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Balboa Saloon

$$ - $$$
Bar, American
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700 E Bay Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1357
+1 949-673-9783
11:00 - 02:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 00:00
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Gallatin, Tennessee
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to frequent this place 30 years ago when I was younger and lived in the area. I have moved away now, but was back in town recently and went back for a visit. The best thing about this place is that nothing has changed, just what I expected! Cold beer, sports on TV great location. What more could... More 

Thank Kevin S
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

A bar with potential with new management. Good location/layout. Owner can run off business with attitude/belligerance.

Thank Frank C
Newport Beach, California
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192 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

While I love the interior of this bar, the public Restroom across the street smell, and that smell reaches over to the saloon. I wish they would get air conditioning and keep the front doors closed to keep out the smell.

Thank DrCICS
Sanford, Manitoba Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

The duelling banjos from the movie "Deliverance" should be the background music playing in this bar. It would be a subtle warning that "outsiders" are not welcome! We held a reunion at a friend's residence along the bay front on Balboa Island on Halloween. We attended at this premises in the afternoon of October 31st dressed in our Halloween costumes.... More 

1 Thank Monlucriel
Mesa, Arizona
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

This place was so fun... If you aren't into trendy hot spots, don't care about being seen, this is your place. Awesome local pub, wish we could have stayed longer...the service was excellent and we met friendly local folks!

Thank mesajenn
Fort Worth, Texas
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

After enjoying great BBQ at Balboa BBQ, a friend and I stopped at this saloon for drinks for a while before we took the ferry to Newport Beach before the last run. The saloon is fun and you meet very interesting clients. The bar tender was good and the selection of drinks was good, too. If one wants a nice... More 

Thank Msafiri_Mwenyeji
Orange, California
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

I often go fishing out of the pier in Newport Beach, CA and the Balboa Saloon is always a great place to grab a few beers after docking. Nothing fancy from a long shot just friendly and fun with some great characters ... and even free food on occasion be it Chili or hit dogs. Doddsy

Thank steve d
Irvine, California
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124 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014 via mobile

This place is a cool gig. Great place to shoot pool and have a good time. Bartenders are all real cool and pour the drinks right. Good food to. Definitely enjoyed my times there.

Thank JCStolz
Litchfield Park, Arizona
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

We read the reviews and went any way. Yup, they were true. It was mid afternoon, mid week so it was slow. Bartender was rude to say the least. Too bad, tourists would love this spot and from the looks of it, they could use a few more customers. Go to Class of '47 instead.

Thank Ruffierules
Newport Beach, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

This place is a little loud for my taste, but we still had a good time. The service here was ok, our cocktails were made pretty good, there are a lot of locals here but I always love places like that. It kind of has that dive bar atmosphere, but I never really mind that. The prices here are pretty... More 

Thank Ginene

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Bar, American
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 E Bay Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1357
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-673-9783

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?