Louie's by the Bay

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369 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Louie’s by the Bay is a modern Italian steakhouse located on the waterfront along picturesque Mariner's Mile in Newport Beach. With a 180-degree view of Newport Bay, a warm elegant design, and exceptional service, Louie's brings an unparalleled dining experience to Newport Beach. The restaurant is a collaboration between two legendary restaurateurs, Ron Salisbury of El Cholo and The Cannery, and Piero Selvaggio of Valentino’s in Santa Monica. The menu will feature authentic charcuterie and antipasti, unique pastas, prime steaks and chops, classic Italian desserts, and a truly exceptional wine list. Open for dinner nightly, with a lively and late-night cocktail scene.

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4.5based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmeggie
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Had a barking little dog next to us which was irritating My husband hates ( not fun to be around) when they allow dogs in a restaurant We had dogs and we never took them to a restaurant. Uncaring dog owner, not cool. Unsanitary to have animals in restaurant. Im a former restaurant owner for over 30 yrs and we only allowed true service dogs!!!

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vipMarkD
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goid food, good service, patio view is unmatched!

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vipkimc
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louie's atmosphere, service, and FOOD consistently delights, inside or out depending on ridiculous closures lately lol :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ambiance was great and service was good however food was subpar

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JohnS
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , great food overall awesome

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vipfriends
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this place. The decor & ambience are so enjoyable...staff is knowledgeable & friendly..and , of course, the food is excellent...our new favorite place😊

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ReiningK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table right in the water. Our server was superb! And the food was super yummy! Loved our experience!

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vipAlex346
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

COVID 19 rules not respected . Super crowded at the bar and lounge. all tables occupied, waiters and bussers no gloves . Mediocre food . Wedge salad tasteless. Salmon overcooked, halibut very salty. Panna cotta tasteless .
Good service and nice ambience and location .
This is an expensive restaurant. Not worthy

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vipsheilam
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here fairly often because we just love this restaurant! The owner Piero is always so welcoming and so is all of his staff. The food is superb, not to pricey and very fresh and well made. The wine is.....well you can guess! Service is always top notch. We have brought friends and business associates here to enjoy with us. And, so all in all, this is why we rate this restaurant at the top of our “go to” list for dinner and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most enjoyable experience I’ve had in a long time even more so during Covid.. great ambiance.. very one was friendly.. new favorite place

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vipStephenH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. We knew the Italian dishes would be great because we had dined often at Piero Selvaggio's Valentino and they did not disappoint: Loved our entrees: the Ossobuco and the Veal Saltimbocca with prosciutto, sage and fontina cheese in a wine reduction, and the Mandilli handkerchief pasta in creamy pesto sauce was delicious. The wine list is nothing like what Selvaggio kept in the cellar at Valentino, but the offerings were still quite good and fairly priced. View of Newport Harbor at sunset was a nice plus.

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Nancyh
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great location and nice views. Service was really slow and in attentive. Food was really bland and definitely not worth the price...

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice table by the window. Service was attentive. We ordered eggplant Parmesan which had a nice crisp crust and seafood pasta. Martinis are delicious!

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vipBrooke
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We really liked the atmosphere. It had a ralph lauren type décor and was great for a nice night out without having to fully dress up. We would definitely take friends here for a nice evening by the bay. The food was pretty good - We have found better Italian - but it was still a fun evening.

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vipBlakeV
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Location is superb as well and staff thoughtful.

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AndyP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't beat the ambiance of Louie's. The service has always been impeccable and the food is quite good.

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RonL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Poor food poor service way overpriced. I had a $62 rib eye that was about as good as a Sizzler steak. Took me 30 minutes to get my Tanq and Tonic had to ask 3 times and my guests didn’t get food they ordered. It was actually pretty bad.

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rick
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, experience was a ten. Our go to restaurant in Newport Beach. Great service, atmosphere, views. All good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great steak

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vipDouglas1
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New restaurant which doesn’t happen often so we were excited to try it out
Very pleased
Octopus appetizer, Oso buco and pepper spaghetti were all fantastic
View is great of the harbor
Only suggestion is specific to Covid
Would have preferred staff to wear gloves and require patrons to wear masks when walking around
Bar had people too close together with no masks
They could learn from the winery
We will return!

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KimW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish. Originally had a table in the bar area and our server was kind enough to move us to a table with a view. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We all enjoyed our dinner choices. My favorite was the octopus salad. Super flavorful. And the pastas were outstanding. Look forward to returning.

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vipGreatspot
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. So glad they reopened

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vipRobertB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Nice modern space with a view overlooking Newport harbor. Good cocktails made as requested. Food is the high point of this restaurant, all courses were well prepared and savory. Wine list is ok, selection of Italian wines is limited, vintages are young and the price points are high. Low point was the service....lacking judgement as to our pace, courses too close together, a big abrupt at times.
Return?....yes for the food.

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JonathanS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was outstanding, but the service was off. Cocktails arrived after appetizers were served, wine arrived after entrees, and even coffee arrived after we had finished dessert

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AlanM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant. The view, menu, wine list, and service was all exceptional! Also, the manager Vanessa, was a delight to speak to and very informative with the menu and the restaurant's history. :) Will definitely be back.

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vipAVMommy
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having dinner here. Delicious!

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vipsheilam
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here on multiple occasions and the food just gets better! The service is excellent, the ambiance is warm and inviting and the entire evening was extremely enjoyable. Cannot wait to return!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was bad fir the third time, Friday night special fish was out at 7:45 pm????, food is overpriced mediocrity. Will let all my friends at the country club know the go to A instead

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KentB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My ribeye was good but not excellent, red wine sauce was best part. Wife’s eggplant Parmesan had much more tomato sauce than other restaurants serve and overwhelmed the rest a bit but still good. Fries were served room temp (on purpose I guess) and the cheese and herb rub didn’t add a whole lot, and light salt and pepper instead would have been an improvement in my mind. Prosciutto appetizer was excellent as was the wine and dessert. Would go again but order differently. Crowd was lively and the view is fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great menu; extensive wine list; can be noisy if near the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The entire dining experience is always very enjoyable at Louie’s with one exception. As it get close to closing time the wait staff no longer checks on you to see if you have water. And there was someone from the kitchen staff who was giving me dirty looks, pacing back and forth, sighing loudly in an attempt to get us to leave early. This is the 2nd time it’s happened while dining there.

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vipLarryM
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a frequent diner, needing a restaurant to meet a good friend. Found Louie’s on Open Table, and its a gem. Food was perfect, salads, steak, eggplant parm. Wine list is a little young, but found a nice brunello to complete a terrific meal. Go there and enjoy!

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vipfave
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really enjoy every chance I get visiting Louie's! The entire experience from start to finish is always lovely. The staff really makes the difference - love the entire team!

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DeniseO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our local favorite places to eat on the water. This is a classy joint with great food, ambiance and location. I had a steak and my husband had the veal plus a side of mash potatoes (out of this world with flavor). No room for dessert but the menu looked great.

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JeffreyK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
Relaxed

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Malia87
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Menu.
Loved the Osso Bucco
Great service.
Enjoyed our dinner.

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vipSteaklover
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Valet parking a nightmare. Took 30 minutes to get my car after dinner. Can not recommend the restaurant until they get the valet parking service fixed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Way over priced. I know you are in Newport Beach, but really? You have a lot of competition so either price your menu reasonably or bring up your game on the food aspect. Valet parking 8.00????? Not needed either

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Valentines dinner at Louie’s. Everything from the food to service to views were perfect. We love it there!

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vipNorthShoreFoodie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing bar tender and whisky selection. A fun place to start for dinner. Wonderful atmosphere in general but we did wait longer than expected to be seated (about an hour after our confirmed reservation). Although the restaurant had multiple open tables I felt rushed. I was surprised when we were not offered coffee or desert and received the check without asking for it. Other simple mishaps but good food and overall a good experience.

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Louie's by the Bay offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 720-1800.

Louie's by the Bay is rated 4.5 stars by 369 OpenTable diners.

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