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Rusty Pelican Restaurant, Newport Beach, CA

Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.7
4.7
6071 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
With spectacular waterfront views and an eclectic menu of fresh seafood and tender steaks, it's no wonder Rusty Pelican has become a Newport Beach dining destination. We are proud to be a recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for 2011-2020 – a distinction bestowed upon only the nation's premier restaurants.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 642-3431
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Located on Pacific Coast Highway on the bay, we feature a commanding two story view of Newport bay, cozy fireplaces, waterfront patio seating, intimate lounge, full bar, 4 flat-screen TVs, and entertainment Friday and Saturday’s. Rusty Pelican Newport Beach is perfect for special events like rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, business gatherings, employee appreciation lunches, baby showers, and more!
  • Private party contact
    Renee Gudzunas: (714) 635-4867
  • Neighborhood
    Newport Beach
  • Cross street
    Riverside Dr
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy live music in our upstairs lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 6,071 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Seafood

  • South Orange County

    Seafood

6,071 Reviews
  1. MarkR

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Jordan was awesome. He catered to all of our needs. He was very sincere and polite. He is definitely an asset to your company. Keep up the great work Jordan!

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  2. JoyceC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was awesome and the food was delicious. Always love the ambiance of the Rusty Pelican.

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  3. TPBR

    Orange County

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At the end of our meal, my wife had a medical emergency (unrelated to the visit), 911 was called, and everyone was very accomodating and helpfull. As for the Service and Food, it was as good as always, no complains from us.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    As always the food is amazing. The views are gorgeous. Unfortunately, as so many other places, service seems to be on a down trend over our last few visits.

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  5. LauraG

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was very good and great service. We had shrimp cocktail, coconut shrimp, halibut all very good.

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  6. AlbertP

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location, awesome service and excellent food

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  7. CarolG

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It took forever to get our food. They didn’t forgot our main course. They poured the wrong wine for the wrong people in our group. I was not impressed with the food or service. Great views, however. 

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  8. Bev7

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Eric was the best. We sat upstairs and watched the sunset. It was beautiful. Food was excellent. This is our favorite restaurant in Newport Beach.

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  9. MikeG

    Orange County

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here many times. Great location with really good food and service. A bit of a tight fit between tables but great spot.

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  10. Craig

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our sunset meal of halibut encrusted with a lemon caper sauce over a bed of rice.. cooked to perfection as well as your garlic bread and calamari . The espresso martinis made a 2nd round at our table.. our go to new drink!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic staff. Fantastic view. Fantastic food. Fantastic place!

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  12. Andy

    Orange County

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Clam chowder was bland. Calamari was very good. Wife’s halibut was dry and overcooked. My steak was nice but needed more seasoning. All together the dinner was nice. Thank you again Andy Writer

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  13. DonnaT

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a great meal with family and friends.

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  14. Jules

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rusty pelican, never disappoints. We celebrated our Valentines dinner and it was reasonably priced and the food was delicious. As we entered the restaurant, they gave each lady a rose, which was a nice touch.  We will be back again and again.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Rusty Pelican. I wish I knew they took my coconut shrimp off the special menu. I was beyond bummed! I did not eat much and left my Valentine’s Day lunch disappointed.

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  16. MAC1

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view of the water from our table on the patio was spectacular. Sunny & quiet. The service was outstanding. We never had to look for someone for help. The staff was always anticipating our needs. The food was great! We had the surf & turf and the halibut special along with the clam chowder. The appetizers were garlic bread and the shrimp cocktail. Garlic bread was delectable. Will definitely come back!

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  17. ngoti8r

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great! We had the Salmon that was perfectly cooked (soft pink, moist). The dessert is always something to look forward to. We had the Flourless Chocolate Torte ( to die for). An evening perfectly married with a bottle of fine wine.

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  18. TerryR

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to celebrate my husband's birthday. His scallops were outstanding! My lobster mac and cheese was good - not much lobster - didn't have the bottle of wine we ordered - would not substitute with one a little more expensive so ended up ordering glasses - our server was great!

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  19. JustinP

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The General Manager, Natalie provided exception service! We were greeted warmly, remembered from our last visit and is always so happy! As long as she works there, we’ll keep coming back.

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  20. BadServ

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was excellent. The only issue was the lack of room to slide a chair out to sit down.

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  21. AmberLite

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful lunch at the Rusty Pelican. Our Go To spot when traveling through John Wayne Airport. Valet parking great especially on a rainy day, Paige our server fantastic as was our lunch (Scampi Tacos and Penne a la Vodka). Really tasty. Until next time.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Had 6:30 pm dinner reservations. Requested quiet table where we could sit next to each other. Wasn’t seated until 7 pm even though we were on time. Then was seated at a tiny cocktail size table in the bar area in between bar stools and a pole. Literally people and servers had to squeeze between the pole and our mini table to get by and literally their behinds were in our face as we were trying to eat. SO… loud we couldn’t even hear each other sitting across from each other. Our food was brought out incorrectly and when corrected was cold. This is a high end expensive restaurant. Used to be our favorite and we visited three times since December 30th alone and drive over an hour because we love it so much. We are so very disappointed! Do better! Read your customers requests on their reservations and if you are busy give them the option of waiting until their requested table opens up and Management you try eating dinner at the table you sat us at, pay for it and see if it is up to the standards you were expecting.

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  23. DennisB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal and view. Service and speed of meal outstanding. One of my best seafood meals I have had.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time! The food and drinks were so delicious. Our favorites were the garlic bread and mango Mai Tai. We sat outside which was so relaxing and beautiful. To help make sure we didn’t get cold, there were plenty of heaters and even blankets for us to use. Truly a beautiful experience and this is one of our new favorite restaurants.

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  25. JackieF

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice afternoon lunch for me & my family. I highly recommend The Rusty Pelican. Great service.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish is fresh. Wedge salad with bacon is perfect. Service attentive and helpful. You cannot miss this place if you do it is a mistake.

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  27. Fastlife

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat at the end table by the window. It was frustrating because the restaurant is trying to squeeze one more table into the tight space so my arm was almost touching the arm of the diner sitting at the table next to us. I had to strain to hear the conversation at our table bc I was closer to the table next to me than I was to the people at our table. To me, this reflects poorly on the restaurant. Just eliminate the table and give your diners the appropriate space.

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  28. SushiLover23

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice inside. Great service and fun menu. Great drinks!

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  29. KWDiner

    Central Coast

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an excellent dining experience at a window table overlooking the marina. The food was exceptional. I'll be back.

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  30. paradise7

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven't been in two years but it was still great. The food was great, and the service was impeccable. You must have reservations as it was very very crowded at 5:30P on a Saturday night. We will be back.

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  31. cwc103

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, gorgeous views of the ocean and boats. Our guest from Cape Cod, who lives on the Atlantic, and we thoroughly enjoyed the luncheon on the patio of this special restaurant!

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  32. eatoutalot

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiter was attentive. The food was delicious and you cannot beat the view.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always good. I love the Cobb salad with shrimp for lunch. Great view of the harbor and Ryan our waiter was excellent and very attentive.

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  34. Andrea

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent but my Halibut, shrimp and mashed potatoes, which was the special, was served lukewarm. Otherwise great meal.

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  35. GerryH

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was not up to the previous standards. We have been going there since 1980.

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  36. dezine4u

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very knowledgeable, courteous and professional. Food was fabulous!

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  37. DonTami

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No better team in Orange County. Food and service..... and the bay view!

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  38. TerreD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was just a wonderful server and had a lovely time with friends

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  39. DJETCHASKETCH

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. We should have come during daylight and it would have even been better. The staff was amazing.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was very well. As for the noise level, we were seated by the bar, which is understandable there was a football game going on and people cheering . But overall we had a great experience. 

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rusty Pelican Restaurant using the Order Online button. Rusty Pelican Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Rusty Pelican Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 642-3431.

Rusty Pelican Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 6071 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Pelican Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rusty Pelican Restaurant

2735 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Riverside Dr
  • Neighborhood
    Newport Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy live music in our upstairs lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 642-3431
  • Private party facilities
    Located on Pacific Coast Highway on the bay, we feature a commanding two story view of Newport bay, cozy fireplaces, waterfront patio seating, intimate lounge, full bar, 4 flat-screen TVs, and entertainment Friday and Saturday’s. Rusty Pelican Newport Beach is perfect for special events like rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, business gatherings, employee appreciation lunches, baby showers, and more!
  • Private party contact
    Renee Gudzunas: (714) 635-4867
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