Waterline

4.6
619 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Grill
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 630-4390
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Rachel Haggstrom
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Coast Highway and Balboa Bay Way
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking with validation from restaurant. Hourly Self Parking rates.
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Special events & promotions
Waterline Newport Beach plays host to a variety of events throughout the year, including our Wine & Spirits Series, and Annual Wine Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. A full schedule of events can be found online at http://www.balboabayresort.com/dining/balboa-bay-wine-and-spirits-series.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM for our Thanksgiving Lunch at the Waterline Restaurant. We are offering a prix fixe menu. Adults are $90, children under 12, $45, plus tax & service charge. Credit card required.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our Christmas Eve Dinner at the Waterline Restaurant. We are offering a prix fixe menu. Adults are $95, children under 12, $46, plus tax & service charge. Credit card required.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM for our Christmas Lunch/Dinner at the Waterline Restaurant. We are offering a prix fixe menu. Adults are $95, children under 12, $46, plus tax & service charge. Credit card required.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What 619 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
3 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
60 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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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch is worth the money. A delicious cold brunch selection and unlimited mimosas. The service is great and attentive. I would definitely return.

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MR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

One of my favorite places to dine
Rachel is wonderful. Waiters are great. Lovely views and delicious food.

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FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jose was our server and he was most attentive and really made our dining experience wonderful!

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d
Palm Springs
65 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The bass was very fishy and the manager credited us for it.

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KR
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Waterline is a very sedate and relaxing place to enjoy a good meal with excellent and non- intrusive service. I have always found it to be a good choice for business lunches.

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GA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service. Amazing view. But we dis not enjoy the food it was not tastey at all. So expenisive.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The waiter was slooooow for brunch —— and seafood was great! Kids brunch tooexpensive at $26 for a 4 y/o.

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L
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place right on the water in the balboa bay club. Great food and just a perfect place by the beach!

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TD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best and most creative food experience i have had in a long time. Great place for a date or evening out.

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a
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

It was very expensive and not very tasty at all. It was over $75 for lunch and none of us had alcohol or any beverage other than tap water. Setting is pretty but that is all. I will never go back there again

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PK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went her for Sunday brunch with our kids for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Brunch was excellent! The mimosa's kept coming and the food was fabulous. We sat outside and had beautiful views and ambiance. They even made a special desert plate with "Happy Anniversary" on it!

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OC
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Creative and flavorful menu items. Very pleased!

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KD
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I wasn’t happy at all with the service at this restaurant. I brought my family here for dinner for the first time based upon the high ratings on open table and I was incredibly disappointed.
Our server was inattentive, rushed, distant, and cold. He lacked basic serving etiquette such as striking up some friendly banter with the guests, offering suggestions to new diners or even acknowledging we were celebrating a special evening. He never provided us with bread and butter. I actually had to ask a bus boy for the bread. Dishes were mixed up. All of our glasses of water were left unfilled the entire night and despite requesting a special Father’s Day message on my dessert, which was confirmed and approved by management, it was never done.
Completely disappointing and unacceptable.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an engagement celebration here at Waterline in the Balboa Bay Resort!

First off, Waterline has a classic elegance to it.

Conservatively styled in blues and creams, with plush upholstered chairs and solid (mahogany) tables.
Colorful art surrounding the walls.
The ultimate beauty comes through the windows lining one side of Waterline. The boats and ships line the port just next to the patio along the restaurant.

The cold selection of Waterline’s brunch was delicious with crab legs, shrimp, salmon, cheeses, and an assortment of danishes. The hot dishes were wonderful! I had the halibut stack with an avocado spread. It was delicious.

The tiered desert centerpiece was elegantly displayed and the dessert pieces were decorated, and very pretty! All fresh and such a variety! Very yummy!!

Service at the Waterline was perfect for us!! Our server, Jose, was very nice, attentive and very friendly! I am so glad we had him. He added a special touch to our wonderful visit! Thank you, Jose!!

Waterline is the perfect restaurant for any special occasion, date or romantic meal! A definite A+
5 Star for this restaurant of class and elegance!

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed a luncheon with a friend for both of our birthdays. We had to change tables once since there was a larger party too close to us. We wanted a quiet table to catch up on chit chat. Once we changed tables, everything was fine. We had a good time.

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RM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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o
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Nick was fantastic. It was a fantastic experience

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S
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and the service was excellent. The place was a little more empty than one would expect considering how nice this place was. A+O had a lot more people in it. Victoria, our waitress, was fantastic! If all their staff is as nice and helpful as she was, then A++.

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful bay views with boats passing by. Food was very tasty with great presentation. Service impeccable. Quiet!

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a beautiful spot on the harbor with many amazing yachts on view. The Sunday buffet is great -- all you can eat seafood appetizers plus your choice of one of several hot entrees. The food was bland but fine and no one will list it as what made this a great Sunday brunch. The service was very good and very tolerant of our party's rather long stay. Recommended.

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TH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. $53 per person with unlimited sparkling wine or mimosas. Very nice cold buffet with pastries, seafood (crab, shrimp, smoked salmon) and meats & cheese. Choice of one hot entree from choice of five or six. I had crab cake Benedict which was excellent and my girlfriend had the halibut BLT which was also very good (think deconstructed sandwich). Service was pretty good, felt a little rushed at time & definitely when the bill was brought without us asking for it. We put it on far side of table & continued to enjoy our drinks but our server came back twice and leaned across table to see if the check was ready for payment, little annoying! Overall good experience, very nice setting although patio was a little chilly.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location, food, ambiance were great. The people who greeted us and waited on us were as good as any ive had in 35 yrs of dining out. World class service. Thanks

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V
Los Angeles
218 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Limited menu and decent food. Great view of the water and the service was pretty good.

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I
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with matching service.

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YL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We had never been to this restaurant before and thought we would try it. The food was great, service was excellent, and sitting out on the patio gave a spectacular view.

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a
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Patrick is attentive and service focused. Ask for him to add to your great dining experience.

Waterline is wonderful...beautiful setting, delicious food.

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our reservations were at 1:15 pm for Sunday Brunch, but they shut down at 2 pm. We had to rush through our buffet charcuterie so that we could order our main course. They insisted we get up and get to the buffet before even our water or Mimosa was served. We and didn't have time to go to the dessert buffet because they put it away before we finished eating. We were never offered coffee or tea. The restaurant and deck were not full. We were a party of 6 and would like to have been outside but instead we were placed right at the music. We couldn't hear each other talk. It was an ok meal. We enjoyed our time together even though the food was ok and the time was rushed. Probably will go somewhere else next time.

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JH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Waterline. It was our first time and we will be going back. The cuisine matched the beautiful waterfront setting and excellent service. Really nice!

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