Reviews on Seafood food in Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California including Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom, Gulfstream, Newport Landing, Tommy Bahama's Island Grille, Bayside Restaurant, Fly N Fish Oyster Bar and Grill, Waterline, Canaletto, Sushi Roku Newport Beach, Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
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4 based on 716 reviews
Established in 1996, Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach was the original inspiration for what hasbecome the leading premium seafood restaurant chain in Southern California. Owner-operated since its inception, the waterfront restaurant on the docks in histor
A Saturday night, 8:20 PM, finally found a parking spot a good distance away. Not that I minded, it was a gorgeous night, the restaurant lights shown across the water, the walk was needed. Plus, I knew I was in store for really good clam chowder. Which was the first thing we did, after finding two empty chairs at the bar. These offered a view of the galley kitchen and the 5 cooks working. After seeing all the beautiful fish being cut with such care, and placed in individual pans or on the grill, it just makes you appreciate the meal you are about to eat all the greater. And it is entertaining. To drink a Pinot Noir and a glass of champagne. Then a Shrimp Louie Salad, which we ended up splitting. Across the way two old high school friends who had not seen each other in 50 years were sharing memories. A nice location, great food, good conversation, equals a wonderful experience.
4 based on 105 reviews
Sushi Roku combines the finest, freshest fish from pristine waters around the globe with the kind of artistry that can only be provided by a mature sushi chef ensuring superlative traditional sushi, together with a splash of California innovation. Sushi R
It was a good experience trying this lovely place... We had a variety of dishes such as spicy scallops, spicy salmon, kimchee, veggies wrapped in ribeye steak, sake... Very friendly staff... Excellent service... Cool atmosphere... It is highly recommended!!!
4 based on 209 reviews
Itâs a very impressive room with nice atmosphere. The menu has plenty of choice.Food however was just ok.Other than the opera playing in the background it doesnât feel Italian. Waiters werenât Italian.The food whilst Italian by name isnât quite authentic. Everything has a slight twist.Certainly not a bad experience, it ticks a lot of boxes particularly if you havenât been to Italy.
4 based on 127 reviews
Waterline Newport Beach is a sophisticated yet casual waterfront restaurant open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. The nautical-inspired restaurant offers a seasonal and fresh water-to-table experience led by Executive Chef, Vic Casan
Wanted to praise the Waterline for their Sunday brunch. It's unique in that you also get to select a plated entree. We had halibut and perfectly cooked steak and poached eggs with a chimichurri sauce. Tons of delicious seafood and charcuterie to choose from. The server, (Veronica) couldn't have been any more pleasant and made sure the champagne was always full!
4 based on 307 reviews
We had diner here on a Saturday night. Got right in as there were only 2 of us. Service was good and friendly. Place was very loud which was ok as people were having a good time. We were disappointed in the food. Bacon wrapped scallops had almost no flavor. Overall meal was just average.
4 based on 174 reviews
New American cuisine comes to life in this custom-designed location overlooking the harbor in Newport Beach, California. Award-winning Executive Chef Paul Gstrein brings culinary drama to his inventive dishes for lunch, dinner and the enormously popular C
A group of 8 of us received a frosty welcome on arrival. Pre- set menus had been arranged previously but we needed to change to the main menu as 2 of our party had fish allergies. The manager was very rude to one of our group by putting up her finger and saying shhhh when he spoke. Another of our group ordered calamari as a starter - the portion was huge and we felt that it was the waiter and managerâs way of embarrassing us - luckily he took up the challenge and cleared the lot. The rest of the evening was fine, the waiter gained his composure and began to treat us with respect. The food was amazing but I canât recommend this restaurant because of the rudeness we experienced.
4 based on 330 reviews
Tommy Bahama Island Grille is conveniently located in Corona del Mar Plaza, minutes from Fashion Island, John Wayne Airport, and of course, the beach! The upscale alternative to our Laguna Beach location features a fresh seafood, seasonal produce, and inn
Our family have been to many Tommy Bahama locations world-wide and truly enjoy the relaxing experience when eating there. Our experience at the Newport Beach location left a bad taste in our mouths. From the manager to the bus boy, terrible service all around. The only exception was a waitress named, Janelle. She was the only reason we decided to stick around and order. All other employees were rude and not friendly at all. Our experience was not relaxing and far from the customary Tommy Bahama experiences from the past. We will continue to dine with Tommy Bahama, but NEVER again at the Newport Beach location. I sure hope that Tommy Bahama corporate make a surprise visit to this location. Be sure to send someone that is non-white to do the investigation to get the real truth. It is definite that this location has a "whites only" unwritten policy and rudeness toward anyone that is non-white.
4 based on 321 reviews
Still wonderful ... BUT:* GONE is that incredible Reuben Sandwich (I know it is primarily a seafood restaurant but if you ever had that Reuben you might say otherwise),* GONE is the Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay (the very hard-to-find Russian River version) that was sooooo exceptionally great at any price, and* GONE is that wonderful seating area that was right in front of the bar ... the seating area with THE most commanding view of the Newport Harbor of any restaurant there, and* GONE is "John", their exceptionally personable and concerned manager (he left for the right reason: retirement ... but as nice as their management is, we still miss him). "Jaime", a server assistant who has been there for over 30 years, is still doing everything he can to make your dining experience good.The "bar menu" is wonderful and all of the items on it are as dependable as they are delicious. But ask for the Crab Cake to be cooked maybe 30 seconds longer so as to enjoy it with a bit more "crisp" finish. It may look a little burned, but it is in looks only ... not the exceptional flavor. And Newport Landing makes them fresh ... they do not buy them from a supplier.Given the fact that they no longer serve Sonoma Cutrer, we bring our own wine. But I think a $15 corkage fee is exorbitant considering there's no effort in opening a screw-top bottle and they do not provide any "wine management" in its serving. And for those of you who might say "screw top wine and you are complaining about a corkage fee" I say do the math. Ten seconds to open and serve a glass is one heck of an hourly rate, let alone service surcharge. I know they are trying to make up for their lost profit on the wine but geeeeez.Newport Landing is still our go-to restaurant in Newport Beach. But gone are some of the things that made it really really exceptional.
4 based on 473 reviews
You have to wonder where the Hillstone Restaurant Group (Gulfstream, Bandara, Cafe R&D, Houstonâs, Honor Bar, Rutherford Grill, etc.) finds so many clean, well groomed, educated, clear speaking, piercingless, tattooless, fresh scrubbed young people to work in their establishments. The food is amazing, but I find it fascinating to watch these beautiful, polite, energetic, young men and women, and doing so renews my faith in the younger generation. My hat is off to Hillstone for teaching these young folks and helping them along their way in life.
4 based on 292 reviews
Nice views, great service and incredible awesome fish tacos. I tried the salmon taco, Mahi taco, and the lobster one... I would never say that out of Mexico I would enjoy tacos, but fish quality was so good.Things to improve, the âtortillasâ should be better (classical corn ones)
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