Pelican Grill

4.6
1841 reviews
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Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, this restaurant celebrates the best of the California lifestyle with its gorgeous seaside location, delectable menu prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, stylish and comfortable décor, Italian-inspired architecture, terrace with ocean and golf course views, gracious personalized service and sophisticated, yet relaxed bar with nine-foot HDTVs for sports viewing. In the open-display kitchen, Chef Marc Johnson leads the team in creating innovative seafood and steak dishes. Dining al fresco on the terrace, equipped with hidden heaters and sunscreens for year-round comfort, is the quintessential California dining experience. The generous, balanced wine list features mostly California selections and more than 30 wines by the glass. The Tasting Table invites diners to sit right next to the open-concept kitchen in the main dining room for an intimate, chef-led dinner featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients and creative presentations.
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CM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed in not only the service, extremely poor, but the food. We went there for dinner for a birthday celebration. The staff seemed completely disinterested in pleasing us. I suppose they rely on the golfing community to support the restaurant. Best part about it is the beautiful view.

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MY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class restaurant and staff!! Loved the outdoor seating overlooking the ocean!! Food was excellent especially my girlfriends sea bass😃

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for your feedback, Melinda! The Chilean Sea Bass is definitely among our most popular dishes, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another ocean-view meal soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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IM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us, Ingrid! We hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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TS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely,as always.

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Responded 3 days ago

Teri, I'm so glad to read you enjoyed another great meal at Pelican Grill. Thanks for your kind feedback, and we look forward to seeing you again! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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London
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal
This was a second visit to the restaurant in our vacation
We had he same excellent waiter, Armin. He remembered our names and some extra detail on previous wines we drank on our previous visit which was impressive
A great venue, good and very tasty food
Very well recommended on all areas

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for returning to Pelican Grill during your vacation! I'm proud that Armin made your dinner extra memorable, and we hope to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you to Newport Beach! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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JI
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

3 rd time requested a outside table had to wait in bar brought us to a table way at end of patio in bar area heater was not working long waits in between ordering etc.
Of course we will go back but not for awhile.

Pelican Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Jim, While outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis I apologize that our team was not more gracious in accommodating your table request and that you experienced service delays upon being seated. I've connected you with our general manager in a private message, so we may personally apologize and hopefully regain your trust for a much-improved return. We look forward to speaking soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Place! Food was great, Location is gorgeous, staff is very friendly...

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you for your review, Charlie! We look forward to welcoming you back for another delicious visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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j
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my moms 90th birthday. She was so happy and enjoyed her time.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Janet, it was an honor to be a part of your mom's milestone celebrations! Thank you for your kind words, and please share my belated birthday wishes with her! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service excellent view.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for your kind review, and we hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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c
Orange County
116 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best "surf & turf" I've ever had! Flavor on the lobster tail melted together and was superb! Service was spot on. Never wanted for anything! Great job PG!

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 8, 2019

I'm so glad that you enjoyed your dinner! Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, and we look forward to seeing you next time! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Pelican Grill and always enjoy dining outside...though we are close to our home, the ambiance service and cuisine makes us feel like we are on holiday

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for such kind feedback! I love that Pelican Grill has become a mini-getaway for you, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another delicious ocean-view visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place for a great meal while experiencing a beautiful sunset

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Responded on April 9, 2019

I'm delighted that you enjoyed your time at Pelican Grill! Thanks again for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another sunset dinner soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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E
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for lunch to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Excellent service and beautiful setting. The food was great.
I highly recommend it.

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us at Pelican Grill! It was a pleasure to serve you, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your kind feedback as well. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I have been there several times for lunch with different people.. I always order the Asian salad for lunch...Each time the salad has been completely different with different ingredients. the first time it
was fresh and delicious with a variety of lettuce and cabbage, with edamame, and chopped vegetables...that was only one time..the next four times it been progressively worse. This last time it was only cabbage and chicken and some wontons...I won't be coming there again...Sorry...

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your candid review, and I apologize for the inconsistencies you've experienced during your recent lunch visits. I've addressed your feedback on the Asian salad with our culinary team and also connected you with our general manager in a private message, in hopes that we may regain your trust for a much-improved return visit soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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N
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary and had the sea bass and rib eye. The flavor of the black rice served under the sea bass was amazing! My husband enjoyed his rib eye as well. Kudos to the chef! Larry provided excellent service as our waiter. I would definitely go back.

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 3, 2019

Happy anniversary! Thank you for celebrating at Pelican Grill and sharing your kind feedback about Larry. It was an honor to serve you, and we look forward to welcoming you and your husband back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a very pleasant experience

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Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill, and we appreciate your positive feedback! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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V
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit thanks to Anthony's superb services. Anthony is skillful at services, pleasant and attentive.

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi Vanessa, Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill and sharing your kind feedback about Anthony! I'm glad to read that he took such wonderful care of your party, and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

We arrived promptly for our 6:15pm dinner reservation, which I booked an Open Table and specifically requested outside seating. The three hostesses couldn’t be bothered to stop chatting amongst themselves to welcome us to the restaurant. When they finally did stop and looked at my reservation and noted my request for outdoor seating only then was I informed it was not available. We had a family member from out of town to whom we wanted to show off our beautiful coast view over a relaxing meal. I think if a restaurant receives a reservation with a specific request and they cannot meet it, they should notify the diner so that they may decide to go elsewhere.

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 2, 2019

I apologize for the disappointing check-in you experienced and that our team was unable to accommodate your preference for an ocean-view table. While a reservation does not guarantee terrace seating availability, I'm disappointed you did not receive your preferred table, especially with an out-of-town guest. I appreciate your candid feedback and suggestion and hope to welcome you back for a much-improved return soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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JB
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio and watched the sunset, it was beautiful. The service was excellent, it is a beautiful facility. The meal was good, not incredible but good. The ambiance was great, we truly enjoyed the evening.

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you for joining us for sunset at Pelican Grill! I'm glad to read that you enjoyed your overall visit and hope to welcome you back for another ocean-view evening soon! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RT
Oklahoma City
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food - Fabulous
Armin our server- The Best
Only negative was the price of the wine which was a little too high even for Pelican :-(

Pelican Grill
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi Richard, Thank you for taking the time to share your kind feedback about Armin! I appreciate your feedback about the wine list pricing, and we hope to serve you again soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to spot when I want to get away from it all.. The staff has Always been so polite and pleasant!

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hi Summer, We're so honored that Pelican Grill has become a special getaway for you. Thanks for sharing such kind feedback! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent!

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for your visit and positive review, Mark! We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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N
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall our experience is great! The only thing I was not comfortable was when I was looking for the waiter at the end I cannot find him for almost 20 minutes.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 27, 2019

Hi Nina, I apologize for the service delays you experienced toward the end of your visit and appreciate you sharing that feedback with us. We're glad to read that you enjoyed your overall dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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P
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a lovely lunch outside overlooking the ocean. The service and meal was outstanding and we would return in the future.

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill! We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and would be honored to welcome you back for another delicious dining experience very soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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KH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views! Friendly and knowledgeable staff made the perfect setting for a relaxing lucnch.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you, Karen! Your thoughtful comments mean so much, and we look forward to your next ocean-view lunch! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful change of pace from the cramped restaurants along the strip. Excellent food, attentive service, spectacular views, and a gorgeous restaurant (loved the Deruda platters on the main walls!) Plus, the live music in the bar next door was terrific. Great for a romantic dinner, girl's night out, a family gathering, just about anything where an excellent meal in a great location is desired.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 26, 2019

I appreciate your kind feedback and am glad to read that you enjoyed a leisurely dinner at Pelican Grill! Thank you for your visit, and we hope to welcome you back for another delicious lunch or dinner soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greater service!!! Love the food and ambiance!

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you so much, Monica! We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite & the service were both exceptional!

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 26, 2019

I'm glad to read that both your meal and service experience left a wonderful impression! Thanks for your feedback, and we hope to serve you again soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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BO
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. It was our first time here, but it won't be our last. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Overall, the value was great which is why I recommend this place. I want to try the bar side next time. Comfy chairs, big screen tv, classy environment.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi Barry, Thank you for your feedback about your first visit to Pelican Grill - we're thrilled to hear that you're already looking forward to returning! You may be interested to know that our bar offers live music on Thursday-Saturday evenings, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a very good time the food was excellent the ambience was very nice the customer service was everything I needed in a place like that and we had a very good time thank you so much!

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Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for your positive review, Tony! I'm glad to read you had a great time, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Pelican Grill. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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t
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother and my two aunts to celebrate their birthdays (they are in their 80’s ). Frederick our server make them feel very special. Great food. We had a great time, I will definitely return . Thank you Pelican Grill!

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 22, 2019

It was our honor to be part of such a special birthday celebration! Thank you for taking the time to pass along your kind words about Frederick, and we hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was really slow and not great.
The food was ok nothing special.

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Responded on March 20, 2019

Hi Roberta, I'm disappointed to read that you didn't enjoy your visit to Pelican Grill and apologize that both your service experience and meal itself fell short of your expectations and our standards. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for a much-improved dining experience in the future. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Food took forever to be delivered-45 mins
Service is always bad at Pelican!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Protein portions a little on the small side, but very tasty. Sides were nothing special. Ambiance is wonderful, and service was very good.

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Responded on March 20, 2019

Hi Estefan, Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill and sharing your review with us! Please know I've passed along your feedback on the portion sizes and side dishes with our culinary team, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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n
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything. Very fresh tuna tartare. Tasty tortilla soup. Good gluten free selection.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 20, 2019

Thank you for your kind words about the tuna tartare and tortilla soup! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you back at Pelican Grill very soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service ever.

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Responded on March 18, 2019

We appreciate your kind feedback! Please come back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice
Waiter is very helpful and friendly
Yes this is my favorite place to come dine in.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you for your kind feedback, Amie! We're honored that Pelican Grill is one of your favorites, and we look forward to serving you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Wanted to sit outside near water however we were placed near the wall when there was a spot open and available. I did not feel welcomed as an African American in fact my feelings were hurt as I was celebrating my 34th birthday but felt unwanted in the restaurant. Please keep in mind that I had a reservation. Everyone else was able to sit table side by water.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Happy birthday and thank you for celebrating at Pelican Grill! While reservations do not guarantee outdoor seating, I apologize that our team did not do more to accommodate your preferred table, especially considering your special occasion and I regret that your table location tarnished your overall experience. I appreciate you sharing your candid feedback and hope to regain your trust for a much-improved return soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! Food wasn’t anything special. Burger was overcooked.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Tokat, I apologize that your burger missed the mark and appreciate you bringing it to our attention. Please know that we've shared your feedback with our culinary team and hope to welcome you back for a much-improved meal soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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