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First Cabin - CLOSED

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663
+1 949-645-5000
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good19%
  • Average19%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
22 Aug 2015
“Training needed!”
5 May 2015
“This is one of very few places that serves Gazpacho”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, International, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful setting, good food, reasonable prices, but the service is terrible. Three out of four of us had the Friday night prime rib. We finally got our order after a long wait. The order came with vegetables and a baked potato. The servers came with...More

Thank Priscilla G
Reviewed May 5, 2015

Gazpacho is my favorite cold soup and the First Cabin at the Balboa Bay Club has it. For those of you on a low budge you can have lunch at the Bay Club, order the Gazpacho-it was$8.00 when I was last there-enjoy the view and...More

Thank Al E
Reviewed February 21, 2015

First Cabin has been replaced by the new, upscale Waterline Restaurant (separate review) at Balboa Bay Resort. New chefs, new menu, same great waterfront location. Excited chefs are ready to greet patrons and listen to praise for the new menu and delicious entrees!!! Very nice...More

Thank RikiUSA
Reviewed August 4, 2014

My review for Balboa Beach Clue & Resort should have been here. I was reviewing this restaurant at the resort.

Thank Christie V
Reviewed June 20, 2014

The First Cabin at the Balboa Bay Club is now the WATERLINE at the Balboa Bay Resort. Same location but new owners, decor and food. I rate the Waterline as better than the First Cabin in food and service. Same great waterfront location. Lovely views....More

1  Thank Theguyin4B
Reviewed January 22, 2014

Sedate place with pleasant views. The food is surprisingly mediocre for a restaurant in such a location - be it light dishes and salads for lunch, or complete meals at dinner time. Service is friendly but not top-notch (unlike the rest of the hotel).

Thank Lam N
Reviewed January 19, 2014

My wife and I do Champagne Brunch almost ever Sunday. We have been to just about every Brunch in and around Orange County. We have never been to one as bad as at the First Cabin at the Balboa Bay Club. I made a reservation...More

Thank beerdiet
Reviewed November 10, 2013

We were visiting Newport Beach for the weekend and, since the weather was great, we wanted to sit by the water and have lunch in a nice place. We picked First Cabin and we were not disappointed. The place is in the Balboa Bay Resort,...More

Thank Steve421
Reviewed June 24, 2013

It's a pointedly old-fashioned place, with cigar smell, dark wood, leather armchairs – prestige permeates the air in the First Cabin. It's great for senior birthdays and classical family gatherings, I guess, and in this capacity it does not disappoint. The service was delightful, and...More

Thank xamhayana
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Wonderful restaurant at the Balboa Bay Club. Sit outside the watch the boats go by as you have a glass of wine with your wonderful meal. Highly recommend the Sunday Brunch!

Thank annadraper
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$20 - US$35
American, International, Contemporary
Good for
Romantic, View
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-645-5000
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