the crow bar and kitchen
the crow bar and kitchen

the crow bar and kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecrowbarcdm.com/
  • Phone: (949) 675-0070
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Breakfast and Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: John Cuevas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our lower level room is perfect for private parties, business lunches, or any social event. Our intimate room will seat 24 people comfortably or up to 45 people for a cocktail type event. Please call Alex or Steve for any questions regarding the private dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex or Steve 9496750070

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MacArthur Boulevard
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service is available (complimentary at lunch), as well as a public parking lot nearby.
A word from the crow bar and kitchen
The crow bar and kitchen is the first gastropub for Orange County, complete with an array of international brews and a selective wine-by-the-glass program. The menu is done with a gourmet touch leaning on local, farm-fresh ingredients. It's high-end comfort food with an environmentally savvy twist. The crow bar and kitchen has created a different type of pub menu that celebrates local food, honors tradition and welcomes seasonality, with special attention given to illustrate the varying ways beer and food can be paired to make both more enjoyable. These menu changes will further support the farm to table model. The crow bar and kitchen is proud to support sustainable agriculture as well as local farms and businesses in order to serve food that simply tastes better. Pubs with their welcoming, fun and vibrant atmospheres have a long history of anchoring and building communities.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
the crow bar and kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (23)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (19)good for groups (13)late-night find (10)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (7)special occasion (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Crow bar
    TooLegitToQuit
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Love it! The food is delicious and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StephieR1123VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It seems as if the chefs have changed. Food is not as good as it used to be. It's as if they have tried to cut back on costs which in turn have cut back on flavor
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was fabulous !
    MrsMVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner and will be back soon! The zucchini was the best I ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night!
    Cliggz
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    table was ready and waiting, good service, food was great too. LOVE the Brussel sprouts! Burger with fries for $24 was way over priced
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return
    Scott
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been to the Crow Bar a dozen times and always found the food okay not great but good. Our daughter had never been so we took her for her first time. We had Brussels sprouts for an appetizer and they were very good. My wife had the Ahi sandwich which was the best our of the meals however very salty. My daughter ate salmon dish due to the amount of salt. I had the steak frites, once again to much salt, the compound butter would not melt for some reason and the quality meat was terrible. I ate about half of my dinner as I was hungry but that was all I would eat. Will not return
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worked for a business diner
    cytog64
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I was really happy with this location for a small group business dinner. For 4 people, including drinks, the total bill came to $200. The bar had a great selection of "craft" and "specialty" beers. The service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time but not the last
    Marzracergirl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had some guests in town and wanted to go out to dinner. Looked to see who had last minute reservations and found Crow Bar. We all had a great time. Food was excellent, can't go wrong with the duck fat fries! Also you must get their homemade kit kat bar for dessert, so delicious. Strong drinks, had the blackberry jalapeno margarita, so good, definitely recommend if you like a little spice! They also have a great beer selection. Can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Friday night spot
    Herbsquared
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had the salmon which was delicious. The beer selection was great. The pricing was good for Orange County. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    hbfoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've been here for lunch and dinner. Food is fresh, tasty and appealing. The ahi sandwich for lunch was the best I've had in a while. My friend had the burger and was also happy which her choice. It was more quiet and less crowded for lunch than at dinner. I have eaten at every restaurant along PCH in CdM and Crow Bar is one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good!
    Rudeman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A fun place with very good food and friendly service. Exceptional beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nursetnew
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The Crow Bar is a great place for people who love sustainably great food! They always have a great selection of draft beer, bottle beer and wine. The burgers are amazing- flavorful and cooked to perfection. The sweet potatoe fries and duck fat fries are so good !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beer
    dalahod
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not only is the food great, they have a huge craft bottle list and a tap list that goes on and on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great to take and meet up with friends. Energetic and close setting makes you feel as part of a group where you can talk with others and discuss food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun evening out
    Don7VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very much enjoyed the food and service. My wife and I split the caesar salad and the Crowbar burger w/duct fat fries. Unusual Caesar salad with roasted endive. We asked for extra dressing and got it right away. We also asked for extra ketchup and got that right away also. Very attentive service. Loved the Crowbar burger. Nice wine selection by the glass. Got to meet the US Olympic Vollyball team while dinning there!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eats no convo
    FlyingMonkey
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Once again the food just excells here. We had a burger, the Cubano (crazy good) and some appetizers. Duck fat fries, normally the bomb were just so so and lots if broken and small pieces like we got the bottom of the batch. The Cubano was insanely good and I didn't want to share. Downside: this place is always busy on a weekend night but even having made a reservation we were seated right by the kitchen :( Add the normal noise of the place and there was no way to converse at the table. This table should be reserved for the drop ins, not folks with reservations who arrive 15 min early. Take care of your customers!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way Too Hot!
    BBBVVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was very good. Our server was an absentee dingus. Very slow, unresponsive and I'm sorry to say not that bright. My biggest complaint is it was about 85F during dinner. Way too uncomfortable. All of us were sweating. Then they just left the front door open and turned off the limited AC all together. I didn't understand what they were trying to accomplish. Some sort of customer reduction plan? Great food, but wouldn't go back unless they let me in with no shirt and wearing a damp bathing suit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 601 reviews are from the the crow bar and kitchen reviews archive.
  • Nice date night, great service
    irvinefoodies
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I am writing the review to talk about the service. Food was very good apps were great, sides yummy, and we enjoyed the entire evening, the only problem was our prime ribeye steak came out over cooked. We asked for medium it came out more well done with little to no pink. The steak takes 30mins to prepare so we couldn't wait for a new one due to babysitting constraints, so the very nice staff and management staff took it off our bill. They rectified the situation and admitted that is not the way it should have come out. We would definitely go back and try that steak again. The only disappointing part was the valet. He was very nice parking the car and returning it to us, but shook his head in disgust about the tip we gave him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crow Bar
    KatieMVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We always have a great time at Crow Bar. Great food, lively bar. One of the only places in Newport/CdM that doesn't shut down at 10:00!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not if you're on a diet
    Honest1VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Crow Bar is lively. It is a gastro pub. Their food is somewhat innovative (a fried egg on top of the hamburger). It is really hard to find anything healthy to eat here; most foods are fried and/ or fatty. They have a tremendous amount of micro beers on tap so if you're a beer drinker that will make you happy! It is a fun, relaxed atmosphere and geared towards the 20's to mid 30's crowd in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    MizaniVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Wow, dinner was unbelievably delicious! Our waiter Andrew had the BEST recommendations! My husband and I had the sausage trio for our appetizer, black label crow burger, and the Butterscotch and Salted Carmel Pot Au Crème. DELCIOUS!! Very excited that they have catering as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still a nice place
    KAnn
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've haven't been here for awhile and found a few changes. On the plus side, the sausage trio and pretzel were great. I could make a meal with that and a nice cold beer. A disappointment was with the fish and chips. The fish was good, as usual, but the accompanying sauce just didn't go well with it. It had some sort of curry base to it and just didn't seem to go with the fish. Since they have a small menu, it may be awhile before I go back. Plus I found their glasses of wine to not be very generous at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but .....
    n6gold
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The noise level was off the chart - think standing near a jet taking off while a heavy metal band played at full volume
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thumbs
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Go for a drink But Stay for the Food. Wait staff is out standing. The real Gem's are the Chef's!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brew Joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great list of beers and wine. Stick with the burgers. Only one Veg on the menu; get your greens somewhere else. Lots of fries. Avoid the fish and chips. The fish was a soggy brick.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • crow Bar & Kitchen
    dalahod
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food is always great. Fresh and local. Beer list is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dessert was heaven
    Finediner
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I really love this place but we were really disappointed in one of our dishes. The fish sandwich was not a great piece of fish and was slightly over cooked. and the bun was as dry as dust. They need to rethink that dish. The duck fat fries were amazing and the pot au creme was the best we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu
    AmyCVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The items on the menu are diverse and there is enough to choose from so that everyone in the group got a dish they thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself wanting to return to the restaurant as there are many more items I would like to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Service was ok kind of poor and it made it worst that we were the only ones in the restaurant. The food portions and presentation was a joke.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What did the chef do?
    Enjoydinnerout
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I ordered the "chicken" which came with beans/zucchini. I never liked zucchini so I asked if there was another vegtable available. The server asked if I would like Brussel sprouts. I said yes because I love them. Well, when my meal came & I tasted the Brussel sprouts, I gaged. They were really bad. I've never had a dish that bad...I'm now wondering if they actually have a chef or just some person who volunteered to cook or maybe they were taping an episode of "chopped"!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Food excellent. Reservations are a must at dinner. Full bar and wide selection of beer & wines. Loud atmosphere when full.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for brunch
    DiniegirlVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Dark, depressing bar atmosphere in an otherwise beachy area. Food was good - service was slow. We came for brunch. Wouldn't recommend. Probably good for lunch/dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great healthy fun food
    Will
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We eat primarily foods that are non gmo No hormone etc. the Crow bar offers this as well as a fun menu. The restaurant is very casual and the music is loud but festive. We had steak and eggs, a kitchen sink salad and a few gluten free starters Which were great. Parking is by valet. Overall it's a good alternative to a True Foods
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Fries Out of this World
    Kbgallagh
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The Crowbar has a fun atmosphere with an eclectic food selection. Be sure to try their duck fried french fries, a real winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    RyanHVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I've been here a number of times and it is always really, really good. Great beer list, and it really doesn't seem to matter what you order, they make it well. Duck fat fries, duck fat fried chicken (Monday's I think), black-label burger (hangover style is awesome), oh, did I say duck fat?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    waitress abandoned us -never asked if we wanted anything - coffee after meal -- just swept by and tossed the bill at us
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EaterVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    A little pricey - what you'd expect in NB. Food presentation excellent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Organic
    SuperbVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Very healthy, organic, sustainably-driven food. Roasted/charred onion soup - outstanding ! Grilled cheese special of the day - with organic chicken, cranberry sauce, and more - like none other. Good drink, beer and cider selections. GREAT service from knowledgeable waitress.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowbar
    Guynextdoor
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great bar scene, food is unique and really good! Seriously order the Brussel Sprouts even if you don't typically like them, you will love these!!
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Marginal food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Barely warm duck fat fries, a marginal hamburger, raw salmon and a salad full of raw onions. Last time I ate here I was disinclined to return. Now I will remember to skip this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fine food, service
    HUGO
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Repeat visits to the Crow Bar confirm high ratings for creative cooking and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate