant experience for $39 per person. It used to be a little better with table cloths on the tables. The tables were very boring and needed a cover. It was also very very loud in the cavernous room. Then need to add carpet to keep the noise level down.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant was clean and the view of the Back Bay puts a guest at ease immediately. The food was good but not memorable. My companion enjoyed the large shrimp and crab and I enjoyed the omelet station. I think they should add a selection of breads and bagels that can be toasted. The staff was attentive and friendly. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Their Sunday Brunch is one of the best. All types of great food, there is something for everyone. The view is outstanding looking over the back bay and Newport Aquatic Center. The service was outstanding. Even though it was a buffet, our waiter made sure our drinks were always filled with champagne, water and coffee. Their valet parking was easy. Well worth the money.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great Sunday Brunch value although loud and energetic.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Servers were exceptional and the view of the Newport Back Bay was very nice....

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Patio table had a great view. Our service and food was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service is excellent. Love the view of the bay and sunset. Very romantic spot.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I went with a group of friends for a Birthday celebration. The staff was very friendly - our waiter was very friendly and paid extra attention to the Birthday Girl. Everyone was very happy with the meal - from appetizer, to salads, to main dishes, and of course, the special birthday cake. The John Dory fish entree was excellent as was the Chilean Sea Bass. One of the girls had the seafood chowder and was super excited about the taste. All in all it was a great dinner and the view was spectacular! Highly recommend for any special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great view, atmosphere, service and food. Started with the Bay Scallop Ceviche and all I can say is YUMMY! Wife had the fish and chips, daughter had the Calamari steak and I had the Salmon. They were all delicious. For desert we had the cheesecake and lava cake, neither disappointed. Our server was attentive and responsive. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great Beer
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Waited nearly 50 minutes for our food, some arrived cold, did not complain as just wanted to be fed and leave.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I'm always looking for fun, interesting new places to eat close to home and I've been wanting to try this place. Went here for a casual summer date night and sat outside. Perfect sunset view, outstanding service and the food was delicious. Pleasantly surprised and will definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very noisy, brunch food not tasty, at least was nice, but wouldn't get back there even if I was paid...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We are locals and live less than a mile from
Back Bay. We would come enjoy this gem
Of a location if the service and management was buttoned up. Our food was great but all service was shocking. Different wines being poured into the same glass, rushing to take our food away when we hadn't eaten 1/2 of the plate yet and general below average attitude. We would urge a strong relook at the servicing team and management.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Well we went there because we were staying at RV park. Don't opt for higher end choices. Stick with sandwiches, burger, and salads. Prime rib tough and low quality. John Dorey okay but expensive. Most items over priced. If they were well executed that would be one thing but most were sadly average like the food you'd expect from a bar and grill. :( This place should lower their prices - or offer something more impressive.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

It was great to have lunch with a great view of all the boats and ducks in the water. Our waitress was very attentive! And the selection of food durin brunch was amazing. I will definitely come back again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Definitely a gem in the Newport Area for brunch. Apart from parking which costs more than usual from similar areas, I cannot complain about the food quality, variety and the scenic location for a Saturday or Sunday brunch.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always wanted to try the Back Bay Bistro as a local.
Made reservations for us and out of town guests and to celebrate 3 birthdays after being on a duffy. We first we were seated outside with no lighting at 8:00 and as the sun was going down we knew that we would be eating in the dark so we moved inside the restaurant.
Very quiet on a Friday night and sat under a fan that not only made noise but was cold!
Food was fair, sort of dissapointing for a cafe with a great location...:(

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food2
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Service slow and getting the bill was terrible waited a LONG TIME

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great server and ambiance..always a great view.Ok

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We love this place for their amazing Sunday brunch. Great food and service. The downside on other days for lunch or dinner is the EXTREME noise factor!!!!! Would be great if they had a division between the bar and dining room, or carpet on the floor, or something in the ceiling to absorb the sound. Way too loud to hear yourself think! And that's from someone who LOVES this place!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This was our first time at the Back Street Bistro. Really enjoyed the calamari steak. The view of the back bay from the restaurant included nice boats, kayakers and paddle boarders, and the homes on the back bay. Because of the public boat launch ramp being right next to the restaurant finding parking was a little challenging. Fortunately we were there early for dinner on a Saturday and were able to use one of the spots right near the restaurant entrance.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Loved the service that Ashley gave us!!..She was so thoughtful enough to bring a nice birthday treat to my table.. Very yummy cheesecake & amazing service!!..

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We sat outside which was beautiful, food was very good and the waiters were always close by to keep our mimosas always full.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was fantastic- and you can sit outside over looking the bay.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were staying at Newport Dunes RV Park, so we decided to eat at The Bistro (for Prime Rib Friday). Every thing was great. We dined on the patio. Very casual with lots of kids, bicycles, dogs and boat launchings!The Rib was perfect. We had a great time.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Back Bay bistro has always been a favorite of ours great buffet great view great service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We love this restaurant's Sunday Brunch menu. Everything is excellent....cold...hot...you name it. Each time we attend, we do notice that the service, while friendly and courteous, can be a little patchy. That is, it can take a while to flag down a server for coffee refills, condiments, etc.
That said, we drive almost 90 minutes in each direction with BBB as our sole destination and every friend we've invited to join us is always pleased. A great stop for a wonderful Sunday midday meal!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The service terrible. Food was just ok, nothing special or spectacular. Don't think we'll be coming back here.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had Ish as our server...he's great and dedicated to excellent customer service.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We took a couple of friends to thank them for their help and they had never been there before, but were very impressed. Everything combined to make a very pleasant occasion. I think the friends plan to visit again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 16, 2017

There a only a few restuarants on the bay where you can take a Duffy to and tie up. Back Bay Bistro is one of them. Regretfully, they just don't have what it takes to make dining a pleasureable experience. The food was good but the service was so bad that it spoiled the Birthday celebration for our 8 year grandson. The restuarant is understaffed and the servers need more training in taking care of the diners. They just don't get it!

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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A great place to enjoy the Back Bay and have a reasonably priced meal.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The location is what makes this place anything above one star. The service was good. The iced tea was good. The food was not good at all. I ordered the Parisan Chicken Sandwich. It says that it's a grilled chicken breast, however it is not a REAL chicken breast as one would expect at a "nice place." It reminded me of what I would expect from a fast food place- it was some sort of pressed meat made to resemble a chicken breast. It was the furthest thing from appetizing. I took the "chicken" out of my sandwich and it was pretty tasty without the "chicken" in it. So, maybe order it without chicken?? The creme brûlée was good, minus the disgusting moldy raspberry on top. I think they just don't care what they serve because people still come. Skip it if you want edible food.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Casual, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The view is incredible from this bistro by the Bay. Prices were fine and food was good, would not say any dish was spectacular but everything was very nice. Service was fantastic and they validate your parking (they should publicize this to get more people to come to restaurant). We will return to this hidden gem.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We loved the atmosphere and the people were very friendly & helpful. We will definitely be back! Great place to beat the heat for sure!

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Loved our waiter..a great place to kick back & relax

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We went to Back Bay Bistro to have a meal and watch the fireworks. The Bistro did not tell us there was a $50 (Fifty) dollar parking fee. (This was a city requirement). They should have told us. The food was a buffet which we expected but it was nothing special. We will not use the Bistro for another 4th of July!!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had a 1:30 reservation for brunch on a sat. The reservation said we had until 3:30 but wasnt told brunch was only served until 2:00. When I made reservation I said it was for brunch. I was very unhappy as this was a Birthday gift. The food was cold and flies were around the desert table. The price was expensive compared to the food quality. Worst brunch i have ever been to.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

A great place too chill on a Saturday. Great line up of all you can eat.. additional $5 to add champagne too the treat. Great value. Very friendly service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

This use to be a favorite of my family, but seems to have gone down hill very fast.
Service has been horrible and food, especially the prime rib has been terrible.

Tags: Scenic View
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