A&O Kitchen + Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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A&O Kitchen+Bar, Balboa Bay Resort’s waterfront seafood-inspired restaurant, is the place to enjoy daily happy hour or a relaxed weekend afternoon. Featuring expertly crafted cocktails, local brews, and shareable plates, the restaurant’s nautical inspiration reflects the Bayfront setting. Guests can enjoy casual indoor and outdoor seating, including fire pits and live weekend entertainment.

Reservations available for parties of 2 or more guests.
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, everyone is very welcoming

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pretty amazing came to celebrate with friends my 21 , Lucius was outstanding he was very polite and very funny and very humble guy he made me want to come back. The food and drinks were pretty good an amazing service all around

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for lunch that we didn’t have to wait over an hour to get in, and so happy we found A&O Kitchen inside the Balboa Bay Resort. Three adults and two kids in our party and all ate very well - crab cakes appetizer followed by a LARGE fish & chip order (enormous cod filets), the grilled mahi fish tacos, lobster roll and the kids enjoyed the fried chicken sandwich and a kids Fish & chips, which was just as large as the adult portion minus the Cole slaw!
Take advantage of free valet parking by having your ticket validated at the restaurant also.
Highly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails. Nice boardwalk.

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vipJohnnyFive
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to bring a small child not too loud or stuffy. Will definitely come again.

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vipRobertG
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Music being played was way too loud

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vipsivi
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Came here to check out their Newport Beach Restaurant week menu. Food was ok. Service was on the slower side on a Holiday- MLK day.

For $20 the value of the 2-course lunch was good.

I had the tuna poke for appetizer and it was a miss. The tuna didn’t taste super fresh. It was on top of some guac. The whole thing was on the mushy side. It was served with fried wontons that were crispy but felt oily.

For entree I had the Fish tacos. They came in 2, with a good sized piece of fish, and topped with cabbage. Not bad but nothing that I would go out of my way to have again.

If you sit outside, you can see the water and the boats. Inside was fine and there were birds flying around which was a bit distracting.

They validate your valet parking.

I was hoping we could do some walking with a view but there isn’t much to walk around.

Overall, experience was fine but would probably not return for lunch.

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vipTomsf
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is excellent

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AmyB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Making a dinner reservation with A&O 10+ weeks prior, I arrived promptly for my 8:30PM dinner reservation and was directed to be seated outside in 45 degree weather on NYE. This table was literally at the very end of the patio, almost next to the valet. Politely asking the host if we could sit inside (where half the restaurant was currently empty and the live band was), he declined. I requested to speak with the restaurant manager next. He did accommodate us with a table inside as long as we were done with the table in an hour. I accepted the offer and after the hour passed, he came by to communicate that the table was ours for longer (due to the fact that the restaurant was still pretty empty). I am disappointed that A&O was so hesitant to give us a table inside, to two couples in their mid 30's who are nicely dressed up for NYE and also celebrating two birthday's. Definitely felt like I was NOT a priority to A&O at all. On the upside, the waitress was fabulous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

It took nearly an hour to get main course during lunch when not busy.

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SusanB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place dockside on the bay. We had a party of 9 and sat on the patio. It was a gorgeous day. The staff were very attentive. The food was good, although a couple of the items were overly salty (fries, chicken, dipping sauce for the fried calamari). Overall, though, we enjoyed the visit.

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vipDianeC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great waterfront restaurant with excellent food, service, ambiance, and music! Trevan was playing while we were dining and we really enjoyed them!

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vipLivingood
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a nice place to sit outside and enjoy the great food and cocktails

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Bdayletdown
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers day

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Brett
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and location, right on the Bay/Boardwalk is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Beautiful view of the harbor. Friendly environment. I’ll definitely be back.

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DianeS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The patio looked nice but it was too cold. Typical hotel restaurant inside but the cocktails were fantastic 👌 good band playing too!

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TanyaM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers were really good. Don’t miss the brussel sprouts!

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, awesome view, good food and great selections of wine, beer and spirits. Came here for a business get together and we had a great time!

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CCOC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was horrible considering the location and prices. Food was not what you would expect with those prices and location either. I never leave bad reviews but this was an overall bad experience. The waitress didn't add tip to the check but then added it to our cards so two members of our party were over charged by $50 and then the manager couldn't even figure out how to fix the problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends wanting an impromptu get together for lunch. First time diners for my friends who frequent the area. They raved about the location, the view, service and food. As usual, A&O did not disappoint. One of my favorite “go to” places.

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vipMelissaC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Nice location in the Balboa Bay Club on the water. Food and service were pretty good, however, almost every table was full of large groups of unruly kids. Go somewhere else if you want a relaxing dinner with a nice view.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view. Great food.

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NBfoodie
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner outside with friends. Ordered a bunch of sharable items. Brussel sprouts are delicious. We also tried the Smores for desert and it was amazing.

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vipLivingood
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Friday night band.

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vipalexandertg4
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and theatre for one low price!

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Samantha
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great but service was not good that day. Other times I have been there, service was good.

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SusanS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

You ask about noise level but there was no prompt for TOO LOUD for conversation! It was a scene for Locale magazine so maybe louder than normal but difficult to talk within our group of five.
We all enjoyed our food.

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LeeRon
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was negligent, and the noise level was so high! They need to redesign the restaurant with soft surfaces for the amount of noise in this place. I had to remind a staff member twice that we needed our order taken. And the food was only okay after waiting so long.

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vipBillB
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with lots of choices and the service was wonderful. We had a party of 13 and every single person loved their food choices and thought the service was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Great service, but the food was pricey and not good.

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vipJerry
Los Angeles
140 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service and entertainment was awesome!

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vipLisaLee
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was awful. Food mixed up. Dishes not as had been presented previously. Slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was friendly and attentive. He was helpful with special dietary needs. The live entertainment was fantastic!! Lucas and Alex were amazing and sang requests, pleasing everyone with many types of genres. Truly added something special to the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had a great time with my friends for my bday. Just sad that I couldn't get the table reservation that I made outside due to some people that sat in my table 5 hours before and didn't leave till later. They made it up setting a table half outside half inside. I guess I wasn't lucky but I loved the atmosphere there :)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place! Had my birthday dinner there last night (on a Saturday) with a party of 10 people and it couldn't have been a better experience. The vibe is perfect with incredible views from every table. The 2 guys playing live music were amazing. The gastropub style food was delicious. So impressed!! Kobe burger, bacon dates, clam chowder with big pieces of fresh clam, ahi poke salad, bbq ribs, chicken salad, wedge salad - so good! Did I mention bacon wrapped dates? Wow.... Everything was so wonderful that our entire table was sharing because we were so blown away. Presentation was super cool as well and our server (Deanna) was awesome and attentive. Great place to go on a date, or with larger groups. Casual epic ambiance on the water with fire pits outside on the gorgeous deck. I can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, AMAZING waitress, and good drinks! Only disappointment is that there weren't a ton of food options. They change their menu with the season (I think) so the food advertised on a website wasn't the food they had in restaurant. The food they did have though was amazing! Definitely tried everyone's meals at the table

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vipK4food
Orlando
61 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The patio is one of the best settings in town overlooking the water with fabulous fireplaces and sofas. Great happy hour.

KB
KellyB123
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a great place to hang out on a date night or with a group of friends. Great food and atmosphere.

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A&O Kitchen + Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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