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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
7:00 PM
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Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.6
2745 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

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

Dinner:

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

Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:15pm
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Phone number
(949) 642-3431
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francisco Ramirez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Riverside Dr
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Parking details
Polite and efficient valet service available nightly.
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Entertainment
Enjoy live music in our upstairs lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
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
What 2745 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The food and service was very good and professional

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vipJBGr (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

I would recommend more for the ambiance and view than the food.

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vipHappilyretired92662 (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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creekside (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 5 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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brigittem 
5.0  Dined 5 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

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WilliamE (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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RielDeal (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Wonder and the view of the docks is beautiful

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined 7 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Waiter was amazing. Food was perfect.

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DickL 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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vipAdam (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

A great Price Fixe menu for Valentines Day

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HBdiner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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-

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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 ..

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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LeeS (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  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.

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Mrchanute (Kansas City)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  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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FrankD (San Diego)
5.0  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.

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Hokls (Montana)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  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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ChrisH (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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CarlosG (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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vipLegacyrunner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!

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vipKemp (San Diego)
5.0  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!!!

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