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 Mariners 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 features 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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SharonL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent front desk receptionist. The waitress was excellent!

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vipMarkB
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, but even better views!!!

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RichardM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and super friendly staff. Been there a lot and always top notch service.

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vipCherylM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah our server was a delight, beautiful decor with outstanding
Views.

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vipRandy
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The entire team at Louie's is fantastic! From the host cocktail waitress, waiters to the kitchen and management. Well done!

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vipMymauiwine
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place and frequent quite regularly. Excellent menu choices, especially considering Covid. Service has been outstanding and the view if beautiful on the harbor with open air and outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall it was a good experience. Great ambience and food was pretty good. Tastes a bit like home cooking but in some aspects refined. I would recommend overall getting appetizers and sharing and maybe a dish or two. The service was great.

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vipGdelpasa
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and great service from the front to our server. The chopped salad was iceberg lettuce, not really chopped, sliced onions with what looked and tasted like bacon bits. No nutritional value.

Next came the main dishes. The Mexican sea bass special was dense and overcooked. Not flakey and moist at all. The caper sauce was good.

The rigatoni was highly recommended but the duck confit sauce was very bland and nothing compared to, say, Peppone’s in Brentwood which is my standard. The pasta itself was well prepared and there was lots of duck. Just a bit gray overall in appearance and taste.

Will we go back? Maybe, if the chef changes. Was hoping this would become a regular spot for us. Our close friends had a similar experience. Nice looking restaurant, great view of the water, nothing special to eat. Sorry, Louie’s but get on that chef.

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vipBryanT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just immaculate and delicious. Georgina made it wonderful. Now a regular.

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MelH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

As usual view was fantastic and staff was friendly and welcoming. Had a few snafus with our order and dinner took quite a while to arrive. Food was good but not smack yo mama great as I’m used to.

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Newport1234
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Had a great table at the window. Social distancing in place. Our server Georgie was awesome. The food was excellent. Drinks were good too. Valet service was quick and fairly priced. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating was amazing out on the deck and the food was wonderful! Our server was great! Perfect anniversary dinner date!

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GiuseppeP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unos de los mejores restaurantes de la zona fantástica comida y buen servicio

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The menú changed and bread changed , did not enjoy the food as much. Very disappointed

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vipGreatspot
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything

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Kristin
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was phenomenal; from the valet, to hostess, to the bus servers, and our waiter. Food tasted great and the portions were big. Some of the guests we encountered at the entrance were rude and rowdy though. Saw a group of ladies exiting the restaurant and one lady seemed drunk and stole the decorative LED branches that were in the foyer. Another lady from the same group cut in front of us when we were trying to hand our valet ticket to the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, atmosphere! Meatball appetizer is a must! On the water...gorgeous! Love it there!

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DianeF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with a spectacular view. Dine outdoors and feel like you’re still part of being inside with full view of entire restaurant. Food is delicious and service is very attentive. A wonderful dining experience!

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vipgrancy
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate here for the first time during Restaurant Week, and loved everything about it, from being seated next to a cozy firepit to the great service to the phenomenally delicious food! I had the caprese salad, followed by fritto misto, then cacio e pepe. Each was perfectly prepared and presented. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Pizza
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was great ambiance was beautiful.

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Foodie
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

View of the bay is beautiful to look at while you dine. Staff were friendly and professional. Cocktails were good, they also have an extensive wine list with a selection of very good wines. The food was outstanding! What more could you ask for? One of our favorite dining spots.

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Olya
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and drink menu was great, something there for everyone. Loved our waiter and made our night feel so special! Ask for Gil!

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ChristinaM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Beautiful view. The food was mehhhh. My husband had the steak I had the cacio e pepe(Yelp reviews raved about it). Both entrees were ok nothing special. The lava cake for dessert was overly sweet, cold and hard not the typical warm soft gooey lava cake you find elsewhere. Overall the view and staff made up for the food. If I ever go back it’ll be for drinks and the view.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, food was delicious! The menu was recently revamped by a new chef and you can tell, an updated refreshed taste bud enticing menu !

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vipCyberron
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first visit to Louie's. The food was unique and flavorful. The surroundings were welcoming. The staff was friendly and service oriented. Andy's service was outstanding. His friendly manor made for an enjoyable and personal experience. We will return.

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vipThesarg
Phoenix
62 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louie's by the Bay is probably one of the most well run restaurants you will come across. Hitting on all cylinders. The atmosphere and interiors are relaxing and pleasant with views of the bay. From reservations, to Hostess greeting, the service staff throughout are all professional that obviously enjoy their work. The food quality combined with entree selections are wonderful. Do yourself a favor. Enjoy dinner at Louie's tonight.

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JessicaT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing
Server was super helpful in suggesting wines
Pasta was flavorful and the meats were cooked perfectly to everyone’s liking
Definitely coming back

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CharlotteD
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was great! Will definitely be back!

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vipPberkma
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time great service food and ambience will return.

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening on the patio. Casually elegant with excellent food choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Wish they had Music !

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FredF
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested outside table but were full, got table with view. Adjacent table of women were very loud & annoying, fortunately a table opened up & we were able to move.
Excellent dining experience we will return! Our waiter Ever was very knowledgeable efficient & personable!

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vipAnais
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is awesome! Great food and great service. Great location on the water.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday celebration. The food was “ok”, maybe we expected better since the chef is supposedly a renowned chef. The steak was meh. Bungalow CdM or Eddie V’s is better. The appetizer we ordered was the meat balls was great. Ambiance was great since it’s by the water. But I would probably go somewhere else if I’m looking for great food.

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vipdaniela
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louie's is always excellent in every aspect. This time we were treated to have Lisa from the corporate entity make an extra effort for us. The Cannery (sister restaurant) and Louie's are the best.

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DarlenaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and wine list. And right now they’ve done a fantastic job with social distancing during this Covid pandemic.. I also do you have to comment that the winds are incredibly reasonably priced. Just like Mist restaurants in Italy!! Fantastico!!!

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vipLosGatosGirl
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Finally, a local restaurant that makes cacio e pepe as close to what you can get in Italy! We also had the lasagna and it was incredible. The location is lovely, right on the water. We'll definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice scene

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GeorgeB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The restaurant is very nice, the Seafood Pasta was mediocre, very bland. I put a fair amount of parmesan cheese on and it helped some. Nice outside seating.

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ReiningK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Been there twice and had exceptional service both times!!! Plus the food is delicious!

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 430 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.