Oak Grill

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$31 to $50
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Oak Grill is a true Newport Beach original. This exciting new dining destination combines influences from around the globe, as well as the American south resulting in an inspired taste you cannot miss. Our specially curated wine, beer and spirits programs, along with our polished and knowledgeable service team's attention to detail make Oak Grill the center of relaxed coastal luxury.
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RB
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the hidden gems in the Laguna Beach area. We always enjoy returning.

MK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convenient location. Like new menu. Very good service.

B
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The patio is beautiful and their bottomless mimosas are delicious and plentiful!

TB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is consistent.

AM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant was good. If on property, good to try. But a little on the pricey side. Food was decent. Service was a bit slow given they weren't that busy.

RB
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true hidden gem for Orange County. We will return with others.

PR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly service and relaxing ambiance. We love Oak Grill!!

OT
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. The service is exceptional and the room is cozy and very comfortable for dining.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly pricey and small portions, $14 for a bowl (size of a cup) of soup. Glass of Kim Crawford is $16, you can buy the bottle at Costco for $14. Sit outside, worth the wait.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, Impeccable waitstaff. Parents 50th anniversary, team went above and beyond. All up an enjoyable and memorable experience. Thank you!

DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you are seeking a quiet, lovely, and relaxing place to enjoy brunch with friends, Oak Grill is your venue. The food is very high quality, the service is excellent, and the ambience is one of the best in OC. This is a place for folks interested in lingering, talking, and enjoying a meal.

SC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

very pleasant setting for Sunday breakfast. mostly hotel guests so not very crowded. Beautiful elegant dining room plus patio seating under giant shade trees. relaxed atmosphere . plan to return.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We tried Oak Grill for the first time on Valentine’s Day. It was a prefix menu at $125 per person with a 18% tip that was paid in advance just to hold the reservation. We had heard many good things about Oak Grill and we’re looking forward to a wonderful seafood dinner. The menu was a huge disappointment bland chicken McNuggets for the first course the only course that really left an impression was the 3rd course, filet mignon. The rest of the meal would have been a huge disappointment at half that price point. We’re going to give them a try in March one more time because we’ve heard many good things but I can save it for Valentine’s Day meal was very disappointing!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s experience was perfect!!

TK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The Valentine's preset menu was tasty but forgettable, except for the dessert, which was embarrassingly dry. For the price, it all should have been more memorable. The cocktails were wonderful, though.

Valentine's was advertised as having live piano music - they didn't tell me when I made my patio reservation that the pianist was only able to be heard inside. The outside patio had weird trance music playing. So that was frustrating. Plus, there was supposed to be a photo booth - but it was broken and none of the staff seemed to have any idea how it worked. So, very disappointing.

Also, the service was bad. They forgot our first course, and tried to bring our second course after almost 40 minutes, when we had to remind them that we hadn't had our first course yet. They brought the wrong dishes to the table next to us. They brought us a wine bottle (which at first I assumed was because we were celebrating a birthday in addition to Valentine's - but no) which they then came back for and took away, saying that wasn't for us. Okay. Bear in mind, the price for the Valentine's event came to $340 for 2 people - and that didn't include the cocktails we ordered. They didn't check on us between courses - just came and brought the next course at the same time they took empty plates away. We had to ask for water refills twice.

They also asked us if we had any food allergies (I had already notified them of this when I made the reservation), and we reminded them of my husband's dairy allergy. We made sure to order all non-dairy options, so that was fine, but then they brought him a dessert filled with Chantilly cream. Why even ask? He couldn't eat it and they never came back to check on us so we couldn't even let them know.

I had been here once before for a work dinner, and it was a lovely experience, but booking this place for Valentine's Day/my husband's birthday was a mistake. I wish I'd gone pretty much anywhere else.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Valentines dinner was very disappointing.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Sitting near the door want my favorite but now I know! The piano player was wonderful. Food was delicious. They were wonderful with my young son, and the service from the time you valet to dessert is unparalleled.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Young lady really made it comfortable. Thank you.

BR
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside seating provides a wonderful date night ambience with live soft music performed in the background. Everything came together really nicely.

JR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable experience overall. The patio is lovely and our server was attentive, professional and courteous--outstanding. My less-than-perfect score is regarding our food choices. My crabcake BLT was very dry, needing mayonnaise or a side of tartar sauce. I would reorder with those requests. The lobster salad was disappointing overall. The server was very clear about the bitter greens and my husband should have asked for other baby greens. He was not completely satisfied with the dressing; would not reorder this dish. We love the Fashion Island Hotel and look forward to our next visit to enjoy a lovely room, good food, ambience and music at the firepit area and particularly we will return because of the wonderful staff who, without exception, treat us so graciously.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Food is delicious, our Server Chris is outstanding, Chef Brittany is spectacular, Management is wonderful!!!!

Best restaurant ever!!!

B
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful place - slow service. Always a good meal

A
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Server would disappear for too long. Then he got the bill wrong TWICE. To his credit, me had the manager adjust the bill with a major discount, but the errors were only found by me double checking the bill. How many times did people get overcharged who did not check their bill?

RK
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The only complaint was the fact that the Bar pour is 2 ounces at best. When the waiter was asked about what appeared to be a short pour he said that they have a strict 2 ounce pour - which, based on the price, is below standard. If I were the owner or manager I would have someone monitor that to make sure it is being done correctly. Clearly wine is the best choice......for the price I am surprised that it is not a 2 ounce pour also.

s
Orange County
124 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Delicious potato/cauliflower soup, and Chocolate Latte Cake; helpful, friendly service.

KQ
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a special occasion for us and they did not disappoint! The meal was good, I enjoyed the DineNB 3 course meal: the beet salad with endive and fried goat cheese was an experience, the rigatoni was alright but nothing spectacular, the dessert was wonderfully light and not overly sweet. My fiance enjoyed his crab cakes and the chia seed encrusted salmon, the mole sauce had the right amount of heat and savoriness. The chia seeds gave an interesting bite and were welcome versus the overplayed panko or flour coatings. He loved his chocolate dessert. The server was very accommodating even giving us a surprise. We will definitely be searching out this restaurant again.

O
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We dined here on last Sunday evening. The food was overall pretty good, and the ambience felt upscale. Our main waiter was friendly and helpful. However, the server who brought our food out from the kitchen was a bit unpleasant. After he brought our appetizers out, we asked him to take a photo of us. He hesitated, rolled his eyes, and said "Sure, but I'm really busy right now." Meanwhile, the restaurant was half empty! That was extremely rude and uncalled for.

AC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch in the outdoor patio couldn't have been nicer....delicious food, atmosphere and company.

Thank you

l
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service at a beautiful venue. We went to restaurant week so the price was low for a great meal

MS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice business casual setting. We went for restaurant week special and was bummed that they sold out of fish and chips, enjoyed tuna melt instead. Drinks were delicious, food was good and plentiful, service was the best. The only downside was the kale salad was not the greatest.

BH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the entertainment! What a nice touch to a lovely evening. The staff was very attentive and the food was very good. We throughly enjoyed ourselves. The signage on the outside needs improvement. We didn’t realize it was in the hotel.

JB
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating, the wonderful service and meal choices

C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The best "hotel" restaurant in Orange County. Better than Marriott and even Andrea. Very surprised by the upscale ambiance. The only thing I would suggest is a bit more items on the menu. Food was excellent.

OT
Orange County
111 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

First, Oak Grill is in Island Hotel near Fashion Island. Got there 15 minutes before reservations. Hostess asked us to wait outside in lobby area. After 25 minutes, I checked in again. Told to wait. Then in another 20 minutes, hostess comes over to say she was looking for me with a beige blouse but I had put on my black jacket. Totally unacceptable. Patio did not feel very relaxing. And to make things worse, a very young child walked away from her parents and group several times. Took parents several minutes before they even noticed. Back and forth so many times. It was extremely annoying. Wish someone could have told them not to have their child run around unsupervised. My omelet was good & my husband loved his eggs benedict. Too bad their hostess, patio atmosphere and that unsupervised child spoiled it for us. The only saving grace was our amazing waiter Son (Sonny). Without his excellent and friendly service, eating here would have been a regrettable choice for New Year's day. Thank you, Sonny!

c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Arrived at noon with a noon reservation on New Year’s Day. Website indicated a lunch menu or brunch menu available. Did not get seated until waiting 12 minutes with clearly the restaurant understaffed. Service was slow and perfunctory. Menu was Limited to breakfast items only.

GT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed at the Fashion Island Hotel after a big New Year's Eve Party and hosted a small brunch the next morning in one of the Oak Grill's private rooms. The food, the service and the ambience was exceptional. We were a little nervous since it was New Year's morning, but Chelle Crocket who set up the event for us didn't miss a detail, and all of the staff that worked with us that morning were completely on their game, from Stacey, the MOD in the Oak Grill, to the bartender Jake to our server Noe. Our guests enjoyed themselves and many commented on how the excellence of the food and service, and how lovely the room was.

Every single thing we ordered was fantastic - the Lobster Salad, the Fried Chicken and Biscuits, the Reuben Panini, the pancakes, the bagels and salmon, the Belgian waffle, omelets - all good. Give it a try next time you are in Newport.

OT
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. I’m never disappointed by their consistency, service and atmosphere.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noisy Friday.

OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eaten at Oak G several times and don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience. Ernesto was our server 12/27 and he was the best. Explained it all, asked chef about ingredients due to allergies, and never rushed us over the 3.5 hours we were there. They also sat us immediately; they are always great at honoring reservations. In fact, we were about 10 minutes early and the restaurant was packed, but we were seated less that 60 seconds from when we gave our name. Rib-eye was especially tasty! Corking was $30, but its always great to choose your own wine with dinner. Surprisingly, they did offer a few cabs I would have been happy drinking, so their selection was good, IMO.

C
Orange County
130 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at the Oak Grill. The experience begins with the valet service which is fast and efficient , moves on to the hostess who is always friendly and professional and then the server, who this time was Ernesto, who remembered us from our prior dining experience and who literally treated us like royalty.
The food matched the service - excellent in every way