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Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill

4.3
1029 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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 Micah Severeid’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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 467-5262
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Diego Bernal
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Newport Coast Drive
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Parking details
Complimentary valet service.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1029 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Most of all we enjoyed the view. There were many negative reviews about the food and rude service on Yelp, however we were pleasantly surprised. My guests enjoyed all of the food and our waiter, Simon, was very nice.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We arrived at sunset and the view was spectacular we ate outside under heat lamp

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful location and views. The rest is nothing to brag about.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

I made a reservation for my birthday lunch.
When I got there there was a wait and the service was horrible. I was shocked. I’ve been to this place several times and it was a total miss today. They didn’t say anything about the “birthday” and I wasn’t reminding them.
Normally they are very good. Not sure what was up today.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The setting is simply fabulous with both ocean and panoramic
landscape views. There is a very good wine list and the food is carefully prepared and very tasty. This is definitely a hidden neighborhood gem and should not be missed.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was delicious and staff were helpful and cordial.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I love this restaurant even more every time I come. I highly recommend dining here! Great service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Overall great experience. Our waiter Kian was terrific both nights we dined there.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Birthday dinner for a friend- very slow service - masked the culinary experience.
Wines expensive and small selection

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Our server Kallie She is very friendly and pleasant. Good service.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The restaurant has an amazing view! take your partner here!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We’ve been coming to Pelican Hill for easter for the past 5 years and this year it definitely went down hill. They said it’s under new ownership so maybe that’s why. Food was mediocre and the service was horrible. Not sure if I’ll be back next year.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our server, Wes, did an outstanding job. You can always tell when people truly care about their jobs and he is one of them. We appreciated his knowledge, recommendations and promptness. The manager, Shermain, was excellent as well. She made sure we had a great dinner experience.
We had the shrimp tempura that was delicious and the perfect amount to share for an appetizer!
I ordered the sea bass and it is one of the best I have ever had!
My boyfriend ordered the Steak and it was cooked perfectly.
The spicy broccolini as a side was great also.
Then we split the snickerdoodle brownie for dessert that came with their cinnamon house made gelato that we will definitely be back for again!
I liked the heated patio seating because even a night you have a beautiful view with the pool lit up, the golf course and all the stars in the sky.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Loved this place for scenic view and tasty food. Recommend for the romantic event

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Love that pelican hill is offering specials that I can take advantage of ,although we do eat there often anyway as we are locals
But there seemed to be very uneven service
We ordered and the waitress was non -present
Asked busboy for drinks and some bread
Bread never came although we wanted to have it with appetizers
Just really inattentive service for such a beautiful venue

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The service is really slow and you have to ask for everything, such as bread plates, etc. Since we had a party of 7, they already added service charge, aka tips, to our bill, but had I not been careful, I wouldn’t have noticed and the line for tip is still wide open for me to fill in. The service charge was based on everything, not only on food but also on corking fee, which I don’t understand. $30/bottle corking fee is already a service fee and not cheap, why do I have to pay more on top of that??? I feel it’s like double fee/taxation and it’s not fair.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We enjoyed our experience. The food was very good and views great!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Server and food was great! View is always awesome!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Matt the Pool Manager was remarkably welcoming and hospitable. Matthew in the bar was very friendly ad well. Our waitress Tania and the Hostess/Asst Manager were also gracious and helpful. Our table service could have been slightly more attentive, but on the other hand we also said that we were in no rush so perhaps this was out of respect for that expression. Whenever we interacted with any staff, everyone was exceptionally courteous and friendly, from the valet to the rest room attendant. The food was very good, and the wine selection pleasant although one or two more selections would be nice.

Now the setting... in a word, stunning. We have lived in the area since the resort was built and have never been in the property before this visit, encouraged by a Travelzoo offer. The property is exquisite, and I can only imagine how luxurious it is to stay on the property. We look forward to returning, and bringing family and friends for special occasions, including “just because” we are so blessed to live in this beautiful area!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

If it wasn’t for the location this place couldn’t exist. The food of subpar at best. There was no kind of taste to the burger I had. A little salt and pepper goes a long way. We started with one waiter and then another one started taking our order and we were confused as to who was our real waiter. I wasn’t pleased with my experience dining there at all.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I have eaten at the Colosseum several times, and every time has been perfection. This is a poolside Grill that reminds me more of a Parisian Sidewalk Cafe, with amazing outdoor seating with heaters and a fantastic view of the pool and Pacific Ocean, but with a quite roomy indoor restaurant and bar facilities as well. The booths are huge and comfortable, and there's plenty of size and space to the tables.

The menu is somewhat Limited, but everything I have tried on it is absolutely amazing. Their flat iron steak is among the finest beef I've had. I am a native Texan and love blood red steaks, but most restaurants just don't understand what blood rare means. This one does. It came out exactly as I ordered it, and was delicious.

The service was impeccable all the way down to the free valet service and every single person that I spoke to acted as if I were royalty.

This is the perfect place to take that special someone or a business client. It will not fail to impress!

I would give it 10 out of 10 Stars, if possible. Even the bathrooms smack of five star resorts, with folded personalized disposable hand towels.

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1.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Had requested a quiet table, was sat in the middle of the restaurant. No waiter until we stopped one passing by after 15 minutes. Appetizer arrived before drinks, and was falling apart. Entrée was extremely small and bland. Water refilled once and we had empty glasses the last 20 minutes until getting water ourselves. Requested to see the manager, then left after 15 minutes when they never arrived. The absolute worst dining experience in many years.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We truly enjoyed ourselves. Great dinner, great service and an absolutely beautiful view from our table. I'll definitely go back soon.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Service and environment were great. Quality of food was ok for price. Used travelzoo voucher, which was very worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Perfect Place, beautiful people... We Love the Place. Thank You!

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I have dined at this restaurant for special occasions and the service and food have been great.
This particular time the service was terrible and food Ok but nothing special. My seared sea bass was burnt. The waiter was not attentive and they were not that busy. I really thought this place was classy and a nice place to impress guests but felt after this visit it was not the case.
The waiter especially did not make our experience special and he was slow to serve us in every which way! I was very disappointed since I was excited to share this place with some special friends who had not dined here before.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Seabass was very skimpy this time compared to last. Too much plain salad to cover up for the missing sea bass. Cocktail had too much ice and very little drink. But the tempura was excellent as before.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Excellent food, service, atmosphere, and a spectacular sunset that night.....

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The only issue we had was that the waitress never offered to refill my granddaughters water. She wanted a refill, but it was never offered. Our waitress seemed to be busy with other tables. My granddaughter loved the special birthday cake too. Loved it!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always exceptional service :)

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great meal in a great spot with a great view. Superb choice for conversation with friends. Top quality service and elegant meals.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Had such an amazing lunch at the Coliseum! Great food, service and an amazing view of the ocean and golf course! Best poke bowl I've come across so far! 10/10 would recommend and am def coming back!! Also, complimentary valet service!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We had a lovely time at dinner. The food was very good. I had the sea bass was really good. I did feel the temperature was too cold inside and we were told that the doors have to stay open. Service was a bit slow but we were not in a hurry. And valet was inconvenient asking us to park at the upper level and then walk down. It was cold outside. We did get a nice ride back. The people were great throughout the complex.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We were there on Sunday for lunch, front desk was friendly and got us the table within 5 minutes, food very good but service little slow then usual.
I will be back again soon.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was a beautiful setting food was very good our waitress I believe her name was Tiana was very attentive and serve us well great value for the evening

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I've probably been there 10 times now after a round of golf with the family and the view is always amazing and the food is good but the service is always below par.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food used to be better, but we just love the atmosphere and the view so much. Service now is really bad- they keep forgetting stuff, never ask for a refill or are always confused when you ask questions.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Beautiful view, stunning location. Our salads were very good. We will return here time and time again.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great views and relaxing atmosphere, popular So. Cal. dishes, good service.

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