Rusty Pelican Restaurant

4.5
4607 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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 2011-2020 – a distinction bestowed upon only the nation's premier restaurants.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4607 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view on the water and fantastic service!
Oh…. And the food was perfect! Go there if you want great seafood 👍

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LoraM
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was friendly, the food was good . Valet parkers seemed overwhelmed. We had several parties around us that were very loud. So that was a bit difficult but they were willing to move us, outside , But then the one table moved that did have 8 loud people. So it got better. Overall we would happily go back again

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vipLuvtodineout
Orange County
118 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made it back to the Rusty Pelican for dinner! And they even had fresh halibut , my wife and I both had it in the lemon butter with capers , it was delicious 😋. Our server Ryan K. was great ,very friendly and kept everything moving. It was very busy even at 4:45 we had to wait a little longer than expected but the hostess was working very hard and was trying to get everyone seated. Thanks for a great evening.

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stanleym
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail,it has 8 large Shrimp,and is the best in the Newport Beach area.We ordered the Skuna Bay Salmon with Shrimp and Lobster Sauce and it was outstanding.You should also order the Creme Brulee for Dessert,you will enjoy the way it is served.

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JuneM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service on Sunday was very poor had to wait long time to get our food big party was there very Noisy, so I was not a good day to be at the rusty pelican

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ElizabethR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rusty Pelican was great! Service was fast and attentive, and the food was delicious. We sat outside and it was a beautiful night and much quieter than inside. It was disappointing seeing patrons walk around the restaurant maskless when the signage clearly asked otherwise but it is what it is. Overall a fun night for our first post-covid dining.

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RamonS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jacob our waiter was very attentive and accommodating! He gave us suggestions on special and even moved us to another table when I requested it. He offered a birthday dessert to my girlfriend and made us all happy during the dinner!

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Kukala243
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the view! Everyone from the hostess to the server were so friendly & helpful! Great place to take friends & family who are visiting!

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SheriP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was for my son’s 17th birthday. Seating was super tight upstairs when trying to have window seating. Not everyone was skinny or young. I felt bad for some!

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vipBabyKitty16
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Had to send undercooked fish back twice. Next time I’ll order well done.

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MacR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Our server Paige was very helpful and kind to our large group. Beautiful seating upstairs with a view of the harbor.

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Carbonara
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Parking full for 7:15 rez. Could see spaces yet entrance blocked. Parked 2 blocks away by McLaren dealer. Seated as soon as we walked in. Window-side as requested. Justin was moving like Spidey from large to small groups. Took order for beverages, gave us a soft upsell for starters. Support staff for him were good with waters and cocktail delivery. Food portions spot-on, served hot and tasty for all.

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Angela
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I wish there was a no star rating. Our server was so rude and neglected our table. We usually love eating here but after this experience we will not be returning. Went to celebrate a 60th birthday- and our server completely forgot to bring out dessert, only checked on our table 1x after taking orders, took forever to get the bill, and was just incredibly rude and aloof. He was also extremely touchy to the people sitting at the ends of the table and made us feel so uncomfortable.

The tab was incredibly high for the service and food received. I expect good food and at least mediocre service if we are going to be spending 65$ a person. Beyond disappointed and will not be recommending this restaurant any longer. Just horrible.

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AgnelK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service,

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vipnancyr
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Daughters graduation. Booked 11 way in advance. Sat us way up in the corner divided into 3 tables. Reached out to gm over phone, never returned call. While dining room empty at 2pm our table was far from view. Server was good but that was the only thing I can think of that was. Don’t eat here. So many places with nice view that actually want your business and will go out of the way for a large party at 2 on a Thursday! Food Disappointing!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and service food was delicious.

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
83 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The menu is very average. We ordered the salmon prepared medium rare but it was delivered very overcooked.

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LaurieS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server. I’m sorry I didn’t not get her name but she was lovely and very efficient. She made our special birthday celebration even better. The food was terrific as well. Thanks to the Rusty Pelican team for our excellent experience.

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anonymousgal
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious. Even the garlic bread was the BEST we had ever tasted. We dined outside with a view of Newport Harbor. Just breathtaking. I definitely would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciosa comida en un ambiente espectacular!! Muy buen servicio!!

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GuyB
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The service great. Loved sitting outside by the water.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I will never frequent this restaurant on a Sunday again. Or possibly ever again. Food- excellent. Service poor. Appetizer came out in 10-15 minutes which was fabulous….but our entrees took an hour. Absolutely 2 tables sat after ours got food before we did. Not worth the food. Get take out if possible. The waitress didn’t check in but one time for a refill in that hour. Not until we were hangry and made it known did the manager come apologize which is like doing nothing. He could have brought some bread or an appetizer with him. Check for a better spot to eat!

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Surfgal
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sun brunch. Table ready on arrival, but worth the wait for 10 mins to get a waterfront table. Food was fresh and excellent, cocktails were not skimpy, and our server Brenda was as nice and helpful as can be. Will absolutely be back.

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vipDonTami
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Natalie and her staff did a superior job ..... as usual!!!! VERY comfortable setting on the bay ..... and GREAT food and SERVICE!!!!!

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vipLhillslady
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've become Rusty Pelican "regulars" due to their combination of outstanding view, outstanding service (we have been served particularly well by "Brenda," and outstanding food. The ingredients in the menu items are fresh and high quality. Both management and employees seem interested in a quality experience for their customers.

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TrishA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large party and our waitress was very professional and knowledgeable and suggested many delicious meals that were enjoyed by everyone. The ambiance there is always perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate 34 years of marriage.

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RitaT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything is fine but coconut shrimps were too sweet

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vipSusanC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing views of the bay. Delicious, fresh food. Prompt service.

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Karxprt
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food. Early reservation. Very casual service, but that may have been what they perceived the ambiance should be. Very loud 5-person nearby. Drank a lot, but quieted down once food arrived. Best cheesecake ever! A good experience. Nice views. Not inexpensive, but we imbibed a bit.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, as always!
All suggestions from our server were spectacular!
Server did an excellent job of attending to us although she had the majority of the downstairs & outside areas to serve.

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RonG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time dining there. Food is absolutely delicious.

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TimD
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Poor selection of white wines. After you order it takes forever to get it. Halibut was inedible. Could not pierce it with a knife. I don't know if it was frozen or just hard from old age. Maybe pre-covid caught...nothing like jerked halibut! Would have like to have seen the date code on that fish!

Took forever to get food, yes, after waiting forever to get drinks. And waiting for the server to come and take our order. Server never checked in on us...couldn't tell her that the fish was bad. For a harbor location you would think that the fish would be good. Ordered clam chowder. Tasty but it covered about half an inch of the bottom of the bowl. First wine was very bitter, ordered another brand, and yes, after waiting more than 15 minutes, the runner came with the wine and poured it into the bitter wine
that was sitting in the glass! The server had put new glasses out but...tried to grab the runner immediately but he ran faster than voice can travel. Finally flagged down the server and explained what happened. Another 15 minute wait to get another pour. Unbelievable!

Reservation was kept as promised so we got our table immediately which was good. Valet service good.

Been there many times before and never had an experience like this. If you are thinking of going here wait a few months until they get it together.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our waitress!!

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AnthonyT
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice dining experience and I recommend it to anyone.

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Mhall
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service and the seating was great. My two friends had the scallops and loved it, I on the other hand ordered the steak medium well and got it medium raw. Quite a discrepancy. The server said she would take it back but I decided to take it home and recook it myself because I didn’t want to wait for my steak to be cooked correctly when my two friends were nearly finished with their meals. Aside from my meal everything was great.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The server was extremely patient with our large party which included 2 babies and a toddler!

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LoriK
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very average food.

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You can order delivery directly from Rusty Pelican Restaurant using the Order Online button. Rusty Pelican Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Rusty Pelican Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 642-3431.

Rusty Pelican Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 4607 OpenTable diners.

Rusty Pelican Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.