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Back Bay Bistro

1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7405
+1 949-729-1144
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average23%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (33 reviews)
“bistro burger” (2 reviews)
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7405
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

We sat outside one evening and ordered a burger and a beer and watched the sun go down over the marina. It was so relaxing and a great end to our holiday. The service was a little slow but I think they were busy that...More

Thank Tim44UK
Reviewed August 30, 2016

I ordered scrambled eggs, and they were the 'bucket pre-scrambled" eggs, looks and smelled weird. The waiter was excellent, removed and replaced them with 'real' eggs without question. My husband had corned beef hash that was unremarkable as well, unfortunately it looked like dog food

Thank 26deanneb
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Thus is a great place to enjoy a cocktail with a view. It's hot a full bar and a decent wine list with a few beers on tap. Today is Coors Light, Stella Artois and Sculpin IPA. The cocktails are hand poured and generous, but...More

Thank Grant C
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are in California for our honeymoon and tried to find a place on the water for dinner. We are so happy we chose Back Bay Bistro! We got seated just in time to see the sun set behind the mountains, it...More

Thank kimberlid521d
Reviewed August 11, 2016

We celebrated a friends birthday at Back Bay Bistro. They were very accommodating for our large party, setting us up at a table for twelve. Interestingly, the restaurant was largely empty that evening. The service was friendly and attentive. The menu wasn't too extensive, but...More

Thank Dave F
Reviewed June 10, 2016

This wont work for everyone, but we enjoyed it. The restaurant is very stark with great Back Bay views. The food is good and he service is decent. They need a few things but its still worth a visit. The Sea Bass and John Dory...More

Thank Richard V
Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

They have a great view of the harbor area. Went there for a Sunday brunch and man they are proud of it. I won't say the price and will let you call but be sitting down when you ask them the price. It is a...More

Thank love-road-life
Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Dinner with family. Prices were from $14 for sandwiches to $38 for beef filet. Scampi was good, sea bass was good but too small of a portion for $30. Drinks were spendy, beer was cold. The staff was great! Probably would return but only because...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed February 15, 2016

I've eaten here a couple of other times, but this was the first time for dinner and I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the meal. We arrived early for our dinner reservation and had a glass of wine as we watched the...More

Thank Andy B
Reviewed February 6, 2016

We arrived by boat and enjoyed a nice outdoor lunch at the Back Bay Bistro. If you arrive there on a beautiful day (which is probably 364 days out of the 365 day year), make sure to dine outside. The inside is also nice as...More

Thank help32250
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-729-1144
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Enjoy award-winning American cuisine or a signature cocktail while taking in the panoramic view of the Back Bay nature preserve. The menu features a wide variety of fresh local seafood and Prime steaks. The Bistro is famous for Family Brunch on Saturdays and the Champagne Brunch on Sundays, which earned the "diners Choice Award by Open Table for Top 10 Brunch Location in Orange County." The venue is available for special events with two private dining rooms can accommodate groups of 20 to 50 guests. Dog-friendly dining is also offered on the bistro's waterfront patio.
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