Pelican Grill

4.6
2267 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 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 2267 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IbrahimG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were extraordinary. Starting from the greeter to the waiter. The only issue is that the food was overpriced.

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vipRichardA
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, Fabulous! Best service with great views’ The Sea Bass was perfectly! Cant wait to come again.Ambiance is stellar too.

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JohnS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very slow service. Food such as mashed potatoes were cold. Bread was hard and not fresh. Linens were dirty.
For a high end restaurant it was not worth the visit. Most enjoyable part was spending time with my family.

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vipEucalyptus
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was as good as before the pandemic, however they did not serve cranberry bread any more regrettably! It is a good place for lunch!

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JCandSC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience3

The hostess, server and bus gal were polite but the food was disappointing. My husband had beef and he liked it. One of my girls had the ribs and she really liked that meal. My mom and I ordered a salad. It was awful. Salads are simple and shouldn’t be bad. The salad for me was the worst I have eaten in a very long time.

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vipmarchefan
Los Angeles
118 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The chicken Cesar had blackened chicken- had the menu said so, I would not have ordered it. The web site shows ahi on the menu, but it was not on our menu

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JosephL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I will definitely return.

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vipDennisK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and ambiance were all outstanding. So good to see the grill fully open again

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TammyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Ordered the wedge salad. It was not iceberg but butter lettuce. Which is not a wedge salad.

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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Pelican Grill maintains a lovely atmosphere, friendly servers, good food and the ever-engaging view. We will be back, of course.

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riceballexpress
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t sit at the end table on the veranda! Delivery trucks parked below keep their engines running and it’s quite noisy. Valentina and JC (Juan Carlos) took great of my party which included 4 people over 90. Fabulous service and delicious food!

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vipBarbeach
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

As places reopen, they are struggling ..
The server was great but the food fair..

We orderd a wedge salad and it should be with iceberg adn was served with butter lettuce and they fogot the blue sheese crumbles,..
we sent it back and got a ceasear- much better

Service was slow

Also , moisture from drinks was running on the table and they did not provide napkins or coasters..

For the prices they charge, they need to pay more attention to details..

It will be quite a while til I return

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring friends. Sonya was amazing and hooked us up with a great table to watch the sunset. Was an amazing experience. Great Bar service also!

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WilliamM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated an anniversary at the Pelican Grill. The service was very good and they generously provided a desert free of charge for our celebration.

The sea bass was fantastic and the wine selection was good.

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Vangied
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Got a little warm on the terrace but otherwise all was great.

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vipRobin
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

What a disappointing lunch. Front desk was professional, pleasant and seating was great. Waiter pressed to get us to order, even though plenty of empty tables. Both diners ordered wedge salad - one was made with romaine lettuce the other with bib lettuce?! Not much else to qualify it as a wedge salad. Best part of meal was the cappuccino which was tasty and hot!
Most disappointed as one expects more from Pelican Grille.
Hope this was an aberration.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty views.

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MariaL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Could not ask for better view! So glad you’ve opened. We’d been waiting. Missed you!

(Liked the previous Cobb Salad better)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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scottr
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the filet which was exceptional and the service was great.

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CatA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great lunch and golf…would have preferred a better table, but still great food and service!

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AmirS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Nice location. Fantastic view just before the sunset. As soon as the sun goes down you’ll see nothing but the bridge and darkness.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious, and the waiter was very attentive

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vipMikeyLaurita
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice, good service, lovely views. Bit pricey!

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KieraM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here! Robert was our server and he was great! We had a table outside with an incredible view. Would recommend.

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gpain
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service was very friendly and timely. The sea bass was so delicious, I savored every bite. My wife had the braised short rib and it melted in your mouth with a deep rich flavor. They have very good wines by the glass to complement the meal.

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JohnB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are So happy Pelican has opened up the Grill. This is been a weekly dinner spot for many years and having them closed do to the Coronavirus was a big void in life.
Our 1st visit last night was absolutely awesome! The Sea Bass was spot on, the Martini's were perfect and the sunset was amazing!!!! So very happy to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great experience there, Valentina was an excellent server and handled all our needs. The pizza was a bit disappointing but the sea bass and steak frites were outstandingly delicious. The drinks were made very well and overall we had a wonderful time there.

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vipAmyR
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to have lunch overlooking the golf course and the ocean. Great food and wonderful attentive service.

Pelican Grill
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you for joining us for lunch, Amy! I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback of the food and service you enjoyed, as well as the views! We look forward to welcoming you back to Pelican Grill soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The property is beautiful. Our server was very attentive. I had the sea bass and it was absolutely delicious!! The chef even came out to ask how the food was. We will be returning to try out the coliseum next!

Pelican Grill
Responded on June 10, 2021

Hello Michelle, Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill and sharing your kind review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dining experience, especially the Chilean sea bass, and look forward to welcoming you soon at the Coliseum Grill! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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vipFoodies
Orange County
176 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I believe this restaurant just opened again recently. Very limited menu, no valet parking, heat lamps outside did not appear to work
Service was good, food was good but not as good as in the past.

Pelican Grill
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hello Foodies, Thank you for taking the time to share your candid feedback, and I apologize that your recent visit at 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 soon. Kind regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Markymark
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Ocean Views, very Peaceful just the perfect place to take my Dad and family for a quiet dinner, loved it, would recommend

Pelican Grill
Responded on June 3, 2021

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

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ElissaB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was good but service was very poor. Our waiter disappeared for 30 minutes before dessert. The restaurant is also not practicing social distancing as tables were not 6 feet apart. Had to track down the manager and ask for the bill and he really could careless when telling him about the service.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 12, 2020

Hello Elissa, We apologize for your experience and appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention. Please know we've addressed your concerns on safety and service with our team, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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dailybread
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good ! Great view .... good food.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 12, 2020

Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill and sharing your kind review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience, and hope to welcome you back again soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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MATTHEWK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fantastic! Calimari, crab bisque, sirloin, then creme brulee was all 5 star. Our waiter was very attentive and the manager, Derek, was above and beyond. He made the experience closer to 10 stars. Period.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 13, 2020

Hello Matthew, Thank you for joining us at Pelican Grill! I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback of all the dishes you enjoyed, as well as your kind words about Derek! 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, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RakeshK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing and views were terrific. Note that a reservation allows access on to the property, not a seating time. I made a reservation for my wife's 40th birthday and requested seating with a view to make the celebration memorable. I checked in 5-minutes early and was told that the wait was 25-minutes for a table with a view. I returned after 30-minutes and the wait required an additional 10-15 minutes. I was finally seated one hour after my reservation time, which was very frustrating since we didn't see the sunset that I wanted to make the celebration memorable. The server and staff were polite and worked hard, but were forgetful of few items we ordered. Overall a good experience!

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 12, 2020

We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback about your dining experience. While we are disappointed to hear your birthday celebration was hampered by the seating delay, we do hope to see you back at Pelican Grill for a much-improved return in the future. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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ChristineH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day! Great views! Will definitely come again.

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 12, 2020

Hello Christine, Thank you for your kind feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back to Pelican Grill for a memorable return soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 12, 2020

Thank you for your kind feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back to Pelican Grill for a memorable return soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was soooo beautiful you could see the view of the ocean ... and the food was amazing !!!!! I would absolutely go back !!!

Pelican Grill
Responded on August 12, 2020

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

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vipJANE
Orange County
114 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Not organized. No one knowing what to do!!

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Pelican Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 2267 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.