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Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
11:00 PM
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Waterline

4.6
587 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Brunch
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.
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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Entertainment
Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
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
What 587 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.0
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great experience with matching service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Excellent service. Beautiful environment. Convenient validated valet parking.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Early Valentines dinner and the entire experience was flawless

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Used to be wonderful. But unfortunately, now, high prices for mediocre food. (Used to be expensive, but for very good food.)
One hot dish was just ok and buffet was mostly sea foods, good, but quite small array for a hotel brunch. Dessert table was just adequate, not yummy just sweet.
The ambiance still lovely though and service amiable.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Very quite and nostalgic restaurant. Really minds me of olden days.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Awesome service. We even got complimentary dessert!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Waterline at the Balboa Bay Resort is exceptional. We visited for lunch. Sitting directly next to the marina and water on their outdoor patio was a perfect way to enjoy the area of Newport Beach. Nautical in decor and casual yet sophisticated. Weather was sunny and the outdoor heaters softly took away the chill from the air. Our server, Victoria, was wonderful with a great smile. We started with Crab & Corn Chowder which was full of fresh corn and crab, lighter than an normal corn chowder so it didn't crowd out your appetite for your entree. For our entrees, my husband had a Cobb Salad made with organic mixed greens, rotisserie turkey, onion, bacon, hard boiled egg, radish, avocado, blue cheese, tomato, and served with a light honey balsamic viniagrette. It was large, but so good that he finished it off. I had a totally unique dish, the local Halibut BLT. Thick flaky piece of perfectly cooked halibut served with avocado, bacon, heirloom tomato, lemon aioli, and arugula stacked between delectable pieces of lavosh. It was brilliant and so original. We accompanied our meal with a chilled bottle of Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc. I would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch, dinner and brunch.
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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Phenomenal service, food and attention to detail.

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2.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was slow, there was plastic wrap in our salad and they just didn’t seem to care. It wasn’t that busy for the poor level of attentiveness I am use to at the Balboa Bay Club.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Pleasant surprise. Much better than most hotel restaurants. Food was great and the staff was very attentive. Views of the bay and all the water activities was wonderful. I have already recommended it to several friends.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

I have been here numerous times and overall good food and attentive service, but our waitress was new ans their was no communication with the hostess - they simply forgot to celebrate our anniversary or make any mention of it!! For the amount we paid and after waiting 20 minutes for valet, I would not come back here for any “special occasion”

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

My son had prime rib with caesar salad and mashed potatoes. The caesar salad quite large and generous portion for more than one person. Prime was perfectly done. I had the Diver scallops which were perfectly done. The sauce was delicious on a bed looked like taro chips. The kids salmon plate was very nice with mashed potatoes and fresh cooked vegetables. Both my kids had the Kids Cookie chocolate chip ice cream sandwich. Sandwich was quite large for a child with sprinkles dipped around the sides. I had the passion fruit Torte which was delicious. Service was excellent. Our server was Daniela. She was very professional and personable. The view of the harbor was beautiful. There were boats decorated with lights going around and it's not even the boat parade yet. Dinner was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 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.

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 6, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was very marginal

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

A very pleasant and satisfying dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on June 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Went there for my birthday breakfast. Always great experience.

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5.0Dined 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.

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