Waterline

4.5
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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our Christmas Eve prix fixe menu at Waterline. Adults are $95, children under 12, $46, plus tax & automatic service charge. Credit Card required.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM for our Christmas Day prix fixe menu at Waterline. Adults are $95, children under 12, $46, plus tax & automatic service charge. Credit Card required.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 707 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

a
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice - we would come back

WE
Tampa
57 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch location - a beautiful view out over the channel sitting outside as we enjoyed bottomless mimosas at a leisurely pace. Interesting way to do brunch - and unique. Unlimited fruits, cheese, bread, and charcuterie. Then you have a choice of five entrees they deliver shortly after you ask. Then bottomless desserts. WILL go back again!

LT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The setting is beautiful. We were there on a Sunday for their brunch. Would try there regular menu. Look forward to coming back

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

It was a warm day, no one in the indoor dining room and only 2 tables being served outdoors. Waiters did not attend to us nearly as often as we needed or wanted them. Poor service.

L
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was fine but the service very poor. Not a friendly atmosphere. Expect more from a resort hotel where I was paying over $500 a night for a room.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Can’t beat the bay view. Cocktails were spot on. White bass was so visually appealing and tasty that my wife made me switch to her lamb which I gladly enjoyed. Lemon crumble with gelato satisfied both our sweet cravings

GT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere perfect for intimate gatherings and romantic dates loved the service very attentive never saw my glass empty. I feel the seafood selection to be in ok quality shrimp was delicious. And the desserts sooo good will definitely come back in the future. Thank you waterline!

AD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location for Sunday Brunch! Excellent service, good food (highly recommend the crab cake eggs benedict) and lovely atmosphere. The bottomless mimosas are a big plus too!

KS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance is the best part of dining there. The filet mignon was excellent but expensive, my salad was OK.

CW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nieces 25th birthday.

CF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fantastic gourmet-dining experience and right on the water. Even for a weeknight the number of other diners was low, which is why I’m writing this review: Waterline appears to be rather an undiscovered gem.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Food, service, music!!! Can’t wait for our next visit.

PE
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server (Victoria) was very good, will definetly be back!

ER
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The waiter we had was a little rude, I know we all have bad days but do not bring it to work.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Breakfast I’ve had in a long time.

M
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is excellent from the service to food and drinks. Highly recommend

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We stayed a bit late and was not offered dessert menu if there were any... otherwise overall service and food was good.

MS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

the Service was not very good, the waiter seem a bit lost and our food was just okay.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond amazing!!!!

JH
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughters going away lunch

KL
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Crab benedict, bland crab and hollandaise sauce.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food paired with attentive service. Restaurant is tastefully decorated and quiet with a nice view of the harbor. One of my new favorite dining spots.

D
Dallas
127 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We ordered a beet salad and an octopus salad and were disappointed in the quality. Our server was overwhelmed with too many tables. The restaurant is beautiful but it was not a pleasant dinner.

AV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The only downside to the meal was the seafood platter for $79.00
disappointing for the cost

KE
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Reserved a table outside and despite the fact that there were only 3 seated tables inside and 4 tables outside, we were told that no outside tables were available.
Ordered food... 1.5 hrs later meal FINALLY arrives because our ticket got “shuffled behind a larger party”
A waste of $300.

ND
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the most amazing time. The setting is fantastic being right on the harbor with the gorgeous boats.
It was shaded and we enjoyed the patio. The staff is wonderful. After we had a long lunch we moved over to the bar seating and Bobby just spoiled us with his humor and service. This is a special place where you have scenery, good food, great service and ability for conversation in a quieter setting.

LP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and very special Sunday Brunch! Loved every details, the food was delicious, our server was very attentive and the view was beautiful!

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was excellent. Loved the cold bar buffet.

JJ
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot for lunch! Great biz meeting spot!!

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and friendly staff.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had a reservation, but had to wait. We were at the table almost 15 minutes before we got water. Not worth $53 pp, I would not go again

TS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. The ambiance fits the quality of the food. The ribery was large, flavorful and delicious. The scallops were melt in your mouth tender. Make sure you get the bread. They are mini loaves that are very tasty. Will definitely go back.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service-food was awesome! Took our three almost four year old and it was very comfortable.

SV
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and service from our waiter James and Justin too. James respected that we were wanting time to get caught up with our friends and gave us space to talk before ordering. So refreshing not to be pressured to order right away. Our night was wonderful from start to finish! :-)

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone Enjoyed the dinner very much.

M
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victoria made sure we had a very special and memorable 4th of July lunch. Excellent service.

A
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Delicious food. Marvelous service

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was extremely slow and unfriendly. The food was okay but definitely have no intention of going back.