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Back Bay Bistro

1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7405
+1 949-729-1144
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good35%
  • Average24%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (36 reviews)
“bistro steak” (2 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7405
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I enjoyed Back Bay Bistro and will definitely return. It is tucked away in an intimate location overlooking the bay in Newport. You can sit indoors our outside on the patio- which we opted for the latter because they are dog friendly....More

Thank teabee34
Reviewed 2 October 2018

It was a good brunch with a lot of choices. Some of the food better than others. Waffle was cold; turkey was dry, but everything else was good. Very expensive, however, the view is pretty awesome. Service was okay. If we were to go back,...More

Thank RhinestoneLady
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Had reservations for 5 at 6:00pm last night. We were seated without menus, it took 1/2 hour for server to order our food. We all ordered what should be quick food: shrimp cocktail, salads, veggies and a couple of drinks. @ 6:50 we told the...More

1  Thank Liketraveling63
Reviewed 3 June 2018

We were camping in Newport Dunes with our RV and since the previous owner never used the stove, we are keeping up the tradition. Found it to be a pleasant walk to the Bistro for some drinks and dinner. The patio overlooks the boat launch...More

Thank Cynthia A
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We visited twice this very nice restaurant; dinner and Brunch. Both times we truly enjoyed our time at this place. The meals are first class, Braised Ribs, Scampi all very good. A welcoming hostess brings you to the table, it was quite busy during the...More

Thank Otto H
Reviewed 16 October 2017

An easy walk from the Hyatt hotel. The food and service were fine. Nothing special, but good. The outside tables are right next to the boat landing. They have a weekend brunch, but we ordered off the menu.

Thank R Grant C
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Highlight is definitely the sunset view of the back bay. Happy hour is decent, but the food is not. (I don't think I've ever turned back an appetizer before.) The brussel sprouts were mushy and tasteless and the tuna tartare / avo dip was warm....More

1  Thank onthelooselive
Reviewed 7 August 2017

This is my 2nd review of BBB, and I want to say it's possible to get a pretty good burger if you know about the "build-your-own-burger" option. Beware though that you probably will have to ask for the build-your-own menu which gives several options for...More

1  Thank wgSweetTea
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We saw an ad that said Sunday Brunch as this place was $28, not a bargain, but okay, so we went. The setting is nice on the back bay, with water all around. And we were sitting right next to a launching area, so were...More

1  Thank Julie S
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Food is good, not great. Ambiance is awesome with a beautiful view of the boat launch. Service is easily a 1 out of 5 and we were very patient! However, we WILL come back to enjoy wine only during the sunset.

Thank Melinda P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, 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, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings
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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