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Rusty Pelican

2735 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
+1 949-642-3431
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (29 reviews)
“garlic bread” (81 reviews)
“swordfish” (75 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2735 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would not go back to this restaurant. Very average food, was expecting a much better experience. Ordered mahi mahi which was expensive and poorly prepared. Dining guest ordered Alaskan halibut with the same result. The best part of the meal was the wine.

Thank WatersTwo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant seemed situated in a great location hence the prices on the food. But at times when you look at situations like this you just have to go with the flow. The food in this restaurant I have to say was excellent, but at...More

Thank Open-minded_Hotelier
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great spot for waterfront dining in Newport Beach. Varied selection of seafood items, as well as a few items for those preferring steak or chicken. It's nice to find a spot with scenic views and well-prepared dishes, reasonably priced.

Thank Lea P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of three couples stopped here for Happy Hour on a weekday evening. The food and drinks were reasonably priced and very good. There is also a great view to be had as you are eating and drinking.

Thank SB1114
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've dined at the Rusty Pelican several times and haven't ever been disappointed. Tonight's dinner was excellent. We had a salad, the house bread, Mahi Mahi, and salmon with shrimp. Each was excellent. My only complaint is the stupid valet parking. It's literally ten times...More

Thank Eric N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came in fairly late and were looking for a good meal. The staff were very accommodating and very nice to let us in right before they closed. The food was amazing and the staff was just amazing.

Thank Lexi G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food and service was fantastic. Staff was attentive and food was delicious. Liked the ambiance and place was clean

Thank Pudge6356
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Rusty Pelican is a very nice seafood restaurant with an excellent view of the Newport Beach harbor. The food was very good. The Alaskan halibut was a big hit with our party. The sides for my halibut were just OK. The halibut special with...More

Thank DavidfromLaPalma
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superlatives sometimes ar hard to believe by a outside reader, guest. This is for us an absolutly best seafood restaurant as well as other excellent gourmet choices. This beautiful restaurant is on the marinas water side overlooking the multi-million dollar yaghts and residences. You should...More

Thank Claudio P
Reviewed September 12, 2018

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!

1  Thank Hector M
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larry j
January 16, 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
May 8, 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.
April 14, 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
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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