Newport Rib Company

4.6
451 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
If it's delicious BBQ, in a dinner house that knows more than just great BBQ, Newport Rib Company is your place. Comfortable booths, a great bar with sports on the TV, and a staff so friendly you'll think that you’re part of the family...and you are. This local landmark has been serving BBQ’d specialties for over 30 years; slow roasted tri-tip, Prime rib, juicy steaks, stiff martini's and great salads all add up to a first-rate experience without the first-rate price. Come and find out why this family-owned business has become a MUST-have when visiting the Orange County area.

Try the onion brick or the grilled artichoke for appetizers, the BBQ’d chopped tri-tip or chicken salad is a health conscious favorite, but the meat is center stage at this one of a kind Costa Mesa institution.

Take-out, catering from 25 to 2500 guests, a banquet room which seats 80, large comfortable booths, and an environment that caters to our guests no matter if regulars or soon to be’s.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 451 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food and menu selection. Staff was very friendly.

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ToddC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad experience even with the modified dining rules and great food
Outdoor dining so well done I’d like to see it remain an option in the future

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PCHcruiser
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These ribs are as good as it gets. Service was outstanding. Servers were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Plenty of ventilation. Tables all separated. A wonderful night out.

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The corn on the cobb was cold. The 5 beef rib diner, the ribs did not have much meat on them. In the past they had a lot of meant on them. Hope it goes back to my past times there.

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GloriaA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. Being outdoors was beautiful and not to loud perfect for a date.

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MICHAELK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

take the tent roof off and bring in space heaters.

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ChuckD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, plus a free pic on Valentines.

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MarinaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Service was above and beyond. The atmosphere was really good. I couldn’t be happier.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great out waitress was awesome and super nice we went for Valentine’s me and my kids

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RichardL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

5 of the 8 people in our group all ended up getting sick after our lunch.

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DavidS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at the restaurant with the family and they said that the ribs were the best that they had ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Will never go back. Over priced food and the wait staff couldn't be bothered. $200 down the tubes

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vipSOLPD
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Potato Skins anywhere and great service - tent with lights is awesome

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TimB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Took 1/2 hour to get waited on after sitting down.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport rib Co CM is one of my family's favorite places to eat, and I would actually call it my favorite restaurant! The servers are as nice as the excellent food and they try to make your entire experience just what you wanted it to be when you came there! I have spoken with the owner because she does magic for gluten-free diners, and basically this restaurant is the top of the heap in all categories including food for gluten-free diners. All the meat is fabulous, side dishes are wonderful, nothing is anything but perfect! I love it and will go there as much as I can for the great food variety and excellent, helpful service!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The servers were super nice, however the ribs were terrible. It almost tasted like they were a day old and not freshly made the same day. I order baby back ribs, which should fall off the bone, and they were so tough that I only ate one. Our sides were also cold by the time they got to our table. Felt extremely overpriced for what you got.

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LorendaJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is good and the atmosphere is safe.
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was great. Amber took care of us. She was absolutely the best. The food was awesome. Definitely will be back.

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NickK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty Food, Great Place! Have outside seating with heaters and limited inside seating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the baby back ribs were the BOMB!!! I can't recommend enough!

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foodie4life
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Newport Rib never dissapoints! The food is always top notch! We sat out in the tent which is in the parking lot, covered with artificial turf. After a few minutes we totally forgot we were in the parking lot. It was a very busy Friday night so the wait staff had a lot on their hands but all our needs were met with a friendly attitude. Newport Rib is also our go-to for takeout, especially their Pig or Hog Packs for larger gatherings of people.

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BonnieT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service! Social distancing tables and booths.

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Columbus
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. We ate outside which was pleasant enough but spoiled through casual and below average service.

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vipJules
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my son and friends. Delicious baby back ribs, sliders, prime rib, potato skins cornbread and sides. We love bbq and Newport Rib did not disappoint. They have a nice tent set up outside for Covid (we dined there) with TVs. We would recommend and go back.

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vipeileena
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The worst dinner experience ever. Waitress was responsible for "not being" at work . I will not share the why but the owner mgr knows what going on.

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DEBBIER
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport Rib is the best in all of Orange County!! We love it!!

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vipDinerP59
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 19th Wedding Anniversary with are friends here at Newport Rib Company. The service was really good our waiter was very attentive on checking everyone. Everyone was happy with there order. The salmon, chicken, ribs were delicious to eat. Great choice for our dinner celebration. Will come back again.

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JohnD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, just remember to go hungry because the portions are huge.

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PJoftheOC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best ribs in Orange County. Excellent pulled pork and brisket.

Good sides — cornbread worthy of the name, corn on the cob that’s not tasteless or mushy, garlic mashed potatoes, Mashed sweet potatoes, but the macaroni and cheese tastes of Velveeta. Fine if you like that.

Nice selection of beers, too, drought and bottled.

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ChuckF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always find Newport Rib's baby back ribs meet our expectations. Very meaty ribs, with
great side dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Failed to acknowledge some b’s birthday.

Meat temperature was wrong for both meat orders. Meat temperature was wrong again for one of those sent back. Items ordered we not brought. Replacement plates for overcooked meats were missing items. Pretty much a total fail.

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IsauraP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Staff is always welcoming and outstanding.

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ShellyV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During Covid it’s been tough to find good outdoor options but that changed this past Friday night when we made a last minute reservation at Newport Rib Co. Our hostess was wonderful to accommodate us so quickly and our server Brittany couldn’t have been more friendly and warm. And our food was delicious!!! We will definitely be going back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was delicious! I will definitely be back!

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Donnar
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even in the heat - the tent was nice and cool - it was our 40th wedding anniversary and our dinner was great all around!!

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vipCynthiaH
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday, here, because he loves ribs. He got the full rack with the intention of having leftovers. The ribs and sides were very tasty. Complementary cake was a treat. Great, friendly service.

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LindaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great value!! Friendly people, wonderful outdoor setting! Always a treat, best ribs in town!

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LouS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at Newport Ribs! The food is outstanding always tender, juicy, flavorful and hot. The serving staff are cheerful, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. Newport Ribs is our favorite restaurant! We love it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday food was delicious and service exceptional

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LoriW
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

If you're in the mood for ribs this is your place! Support your local restaurants and your community by eating from businesses like this family owned business.

FAQs

Newport Rib Company does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Newport Rib Company also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 631-2110.

Newport Rib Company is rated 4.6 stars by 451 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.