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Rusty Pelican

2735 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
+1 949-642-3431
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (29 reviews)
“garlic bread” (81 reviews)
“swordfish” (75 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:15 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2735 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice surprise from what it supposed to be a quick stop over for lunch. Great seafood and ambiance overlooking the water. Impecable wine choices available. We'll be back!

Thank Hector M
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is nothing to complain about here, all high praise because of service, quality and atmosphere. We all had different seafood selections in our group of three and there was nothing but great flavor and nice portions. The appetizers were excellent, the salad too was...More

Thank TBRD113
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not the place for people who can't do stairs. If you made a reservation, you will have to go down the stairs for the lower/port-level. If you don't, no worries, there's a bar with open tables upstairs that is a free for all aside from...More

Thank imskimmy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend the salmon with shrimp and sauce combo. Try the Italian Pinot Grigio for your white wine to accompany seafood. The appetizer cheese bread recipe is special and been used for decades. Dine outdoors for lunch, the air conditioning inside can be very chilly!

Thank William L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a nutshell, this was by far the best meal my family & I had on our 2 week holiday in California. Superb.

Thank Woozle47
Reviewed 15 August 2018

What a wonderful experience this restaurant is! The food is excellent, especially the garlic bread! I would recommend any of their home made pastas. The service was exceptional, everyone is amazing.

Thank Jildac
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

I went here for a business meeting later in the evening. The menu was filled with a more classic seafood but a higher end caliber. We started with the calamari and garlic bread. I was not impressed with the garlic bread which is supposed to...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 15 August 2018

If you are a seafood fan, which I could eat if every day, for every meal, this is the place to go. No fear though, aside from the very varied and diversified menu, there are additional options as in steak and pasta. Parking is small...More

Thank Jo S
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Had Crab Cakes for appetizers and Trout Almondine as entree both were excellent. Highly recommend!! Yummy..

Thank JaninPV
Reviewed 6 August 2018

My wife and I were both recommended to eat at the Rusty Pelican by a previous server and a hotel representative. It is an older facility with nice views and average food. Not a huge fan of the way they made the squid (almost like...More

Thank Marc S
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larry j
17 January 2018|
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Response from William R | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I do not know. May I suggest you call the property direct.
Christy L
9 May 2017|
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Response from henrissh | Reviewed this property |
Oh - so sorry I didn't see your question in time. The brunch is not buffet style. It is off the menu, but prices are reasonable.
15 April 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:15 PM
11:30 AM - 10:15 PM
11:30 AM - 10:15 PM
11:30 AM - 10:15 PM
11:30 AM - 10:15 PM
11:30 AM - 11:15 PM
11:30 AM - 11:15 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2735 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (Riverside Dr)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-642-3431
  • E-mail
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, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 - a distinction bestowed upon only the nation's premier restaurants.
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