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The Rusty Pelican

The Rusty Pelican

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Mariners Mile, Newport Beach
  • Ranked #6 for seafood restaurants in Newport Beach
  • This place is famous for their seafood. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Ady V.
    "Firepot Swordfish was awesome!!! <3"(3 Tips)
    Holly R.
    "I'm also loving the Ginger and Orange Mahi Mahi...spicy yet sweet!"(8 Tips)
    Al Jawhara A.
    "garlic bread and calamari is the best"(13 Tips)
    David M.
    "Happy Hour specials are great, and the food is amazing!"(2 Tips)
74 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • calamari
  • firepot swordfish
  • scenic views
  • mahi mahi
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  • Ayman A.
    Ayman AbuZaidSeptember 10
    1st time was very good experience, unfortunately the 2nd time the waitere dropped the juc all over my daughter and his reaction was not professional at all.
  • Ayman A.
    Ayman AbuZaidSeptember 9
    Although main course came late, but food was awesome ans service is v good.
  • Al Jawhara A.
    garlic bread and calamari is the best
  • Justin R.
    Justin RobinettDecember 21, 2016
    Good food, very expensive
  • Marc F.
    Marc FreyOctober 14, 2016
    ask for table outside on the porch. nice harbour view
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinSeptember 16, 2016
    The Maine lobster salad was incredible. Great atmosphere and service too.
  • Cathleen P.
    Cathleen PetersonJuly 20, 2016
    Fire pot mahi, filet steak and potatoes, orange ginger Mahi Mahi
  • Larry N.
    Larry NebelJuly 8, 2016
    Nice spot for weekend Brunch on the water
  • Carmen
    CarmenMay 29, 2016
    They serve a really good Malbec
  • Carmen
    CarmenMay 29, 2016
    Be prepared with five bucks cask (plus tip) for the valet parking your car. If you didn't make a reservation, eat upstairs at the bar. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. Nce view of the marina
  • Carmen
    CarmenMay 29, 2016
    The garlic bread is every bit as good as they say, and then some! The grilled rainbow trout is delicious! The place is noisy and the band singing Beatles songs is LOUD.
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 29, 2016
    Opened 1972. The last remaining restaurant of a ’70s-early ’90s chain started by a Newport life guard in 1967; upscale sea food, waterfront location.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerretteDecember 25, 2015
    Upstairs bar is excellent place to grab some dinner and a drink
  • Hadeel A.
    Hadeel AAugust 23, 2015
    The calamari is to die for 😍❤
  • Jakob E.
    Jakob EichorAugust 21, 2015
    I'm not really a seafood guy but this place changed my mind. Absolutely a must try!
  • S
    SAugust 13, 2015
    The Calamari and garlic bread are a must, goat cheese shuffle was exquisite and for the main course our server recommended the chef's specials and they were amazing.
  • Vicky C.
    Vicky ChangJune 7, 2015
    Amazing seafood dishes
  • Madeline H.
    Madeline HowardJune 2, 2015
    Coconut shrimp
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan ShimpApril 28, 2015
    Pan roasted Mai Mai and carolina bisque
  • Virineia L.
    Virineia LupanMarch 16, 2015
    Old people only.. valet parking only, cash only.. pushy waitress..
  • Mary Hobb J.
    Top notch food. We ate there,two out of three nights.
  • Mary Hobb J.
    King Crab Legs, drawn butter, and garlic bread was the best that i've ever had.
  • Angelina Z.
    Angelina ZeppieriFebruary 9, 2015
    Amazingly fresh seafood with a beautiful view of Newport Harbor.
  • Fahad A.
    Fahad Al ObailanOctober 16, 2014
    The lobster soup is awesome
  • Charles H.
    Charles HammelmanOctober 1, 2014
    Host cheese soufle is great. Amy is a delightful and knowledgeable server, request her!
  • Rolando A.
    Rolando AldabertSeptember 20, 2014
    Calamari is the best anywhere here!
  • Becky W.
    Becky WeldonAugust 31, 2014
    We had the pesto salmon and the ahi tuna...both excellent. Seating upstairs is open with full menu and service and a great view of the river traffic.
  • Jonathan N.
    Jonathan NavarroAugust 16, 2014
    Brunch is only Sunday!!!!!!!!
  • Svetlana L.
    Svetlana LamoureuxAugust 16, 2014
    Everything is good after remodeling.
  • Ed S.
    Ed SogolowJune 18, 2014
    Great food. Calamari is very good. Servers are friendly and knowledgable.
  • Voxx C.
    Voxx CelebMarch 26, 2014
    Dont let the name fool you, the food is gourmet, the drinks are awesome, and the deserts r decadent!!
  • Ady V.
    Ady VaskezOctober 15, 2013
    Firepot Swordfish was awesome!!! <3
  • Creative T.
    Creative TravelerJuly 19, 2013
    Try the Sea Bass Lemon Butter Smashed Potato
  • Kaleigh S.
    Kaleigh SimpsonJune 17, 2013
    Outside seating is perfect. Calamari and garlic bread are delicious. Fish and oysters are fresh!
  • Nancy I.
    Nancy InsingaJune 7, 2013
    Great food. Great service. Treated Paul with a free desert for his birthday.
  • Trukrr ..
    Trukrr .comMay 30, 2013
    Ruby ahi rare is delicious
  • Vadim K.
    Vadim KolosovMay 13, 2013
    Everything is fantastic! Tender and delicious dishes! Must taste it! Drinks are wonderful as well
  • Abigail S.
    Abigail ShiltsApril 24, 2013
    Unless you're a serious seafood fan, skip it. It isn't worth it if you're not, oh and the coleslaw is surprisingly tangy(???).
  • Robb R.
    Robb ReyApril 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best calamari ever!
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GantJanuary 5, 2013
    Food is amazing! the servers...they are very knowledgeable with the menu.
  • Mike G.
    Mike GantJanuary 5, 2013
    Firepot Swordfish was awesome!!
  • John S.
    John StanforthOctober 14, 2012
    Happy hour specials here were great and made it a must-visit place whenever we were in the Newport area.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy ChungAugust 5, 2012
    Try the Halibut with lemon butter caper sauce
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin ReeseJuly 11, 2012
    Macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi was cooked perfectly. The jasmine rice was a nice touch. Add a half dozen oysters and I'm in Heaven!
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BernardiJune 17, 2012
    The Sourdough bread is excellent
  • Joseph C.
    If you want a medium rare order a medium. (Prime Rib)
  • Erica S.
    Erica StricklandMay 2, 2012
    Garlic bread is to die for!
  • Rita K.
    Rita KalraMarch 21, 2012
  • Brittany A.
    Brittany ArnoldJanuary 29, 2012
    everything was just amazing :D
  • Gregg O.
    Gregg OlsonJanuary 22, 2012
    It's Restaurant Week!! Ask for the discount menu. They sure won't offer it!!! Ate there last night. All six of us will not return. Over priced. Bad fish.
  • Chandra F.
    Chandra FerrerDecember 28, 2011
    The Garlic bread is dangerously good!
  • Ally M.
    Ally MorrellNovember 12, 2011
    Happy Birthday Alicia
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne COctober 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fresh fish for reasonable prices....and the icing on the cake, the cheery on top: great ocean view.
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BellOctober 11, 2011
    perfection. yummy seafood brunch with unlimited delicious champagne right on the water! Read more
  • Debbie B.
    Debbie B.September 7, 2011
    Clam chowder is delicious. Macademia nut Mahii Mahi is yummy.
  • Sid S.
    Sid ShimSeptember 2, 2011
    swordfish is fanastic here.
  • Krista P.
    Krista PahlAugust 8, 2011
    Not very expensive but very nice restaurant.
  • Debra L.
    Debra LongJuly 26, 2011
    Unbelievable. Try the Firepot mahi mahi. Jimmy is also an incredible waiter
  • Marisa K.
    Marisa KnoxJuly 18, 2011
    Fabulous Sunday Brunch... Eggs Benedict and endless mimosas!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BaranowskiJune 16, 2011
    Firepot swordfish.... yummy. Garlic bread is best in town as well.
  • David M.
    David MurphyJune 15, 2011
    Bartenders upstairs are fantastic! Happy Hour specials are great, and the food is amazing!
  • Tara R.
    Tara RobinsonMay 20, 2011
    Calamari is a must have. Halibut and Opah are amazing. They even offer complementary blankets if you get cold!!
  • Cory
    CoryMay 19, 2011
    Rub the Rusty Pelican in the parking lot after dinner. It won't bring you luck, but it might bring you tetanus.
  • Claudia V.
    Great food! Ask for Justin to be your waiter :-)
  • Ashley
    AshleyMarch 22, 2011
    The Macadamia Mahi Mahi is delicious!
  • Heidi I.
    Heidi IngersollDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    garden salad w blue cheese...ask for rice vinegar to sprinkle on top. amazing. Calamari of course. mahi firepot is delish.
  • Holly R.
    Holly RoccoNovember 11, 2010
    The calamari appetizer is to die for! I'm also loving the Ginger and Orange Mahi Mahi...spicy yet sweet!
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KelsoOctober 24, 2010
    Awesome service, awesome view, awesome food!!
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NolanOctober 23, 2010
    Be nice to the awesome bartender up stairs or down depending, Canaan is one cool bartender!
  • Nicole N.
    Nicole NavarroSeptember 13, 2010
    Best calamari ever!
  • Katherine D.
    Katherine DuqueAugust 23, 2010
    cobb salad is greeeeeeeat!!
  • Johnny P.
    Johnny PackerAugust 10, 2010
    great lunch!
  • J-RoC
    J-RoCAugust 6, 2010
    Yup, the Calamari Fritti rocks. Their new item - Seabass w/Bok Choy and Mushrooms is delicious as well.
  • Campbell M.
    Campbell MichaelMarch 26, 2010
    The Calamari Appetizer is amazing!
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