Pelican Grill Restaurant Review

As part of Newport Beach’s 2014 restaurant week,  hubby and I had the pleasure of dining at the Pelican Grill, one of Newport’s finest restaurants.  The Pelican Grill is part of Pelican Hill Resort, and is one of the finest places to dine with a view of the ocean.  Pelican Hill has been voted one of the best resorts in the country, so we were very excited to be able to dine there during restaurant week!

When walking up the path to restaurant, you’ll be hard-pressed not to notice the Maseratis, Teslas, Lamourghinis and other vehicles in the six-figure range- which we believe are purposely parked there by companies to add to the prestige of the establishment. The cars make for a great photo-op, because where else would you be able to see all of them lined up in a row like that- unless you were attending a party a Justin Bieber’s house or something.

Anyhow, on to the restaurant-Pelican Grill was offering their two course pre-fixe lunch menu, which featured a choice of Seared Tombo Ahi Tuna and Butternut Squash Ravioli.  The dessert was a choice between Peanut Butter Apple Puff Pastry Tart and Strawberry Tiramisu. Since there were two of us we got to try one of each! The view from the patio of the Pelican Grill is absolutely amazing, and is well worth the price of the meal! You can see Catalina Island on a clear day, as well as the beautiful grounds of the golf course at the resort.

Pelican-Grill

View from patio of Pelican Grill

My husband had the tuna, which was perfectly seared to medium rare, and was placed atop a gorgeous plating of Fennel Purée, Baby Bok Choy, and Grapefruit Sweet Chili Sauce.  The plate looked gorgeous, and hubby said it was “one of the best meals he’s had in a while”.  The Butternut Squash Ravioli was paired with wilted Spinach and Sage Butter Sauce, and the combination of flavors was tremendously decadent, but not too heavy tasting.

Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Butternut Squash Ravioli

The portions of both meals were just right.  There was also a selection of breads and crackers on the table, including the restaurant’s famous “Pretzel Bread”, which are small loaves made with pretzel dough. This bread was a little on the salty side, but being that it’s typically paired with a starter cocktail, it was still agreeable.  The desserts were also impeccably prepared, and it was hard to decide which one I enjoyed more.  The Apple Puff Pastry featured a baby crab apple on top, and was a delicate combination of tartness and sweetness.  The Strawberry Tiramisu was light and airy and came with a side of sorbet, which was elegant and creamy. 
Peanut Butter Apple Puff Pastry

Peanut Butter Apple Puff Pastry

Strawberry Tiramisu

Strawberry Tiramisu

The entire meal was one of the highlights of my winter in California, and I would definitely recommend The Pelican Grill to anyone visiting the area or living nearby. Be sure to check it out!

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