Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.5
3152 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Rusty Pelican has been a long Newport Beach tradition for outstanding meals and legendary service. You'll love the breathtaking harbor views from our Coast Highway location. With our wide variety menu, we have something to offer everyone and a selection from our award winning wine list provides the perfect complement to your meal. Our Sunset Dining Menu is available Monday through Friday 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:15pm

Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:15pm
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Phone number
(949) 642-3431
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francisco Ramirez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Riverside Dr
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Parking details
Polite and efficient valet service available nightly.
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Entertainment
Enjoy live music in our upstairs lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a Thanksgiving Feast by the Harbor! FEATURING Traditional Roast Turkey, Prime Rib & all the trimmings, alongside exceptional service and sweeping views of the Newport Beach Harbor. OPEN 10AM – 9PM

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3152 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MO
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sea bass in lemon caper was delicious, as was the clam chowder. Our server was prompt and friendly. We'll be back!

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

I had a marvelous meal with impeccable service. Party of 9. Birthday dinner. Everyone left happy. The view and outdoor spaces are lovely. Did I mention the view. This is very nice restaurant and I will return on my next visit to Miami.

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

Great Service and great Restaurant!! Everyone here is very nice and friendly. The foods are delicious!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food portions very small. Waitress tried to sell us bread when it was included in my meal. She neglected to bring me champagne which was also included in my meal and I had to ask someone else for it.
Hostess greeted us on arrival with Happy Anniversary but nothing from the waitress but perhaps that isn’t their practice.

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DD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I ordered the trout and had it grilled. It was amazing! Their expertise in seafood is very evident. The waterfront location is beautiful as well.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice location on Newport harbor. Hard to park, with small lot.

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SG
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was good, the service was fair. The biggest negative was the crying baby which continued throughout our meal. I have children and grandchildren and I know I would have walked out with the child until he was no longer screaming.

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MT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rusty Pelican is always our favourite! The food is always outstanding and we have never had a disappointing experience with the food, service or any other aspect. While market price for fish can fluxtuate and be a bit more expensive, the quality and preparation is entirely worth it.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A little pricey

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. We love having lunch, brunch and dinner here. I also had 2 office Christmas parties done here as well!

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MK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will come again! The Sunday Brunch was great and the seafood was fresh and outstanding!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service! Minor error in our entrees and they fixed it IMMEDIATELY. Beautiful views also!

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JK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Huntington Beach from Waco, Texas. Everything was excellent! The appetizer, food, drinks AND dessert were all delicious 😋 We loved the fact that it was peaceful. Not a lot of unnecessary noise. Just people enjoying their meal and companions. Highly recommend!

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it! Our lunch was delicious. And the veiws...perfect. We are planning another lunch there soon.

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GL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a nice lunch on Saturday. My only complaint is that they seated a family with Small children right next to us. Restaurant wasn’t busy, they could have seated them elsewhere, sort of ruined the experience, kids were noisy and parents were clueless. I have kids, there are better restaurants to take them to where they won’t ruin it for everyone else.

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A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the ambiance and views were phenomenal. I would recommend going at night time. It was a great experience.

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CI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only negative was lack of good red wine by glass. I had to have white wine instead.

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HB
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crystal was very nice and a great server! Food was amazing.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Last day of vacation.

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DJ
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch, very nice.

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AB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were travelling in the US on holiday from Australia and, honestly, The Rusty Pelican at Newport Beach was the tastiest food and best dining experience of our whole trip! We absolutely loved everything about it. My husband and I will always remember how much we enjoyed that evening. We especially want to mention our waiter Brandon, who was exceptional in his service and friendly easy manner.

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LA
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate upstairs at the bar. View was great, food was outstanding and we had a very attentive and pleasant server. We were in Newport 5 days and this was by far our best meal.

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BH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sam was wonderful and very attentive. We’re celebrating a birthday and she made sure it was awesome !!

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CV
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very nice, comfortable place to eat and enjoy the view. Nice but still very casual. I will most definitely come back!

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DC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to the Rusty Pelican in probably 10 years due to travel and work, but glad I was able to bring a business client there for dinner the other night. It did not disappoint. Saw all kinds of folks there - a birthday celebration, several dates (this was a Thursday Night), a couple of family tables. It really fits any venue with good service and excellent food

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and lovely food. It was a bit too rushed though. I would have preferred some time between servings

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k
Chicago
160 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scampi was outstanding. There was a rusty pelican in Chicago in the 90’s. I was a regular customer. I wish there were more of this outstanding restaurant in other states. The best.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer service and seafood excellent. Went back twice to try more entrees.

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MM
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and mediocre food. Expensive and very long wait for food and drinks. Sat outside and ask at least 5 times to have the heaters turned on. When we were leaving the manager said it was turned on but temp set too low!! Daaaa!
Time from seating to order for food = one hour. Food delivery 30 minutes. Drink order delivery 15 minutes.
This used to be a good restaurant but very poor now. We will not return..

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D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and great view. Service was outstanding.

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DC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best garlic bread, service, food, views! Good value too.

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the server had an excellent knowledge of the items on the menu and how they were prepared. We had a party of 5 and all our meals were cooked correctly. The garlic bread is excellent!

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CG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was our first visit this beautiful water front restaurant. The serevers are friendly and food was delicious. The table we sat dawn had perfect sunset and ocean view. We had a best romantic anniversary dinner, it’s absolutely memorable.

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JP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have been dining at the Rusty Pelican for years and until this evening raved that we never had a bad meal or poor service. That track record has been shattered.

The venue was extremely noisy. Service was poor with our initial bar order taking 45 minutes to receive and then my martini was not properly prepared. However the manager was most apologetic and did comp us for all of our bar beverages. Yes - this was greatly appreciated however that doesn’t account for the general poor service and my wife and I being repeatedly hit / pushed unintentionally by servers as they rushed by to tend to other tables.

My wife’s filet was perfect. The mashed potatoes delightful. Unfortunately I couldn’t say the same for my macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi. I have had much better in the past and served at a warmer temperature.

Will we go back? Yes of course. This as I said was the first time ever we had a poor experience.

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful our server Brandon was the best our food was delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent our anniversary here.
Great service and food.

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DY
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience at Rusty Pelican. Valet so convenient

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, all fish items are delicious...service is always as good as it can be. very warm reception , great water view tables, prices are really very good, you get more then what you pay for here...!!!

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RW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really appreciate the manager stopping by to welcome us. We felt very special!

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RC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Went out with 4 friends. Food was OK, not memorable at all for the price. It was simply too expensive and the service was SLOW. So it's not a place I would run back to again. The view is nice.

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