Newport Rib Company

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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.

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DS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fast and accurate. Food was good.

BG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Slow service
Mediocre food

SC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at this restaurant and we were very happy with everything. Our server was very kind, and courteous and gave us excellent service. We had made a reservation for six of us and we were seated immediately. The food was good and it was out to us fairly quickly. We had three children with us and they were treated well also.
We definitely plan to go back.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were seated in bar area and very noisy, not energetic! There's a difference. The St. Louis ribs were a bit tough and both the grilled veggies side dish and grilled artichoke came out barely warm. The service from Chase was excellent. He made up for the noisiness and for the less than stellar food (compared to normal).

T
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were placed right outside the party room behind a closed door.. people were constantly going in and out of the room. It was so loud and disruptive.

Overall despite the noise, we had a great meal and time. Our server was fabulous!!

OT
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Baby Back ribs are the way to go. The Tri Tip is good also. The coleslaw is tasty, the garlic mashed potato's are good. So far we have not had a bad meal here. This trip our server got hit with a large party so our service suffered.

LM
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service.

d
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After reading many reviews, we expected a tasty meal & efficient service. We got neither. Reservation was a waste of time because, altho very specific details for seating arrangements were requested, they tried to seat us based on their convenience. We insisted on our preferred seating arrangements. Once seated, we waited over 15 minutes for someone to come take our order in spite of the fact that there were only 5-6 customers in there. We saw the server engrossed in idle chit chat with another server & we couldn’t get their attention. The ribs were scorched, the side dishes had little to no flavor. After we were done, we waited over 15 minutes to get the bill. The people at the next table came in 1/2 hour after us & were out of there well before we got our check. In our opinion, not worth the high prices. In fact, not worth the trip. We’ll look elsewhere to satisfy our craving for good bbq ribs.

GA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Family owned and run business. Greeted with a big smile and good food. Nothing else to say other than the gluten free cornbread was better than regular. Go for it...

PL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. We had a coupon for $10 off for $50 or more so we couldn’t have asked for a better price for really good food.

GC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole family was impressed with the location and food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Maybe an off night. My daughter is gluten intolerant, the restaurant promotes itself as catering to this. She ordered a specific gluten free meal. Twenty minutes later, just as the rest of our food is being served, we're told they are out of what she ordered. Now she has to wait for her food while we eat. They were kind enough to give her a dessert to go, but a rough dinner experience nonetheless.

JJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Okay ribs - terrible sides - not worth the money - I won’t be returning.

KR
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant on Yelp and the reviews were very good so we thought we would give it a try. It was everything the reviews said. Great food, great service, prices were very fair for the amount of food you get and they take reservations which is a big plus. When we are back in the area we will visit again.

OT
Los Angeles
730 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Have been here several times and this was the first time I had a bad meal. The baby back ribs were small and lacked meat. The person next to me also got the ribs and they were twice the size and very meaty. Lots of bone fragments in my ribs. I guess I'll stick with chicken next time. Service was great.

s
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So many items to chose from on the menu; my husband and I split the ribs, chicken and try-tip platter; They were all excellent and you got a lot of food for the money. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. If in the area again we would definitely try Neport Rib Company.

OT
Los Angeles
730 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ribs.

NH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Immediately we were offered a yummy hunk of cornbread. We devoured the grilled artichoke appetizers (3 dipping sauces). We each ordered "make your own" allowing us to choose 2 meats and 1 side each. I had baby backs and tri - tip which was so tender - good spice in the sauce too. My husband had pulled pork and beef ribs. We ate until we couldn't eat any more and still ended up taking leftovers home for dinner the next night. An excellent value for what they give you. We hope to go back again.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was the friendly best funny sweetest ever she made the night awesome!

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time eating here. We will definitely be back. Ribs fall off the bone.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!! We love Newport Rib!

VH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to have large parties. Food is always superb. Been going there for over 20 years — never disappointed !!!

EL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat with the fiance, first time I had brought a party of 7 though. Staff was super awesome, orders were timely and the resident magician was awesome. Will always come back, forever

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The host was very friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s day. Excellent food and service. Free t-shirt. Two thumbs up!

OT
Los Angeles
730 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A busy Saturday lunch and the service wasn't as attentive as it has been in past visits. Possibly they were short staffed. Excellent ribs.

FG
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very positive experience. Comfort food and good atmosphere.

B
Las Vegas
70 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kendra did a great job. We have come to expect good food and a high quality of service. We were not disappointed.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Essen geht so sehr große Portionen aber leider relativ fad. Bedienung war super lieb und freundlich. Es war nur viel viel zu kalt im Restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The table was set up and ready when we arrived. The food was good and service was great for a group of 10. The only complaint would be the tiny table they seated us at. It was very small for the amount of people.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ample portions. We had enough to take home for a second meal! Very tasty! Very cordial hostess and waitress!

BA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Comfortable good prime rib dinner for 4, cooked to rare, as requested. Bread was stale, usually great onion loaf was a bit “meaty” - thick, sharing charge of $3.50 for 22 oz is a ripoff, not many can eat 22 oz (no bone). They stand behind this by giving a 1/4 slice of pineapple & 2 asparagus sticks, nobody ate. Our server is from a small town in England - total sweetheart, we all loved her, did comp us the onion loaf to make up for sharing charge. That wouldn’t keep me from coming back anyway but the owner should just know that it prevented the fifth star. I’d have no problem if he raised the price a couple of bucks on the 22, just don’t call it a sharing charge. Yeah, I know, it’s the principal of the point.

ZA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, fair prices, generous sizes, our server was a bit distracted toward the end, took a while to bring our check.

RC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there, it will not be our last. Everything was outstanding. Food quality, size of portions, service, and ambiance. Keep up the good work.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been going there for years. Never had a bad experience.

DL
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Carlos was awesome. Half price bottles of wine on Tuesdays was a nice touch. Had the combo platter and it was all very good...the brisket melted in my mouth. We will be back!

KO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great place for gluten free options. I had the pulled pork, ribs and french fries that were all just alright. The pork was good, the ribs didn't fall off the bone and the french fries seemed a little off. The service and ambiance was great.

y
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise was because of mothers day and many families with children we all understood but with the food and service outstanding it was ok.
The parking was a problem very small for that amount of customers.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Mother's Day so it was super busy. Food was super good, but they ran out of baked potatoes and hot towels 😢 Our server, Carlos was great! All in all, we'll be back for sure.

AO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All good except too noisy. Service was very good.

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