The food was amazing. I would
The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend the short ribs. Best short ribs I can ever remember at a restaurant. We were all very impressed with the food. The only down side was poor selection of wines by the glass.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was excellent. The
Service was excellent. The staff is very nice and engaging. Makes for a warm and friendly environment. Detail has been payed attention too in the selection of all the delicious food. The preparation and presentation was very good.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun time, terrific food.
Quite a surprise! We knew we wanted to eat here because of the history and ownership... but after looking at the photos and reading reviews, we weren't sure if this was going to be a good fit for us. In hopes we might see a celebrity, we bit commited and the 6 of us showed up for dinner on Friday night. It was definately loud and had very dated decor, but all of that seems part of the ambiance of the place. The service was great and the food was terrific. Definately high quality folks in the kitchen.
We had a lot of fun at "A" and would definately recommend that you try it out!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Customer service issue
We were thrilled with the food, ambiance & service of A Restaurant. When we were paying the bill we presented our server with 2 Amex Gift Cards. We told him we would pay balance w/ our credit card. He returned, saying both gift cards were declined. We didn't want to argue, so paid with our cc, but next morning thought about it & felt unsettled. We checked the gift cards & there was no reason they should be declined. I called the manager of the restaurant & told him about the situation. He agreed that the server should have taken the matter to management, which would have resulted in a different outcome. He offered apology, but the more we thought about this, we decided the next time we are in the area, we will not dine there.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for a foodie and wine lover
A restaurant has great service. Seasonal menu for foodies, They take steak seriously there...all prime meat and cooked to perfection. Portions are somewhat small, but the food is served for quality and presentation so a foodie would appreciate this. Great wine menu to pair with food.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
They do lunch!
First time for lunch and enjoyed the fresh ahi salad. Burgers are darn good. Great service and presentation! A great spot for lunch! Love the booths. Great spot for an evening cocktail - made very well.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excited to find a new favorite!
My husband and I love to try new places for dinner but are usually disappointed. We are very picky because we have been to many fabulous places. We loved this place! The food and wine were very tasty. And we really enjoyed the atmosphere....dark, romantic but energetic. Service was perfect. We Can't wait to go back.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the scallops & my husband the halibut and both were fantastic
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Experience
A Restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem for Newport Beach. The food is classic old world American (steaks first, and done perfectly), chops, lamb, chicken, a nice offering of seafood dishes; and a fabulous wine list that is a real treat on 50% bottle night on Tuesdays. Of course you can bring your own wine for a modest corkage fee. This evening I had the block cut New York steak with the blue cheese sauce, and my wife had the Colorado Lamb. Both were exquisitely cooked to our liking (medium rare). The service is just first rate and engaging. A nod to Marius, our favorite server, who shares a laugh with you even if you are not sitting at one of his tables. It always feels like you are dining with friends at A.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
According to the website A's has both valet and self parking. But when I got there they had coned off self so you were forced to valet, which is not right, especially when no one was there. A's: you need to either change your website so it's truthful, or better yet offer both to your customers -- come on!!!!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. My only issue was that the lighting could have been better. My colleague had to pull out the flashlight on her phone to read the menu. Server definitely knew the business and provided some humor to the evening.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good restaurant
Great restaurant if you are looking for a very good steak at a fair price. The wine list is very good with lots of options in every price range. Corkage is just $15 if you want to bring a special bottle of your own. We went on a Friday night at 8pm, with a reservation they seated us immediately. The restaurant was noisy, due to a very active bar scene. We will definitely return, but next time on a Sunday or a weeknight for a 'quiter experience'.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Cool Spot
Had a Great Time with a party of 6. We had two cousins in from Spain and they loved the Vibe, Food and Service. I had the Rib eye and we all ordered many side dished! Food - Forget about it - Perfect! We made reservations with Open Table and walk in straight to our table. Do yourself a favor - Just Go!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of six thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. Good service, friendly staff, and delicious food. We loved the fact that we could bring in our own wine for a $15 corkage fee. Will definitely go back in the future!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent restaurant. Had
excellent restaurant. Had a great time. The food was great.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, excellent service!
Great food, excellent service! Highly recommended.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The new menu is great! We shared most of the appetizers and loved all of them. Service was very good.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Darling retro dining spot. Very nice upscale menu! We had a beautifully prepared meal.
I had Halibut that was absolutely cooked to perfection. It had a couple cloves of black garlic
with chanterelles and artichokes. Wow! Go for that black garlic if nothing else!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We definitely enjoyed our night out to A Restaurant, and loved the historic quality to this modern and upscale location. The food was amazing, and there were definitely a great combination of unique finds (like the extensive Italian meat and cheese menu) with fantastic renditions of classics (the grilled chicken). The noise from the bar detracted from the obvious romance potential.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not missing Arches
A's is great. Good food, service and red leather booths.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband's birthday dinner
We dined early on a Monday evening, so the restaurant was not busy yet. We had an delicious dinner and the service was outstanding. Had lots of fun with the servers. They had a good sense of humor, but I'm sure the fact it was rather slow gave them more time to have some fun with us. My husband received a complimentary dessert, it was an apple tart or pie. Just delicious! We will definitely be back again.
10/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
I'd give A's a B
Our service was average. Waitress was very busy in the bar and we had to wait a lot for drinks. The assistants that poured water were very good. Food was good and we were celebrating a special occasion and enjoyed ourselves! The bar scene was lively!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome food, great service. I surprised my boyfriend with a birthday at this restaurant. I got everything I requested for. Very friendly server. A little bit noisy cause we came
In the middle of a company outing but it didnt really bother us.
Can truly recommend this restaurant. Have the calamari as a starter it was outstanding. Skip the onion rings, Tasteless and huge. Otherwise no complaints.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go to A's about 3 times a year. We've been served by Brian several times. He is the best. He always remembers us even though we are not regulars. He is about what is good or boring or great. Knows his wine.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The A is positively one of the best steak houses in Orange County. Absolutely one of my favorite go-to restaurants
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was wonderful!
The food and service was terrific! From the soup to the dessert, no complaints- we will definitely go again
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Restaurant gets an A!!
A Restaurant gets an A in my book! The ambiance is an old school nostalgic vibe, which I love! The food was amazing, and the crowd very trendy. I loved this place! Definitely coming back!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was incredible! The service was great! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for fantastic food!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best in OC
From the ambiance through to the food A's is consistently awesome.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Noisy, but oh sooo good
I love this restaurant and the Friday night special...the chicken pot pie is divine. The prices are moderate to high, but the food is excellent and the service is superb. We have been here twice in the last month and of course, we'll be coming back again. The only thing that was disappointing was where we were seated. We were out celebrating our anniversary and we were seated in the room right next to the bar at a table, instead of a cozy booth somewhere more quiet. The bar is quite the scene and gets pretty loud, even in the earlier hours. The atmosphere is cool and kind of dark--has the potential for a romantic meal.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant has a very
The restaurant has a very comforting club feel. Although a bit noisy, the ambience and furnishings are top rate! The food is superb!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great local feel
Although not inexpensive, this is a place you can eat at on a regular basis. Really good New American menu. Competent service and the comfortable feel that a lot of your fellow diners eat there often.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM