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Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.6
4.6
5319 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 70 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 5,319 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Orange County

    Seafood

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  1. SM

    SanMateoFoodie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and drinks!! Nice view of harbor. Excellent valet service.
  2. D

    Dawn

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Poor customer service and food was fair. I made a reservation on the patio and when we arrived the hostess told us they overbooked the patio and it would be 20-30 min wait without any apology. They were taking walk ins and my guess is they didn’t reserve our table at all. Fortunately two parties left and we only waited 15 minutes. Won’t go back.
  3. KF

    KennethF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of our dinner choices were expertly prepared and delicious, and Chad our server was attentive and excellent.
  4. GM

    GenieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's one of our family's favorite restaurants and we are bringing our friends. Thank You!
  5. H

    Hess

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Great food, good selection and great scenery. Tables are a bit crammed together and it is noisy.
  6. JO

    JimO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service from Valet,hostess especially waiter, server Habid was excellent.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    52 year of marriage !!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    It was my sons 21st birthday we were there to celebrate. The hostesses had no personality very serious. waiter was rude. He had no customer service whatsoever, came off annoyed. Almost everything we ordered they happened to be out of. I didn’t care for the service at all.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had made a reservation with Open Table. Our table was ready, even though we were a bit early. We were seated upstairs and had a gorgeous sunset view over the marina and bay. The food was delicious and our server friendly. All in all a great dining experience! Will definitely come back!
  10. DJ

    DonnaJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Steak was undercooked. When it came back, it was inedible.
  11. CL

    CasualLunch

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Went to Rusty Pelican to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The interior looks worn out and like it hasn’t been kept up in a long time. The hostess were not very warm or welcoming. The service was lackluster. Our waiter never filled our empty water glasses or plates were not cleared from the table in a timely manner. I ordered filet minion and lobster. The filet was suppose to be cooked to a medium temperature but can our rare (more like raw) in the center and slightly burned outside. The asparagus was over cooked to a mush. I was extremely underwhelmed and not impressed.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s been a while since we’ve been here and we were not disappointed. We were able to make last minute reservations. The customer service was great all around. Fast and friendly service. By the way please try their key lime pie, it’s AMAZING!!!!
  13. DC

    DanaC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a wonderful experience! Our food was fabulous and our service was superb. We would highly recommend the Rusty Pelican to anyone. Can not wait to go back!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our daughters 20th birthday and she was excited to have her dinner party at Rusty Pelican. Habib our server is always accommodating, professional, genuine and fun! It's servers like him that keep us coming back for decades!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday dinner..
  16. V

    Vanessa

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cameron, our server, was excellent! Offered suggestions, was attentive, easy going, accommodating, and made our birthday celebration pleasant! The hostess (don’t know her name, but long blonde hair), was so kind in accommodating our request and was attentive from the start.
  17. AC

    ArleneC

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner for four was very nice over all. The food and the value for the price was less than most restaurants in the area. Justine was an excellent server.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. We had cocktails, cajun shrimp appetizer, the sea bass flagship as well as the scallops and everything was delicious. Excellent service and stunning sunset view.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Disappointed that they did not have King Crab Legs!!! Lobster was too expensive ($70)! The Sea Bass with Citrus Sauce was excellent.
  20. CL

    CathyL

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I always love going to the Rusty pelican… Food is always great, service is usually great… But I’ve never encountered a situation where I had to wait so long for a martini … And there was no valet parking available… So not typical for the pelican :-)
  21. CM

    ChristineM

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Delicious food and drinks. Awesome view.
  22. CS

    CarolS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Rusty pelican many times and always have a great meal in an idyllic setting.
  23. E

    Erica

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    I purposely chose this restaurant for the outdoor dining on my birthday. And when I arrived they told me it would be an hour wait after my reservation time if I wanted the patio. I was so disappointed. I purposely chose this restaurant for that reason. This is the second time this has been done to me.
  24. DS

    DeanS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We will defiantly go back here the next time we are in the area.
  25. ST

    SiobhanT

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our waiter Jacob, he gave get recommendations and was so welcoming.
  26. i

    ilike2eat

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful Caesars Salad, the Coconut Shrimp and the Halibut Special. All were very good.
  27. DH

    DarrinH

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff and the food are both excellent!!!
  28. L

    Lexfoodie

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Menu online was very different from the menu once we got to the restaurant. This was for a Sunday brunch and it was significantly reduced. I ended up finding something that worked out but overall was disappointed that I came there after pouring over the menus of several option. I
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were squeezed in on a early Saturday evening and had a great experience and very surprised at how inexpensive relatively speaking the food was for being such a quality.
  30. LH

    LarryH

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Poor service and my wife’s food was cold and had to be sent back. Complained to the manager and he took care of the bill. Will probably still go back as this is the first bad experience there.
  31. SC

    SusanC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual. Haven’t been in So Cal for a few years and it’s good to know some things stay the same
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovey
  33. NB

    NetBoss99

    Orange County

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    Ciapinno....Sucked...big great big donkey dick!!! Remove from menu.
  34. J

    Jimbo

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service; excellent food.
  35. EO

    ElaineO

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food took a long time to come out, but is understandable considering the shortage of help and economy. Otherwise all very good!
  36. LR

    LillianR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious! And wonderful ambiance and service was impeccable!
  37. BG

    BeachGirl

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven't visited Rusty Pelican for a while (pandemic) and I'm so happy we went there with friends for lunch. Our waitress was so attentive and friendly but never disruptive. 2 of had the salmon special and it was moist ted and perfectly seasoned. The seabass was also "luscious" according to our friend. with a gorgeous backdrop of the Newport Bay what could be better?
  38. m

    moni

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food- great piece of halibut. And I loved my wine too!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating my sister’s birthday and everyone from the hostess to the bar tenders to the servers were super friendly and helpful. The food was equally superb.
  40. s

    sheryln

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always good. Our server, Sylvia, made this visit even better! Great birthday lunch. Be sure to ask for the gooey style garlic bread, the best ever!!

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 4.6 stars by 5319 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 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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

  • 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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