Louie's by the Bay

4.4
207 reviews
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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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JJ
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food and service. Our waitress was quite thoughtful and courteous. She presented the
menu and specials with knowledgeable input.

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EH
Austin
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. Recommend getting a drink at the bar too!

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CT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic food, great staff, beautiful view and engaging bar.

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. Food was fabulous, lasagna the best ever. One of our guests said, "This is the best fish I ever tasted." (Chilean Sea Bass) Piero was the consummate host and recommend some fabulous wines. Noise level was a little high, but everyone was just having a great time! We'll certainly be going back soon!

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m
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Harbor views are beautiful! Decor and ambiance are very nice! My beet salad was excellent, pasta special was good and chocolate cake was fantastic!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a good friends birthday and wanted to try this restaurant for the first time! It did not disappoint! Loved the design, decor and food. It was a little too pricey though for planning just another night out with our friends.

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JL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Louie's frequently & are always pleased! We take all our family members & friends & I tell everyone I know to to to Louie's. Keep up the good work! (& good food!)

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed! Beautiful decor. Warm feeling. Owners there and greeting as we came and left . Charming ! Highly recommended!

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KF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance and amazing food. Had a great time and would recommend it highly!

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N
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great location and views. Very noisy. Food is pricey but good. Our server was not good and was not consistent with the experience we were expecting nor the experience I am sure management expects for their customers. The server at the tables next to ours was outstanding as we could overhear how he was taking care of his guests. We were jealous we didn't get him and upset we got stuck with the one we had.

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Although the food is not bad it is way overpriced for the quality. At $50 bucks an entree, I should be wowed. Was not wowed. Lamb chops were huge but did not have a rich lamb flavor. Cioppino broth was average at best. Thought for price there should be more seafood in it or the quality of the seafood should have been much higher. Waiter was somewhat attentive until our food came and then we didn’t see him again until dessert time. Never checked in on food. The views are awesome though and the decor is excellent. Noisy but they are not going for the quiet romantic vibe. I’d go back for cocktails and appys. But at that price for entrees there are many better options. Cannery for example. I give yes to recommend for the views and ambience.

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KP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Very very nice ambiance, the restaurant is right on the bay. Service is very attentive - drinks were great. The food is good but not amazing. One big negative is the acoustics: once the restaurant starts to get busy you can not hear yourself think, much less have a conversation.
The other big negative is the valet parking situation: the parking lot simply is not big enough to accommodate all of the cars that need to be parked. It was a stalled out traffic jam on Saturday night - we finally got our own keys (after paying a $7.00 valet fee) and then sat in the traffic jam trying to get around and out the driveway for about 45 minutes.
So, if you're going to go, I would recommend going on a weekday if you can so that hopefully noise level is less and valet will hopefully be able to take and bring back your car in a timely manner.

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Y
Orange County
128 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous on all counts: Menu, food, service, setting.

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HU
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was excited to try it but was very disappointed. Food was mediocre and service was not very good. I would not recommend it and I will not return.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We were seated right next to the bar which was very crowded, and in particular we were next to a very loud and rowdy group of people. They were using a lot of profanity and yelling. The manager kept apologizing to us, but he didn’t offer to move us (there were plenty of better tables open) and the situation continued throughout more than half of our meal.

The food was ok; the server was embarrassed as well about the terrible noise. We couldn’t hear each other speaking nor what the server was saying. It was a very disappointing meal and experience. Nothing was offered to rectify the situation. In retrospect, we should have left.

We will not return nor recommend to other friends. Definitely do not sit near the bar if you want to have a conversation with other dinner guests.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, attentive service and fun atmosphere. The food is okay. The shrimp was served with shell on and was hard to eat. Other entrees were fine but not great. Go for atmosphere, not food.

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TD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening to share with a friend on his birthday. Everyone was very kind. Happy to recommend - and thank the good people at Louie’s.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was experienced
Food and ambiance was great!!

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CL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Salad and entrees came out at the same time? Medium filet was cold in the center.

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BD
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot, great water views, attentive service, and wonderful food. Great addition to Newport Beach.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nikky was great. We will be back!!

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JL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We take all our friends & family members to Louie's! We love it for every reason! And thank you for accomodating our seating request!

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l
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Billy was great. Steaks are overpriced but very good.

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GZ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was very excited to eat there. I made a reservation, but was sat by a large party. The waitress was enthusiastic and welcoming, but midway the bus boy was more attentive (who was extremely nice). The food was okay. I ordered the lasagna. It could have been hotter and the presentation of food was disappointing. I don’t mind paying for good food when there’s great service and presentation, but Louie’s by the Bay did not meet our expectations for what they are charging for their food. Plus, if someone makes a reservation and says they haven’t seen someone in a year, you’d think they’d place you in a more intimate table instead of by a large table. Overall, we were disappointed. However, the interior was well designed.

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f
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Ok honestly.. this location seems to turn over faster than some of my 909 properties.

Great location... really it's on the waterfront., guest slip limited to about 30'
The menu seemed a little limited IMO. My real nit is that they charge you $5 for "bread service" and if that was not enough girls had bottle of wine OK selection. Guys each had scotch.. guess what were charged $3 per drink for ICE..REALLY Not going back....ever!

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JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, drinks, and ambiance was perfect. Comfortable and well cared for all the way through.

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l
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The Manager, Colby, who we know from the Cannery was so attentive and made us feel very comfortable. He worked the room flawlessly, assisting the wait staff. He was gracious to come by our table and bid us good night.

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M
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

For a $200 meal, I would’ve expected much better food.

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P
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The place has great view tables and booths. The food was good, but not exceptional. We had a nice time.

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

“Unbroken “ is one of my favorite stories, so I’ve been wanting to visit the restaurant since the day I heard about Louie’s. We had a wonderful time.

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OC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a wonderful environment. Welcome to Newport Beach Louie's!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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MS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We had reservations, we showed up early 1/2 hour...they were happy to seat us. Our waiter came over right away but we were not ready to make a decision on drinks or appetizers....we didn't see him again for 15 minutes. There seemed to be a confusion on who was our waiter as we saw 2 waiters say, " is that your table"? so maybe that was the reason. In any event, because it was Father's Day the regular menu was not available, it was a brunch menu and we really didn't see anything on there we wanted so we ordered the specials. There were 3 specials and we ordered them all. Ravioli's were (4) and skimpy. Short ribs on top of I think grits?? was juicy, tasty but skimpy. The last one, shrimp w angel hair was amazing. Valet parking out front was convenient. Pricy, but wonderful views and it was Father's Day so we made it special.

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JD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice views and great food!

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E
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
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
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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m
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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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