Newport Rib Company

4.5
529 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 529 people are saying
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GuyAk
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The place was good but not over the top. I would go back.

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Nikkig
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at this restaurant I booked it for my husband’s birthday the food absolutely amazing the service absolutely amazing I will definitely be back

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PeterJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Waited 10 mins to get asked about water or drinks, and only after going to search someone. Food: Steak was ok but everything else had industrial amount of oil on top, even the grilled Artichokes. All roasted vegetables, and the roasted pineapple tasted like meat juice, probably grilled on same grill as meat.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Couldn’t ask for more

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JohnS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves the food at the Newport Rib Company. Their ribs and onion loaf are the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Prime Rib in Orange County. Haven't been here in 6 yrs and they still honored a free appetizer check-in from Yelp from 6yrs ago! Our waitress Amber was on top of it. Very friendly and attentive. She's a keeper. I'd hire her in a heartbeat.

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vipAlan
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Newport Rib is a great 'go to' . . . plenty of parking behind the restaurant and a shopping center near the restaurant could handle any amount of 'overflow', but I have never seen the need for it in many years.

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vipAndre
Orange County
102 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Always a good meal. Cornbread too dry and crumbly.

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VickiSD
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was tasty. Potato skins were very good. The ribs were tender. Baked beans a little sweet for my taste.

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LucyH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents asked treat my husband & I for our wedding anniversary. We were celebrating 10 years & my parents celebrated 68 years in September. So, at 4 pm I made a last minute reservation for 5 for 5:15 and asked for a quiet area, no easy fete on a Friday evening, and a table to accommodate my Mom who is in a wheelchair. Access was easy for the two octogenarians using a wheelchair and a walker Our table in the far dining room was ready upon arrival. Our server, Michelle, had waited on us in April for my Mom’s 99th birthday. That was for a family celebration for 9 during COVID and we were allowed to all sit together at one table. We shared a No. 2 appetizer and were given a breadbasket brimming with mini cornbread loaves. We all had different selections which were timed just right following the shared appetizers. Michelle, Luis & crew took great care of us. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Sr. Beef Ribs, Sr. Chicken & Baby-back Ribs, Salmon, 12oz Prime Rib & BBQ Beef Sandwich. The generous portions meant “leftovers-to-go”. A very enjoyable experience for a happy family get-together! We’ll plan on dining there again soon

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vipReneeS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious, and there's plenty of it! Beef ribs were meaty, tender, and tasty. The service was very good and our server was cheerful and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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RobertY
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and the service is always great.

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Priscila
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ribs I've had! Great price for delicious food!

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vipMamacat90807
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as always. The service was amazingly fast. Our server was terrific. Very friendly, attentive and helpful, she was always thinking ahead as to what we might want or need.

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vipLoMac
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport Rib Company is consistently excellent. Great food. Great service. We just can’t decide what’s better, baby back or St Louis ribs. They are both so good.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BBQ in OC
Get the 2/3 meat combo and take some home

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vipDM101
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

My wife and I have been here a few times, but our last visit will likely be our last visit for a while.

The good.

We're seated and greeted, order drinks, and are served cornbread. My wife cant' have the honey butter, so we ask for regular butter.

I wanted to order the prime rib, but was told it was sold out. No biggie, was looking forward to it and didn't want to settle for the usual combo I get, so I got a bowl of their chili (which is very good). I ordered it with cheese, sour cream, and crackers. My wife orders a half rack of ribs and her two sides.

The bad.

The regular butter never came, which meant my wife had dry cornbread and being polite, I didn't eat mine until she got the butter, which we had to ask for midway through her meal. We were never asked if we wanted refills of our water and my iced tea. The timing between our orders arriving was horrible. Had I waited for my wife's meal to arrive, mine would have been cold.

Our server was extremely inattentive to us. She paid plenty of attention to her other tables, just not to ours. She mentioned having just returned from vacation. Perhaps she might have stayed there.

The cherry on top? Well, in addition to being inattentive, she somehow managed to bring us the WRONG CHECK! Heck, what she did bring didn't even include the actual receipt with our meal. At least I got my credit card back.

We normally LOVE this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I use to be a fan. IDK what changed but it’s different. Not the same place I remember. I’ve never left an entire bone in rib-eye or been so disappointed with the prime rib cajun steak.

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deke4dining
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport Rib Company has the best Baby Back Ribs in Orange County. Be sure to also get a Brick of Onion Rings. Try to get a Bar Table so you can watch all of the games while enjoying dinner.

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lolobear02
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Server was terrible. Food took over 30 mins to hit the table. Sides were cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant
Pricey
Quick service and courteous staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food excellent and plenty for your money. Service a little slow, but over all good. I'd return

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vipjimk
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ribs and tri tip

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Nohemi
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Newport Rib Company, but definitely won’t be the last. The whole experience was great. Great service, delicious food and a very nice atmosphere. Our server greeted us and gave us options and recommended menu items. Thank you! Looking forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport rib company has the best steaks in town the service is always great and with the reservation little to no wait

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LorendaJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice
Good food with good friends

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Claudia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Prime rib was excellent. They ran out of the French Dip sandwich...not sure how that could happen so early. So ordered the tri-tip....it was overdone and I should have sent it back but I didn't.

Last time we came the food was great and hope that this was just a one time event.

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GMan
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I've dined her before and this time was a little let down. Service was inattentive, ribs came lukewarm, I sent the potato salad bad as it tasted spoiled. Noisier than usual, lots of TV screens and loud music coming from ceiling speakers. Maybe just a bad night as I've enjoyed eating here in the past. Also noticed the menu prices are up, probably due to Covid triggered food increases, so not as good a value as in the past. Will try it again in the future.

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Food4thought
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm and hospitable environment!

Our server was sweet, spunky, attentive, knowledgeable and speedy!

The food was plentiful, HOT and beyond delicious!

We can’t wait to go back!!!

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KimberlyW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this welcoming restaurant! It feels like a neighborhood place, but with excellent, very friendly service and delicious food in generous portions.

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Gramps
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Everything was good with the exception of my wife being handed a HOT PLATE with no warning...she almost dropped it as it was to hot to handle.

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WolfgangH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was tasty and plentiful. Waitress anticipated our needs and we enjoyed the evening.

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JeanneK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Ribs are tender, variety of sides are nice, and the salmon and swordfish are fresh and grilled perfectly (unexpected for a BBQ restaurant).

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place never goes out of style. My family and I enjoyed a delicious meal while on vacation in the area. Delicious as I remembered.

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CobyF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best BBQ! Our waitress and her mother took great care of us! Love family businesses!

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VINCENTC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently, superb food and service. Our favorite place for ribs/bbq and we travel from Corona to Costa Mesa for it without hesitation!

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vipBobandjeannie
Las Vegas
117 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Best BBQ this side of Texas. People who work there are terrific. We always order more and take some home. We live 120 miles from here but always plan a stop at this restaurant. Food, service and location make this a great locals and visitors stop. We will be back

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LindaP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The ribs were super dry, the Mac cheese was just outright nasty and the baked beans were from a can. I don’t mind spending money on good food but nothing ticks me off more than spending $70. For crappy food. I didn’t have the heart to tell our server, she was so sweet and it’s not on her for the food quality

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DebbieK
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always get the tri-tip, it's my favorite, and I wasn't disappointed. It was tender and so full of flavor!

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nej247
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice Father's day dinner. Food was good, kids were well behaved, what more can I ask for? 😄
They even gave my husband a tshirt for being a dad/fathers day.

We love this place. Beer is cold and the food is delicious. Sundays they have a magician that goes around to entertain the tables. He amazed me!

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 4.5 stars by 529 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.