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Rusty Pelican

2735 W. Coast Hwy. (Riverside Dr.) Send to Phone
949-642-3431 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Classic seafood dinners at sunset are served up at Newport Harbor’s romantic Rusty Pelican.
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Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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  • 3.5 star rating
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Rusty Pelican Restaurant Review

: This Newport Beach establishment has served up large doses of romance and good continental fare for more than three decades. And like many of the restaurants that dot Mariner's Mile, it takes full advantage of the view afforded by Newport Harbor. In-the-know locals get a seat at the upstairs bar at least an hour or so before sunset to catch the sky burst into orange and purples while the harbor’s blue waters sparkle. If you're ready for a more formal experience, however, start with a glass of wine from the smart by-the-glass list and order the spicy Cajun shrimp appetizer or refreshing ahi sashimi or calamari fritti. The menu mostly features pan- and oven-roasted seafood dishes, but there are also three cuts of steak for those who seek a surf ‘n’ turf combo. We enjoy the chargrilled mahi mahi in a spicy orange-ginger glaze accompanied by jasmine rice. Swordfish, which is prepared in a chili barbecue marinade, is also a good choice. Lobster is usually a hit-and-miss menu item in OC, but the tails here are poached in butter for unusual tenderness. Desserts are highlighted by the kitchen’s take on the classic baked Alaska. On Sundays, the venue serves up hearty brunch items like flat-iron steak and eggs and crab cake Benedict.

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