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“Very Newport Beach”
Review of The Dock

The Dock
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Ranked #59 of 520 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Price range: US$50 - US$75
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: The Dock is a unique dining experience on the Rhine Channel - part of Newport Harbor in Newport Beach. Our intimate dining offers cozy banquettes and comfortable armed bistro chairs and plenty of pillows for relaxation as you enjoy the soft bay breeze. Plenty of boats, duffys, paddle boards and sail boats float by. Reservations are recommended for the weekends but we welcome walk-ins. Reservations for parties of 6 or more - please provide a credit card and advise the reception if you are unable to keep your reservation with a minimum of 8 hour notice. We are a small restaurant that seats up to 55 guests. We do not rush our guests so we plan our reservations accordingly. The service is attentive, but not obtrusive. Our goal is to give you a remarkable and relaxing dining experience with our cuisine and service. The menu is an 'infused continental" offering of salads, seafood, some are gluten-free, and proteins such as grilled octopus, Pear Salad, Steak Tartar, Foie Gras and a Grilled Hearts of Romaine to name a few. Entrees include our Maine Diver Scallops, Fresh Seasonal Salmon, Fresh fish such as John Dory, Loup de Mer, Halibut, and Sea Bass. We also feature Duck, Lamb, Pork Tenderloin, Filet Mignon and a Beef shop to share on special occasions. Desserts are Chocolate Tart with a Graham Cracker/Almond Crust, Raspberry Coulis and Fresh Made Ice Cream The Banana Bread Pudding Cake with Passion Fruit Emulsion, Caramelized Banana and Hazelnut Ice Cream turns banana haters into banana lovers. Expresso Creme Brulee with Fresh Made Beignets dusted with Cinnamon and Sugar. The Cheese Plate is the perfect compliment for wine lovers. Our 16 page wine list focuses on both rare and popular wines from California, Oregon, and France with a few wines from Spain, Italy. There are also wines by the glass and our staff will pair them with each course. The Dock staff looks forward to welcoming you for the first time and/or again in the near future. The Dock is the ideal venue for small to medium size group events celebrating corporate, birthday, anniversary, pre and post wedding nuptials, bridal and baby showers. Please email or call us for details.
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Whether you "drive" your own Duffy or come by car the atmosphere is upscale Newport Beach without being snobby. Great wine list plus outstanding salads and entrees. Eat here then walk around the corner for a night cap at The Porch.

Thank Carolyn B
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Over the last month I have had two wonderful experiences at The Dock. The first was with a group and the second was with another couple from out of town. If you are thinking of going with a large group, and selecting a special menu, I can only say that the Dock knocked it out of the park with our five course meal. When I went with my friends from Washington, DC, who have been coming here a number of times every year for over thirty years to visit, they said it was the best restaurant I have taken them to in Newport Beach. Over the last two visits, the duck and the bison were clearly the two favorites. The octopus appetizer was also noteworthy. When you see one of the owners trying very hard to assure you are having a fun evening, you get a sense of service and interest that you rarely see at most restaurants in today's world. In addition, you are sitting right on the water---and when it is chilly, they have heaters and a fire pit--beautiful setting.

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Thank adalbert3
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Every time we are in the area we eat there. The food is special and the wine is a bit pricey, but the experience is excellent. All the dishes we had were very good - not a bad meal.

Thank Mike D
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

This tiny restaurant has such an intimate, romantic setting with only about 12 tables, big billowy linen curtains frame the booths and the entire back of the restaurant is open to the bay and tiny dock outside. There are crystal rock fires, upscale table linens, 5 star service, great wine list and a different menu daily. It's pricey and you are unlikely to run into the prom kids on their night out in this casually elegant out of the way place with mostly locals on any given night.

Thank ms_webcasa
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

It was our first night in Newport Beach after arriving from Indianapolis. We were very hungry at 5:30pm. It was easy to book on trip advisor. The reviews were accurate. The food was really delicious. The ambiance was relaxed, romantic, and very nicely appointed.

The wine choices were quite good. The veal chop was very tasty and perfectly cooked. My wife had halibut that was beautifully plated. She loved it. The sourdough rolls were very warm with a coarse salt that worked well with the tomato basil soup....extremely good on a cool night. We are going back tonight with two other couples. I highly recommend The Dock. We eat out at least two nights every week. The Dock is a top tier dining experience.

Thank Bill M
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