Waterline

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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.

The dining experience is 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.
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PP
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always great being on the water. Menu a little boring but tried avocado fries for first time and liked them.

IB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful location...lovely food...great brunch overall...

j
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Our brunch at Waterline was terrible! They ran out of food and kept saying they were going to add more, the service was horrible. Had to beg for more coffee. The crab cake benedict was so bland, mashed up crab, dry and we took one bite and said no more. The waitstaff act like it's an inconvenience to serve their guests. As we left my husband was complaining to the hostess and a woman came up to him and said they had an awful meal too and would not ever be coming back. We won't be going back either.

JL
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Menu was a little limited especially for my wife and I as we only eat seafood. I think it was due to a shortened menu for Valentine’s Day.

Food was very good and service great

Prices a touch above average, but the setting was awesome.

People actually dress up there, which is nice. So a nice romantic dinner out without some idiot at the next table with a baseball hat turned backwards.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed the weekend at Balboa Bay Resort for a girls weekend. Met some friends there. Full disclosure, we had OUTSTANDING service both times we ate here, dinner and brunch. My friends who are at different times than us and had different servers had absolutely horrid service. Not sure if we were just lucky or they were unlucky. But I have zero complaints and would go again especially for brunch. The cost was such a value.

A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent brunch!, good price, nice location and service!. Recommended!

YL
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful Valentines dinner. Definitely would come back again.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Very limited menu affected our view of the food

LK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent. The service was slow , however it was a holiday weekend so it is hard to judge.

s
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoyed a quiet valentine's lunch at regular prices! we were a party of 4 and all enjoyed their food and we could have a nice conversation. the wait staff are knowledgeable and attentive. made for a very nice day. and valet parking is comped if you eat there.

TL
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine's brunch and it was amazing! Not crowded, bay views, delicious food. Pricey, but less than you'd expect for the location. Highly recommend for a romantic meal!

KH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to celebrate an Anniversary! Quiet, romantic and a great view!

S
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent sea bass, but menu a bit restricted for fish.
Very quiet, must have been the super bowl

JH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional! Server Lucius was such a pleasure to have.

OT
Orange County
111 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here during Newport Beach restaurant week. We enjoyed our choices. Everything was delicious. The desserts were on the "very" sweet side but that's personal preference. Although it was a chilly evening, we sat on their lovely patio with heaters overlooking the boats docked there. It was just the relaxing evening we wanted.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Ambiance was great, food was average, and service started out disappointing, but eventually improved during our brunch. The unlimited champagne mimosas were a fabulous addition to our brunch experience!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday brunch and the experience was absolutely lovely! The staff were extremely attentive and the selection was high quality! The scenery and ambiance was also lovely!

JP
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great quality food and presentation. The menu was quite limited for Sunday at lunch to just the brunch and the brunch options were more limited than most places however the excellent service and ambiance offset that shortcoming.

JP
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience

M
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the waterline! Our server was Justin and he was top notch. Great service and recommendations for food and wine! The Spanish Octopus was a superb preparation and very tender. Scallops some of the best I’ve had and my husband really enjoyed his Beef Wellington Cooked Perfectly to his request. A bit pricey but so is the real-estate they are in. We will definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at waterline with my family. House roll and fried calamari were perfectly prepared and delish.
The white bass with forbidden black rice, bok choy and shitake mushroom; Scottish salmon with with beluga lentils and escarole; mushroom risotto and Kobe burger were all great. The ambience was very upscale and romantic with live music. They have beautiful outdoor sitting but we opted on having a comfy dinner without having to worry about being cold or too hot from outdoor heater.
Highly recommend!

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Octopus, mushroom velour, scallops and salmon oh my! Totally delicious! My hubby and I had a lovely date night...will definitely be back!

NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance!! Grab a table on the patio- they have heat lamps! Brunch is to die for!

MM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio for lunch looking at the marina. Service was excellent as was the food.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good experience.

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Celebrating Christmas

AI
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We made reservations for Christmas dinner. No one notified us of a holiday menu. None of the options met our dietary needs. We ended up paying $350 for two sub-standard steaks. How is it that a restaurant adds sweetener to ahi crudo and steak? Everything was covered in sauce! Management was dealing with a LOT of unhappy customers.

First and last time at Waterline.

L
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table was so nice with comfortable chairs, the waiter was very good and informative. The quality of the food was great!

L
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at the resort for the Newport Beach boat parade and this was the perfect restaurant. We arrived early for our reservation and were promptly seated on the patio with heaters, with a perfect view of the boats. It was a pre-fix menu and everything was delicious - the portions were plentiful and the service was fine. The views and the food were the highlights and I would definitely return.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Rip off prefix menu for Boat parade

JY
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Went to Waterline to view the Newport Beach Christmas boat parade. Nice atmosphere. Our waiter Alberto was very attentive. Food was good, but apparently had cooled a bit prior to being served. I would not say it was "cold" - but it was not at the temperature I expected.

A
London
34 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food and valet parking was great. Unfortunately the service was terrible. Initially seated very quickly but then nothing. Took over 45 minutes to take our order and get the first course, asked for salt and pepper which ever arrived. Complained to manager and things did improve but no offer of compensation or reduction for what was really poor service.

PM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had thought we could order from the normal menu but found out that there was a preset menu coinciding with the Christmas boat parade. The preset menu lacked many of the items we would have preferred - filets, salads, other desserts - and what was served was not exceptional. If we could have ordered off of the regular menu, I believe the experience would have been Five-star. By the way, the service was exceptional.

PB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The Seafood Cioppino was the worst I've ever had; no seafood was fresh - the clams, the squid have died some days ago and the sauce needed some full conversion to a lighter and happier sauce!!! In place of the cioppino I got the Wild Isles Scottish Salmon - this whole menu was not to my liking at all! The salmon was not fresh either - so total disappointment for me!
Now, I loved the ambiance! For the restaurant to succeed, they need to change the menu or have a more creative chef!

Y
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Brunch with beautiful views! Daniel N. provided very nice, personable service!

SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After going to several branches throughout the years this has to be my all time favorite brunch so far and will continue to go back. Atmosphere is relaxing with a wonderful View. Plenty of open seating very neat and organized staff was amazing and very welcoming to everyone. We had the most wonderful sweet, sociable, knowledgeable server by the name of Victoria. We will be going back very soon.

KP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great lunch venue to celebrate a birthday. Will have to come back and try it for dinner.

PH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our Thanksgiving dinner at the Waterline have normally been a fantastic affair, excellent food and very good surroundings. This year we got seated at a round table for 6 even there are only 4 in our party. That made it very difficult to have a conversation, specially if you add the VERY high noise level. Adding that both the turkey and the fish were dry. We came away from there wondering what had happened to a great restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner