Pelican Grill

4.6
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$31 to $50
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American
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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viprh00
Orange County
119 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere were 10/10. They really treat you well here and the food is outstanding. We loved the dinner and service. Will be back again soon for another filet!

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 19, 2020

I'm delighted to read you enjoyed dinner at Pelican Grill! Thank you for your kind review and we look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable evening - and filet! - soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipDinersDelight
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch and excellent food. A real nice dining experience!

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you for joining us for lunch! We appreciate your kind feedback and hope to see you again very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
489 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always an awesome choice for lunch.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you for stopping by for lunch! We appreciate your kind feedback and hope to see you again very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipIzzyv
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food views and service
Our waiter was amazing...I had the lobster special and I highly recommend the mushrooms side dish !

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you for dining with us at Pelican Grill, Izzy! We appreciate your kind feedback and hope to see you again very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The salad I had was awful . Mushy tomatoes. The service with Kevin was outstanding.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill and sharing your kind words about Kevin! I apologize your salad was anything less than perfect and passed along this feedback to our culinary team as well. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipRaptordash
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Was here for Sunday brunch to celebrate a birthday. Had a nice table on the patio to enjoy the spectacularly clear day. Our server was excellent, professional and friendly, as were the other waitstaff. Cocktails were well made. The food is not outstanding, but along with the view this does make this a nice place for a celebration.
We shared a tuna poke appetizer and it was unusual looking as the mound of tuna was grey in color. We joked that it looked like a can of cat food. Taste was just OK.
Our entrees were: Chinese chicken salad, breakfast pizza, cheeseburger, and seared tuna sandwich. All were OK, but not outstanding. What were outstanding were the sweet potato fries that came with the sandwiches.
Again, would return for the ambience, but not just for the food.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for celebrating with us at Pelican Grill and sharing your feedback with us. While I'm glad to read you enjoyed your overall visit, I apologize that your meal itself fell short of the ambience you enjoyed. I've passed along your detailed comments to our culinary team, and we hope to welcome you back to Pelican Grill soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipwanderlin
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill yesterday! We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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CarmenD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice place to eat good food, good drinks and a nice atmosphere.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Carmen, Thank you for taking the time to share your kind review! We appreciate you joining us at Pelican Grill this weekend and hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very refined, virtually indistinguishable from the more expensive sibling restaurant at this resort. Tables were well spaced, enabling easy conversation. Our waiter allowed our party to dine at the slow deliberate pace we requested, but still was there whenever we wished. The menu included a variety of wonderful choices, including a delicious veal chop, something that has recently been hard to find. And there were a number of special off-menu food offerings as well. The wine list was sufficiently large, with adequate selections from reasonable to splurge-worthy. And surprisingly, our bill for this delightful an experience was quite reasonable.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill! I appreciate your kind feedback and am glad to read you enjoyed some of our most popular dishes as well as some newer off-the-menu specials. Please know we've shared your thoughtful review with our team and look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
374 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late night find where the view and service and drinks are all great!!
Thanks for a great time

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for stopping by Pelican Grill for a late-night drink! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipGeorgiaR
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waiter always excellent food was good

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hi Georgia, Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill and taking the time to share your kind feedback! We appreciate your kind review and hope to welcome you back very soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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SunnyF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food took forever to arrive. We were there for 2 full hours. We went to celebrate birthday and asked one of the servers to take a photo and he said he was too busy! Nice staff, great views but service so slow.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 4, 2020

Hi Sunny, I sincerely apologize for the service delays you experienced yesterday and regret that our team was not more gracious in accommodating your simple request for a photo to commemorate your evening! Please know that I've personally addressed your concerns with our service team, and we hope to regain your trust for a much-improved dining experience in the future. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was just too slow.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill last week, and I apologize for any service delays you experienced during your visit. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this feedback to our attention and hope to welcome you back for a much-improved return in the future. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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viplalawyer
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I noted in my reservation that it was for a date and asked for a good table for conversation, but they put us on the enclosed patio next to the pay station. We kept looking through the windows inside at the much nicer ambience that the people inside were enjoying.

Apart from that, the food and the service was good. The list of wines by the glass isn't as extensive is it might be, but it was fine. The bread was very good.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for your candid feedback and for choosing Pelican Grill for your special date night. While our outdoor terrace is most frequently requested seating area, I apologize your table wasn't conducive to conversation and our team did not do more to reseat you in a more enjoyable ambience for dinner. Please know I've shared these concerns with our service team, and we hope welcome you back for a much-improved return soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipMARYM
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and ambiance were excellent. We were celebrating a birthday, so it was a great evening, live music and all. Service was marginal, but we enjoyed our evening.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi Mary, Thank you for celebrating at Pelican Grill! I'm so glad you enjoyed your evening and hope to welcome you back for another memorable meal soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipHoustonfoodie
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant for lunch!!! Pelican Hill is one of our favorite vacation destinations!

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

We're so glad Pelican Hill has become a favorite destination of yours! Thank you for joining us for lunch, and we hope your travels bring you back very soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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GabrielS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I sat in the lounge instead of the restaurant and had a good time. Live music started at 7pm and before that watched the sunset from the terrace. Nice casual place to catch a game, watch the sunset, or unwind after a round of golf on the famous Pelican Hill golf course. Very upscale establishment.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi Gabriel, Thank you for joining us in the Pelican Grill Lounge! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your evening and hope to welcome you back for another memorable visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipTastyFace
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with a beautiful view to the ocean framed by the loggia on the terrace. Such a wonderful place to dine al fresco and enjoy this special spot on the earth.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill! We appreciate you taking the time to share such lovely feedback about your meal and hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipGeorgiaR
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always nice

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you, Georgia! We hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipPearlyM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to go somewhere nice for dinner. This is the second time we have been here. Each time, the service was very good. The food were delicious. Definitely worth the cost.

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hello Pearly, Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill with your husband! I'm delighted to read you enjoyed your dinner and hope to welcome you both back very soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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HeidiA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good , love the atmosphere here and the staff.

Pelican Grill
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you, Heidi! We're so glad you enjoyed yesterday's visit to Pelican Grill and hope to serve you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipJillianO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, live music, great vibe - so fun! Would definitely go back...

Pelican Grill
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for joining us for live music, Jillian! We appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you back for another delicious visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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viprh00
Orange County
119 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner on Thursday evening, sitting outside on the patio. The atmosphere, food and service were absolutely outstanding. Our waiter, Ivan, was professional, friendly, helpful with the menu and made the experience delightful. It refereeing to be served by such a personable professional and someone who clearly has a passion for his work. We really enjoyed the filet's that were perfectly cooked and the mushrooms and veggies were excellent. The caesar salad was crisp and flavorful. The dinner was really nice and from start to finish, it was a delight. Even the valets were friendly and professional. Five stars to Pelican Grill.

Pelican Grill
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for joining us for dinner last Thursday! I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback of all the dishes you enjoyed, as well as your kind words about Ivan! Please know I've passed along your comments to him also, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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