The Ritz Prime Seafood

4.2
154 reviews
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$50 and over
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The Ritz Prime Seafood is a fine dining restaurant located on Mariner’s Mile in Newport Beach, California, serving Dinner and Weekend Brunch. Modern dining is combined with the highest level of classic service. The Ritz offers a fine dining experience with a worldly menu. Sustainable fish and seafood flown in daily from pristine waters, dry aged steaks, a skillfully constructed wine list and a cocktail program.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 5pm - 7pm (Bar, lounge and patio)
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday; 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Thursday - Saturday; 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(949) 720-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Phil Kastel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Riverside
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Entertainment
Live entertainment Monday - Saturday!
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Special events & promotions
Please contact restaurant !
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3
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4.4
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LR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a very nice table, near the water but the music was too loud. It was good music but the speaker must have been right above our table. Also, there was a light on the patio right out from our table that was constantly changing colors. Unfortunately, for my husband they did not have a great beer selection...NO IPAS at all! The food was great and so was the service.

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T
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

we have been here several times, always good food and great service.

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KL
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Super service and delicious food....unfortunately Sunday evening the place was almost empty

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RS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. The live music was great but a bit loud.

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HL
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Brunch with bottomless Bloody Mary's and Sparkling wine. The Eggs Benedict was popular at our table as was the Chicken and Waffles. So tender and amazing. the staff is over the top and the live music is such a lovely bonus to the experience. Right on the water cannot go wrong with that view. Thank you! Deirdre M.

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IL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second time dining at the Ritz. Enjoyed every minute of it.
The food was very good and the service was extremely attentive. Recommend this restaurant very highly.
Look forward to going again soon.

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E
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was spectacular. The food was amazing. The only strange thing was that part of the lobster was cold? We thoroughly enjoyed the evening! We will be back

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SF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic all around. Exceptional menu and quality of ingredients and preparation. Great wine list.

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OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food and fabulous atmosphere! Live music proved perfect too!

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went to The Ritz for Valentine's Day. They had a prix fixe menu but I don't feel it was worth the $95. The dessert was a chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream but they ran out of ice cream. How is that possible? We had made reservations and this was a set menu so the restaurant should have known how much ice cream to keep in stock. They also ran out of the Daou cab by the glass. But at least the service was great.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best host Ive ever had. Made the night special for myself and my wife.

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HL
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Marina views and delicious cuisine. The staff is so attentive and this is definitely a place to visit. Open seven days a week and live music Th-Sunday. Go!!

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and the only reason not 5 star was that the restaurant never acknowledged it even though we let them know when made our reservation. That being said the meal was one of the finest I have ever had. Matt was our waiter and he was spot on with his knowledge and recommendations if the menu. The Hamachi Crudo was soooo good melted in your mouth. I ordered the seared ahi with short rib ravioli and topped with fois gras, delicious. My husband went with the sea bass grilled over asparagus and a vichyssoise purée, yum! We had a side of tempura squash with apple slaw so good. Finished with brûlée figs over orange cake with vanilla ice cream. Every coarse was superb. The service outstanding. They have a piano bar and the singer/pianest and guitarist were very good. Overall very lovely evening with great atmosphere and music. We will be back.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant under new management! Food was delicious and service great

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M
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we've had in a long time. Great lamb and seafood. excellent service.

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MS
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Decided to try this restaurant for the first time. Somewhat of a major disappointment from a service level. We went on Saturday night for dinner. Was seated immediately but then waited about 15 minutes until someone arrived to take our drink order. Foos was good as we ordered a dozen oysters, salads, fish and braised short ribs. My drink arrived but not exactly what I ordered, so they graciously replaced it but the glass (Tito's on the rocks) was half full.
After the drinks, the oysters arrived but when finished with them, we waited 20 minutes until our entrees arrived. Overall, I thought food was good but overpriced. Service has a long way to go. Will proably not go back again based upon this experience.

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BG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Love the atmosphere, Water, decor, festive.

I think it is a shame that I am dressed better than the staff. Really? They wear blue jeans, ,and I am paying $150 a person for dinner??

Service was very slow, and had to wait 15 minutes for drinks to arrive.

Great spot but they have some work to do... slow service and too pricey.

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AT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 4

Never again. It is quite scary that this place is still so poor yet this is supposed to be under the new management team. First we are seated by the noisy music in the bar. Have to ask to find our server. Place is empty on a Friday night, now I see why. It will be close very soon.

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Y
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very disappointed, thought was related to The Ritz at Fashion Island learned it was just the name.
Service was exceptional but food was ordinary and not worth price.
Even for restaurant week they used normal menu items and made smaller and less interesting.
Was looking forward to nice evening but we make better food at home ourselves.
Gave it a chance, will not be back, many better options for better prices in area.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The occasion for dining here was a birthday celebration. I chose the special priced Restaurant Week menu and my companion choose from the regular menu. Suffice it to say that the selections served to me from the $50 menu were small....embarassingly small. I have been to many restaurants over the years for Restaurant Week and have never encountered such miserly portions. Granted the waitress did say that the entree was smaller than the same sea bass on the regular menu, but my God, it was the size of an amuse bouche. Not to forget, the bread served were 2 rolls that had to be less than 2 inches in diameter. Then the desert that was served for my friend's birthday was a dollop of custard surrounded, as I remember, by a few pieces of fruit. I was given the same and no mention was made to me of choosing something from the "Chef's Selection" as offered on the menu. After we made quick work of this course, we both looked at one another and said that we would have to have another dessert. So I ordered a chocolate lava cake for us to share.

Now to be fair, I have to say that my friend's selections from the main menu were decent sized and good he said. I, however, felt that the restaurant's attempt at providing a Restaurant Week Value Menu was a complete failure. Perhaps this is why the restaurant was not using it's entire space as there were so few diners on a Thursday night. In my humble opinion, a Restaurant Week Menu should be an opportunity to welcome diners that might never have eaten there before. The lure is assuredly the price, but if the food isn't representative of it's best, then where is the enticement for the diner to return?

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F
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to try the restaurant for Newport Beach Restaurant Week. It was a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding as was the service. We will definitely be returning

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meat dishes, especially the lamb chop. Sea bass was bland.

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LG
Orange County
125 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so nice of Sean to come by our table to greet. Just three months ago, he was our bartender and now, he's been promoted to Manager. He's personable, friendly and gracious. Jessica, one of our server, was very attentive and always removed our plates; which I very much appreciated. Jessica's partner in crime, sorry forgot his name, was extremely attentive to my husband's wine glass-thank goodness. Gotta keep that man happy right?!!

Order the sliders....brioche bun was so good and of course the quality of the meat! Sea bass is highly recommended....the veggies used in the dish is all fresh and dashi broth can be added by yourself so it's not overwhelming. Doughnuts were served hot....a nice closing to the dinner.

The Bonus ...live music! It was a memorable night and will be back!

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FQ
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding! Restaurant week so price was acceptable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. Especially the grilled octopus, prime Filet mignon and the sea bass.

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CD
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My fish was over cooked hence it was very dry. It took a long time for the food to be served to the point we wondered if they had forgotten about us.

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Las Vegas
163 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good is amazing. We live how they have changed up their menu. And of course the view and the place are flawless.

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s
Orange County
281 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A birthday celebration was the plan, however, as lovely as our food was, including a delicious grass-fed filet, the lounge music was too loud to have good conversation. We will return when we want entertainment, not conversation.

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SA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful!
Excellent Service wow!!!
What a View⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
Romantic ❤️🎉🎶
Starter Plate Lobter Salad ... Delicious 😋

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable. There was a large party seated by several tables of two. The party was extremely loud and disruptive but we took into consideration it was New Years Eve and let it pass but it definitely took away from the ambience of the restaurant.

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KI
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Sorry we loved the old Ritz so came here for Christmas Eve dinner like we have done in the past. My husband had to send his lobster bisque back 3 times because it was cold. Nothing came out at the same time. My salmon was cold and the lobster pot pie was horrible. We ate at the bar which we always do. Will not go back there again. Bartenders were great and they did not charge us for any of the foid but so dissapointing. We are home eating tamales.

am

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food we ordered was good, great presentation. For the $486 we spent the amount of food portions were embarrasing. We were not offered rolls, amount of soup was very small. The filets were more like appetizers. The portion of spinach was maybe a table spoon and was the potatoes. We all left hungry!

Will most likely not be back or recommend the restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service, good apps, terrible and overpriced entrees.

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HT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I would expect ATLEAST 2 appetizer choices when u pay $120 for a set menu. Disappointed . I didn't touch the appetizer

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was average and didn't feel myself wanting more. The environment was calm but still a bit noisier then I expected. The service was very good but not the best I have experienced.

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LB
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pretty bay front setting
Good food
Pricey
Great service

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MS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ritz recently launched a new winter menu with a Mediterranean feel. It's a 180 from their previous menu and definitely has a "wow" factor. The food is beautifully presented with incredible flavor combinations. The service is OUTSTANDING. Great new crew of personable, knowledgable staff who go above and beyond. I look forward to many future visits to the revamped Ritz!

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M
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the former Charthouse and will be back

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PK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the ritz prime. Best bone in rib eye in town!!!

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OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Tough night as it was Thanksgiving, the screaming babies were hard to handle at first but we tried to be forgiving on this special occasion as we watched the sunset.
The pre fixe menu was not advertised but was delicious! Since there were 3 choices of every course and 3 of us, we tried everything! Everything was fabulous, down to the desserts!
Staff was nothing but gracious and hospitable. We always appreciate those giving up their holiday to serve us.

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