Waterline

4.5
647 reviews
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Seafood
Balboa Bay Resort’s signature restaurant, offers coastal-inspired cuisine within a relaxed waterfront setting.

Executive Chef, Rachel Haggstrom, crafts a dining experience focused on seasonal ingredients, local and regional seafood, and expert technique. Favorites include a delicate lobster house roll, Kona kampachi sashimi, and pan seared diver scallops.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch, guests can enjoy intimate indoor or outdoor dining overlooking Balboa Bay. Larger celebrations will enjoy the restaurant’s private dining room, including a dedicated patio, backed by sunset views.
What 647 People Are Saying
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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the ambiance. We are absolutely planning on coming back and would love to bring friends.
Highlight was the friend more chicken and waffles with spicy coleslaw. My picky boyfriend ate every bite of it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great.
View was fantastic.
Food was eclectic

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j
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I love Waterline for their delicious Sunday brunch. We enjoy sitting on the patio and admiring the yachts and looking at the beautiful water. The seafood is exceptional and so very fresh! They also give you a small menu to choose 1 item out of 5 or 6 for your hot entree. I always choose the delicious crab benedict with perfectly prepared poached eggs. They always serve mimosas and the service is always good. Such a lovely restaurant to dine at.

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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for a place to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion, this is a great place to dine.

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N
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our Valentine's here this year (2019). This was our first time at Waterline, and we were in for a truly wonderful treat.
In short, Waterline is a hidden gem inside Balboa Bay Resort with marvelous scenery, exceptional service, delicious food and great atmosphere. Paige, our server, was exceptional through our whole dinner. Her recommendations on the apetizer, entree and dessert were on spot; the foods were delicious and wine selections were great. At the end, Paige brought us a chocolate treats (2 hearts) and a red rose for my wife.
My wife and I truly enjoyed our Valentine's at Waterline. Thank you, Paige and the Waterline team, for making our day so special. We will certainly come back here soon for our next date night!

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l
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner with my wife and the food was excellent, especially the presentation which is amazing. The only comment I would make it on the choppino: it was a little minimalistic and the sauce is not exactly what you expect for a good choppino. A shout out to our server Paige who is simply the best: she is friendly but composed, gave good suggestion and took care of us for the whole night. Super nice Paige !

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late Christmas company dinner

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KL
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here before. Everything classy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and beautiful view!

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F
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took two customer to breakfast this morning. Perfect

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GL
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a welcoming experience the moment we approach the restaurant. The staff was tentative and knowledgeable about the menu. We tried all the menu items that spoke to us with our server Paige's help. She is AMAZING! So delicious. We really appreciated the presentation of each dish and savored every bite. We came back for dinner the next day.

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AG
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our time at Waterline. Very nicely plated dishes.

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GC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Meh! Uncooked ravioli- sent back. Mashed potatoes were not hot (just warm). No asparagus available for one of our dishes. Disappointing at best.

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SL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch on the patio New Year’s Eve morning. Excellent service, great coffee

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L
London
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While it was a nearly empty restaurant that didn’t stop us from having a great time and feeling

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E
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to eat. It's visual appealing on the inside of the restaurant as well as the food. The server we had was amazing and funny. We chose our meal off of a pre-fix menu which was nice. I didn't see much in terms of children, so this is a place for adults. It's pricey but very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday parade

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PW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Not great service. Food was mediocre. Price too high for quality and service

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DE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Festive holiday dining and enjoying boat parade with my son last evening. Food prepared to perfection and craft cocktails to celebrate the season.

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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for final day of boat parade, Dec 23. Service was attentive at first, but as the evening progressed it seemed they were understaffed. Waited over 30 minutes before server came to provide check. Also we were not aware they had a fixed menu for boat parade, very disappointing. Should have been told upon reservation confirmation.

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J
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for our 40th wedding anniversary celebration but didn't realize it was a full buffet brunch...more than we wanted as we had a special celebration in the early evening scheduled. We were given the choice of eating off the menu in the bar area and chose to do this which was an excellent decision! Ended up we were the only people in the bar and had a delicious, fresh meal. The best part was our bartender/wait person Natasha. Because we were the only two people in the bar the entire time, she was gracious, friendly and made our 'date' perfect! She was never intrusive and very professional. She also takes great pride in cleaning the bar area so it sparkled! Thank you, Natasha for making our 40th special.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

People, you are missing out!! This restaurant, with large comfortable private booths, elegant ambience, right on the water must be a well kept secret. The food is delicious- the Beef Wellington is melt in your mouth wonderful- the service is impeccable. I love this restaurant! I never do reviews, but I want this restaurant to be around for a while.
So if you want a romantic, elegant dinner in a quiet beautifully appointed dining room on Newport Bay, then give it a try

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently had lunch with a friend in the Waterline restaurant and it could not have been better.
My greeting from the hostess was warm and friendly as accompanied me into the dining room and offered me choices of window tables overlooking the patio and the water.
Our waiter immediately offered something to drink while I waited for my friend.
The luncheon menu runs the gamut of starters, hot and cold entrees and drinks.
My friend chose the cobb salad with her choice of dressings and was cheerfully accomodated with all of her requests. I chose the classic mariner salad and it was generously garnished with lots of seafood and the 1000 island dressing was perfect.
We also shared a dessert of chocolate cake with dulce de leche mousse topped with chocolate ganache.
Our experience always makes us want to come back to the Bay Club for a perfect luncheon afternoon!
The prices are commensurate with on the water dining in Newport Beach.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday. It was nice that the staff acknowledged the event. However, the small almost inedible dessert bites were disappointing.

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DW
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view, food, service was fantastic. Beautiful restaurant. Especially nice if you are staying in the Resort.

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KO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We only go there for sp occasions. It's in a luxury hotel so we expect a great hospitality. This time, the server wasn't very attentive, nor very friendly.
Everything else was very good.

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OT
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location on the water. Tables outside with heaters are the best!

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WS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, presentation and service by the staff.....especially our server, Patrick.

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B
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crystal is an excellent server
The menu is different but
Very good our food was tasty

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e
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had to ask multiple times to have my drink refilled. The wrong drink was brought for my son. The food made both my husband and I feel ill after leaving.

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l
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place .

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j
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Bread was rock hard, fritata was incredibly bland. For the amount charged the value just wasn’t there. Great location though

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CE
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our brunch here and was surprised we hadn’t done it sooner! Looking forward to coming back again especially after the patio opens back up. Thank you Waterline. See you soon.

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JK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!
We are SO happy that Balboa Bay Club has not let service and quality go by the way side! LIVE like your on vacation while in your own neighborhood :-) This is our our new favorite find, since the service at the Coliseum Grill at Pelican Hill is now the worst place in Newport Beach for service. BBC and Waterline is our new go to and recommendation for anyone wanting 5 star resort service AND great food!

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TM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was delicious and the service was phenomenal.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

beautiful place.. the view of the water AMAZING.. food was very good.

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OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals in the world I've ever had that wasn't a wine pairing, chef's choice dinner.
Not inexpensive, but worth the price. Far too few people here.
So hard to find, you might give up, but don't.. it's worth the effort..

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r
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Celebrated brunch bday with family it was great 👍 yummy food great view the kids enjoyed to highly recommend

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M
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Of the 2 meals and one desert... the lamb was great but the sides accompanied them was small.
The seafood dish my friend got was disappointing for her.
The peach ice cream bar... was a little icy... and felt almost store bought.
Was our first time there but I dont think well return.

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A
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Annabelle says: gorgeous location. Lack of communication three times between server and assistant. Menu stated squash blossoms w salmon meal but mislead! Just a few baby squash without stuffing.
No one hardly in restaurant.

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