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Rusty Pelican

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2735 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4798 (Riverside Dr)
+1 949-642-3431
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner this past weekend. I don't know whether the management or kitchen staff has changed but this is not the rusty pelican quality of food or level of service I'm used to. Our mains came out and my boyfriends fish had fruit salsa all over it when he had specifically asked for... More 

Thank melissa1980
Mill Valley, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food is excellent and the decor is very nice. It offers nice water views off the back and there is back patio in which you can eat outside. Service was good but not special given the prices. Menu is largely seafood but they do offer a very nice steak and chicken dinners. I found the noise to be a... More 

Thank Gary D
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Arriving at 2pm meant the rush of lunch hour was over and we could enjoy the window view of the tranquil harbor. Tiffany, our waitress, brought our wine and gave us time to read the menu after telling us the specials. We relaxed in the attractive dining room with some wonderful sourdough bread until our excellent entrees arrived. The salmon... More 

Thank Clint B
Southampton, Pennsylvania
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142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for a late dinner after arriving at SNA and the place has great atmosphere. First the view, we sat by the window on the dock and the views are really amazing. The service really well paced, the server was not rushing us at all. We had plenty of time to enjoy drinks, our main course, and relax... More 

Thank Tmh519
Arlington, Virginia
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186 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lounge is the bomb. Great views of the harbor, Raw oysters were outstanding along with the coconut shrimp. $5 valet parking. If I lived here this would be my hangout. Service was good and atmosphere great.

Thank Stanley Y
Clovis, California
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92 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and wonderful staff. I'll return on our next visit to Newport Beach! Ask for a window seat to enjoy the sunset!

Thank Ginadesign
Pensacola, Florida, USA
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You could, but then you'd miss out on the excellent menu. Our group had various entrees, passed samples and agreed it would have been easy enough to trade anything for anything and still be satisfied. It is hard to argue simply starting at the top going with the Firepot swordfish, working your way down through salmon, trout, Artic char, barramundi... More 

Thank Philip W
Irvine, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rusty Pelican offers to stories , whereas the upper deck offers a Bar as well as a full menu Dinner. great atmosphere , overlooking the Newport beach harbor....Dinner menu includes seafood as well as great meats selections, both are very good and not expensive...this is a wonderful place for celebrations, family or friends at not too large group can enjoy... More 

Thank Uri H
Westerville, Ohio
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dinner was very enjoyable. Food was good and wait staff very attentive. Great atmosphere and waterfront dining. The only downside was the charge for valet parking. The resturant had a parking lot, but no option to self park.

Thank Maryjopat
amityville, ny
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We went here on the last night of our vacation because it was across the street from our hotel. Ill start with the positive. The Wait staff and the manager were beyond nice, They are the reason this place got any stars at all. The drinks from the bar were pretty yummy too. If you are looking for a beautiful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2735 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4798
    (Riverside Dr)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-642-3431

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?