Mr. G's at Peninsula Kitchen & Bar

3.8
26 reviews
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Bistro
Inspired by the nostalgic feelings of Italian Sunday suppers with friends and family, Mr G’s is a modern California bistro where splendid food and wine is basked in the utmost warmth of hospitality.
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TB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Mr. G's and we loved it! It overlooks Newport Harbor, has 2 floors, all the staff was great and accommodating. Mr. G was a gracious host! GO CHK IT OUT!

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GC
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible!

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

Disappointing

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MP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small plates as well as mains were more than satisfactory. As usual, the burgers starred. We compare this to the previous "Mr G's" on Balboa Island, and the quality of the food has certainly not suffered. We enjoyed a beautiful open air deck experience one afternoon. The deck furniture does need some attention, refinishing, replacing as needed. The late night scene is something else, I'm told. It includes some holdovers from American Junkie with a youthful vibe and DJ music. We won't be back to experience that, but that is a good sign. Mr G has something for (almost) everyone.

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a
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I reserved a spot at Mr. G's off the ezperience I had at his bistro. This place has undercooked pasta (ordered the carbonara) and watered down orange juice. I did not drink the bottomless mimosas or champagne but it seems like that is the main attraction here.

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S
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Loved Mr G on Balboa. So hopeful this would be just as good w better views. Service was incredibly slow and waiter needing reminding of our order, our request for drinks, etc.
Food was just OK.
Hopefully things will improve.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner !! Same great food as when Mr. g’s was on Balboa Island. Now with a wonderful view of the harbor and valet parking.
Upstairs bar has happy hour from 3-6 with $4. well drinks, beer, and wine.
Brunch too. Haven’t had brunch yet, but looking forward to trying it.

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

What an awesome experience! We came in and asked Lesley and Chef G what they recommended - we had no clue what a great experience we had in front of us. Chef brought out an amazing off-menu dish and followed it up with his own rigatoni. You can't beat the view, but the dining experience Chef G and his staff have created is well worth trying out. Chef G greeted us at the door, came out and explained every course, and most importantly, cares about what he's doing. We came with two kids (8 and 5) and they loved their our courses as well. If you want a place where you can taste the love Chef G puts into his work, this is a must-try.

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OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Newport. Throw in the setting and service, top notch!

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A
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location, good food and desserts. Lovely view.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing food and atmosphere.

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JF
Orange County
145 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a great location/view to match - Eggs Benedict on the downstairs patio and was a good value for the money. Definitely looking forward to going back for dinner

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AB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So delicious!

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

A group of us came here for my birthday and the experience was perfect. We had a table with a view, were greeted by both the manager and Mr. G himself and brought a delicious complimentary gnocchi appetizer while waiting for our food. Everything we ordered was outstanding!! Only downside was that our waitress was new & couldn’t answer any questions for us. Silver lining was more time with Mr. G who was a wealth of knowledge on his own dishes :) We will definitely be back!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was outstanding as usual, the environment doesn’t match the food. It’s either a restaurant or a dj bar. The two don’t work.

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CC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Would never believe this was the same restaurant that used to be on Balboa Island, terrible meal in all regards. So sad to see them slide, will not return.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited Giuseppe‘s new place on the water. And it’s a great location. It was a little quiet tonight we were there but I think it’s just because people haven’t really captured the quality of the food or the potential service yet. We had a great time, talk to Giuseppe and he said out a wonderful appetizer complements of him. And then we tried three or four different items which were great. The presentation of the Caesar salad was amazing. Very unique and we really liked it. Mike the bartender was spot on in regards to providing a service, edges that we spent some time with us as well telling us about the food and the excitement of being in a new location. We will be going back and trying new things, I recommend it to you as well.

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KM
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was good as always but they need to do something about the decor. I know it is a new location it seems a little cold in there.

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EG
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience. The staff was so unorganized and unhelpful. The food was very expensive and didn’t even taste good, our waitress forgot to bring our drinks multiple times. I ordered a burger and it came with such a small portion of fries that I had to order another side..... see picture.

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JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at brunch. The food was great, mimosas we always full, and the view was prefect!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

15 minutes to get water
30 minutes to get our drinks
No starters
1 hour for our mains (pasta, fish, 2 burgers)
1:15 for the vegetable that should have been w/ meal.
20 min for desserts (cheesecake)

Food was very good... The service sucked with no apologies.

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

we have been going to Mr G's on the island for years so happy this opened closer to us. Although soft opening so we expected some delays, staff was brought over from old restaurant so shouldn't have had issues. Orders were wrong we were charged for an item we didn't order waiter didn't come around or seem to care. Would think they would have comped something based on all the errors that night. Others were getting up and leaving so we were not alone. disappointing, also the bar crowd that comes in later is not what Mr. G former customers are use too.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and view. G is a great guy! We all enjoyed ourselves!

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MK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Wow, they sure dropped the ball when the moved to the Peninsula. All four pasta dishes were loaded with excess salt and service was incredibly slow. Mr G's used to be a good spot.

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s
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I did love the food. No processed food-everything home cooked. Portions are pretty small and they were out of bread and salad cost extra. I only got 10 rigatoni and definitely expected more. I would go back for a brunch. Yet, the quality and taste of the food was fantastic.

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m
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful new location with the same delicious food we have always enjoyed. Hope they bring back the thin fries! We'll be back!

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