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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (83)
Waterfront (79)
Special Occasion (63)
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Good for Anniversaries (57)
Romantic (56)
Good for a Date (49)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Worth the Drive (39)
Great for Outdoor Dining (38)
Cozy (34)
Business Meals (31)
Good for Groups (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Healthy (24)
Casual (23)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Fun (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Happy Hour (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Authentic (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Bar Seating (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Seasonal (11)
People Watching (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Live Music (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service from Sam

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall a really good experience. Reservation was for 715 we arrive about 705. Seated at 712. Waiter was great, greeted us right away, explained the specials and answered any questions. Drinks were prompt and a really good pour. Food was good and tasty. The table was right at the window with great views of the bay and passing boats. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

We were visiting from Colorado and wanted some seafood. This place was friendly, on the water and the food was great. We had a nice seaside view but it was cold sitting by the window.
Would highly recommend!

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Really nice. Beautiful view, great service . Overall really nice. Everyone should have dinner or a drink here!

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a great place with excellent service, good food and a nice view of the harbor.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We have been going here for years. Brooke was the best server we have had there and the manager who I believe has been a server for years has really stepped up and made this a wonderful place. Well done

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Had a wonderful experience; the wine & food was terrific. Towards the end of the night a great band was playing which had us stay an additional hour. We enjoyed 3 hours of dining, it was very memorable. Can’t wait to do it again.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was great and the atmosphere was lovely. However, we ended up paying more for a couple of specials than anticipated. Our waiter spoke too fast and we failed to ask the market price on the specials. Obviously, we were shocked when we received our bill.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent dining experience! Our waiter Brandon was great, finally a polite, funny and attentive server. Great menu, hard to pick with so many selections. The evening's special Chilean Sea Bass was delish. This restaurant is one of the best in the Landry's Corp. group, compared to others, M&S's, they operate. Best restaurant experience in a while!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great ambiance, service and food. Been going for years, highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

First time in Rusty Pelican. January 1st,2018. Order oysters, soups and chili an sea bass.
Oysters were fresh and good.
Clam chowder and crab soups just average and not warm enough. Very dissapointed with fish. We attended this restaurant because we love this fish. Cook had no idea how to prepare this expensive fish. Fat was not cut off, over the fish a lot of strange looking sauce that kill taste. Very bad experience. Awful food.will not coming back again.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The Manager was very kind and our waitress Whitney recommended a wonderful fish. Everything we had was well prepared and delicious.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Exceptional restaurant with food, service, and ambience to match. The regular ladies bathroom could use another stall or two but I wouldn't let that keep me away. An all-around delightful experience, including the valet staff who are always very helpful and attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We came for New Year's Eve. What a delight. Food was fantastic. Server, top notch. Brooke L - we will be asking for you when we return. We hadn't been in a long time. Rusty Pelican is definitely a fine dining experience! Going back for no special occasion next time, going for the outstanding service, food, and ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The Rusty Pelican is a favorite of ours. The view of the water is beautiful and the food is fantastic. The service is always delicious too.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing 😉 we've been coming here for 22yrs never been disappointed 😀👍🏻

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful wait staff. Our only recommendation--lower the volume of the musak. Given the cramped surrounding of being port side, less noise adds to the intimate ambience. Enjoyed our visit prior to boat cruise.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Absolutely amazed with my first experience at the Rusty Pelican! Will definitely be coming back!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and atmosphere was great! Waitstaff was first rate!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great tasting seafood and excellent service. The ambiance was elegant yet relaxed and very comfotable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Charming restaurant with a nice view of the harbor.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

They seated me outside for XMas eve. I had to wear my jacket the entire time because it was cold
On Xmas eve. Also, the outside smell
Was disgusting what made me eat my food kind of quick to get out of there. First time disappointed with them.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

What a nice pre-Christmas brunch. Since one of our party couldn't eat seafood the choices were limited, but still delicious!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Returned to Rusty Pelican after being out of state over 40 years . The restaurant is still as good as I remembered it. The entire staff was friendly and attentive and the seafood was excellent. Our waitress Kelly is one in million and made our evening one we will never forget. Thank You.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My husband & I went for lunch & was very enjoyable. It was a gorgeous, sunny day so we had a beautiful view of the harbor. Sam, our server was awesome & Kim, the manager stopped by to check on us, which was a nice touch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent restaurant and service. Great setting great manager and hosts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Scenic View, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Unbelievably impressed with the dining and staff! Everyone was so courteous and inviting. The food was amazing!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Made reservations for lunch a week ahead although probably not necessary. Only valet parking but it is inexpensive ($3-5).
Nice waterfront location, good service. The menus is 95% seafood.
I had the swordfish topped with crab which was just OK.
The worst thing we all four commented on was the bread. It was so dry and tough.
It crumbled in your hand if you tried to tear it.
Others had a Cobb salad which she said was good. Coconut shrimp and a steak salad.
Go for the location, not the food.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A family favorite! We had reservations for 7 and they had a nice cornor table waiting when we arrived. The mirror on back walks allows everyone dining a beautiful view of the bay and boats crusing by. The food was fantastic. From the crab cakes and garlic bread to the clam chowder, steak, salmon, swordfish and Mahi mahi every thing was prepared uniquely with yummy veggies rice or relishes. We celebrated my sons birthday and their white chocolate ice cream treat was a hit. Been going here for over 25 years and this chef really is the best.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

we love the atmosphere, food, service. we would love to come back again and again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Overall experience was great. Food was great and so was the service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service and incredible food!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This was a wonderful dining experience. The Rusty Pelican was always one of my favorite restaurants when I lived In Orange County. I hadn't been back in years, so it was extremely satisfying to find it still offering the same high quality service and delicious food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Fresh delicious seafood. Enjoyed the sea bass and salmon and seafood pasta. Prices were reasonable and outdoor dining was delightful as we watched the sunset over the marina.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Crowded bar/restaurant, but that’s not a bad thing when the vibe is energetic! Good drinks upstairs at the bar and great food downstairs. Management and staff were very friendly.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very popular restaurant. Food and service was outstanding. Reservation through open table went flawless. The location and view of the harbor with many boats cruising along is memorable.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was phenomenal, great view and beautiful set up. My filet mignon with blue cheese was to die for! The waiter could have been a little more calm and collected by he was friendly and attentive. OVERALL a great dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great as usual. You won't go wrong dining here! Excellent food, wonderful ambiance and a great scenic view.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Rusty Pelican. Our table was great. The service was excellent. The food was great. The garlic bread was so decadent, dripping with butter and garlic. Our server recommended the Russian River Chardonnay which was the best choice to accompany the Chilean Sea Bass, Oscar style (topped with lump crab, asparagus, hollandaise sauce). This was one of the best dinners that I have had in a long time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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