Louie's by the Bay

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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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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

So many great things about this place but still need improving for the price.

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JD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice views and great food!

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E
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I HAVE RECOMMENDED THIS RESTUARANT TO A NUMBER OF FRIENDS

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a casual evening with friends, first time there and we all loved it! Can’t wait to go back.

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BJ
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I'll give it another try at at bar but it was just meh given the prices. Even if it was a little cheaper I'd still expect a bit more.

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RA
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!
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m
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

the reservation made on open table did not match what was requested....table by the window somehow became translated as table for 4 at bar table. the food is just mediocre...and this is the 2nd trip.
decor, ambiance and service all good.

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T
Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, Food and Atmosphere are all exceptional. Harbor view out of most tables adds to a truly sublime dining experience. This part of town that has many great options for dining and Louie's is second fiddle to none. My starter was a simple spaghetti cacio e pepe. A simple light dish with loads of flavor. My entree was a veal chop moist and tender just as it should be. Service timing and table contact could not have been better. A superior experience. Enjoy-

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went to the restaurant with another couple for our anniversaries. Service was not that great as our waiter seemed to be busy with too many other tables. Food was very good. Biggest disappointment was valet service. They charge $7 for 3-1/2 hours. We finished at 3 hrs and 40 min. One of us was charged an extra dollar per their rates and the other was charged and extra 2 dollars for the same time. A little nit picky we thought.

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JL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual & loved the fresh halibut ! We brought friends who had not been yet & they loved Louie's too!

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a
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beet salad was wonderful and enough for 2. The grilled octopus salad was creative. We shared the Florentine Porterhouse Steak for 2. It was tender and tasty.

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F
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, great service, great food, however we ordered sides for the table of 4 and received such a small portion it barely served 2 but the price was extremely high. The restaurant is very pricey. We enjoyed our evening there until we received the bill.

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JS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and very courteous and helpful. The food and ambiance are excellent! Definitely would go back again for brunch!

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BD
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happening place. Fantastic location with large window view of Newport Bay. Service staff well trained. Food excellent.

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the dinner with our friends and will be back for more!

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SN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Very overpriced and horribly noisy. My salmon was dry and other food just average. Truffle fries were ok. Beautiful view and our waiter was fantastic. Expensive valet parking. Won’t go back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was average, small side portions- probably one and done, great views of the bay- but lots of places with much better food

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TJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a new fav of ours! We've been there twice and loved it both times!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks and outstanding pasta dishes...authentic pasta like cacia e pepe, an Italian version of mac and cheese, much less cheese, more flavor with a pepper accent. Lovely.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice table near the water. Every dish we ordered was amazing and I tried a new wine from Sicily that now I’ll have to visit the winery on my next trip to Italy. Our host, Piero, made us feel very welcomed. The service and ambiance are exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Over all, we had a nice evening there. We had asked for a window table thru Open table and we’re not granted that originally. We ended up waiting for a bit and then were sat at a very nice table. Service was excellent, and the food was very tasty as well.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything!! Can’t say enough about our entire experience ♥️ From the girls at check in to Manuel at the bar to Kiani our server what a wonderful team! And thank you to the fantastic chefs! The food was fabulous! Our anniversary was complete! We will be back soon! We watched this restaurant be built and trust me it was worth the wait! Xoxo

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L
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful and the food and service was excellent cannot wait to go back

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LY
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Louie and the wines were really amazing. I will definitely go back very soon.

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This has become a new go to place for us. Management hands on and personal makes a difference. Wonderful variety of menu choices. Seafood and pasta are standouts, but no doubt the meat will be as well. Just haven't tried any yet.

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OT
Orange County
126 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very responsive, courteous and directed a Team of servers that provided an outstanding meal. The "special" zucchini blossom appetizer stuffed with cheese was unreal!! Nice table for two at the waters edge. Would strongly recommend for those wishing exceptionally prepared food, great service and a happy atmosphere. A must for dining in Orange County!!

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C
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Great view. Service was excellent. Sommelier picked out a great bottle of Italian wine that was reasonably priced. But I think they still have some work to do to dial in the food. For the price, the quality should be better. I will say the pasta dish we had was good. The King Salmon though was a little dry and boring.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant. We had lasagna which was good not great. Everything else was fantastic and we will order differently next time.

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M
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Piero is the best.

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TJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Can’t wait to go back!

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JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Cocktail was weak.... My dinner arrived just as my wife was finishing hers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The view is great but as others had commented the service was terrible. Jessica was our server and she seemed irritated and aloof. We had to ask for drink refills and remind her when they weren’t filled. There was a bus woman who was engaging and funny. Five stars for her. Overall $200+ per couple doesn’t warrant a return.

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HR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Piero sat us at a wonderful window table (it was raining). Quiet - at the end near the fireplace.

Our server, Glenn did a great job. We ordered "by course" with no problem.

Our busboy, (name unknown) took the initiative and split the Chilean Sea Bass entree for my wife and our guest.

Each dining experience has been great!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. A restaurant on the water worth going to.

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AC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ambiance was great. very up-to-date interior and felt very comfortable. Main room a little larger than i thought, and not as intimate as is would like for high end Italian steakhouse. Felt cramped with too many tables. Food was terrific and service outstanding.

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EN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant & nice setting on the bay. No bar service for 45 minutes while waiting for our reservation. Once we did sit down at our table the service was excellent. The food was good but very overpriced. I won’t be returning.

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CL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. The food was excellent and the furnishings warm and inviting. Our waiter was especially attentive and because it was a birthday dinner, they added an extra level of care that was appreciated by our visiting guests.

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ML
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced and extremely disappointing. They consider themselves an Italian steakhouse but the Italian dishes were bland. Lasagna was recommended by the server—dry and tasteless sauce. Similar sauce on chicken parm and gnocchi. Meh. Chopped salad was the best of all but overpriced at 18. They eventually plan to charge $4 for bread. Corkage is $30 with a poorly written message discouraging you to bring your own (photo).

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S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We went for brunch. Very limited selection of food which was served lukewarm at best and the fish was not fresh.

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KR
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I did like the restaurant and the staff and management were very kind, but it somehow missed the mark. We went for brunch and it was Mother's Day, however they were not busy, they had open tables and there was no one on line waiting for a seat. I thought the food was OK, nothing exceptional, but good. The drink list was great, nice traditional Italian Cafe favorites. The food took a long time and the manager did apologize, My wife had "eggs in purgatory", which had a ton of sauce and no bread, bread is part of it. My Eggs Benedict were nothing special, but good. Primarily, we saw a lot of our waiter hanging out at the bar, addressing a table next to ours, several times and then darting away. A simple "is everything ok?" would have been lovely. Even our empty glasses didn't seem to provide a clue.

I loved the interior, the seating was a little crowded. I don't think I'll be back, and if I do return, I'll sit at the bar.

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