Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill

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The casual resort lifestyle on the Southern California coast comes to life at the Coliseum Pool & Grill, with gorgeous Pacific ocean vistas, whimsical table settings of bright aquamarine linens and blue-tinted glassware, and a wide selection of American favorites on Chef Diego Bernal’s superbly prepared menu. Dine overlooking the strikingly iconic Coliseum Pool with its radiant blue bottom created by hand-setting 1.1 million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers fresh seasonal fare with many ingredients sourced locally from the Irvine Ranch®, located just 8 miles from Pelican Hill. With a large selection of pizzas, panini, sandwiches, seafood dishes, pastas, specialty salads and even smoothies, there’s something on the menu for every taste and desire. A lounge with nine-foot TV screens is a favorite for sports viewing and families delight in the “Coliseum Kids’ Menu,” featuring an endless pizza, pasta and gelato option.
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MT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

When we got there for a birthday celebration lunch, the host walked us past three dirty two top table on the pool side and attempted to sit us at a four-top in the back behind a pilar. We asked about one of the dirty two-tops and she seemed disappointed, but cleaned one and sat us. Once seated, our server took about 10 minutes to get to us (there was about 10 tables in the restaurant, so it wasn’t busy), we order Modelo, which typically comes with limes, it didn’t. We asked our server for one, after five minutes of waiting, I finally went to the bar and got one. By the time we finished our beers, she arrived with limes. Also, for a $9 beer, about 30% of it was head from the beer... food was great, view was nice, and the Hawk was fun to watch chase the pigeons away.

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CB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not on Easter. The whole experience was totally different than any other day. Limited menu options, and for a traditional brunch (the only "egg" option) so overpriced, as no one these days would eat that amount of food! The beautiful lounge chairs and tables were replaced with folding tables and chairs from Costco, and cheap white linens to cover the metal table. It was disappointing all around.

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CO
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our fourth Easter brunch at Coliseum didn't disappoint. Eggs Benedict was outstanding, as was the Coliseum burger. We prefer outdoor seating, and the weather cooperated, providing the great ocean views we love. Small glitch with our specified reservation seating preference was quickly resolved satisfactorily. Our server, Andrew, was delightful, informative and attentive.

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DK
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Eater Brunch was great. Dessert selection not very extensive but the rest of the buffet was extensive and delicious.

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Been there before and the food has steadily gotten worse. We are locals and probably won’t go back for a long time.

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SG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite place for any meal. Even though I live fairly close by, it is like a mini vacation to be there!

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SM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish everything was perfect. Looking forward to going back.

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J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Service very nice. Need more heat lamps outside as it can be cold and ceiling ones don’t heat enough.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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r
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Have always enjoyed coming here but service was particularly slow. After being seated, waited 15 minutes and had to go to front desk to ask for a waiter to at least take our drink order. Finally got that done but when our appetizer arrived had to ask for napkins and utensils. Then also had to ask for small plates. Overall food is still good, but they completely missed the mark on service. Won’t be back any time soon. Very disappointing.

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Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your candid review, and I apologize that your most recent service experience fell short of the visits you've enjoyed in the past. Please know I'm addressing these missteps with our service team and have also connected you with our general manager in a private message, in hopes that we may regain your trust for a much-improved return. We look forward to speaking with you! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As a TravelZoo special, the options were unlimited and the atmosphere was as good as it comes on the Newport Coast. Since we didn't order the requisite two deserts, our server was able to help with the cost of two additional beverages. Service was a bit slow, but we were not in a hurry, since we were waiting for the sunset.

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Responded on April 17, 2019

Hi Rich, I'm so glad that you were able to take advantage of our recent Travelzoo offer! Thank you for sharing your thoughtful feedback, and we hope to see you again for another sunset dinner soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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NM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great and profession staff. A 5 staff recommendation!!!

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you, Nancy! We look forward to serving you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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M
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is one of the nicest places for an evening with a view. Sunset views can be spectacular and the pool area is beautiful. Happy hour is one of the best in Orange County - especially enjoy the lettuce wraps and calamari. While menu is fresh and dishes are very good and service is attentive but non-obtrusive, the best reason is come is the ambience and view.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi Maureen, Thank you for stopping by for happy hour! I've share your kind words about the lettuce wraps and calamari with our culinary team, and we look forward to seeing you again soon for more sips and sunset views! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

beautiful view, service was slow, good food. always a pleasant place to dine

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Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you for visiting Coliseum Pool & Grill, Marie! I apologize that the slow speed of service tarnished your overall dining experience, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back for a much-improved meal soon. We appreciate your thoughtful insight! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

We're locals and have been coming to Pelican Hill for years, always hoping the food will miraculously improve. It has not. The food and service has never matched the ambiance of the property. The Coliseum and The Grill need a complete culinary overhaul. What you get for what you pay is absolutely absurd. It's a mediocre menu at best with sky-high prices. Their attempts at such dishes as a poke bowl, seared sea bass or steak salad are bland and completely uninspired. The bar food is passable and perhaps they should stick to that. Sadly, we decided that today was our last meal at Pelican Hill until they change management/chef de cuisine.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Hello Kess! I apologize that your dining experiences at Pelican Hill have left you disappointed over the years. We'd be grateful for the opportunity to discuss your valuable insight in more detail, and I've connected you with our general manager in a private message. We appreciate your candid feedback and look forward to the opportunity to speak with you. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MF
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a great time with my friends:)
I would love to gather with my friends and family some other time soon.

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Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you, Mona! We'd love the opportunity to serve you and your friends again and appreciate you taking the time to share your kind words! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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k
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I was excited to find out that opentable offered the choice of outdoor/indoor seating when I was planning our visit this past Saturday. I reserved an OUTDOOR seating for our party and was very excited for our sunset dinner. However, when we got to the restaurant, not only did it take 15+ min to seat us, we were led to a table INDOOR. And when I told the host that I had reserved an OUTDOOR seating, she told me outdoor seating is first come first serve, which totally defeats the purpose of offering a choice of seating in the first place. Later on during our dinner, we overhead another party near us in the same situation as us, they complained to the manager and were moved to an outdoor seating AFTER the sun had long been set. We've always enjoyed dining here when we were able to get the table that we actually reserved... however this time around we were very disappointed...

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Hi Kyc617, I appreciate you bringing your experience to our attention and apologize for your frustrating seating experience. As outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, we're working with OpenTable's technology team to remove the misleading button for guaranteed indoor/outdoor seating. Thank you again for sharing this feedback, and we hope to welcome you back for a much-improved visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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FG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coliseum Pool & Grill at The Resort at Pelican Hill is a nice place to come out for an outdoor lunch or brunch on a sunny day. The food was good, the wine & drinks choices are nice, the pool view is beautiful and our service was very pleasant.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you for visiting Coliseum Pool & Grill! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed a leisurely visit, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Service levels very low. Brunch food was very good. Good experience overall except for table service being poor.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Hello! I apologize that your service experience tarnished your overall brunch. Our goal is to provide each guest with not only a delicious meal, but also a friendly and attentive dining experience - and I'm disappointed we fell short this weekend. I've connected you with our general manager in a private message, so we may personally apologize and we look forward to speaking with you soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful pool and ocean views !!! Great spot. Good food, beautiful facility!

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you, Kelly! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to seeing you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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G
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Not sure what is worse, The food or the service. Please have this place taken over by the Four Seasons

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Hi Gregg, I'm disappointed to read that your recent visit to Coliseum Pool & Grill fell so short of your expectations, and I've connected you with our general manager in a private message, so we may personally apologize. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to speaking with you. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was not it’s usual. Manager made it right.

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Responded on April 3, 2019

Hi Mark, While I'm disappointed that your service experience missed the mark, I'm glad to read that our leadership team was able to recover your visit. Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback with us, and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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l
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

they did a great job to accommodate us with such a large group and the place was so busy. I loved it! parking was horrible, but we valet at the hotel and they drove us back to the restaurant.

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Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind feedback! It was a pleasure to serve you, and we hope to welcome you back to Coliseum Pool & Grill for another delicious visit soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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l
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The view is one of the best in the area! We love Pelican Hill and the atmosphere.

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Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you, Lulu! We look forward to welcoming you back for another ocean-view visit soon! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed sitting outside. The view of the pool and ocean are beautiful. The food was delicious and there is a great variety of entrees and sides to choose from.

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you for your kind feedback, Debbie! We appreciate your visit and look forward to welcoming you back for another ocean-view meal soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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AL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

GREAT Place to bring friends and loved ones. Food is always TASTY.

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you for sharing Pelican Hill with your friends and family, Alvin! We appreciate your thoughtful review and look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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WA
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoy coming here but this trip we had our 2 year old grandchild and he was not happy with the pigeons flying around and walking under the table. Birds are dirty and should not be acceptable to the staff. They make no effort to chase them away. Perhaps cleaning the tables quickly would help.

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi Wayne, Thank you for visiting Coliseum Pool & Grill with your grandson. While the Resort's proximity to protected nature preserves makes us susceptible to neighboring wildlife, please know we now employ a falconer as a natural and humane deterrent for birds. We appreciate your thoughtful suggestions and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Relatives from out of town.

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for bringing your family to Coliseum Pool & Grill, and I'm sorry that your brunch offerings left you disappointed. Please know that I've taken this opportunity to personally address your feedback with our culinary team, so we may continually improve our guests' overall experience. We appreciate your insight and hope to regain your trust for a much-improved return soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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R
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Server was new, nice but inexperienced. We had to ask for everything such as appetizer plates. As a regular diner, I see lots of turnovers in servers, and proper training for all the new staff would certainly help.

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Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for your continued loyalty and for taking the time to share your candid feedback with us. I apologize that your most recent meal fell short of your previous visits. Please know I'm personally addressing these missteps with our leadership team, so we may ensure all of our team members create an attentive, friendly experience for each of our guests. We appreciate your insight and hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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SM
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve dined here many times and have always enjoyed the food and great service. The view is beautiful.

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Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you, Steve! We appreciate your loyalty and kind words and look forward to seeing you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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EW
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We learned of this restaurant on a travel zoo promotion - the sea bass was superb and everyone from valet to our waitress to the front desk couldn’t have been more accommodating or pleasant. A perfect lunch spot with an amazing view of the unique circular pool and golf course beyond.

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Responded on March 20, 2019

Hi Erin, I'm so glad that Travelzoo brought you to Coliseum Pool & Grill! I'm delighted that you enjoyed such a wonderful dining experience and hope to welcome you back for another ocean-view lunch soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I have been there previously and had a great meal. This time was different. I took some friends to impress them with the restaurant on St. Patrick's Day. Maybe it was the day. We went at 6:45 p.m. The table we were seated at was dirty and still had a spill and crumbs on it. No-one made an attempt to wipe down the table. It took quite awhile to get our order in and our drinks. The service was horrible. We were given the wrong dishes...and those that got the one they ordered were sorry. The corned beef cabbage was a bit dry and there was little cabbage. Those that had it were not impressed at all. Our salads came after the meals were delivered. We actually ordered one of their specialty drinks for after the meal. The Irish coffee with cream was coffee with whiskey in it and some whipped cream on the side (the bartender had no idea what the drink description was). It turned out the waiter we had (when we could flag him down) was cleaning the pool earlier in the day...and during our meal he also became the bartender. I don't know what his official title was but it could not have been waiter or bartender. I was embarrassed I had brought good friends there...

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi Marilee, I apologize that your visit to Coliseum missed the mark and appreciate you taking the time to bring these concerns to our attention. I'm disappointed by the missteps you experienced and have connected you with our General Manager in a private message, so we may personally apologize. Thank you again for your candid feedback, and we look forward to speaking with you soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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SC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Angelica was a great server and Charmaine made the family get together perfect.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Thank you for your kind words about Angelica and Charmaine! We're grateful to have such wonderful team members, and I'm proud to read that they made your visit so memorable. We hope to see your family again very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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B
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We love this place and recommend it to so many people but this time was a total disappointment. The power was out in the whole... totally understandable but the service was terrible before and after. Very little communication. We only knew because heard it from another table. Pretty bummed flying in from Salt Lake City planning around this area because of the atmosphere.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Benetton, I apologize for this weekend's unexpected power outage tarnishing your overall dining experience - especially after traveling so far to visit. I'm addressing your service concerns with our leadership team and have also connected you with our general manager in a private message, so we may personally apologize. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to connecting with you. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and you can’t beat the view. Service was very slow though. It took us over 30 minutes just to get our drinks and twice as long to get our food.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and I sincerely apologize for the unacceptable service delays you experienced this weekend. Our goal is to provide attentive and timely service to every guest, and I'm disappointed that we missed the mark. Please know I've taken this opportunity to address your experience with our leadership team, and we hope to welcome you back for a much-improved visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Coliseum Pool and Grill at Pelican Hill is a favorite of mine. The food is always good and overlooking the pool with the ocean view makes it a perfect place to dine.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Randi, I'm honored to read that Coliseum Pool & Grill has become a favorite destination of yours! Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another ocean-view meal soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We will be back to stay at the resort soon

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Responded on March 13, 2019

Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for your feedback about your dining experience, and we look forward to welcoming you back for a Resort stay next! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette Brunch was perfect! Small party and intimate and the view was spectacular! Joy our server was attentive and the food was delicious!

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Responded on March 12, 2019

Hi Leslie! Thank you for celebrating with us at Coliseum Pool & Grill! Please know that I've passed along your kind words to Joy as well, and we hope to welcome you back for another ocean-view brunch soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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BT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Andrew gets an A+++

Appreciate that the restaurant was quiet.
We will be back

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Responded on March 12, 2019

Hi Bob, Thank you for your kind words about Andrew! We appreciate your visit and look forward to welcoming you back to Coliseum Pool & Grill soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience, good service, food, beer, apps and environment. Above average price menu items.

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Responded on March 12, 2019

Hi Robert, Thank you for visiting Coliseum Pool & Grill and sharing your review with us. I'm glad to read that you enjoyed your meal with us, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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