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Rusty Pelican Restaurant
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Lump Crab, Grilled Corn Salad, Chives, Peppers, Chipotle and Garlic Aioli
Fresh Spanish Calamari, Citrus 'Buffalo' Sauce, Tempura Peppers and Onions
8oz Filet Mignon
Certified Angus Beef
Awesome place for lunch or dinner, with great outdoor tables and all tables with views overlooking the harbor and yachts! Great food and fresh fish; plus crab cakes, fish tacos and burgers or chicken sandwiches (in case you're not a fish eater!). Sunny, happy and hip spot and long-time classic. Cozy fireplace tables by night, or casual lunch by day! Shorts are okay for lunch, or nice to dress up at night. Great for business meals, dates, or special occasions. Pricey, but TOTALLY worth the views, food and wonderful service! $6 valet.
Perfect setting for an Anniversary Brunch. Had to wait a bit for a table outside but well worth it just to be able to enjoy the view 😀
Great, friendly team of servers. Great ambiance and view.
Excellent Service with our waitress!!
The food was great, but there was a large party next to us and the restaurant was not prepared at all. Service went down from there. Also used the restroom and it was disgusting how dirty it was with waste all of the floor.
Paige was very kind and patient! She’s a great server and gave my gf and I a great experience, thank you!!
The setting for outdoor dining is beautiful. Who can resist a view of the water!
We were disappointed with our waiter, and a few of the other waiters. The top of his mask was sitting on his upper lip, leaving his nose completely exposed. We did not feel safe!
Also, the tables were not spaced far enough apart....definitely not 6'.
Food was okay, but definitely not worth the price. I had a Cobb salad with shrimp.....there were only 4 shrimp on the salad, and the veggies were not abundant on the plate, either.
We probably won't be back
We have been dining at The Rusty Pelican for 2 decades and are long time Landry’s members. The last few times we have visited this restaurant we have had less than desirable experiences, not due to Covid, but due to the poor management style of the manager.
For some reason they are not allowed by “the corporate office” to put salad dressing on a salad prior to serving it. Instead they bring out a plastic “to go” container with ice cold, thick salad dressing that will not mix with the lettuce. The manager chose to argue with me about COVID being the reason why the corporate office will not allow them to mix the salad as they have done for years. I told him the topic is not about COVID, rather about the ice cold, thick dressing not mixing with the lettuce. The Caesar salad was my entree and it was frustrating. It was actually a ridiculous encounter. Finally, he took the plastic container of dressing to the back and came back with a properly thinned dressing in a small bowl with a spoon. Not a good experience.
Great food and great view - very relaxing. And the service excellent as always.
I would not recommend attending the Rusty Pelican. Our waitress was a young girl who was very disrespectful and rarely came to check on us. She got irritated when we weren't ready to order when she did come. She was upset that we asked for the bottle list for wine because she had to go back inside to get it. The food was undercooked and we weren't even asked for a last call for drinks or dessert. Best part was our second bottle of wine was not filtered properly and our waitress told us, "sorry sometimes that happens" and left it at that. The bottle was a $50+ bottle mind you. Overall this was a very poor experience and I would not recommend this place.
Food, service and atmosphere was great at Rusty Pelican in Newport Beach!
Excellent service, food and place the food it's really fresh and delicious
Food was amazingly good. One and only negative- services wore her mask below her nose.
It was not the Restaurant we look forward to going to normally.
It was very very dirty. The Food was Cold. The Price was Ridiculous!
Biggest Disappointment was no Flagship fish which is why we were there. They said it was due to Covid 19 which we don't understand, since there was other fish dishes to order.
Just a real disappointing evening.
The Waitress was not really there about the needs of a person having dinner there.
It was almost like she was just hanging out.............................. in the Restaurant.
Sad way to end our day.
Update to my review below. Opentable reinstated my points soon after my review was posted. So, my review of Rusty Pelican is as follows. Great experience here. Food was delicious. Well prepared. Service was great. Sat on the patio with excellent views of the Newport Harbor. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
THE RESTAURANT WAS FINE. BUT I WILL BE GIVING EVERY RESTAURANT A ONE STAR REVIEW UNTIL I RECEIVE AN ADEQUATE RESPONSE TO MY UNANSWERED OUTREACH TO OPENTABLE. I HAD 25000 POINTS ACCUMULATED AND OPENTABLE JUST WIPED THEM OFF MY ACCOUNT WITHOUT ANY WARNING OR NOTIFICATION. TRIED CONTACTING CUSTOMER SERVICE, BUT NO ANSWER. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL GET THEIR ATTENTION. NO WAY TO TREAT A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN REGISTERED SINCE 2007.
Unfortunately some people weren’t wearing masks or their mask was falling off but the food was pretty good the drinks were good and we couldn’t sit outside despite A prior request on a reservation for my mother-in-law‘s 79th birthday when she hasn’t really been out to eat for six months due to the pandemic. It took about 20 minutes to get the check and credit card back from the server.
My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner here and every year we come back for our anniversary. The only thing I can say is we are NEVER disappointed. The food is absolutely incredible every time, the staff are wonderful and always go above and beyond to make our experience just as special as the first time, and the views from the outside patio are simply breathtaking. Whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, or just a date night, this place is an EXCELLENT choice!!!
We had a lovely girls' lunch on a Sunday. We were seated on the deck near the water - view was great! We had 2 cheeseburgers and one had a salad. Food was excellent. Service was attentive and warm!
This is my family's favorite restaurant. For important occasions this is our go to. The people are extremely nice, the view is amazing and all of their food is delicious. Especially the cheese bread. It's a must have!!!!
The food was great! The view was awesome, sitting by the water and watching the boats go by. The service was a little slow. But overall had a lovely evening!
The restaurant currently has a limited menu because of Covid
Rusty Pelican is one of my go-to's. The food is always fresh and delicious. The salmon with shrimp and lobster sauce is my favorite along with the trout, but unfortunately the trout is not being served any longer. I'm disappointed about that. The patio on the water is the best, but be prepared to wait 30 minutes even with a reservation.
Excellent food every time! Highly recommend. Make sure you order the creme brulee.
Terrible Food. Undercooked and Flavorless. Will not recommended
During this time of "Safer At Home," I like to find a place that doesn't look like home. Most of the time, I try to support small local eating places. Occasionally I head to the beach. Today was no disappointment at the Rusty Pelican. Food, service, ambience were all great. Covid-19 safety rules were all heeded.
amazing , super good food , great service , my date was very happy
Very nice anniversary dinner!
Food and service were great. Delicious panacata. Good wine
I have been coming here for the last 4 years. Always great service, food and, drinks. Plus it’s my daughters favorite place!!!
Great experience, as always. Thank you for the surprise birthday dessert!
Great food, prompt and friendly service, felt comfortable with COVID rules
It wax a fun celebration for our anniversary
The staff was very helpful and attentive. The food was excellent as always.
Birthday! Food and service was excellent. They could not find my open table reservations. I always bring a paper copy. I hope I will get credit. The patio dining has a great view of the boats in the bay.
Most of us had the arctic char which was delicious. The calamari appetizer was excellent as were the salads.
Came for the Trump boat parade! It was great! Hot outside on this particular day. Fun day for all!
The view of the Harbor was wonderful during our Brunch. The food was very good, and the Server was extremely attentive. We were very glad that we selected this location for our Anniversary Brunch.
Wonderful time with the Rusty Pelican team AGAIN!!!!!! Just a perfect experience
Cajun shrimp.scallops and creme brûlée were good. Calamari was almost all breading. Yellow tail was fishy. Halibut was dry and overcooked. Drinks water down. Beautiful view from deck.
It was a very enjoyable evening. Outside dining is wonderful
Rusty Pelican Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 642-3431.
Rusty Pelican Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 4136 OpenTable diners.
Rusty Pelican Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/.
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.