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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

89% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (86)
Waterfront (81)
Special Occasion (67)
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Good for Anniversaries (63)
Romantic (56)
Good for a Date (49)
Good for Birthdays (47)
Worth the Drive (46)
Great for Outdoor Dining (41)
Great for Lunch (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Cozy (30)
Healthy (28)
Business Meals (28)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Casual (24)
Good for Groups (22)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Fun (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Authentic (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Seasonal (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
People Watching (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Live Music (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 14 hours ago

Wonder and the view of the docks is beautiful

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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 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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·Dined 2 days ago

Waiter was amazing. Food was perfect.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

Anniversary

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 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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·Dined on February 11, 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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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 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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 (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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·Dined on February 8, 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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·Dined on February 6, 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 4, 2018

Obscenely expensive - this is a high end Red Lobstet.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 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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·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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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Highly recommend for any occasion

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our server was new . He was very nice - but seemed a little frazzled at times . Once he gets settled he will be great !

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was great! Great atmosphere! Our waitress was just ok!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our favorite place to dine in Newport Coast. Wish you had a restaurant on the East Coast!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere. Everyone in our party raved about the food, service and setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I was told the Flagship swordfish dish was not spicy but it turned out to be very spicy. The waitress didn't offer a replacement. Overall i think it was over priced fro what you get. The best part is the ambience and view of the harbor.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was excellent and staff was very friendly. We did not have a reservation for outside but the hostess was very accommodating and made arrangements for us to sit outside. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I took my mom for her birthday to the Rusty Pelican. They don't do anything special for birthdays but we had a gorgeous view of the harbor. The food was good, not really worth the price though.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

John was a great server Had a great birthday lunch

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Was a little disappointed with the Sea Bass special - it tasted a little fishy.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Prime Newport Beach waterfront location, with prices to match. Expect $5 valet parking unless parking on street or shopping areas. Service can be a little slow, but staff are always friendly and helpful. Sunset hours are best for the view.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Delicious food, great service, fabulous view of the harbor...one of the best restaurants in Newport Beach

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Incredible salmon and vegetables and bread!
Great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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