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Tue, 4/24
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8:30 PM
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Pelican Grill

4.6
1544 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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 Jean-Pierre Dubray 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 467-5802
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jean-Pierre Dubray
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pelican Hill Road and Newport Coast Drive
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet or Self Parking.
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Entertainment
Pop-Rock and Blues featured Thursday - Saturday, 7pm - 11pm
*Band start time subject to Sporting Event schedules.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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5.0Dined 8 hours ago

Beautiful ocean view, nice restaurant, service is nice. Love to come back here.

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5.0Dined a day ago

A truly outstanding, memorable dining experience! Highly recommended. My wife and I were promptly seated near the window (as requested) in a beautifully appointed restaurant setting. My wife had to have their signature entree, the pan-seared Chilean Sea Bass, which was amazing. Prepared just right atop a bed of black rice, it was very tasty. I had the ‘best ever’ crab cake for starters, which truly was memorable due to its top quality and complex and enjoyable tastes. We would highly recommend this restaurant for a nice, quiet, date night. Service was impeccable. Prices were reasonable. Bravo!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service! We celebrated my mother's birthday here. Everything we ordered was great and they tolerated our kids (which is saying a lot!!). Everyone had a great time!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

chicken way too salty

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Good all around.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Excellent food and service. View is outstanding. Wonderful ambiance. Wine list is bit pricey.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It’s a beautiful restaurant. Sit outside and enjoy the views of the ocean.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazing experience! The Lobster mac brought me closer to Jesus. Service was incredible!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Spectacular sunset views on the veranda

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

great food. great service. best bang for your buck.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The atmosphere at The Pelican Grill is upscale/casual. We were seated at a quiet window seat, with a view.
Our server, Michael, was wonderful. My husband and I both ordered one of the chef’s specials: Chilean Sea Bass over black rice with a divine coconut/orange sauce. OMG...totally fresh and exciting!
Finished the lunch meal with a latte and a complimentary happy birthday dessert!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Beautiful view, 2nd to none! Sat outside on patio with ceiling heat lamps and glass barrier, very cozy. Butternut squash soup was incredible, crab cake on bed of avocado also delicious. Lobster Mac was tasty too! Steak and Halibut were just OK, but all in all the pelican grill is a solid choice, and I would happily return.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Went there and had a beautiful table for eight. We were celebrating something special for one of our friends. Although the waiter was very attentive when he was there, he served at dinner and never came to see if everything was okay. I will table was in a remote little area so nobody came by. Two people needed spoons for spaghetti. The whole meal was done before anyone came by. Also, have been there in the past and the food was much better. Had the CIA peony and it was Flavor less. They checked $4 extra to have pasta and they gave you a spoonful of pasta practically. That was really ridiculous.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a lovely brunch on the patio and everything from the service to the location was fantastic.
My husband had the eggs Benedict and loved it, which is a big deal since he’s particular about the details. Eggs were cooked perfectly over ham and English muffin, all topped with their decadent hollandaise sauce. Rest of the party had smoked salmon, steak and eggs ( steak was cooked to a ‘T’ )and I had the fish and chips. Tartare sauce was a bit runny, but otherwise we all enjoyed our meals.
Michael our server was on the button without being intrusive and made sure everything was to put satisfaction.
Highly recommend the blood orange mimosas too.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Anniversary and the team serving us was great. Filet Mignon tops. All food very nicely and though fully prepared. Kitchen great. Jesse great. Sweet end with a cute complimentary anniversary dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great view of the sunset from the terrace about 7:00pm.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Usually enjoy this restaurant but my latest visit was a mess. From poor reservation planning to rude service and broken dishes - I’m not sure I’ll return for a while.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent service and tasty food. View was beautiful and very relaxing. Love this place.

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We were seated on the patio and had a nice partial view of the ocean. The service is great and the staff is very accommodating. The quality of the food is mediocre and definitely not worth the high prices. I feel as if you are paying more for the view and service than the quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Pleasure meeting Chef Erik Sandven at the Pelican Grill. Such a delight returning here and consuming "plenus oculi" views, and savoring world class cuisine (Loved the Le Creuset). Hello to Marc Johnson (California Culinary Academy of San Francisco).

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Really great experience at the Pelican Grill. My boyfriend and I bought a travelzoo voucher for $39 and our waiter was so so so amazing he told us we can get anything up to an $80 value and he will just take it off our bill when we order whatever else we want. So to start we got the butternut squash soup and my boyfriend got the chicken tortilla soup. BEST butternut squash soup I’ve ever had. It was so creamy and perfect. For our entrees I got the Chilean Seabass with Black forbidden rice. OMG OMG OMG it was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. My boyfriend got the half chicken and it was so flavorful. When we were done and our waiter brought our meal, he applied his magic to the bill and we only paid $20!! Anthony was the sweetest guy he really cared about out happiness and comfort as guests at the restaurant more than anything else and I loved that. After he generated our bill, we decided we wanted coffee so instead of generating a new bill, he just made our cappuccino’s on the house. Great view, great food, and great coffee. What more could I ever want in Newport!!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was delicious, fresh and beautiful! Service is good, view is fantastic! It deserves at least one Michelin Star.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful Easter brunch. Service was spot on, drinks were great & the mains were flavorful & right sized.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We stayed Pelican Hills resort for wedding anniversary and then visited Pelican Grill for dinner. The atmosphere was very nice although it was a little dark. We enjoyed the excellent dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Sitting on the patio, you have beautiful view of the ocean. There are patio heaters and blankets are offered if chilly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

EXCEPTIONAL food and service were terrific. Chilean sea bass soooooo gooood. The BEST view in So Cal.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was delicious. Service was amazing and very friendly. Accommodating for children as well.

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Well it was great until I found out that they never put my Lobster in my to go box. They keep it they only put the steak. Not cool when you payed $79.00 for the meal.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Drove to restaurant just fine option to self park was nice. Got seated in right away after checking in. Ambiance was pleasant. It was great to see the kitchen open to the restaurant. It was good. Had the corned beef since it was St Patrick’s Day. The meat was very tender and flavorful. Enjoyed the brussel sprouts.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

What a beautiful restaurant! We were greeted by name at the table by our waiter. The table that had an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. An amazing sunset was the back drop as we dined on a crabcake appetizer and glass of wine. Followed by an awesome dinner, I had the Chilean sea bass and my husband had the salmon. Both delicious ! Followed by a decadent lava cake and coffee with baileys! Yum
Worth the drive and the extra bucks for a romantic dinner with the hubs!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Waited more than 20 minutes for a table with a reservation. Food however, was outstanding. Waitstaff hustled, but bar service was slow.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My waiter was Excellent! The rolls are Amazing & Delicious!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was very nice, food excellent, service great. The noise level was loud. We moved to The patio where it was much better but cool. We don’t feel comfortable in a loud place. Don’t know if we would return on a week end

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was excellent.

Service was impeccable

Been there three / four times.

Looking forward to the next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great dinner, great location!!! Excellent ambiance out on the heated patio!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was everything I could ever hope for in a restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very, very enjoyable on all counts. The food flavors were varied and delicious. Service was outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Loved dining here! Excellent service. Anthony was wonderful and so gracious. The food was excellent. The view was a real plus! It was our first time dining there. We sat in the outdoor patio and it was divine.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

All of the employees were very nice and very attentive!! Including the valet who welcomed us in an awesome way.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Thanks for making my birthday special!

Thanks again Meko Mcthomas

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