A Restaurant
A Restaurant

A Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.arestaurantnb.com/
  • Phone: 9496506505x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Closed (Available for Private Parties)
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm,
    Friday: 4:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
    Social Hour: Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jon Blackford
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: A Restaurant features 2 private dining rooms. One is an intimate space equipped with a flatscreen TV and curtains for privacy and can accommodate 16 to 20 people. Our larger private dining room also features curtains for privacy and direct washroom access and can accommodate 45 to 55 people. Financial Minimums are required.
  • Private Party Contact: Dan Dumitru 9496506505x

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self park and Valet
A word from A Restaurant
Since 1922 The Arches has been the destination for fine dining in Newport Beach. Known for it’s amazing steak and seafood menu It is a place where celebrities and local customers can dine in privacy. With grand renovations and its rebirth as A Restaurant this landmark will once again be a haven for classic culinary experiences. Chef Jon Blackford and wine director Steven Ackad have created a perfect alchemy with their creations.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
A Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)special occasion (24)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (21)romantic (17)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (16)good for groups (15)late-night find (12)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A+++ Restaurant!
    OCFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Thanks to Jordon and the whole crew for yet another wonderful evening -- this time for a corporate closing celebration! Everyone (of course!) raved about their entree selections. The ahi and brussels sprouts appetizers were delectable, and the wine superb! A few commented that in the future they will pull away from their former habit of going to Mastro's for a good meal, as the atmosphere and cuisine are far superior here at A! BTW -- thought we were going to miss the Salted Caramel ice cream, but you've killed it with that Fluffernutter stuff....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Restuarant
    Dwaynet
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The biggest problem is the lighting- I have to use My flashlight on my I-phone to read the menu - just to dark. Food was good. Waiter was average- Never got the bread ............. Prices are expensive- You got to be nuts to order a glass of red wine and costs you 25 bucks. No thank-you
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    jamz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    this place is great! the servers and sommeliers are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is a noisy dump
    SweetJ
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    TOO LOUD !!! Guys in sandals and Budweiser tee shirts screaming F bombs in the bar with families and children present . A terrible experience for my wife & I out for some Newport Beach fine dining. This ain't the Arches of 30 years ago , this joint used to have some class ... But no more. Their standards are very low with no dress code so they have these drunken slobs coming off of their boats in NB . The prices are very high $$ ,service poor, food okay. I liked the chicken pot pie but watching and hearing all of the drunk train wrecks in the bar with lousy service makes in impossible to enjoy your food. WE WILL NEVER GO BACK
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  • Still going strong
    DharperVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    After a few changes over the last 100 years the old Arches, now A, still holds up well. The serving staff is professional and the bar vibe is middle aged and plays hard. Went with my college son and enjoyed a great New York. Wine by the glass is a bit pricey but good variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the perfect evening
    foodie4life
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have eaten in this restaurant before and the food was terrific. This time, the service was perfect, the food was even better than I remembered and overall, the evening was just great. I wish I lived closer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love the A restaurant especially since Stacy from the Ritz has come and she has been our server twice! The food and service were superb! We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic with a modern menu.
    legal1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A historic restaurant, but don't the outside fool you. Inside is modern and clean. A very diverse menu. Lively bar scene. Comfortable seating. Excellent food and cocktails. Exceeded our expectations and will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Suprise
    Vinnylou
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The only thing better than the food was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Newport
    ReActionVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Don't overthink; A's is the place to go...amazing food, ambiance and lively vibe coupled with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STEWART
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    cool room (table booths soooo H'wood), great service (Steve), imaginative menu, quality food -- very nice experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2socks
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Tried the Alaskan Halibut based on recent write up in the OC Register. It was good, but not great, especially for the price (~ $37). Steaks and Duck sounded very good based on waiter's description ...but quite pricey ($40+). May try it once more for the steak. Great ambiance and the waiter & staff were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Pattygrn
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    After seeing article in OC Register, we tried this place. We started in the cute little bar area, great drinks and bar food, happy hour pricing. Then we moved to the dining room, also on the small side, but very warm and inviting..We had the halibut and the meatloaf, both excellent. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great food and great service! Always love coming to dinner here!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eclectic menu, talented waitstaff
    TCinNB
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We've lived in the area for almost thirty years and have driven by this restaurant too many times to count, so we finally decided to stop by on Sunday night for a birthday dinner gathering. When we saw the cheese & charcuterie selection (and began tasting it) we knew we had picked a fun spot! This is a restaurant that cares about its food, and drink!! The menu is simple, but eclectic. Even with only a few entrees, salads and sides to choose from, it was an almost overwhelming choice because each item promised to be delicious. At our table the fish'n'chips, pork osso buco, fresh Alaskan halibut and several steaks were ordered and all diners were greatly satisfied with their meals. Our waiter was gregarious and helpful, truly enjoyable guy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best spot in Newport Beach
    ReActionVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A's continues to deliver amazing food, great ambiance and phenomenal service; it is my go to spot weekly and is arguably the best restaurant in Newport Beach if not Orange County!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great server.
    Gousna67
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    She was terrific and made the whole night special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 337 reviews are from the A Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A plus food
    PianoArtisans
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The best steak you can find, excellently prepared. Scallops with a fresh curry sauce, delightful! Try everything you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good start, poor finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Enthusiastic waiter not well supported by his kitchen. Cold meatball appetizers were sent back. Two inedible and overcooked steaks went back too. What would have been a more expensive dinner ended up being just $76. Feeling bad we overtipped the ingrate waiter $100.00 and received no thanks. Fail.
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  • Too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Basically we went away hungry. For the price we should have had more than enough to eat. I liked it though but will choose another place to dine for brunch in the future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Historical
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    It was nice to finally try "A" restaurant. I have driven past this place hundreds of times and never ate here. Today I decided would be the day. As expected the place was small and intimate since this building has been here for decades and has seen the likes of many celebrities and local movers and shakers when it was under it's previous name The Arches. I am sad to say that I was disappointed overall. The food was so average and uninspiring what saved the day was the outstanding service I received from my server. Well now I can cross this one off my list.
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  • Noise
    Beatrix11
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food was fantastic, but dinner was not enjoyable. There were very noisy, boisterous groups on either side of us making conversation amongst our party of 3 nearly impossible. We mostly had to eat in silence. This was on a weeknight and I can't imagine going near the place on weekends.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One my my favorites
    Douglas1
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I consider myself a foodie and have never been disappointed in the A restaurant. Been there many times. Food is great, service excellent, ambiance is romantic. Can be a bit loud during the height of the bar scene but not too bad.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Arches
    Disappointed
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    if only they could go back in time. the menu was disappointing, and i should have known how the food would have been based on that. all three of us were disappointed in the food. the pork was dry and underwhelming. the server was excellent, though, a throwback to the old restaurant. the place has become more of a bar now, so that may be what it's good for
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service and Food
    RandyVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Overall great time at A's. Went with a group of friends for lunch. The only downside...we were the only ones there. A's needs to do something to bring in the lunch time crowd to give the place some life.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the Charts Great!
    OldTownFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were visiting the area, and out of all the restaurants we tried in OC, this was our favorite! Great service by Stacy and a wonderful and varied menu prepared exquisitely. This will be the first stop we make the next time we are back in town!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The steaks are great here. The restaurant is a little noisy if you are looking for something quiet and romantic. The waiter we had was not good. I am not sure he was not listening (because of noise) or just not paying attention. We had to send back appetizer because he gave us the wrong items. We had to send back one of our steaks because it was well done and we asked for it to be medium rare which is a big difference.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively
    BitofSF
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a reservation and still had to wait 1/2 an hour due to a specific request. Previously, we had a booth in the back room and had Santiago as our waiter. It was such a good experience that we requested to be in Santiago's station again...hence the wait. It was well worth it however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing evening
    Lynn
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Jammed packed and noise level so high our party of 4 couldn't hear one another. Food decent, service marginal … never got all of our order. We will never go back nor recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Always the Best!
    OCFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Thanks again for another wonderful experience! Food is always superb, and the service spendid! This time we treated 3 generations of family (younger AND older!) to a scrumptious birthday dinner! Since A is our favorite spot, we wanted to make sure Mom and Dad had the opportunity to experience and enjoy! See you soon! Hugs to Jordon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must try!
    Corey
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    An absolute gem! If you're dining out in Newport Beach you must put A Restaurant on your list! Coming from Boston, I'm used to exception culinary experiences and this was one of them! I will be back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat Market
    James
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    If you're a wealthy middle-aged man seeking attractive young women who gravitate toward money, this is the place for you.. The food is good, the appointments are old-school club-type red leather booths, and the service is excellent. But the clientele and the noise level made dining an unpleasant experience for my party. We went there on a Thursday night; I shudder to think what the place must be like on Friday or Saturday.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Old School Steakhouse
    Gourmet2smiles
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    A Restaurant is a marvelous Old School Steakhouse with both a wonderful and modern menu. Both food and service were superlative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super meal
    youandme
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A Restaurant never disappoints! superb cocktails, great service, fantastic steak
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE BEST!
    Beecharmer
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We cannot say enough good things about this restaurant! First time & we went for lunch. Interior is fabulous, elegant, easy to enjoy the people you're with, comfortable & enjoyment of food. Everything they served was the finest quality and delicious. I had THE BEST hamburger ever! Cheese Plate was fabulous, Sides all great...10 Stars! Prices for what we got were reasonable & equal to places on 17th Street & down by the Bay...maybe even better, with an attitude to please, which is unique in Newport. Oh, and the service...the most professional, charming people we've met in a very long time. They were there to make sure we were comfortable and happy. We will go back very soon, and am spreading the word among friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    RecEaterVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Enjoyed the decor; a very dark steak house feel. The crispy calamari was excellent. The Delmonico was good but I'll try something else on my next visit. I was disappointed in the goat cheese and lime cheesecake but my wife liked it. Service was very good. I will go back and try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Tarit
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Chef John, came out and took great care of my wife and I. We have never had a better meal and dinner experience in the past few months. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal Great evening
    LocaleaterVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    What a surprise. It's been 25 years since I've been here and the evening was delightful. The service was excellent and the food amazing. Great Evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Must Stand for Amazing
    SexyB
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The charcuterie board is small but delicious. You can't go wrong with any of the salads they offer. The filet is my favorite and prepared with a delicious herb butters.The cauliflower steak is an awesome vegetable side. It's definately loud on the weekends, not a place to go for a quiet rendevous, but the food and service is amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a winner!
    OCFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I've dined at A Restaurant on several occasions -- both for business dinners and for social gatherings -- since their reopening, and am consistently overwhelmed by their performance! Excellent wine selection. All the appetizers and entrees I and my guests have ordered have been fabulous. Highly recommend the block steak and the scallops. The brussel sprout appetizer and the ahi are exceptional treats! Oh, and try their homemade ice cream, too! The salty caramel was incredible! Thanks for another wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic