Pelican Grill

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and excellent service. We came October 13th around 5 30 in the evening for our 1st wedding anniversary, We loved the food and we had a great time!

RT
Oklahoma City
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint with this establishment our the prices for their wine's & cocktails. Yes it's a resort town etc but $15 for a screwdriver or $18-$22 for a glass of wine is a little high. But if you're not drinking booze I highly recommend this place

V
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fabulous views and terrific food!

a
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal while celebrating our anniversary. Armin was an excellent waiter and checked on us at just the right frequency. I had the filet and my wife had the salmon. All food was cooked perfectly and was served hot. It came right from the kitchen. Overall excellent food and service.

Pelican Grill
Responded 7 days ago

Happy anniversary! We're so honored you chose to celebrate at Pelican Grill and appreciate you leaving such thoughtful feedback about your dinner. Please know I've passed along your kind words on the filet and salmon to our culinary team, and we hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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LS
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. After a tough travel day I showed up in yoga pants and was treated with just as much care as prior visits when I was dressed for fine dining. Service was outstanding, food and wine wonderful (beet salad the best I’ve had) and ambiance amazing. Enjoyed a wonderful relaxing dinner watching the sunset.

Pelican Grill
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill and taking the time to share this kind feedback with us! I'm proud to read our team helped turn your day around, and we look forward to welcome you back for more beet salad and sunset views very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary with our 2 young kids and our parents. We have always wanted to try this restaurant. The Valet staff were friendly and fast. The hostess greeted us and were seated within 5-10min. We requested to be seated outside. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Even though the chefs were busy they still acknowledged guests as they walked by. The restaurant was very clean and very comfortable. The musician was a nice touch and added nicely to the Sunday brunch ambiance. We ordered the mahi sandwich, French toast, Caesar salad with salmon, and the Fish and Chips style entree. The food was presented nicely and flavorful. We will definitely be back again - hopefully next time just my husband and I and will experience the whole resort.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location, great service. Weather was great too on outside patio. Only occasional problem was deafeningly loud cars racing past - probably a weekend occurrence?.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill this weekend! We appreciate your thoughtful review and hope to welcome you back to Pelican Hill soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Place was dead on a beautiful Friday evening. Waited over an hour for food... service was slow. Place could use some updating.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hi Beedub, I apologize for the unacceptable service delays you experienced this Friday and am disappointed that your overall dining experience missed the mark. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your candid feedback with us and hope to welcome you back to Pelican Hill for a much-improved visit in the future. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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BA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Ivan and the rest of the staff for making my daughter's 4th birthday dinner very special. We will be back soon! THANK YOU!

Pelican Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Blake, Thank you for celebrating with us at Pelican Grill! I'm proud to read Ivan made your daughter's celebrations extra special, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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h
Sacramento
82 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great food and wonderful views.

Pelican Grill
Responded 7 days ago

Annie, thank you for visiting Pelican Grill and sharing your kind feedback. We hope to welcome you back for another delicious visit soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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c
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous for lunch, we ate on the terrace facing the air show. That was an extra plus. Many great items on the menu, but not confusing. Not enough self-parking spaces.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill this weekend, Cielo! Please know that for our guests' convenience, complimentary valet parking is available for you. I'm glad to read you enjoyed lunch, and we hope to welcome you back to Pelican Hill soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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JC
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chilean seabass is my favorite. It's very moist and flavorful upon the black forbidden rice.

Pelican Grill
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for visiting Pelican Grill! The Chilean Sea Bass is one of our most popular dishes, and I'm glad to read you enjoyed it as well! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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JP
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

Still a personal favorite if only for the ambiance. The view is breathtaking and my guests always love that part. Today however, the food fell short of its usual uninspiring effort. It was approaching inedible. I was borderline embarrassed to have suggested the location for brunch. A small investment in better food would make this place so much better.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hello JP, I appreciate your candid feedback and apologize that your recent visit to Pelican Grill fell so short of your expectations. I did want to share that Pelican Hill released their new Fall/Winter menu the week following your meal with us, 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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F
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my Dad to brunch as part of a “thank you” for staying with our daughter while we had to travel. It did not disappoint! We had a lovely view of the marina that we enjoyed while having brunch. The food was really good, and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back again.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for thinking of Pelican Grill for this special meal with your dad! I'm glad to read you enjoyed a lovely visit together and hope to welcome you back very soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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C
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A++++ Wonderful dinner, amazing food! I will be back and i will definitely recommend it to my family & friends!

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hello Cray, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive review - and for recommending Pelican Grill to your friends and family! We truly appreciate your visit and hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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LF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, Surf and Turf was fantastic!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 26, 2019

Hello Larry, Thank you for your kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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OJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great place to have dinner and relax along with the view. The service is great and the meals are perfect.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 27, 2019

Oliver, Thank you for joining us for dinner at Pelican Grill this week! I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal, 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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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!
My friends and I enjoyed it a lot
Seafoods was fresh steaks so tender service too good.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for bringing your friends to Pelican Grill! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to welcoming you back for another delicious meal soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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CW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents and I had an amazing time at the Grill. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. Since we were celebrating an anniversary, the Manager and even the head chef came by to say congratulations. My mother mentioned she felt like the only one there and thus felt special.
I believe are server name was Brian and he was fantastic. He knew the menu very well and was very attentive.
We will be back!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 26, 2019

Hi Courtney, It was a pleasure to be a part of your parents' anniversary celebrations! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback with us, and I'll be sure to share your kind words with Brian as well. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is relaxing and beautiful with panoramic views of the sunset. Food is always consistent. Two of our guests ordered the double pork chop which was a little fattier than usual. Other than that, it was 5 stars! The shrimp cocktail appetizer is always a standout.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 25, 2019

Gayle, Thank you for having dinner at Pelican Grill this weekend! I appreciate your thoughtful feedback and have passed along your comments on the pork chop to our culinary team as well. We hope to welcome you back to Pelican Hill soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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JF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and attentive service. Our waiter Valentina was the best.

Pelican Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you, Joe! We appreciate your kind feedback about Valentina 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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B
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding meal, with a magnificent view of the sunset and impeccable service! What more could you ask for. Our waiter, Brian, was exceptional as was all of the staff!

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 23, 2019

Burleigh, Thank you for your kind words about Brian! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed a wonderful 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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KI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

2 servers poured water on the table and neither cleaned it up. Only half of the specials were shared and I had to ask for the others after over hearing them from another table. The caesar salad was awful - it's hard to screw up a caesar salad.

I had an incredible experience at the Grill last year, but this time was very disappointing.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 23, 2019

Kim, I apologize that your return to Pelican Grill fell so short of the first visit you enjoyed with us, and I'm disheartened by the service missteps you describe. Please know I've addressed your concerns with our leaders and shared your feedback on the Caesar salad with our culinary team as well. We truly appreciate your insight and hope to regain your trust for a much-improved return soon. Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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RJ
SW Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hello Roger, Thank you for your kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards, Tom Donovan Managing Director, The Resort at Pelican Hill

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TP
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2019

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 on September 17, 2019
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 on September 20, 2019

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 on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place in Newport Coast! Even free parking.

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 20, 2019

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 16, 2019

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 on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in all ways

Pelican Grill
Responded on September 16, 2019

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 on September 16, 2019

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
4 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 on September 16, 2019

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 on September 16, 2019

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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OT
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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