Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.5
3568 reviews
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Seafood
For over 45 years, we've prided ourselves on consistently creating legendary experiences for all our guests. From our signature fresh fish to our spectacular waterfront views, we hope you savor each and every moment. For an enhanced experience, ask one of our experts to pair our handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and selections from our award-winning wine list.
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DK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and the view were great. We sat upstairs. It got a little noisy around the bar area. I think there are some locals that hang out there a lot. The service was a little slow. She tried to keep up but she had a lot of tables to take care.

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

We had a great dinner with good friends. The food was amazing! The garlic bread is to die for! I had the chilipot swordfish, which is a bit spicy and I loved it! Our only complaint is our table was located right next to the door they use for the patio and every time they opened it (which was often) we got a cold wind coming thru

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R
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely evening. Wonderful food with a view!

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KM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always liked the rusty pelican, have had our work Christmas parties there too.

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PB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and our waiter Ryan gave us outstanding service.

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

Rusty, yes, but thai like it too!
Always great service and food!

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RM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Had to wait a while even though we had reservations. When i made the reservation i asked for a table with a view. I did not get a view

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W
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The good ol' garlic bread is still GOOD, and the entrees were great too. The brussels sprouts side was underdone, and the service was super friendly, but a bit slow. It was also a bit warm inside (we did not sit outside). Still love this dear old favorite place on the water

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Kent
89 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Rude hostess who set the tone badly. Not sure why the restaurant would allow that frankly. Our server was better but nothing special and when asked for recommendations didn't really have much to offer which sounded convincing. Expensive as well for what it is. Nice location though

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner with friends!

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had a great time. Food perfect, service perfect.
Love the place came from Bloomington Ca just for good dinner Thank you Betty

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SB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

nothing special, food was okay but nothing i was expecting. service was good, the girl was new and tried to learn, her trainer came and swooped the tip under my nose the moment i put it on the table. the view is amazing but food was not, i didn't feel anything special

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KP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to enjoy a beautiful evening with family, friends and awesome food!

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TB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was slow and the food was OK (nothing special) but the view of the harbor is great.

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RW
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service started out great but did not end so wonderfully. Our server brought us the check without asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. We eventually got her attention and asked for some coffee. My latte was weak and tasted a little sweetened. My wife’s coffee did not arrive until after I finished my latte. Valet service was efficient and friendly.

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K
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The garlic bread is a MUST, lobster bisque - one of the best. Ashely, our server that was in training, was fantastic and made our experience memorable.

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KP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very timely with seating their reservations. The Bar Service is a great place both before and after your dinner. A highly recommend getting to know the bartender Chace .

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SJ
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Three of us were placed at a table that was only meant for two.

Waitress seemed indifferent and we felt rushed so she could turn the table.

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S
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Some great water views

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MJ
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was the reason we went and that alone was worth being there. We sat outside and it was lovely. Service was great. The food was really good. I had the crab cakes and the Mediterranean barracuda. The crab cakes needed a touch more flavor and it was the first time I tried barracuda (hope I am remembering the name of the fish correctly) and I probably won't order it again. The fish had many black spots throughout and it was not a favorite. But the flavor was nice and the sauvignon blanc I chose added a nice touch.

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WH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic!!
The restraunt was very clean and the staff was very curtiuos and polite..
The food was great.
We will be back!!

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SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. Our server Brooke was exceptionally nice. She had the kitchen split several of our shared plates which was so nice. We will definitely return.

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AB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good place to eat with great views and location. The food was very good, I just wished I ordered something different. The rest of my crew's food was terrific and our app and dessert was very good. Service was excellent and our waiter recommendations were all great. I should have listened. I highly recommend Rusty Pelican.

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GF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You can't beat the view. Entire back is windows overlooking the water and boats. The food is always good. Great for a special occasion.

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m
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rusty Pelican has been in business in Newport Beach for so long that locals tend to forget about it. They should not -- excellent menu, great cuisine, fine service , and a world-class view of the harbor.

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a
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Second time there.

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CL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived earlier than our reservation time but they were able to seat us immediately on the patio as requested. Our waiter was friendly and offered great suggestions on menu items and specials. The food was brought to us in a very timely manner and tasted better than expected. Highly recommend sitting on the patio if it's available.

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding from the host to the server. Extremely friendly and helpful

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OT
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing! Crab risotto was fantastic! Service was perfect...until 4 girls sat at a nearby table and then we lost our servers attention for the rest of the meal. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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TN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice view, great food and friendly service!! We have a great time!

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SC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, all the food was great. We took friends for the first-time and they were favorably impressed.

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FG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We often come to Rusty Pelican and love it, but this time the service was sub par compared to our other trips. Our waitress had a large party so my wife and I were mostly ignored

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KT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jordan was an AWESOME waiter. Very informative and attentive. Not much room for the servers. I really felt bad for them trying to maneuver around people but they did a fantastic job. The food was GREAT! Thank you for a wonderful experience at the Rusty Pelican.

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A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Steak was good, not great. We ordered the Brussels Sprouts, they were not very good. Drinks were very good. With a new child we don’t get out as much anymore, so when we do, it is special. We enjoyed ourselves and what made the evening was our server and unfortunately not the food. Overall, a successful date night!

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Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Celebrated 50th Birthday and notated on reservation, also mentioned to hostess and ZERO recognition. I spent over $500 on dinner and disappointing that my guest got no recognition for birthday. Food was excellent but clearly a miss between host and server.

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T
Orange County
132 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fabulous - my husband and I had the sword fish which was prepared “flag ship” style, RP’s signature dish. Our server, Crystal, was just as fabulous as our dinner - she was excellent!

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r
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I dined there for our birthdays. We had a nice evening overall.
The happy hour at the bar is great. The garlic bread is amazing! The calamari wasn't our favorite but still good.
Service at the bar was good.
For dinner we had a nice meal.
We ordered the Ahi Tuna appetizer and my husband said it's one of the better ahi appetizers he's had.
Our server was good, nice sweet young girl.

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SN
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful lunch with friends overlooking the bay was the best. We came from all over Southern California for lunch at Rusty Pelican to enjoy seafood menu and view. We sampled the wine, appetizers, entrees and desserts for a fun birthday celebration. Service was exceptional and friendly. Everyone had a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend.

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RT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I am town, I make it a point to dine at the RUSTY PELICAN.

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