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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:
Joel Lambert

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rusty Pelican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (116)
Scenic View (101)
Special Occasion (87)
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Good for Anniversaries (75)
Good for a Date (70)
Good for Birthdays (63)
Romantic (55)
Great for Outdoor Dining (54)
Worth the Drive (52)
Good for Groups (35)
Cozy (33)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Business Meals (31)
Casual (30)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Great for Lunch (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Fun (25)
Healthy (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Great for Brunch (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Happy Hour (17)
Bar Seating (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Authentic (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
People Watching (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Live Music (9)
Seasonal (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tapas (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

By far one of the best meals and service we’ve had in as far as I can remember! We truly enjoyed our dinner and have plans to visit again soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 7 days ago

The only problem I had, is the first table they sat us at was right by the kitchen entrance/exit. When I asked to be moved they put us near the restaurant entrance/exit. Would have liked a less noisy spot.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. I highly recomend this restaurant.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Loved the ambiance and just after sunset view. Received terrific service from Linda. Mgr Steve visited our table, acknowledged our Landry's membership more than once and handled a problem satisfactorily.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The garlic bread was delicious I would recommend that as an appetizer as were the crispy green beans. I had the shrimp with lobster sauce which tasted really good I substituted my salmon for more shrimp and had it with mashed pastries instead of the jasmine rice. This restaurant is waterfront which makes the location beautiful and romantic. The parking is valet only ($5). It was a good experience overall just a little bit more noisy then I expected but the food and location were wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had 2 appetizers for dinner. The Chowder was very good and had crab cakes as entree. 2 crab cakes, definitely enough for me.

Nice views, pleasant wait staff. Nice evening out

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

A great value for the quality.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had the swordfish &the halibut specials - both were excellent. Two orders of Cajon Shrimp because one is just not enough. Bookers bourbon, coffee & the dessert trio. Perfection! !

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Yum! Yum! Yum! Excellent service! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is an exquisite restaurant; service is impeccable; food is beyond expectations- 5 stars all the way.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Tiffany our server was great, attentive, thorough, cheerful

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a great dinner with a great view of the bay and the yachts

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Highly recommend! The food was fresh and delicious, beautiful view on the outdoor patio. Great service. We all enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I was disappointed...the food was really marginal and the service was not great. My mahi was over cooked and the sauce tasted like canned orange juice. The service was off and on - waiter was nice but needed two reminders that we were celebrating a birthday. Not many people in the restaurant - easy to see why.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Everything was fabulous, Crystal was so awesome, great service. We will definitely return to have dinner here at least once a month.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very pleasant experience with fine food, excellent service and water views. Charming atmosphere for a fine fish restaurant with steak options as well,

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Pros - service
Food
Value
Cons -
Sat a large group of 8-12 next to the windows leaving a row of tables designed for 1-4 people against the mirrors. Felt like a tight alley way with my small party of 3 overwhelmed by the noise and size of the group of 12 . Next time fill up the rest of the dining area before seating such a small party next to a large group in tight quarters

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We arrived 20 minutes early and were told the table would be ready around reservation time. No problem except we didn’t carry our phones with us so we asked the 3 girls at the hostess desk to come get us in the bar when the table was ready. 40 minutes later - The bartender asked how we were and I just said- not happy- still waiting for our reserved table and one of the girls show up and says- we have been texting you- we forgot you were upstairs. My husband said why did you forget- the hostess- not more than 20 years old responded- I have a lot on my plate- I forgot! Wow! Not even a soooo sorry. That really gave me a sour feel- our waitress - thank goodness- was marvelous.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sat on patio as requested. Very bright sunny afternoon. The waitress said that an extra table had been added to the patio today. It definitely appeared that way since we had no shade what so ever. It was very hot.
Disappointed that only brunch was being served. Disappointed that my fish didn't seem to be cooked through. We spent less than an hour at late lunch. It was a special day and we thought we would sit for awhile, enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy the outdoors and each other's company. It was not to be.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great staff and amazing view!!! My food was delicious!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overall it deserves a 3.5 - the location and view are great/romantic as you look over the harbor/water - the service was good overall - the food I felt was decent but nothing that special and a little overpriced in my mind.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Rusty Pelicans is one of our favorite coastal restaurants. The seafood dishes are always fresh and well prepared with variety of gourmet sauces such as beure Blanc, lobster sauce. The flat iron steak salad is crowd pleaser as well as other pasta dishes. Services are excellent even on a busy weekends. Outdoor patio is perfect for a warm day with a great view of Newport harbor. Manager always around to make sure her customers are well taken care of. She is personal yet professional. Great food, great service and great view! No wonder why we keep coming back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Salmon with shrimp and lobster sauce was great! Great view of Newport Bay!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a great time celebrating our 42nd anniversary at Rusty pelican. Our waitress, Amanda, was so sweet. The food was excellent. The service was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

I met two of my elderly, retired clients at the restaurant for dinner (in their 80s). They loved the food and ambiance.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My family and friends love this place we usually go for lunch on a Friday or Saturday but this time we had Sunday brunch . It was a lot busier which in turn made the place louder . I has the seafood omlete ( just ok ) but seafood entrees are always great ! I guess my plate needed something more on it like sauteed spinach but it did have fruit on it . Love the garlic bread and views are gorgeous. Oh and we have always had amazing servers !!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was very slow, although in fairness there was a private party in one of the rooms and the servers were apologetic about not getting to us promptly. The food at brunch was good and the menu prices reasonable (for Newport Beach). The setting is attractive. The restaurant is not pretending to offer haute cuisine, but for fresh fish well prepared it is certainly worth a visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of our favorite places to go for lunch or dinner in Newport Beach.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We waited about 20 minutes after our reservation time to get seated. Good food, great views.

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch to celebrate a birthday. The server was delightful. The food was excellent. Everyone had a great time.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Rusty Pelican is a gem -- fabulous location right on Newport Harbor with glass wall and seating on deck; excellent cuisine fairly priced. I have recommended it to several friends who were delighted.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised that the Rusty Pelican was even better than we remembered.
The food was delicious, the service good and the view was outstanding. A very nice meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was spotty. Had to ask for forks, water, table setting, etc. had to ask more than once & had to wait. Food arrived with no silverware.
Bar service was very very slow!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always an amazing dining experience!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food. Nice service. It was a Saturday evening so had to wait longer for food to be served.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

service was great. Loved the waterfront. It's a great place to come on a date.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have been enjoying the Rusty Pelican for numerous years and never have been disappointed in the food or service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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