Lunch Like You’re On Vacation at The Resort Pelican Hill

Dive into the menu at Coliseum Pool & Grill with an afternoon staycation.



t’s no surprise how easily a staycation can be achieved in Southern California, but it may surprise you to know that staycation status can also be obtained just by dining out for lunch. Coliseum Pool & Grill, located at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, offers the perfect timeless poolside setting for lunch. Designed by Bill Burton of Burton Landscape Architecture Studio, Coliseum Pool is meant to take your breath away, and we’d like to think that dining next to it evokes a very similar response.

Open to the public with staggeringly beautiful views of Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, the Pacific Ocean and classically inspired architecture reminiscent of Andrea Palladio, this lunch hour offers more than what’s on the plate. But before we get swept away by the view and all the details that make this five-star luxury hotel unique, let’s take a moment to discuss the fantastic ever-evolving, delicious menu by Chef Diego Bernal at Coliseum Pool & Grill.

Calamari lightly fried and ready to be consumed at an alarming rate and artichoke dip so good you’d happily lose a best friend for it are how you should start your meal. This first response should set the tone. For entrées, you can’t go wrong when you pick the poke bowl, made with grade-A tuna, cucumber, avocado, edamame and freshly cut scallions. If it’s a cooler day and the marine layer hasn’t quite burned off by lunch, the Coliseum beef burger with aged Gruyère, baby iceberg and thousand island is a good choice. If you’re looking for a menu suggestion that is as unique as the view, order the Thai fettuccine pasta, featuring Angus beef, oven-dried tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms and curry sauce.

The warmth from a burger and fries or the Thai fettuccine pasta will make your heart so happy you’ll want to cat nap in a cabana. Or maybe you have the opposite reaction to a full belly, and a round of impromptu golf is in order to burn off those midday calories that would otherwise make you feel sluggish. When you dine at Coliseum Pool & Grill, the after-lunch options are endless. Can you say post-lunch massage? Go ahead and order a seasonally fresh cocktail or a delicious glass of wine to pair with your experience, and consider yourself warned because you might end up staying at the resort longer than you anticipated. After all, it’s basically a vacation, and you’re on your own schedule.

The entire point of a staycation is to relax and get away, while not really going anywhere. The service at Coliseum Pool & Grill is immaculate and exactly what you’d expect from such a venue. It does not require a room number to be here, just a decision to lunch. And the 1.1 million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles lining the bottom of the pool should act as more than a selfie background, but an indication of the detail and thought that will go into your dining experience. Dive into the menu with abandonment and experience Coliseum Pool & Grill for yourself.

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