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“Fantastic New Years Eve dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of 21 Oceanfront

21 Oceanfront
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Ranked #48 of 505 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Newport Beach Pier
Transit: We offer Complimentary Roundtrip Transportation for groups of 8 or more within a 20 mile radius (based on availability). We have Custom Mercedes Sprinters and Corporate Vans. Comfortable, clean white vehicles, staffed with professional drivers. This service is complimentary, driver gratuity is appreciated.
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“Fantastic New Years Eve dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Love this restaurant, we have been there for several special occasion dinners and each experience has been terrific!
Great ambience, food & service stellar. We have also stayed there at the hotel, nice rooms and great views !

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Ewick1
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time or a lot of your money...Trust me!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

While on a working vacation, I was looking for an upscale quality restaurant. This was NOT either. The dated décor has a certain character to it but just feels out of place for it's location.
The food is incredibly heavy and mostly smothered in butter or enough oil to make the Middle East jealous or covered with some kind of butter and oil based sauce. If you listen really carefully you will hear your arteries hardening while you eat there. They use these heavy oils and buttery sauces to mask their lack of taste and creativity in their menu.
The service is less than fair. After the appetizers were barely touched due to the vile heavy oil and lack of edible taste, not a word from the waiter. After the extremely OVER priced entree's arrived, again it was one small bite that reconfirmed this was not consumable. The waiter again cleared the table never asking , " How is everything" " Can I get you anything " or the obvious " You didn't even touch your dinner, can I get you something else or apologize for not being able to eat their tasteless oil soaked meal"....
I never expect food to be taken off a bill, if that is how they serve, for lack of a better word , "food"...that's fine. but acknowledge your customers who are paying high prices and obviously are not enjoying the food nor do they want a heart attack after a meal.
There are so many places to eat in Newport Beach, find one with food you will enjoy and service you deserve.

  • Visited December 2013
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Anaheim, California
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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Deja Vu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

We hadn't been to this restaurant in at least 20 years, but the room has not changed in all that time. Classic style looking out at the Newport Pier & Pacific Ocean across the Pier parking lot. The building was built in the twenties & housed at least four different restaurants. The food and service were very good on a busy second Saturday before Xmas. Festive and happy people in a party atmosphere. Calamari fritti, tender, lightly breaded with marinara sauce; Cioppino in a clear saffron infused broth; perfectly grilled Chilean sea bass & baseball cut Swordfish; spicy seafood linguine Fra Diavolo, finished with the Bananas Caramel, all worthy of having again. A really fun, friendly, classy place.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Crikel
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Thanksgiving Nite Out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

Great spot for non-traditional Thanksgiving family gathering good menu options fab service and time to linger after to chill and connect.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank SolarRoseLV
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Orange County, CA
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice, but a bit pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Nice atmosphere, though not really an oceanview restaurant. As expected, lots of fish on the menu. We had a steak, - mediocre - fish, soup, and two drinks. It came to $170 including tip. The steak wasn't up to Morton's or Ruth's Chris, but the rest of the meal was fine.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank OCProfessor
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