Rusty Pelican Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Seafood
We will be offering take-out from 12:00pm- 7:00pm daily. Call now to place your order and enjoy Rusty Pelican's legendary cuisine at home!

The city of Newport Beach has instructed all restaurants and bars to stop dining service through March 31st. Unfortunately, that means we cannot take reservations, however we will continue to have local delivery and carry out services. We would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to serving you when we reopen.

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vipMichaelS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to dine as usual.

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vipWayneW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a relaxing lunch with a good friend. The staff was very helpful!

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Goornotgreat
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The menu was.limited... I get it... But, only 2 fish options? I expected more options for fish from a restaurant famous for FISH. I had the Salmon. It was good. Not great... I could have done that at home for a third the cost. When I go out to eat I want it to be a special event. I'll pay for the experience of excelant food. This was not excelant. It was good not great.

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vipMaxP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great view and good food and spirits.

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Styckman
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just a great restaurant that we have been going to for the last 45 years. Our Doffo Wine that we brought was getting a lot of attention.

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MY2CENTS4U
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, food & people ! Always a favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Habib was an amazing waiter! The swordfish and mahi-mahi was delicious! Thank you for taking great care of us. We will definitely be back!

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CarmelleS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did well putting customers 2 tables apart. Our food came in quick despite reduced number of servers and food is always a hit!

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TheSunkissedPeach
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice evening out on Friday. The staff did an excellent job at practicing social distancing and cleaning practices.

The food was incredible - as always!
We got the filet mignon and crab legs. Both were delicious.

We look forward to going back!

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vipKennaB
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent and we had a lovely time enjoying the view of the marina.

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Mindie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine at Rusty Pelican. The food is good and the staff are always friendly and attentive.

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MikePlus3
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were there at 5 pm to entertain our friends. At 6:35 or so, I had a male We were there at 5 pm to entertain our friends. At 6:35 or so, I had a male worker, not our server, come and told us our table was needed for a table of 20 in 15 minutes. I don't think that was true because the meal for the table next to us was just served. The restaurant was not full, so we did not appreciate being rushed. Is there a time limit now at Rusty Pelicans?

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vipFoody
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Set on a marina with a great view of the water, this Charthouse knockoff (actually owned by the Landry's chain) was average. Food and service was adequate but the view made the visit worthwhile. I understand that down the street is a restaurant named Louis is much better. I was in the area for a special occasion so I won't be returning soon so this review is for all of you.

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vipKayM
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our California friend’s birthday at Rusty Pelican. We were in town from IN and AZ.
We loved the whole experience. Friendly staff, great food and wonderful ambiance.

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PaulS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our server was Shelby.She told us the specials but never mentioned OC restaurant Week menu. When I called her on it she said "oh I don't know if its still on.I will check
Two minutes later she came back with an OC Restaurant Menu. SHELBY OF COURSE KNEW THEY WERE STILL IN OC RESTAURANT WEEK .SHE TRIED TO UPSELL US ON SPECIALS AND THAS WHY SHE DIDNT MENTION OC RESTAURANT WEEK
We saw very little of Shelby after that

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
290 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had dinner at the Rusty Pelican on a Friday night. When we arrived we were assigned a table next to the windows which offered us a nice view. The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived, but then filled up over time. The upstairs bar area was closed due to a private party.
We enjoyed our dinner (appetizer, swordfish, tuna, ice cream with brownie). The wine and drinks were fine. Service was attentive.
We enjoyed our dinner.

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MariaS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been around forever because they offer everything you need.

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vipcdmJudy
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food, as always, was excellent. Our server was outstanding. Rusty Pelican has the best Restaurant Week menu of any, for selection, quality, and value.

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BlairC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We came for my moms 60th birthday dinner. My husband and I came a few years before and had a wonderful experience. However, this visit was much different. First off, our food order was “apparently lost in the computer” but no one said anything for close to 45 minutes. All in all we were there for nearly 3 hours. Our order had to be retaken and wasn’t right when it finally came out. They completely forgot some dishes and on one they asked for no scallops and shrimp only. Her pasta literally only had scallops.

The view was beautiful and the food tasted great. Just wasn’t the celebration we were looking for on my Moms birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Canan the bartender took care of us. Had a great time and he was awesome.

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sharingo
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were wonderful. We came on restaurant week and the menu for this event was great! We had Window seats that looked out into Newport bay. It’s also a great place to come for happy hour.

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vipKathrynC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, and try to come here at le