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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (87)
Waterfront (81)
Special Occasion (65)
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Good for Anniversaries (62)
Romantic (58)
Good for a Date (49)
Worth the Drive (47)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
Great for Lunch (34)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Cozy (31)
Healthy (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Business Meals (26)
Casual (24)
Fun (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Authentic (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Seasonal (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Live Music (3)
Tapas (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

As usual, the Rusty Pelican's seafood was great. We were there at lunch and so it was relatively quiet.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Our first time to visit on a Sunday afternoon and the restaurant was packed and very noisy. Perhaps it's always like that or maybe it was the holiday weekend, but we'll be sure to pick a quieter time the next time.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Rusty Pelican, always a great place to have brunch, drinks or hang out upstairs at the bar. The outside patio also great place eat by the marina, Dock N Dine, boat watch while having Champagne

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

Great birthday brunch for my daughter and I. Waitress brought a special desert with candle without me asking.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

A group of couples went to this restaurant for a date night meal on a Saturday night and I LOVED it! This place was delicious! The food and service were great. I had the sea bass since it was in season and it was the best fish I had all weekend.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Rusty Pelican is a great date night restaurant, the restaurant faces the harbor which means there’s not a bad seat in the whole restaurant. Service is great! And the food is great too, their garlic bread is definitely a must order item. The crab risotto is ridiculously good. All in all just a great spot to wine and dine!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonder and the view of the docks is beautiful

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was superb, environment was beautiful, overall fantastic experience. Would highly recommend for a high quality date or special occasion. Pricing was on the higher end, but everything we tried was cooked and prepared expertly and well worth the expense. The Chilean Sea Bass special had one of the best sauces I've ever tried.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

This is my favorite restaurant. The food is great, the service is great ( Brandon was very attentive), and the atmosphere is very comfortable.
If you are looking for a great restaurant, The Rusty Pelican is a perfect choice.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Waiter was amazing. Food was perfect.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We go there for special occasions. It’s a very nice place with good food, nice atmosphere, a harbor view and good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Cozy
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 7 days ago

A great Price Fixe menu for Valentines Day

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Went for Valentines Day and although the Price Fixe menu was not a ‘bargain’, it was a delicious variety of seafood items. Loved the calimari and chowder, and the swordfish and Maui were awesome.
Was surprising my date with a new car gift, and since it was only two hours old didn’t want to use Parking valet. Was told to park on the street, even with a mostly empty lot before 5pm. Okay-

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Always enjoyed outdoor dining with beautiful view of the Newport harbor. The seafood is always fresh and perfectly grilled and presented. Service was excellent as usual.
Manager Kim was always there to greet her customers with a warm welcome and beautiful smile. She is attentive yet personal. Thank you for keeping Rusty Pelican the same way all these years ..

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Was for Valentines and they did not rush you and our food and service was GREAT.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was very bland. Nothing special, particularly for the price. Won’t be back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was good, a bit disappointed though. I asked if my dish was gluten free, I got sick that night due to an uniformed server.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Last night in the OC. Menu was more limited than usual per our waiter, as it was tailored to Valentines Day. Plenty of choices however and the service was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Took my husband there for getting promoted after 4 months on his new job so we celebrated!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

service and food were excellent. Enjoyed the view of the harbor and boats. Went to bar upstairs after dinner. Very enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Montana)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Rusty Pelican is a five star casual attire fine dining waterfront experience . EVERYTHING was phenomenal ! Garlic bread is a must. Caesar salad perfect. Oysters awesome, salmon delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our experience was disappointing. We went to have fresh fish and they only had sea bass. Food was mass produced because of Valentines Day weekend. If we had known we wouldn’t have gone. Servers were nice.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Hi this was my second time dining at Rusty Pelican and I was disappointed. I felt the service was pretty average and the fish choice quite limiting. The kids menu was good but it fell down when it came to desert - we were told by waitress 'no kids deserts' when I probed her to see if she could provide a bowl of ice cream I was told 'we only have vanilla'. So we didn't have desert and went to an ice cream shop instead. Took an age to pay the bill as the waitress was too busy, so all in all I would not return which is a shame.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, very good service, beautiful location and view. This place has it all. Definitely recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had an amazing meal of maui and swordfish. Cooked to perfection

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Every time it is amazing. The bread is from the local French Bakery a block away. They use it to make the garlic bread which is a must try. They specialize in fish which is always fresh and prepared to perfection. However my kids are not fans of fish, but they have other items on the menu to satisfy their picky tastes. The service has always been perfect. For the location they are unbeatable. They are on my favorite list!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We live in San Diego but always look forward to coming to NPB and eating at the Rusty Pelican! Without question, they have the best all-around seafood menu in SoCal. They have a nice variety of fish and shellfish and their calamari is to die for! Othe seafood restaurants have one or two choices of fish and maybe 3 shellfish choices. Here you will get a much greater selection and the best part is they don't overcook the fish!!!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We've been coming here for years and it has never let us down. Wether your inside by the window or outside on the deck the service and the food are exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Had my husband’s birthday there. The food and service was great. It brought back memories of when we lived in Newport Beach.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2018

excellent service by all employees . we were not rushed but the food quality was only average.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The outside patio at Rusty Pelican is really nice. We met friends there for lunch. The menu has good variety - appetizers, salads, lots of fish choices for entrees. Our food was good but not awesome, but the service and ambiance were great. We finished our meal but wanted to hang out for a while since our friends live in Europe and we hadn't seen them for a year. No pressure to release the table, which was very nice. I would definitely come back.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We went to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary. The atmosphere was very pleasant. Our waitress was extremely helpful and pleasant. She never missed an opportunity to make our experience the best night! We plan on returning during happy hour in the future, for great food and drinks at nice prices. Thank you

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was well prepared and delicious, as usual. We enjoyed a table by the Bay on a perfect afternoon. The Manager made a point to visit with us. What’s not to love?!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Obscenely expensive - this is a high end Red Lobstet.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is one of our favorite places in Newport Beach. The food is and service is good and the ambiance is great. Highly recommended.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We have been doing lunch or dinner at the Rusty Pelican for over 30 years- it is a landmark that has lasted the test of time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Highly recommend for any occasion

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 31, 2018

First time here and everything was amazing, from the food to the service and ambiance! The waterfront view is very beautiful, and the ambiance was great.

For dinner, we had:
- Calamari
- Garlic Bread
- Crab Chowder
- New England Clam Chowder
- Chilean Sea Bass
- Seafood Pasta

All were great - would order everything again.

Habib, our server, was definitely memorable as well. Thank you for a great evening!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We enjoyed another wonderful lunch outdoor waterfront seating with great food and excellent service by Toshia. . Our favorite spot anytime of the week .. Keep up the good work Rust Pelicans (missed seeing your smiley face Manager Kim)❤️🍷

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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