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Pelican Grill

4.7
4.7
2511 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill 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, a masterful culinary team creates innovative seafood and steak dishes. Dining indoor or 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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Booked 29 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 467-5802

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill celebrates the best of coastal California dining with fresh fish, pastas, the finest beef and a wide selection of side dishes. An open kitchen, heated ocean-view terrace and an extensive wine by the glass menu add to the experience.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Teams: (949) 467-6863

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Cross street

    Pelican Hill Road and Newport Coast Drive

  • Parking details

    Self Parking

  • Entertainment

    Pop-Rock and Blues featured Thursday - Saturday, 7pm - 11pm *Band start time subject to Sporting Event schedules.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Prestige Scotch Pairing Dinner

    $265.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 26, 2022 only
    Slàinte Mhath. Share the traditional Scottish toast to good health with friends new and old at this exclusive pairing dinner. A bagpiper beckons from the evening reception into the private dining room at Pelican Grill for a four-course tasting menu of traditional Scottish dishes paired with prestige Balvenie and Glenfiddich Scotch whiskies ranging from 14 yrs - 23 yrs. Limited to just 40 guests, this evening will be enjoyed by only a few connoisseurs.

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Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 2,511 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Orange County

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  1. L

    Lesandmae

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you Eric! He was awesome

  2. JP

    JoeP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cassidy is the best hostess on the planet! Our wait staff was incredible! Food was amazing, especially given all the supply chain problems Love everything about the Pelican Grille!

  3. A

    Andrea

    Orange County

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner and great service!

  4. m

    mariom

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    The food and service was very good. Great atmosphere with a nice view. The lamb rack and brussel sprouts were excellent. I would definitely recommend it.

  5. M

    Mach3

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Paige is a awesome waitress, friendly with a smiling face and great service during our dinner there. 50 stars for her!

  6. LD

    LagunaDiningGuy

    Orange County

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful time dining on the patio in the warm shunshine.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    The ambiance is excellent and facilities are always awesome. I’m wondering if something has changed or happened, the food was just ok. We had to send our meal back because it was served cold. However, the server let us know that entree that was was served cold was complimentary which was greatly appreciated. I’m wondering if maybe they were down staff as I actually had to go looking for someone to let them know food was cold and the only time we saw our server was to deliver food. This was not just our table, we noticed, it was everywhere in our section of the restaurant. So, I will reserve judgement as I have always loved this place and will come back. Maybe I will give it just a bit more time though before returning. Don’t count this place out just yet.

  8. CL

    ChrisL

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal views of the Pacific Ocean and perfectly prepared meal. We’ll cultivated wine list with expert service. A bit pricy, but well worth it

  9. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pelican Hill defines excellence! Our server Micheal was fantastic 👏, the food was outstanding and the ambiance something out of a dream.

  10. L

    Livingood

    Orange County

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very sophisticated restaurant with an amazing view.

  11. GM

    GM2015

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The servers were very nice just a little slow. The food was superb as well as the ambience. I will return

  12. C

    Chip

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Filet tasted like Arbys Sprouts hard as rocks French fries were very good - meal highlight

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Very expensive for what you get to eat. Smallest and most expensive Cobb salad I’ve ever had. They did give a lovely dessert to the birthday girl.

  14. CG

    CyndyG

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The atmosphere was beautiful and peaceful. The food was excellent, and our server Luis was friendly and attentive to all our needs -above and beyond!

  15. KB

    KoreneB

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    View was nice. Food was good but not great. Service was cold. If you don’t order tons of drinks and extras you don’t get any service. We ran out of water 1/2 through dinner and server never came by to refill. In fact she walked by our table many of times and never stopped to ask anything. She even walked by and grabbed the bread basket off the table but never even said anything or acknowledged us. It took over an hour to get our meals. It’s very expensive and was not worth it.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 12, 2022

    We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and I sincerely apologize that your service at Pelican Grill during your recent visit didn't meet your expectations. Please know I've addressed your concerns with our team. We truly hope to have the opportunity to regain your trust for a much-improved return in the future.

  16. SN

    SNC1

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely dinner and experience. Food was delicious (New York steak and short ribs), service perfect, and beautiful view. Great for special occasions or any time you are in town.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 12, 2022

    Thank you for joining us, we are so delighted to hear of your experience at the Pelican Grill. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

  17. MB

    MelB

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5

    When you arguably have the nicest view in Newport Beach, in a luxury resort, it's easy to overlook , perhaps forgive a history of overpriced poor quality food. Our lunch experience yesterday is perfect example. A basic beef dip with a nice toasted baguette with 1 micro layer of tough stringy meat that was without taste other then horrible tasting spread that was never mentioned by the waiter when asked. A chicken sandwich that defied convention being thigh meat that seemed terribly undercooked and completely overpowered by seasoning of which few would consider tasty. I believe the executive chef likes to be different avoiding the basic staples and makes things sound exotic, without the quality and precision necessary to satisfy those who enjoy upscale culinary presentations. I have had various disappointments over the years, from Thanksgiving dinner that was almost double the price , which was justified by naming the ranch it came from without reason it was superior , to yesterday. Unless the view and architecture of this restaurant, is desired I recommend you go elsewhere in an area that has a large diversity of wonderful restaurants.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 12, 2022

    Mel, thank you for taking the time to share your candid feedback. I apologize that your recent visit to Pelican Grill missed the mark. Please know I've shared your feedback with our culinary team, and we hope to welcome you back for a much-improved dining experience.

  18. IO

    IndyinOC

    Orange County

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5

    Mother‘s Day at “The Pelican Grill!” Valet was busy! Diners and golfers did watch all hems on floral spring dresses sway in cadence. Mom‘s enjoyed a respite with Orange Mimosa‘s and dainty forkfuls of red velvet cake—-silently sneaking past smiling glossy lips. Each table (private VIP section) was decorated with a sunflower. The room was bright and filled with stars (which cannot be named nor disturbed). Mom wore a floral creation by Cristina Martinez. Our server Mehdi was busy. Capacity at the Pelican grill was at a pre-COVID19 measure. Trays of Chardonnay and Pinot were brought as beams of light made caustics on our round table. Chilean sea bass disappeared quickly and meatballs were ordered.

  19. U

    User

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day Brunch.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food was fantastic, beautiful views, very friendly staff, but SO slow. We waited about 30 minutes for our first drink and had to find a different server to ask for a second drink. Over the course of two hours, our server came to the table three times including dropping the check. Expect better service from such a luxury resort.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 12, 2022

    Hello Kate, I apologize for the service delays you experienced and appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention. Please know I've addressed your concerns regarding the service. We truly hope to have the opportunity to regain your trust for a much-improved return in the future.

  21. B

    Baybee

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    The ambiance and service was excellent but food was too greasy! Very simple menu not a whole lot of selection. Before pandemic their menu was good with choices of breakfast/ brunch.

  22. PZ

    PeterZ

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Their lunch menu is pretty limited. Especially for vegetarian options. Very nice view but food was par.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 12, 2022

    Thank you for your feedback, Peter. I've shared your feedback with our culinary team, and we hope to welcome you back for a much-improved dining experience.

  23. B

    Bren

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice dinner. A beautiful atmosphere , delicious food. A little pricey, but worth it!

  24. I

    Isabelle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4

    Rigatoni Puttanesca was salty for a pasta dish. Not enough vegetables in it although the artichoke in it was excellent. Service was poor as the waiter dd not really check on us, his placement of glasses etc was messy.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 6, 2022

    Hi Isabelle, We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and I sincerely apologize that your service at Pelican Grill did not meet your expectations. Please know I've addressed your concerns with our team. We truly hope to have the opportunity to regain your trust for a much-improved return in the future.

  25. A

    Amiri

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Not to many options on the menu. Too over priced.

  26. CB

    CBandz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing, highly recommend!........................

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 6, 2022

    Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

  27. LE

    LuisE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely spectacular service and great recommendations from Daniel.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 6, 2022

    Thank you so much for your kind review! We'll be sure to personally thank Daniel and the team for making your visits that much more memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

  28. x

    xodaniel

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat outside to enjoy the view. Everything was delicious. Started with a cocktail. It was called 19th Hole. Began our meal with the Cobb Salad with chicken (the chicken was really juicy). For our entree we had the filet & mashed potatoes. Then we finished with lava cake. Sam was our waiter. He was attentive and super pleasant. It was our 1st visit. We will definitely go back again.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 6, 2022

    Thank you for sharing your lovely review! We'll be sure to personally thank Sam for making your visit that much more memorable, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back soon.

  29. JF

    JFKSFOBOSLAXSNA

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1

    Went to celebrate a special occasion. There was a misfire as a big party came and the restaurant staff pushed together 3 tables with 8 chairs right next to us (our table was perpendicular). The table was so close that from where I was seated i can reach over and touch the back of one of the chairs. Very claustrophobic. The staff let us know the party would come in 30m so we had time and also offered to move the table a bit or move us. We thought we'd be out by then so told them it was ok and we were in the middle of our meal so didn't want to get up and switch tables. Unf, the party came a bit sooner than 30m and sure enough when the people were seated we can hear their entire conversation. We felt like 2nd class citizens at this restaurant. Our waiter, Medhi, was very nice though and accommodating - the decision to merge the tables to accommodate a large party and shoving them close to us wasn't his decision. Just based on his awesome service and the great food we'd recommend this place to others. But if this table shifting happens to you do yourself a favor and be more vocal or change tables. Here's a photo of how close that table was.

    Pelican GrillResponded on May 6, 2022

    I apologize for your experience and appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention. Please know I've addressed your feedback with our team. We truly hope to have the opportunity to regain your trust for a much-improved return in the future.

  30. JC

    JCReyes

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service by staff!

    Pelican GrillResponded on April 28, 2022

    We are delighted to hear you had a positive dining experience at Pelican Grill! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  31. DS

    DaveS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Pleasant lunch, complementary transportation from and to main resort entrance. Monk fish soup is extremely tasty, as well as pizza dough Menu is somewhat limited for such acclaimed place Drinks are too expensive to comprehend -$26 for glass of mediocre sauvignon blank ????? Overall nice experience with unbeatable view of the ocean

  32. R

    Ryan

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Two nights in a row, and nothing to disappoint! Last night we entertained friends and family, and enjoyed the chef's special Duck. It was sumptuous. Again, the service, the atmosphere, and the food were all outstanding.

    Pelican GrillResponded on April 28, 2022

    Thank you for your kind review, Ryan! We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and look forward to serving you again.

  33. R

    Ryan

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a magnificent meal with family last night. Sea Bass, Lobster Buccatini, Stags Leap Cabernet. All just terrific. Going back tonight!

  34. VS

    ViktorS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    This dinner was an excellent combination of food, service and ambience with the view of the ocean and of the sunset. The Lamb Rack was also delicious and and can be well recommended. The service of our waiter, Daniel, was also very good Many places have good food, but this combination was the reason we have chosen Pelican Grill for the private birthday celebration. Victor

    Pelican GrillResponded on April 28, 2022

    Thank you for your thoughtful review, Viktor! We'll be sure to personally thank Daniel and the Culinary team for making your visit that much more memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

  35. l

    luv2bagma

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Food was very disappointing this visit

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Only problem is they had no horseradish for the short ribs

    Pelican GrillResponded on April 28, 2022

    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate you dining at Pelican Grill and will take your feedback into consideration.

  37. AF

    AnikF

    Montreal

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Awesome really nice .. will go back for sure

    Pelican GrillResponded on April 28, 2022

    Thank you for your review! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

  38. P

    Pazzam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From start to finish it was wonderful! A truly relaxing lunch with fabulous service, beautiful ambiance and delicious food!

    Pelican GrillResponded on April 28, 2022

    Thank you for your kind review! We are glad you enjoyed your lunch at Pelican Grill. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

  39. RG

    RobertG

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Return from supporting NATO

  40. d

    douglasm

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This places is great. Our server was great. tRhe food delicious and the view amazing!! Will definitely return.

    Pelican GrillResponded on April 28, 2022

    Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again very soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Pelican Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 2511 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 29 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Pelican Grill

22800 Pelican Hill Rd Newport Coast, CA 92657

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pelican Hill Road and Newport Coast Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Self Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Pop-Rock and Blues featured Thursday - Saturday, 7pm - 11pm *Band start time subject to Sporting Event schedules.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 467-5802

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill celebrates the best of coastal California dining with fresh fish, pastas, the finest beef and a wide selection of side dishes. An open kitchen, heated ocean-view terrace and an extensive wine by the glass menu add to the experience.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Teams: (949) 467-6863

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