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About Waterline

Waterline Newport Beach, with its contemporized nautical design, is a California coastal seafood-inspired and refined full-service restaurant along the waterfront featuring an alluring water-to-table experience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Waterline, headed by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom offers a seasonal menu focused on the freshest seafood and highest quality ingredients with a chef driven concept – a perfectly comfortable and relaxed environment to enjoy delectable cuisine in a beautiful waterfront location.

1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American, Grill

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

Cross Street:
Pacific Coast Highway and Balboa Bay Way

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 630-4390

Website:
http://www.balboabayresort.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking with validation from restaurant. Hourly Self Parking rates.

Executive Chef:
Rachel Haggstrom

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Waterline Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (5)
Waterfront (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Cozy (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I was looking for a quiet place for a fine dinner and conversation with a friend I had not seen in 50 years. Everything was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Waterfront, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Service was ok, think server was new. Food was delish, a bit rich, although overpriced. Great view.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Friendly and warm welcoming, it gets busy at the start of Brunch , was waiting for our waiter that why its called ‘waiter’ he said, with sense of humor. Foods are great! With free bday sweets for the bday celebrant, great! Just one fly flying freely at our table lol.
Everyone so warm! Good place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Beautiful location in the Balboa Bay Club, right on the waterfront! Service was adequate, not outstanding. Food was good, not a huge menu but I had the salmon special which was delicious. The ambiance is what is fantastic. We ate outside and would definitely go again. Lovely.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Both me and my friend were celebrating our birthdays. We came for breakfast on a Saturday and sat outside. We must have sat there a good ten minutes before we were even acknowledged and another five minutes waiting for a menu. I ordered eggs Benedict with potatoes. The eggs Benedict was good but now outstanding. The potatoes were very tasty. The coffee wasn't as good as I had remembered it. The ambiance on the harbor was delightful and we had heat lamps on both sides of us. I recommend for special occasions as they bring a platter with various treats: a few chocolates, a French Macaroon, a chocolate covered strawberry. This was a nice ending to the morning and for that reason I plan to come back on another special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food was very marginal

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A very pleasant and satisfying dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

this is a really fine upscale restaurant sitting right on the harbor with a great view.
Food and service was just excellent. we will be back for sure and highly recommend
this restuarnat

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Myself and two of my girlfriends went for brunch. The service from the moment you arrive is great. The valet parking team was so polite and helpful. The resort is beautiful. It was a Wednesday at 10 and we had almost here whole restaurant to ourselves. It was perfect. We sat on the patio right Infront of all the beautiful yachts, the weather was perfect. They also have heaters they can turn on for each table if need. The waiters were supreme. They even place the napkin in your lap. The food was fantastic. We ordered crab eggs Benedict. It was great! And my other friend ordered the veggie omelet. She said she really enjoyed her plate as well. There was a manager for the resort named Herve. He was wonderful. So helpful and even though we were not guests of the hotel he still treated us like we were royalty. I loved the whole experience and will be coming back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great service, nice view. Limited menu...seafood was just ok

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 9, 2017

My husband and I dined at the Waterline to enjoy the music by Luca Ellis. We were very pleased with the entertainment, food and service. We are looking forward to having another evening at the Waterline soon.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Overall, excellent! Ask for James as your server. He is the Best!

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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Food was good, view was great and service was amazing! Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Quiet, relaxing atmosphere for a girls lunch. Beautiful setting. Service was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 24, 2017

What a fabulous spot to enjoy our anniversary. Everything met all our expectations!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Everything we expected and more. Welcome greeting from the hostess. Wonderful bay view. Amazing service from Jose. We felt so special. And food outstanding.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The Sunday Brunch was outstanding with a buffet style cold appetizer and dessert bar and wait service delivering the warm entree of your choosing. My choice for the entree was a healthy and delicious egg white frittata. The buffet offered a huge assortment of all of my favorites: several types of scones, lots of delicious seafood (crab claws, shrimp, and oysters), a huge variety of cheeses and meats, and scrumptious desserts.

We were celebrating Fathers' Day and sat outside. The view and atmosphere is perfect for all ages but on that day it was a bit cool. However, after reaching out to the staff, and reminding them, they moved an outdoor heater to our table and gave us a shawl for my daughter.

The service was good but not outstanding. Perhaps it's because it was a busy weekend. However, we still left very happy and look forward to returning soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

An incredible Father's Day experience. Fabulous brunch. Our daughter flew in from Sacramento and was very impressed with the ambiance and the food selection. We'll be back. Thank you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fathers Day and one of us had a meal with nothing right--bummer!!

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food4
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Went there for my birthday breakfast. Always great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Beautiful setting with an attractive cold buffet with shrimp, crab, cheese, artisan breads, and luscious desserts for brunch. I like that the hot dishes are ordered from the menu so they are cooked specifically for diners. Unlimited mimosas and/or champagne was a nice touch! Glad we discovered this place which is actually part of a hotel.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The worst service, food was cold and ill prepared.
And it's hard to mess a breakfast up...
No one knows how to serve food nor present a table. Socially uneducated people working there.
Hostess was half asleep and rude at 10:00 am?. Wait staff extremely unprofessional and at times no where to be found.
Over priced waist of time ...
Apparently, affluence is considered by those employees to mean unappreciated patrons, I don't care, whatever, huh?, what do you need now? I wish these people would quit asking for more coffee, a fork, a napkin, or hey how about food they waited over an hour for and it came out cold...
PATHETIC... go somewhere else.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Beautiful coastal patio view setting across from Lido Island in Newport. Varied and delicious menu options; beautifully presented food, and excellent, attentive service.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Waterline is right on Newport Bay with a wall of glass overlooking the Bay and a deck with outdoor seating. Fine menu, cuisine and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I brought my mom and family for mother's day dinner and we all LOVED IT! It was perfect for mom, beautiful view, great ambiance for conversation and elegant food options. We absolutely loved our server and will return on another special occasion!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Incredible and unique! We both ordered the seabass. Perfectly prepared and absolutely the best I've EVER had. Unique presentation. It came in a plastic bag. Inside were mussels, clams, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, and an awesome lemon sauce to die for. They cut open the bags and the aroma was beautiful. Gr8 presentation for soaking up EVERY BIT of the juices. As this was our maiden voyage here, We will definitely return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful and very scenic as it is directly on the bay. Yachts are anchored within a stone's throw. There are outside tables with heaters and they will even lend you a shawl or a gorgeous dining room with every seat having a view and fresh flowers. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented with great service. It was perfect and very relaxing. Fine dining at it's best.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My family of three went for a pre-Mother's Day lunch on Saturday. The staff was pleasant and fairly attentive. The appetizers and desserts were delicious but all three of our entrees were either cooked incorrectly or overdressed. In retrospect, we should've sent them back instead of barely eating them. My halibut was so overcooked that it looked and tasted like very dry chicken. The total bill was $200 for three (including a $40 bottle of wine) and while the ambiance was nice, it was the most underwhelming meal I've had in years. I've written off the entire experience as typically overpriced bad food due to a nice view.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent God and service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Everything was excellent, food, service and location!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 3, 2017

My guest and I were the only customers when we arrive at 11:30, and later 2 other tables were taken, but the service was as slow as if there were a full house. The bartender couldn't really properly make a straight up and dry martini, to much vermouth.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The atmosphere was great. Outdoor seating, overlooking the Bay. Server was very attentive. I observed the manager taking an interest in fellow diners nice touch. The food was very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch. Totally overpriced for what you get. Some cold cuts, cheese, and you only get to order 1 hot entree. Guess you're paying for the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (London)·Dined on March 29, 2017

We dined on a quite mid week evening. While not an extensive menu, there was sufficient choice. Everything we had and everything we saw come out the kitchen was beautifully cooked and presented. I read a few comments about slow service. I'm sure if one wished to dine quickly they would be happy to accommodate. We were happy to enjoy a meal without being rushed.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Recently celebrated my birthday here and arrived at 5:30 when the restaurant opened for the evening. Except for the fog, the entire evening was perfect. The food was very tasty and the service was the best I've had in a long time. The prices on the open table menu are lower than what is currently being charged so keep in mind you'll pay a few dollars more. I look forward to trying out the brunch in the future. Valet parking is the only option but it is validated.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Get the fried chicken sandwich..out of this world!

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 28, 2017

What a lovely place! What terrific service! We'll be back!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We reserved a table for four at 1:00 PM on a Saturday. The restaurant was lightly filled. Our table overlooked the patio and marina. We started with the fried avocado appetizer for the table (yummy). Two people had the lobster salad, one the halibut BLT, and another the crab cakes. The food was exceptional, the service equally so. A great place for conversation. We lingered (talking) after the check with zero pressure from the staff. A bonus: covered valet parking. Very handy for rainy days (which it was). Altogether, a terrific spot for catching up with friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Was trying this on valentines Night, big mistake, we eat here often, but the night was too big for the restaurant, my salmon came out not cooked after I was for cooked all the way thru, mushroom soup, was tasty but room temp at best, and service was very slow, the other three diners in our group, enjoyed their food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Old friends from Honolulu were very impressed by the view, food and service. A really great 2.5 hour lunch and discussion was helped with great food and knowlegeable service. Thanks to every one involved.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Disabled Access, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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