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Pelican Grill Restaurant Review: By the sounds of the crashing waves, you know that the picturesque coastline of Newport Coast is just down the hill, but here on Pelican Hill you only see golf greens and the wide blue Pacific in the distance. Situated inside Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill is part upscale golf clubhouse and lounge and part fine-dining restaurant. The menu, overseen by chef Luke Turpin, has numerous items designed to highlight the wood-fired stove. Enjoy lunch by pairing a microbrew with a gourmet pizza or a glass of wine and a roasted prime rib-eye sandwich. The restaurant’s signature spicy tortilla soup is also good; it comes with shredded chicken, cotija cheese and avocado purée. Entrée highlights include the New York strip steak and fried fingerling potatoes; pan-roasted salmon served with cipollini onions and grilled artichoke hearts; and the rack of lamb with oregano scarlet quinoa. Guests might choose to bypass the main dining room and head straight to the lounge, where sports games are on two big-screen TVs --- it's a well-liked spot for taking a breather after a day on the adjacent world-class golf course.