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Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.6
4.6
5554 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
With spectacular waterfront views and an eclectic menu of fresh seafood and tender steaks, it's no wonder Rusty Pelican has become a Newport Beach dining destination. We are proud to be a recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for 2011-2020 – a distinction bestowed upon only the nation's premier restaurants.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 642-3431

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Located on Pacific Coast Highway on the bay, we feature a commanding two story view of Newport bay, cozy fireplaces, waterfront patio seating, intimate lounge, full bar, 4 flat-screen TVs, and entertainment Friday and Saturday’s. Rusty Pelican Newport Beach is perfect for special events like rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, business gatherings, employee appreciation lunches, baby showers, and more!

  • Private party contact

    Renee Gudzunas: (714) 635-4867

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Cross street

    Riverside Dr

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music in our upstairs lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Orange County

    Seafood

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  1. MW

    MichaelW

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had not been to Rusty Pelican for several years - Was pleasantly surprised to find it as good as ever. Nice ambiance, not too noisy. Great Entrée - I had the Chilean Sea Bass special - delicious. My cocktail (A Manhattan Up) was masterfully mixed. Relaxed atmosphrtr. We'll be back.
  2. PK

    PaulaK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was wonderful. It started at the bar with a great bartender and our server was very energetic and recommended great entrees since it was our first time at the Rusty Pelican. After dinner we opened a gift at our table celebrating an engagement and the bartender brought over dessert with a candle after noticing that we were celebrating. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening and we will be back at the end of the month, which we have already reserved, for the wedding reception dinner.
  3. LO

    LuisO

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Really disappointed!!! I have had Christmas company parties at this restaurant so I made reservations for my wife and I a month in advance since we live 45 minutes away from the restaurant. We get to to the restaurant the day of and everything was good until after we were sat down. After sitting for 1/2 hour we finally order our food. An hour later nothing no food. The waiter comes up to us and informs us that a large party of 20+ had ordered and that we we would have to wait for our order for two. Then a few minutes later the general manager comes over and apologizes about the wait which was nice but our evening had already been ruined at this point . But It gets even better!!! We get our food about 5 minutes after the general manager had apologized and my steak was raw. At this point I was so upset that I had lost my appetite and we left. The general manager comped my wife's food and offered to pay for our entire meal next time. Unfortunately I won't be going back! This experience was one of the worst ones I have ever had in any fine dinning restaurant. Management needs to teach their chef how to do his job better!!!! Making people wait for a large order like that was just ridiculous!!! Terrible experience! Ruined our entire night!!! Comping food and apologizing doesn't change the fact that our night was ruined. Terrible kitchen management!!! Don't even remember the waiter or the blonde petite general managers name where I was so upset. If I could put zero I would! Don't respond with a link for feedback I think this review is self explanatory!!!
  4. JH

    JoannaH

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was wonderful. The restaurant was packed and so busy, yet he kept up and all with a smile.
  5. AS

    ArleneS

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very noisy on a Sat night. Specials overpriced. Squeezed our table for 2 in between 2 large parties. Charged for valet parking when there was no other option. Waitstaff did hustle and were kind, but not what I expected from one of best restaurants in OC.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Coby was amazing, food was delightful, and I enjoyed all 3 of my drinks.
  7. D

    Disappointed

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Sea bass too spicy.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly our new fav restaurant to dine at! We brought the adult kids this time ! Perfect from start to finish!
  9. r

    redhairmac

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were amazing
  10. NL

    NancyL

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, courteous and pleasant staff, great ambiance.
  11. F

    Flammski

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Great views of the harbor and boats.
  12. LT

    LisaT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We would highly recommend. Delicious food, great service.
  13. MN

    MarthaN

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because one of the meals arrived and was not hot and, later, we had to hunt down the waiter to process our payment. Otherwise the food was very tasty and the service was good. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection as was the mahi mahi. The scallops and shrimp were seasoned well but were not hot. The child's Alfredo pasta was quite good as well. The manager did stop by our table and when my guest mentioned her food was not hot, he said he wished we had told him so he could make another for her - so, that was very nice. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and I would go back again and recommend. On the pricier side, but it is upscale/fine dining so to be expected and quantities were more than sufficient. Best garlic bread we have had in a long time!
  14. B

    Banks

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always!! Cody was exceptional!!!!
  15. C

    Chris

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were great. Service was wonderful. Beautiful view of the harbor. We will be back!
  16. TC

    TC1234

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat and the atmosphere was wonderful.
  17. GK

    GailK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were there for Thanksgiving dinner. All the wait staff, hostesses and management were top notch friendly and accommodating. I had the traditional turkey dinner and it was very good. They only serve turkey breast, no dark meat. My husband had the striped sea bass because they didn't have their normal chilean sea bass that day. It was a bit dry but the rest of the dinner, ambience, killer view and service was wonderful.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving dinner.
  19. MA

    MARCOB

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We went there for Thanksgiving! It’s not worth the money, at least not at Thanksgiving. The service was poor considering the price tag. The waiter didn’t even ask my wife whether she would be interested in having a desert whilst he gave me one which was included with my dish and left her entree plate sitting in front of her on the table. Since it’s a seafood restaurant and you might use your fingers to eat shrimps and crabs, my wife asked for the typical lemon scented wet tissues or some sort of. The waitress told my wife that they don’t have these and she should go downstairs to wash her hands. Disappointing behavior.
  20. KM

    KeithM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, served quickly and considering iwas a holiday not terribly noisy.
  21. JH

    JudyH

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely perfect from the time we were seated until when we left. Thank you for making our thanksgiving so special.
  22. H

    Hodo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Our son cried when he ate his steak it was that good.
  23. l

    liv2dine

    Orange County

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our dinner was very good. Service was great, options good. We dined from regular menu and Holiday both as some are vegetarian. Everyone had a great time and no clean up!!
  24. KR

    KimberlyR

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST Thanksgiving dinner ever! We all had a wonderful experience!
  25. MS

    MelindaS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went on Thanksgiving the food was good. They offered a turkey dinner and a prime rib option in addition to some of their regular menu. The sunset was so bright beaming off of the mirrors it made it difficult to see.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner here. Everyone was very friendly, initially took a bit to get a server. Once we got attention, all went smoothly. It was a very busy time, everyone was working very hard. The turkey was so moist we did not need knives. I would’ve liked a choice of desserts rather than just pumpkin pie, but it did save me some calories. The shrimp cocktail was outstanding, loved the extra horseradish!
  27. BM

    BobM

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately upon arrival. Excellent and prompt service. Prime Rib dinner was superb. Will return soon for another excellent dinner in a prime location.
  28. d

    dg26

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good location and food was good. Service was excellent.
  29. LG

    LouisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was friendly and smiling from The Valet to the bartenders and service stuff. Delicious Thanksgiving turkey breast meal. Beautiful Bay front view , very enjoyable!!
  30. 1

    123aaa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is great our fish were so fresh the chocolate tart is amazing nice service and amazing ambiance and view
  31. c

    cheryl

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    On Thanksgiving, they should offer 2 to 3 different desserts with Thanksgiving dinner. Not everyone likes pumpkin pie! Apple pie or cheesecake would be appreciated.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We weee visiting from out of town and found this restaurant on a “best of Newport Beach” list. Great food drinks and service. We would love to come back
  33. JM

    JeffM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great view. Great service. Treated us well on our 30th anniversary.
  34. MY

    MYRFI

    Palm Springs

    42 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unfortunately, we had a terrible experience at Rusty Pelican.
  35. PO

    PrinceOfZamunda

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Had no idea this place had such a great menu. Staff very friendly and welcoming.
  36. P

    Pablo

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was not hot, warm at best. Probably under the heat lamp for some time.
  37. ED

    EllenDL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Beautiful view! So glad we decided to eat there!
  38. GJ

    GenevieveJ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m always happy with my food but I’m always ordering the same thing! The Shrimp and Scallops! The scallops were big and not over cooked. The key lime pie was just right I had herbal tea because I was driving my friend had a Red and it was very nice she said
  39. VL

    VerneL

    Cancun

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great meal and great service. The room was as cold as it was outside. Did warm up after we asked.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing. Service was friendly and prompt. Great view and atmosphere. Highly recommend a visit.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Rusty Pelican Restaurant using the Order Online button. Rusty Pelican Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Rusty Pelican Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 642-3431.

Rusty Pelican Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 5554 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Pelican Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Rusty Pelican Restaurant

2735 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Riverside Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music in our upstairs lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 642-3431

  • Private party facilities

    Located on Pacific Coast Highway on the bay, we feature a commanding two story view of Newport bay, cozy fireplaces, waterfront patio seating, intimate lounge, full bar, 4 flat-screen TVs, and entertainment Friday and Saturday’s. Rusty Pelican Newport Beach is perfect for special events like rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, business gatherings, employee appreciation lunches, baby showers, and more!

  • Private party contact

    Renee Gudzunas: (714) 635-4867

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