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The Village Inn

££ - £££
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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127 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1201
+1 949-675-8300
09:00 - 00:00
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All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 00:00
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Newport Beach, California
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food is often good, music usually fun, almost always an entertaining evening. Nothing fancy, kind of a locals hangout.

Thank Katherine M
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here for an impromptu evening meal. We were seated in the 'back' area which was fine, we were the only ones at that time but it soon filled up. The service was very slow, not just the intial taking of the drinks order but the time taken for the drinks to arrive at our table was extremely long.... More 

Thank Marsy0071
Newport Beach, California
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The VI is a cornerstone on the Island, in large part because it has been the only place on Balboa Island with a full bar. But it's more than that. After changeovers a few years ago, the menu was updated and new items were added. Very good steamed clams, a superior wedge salad with real lardons, and a bar menu... More 

Thank Bill M
Glendale, Arizona
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

If you want a drink, music and people this where you want to be. If there is live music it can get quite noisy. Not a big fan of their food as there are lots of other great options with in walking distance.

Thank TheEpicureanQueen
Santa Clarita, California
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192 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is a Vintage Inn. It's been at the same location for over 75 years, and still attracts a lot of "locals." There's an attached Bar inside. And, many can just walk home, if they live on B.I.

Thank Kent S
Palm Springs, California
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Old world charm, great food, music, good portions. I went twice in a week, first time had wings for an appitizer, acwedge sald that was like the whole head of lettuce, so good,filet migon, cooked med rare was the juiest steak, garlic mash potatos, and green beans, 2nd time my friend got my same meak as last time, he said... More 

Thank blueeyesgotu
Saint Louis, Missouri
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Stumbled into this bar when driving around exploring. Had such a good time, we decided to stay for dinner. The Pot Roast in a french clay pot was AWESOME!!!!! Definitely will go back

Thank KimberleySTL
Tustin, California, United States
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We went to the Village Inn to see one of our favorite local bands-Monkey Finger. They are a fantastic cover band, if you've never seen them! We had their Ahi appetizer and calamari appetizer. Both were pretty good. My stepson and I split a salad, and my husband had the fish and chips. The restaurant was pretty packed, so I... More 

Thank Kim D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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826 reviews
498 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 371 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Wouldn't go back for a meal but did enjoy a drink & a snack for lunch. Reasonably priced prosecco, good mozzarella sticks & a beer all for less than $20. Basic kinda bar but ok.

Thank McAnnie1
Playa Del Carmen
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

It is in a great location on Balboa Island. But, it's old and a bit dreary inside. It isn't my favorite place to eat and drink. Since,I like bright and airy, this doesnt qualify.

Thank Kurt D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1201
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: +1 949-675-8300
The historic Village Inn restaurant transitioned owners in 2012. The restaurant has updated its menu to contemporary, American cuisine with coastal influence. The venue maintaines live entertainment 6 nights a week and offers happy hour from 3-6pm Mon-Fri.

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