Pelican Grill

4.6
2385 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.

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
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JonathanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Party of 9 and party of 3 we all had lunch same day. Service was ok but noise made service communication awkward. Only a couple of the various meals were “good”. Several, salads in particular were very disappointing. View so nice made the day pleasant but had higher expectations for the price point. Hostesses, valet and server all friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great views & food , great service as well

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MatthewM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated on the balcony. Nice view of the Pacific. The food was exceptional. The service was professional and timely.

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mema
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Beautiful location, lovely view. The restaurant is very pretty. The outdoor space was comfortable and spacious.
The service was ok. Coffee not refilled, we had to ask. Had to ask twice for sweetener and frankly, it wasn't that busy. Not many choices for vegetarians. I had the chicken and bacon taken off the cobb salad. Salad menu was weak. My husband loved his pizza. It is truly a beautiful setting and that outweighed everything else. I would go back again and would recommend the Pelican Grill to friends.

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schnoozie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food. Ambiance and views above and beyond

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ConstanceM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food waas excellent. I like the salads with lots of fresh, quality green leaf vegetables like spinach, endive, kale, and lettuce.

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DianeR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personal and professional service! Pelican Hill presents a delicious and beautiful culinary experience. The spectacular setting, the Venetian rooms and veranda, the spacious seating and unhurried atmosphere- all create a unique and sophisticated dining venue - but with an informal golf club flair. Truly, we love this Newport Beach destination for lunch and dinner!!!

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vipKellyB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening!!

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martinb
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pelican Grill in the Pelican Hill resort is a fabulous five star deal: they offer free parking and stunning sunsets. Arrive early with sunglasses and try to get a table on the terrace facing the Pacific sunset. Food and wine prices are very reasonable considering that you are in one of the most luxurious resorts south of LAX.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and amazing food all recommended by our great server Mehdi. 100% will be returning

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind review! We'll be sure to personally thank Mehdi for making your visit that much more memorable, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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Natalie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I chose this place because of the view. It's sad because the food does not match the view or ambience. I wanted to love the place. We ordered a total of 6 dishes and only one dish was mediocre. Overly salted. The pizza was so soggy. If you held the slice of pizza, it could bend and all the cheese fall off. I also order the chicken with grits and the chicken was rubbery and slimy. I didn't like that. Grits is grits and even that was off in taste. The beef short rib sauce was so salty. The steak was the only plate that was decent. The cesar salad was wilted lettuce. I prefer a crispy romaine. The food was not good at all so please don't expect anything. The staff was so nice though. That's the only thing that really saved me from complaining.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hello Natalie, Thank you for your candid feedback. Please know we've shared your feedback with our culinary team, and we look forward to welcoming you back for a much-improved dining experience soon. Kind regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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vipRichardT
Oklahoma City
57 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paige did an awesome job and we truly enjoyed ourselves

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hello Richard, Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill and sharing your kind words about Paige! We will be sure to pass along your feedback to her also, and hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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Joseph
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very nice and relaxing place to visit an have an informal lunch with a friend or loved ones!!

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
116 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband's 70th birthday for lunch and sat on their outside terrace. Beautiful weather added to the wonderful view. Very relaxing. Bread basket had rye and pretzel rolls. We liked the rye. Husband had the pork chop which he loved. They substitute the mash potatoes for vegetables, thank you!! I had the kale salad with added chicken. It was very tasty too. I ordered they prosecco which was very nice. For dessert we had the key lime pie which was great and not too sweet), gelato so yummy, I picked pistachio (my fav), vanilla and passion fruit, all homemade and they gave my husband a s'mores like cake on the house for his birthday, very thoughtful! Our waiter was James C. He was fantastic. An added note: My husband left his wallet in the car and the valet person brought it to the hostess. When my husband went out to get it, he kindly walked my husband to get it. Very impressive!

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you for choosing Pelican Grill for your husband's milestone birthday celebration! I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback of all the dishes you enjoyed, as well as your kind words about James and our valet! Please know I'll pass along your comments to them also, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again very soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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vipJasonB
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation with family, great service great food great view.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

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

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alee
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. One of the best lunches I've ever had. The waitress and wait staff were attentive and met all are desires and requests. They went above the call of duty.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you for joining us for lunch this weekend! We appreciate the kind feedback and hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The lady in the front desk was not nice to help us set up the table.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your candid feedback with us, and I apologize that your arrival experience was anything less than the warm welcome we aim to provide all of our guests. Please know that we've addressed your concerns with our leadership and team, and we hope to regain your trust for an improved visit in the future. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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fredb
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view from patio
Great food @ price I would expect from pelican grill. Best attentive waiterJames

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 27, 2021

Fred, thank you for taking the time to pass along your kind feedback about James! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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Intelatin
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary at the Pelican Hill pool cabanas and Pelican Grill. The service was VIP. The short ribs and the steak frites were delicious. The guitarist at the pool was fun. We had a great time as a family. The only thing that wasn't properly made was the Bombolini but after such a lovely day, it didn't matter to us.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

Happy anniversary! Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us at Pelican Hill and taking the time to share such a kind review of your experience. We hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great atmosphere and gorgeous views! Superior service, delectable gourmet food and supreme beverage menu with all your fav’s! We enjoyed our time and meal while sipping our fav Champs! Veuve Clicquot! It is now our goto weekly!

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you for being a loyal guest of ours! We look forward to welcoming you back to Pelican Grill again soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff did everything to accommodate our toddler and made our day !

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for bringing your little foodie to Pelican Grill! We hope to welcome you back for another family meal soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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Clara
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you very much for an unforgettable experience. We have had an amazing time. The table that we were assigned was the best of the best and make a big difference. I am really thankful. This was my first time in a restaurant after the pandemic. My mom just came form Mexico to eat at the pelican so I am very thankful for the table and the great service. The ambience was incredible as the service and of course the food was delicious. THANK YOU!!!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share such a kind review, Clara! We are thrilled to be safely serving guests again, and it was a pleasure to welcome you and your mom for your first outing. We hope there will be many more to come! All the best, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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MaryW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Chilean Sea Bass!!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Hi Mary, The Chilean Sea Bass is definitely a guest favorite - I'm so glad you enjoyed it too! Thanks for taking the time to share your great feedback! Best, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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vipJasonB
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniverary

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Happy anniversary, Jason! Thanks for celebrating with us! Cheers, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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ArthurG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I have been to PH Grill many times and have to say that this visit was very disappointing. We had to wait a very long time to order. Once served the food was not prepared very well. One finished we again had to wait for the bill. Overall our experience was not good this visit.

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vipDavidS
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was not as special as the view of the ocean at sunset. The salmon was pedestrian and the spare rib lacked in sophisticated flavor…all in all, perfunctory food.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Hello David, I apologize that your meal itself fell short of Pelican Grill's ambiance and appreciate you taking the time to share your candid feedback. Please know I've addressed your comments on the salmon and short rib dishes with our culinary team as we look to continually improve our guests' experience with us. Thank you again for your insights, and we hope to welcome you back for an improved visit in the future. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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dlove
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovey interiors, amazing outside views. Friendly staff. Great if you’re staying at the hotel.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for dining at Pelican Grill! We appreciate you taking the time to share your kind feedback! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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vipVeee
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Breanna was delightful-
Food was amazing - great service

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for passing along the kind feedback about Breanna! We hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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DaveR
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing! We sat on the patio and watched the sun go down over the ocean. Nice way to celebrate our anniversary.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you Dave! Pelican Grill is truly one of the best spots to watch the sunset, and I'm so glad to read you enjoyed your dinner. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for sharing your great experience! We hope to see you soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mehdi, the manager/supervisor and the hostess were all awesome

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for your kind feedback about Mehdi - we hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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vipJamonJo
London
50 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an excellent time and enjoy the food and atmosphere

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

We're so glad to hear it! Thanks again for dining with us, and we'll see you again soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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celineB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and the most scenic views. Such a beautiful establishment. Thank you for the customer service and attentiveness

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

We appreciate your thoughtful review, Celine! Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Pelican Grill - we hope to have the privilege of serving you again soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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cameron
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We were seated outside and had an amazing view. The staff was great and they truly made dinner more like an event than a meal. We will be back.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Hi Cameron, Belated congratulations to your parents on such an incredible milestone. We were honored to be a part of the celebrations and look forward to seeing your family again. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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vipBobbyG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS! Great Venue, Great Food, Great Service. Kind of a "best kept secret" if you have not dined here before. You will definitely want to go back.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for the kind review Bobby! We appreciate you spreading the word about our "best kept secret." Until next time! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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David
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good-no issues-will
return!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you, David! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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AlanS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I brought my friends to Pelican Hills with me and they said they will be a regular customer. They loved the experience and me and my wife also loved it.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2021

Alan, thank you for sharing Pelican Hill with your friends! We appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you and your wife back soon. Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director

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ToddyC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wonderful view awesome food! We had a special dining experience with our son and his gf… 18 month anniversary (I didn’t know that was a

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 3, 2021

Hello Toddy, Thank you for choosing Pelican Grill to celebrate your son's anniversary! We look forward to welcoming you back for a memorable return soon! Warm regards, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Newport
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding! Ate on the patio, which was crowded at a Sunday lunch, lots of buzz. Food was very good; a straight forward menu of starters, salads, pizzas and sandwiches. We had the Scotch egg (very good) and side of smoked mushrooms (bland) to start, then the turkey BLT (best we've ever had) and the Bianca pizza (which had minimal proscuitto and arugala). Overall a fine experience and we will be back.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you for joining us for lunch last Sunday! I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback of all the dishes you enjoyed, 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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Mindfultraveler168
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pleasant setting and quality food - very comfortable dinning experience!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 3, 2021

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, Gerard Widder Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Pelican Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 2385 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.