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21 Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA

21 Oceanfront

4.7
4.7
1702 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
21 Oceanfront, located across from the Newport Beach Pier, just steps from the sand, offers the ultimate dining experience. Please note the restaurant is in a historical building therefore is not wheelchair accessible.
Due to current restrictions seating is very limited. Reservations are greatly recommended. 18% gratuity will be added to all reservations.
Unfortunately we can not accommodate everyones requests durning this difficult time but will do our best to make your experience perfect in every way possible.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 673-2100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jesus Mendoza

  • Catering

    We do not offer offsite catering. We do offer private dining events and celebrations onsite in one of our Private or Not Private dining spaces.

  • Private party facilities

    21 Oceanfront is the perfect venue for your next group Newport Beach event or Newport Beach banquet. Our event professionals will plan and coordinate your next family celebration, corporate event or business meeting in one of our formal dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Nicole Hay: (949) 673-2100

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Cross street

    Newport Beach Pier

  • Parking details

    Valet $8.00 per vehicle or Self-parking Available

  • Entertainment

    Live entertainment in our Oceanfront Lounge

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

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What 1,702 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orange County

    Seafood

  • South Orange County

    Seafood

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  1. MS

    MarkS

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual both the food and service were awesome. This is and will continue to be our favorite date night place to go.
  2. AM

    AndrewM

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday dinner for my wife.
  3. BB

    BBeth

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a delicious summer special prawn and street corn appetizer and their always delicious wedge salad. The lobster tail was great. Unfortunately the swordfish, which is usually perfectly cooked, was over done. The manager was most gracious and removed it from the bill and gave us a chocolate soufflé which is amazing. We will return. Love the vibe and the view.
  4. HL

    HollyL

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! The GM Mark was fantastic, best experience I’ve ever had. We were celebrating my Sons birthday, and it was perfect. The sunset views are incredible and the food tops the views! The custom cocktail menu was full of great options, it was hard to choose. After cocktails, we had the skirt steak as an appetizer and it was delicious along with what my son called the best Caesar salad he’s ever had. He had the halibut, and I had the shrimp special YUM! Their creme brûlée and chocolate cake were truly the icing on the cake of an unforgettable evening. Thank you 21 Oceanfront, and thank you Mark and crew!!!!
  5. ME

    MEnJ

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ciopinno was good x 2
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    More parking would be great!
  7. BC

    BrianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic, iconic dining experience! All of the food items were outstanding; and the wait service was snappy and expedient. Had a great time on a busy Saturday evening. Recommend valet service as parking on the oceanfront is very challenging on the weekends.
  8. JS

    JodiS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious . Our server was great . We booked this restaurant again.
  9. W

    Winechic1

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful dining room. There service is top notch. The food is amazing and very generous portions. Very romantic.
  10. m

    mike

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed this restaurant over the years and it is consistent with quality food and experienced and caring waitstaff. It has never been an inexpensive restaurant to dine at, But it seems lately fish and meat have gone up considerably at this restaurant, a sign of the Times. We recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. The staff was very attentive to every need. Food was delicious!
  12. LT

    LauraT

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance of this restaurant is a favorite of mine. It is cozy in the winter and festive in the summer.
  13. L

    Laurie

    Orange County

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My tuna was amazing. service was great. Really lovely.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service. Nice upscale restaurant that always performs👍
  15. MT

    MaryT

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner. Service was excellent, very attentive without being over-bearing. Staff provided good input on menu, all recommendations were spot on. The seared ahi appetizer and calamari were wonderful. We would probably give an extra nod to the seared ahi, was very fresh, tender and soooo flavorful. We both had the swordfish, blackened (mine lightly blackened, my husband normal blackened), we both agreed it was hands down the best swordfish we have had (and we eat swordfish a lot!), very thick (baseball cut), seasoning and sauce were delicious. We always forget to come over to 21 oceanfront, and were definitely reminded last night about this special place, and will be putting this into our rotation of restaurants. It’s busy on peninsula this time of year, so the valet parking is a great service and was efficient (despite only being one person on duty). We had a great time and were so happy we selected 21 Oceanfront for our anniversary dinner. Highly recommend!
  16. TK

    TimK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    It took a long time to place a drink order. The server attempted to open a bottle of wine that we brought and the cork was not cooperating, so the maitre d took over and opened the wine and took our drink order. The server took our dinner order and never returned to the table. The support staff did their job and delivered our food and accommodated other request. The server was walking close enough to our table, so we motioned for him over to inquire about our pre-ordered Souffle. He mocked my wife and walked off. He never returned to check on us, instead he sent another server to deliver our check. When I pointed out our disappointment to the Matite d-he wasn't interested in my comments. He was more interested in protecting his server. He commented that he thought I was trying to belittle his server, I did not make a personal attack on the server , only his lack of professionalism. I wasn't seeking a free meal or drink, only an acknowledgement of my poor experience. I know everyone has bad days, but come true when you do. I have eaten here many times, but I am done.
  17. S

    Stephen

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Has not been for a year, but everything was as super as before! Good job staff.
  18. K

    Katie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was really good! The manager skipped our table, but went to everyone else’s, so that was kind of annoying. besides that, it was amazing!
  19. S

    Satisfied

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was super yummy! We also got the grand marnier soufflé is a must!
  20. VG

    ViaG

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    If you have a dress code policy then please enforce it. A woman in daisy duke shorts and boobs falling out of her tank top with plastic flip flops- not attractive. A man with a large party in a baseball cap his entire dinner. This was in restaurant, not the bar area. I was with my 15 yr old son who was dressed appropriately and I was beyond embarrassed that other patrons were not asked to leave for being out of code. If you want to be high end, then require those who visit to do the same.
  21. B

    Blaze

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Somewhat disappointed that we were not notified that outdoor seating was not available but they did accommodate my friend with a lung disease with a more secluded table inside
  22. JS

    JohnS

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chilean Sea Bass and Filet were both very good. Great view of the ocean and the service was excellent.
  23. G

    Giorgio

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars
  24. D

    Dreve

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place for a birthday celebration!
  25. DK

    DallasKevin

    Dallas

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mixed. Smelled nasty when we arrived. Salads were good, entrees so-so. Nice bottle of wine at a good price but service was slow. There is ocean view but it’s more parking lot view.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    New Job! Have been coming for 35 years for all special occasions
  27. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Orange County

    89 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The quality of the i gredien
  28. JD

    JamesD

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    25th Anniversary 👍
  29. TM

    TinaM

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here probably 2 a week when we are in Newport for the summer
  30. C

    Claudia

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved it! The service was amazing and the food was excellent! We will definitely be coming back.
  31. JP

    JohnP

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Dark and overpriced. Service and food were good but $175 for a King Crab Leg dinner (undisclosed “market price)? Just crazy. Too many good places in Newport Beach to ever eat here again.
  32. BN

    BillN

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant and view of the ocean! Outstanding ambiance and service. Highly recommend!
  33. TC

    TadC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Old school....very nice ambiance however, we had a table near the bar and it was extremely noisy. Food was good! As expected. Nice
  34. TM

    TinaM

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Collin is amazing We love the booth in bar Favorite restaurant
  35. J

    Jacob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner very much. The restaurant personnel were all courteous and professional, and the food was terrific for the most part. The shrimp in my dish seemed a bit “tough,” however.
  36. RS

    RichardS

    San Antonio

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. We had a table with a sunset view as well.
  37. B

    richardB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the portions were commensurate with the price. A little noisy but nothing obnoxious.
  38. HL

    HatLady

    Orange County

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There for Father’s Day and we had such a lovely dinner!! It is old school dining room and waiters all dressed up. Overlooks the beach and ocean. So wonderful!
  39. DK

    DavidK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Wedge salad average, shrimp pasta was very poor, shrimp was overcooked by far, dessert was mediocre as the bread pudding sauce was fine but the pudding was gelatinous and far from being a bread pudding base also the $16 glass (I know it was low cost) of wine was undrinkable. For a $250 meal for 2 people well below par.
  40. J

    Joyce

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Restaurant surpassed every high end restaurant I have been to. the atmosphere was wonderful. Our server was the best better than any server in any restaurant I have been to. She was very attentive, very sweet, very professional. I handed her my credit card from under the table without anyone knowing or noticing and she saw it and extended her hand to take it from me very discretely where no one on the table noticed it. The food was delicious, the stake was cooked to perfection, the fish was delicious as well. Overall, everything was delicious. I cannot find anything that was bad. the valet was well worth waiting for. Thank you

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

21 Oceanfront is rated 4.7 stars by 1702 OpenTable diners.

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 23 times today
Google Map for 21 Oceanfront

2100 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Newport Beach Pier

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet $8.00 per vehicle or Self-parking Available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jesus Mendoza

  • Entertainment

    Live entertainment in our Oceanfront Lounge

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 673-2100

  • Catering

    We do not offer offsite catering. We do offer private dining events and celebrations onsite in one of our Private or Not Private dining spaces.

  • Private party facilities

    21 Oceanfront is the perfect venue for your next group Newport Beach event or Newport Beach banquet. Our event professionals will plan and coordinate your next family celebration, corporate event or business meeting in one of our formal dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Nicole Hay: (949) 673-2100

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