A Restaurant

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933 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement

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LG
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We had Steve take care of us- and he made it an outstanding night with how he took control of the evening with his food and drink recommendations. He was fun and involved in the perfect way. The food was amazing- especially the steaks!

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DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The noise level in the dining room was exceptionally loud. It seemed that everyone kept talking louder because no one could hear each other. I don't think there was any tables or booths that weren't practically yelling at each other. I think my husband and I were looking for a nice quiet dinner so we were disappointed. The food was good and the service was ,good but the ambiance isn't for us.

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C
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

there for a double birthday party just lovely the mushrroms were the hit s the appetizers with the fried eggplant and tuna on top.

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CJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband got the Filet and I got the Scallops. Both dishes were cooked perfectly and had great flavor. We also got the Spicy Yellowfin Tuna and that was tasty. The Brussel Sprout Leaves and the Mac n Cheese were both flavorful but not good to eat the next day. The Butterleaf Wedge Salad was really good too. Finally for the cocktails, the Manhattan was mixed perfectly and I got something with Pear both were not on the menu.

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GH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was very good at the level you would expect from a fine dining restaurant, but the volume of the noise from the bar adjacent to the dining room was deafening to the point that it almost ruined the evening. I will not go back and would only recommend if someone is interested in a meat market type atmosphere.

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LG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was impeccable. I was with my two teenagers so it was kind of dark, but on a date or friends get together with cocktails, this is the perfect spot.

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S
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and service was excellent. The ambiance is lovely with its booths and dark wood. My husband had the wedge salad and New York steak and I had the crispy duck confit & arugula salad followed by the short ribs with a truffle fettuccine. All dishes were very tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall experience was great as usual

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love it! I will be coming back.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its our favorite spot. Amazing service!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The hostess was a rude when we wanted to grab a drink at the bar before sitting down at our table. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation time. Our waiter on the other hand was wonderful!

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SM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was incredible and the ambiance was really nice. We had a great dinner. Service was a little slow, but it was busy. Overall great!

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ZZ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at A Restaurant. Enjoyed everything except the wine list prices.

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j
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food, and a fun place...

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S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at A Restaurant twice on our trip here in Newport Beach. Brian was our waiter and saw to our every need. The food was delicious and the wine list extensive.

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AC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Great for girls night, date night or a group of friends. Lively vibe, but cozy atmosphere. Nice, big bar, too.

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L
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 the best service I have ever had in my life. Lindsay was amazing. The charcuterie board is a la carte and I loved that. You can choose what you want and it's some magic they have where all of their toppings make everything taste even better (honeycomb, onions, mustard, olive tapenade, etc). The steak was cooked perfectly and came with a head of roasted garlic, also the best thing I've ever had. This was definitely a special occasion so we had to splurge. Will be back for happy hour very often! :)

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service, the food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect!

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M
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always enjoy dining at A Restaurant. Stacy provided exceptional service. New pea soup on the menu, excellent and we also enjoyed their famous chicken pot pie. Drinks were superb. A very good eperience.

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C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. I had messed up and made a reservation for 5:30 and thought it was for 7:00 yet they quickly accommodated our party. Love the vibe of A restaurant a bit noisy but extremely fun and delicous

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H
Las Vegas
136 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellence
Food excellence
Drinks excellent
Ambience wonderful
One of our favorite “date nite “ restaurants

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TM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

thoroughly enjoyed...great service from John, cocktails great, wine very good and the steaks very flavorful...Musso and Frank vibe...we sat in the back in a booth which was fine but faced the kitchen door so not ideal. Very busy and energetic bar area.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. A bit noisy but the food and service make up for the noise. Good portion sizes and I highly recommend the hatch Chile sausage starter with the masa fritters. The roasted garlic which accompanied my filet was delicious. Nice to find a place which still takes pride in what and how they serve.

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Restaurant is very charming as well as having a great vibe! The hostesses are kind and accommodating. The service is excellent, as well as the food! Cozy fireplaces and a fun bar also!

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CR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the ambiance at A Restaurant. There's always a lot of great energy!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our ALL TIME FAVORITE restaurant. Absolutely AMAZING food and the ambiance can’t be beat. Our server Staci is top notch and always points us to the new and exceptional seasonal items. The craft cocktails are incredibly delicious and always changing with the menu which keeps the restaurant on point.
The best part is the $$
Your getting the highest quality food and service for a very reasonable price.
This place is absolutely PERFECT for a date night and great for any occasion.

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RK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A is definitely old school. It is right out of a Perry Mason episode. The server was excellent and knowledgeable. The food, as always, was cooked to perfection. My only negative is the noise factor.

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SI
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, unhurried and attentive service. Only complaint is it is exceptionally loud (a very active bar scene!), but then again I think the excitement and buzz is probably part of why people like to go there.

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BG
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, amazing food, great ambiance and you absolutely must try the chefs duck pastrami!

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JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Our new favorite spot :)
Highly recommend the filet mignon and pineapple dessert

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Overall a 3 star experience. A classic Newport restaurant with a very tasty menu. Friday night was cocktail scene overtook the dining room with loud and rude patrons scattered throughout the dining room. Our server was very nice but they were understaffed and service was bare min. Food tastes really nice but it hard to get a word in because it was so loud.

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R
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the way A’s handled Valentine’s Day - by not changing a single thing they always do and nailing everything as usual! Thanks.

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j
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best server ever Stephen

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NB
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was amazing. The service was perfect. The ambiance is classy. The bill was astronomically expensive ($500 for 2 couples after tip) but worth it. Will go again. And again.

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TB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had one table celebrating a birthday in the dining room, and they were extremely loud and really ruined the atmosphere. When three tables request to move, maybe you have to ask the drunk table screaming in the back to keep it down? After the loud party left, A's was really nice. The interior is old school wood paneling, red booths, fire place, with some red neon accents on the bar. Tuesday was half price wine list night, which was a nice surprise. The pork chop was magnificent, next time I want to try the filet or the scallops. Cheap valet parking and a lively crowd at the bar, I will definitely return.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beautiful hostess was fantastic, our server Stacy was a classic! We enjoyed the service & ambience. This was our first time dining at this restaurant, we look forward to returning! Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FUN we had a blast

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F
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service with excellent and interesting food.

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MC
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Parking was not ideal as you have to valet but great atmosphere and great food

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