Billy's at the Beach

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559 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Billy’s at the Beach restaurant is something of a Newport Beach staple. Nestled right on the Harbor in Orange County just off Pacific Coast Highway, one can sit outside on the patio and enjoy a cocktail while watching the beautiful Southern California sunset over the rows of ship masts. Billy's at the Beach will entice you with only the freshest seafood, Prime steaks, and our world famous mai tai. We offer three delicious menus of brunch, lunch, and dinner, each boasting a wide selection of delectable options ranging from soups, and salads, to pupus, and unique fish of the day specials. Billy’s at the beach offers something mouthwatering for everyone’s unique taste and preference. Known for our seafood and Hawaiian flare, a pairing that is usually found only in the tropics, makes Billy’s at the Beach a favorite restaurant amongst Orange County locals and visitors alike!
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CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Maybe for drinks and appetizers.

The food wasn't bad but didn't seem to match the price.

Service was very slow and it wasn't a busy evening. A lot of empty tables.

Not kid friendly, absolutely nothing to offer other than sharing a plate.

DP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to dine with friends and family. Consistently great food and always great service😉

SJ
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Billy’s is one of my fave restaurants, but the service (or kitchen?) was off on this particular night. One of my huge pet peeves happened: they brought out our salads and soup 2 minutes after the appetizer. We had barely begun eating our app when they brought the next course. Ugh! And the crab cakes and shrimp on the pupu platter were stone cold when it arrived. And they didn’t bring us appetizer plates. And then they tried to take my salad plate while I was still eating. Billys is usually awesome but they could’ve been better on this night.

AH
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Get Lei'd before Thanksgiving. Nice music, good service. Got the opakapaka and my friend got the sausage platter. Love the Hawaiian cheese bread. Tonight they offered a free app tray pass. Delicious pork pineapple sliders and mini crab cakes. I've come here for over 20 years. It has changed a bit. Mail tais are good but not as strong as they use to be!

r
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as good as normal, figure it was a Monday night so not as sharp as normal

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & service was outstanding! We will definitely return!

SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, great food, great service. Waitress, Michelle, was outstanding. Matilda, the hostess was charming. All Good.

MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. We stayed for 6 hours and they never asked us to hurry or leave!

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Billy’s has been a longtime favorite, consistently great food and outstanding service. If we’re fortunate enough to have Michel as our server, we feel particularly blessed.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time enjoying Billy’s at the Beach dinner, as in actually sitting down and enjoying the meal. Have always been there for strictly mai tais only which isn’t a bad idea either. But it was delicious... the calamari is top 4 in Newport, had the spicy garlic edamame, caesar salad was a great portion and very delicious to go along with the steak frites which the steak was cooked perfectly. Our friend ordered a twice baked potato with his meal and it looked so good that my girlfriend had to get one as well and must say I’m glad she did. Will definitely be back for dinner and of course mai tais... did I mention we had 12 between the 3 of us.....

OT
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun place to go super lively love to pull up in the duff'y We always know we're gonna have good Mai tai's

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday morning start.

OT
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening.. ask for the heaters to be turned on if you’re seated outside in cold

CS
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a blast....great spot, great people watching and a true Newport experience....

AR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent, one of our favorites spots for nibbles, meals & Mai Tai’s.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Last night of vacation

DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service, food and atmosphere were truly great! Our only issue was there was a waft of sewer smell on the patio, often. But honestly, it wouldn't stop us from going back for the food and service truly were bar none. We will simply sit in a different area of the patio. Highly recommended for out of town guests.

C
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Went there for the mai tais heard they were the best ever we didn’t like them to sweet taste like syrup water. The noise level is too loud can’t talk the bus boys never came by with more bread or water had to keep asking for water. The food was outstanding the waitress was excellent it’s a little overpriced would think twice about going again.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a birthday dinner. The service and food were excellent.

LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always fun for Sunday!!!

FG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Food was pretty good. I had the halibut with mango sauce and it was a little bland. The bread is absolutely wonderful but the Mai Tai wasn’t as good as I’ve had before.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Debbie was great. Food and drinks were delicious

MD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time with the friendly folks at Billy’s!

M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We asked for a window view, but we were not accommodated due to "reservations", which we had as well. We watched as many window seats remained empty. Not that impressed. Would have been better to just sit at the bar and order from the bar.

c
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Scallops were out of this world!

WS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening with the family. Food (halibut and scallops) were perfect. Clam chowder was great! Service was excellent!

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner and Deb was great!

j
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Billy’s is always a good go to spot. One of my favorite local spots.

S
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience2

When we arrived Sunday night, the band, noise and inebriated clients were too much for us. It was so loud that we decided to leave within minutes. Maybe we just hit a bad night, but will not return.

LT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had the Asparagus/Crab omelet with hollandaise sauce. It was good, but slightly under seasoned, could of used a bit more salt. The hollandaise sauce was ok, but again not too much flavor. That being said, I ate it all up!

JE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit away from the bar and it's a bit more quiet, food was good staff was great.

D
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor was perfect. She knew about the birthday celebration and was attentive and happy and witty. Would always ask to sit in her section again if possible

LW
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I came for a business lunch recommended by a friend. I liked the relaxed atmosphere and the view of the bay (not many boats moving on the water). The service was excellent and the food great (seared ahi sandwich). A little on the pricey side. The valet parking at $7 was a good value as parking in the city public lots would be about $7 for a couple of hours. Overall a good place for a meal and I will go back in the future.

A
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Everything is fried or covered in butter. There were Gnats everywhere. Honestly the worst I’ve had in Newport.

KL
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We enjoy food that has unique flavor(s).
Everything we ordered was prepped well.
But not to our taste buds at Billy’s.
In my opinion, the food lacked the “the yum/wow factor”.
Billy’s prepares food for generic flavor. We added salt and pepper to soup. Asking for horseradish for the new york steak. Baked potato over done for 6pm reservation. Probably direct heat vs. foil wrapped. Mussels/clams, broth bland vs. butter,
wine bouquet. I think the butter was ‘clarified?” No flavor...unsalted? Manila Clams at
Eat Chows—outstanding as well as the garlic bread. Calamari/Puu Puu platter, same generic flare.

Had mai tai, mildest one I’ve ever had.
Great view on the coast, Same view can be had at the Balboa Bay Club. No disappointment there for flavor.
Thanks for the ice cream and candle for BD celebration.

K
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We. Just have had a beginner waiter. We waited quite some time for our food. That drink refills were so late that the manager comped them.

DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress and dinner service! Will be back again soon.

L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time love it or any occasion beautiful view

JJ
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Booth location and general ambiance was notable.

Best,

James

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Food and presentation were nothing special, very loud inside and out...could not hear anyone talk to you...disappointed

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