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“Wonderful Details and Incredible Food”

Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom
Ranked #13 of 513 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 20 - US$ 35
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, View
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 22 February 2015

This was a beautiful restaurant right on the ocean with wonderful food. The menu was unique (not weird, just not the same average things), with all fresh, homemade, upscale food, right down to the salad dressings, soups, and desserts. They had seafood, steak, pasta, a great variety. We had a wonderful experience.

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

We enjoyed happy hour drinks and food so much, that we returned twice more on our 5 day trip. $4 bar menu with plenty of choices to please all. We brought the grandchildren one day and they loved the view and the burgers! Happy hour is from 11am-7pm every day. It is a wonderful place for lunch and drinks!

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Thank julia j
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Reviewed 15 February 2015

The food was excellent. I had claim chowder for lunch starter; I had fish and chips for lunch. The food was not greesy and I did not feel heavy afterwards, very light and free. However, my experience with customer service was not pleasant either my waiter, "JJ", was not having a good day or not able to juggle tables or maybe didn't like catering to African American people or something. He forgot to put in our lunch starter (which came after our lunch-- but manager did not charge us), he only came to our table to take our orders, give us extra ketchup when we got his attention( at which time he asked is everything ok), poured extra round of drinks (1 lemonade) and give us the check. The table behind us and to the left of us received numerous " is everything ok, do you need anything else, how are you", plus more. In my eyes our customer service was NOT PLEASANT! But I will return because the food was great and in hopes we get better service next time.

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Thank DrMKDSTlady
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Reviewed 5 January 2015

Harborside has gone through many changes over the years. The current restaurant and "Grand Ballroom" has excellent cuisine for all and we love to go there for an early evening.

The restaurant offers a great "first seating" menu special of a 3 course dinner for $20, and the selections are both varied and excellent. We love the crusted fish, crispy on the outside and moist and tender inside. Our daughter has the fish off the Kid's menu and frankly I want it too! It is a healthy portion of Mahi-Mahi, not some breaded Cod or Tilapia.

We like first seating which is available until about 6:00 PM (check the restaurant for time and day of availability) because we get to have a sunset view of the bay. A charter fishing boat also departs and returns from the dock in front and this also provides entertainment along with a 500 pound seal that begs for bait and a few pelicans.

We have also eaten off the full menu, and the steak is also well prepared and very tasty.

The Girl Scouts held an annual "Father/Daughter Dance" in the Ballroom upstairs, the catering was ok but nothing to rave about, but then the experience was not for the food. Our elementary school has also held events there.

Parking is easy if you use the lot by the Balboa pier. Having lived on Balboa Island for many years, I like to park there, and take the Ferry across. It is a short walk on either side of the bay and you go through the famous "Fun Zone".

We have no problem recommending this for any type of event, romance, family, friends, business or solo. Oh, they have appetizers at highly reduced prices for Happy Hour if you are solo, and don't want fried foods or breaded cheese for dinner with your drink.

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Thank LeBeauxVoyager
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Reviewed 9 December 2014

The food is excellent, the service is outstanding and the view is breathtaking. I can't wait to return soon.

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Thank Monica S
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