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“Pretentious.”
Review of 21 Oceanfront

21 Oceanfront
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Ranked #50 of 520 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed January 30, 2014

We were very much looking forwrad to dining at this restaurant as we had all been told how good it was. We were 7 in total,3 Brits and 4 Austrians.
Made very welcome , typical Californian explanation of all the wonderful features of the menu, food .
All seemed to be going well. Ordered food and wine. Maybe I am being picky but when the wine was served, the white was poured into red wine glasses and the red into white wine glasses. We all make mistakes but when the mistake was pointed out to the wine waiter he tried to make excuses which were stupid, he stated that they had a big wine event on in another part of the restaurant and that they were short of glasses. This made no sense at all because we had the correct number of red and white wine glasses on the table. Any how this changed the whole dining experience and although the food was good we all felt uncomfortable as the staff seemed offish as we had made an issue re the wine.
Once we had finished and paid for the meal we had a fifteen minute wait for a taxiso decided to order a night cap only to be told that the bar was closed. It was 10.40pm and we had spent a considerable amount of money....Make up your own conclusions. I think the staff think they are better than they are!!

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1  Thank BRUCE P
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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 !

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Thank Ewick1
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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.

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1  Thank 829MikeB829
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

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.

Thank Crikel
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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.

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Thank SolarRoseLV
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