Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.5
3083 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • 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 3083 People Are Saying
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PB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and the second I stepped in the door I was greeted and showed to my table.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Fish was properly cooked. Food was at the right temperature. Service was friendly and attentive. Highly recommend.

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T
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for waterfront dining in Newport Beach. Varied selection of seafood items, as well as a few items for those preferring steak or chicken. In an age where dining out is becoming less and less affordable, it's nice to find a spot with scenic views and well-prepared dishes, reasonably priced.

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BB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday and had a grand time. Service, Food, Ambiance...……..all terrific. Worth driving up from Dana Point.

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a
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Need to improve waitstaff training. No one asked if we wanted another drink/glass of wine. Bill came did not ask if we wanted anything else and we did. Server y what do you want.

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CL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to the Rusty Pelican we have a great time and enjoy it very much we go at leat once a month if not more.

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L
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location on the water is wonderful! The attention to service makes the experience. The food, again, was delicious. Thank you!

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CW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner while dining outside. Service and atmosphere were wonderful!

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DB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wish the menu items would change more. Or add more to it. It seems to have been the same for years. But still good.

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l
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love always going here. Must have the garlic bread and watched a great sunset. Service was good and swordfish and salmon both do overs.

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SN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful!! We loved the view and atmosphere.

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KI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service.
Local favorite.
Menu is varied for everyone, and manager always checking to make sure everyone happy.

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is always good but the garlic bread wasn’t as good this time. Usually dripping is garlic butter but this time is wasn’t. Frankly a little disappointed...

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing waterfront seafood restaurant, I picked the chefs special and couldn't have been happier.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was mediocre but at least it wasn't overpriced. The waitress, Jistine, was about as bad as I've had. Nice little view on the water, though along with cheap, included champagne so I'm sure there are others with better things to say.

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E
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great brunch options--great server-view of harbor partially blocked by large group sitting at outside seating and outside seating was not available as a result. Food was awesome.

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HM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the service is great! Love this place!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for my daughter’s birthday and the food and service were great as was the view of the water! There was a party going on upstairs which made it noisier than I would have preferred especially with the music, other then that, I would definitely go back.

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VI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Katlin and the hosts we're warm and inviting with fine service and hospitality.Just the best!The food outstanding,the atmosphere is casual and classy.great wine list.lunch prices fair for the quality of food choices.

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A
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious; everyone was so very friendly and the view was wonderful. They put up with us changing tables from outside to inside and were so accommodating. It was a wonderful birthday for our friend. Thank you so much.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wine corkage is too high at $25 for this level restaurant

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P
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have been going here for years but this particular night the food was only fair and the server seemed like she was in s rush to get rid of us. Too bad because in the past I would have given it a 4-5 as a score. Maybe it was an off night

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c
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, like always, was wonderful. The view out onto Newport Harbor was picturesque. Since we arrived at 4:30, it wasn't too loud, though the restaurant was certainly busy by the time we left. The service was a little slow, though. The hostesses were great as were the food servers, but our waiter was hard to find.

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MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner... great service. A little noisy, if you want to talk you might want the patio.

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KB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service! Will be back for sure!

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SR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Request at reservation to be seated outside was ignored at time of seating. We had to make a plea to seat us outside for this occasion. In town for the holiday weekend but overall a great time and great views from the terrace

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D
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We come here often and normally the food here has always been excellent but this both the crab cakes and our fish dishes were warm at best. Mine was served with very little rice and what I had on my plate was soaked in sauce from the fish, my wife’s was fine .I don’t think this time it was worth the 130.00 dollars

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding about our experience. Except, there was a children's birthday party upstairs that was loud and got to be annoying.

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JV
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were vacationing along Newport Coast last week, and this was by far our best meal all week. Service was great, friendly, attentive. Our fish entrees were very tasty, nothing was left on our plates. I had the Mediterranean Barramundi, an excellent entree. Others had the salmon, and the Penne a la vodka, all excellent in flavor and portion size. Our wines were great as well. You won't go wrong here, they have a great menu with lots of choices, most are fish, but lots of others as well. Comfortable ambience. Highly recommended.

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n
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated on time for our 630 reservation. Friendly greeting, waiter did an exceptional job along with his trainee. They were very attentive, explained menu, made some good suggestions, food came quickly, and was awesome. We all had fish that was perfectly prepared. All said and done, it was a gr8 nite, gr8 food, complimentary birthday dessert - scrumptious!! We'll definitely return.

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KN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

They called to confirm my reservation and that it was for an anniversary but the hostess didn't know that. Other than that, it was perfect! The food was delicious and fresh and the view was amazing. A truly lovely evening.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I tried a new fish and it was medium/ rare and tough. I asked our waitress if it was tough because it wasnt cooked enough. The waitress did not offer an explanation told me it was just the type of fish. I cldnt cut it with a regular knife so i was given a STEAK knife—-TO CUT FISH!!!!!
She nvr offered ti replace my dish.
We then stopped the manager and asked him the same questions but i had already ripped my way through the fish. The bottom was raw so easier to see. The light in our table was nvr turned on by our waitress until we finished our meal so i cldnt see in the dark atmosphere.
Bottom line the very kind manager took the dish off our bill and told me he wished he had known earlier and he wld hv replaced my meal. Shldnt the waitress hv offered instead of giving me a steak knife????
We tipped the full amount of the meal but this waitress needs more training. I had a glass of wine and was nvr asked if i wanted another.
I wonder what was submitted to our Landry’s Club acct as well.
Disappointing as whenever we are in town we go there as we used to be locals.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was underwhelming this time around. We went a few times to this restaurant but the food was more memorable than the food we ordered. The bill was high and wasn’t all that worth it.

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F
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rusty Pelican was great. Helped celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday and made it special

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SC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, immediate seating with our reservation, our friends were impressed!

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OC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service we received was hands down the worst I’ve ever had.

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D
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great view! Try to go at sunset.

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m
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary lunch

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and awesome

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated a birthday here. Justin (the manager) was great. He made sure everything was going well. His friendliness and hospitality made this special evening perfect.

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