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Rusty Pelican Restaurant

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4136 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4136 people are saying
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Suzannester
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRichardK
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 😀

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TathagataD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly team of servers. Great ambiance and view.

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SharonL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service with our waitress!!

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StacyE
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

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.

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Mauro
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paige was very kind and patient! She’s a great server and gave my gf and I a great experience, thank you!!

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vipHealthyEater
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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vipDebbie
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

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William1956
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great view - very relaxing. And the service excellent as always.

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BreeanaK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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MaryJane
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere was great at Rusty Pelican in Newport Beach!

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Vilmix
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and place the food it's really fresh and delicious

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CarolG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazingly good. One and only negative- services wore her mask below her nose.

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Rusty
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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OCBanker
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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Jamie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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KathyG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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Sisterbec
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant currently has a limited menu because of Covid

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IrishRed
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Sabina
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food every time! Highly recommend. Make sure you order the creme brulee.

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Karla
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible Food. Undercooked and Flavorless. Will not recommended

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Judy
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing , super good food , great service , my date was very happy

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice anniversary dinner!

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KathrynD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Delicious panacata. Good wine

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NeilT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for the last 4 years. Always great service, food and, drinks. Plus it’s my daughters favorite place!!!

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vipMariannaM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, as always. Thank you for the surprise birthday dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, prompt and friendly service, felt comfortable with COVID rules

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vipGraceA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It wax a fun celebration for our anniversary

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SandraF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very helpful and attentive. The food was excellent as always.

NC
vipNCSV
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Wally
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Most of us had the arctic char which was delicious. The calamari appetizer was excellent as were the salads.

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KelleyG1964
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came for the Trump boat parade! It was great! Hot outside on this particular day. Fun day for all!

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WCABDEFENSE
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipDonTami
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time with the Rusty Pelican team AGAIN!!!!!! Just a perfect experience

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KaraU
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

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MichaelG
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very enjoyable evening. Outside dining is wonderful

FAQs

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.