Pelican Grill

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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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RJ
SW Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view and atmosphere. Food was excellent and the service was good. Good wine selection.

TP
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous setting, food and service. Highly recommended for lunch.

Pelican Grill
Responded a day ago

Hi Tina, Thank you for having lunch at Pelican Grill! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to serving you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Food and service and company was all great as you can see by my photo.

Pelican Grill
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your kind feedback! We appreciate your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place in Newport Coast! Even free parking.

Pelican Grill
Responded a day ago

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill, Ming! We're glad you took advantage of our complimentary valet parking as well and hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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SN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice dinner, food was excellent, dining on the patio was beautiful, and service was great.

Pelican Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill this weekend, Suzanne! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed dinner, and we hope to welcome you back for another sunset dinner soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in all ways

Pelican Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your kind feedback! We appreciate your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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ME
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just gorgeous food and atmosphere was just great, happy that i went there to celebrate my birthday !

Pelican Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Happy birthday, Max! Thank you for the privilege of celebrating with us, 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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PH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely experience celebrating a birthday. The food was delicious, our server Jesse was wonderful and excellent value!

Pelican Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for celebrating at Pelican Grill, Penny! Please know we've passed along your kind words to Jesse as well, and we hope to welcome you back very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Jesse was an excellent server! Great food and ambiance

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 13, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill yesterday! We appreciate you taking the time to leave thoughtful feedback about Jesse and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Had a bday party table of 8 women. Bad waiter. Would take off and not come back for a long time. Vey slow getting our food and most were salads.Took forever to get check and some women needed to pay and get back to work. Valet service was too slow. Never seen it like that on a weekday before. Not a good experience yesterday. I have been here so many times before and had good service. Don't know what happened yesterday.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 13, 2019

Ms. Dal Porto, I apologize your lunch fell so short of the visits you've enjoyed in the past - especially on an occasion like a birthday! I'm disappointed by the service missteps you describe, and I've shared your contact details with our General Manager, so we may personally apologize and hopefully regain your trust for a much-improved return. We truly appreciate your candid feedback and look forward to connecting soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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J
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the person seating us to the nice young man who waited on us, everything was perfect! The food was outstanding.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Pelican Grill and hope to welcome you back very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Gorgeous views, relaxed patio, great service. Very, very mediocre Caesar salad . Hard to see how they get this so wrong 😐

Pelican Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill! While I'm glad to read you enjoyed your overall visit, I apologize that your Caesar salad was anything less than perfect. Please know I've addressed this feedback with our culinary team, and we hope to welcome you back for a much-improved return soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Always excellent

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a thoughtful review of your visit and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as well as the service !
Would definitely come back

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill! We appreciate your kind review and look forward to seeing you again! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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B
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The patio seating was nice with perfect weather . The waiters were attentive. Next table had a big dog and I did not appreciate that while I was dining.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hi Baybee, While I'm glad to read that you enjoyed your overall meal, I apologize your visit was tarnished by the dog at your neighboring table. We appreciate you taking the time to share this candid feedback and 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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BL
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful at the restaurant. David, our waiter, made our lunchtime quite fun and enjoyable,

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hi Barbara, Thank you for your kind words about David - I'll be sure to share them with him! It was a pleasure to welcome you for lunch, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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s
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best date outside viewing the sunset! Servers were excellent and drinks were superb!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for spending date night at Pelican Grill, Steven! We appreciate your thoughtful review and hope to welcome you back for many more sunset meals in the future. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dave was great!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your kind feedback about Dave! We're glad you enjoyed your meal and Pelican Grill and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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L
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location for a casual weeknight dinner with 4 people. Food and service was excellent. Waiter was very engaging and helpful with the menu selections. We all had a good time and enjoyed the sunset out on the patio. We were easily able to carry on our conversations because of the spacing between the tables on a not so busy night.

Loved the atmosphere and came back for a facial the next day at the spa.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Laurie, Thank you for visiting Pelican Hill - and two days in a row! We're so grateful for your thoughtful feedback, and I've passed along your kind words to the rest of our team. We hope to welcome you back for many more sunset dinners to come! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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M
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every sense. The food and service is excellent. Our go to for lunch, dinner or any special evening.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hi Madonna, I'm glad to read Pelican Grill has become a favorite destination of yours! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a thoughtful review of your visit and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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r
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the view of the ocean on some area are blocked by overgrown bushes/ tree/ grass

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Rissa, Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill! Please know I've passed along your feedback about the Golf Club's surrounding landscaping to our engineering team, and we hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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DT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was not that great for the price and waited some time for our table when others were seated before us

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hi David, Thank you for dining with us at Pelican Grill. I apologize for the frustrating delays you experienced upon arrival and am disappointed it tarnished your overall visit. We appreciate you taking the time to share this feedback 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks so much for your service. My wife and I had a great night together at your restaurant. -Farrokh

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hi Farrokh, Thank you for taking the time to leave your positive review and we hope to welcome you and your wife back to Pelican Grill soon! Thank you for dining with us at Pelican Grill! While I'm glad to read you enjoyed your overall dinner, I've shared your feedback on the corn bisque garnish with our chefs. We appreciate your kind words about Paul and Jessie and look forward to serving you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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BL
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a friend's birthday. We were seated on the patio with a beautiful view of the ocean. The service was excellent as was the food. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us at Pelican Grill, Barbara! We're grateful for your kind feedback and recommendation and hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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CR
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter. Food was fabulous as well as view!!!

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for joining us for a sunset dinner, Connie! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a thoughtful review of your visit and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grill is always a consistent experience of good food, ambiance (sit on the patio to soak in the partial sun and peaceful view of the Pacific) and service. We enjoyed the sea bass and a glass of chardonnay for our "girl's birthday" celebration. It was yummy.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for celebrating ay Pelican Grill, Deanna! Please share my belated birthday wishes with your friends, and we hope to welcome you back for another ocean-view visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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ES
New York Area
341 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and great view
Went to Pelican grille and was very happy
with the view and table overlooking the beautiful scenery
and seeing the sunset.
Jessie the waiter was excellent.
We started with a wedge salad and the corn bisque.
Salad was wonderful and the soup was good but they add
a hot oil and we couldn’t have it as we were coughing like crazy
from the spice.
For dinner i had a Tasmanian steak Oscar style which was cooked perfectly.
Kathy had the Halibit special. It was excellent.
We both had martinis and then Kathy had the Rumbauer Chardonnay
The manager Paul was also superb and very hands on. A+

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Pelican Grill! While I'm glad to read you enjoyed your overall dinner, I've shared your feedback on the corn bisque garnish with our chefs. We appreciate your kind words about Paul and Jessie and look forward to serving you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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LB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and food

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

I'm glad to read you enjoyed your visit on Sunday, and we appreciate your positive feeback. Please come see us again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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S
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined out on the terrace and enjoyed watching the beautiful sunset. Our server was amazing and very attentive. She kept the drinks coming! We ordered burgers from the grill menu and some salads - all of the food was perfectly prepared and delicious!

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for joining us for a sunset dinner, Suzanne! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a thoughtful review of your visit and hope to welcome you back for more burgers and ocean views soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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LG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

If you're easily intimidated by Rolls Royce cars in the drive and Chanel wearing patrons, skip past this hidden gem. Otherwise, hand the Hyundai rental car keys to the valet and step inside with confidence to enjoy breathtaking views of the California coastline. Reservations are recommended especially since you'd prefer a seat on the outside terrace as opposed to trapped indoors with the upper lipped gossipers and the puffy lounged booths. There is an ample variety of drink and food selections you're going to overpay for - but, again - you're there for the ambiance! Our cocktail waitress was rude (an understatement) perhaps for correctly labeling us as "visitors" to this member-preferred experience. Lest she know we are exclusive members of the Four Seasons and actually possess tastes for the finer things in life. Our dinner waiter was wonderful! Going out of his way to accommodate a teenager's food palette with a burger while offering the adults the selections of the day. We were there to celebrate our college daughter's send off and entertain business associates. Simply stated, if you're a wealthy local and want to stick by that "do you know who I am" persona this is definitely a place for you. But, if you're a wealthy visitor and want to simply enjoy a night out with family and friends while capturing a few California sunset selfies, there are probably friendlier and tastier places to pull out your AmEx black card.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hello Lisa, Thank you for choosing Pelican Grill for your daughter's send-off dinner! While I'm glad to read you enjoyed the sunset views and service from your waiter, I apologize you were not more graciously welcomed upon arrival and am disappointed that your visit was tarnished by other guests. We appreciate your candid feedback and hope to welcome you back for a much-improved dining experience soon. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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K
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Didn't even come close to my expectations. For a high end restaurant at a very high end destination resort, the service was terrible, the food tasted ok but the portions were disappointing (3 small "Diver Scallops") for $30, $17 for ONE crabcake...ridiculous. Many other ocean view restaurants with excellent food and much better dining experience. Won't be back.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hello Kevin, I apologize that your visit to Pelican Grill fell short of the dining experience you were looking forward to and the attentive, inviting atmosphere we aim to create for each of our guests. Please know that I've addressed your feedback on portion sizes with our culinary team, and we hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back for a much-improved experience in the future. Kind regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food, friendly service! Definitely will be back. Strongly recommending.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you so much for your recommendation! I'm glad to read you enjoyed yesterday's meal and hope it was the first of many Pelican Grill visits! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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VG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the Grill bar area. Open seating but plenty of tables available. Service was great, food delicious and duo singing was terrific!

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hello Vicki, Thank you for stopping by Pelican Grill to enjoy live music in the bar. We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner with friends. Seafood and steak was delicious. I thought the bruschetta for an appetizer was skimpy for the price . We only got 3 pieces for 4 people. I think it was $12 or $14. Side Salads were small for the $$.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill and sharing your thoughtful feedback. Please know I've shared your suggestions on the bruschetta and side salad portions with our culinary team, and we hope to welcome you back for another memorable dinner soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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p
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Kevin. Service and food always consistent and delicious.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you, Paris! I've passed along your kind words to Kevin and our team, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy Pelican Grill both for lunch and dinner. A lovely restaurant with lovely service!

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback! Please know I've shared your kind words with the rest of our Pelican Grill team, and we look forward to serving you again in the future! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was phenomenal as was the food and you cannot beat that view. Great place for a business dinner or special occassion.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you, Robert! It means so much that you took the time to share your kind feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Pelican Grill soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Reservation was for a sunset view table celebrating a birthday On arrival given options of inside table only Pelican should have called and said they do not have a sunset view available Would not have rushed and come later when they had an outside table available. Missed the whole sunset Receptionist needs more training to say let me see what is the best I can do for you and do it with a smile and an apology and should be empowered to make things better in some way possible Bill 145.00 for two with a disappointing evening!

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 27, 2019

Annu, I apologize your dinner was anything less than perfect - especially on your husband's birthday. While terrace seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, I regret our team did not do more to graciously accommodate your preference in light of the special occasion. I'm disappointed this tarnished your overall visit and have addressed your feedback with our hostess team. We hope to regain your trust for a much-improved return soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director

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S
New England
36 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

On vacation

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi Sandy, Thank you for making time to visit Pelican Grill during your vacation! We hope your travels bring you back to Newport Beach soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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TB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of five and received excellent service and the food was delicious! One of our party was vegetarian and two others carb free and were able to choose very nice items from the menu. We were not rushed and able to enjoy each other’s company. Highly recommended.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi Terry, Thank you for your kind feedback! Our culinary team takes great pride in accommodating our guests' varying dietary preferences, and I'm glad to read everyone in your party enjoyed their meal. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back to Pelican Grill soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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