Waterline

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701 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Balboa Bay Resort’s signature restaurant, offers coastal-inspired cuisine within a relaxed waterfront setting.

The dining experience is focused on seasonal ingredients, local and regional seafood, and expert technique. Favorites include a delicate lobster house roll, Kona kampachi sashimi, and pan seared diver scallops.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch, guests can enjoy intimate indoor or outdoor dining overlooking Balboa Bay. Larger celebrations will enjoy the restaurant’s private dining room, including a dedicated patio, backed by sunset views.

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM for our Thanksgiving Lunch at the Waterline Restaurant. We are offering a prix fix menu. Adults are $90, children under 12, $45, plus tax & automatic service charge. Credit Card required.

Thursday, 28 November, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our Christmas Eve prix fix menu at the Waterline Restaurant. Adults are $95, children under 12, $46, plus tax & automatic service charge. Credit Card required.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us between 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM for our Christmas Day prix fix menu at the Waterline Restaurant. Adults are $95, children under 12, $46, plus tax & automatic service charge. Credit Card required.

Wednesday, 25 December, 2019

What 701 People Are Saying
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L
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was fine but the service very poor. Not a friendly atmosphere. Expect more from a resort hotel where I was paying over $500 a night for a room.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Can’t beat the bay view. Cocktails were spot on. White bass was so visually appealing and tasty that my wife made me switch to her lamb which I gladly enjoyed. Lemon crumble with gelato satisfied both our sweet cravings

GT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere perfect for intimate gatherings and romantic dates loved the service very attentive never saw my glass empty. I feel the seafood selection to be in ok quality shrimp was delicious. And the desserts sooo good will definitely come back in the future. Thank you waterline!

AD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location for Sunday Brunch! Excellent service, good food (highly recommend the crab cake eggs benedict) and lovely atmosphere. The bottomless mimosas are a big plus too!

KS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is the best part of dining there. The filet mignon was excellent but expensive, my salad was OK.

CW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nieces 25th birthday.

CF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fantastic gourmet-dining experience and right on the water. Even for a weeknight the number of other diners was low, which is why I’m writing this review: Waterline appears to be rather an undiscovered gem.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Food, service, music!!! Can’t wait for our next visit.

PE
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (Victoria) was very good, will definetly be back!

ER
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The waiter we had was a little rude, I know we all have bad days but do not bring it to work.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Breakfast I’ve had in a long time.

M
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is excellent from the service to food and drinks. Highly recommend

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We stayed a bit late and was not offered dessert menu if there were any... otherwise overall service and food was good.

MS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

the Service was not very good, the waiter seem a bit lost and our food was just okay.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing!!!!

JH
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters going away lunch

KL
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Crab benedict, bland crab and hollandaise sauce.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food paired with attentive service. Restaurant is tastefully decorated and quiet with a nice view of the harbor. One of my new favorite dining spots.

D
Dallas
124 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We ordered a beet salad and an octopus salad and were disappointed in the quality. Our server was overwhelmed with too many tables. The restaurant is beautiful but it was not a pleasant dinner.

AV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

The only downside to the meal was the seafood platter for $79.00
disappointing for the cost

KE
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Reserved a table outside and despite the fact that there were only 3 seated tables inside and 4 tables outside, we were told that no outside tables were available.
Ordered food... 1.5 hrs later meal FINALLY arrives because our ticket got “shuffled behind a larger party”
A waste of $300.

ND
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing time. The setting is fantastic being right on the harbor with the gorgeous boats.
It was shaded and we enjoyed the patio. The staff is wonderful. After we had a long lunch we moved over to the bar seating and Bobby just spoiled us with his humor and service. This is a special place where you have scenery, good food, great service and ability for conversation in a quieter setting.

LP
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and very special Sunday Brunch! Loved every details, the food was delicious, our server was very attentive and the view was beautiful!

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was excellent. Loved the cold bar buffet.

JJ
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot for lunch! Great biz meeting spot!!

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and friendly staff.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation, but had to wait. We were at the table almost 15 minutes before we got water. Not worth $53 pp, I would not go again

TS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. The ambiance fits the quality of the food. The ribery was large, flavorful and delicious. The scallops were melt in your mouth tender. Make sure you get the bread. They are mini loaves that are very tasty. Will definitely go back.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service-food was awesome! Took our three almost four year old and it was very comfortable.

SV
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and service from our waiter James and Justin too. James respected that we were wanting time to get caught up with our friends and gave us space to talk before ordering. So refreshing not to be pressured to order right away. Our night was wonderful from start to finish! :-)

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone Enjoyed the dinner very much.

M
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victoria made sure we had a very special and memorable 4th of July lunch. Excellent service.

A
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Delicious food. Marvelous service

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was extremely slow and unfriendly. The food was okay but definitely have no intention of going back.

JC
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took my husband here for Father’s Day. Wonderful brunch ! Wonderful view!

MT
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only the best...that's what I found at the brunch I attended at the Waterline Restaurant. The food was fresh and well prepared. Servers were attentive and not once made us feel rushed. Wonderful brunch!

MO
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waterline, as the name implies, sits right on the water in Newport Harbor. The dining room has plush booths facing the water, with tables next to the floor-to-ceiling windows. There is outdoor seating available. The decor is Newport Beach-y upscale, but casual. The food is very good, with assorted luncheon salads, grilled steak, hamburgers, and my favorite, the fresh local halibut "BLT". It features fresh grilled halibut atop thin tomato slices. The fish is topped by a toasted flatbread, chopped bacon crisps, with a wonderful dressing drizzled over all. The restaurant is quiet enough to carry on a conversation at a normal level. Dress for lunch is casual. Expect to pay about $25 per plate. A nice assortment of wines available by the glass. Recommended.

OT
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view, very nice place and delicious food. Service was a little slow, but still good.

w
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

If I could, i would have given it 3.5 stars just because it is a beautiful restaurant inside an even more beautiful hotel. Gorgeous harbor view and the decore is nice, but very conservative (this is your grandparents restaurant). Service was the best part of the night. They were impeccable in their care, courteous, and very professional. Reminded me of Michelin starred French restaurants. Unfortunately, food was very disappointing. Dinner rolls looked like grocery bought and cold (below room temperature). Menu tries to be trendy, but it's about 5 years behind the times. $35 to $60 for main course, but not very well prepared. My white bass was thoughtlessly prepared without any flavor and my father's scallops were also very uninspired. I wouldn't mind coming back to stay at the hotel, but I wouldn't come back here again.

PP
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delightful view and excellent service Waiters very patient with our birthday party even though we lingered long after the two pm closing time