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About Rusty Pelican Restaurant

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.

2735 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:

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

Dinner:

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

Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:15pm

Cross Street:
Riverside Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 642-3431

Website:
http://www.rustypelican.com/

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

Parking Details:
Polite and efficient valet service available nightly.

Executive Chef:
Francisco Ramirez

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

Rusty Pelican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (92)
Scenic View (87)
Special Occasion (71)
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Good for Anniversaries (61)
Good for a Date (54)
Romantic (51)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Great for Outdoor Dining (44)
Worth the Drive (43)
Cozy (34)
Good for Groups (32)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Business Meals (29)
Casual (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Fun (22)
Healthy (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Happy Hour (16)
Authentic (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
People Watching (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Seasonal (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Live Music (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 18 hours ago

Overall experience was great. Food was great and so was the service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 19 hours ago

Excellent service and incredible food!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

This was a wonderful dining experience. The Rusty Pelican was always one of my favorite restaurants when I lived In Orange County. I hadn't been back in years, so it was extremely satisfying to find it still offering the same high quality service and delicious food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Fresh delicious seafood. Enjoyed the sea bass and salmon and seafood pasta. Prices were reasonable and outdoor dining was delightful as we watched the sunset over the marina.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very popular restaurant. Food and service was outstanding. Reservation through open table went flawless. The location and view of the harbor with many boats cruising along is memorable.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was phenomenal, great view and beautiful set up. My filet mignon with blue cheese was to die for! The waiter could have been a little more calm and collected by he was friendly and attentive. OVERALL a great dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great as usual. You won't go wrong dining here! Excellent food, wonderful ambiance and a great scenic view.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Rusty Pelican. Our table was great. The service was excellent. The food was great. The garlic bread was so decadent, dripping with butter and garlic. Our server recommended the Russian River Chardonnay which was the best choice to accompany the Chilean Sea Bass, Oscar style (topped with lump crab, asparagus, hollandaise sauce). This was one of the best dinners that I have had in a long time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Went on lunch time they let me pay by a dinner value! Check your receipts

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Hosted friends from back East who were delighted with our choice and the location. Good food, service and atmosphere. Unfortunately we couldn't sit upstairs as requested because of a private party.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Tired place. $5.00 mandatory parking. Waitress didn’t serve what she described.
Nobody in the place and they sat Usa in the back corner. 👎

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Had been there before and the food was to die for. Returning I ordered salmon med - med rare and it came in my opinion med - med well. Edible but not great. The quality of the fish was there but not cooked as requested. It took a long time to get food and didn't have time to send back and wait again.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great staff from the valet to the managers and waitresses. Very friendly. View is extraordinary. Food and service match. Highly recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very enjoyable atmosphere, Service was excellent and surprisingly quick. Food was delicious and fairly priced. Definitely considering coming back when in the area.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I have always loved this place. This time. I was disappointed. The clam chowder soup had no flavor I ordered crab which was good, for the most part, but some of it smelled fishy. I was always told that meant it was old

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great but we had a table by the door to the patio. The constant traffic made this very annoying not least because of the waitress who decided to clean the windows at this time! Not really appropriate as we were having a meal.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Hey ordered the ribeye and it came back way overcooked they did offer to get me another one but I decline and the manager took it off my bill I just think that at a high-end restaurant like the Rusty pelican your steak should come out perfectly cooked especially considering it’s an expensive steak

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Asked for a table by the window for our Anniversary, but it was tightly positioned to the table next to us, and in the bright lights and noise of the kitchen, immediately asked to be moved, so they put us by the fireplace area, which we had the area to ourselves, nice! Service was on the slower side, but we were not in a rush. Food was great and reasonably priced. The only other hiccup was, we ordered a regular and a specialty coffee, serve bought 2 speciality which he said were made by mistake, but said instead of throwing it out, he bought it out to us, and the regular coffee cup was placed on the table without a saucer, never seen anyone do that?! But throughly enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at a great location!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Horrible service, we had to wait 20 so thewaitress can take off the plates, the food was awfull, very expensive for that

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food and service were fantastic. Second time here and really enjoy the experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Scenic View, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great fresh fish house - service is excellent

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My parents live in northern california and request we visit the Rusty Pelican when they come down for Thanksgiving. Wonderful seafood, relaxing and homey-feeling ambiance, thoughtful menu. The only reason I gave 4 stars was for the speed of service. We were looking forward to a leisurely dining experience and everything came out very quickly. It was a Saturday evening at prime dinner time, so I completely understand. We asked for the waitress to slow it down which she obliged and the rest of our dining experience was amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Awesome food and great waitress. Beautiful view upstairs of the water! Will come back soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Loved how the flavors weren't overpowering, they let the natural flavors shine. They kept it simple yet provided quality food. Will be coming back with friends

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Came here for dinner for my dads 58th birthday. We started with a shrimp cocktail, he enjoyed a lobster tail, and I had the firepot swordfish which was delicious. It's definitely more on the expensive side, but good food and a pretty view of the bay.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely bay front dining with a good friend. We both had their amazing Artic Char. Sooo good! Riley was incredible server.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day - Husband ordered Turkey Dinner Largest Portion, received Medium Portion, he advised Boston Market was better. Daughter ordered Lobster, tough and rubbery, no flavor/seasoning. I ordered the Short Ribs, they were horrible All Fat and Bone. Clam Chowder was sub par for $7.00 a bowl. OUTSTANDING SERVICE!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

EXQUISITE SERVICE! Wonderful food in a pleasant atmosphere. As welcoming a restaurant as they come!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service, we had a very enjoyable meal

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Rusty Pelican is the perfect holiday place to eat and enjoy the view.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was so hot in the restaurant where we were seated.... We were sweating as we were quickly eating our Thanksgiving dinner. The portions were super small. Overall...disappointing big time.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Tasty food, friendly service, lovely view. The restaurant was full, so noisy. Service may have been a bit slow--we were there 2 hours, but we were kept occupied with garlic bread, beverages, and our own conversation, and it was Thanksgiving, so understandable. A couple of us had turkey dinners and a couple prime rib dinners--price was in the twenties for each meal. We plan to return next year, if not before.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

A great find for a romantic view, a date night with delicious food and great service. You must try the clam chowder and the scallops. You will not be disappointed by this experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Overall great experience - food, view, service, all great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great place to eat

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Exceptional service. Waitress was absolutely wonderful. Can't wait to go back for a visit 😊

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Highly recommend.
When called to reserve a table told none available till 9pm. Then got onto website and fortunately able to reserve a table for 6.45pm. Mixed messages management!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Can't go wrong with the Rusty Pelican!
The waiter was fantastic, we got our requested table on the heated patio with the harbor view and the food was delicious and to the point. The noise level was low (thanks to the outside seating), so we could have a conversation without yelling at each other.
I dined here last about 10 years ago and the place is still as good as it was then!

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