A Restaurant

4.8
902 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best server ever Stephen

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NB
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on February 13, 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 10, 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 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FUN we had a blast

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F
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service with excellent and interesting food.

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MC
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was our server and he did a phenomenal job. I have some major dietary restrictions right now and I provided this in the notes for my reservation via OpenTable. John acknowledged he knew this immediately and recommended what would meet my needs. The octopus appetizer was delicious! Our ribeye steaks were phenomenal. My Kristi's salad was yummy. This may be my new favorite restaurant. Next time we are trying some of the Miyazaki A5.

Friday and Saturday nights are extremely busy there and very loud. We were fortunate to get a semi-private table away from most of the noise.

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W
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and lively atmosphere with a diverse range of age demographics.
Exceptional dining and wine experience. Be sure to meet Steve Ackad ( manager) to maximize the evening. Great people watching for the best (& outrageous) of Newport Beach.

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class old school!
Great food and service.

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R
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience always surpasses expectations - A’s clearly has an amazing staff and management in place!

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RF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed by my last visit. My food was great but one of my group had to send her steak back as it was all fat and gristle. So she didn’t eat at the same time as everyone else because she needed a complete new piece of meat. The A was nice about it and comped us a bottle of wine, but I could tell she was disappointed. Plus the service was very slow, more than you’d expect for this type of restaurant. I’m not sure I will go back, given the cost.

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g
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Been to this restaurant for over 20 years.
This most recent trip was the worst.
While the food was fine and service good, the noise level was unbearable. Averaged 96db.
A combination of unchecked bad behavior, and no physical barrier between the bar and dining area,
The noise was maddening.
If the A wants to be a local hotspot watering hole where noise isn’t a problem.
Fine.
But do no not claim to be a fine dining establishment, while you encourage this type of behavior.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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M
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, especially the mushroom soup. Service was excellent. Ambience was reminiscent of days gone by, but very enjoyable. Noisy, but not distracting. We would definitely go back again.

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DB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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B
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was excellent. We will be going back. Best steak ever.

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GG
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional family birthday dinner at A Restaurant. Haven’t been here since it was “The Arches.” What a great update and refreshing change! Absolutely phenomenal appetizers (like the spicy tuna on tempura eggplant!!!), wonderful steaks (filet was PERFECT!), and delicious sides (carrots were insane and mashed potatoes, sublime!). The service was impeccable and made us feel welcome, comfortable, and valued. Loved every minute of this special dinner.

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b
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal. I haven't been to A for a while, but had a great dinner with the family. The wagyu beef was amazing, as were the scallops and short ribs. Great service as always.

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CD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and incredible food.

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

Loved it! Had the best scallops

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We’ve been to A’s for dinner several times and have always enjoyed the food, the ambiance and great service. This visit was an exception...our service was HORRIBLE!! We were a party of 4, we had reservations and got seated immediately. Once seated we were greeted by our disheveled server (shirt was mostly untucked) and got our drinks. We waited at least 20 minutes for him to take our food order and when he did we asked to start with a couple of appetizers, he told me I couldn’t order appetizers first while we decided on our dinner order...everything had to be ordered at the same time! It’s crazy to pay these kinds of prices for a meal and to be told NO by your server. As the night went on it got worse! We had to flag down the guy pouring water to get bread for the table and when it was time for dessert the waiter literally flung the menu on the table, said the Madelines take 10 minutes and walked away!! VERY RUDE. At the end of the night we spoke to the manager at length about our experience and she promised the GM would be calling us to “make it right” it’s been 6 days now and not a word!!! Based on this experience I would recommend Mastro’s for dinner. Pretty much the same prices and the service is Always great!!! VERY Disappointed with A’s!!!

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AM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

very expensive for very good but very small portions!

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g
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A Restaurant is perfect especially if you go a bit early before the restaurant is 100% full.

Our waiter has been with A Restaurant for 5 years. He is the epitome of wait staff customer service.

The food is amazing. Japanese A5 Aiyazaki Wagyu is listed under Specialty Cuts. Try it as an appetizer. (The minimum is 2 ounces.) It is the best steak I have EVER had.

There is a great selection of cocktails and wines.

If you can't make up your mind, please ask the waiter. In this case, our waiter was knowledgeable and took the time to ask what we liked before making recommendations.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was personable and precise! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal in a semi-private room off the bar.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food and ambiance!! Love A’s!!

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PF
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian is amazing !!! He’s so good at his job !! I love him !!! Best waiter ever !!!

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m
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere at A’s! The drinks, food and dessert, 5 stars! The short rib Marsala was fantastic, a must. The service was amazing. A must for all.

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BS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having had a disappointing meal the night before in a highly rated new restaurant in Laguna- it was with great pleasure to have had a spectacular meal at A. The ambience is kitschy, cozy and very friendly. The mushroom soup, ribeye steak and everything else was prepared to perfection. Bravo. We'll be back.

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KC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super tasty quality food and diverse menu selections.

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TT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to the Arches (A Resturant) . for 40 years.

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PP
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Nice staff, good food but VERY dark in back room. Dangerous as a person in the party fell and fractured a rib. Should add more lighting in tight spaces.

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BS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far our favorite restaurant in Newport Beach. The service, food, and ambiance are impeccable. You will never regret taking the time to dine there. And by dine I mean take your time and enjoy the meal, the atmosphere and the service; you wont find it at this level anywhere else.

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I
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an anniversary. Waiter was excellent food was very good we were not rushed in anyway. And noise level was not too bad all in all we had a great time

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal!
Staci provided excellent customer service.

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KO
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came hungry and tried meatballs, cheese charcuterie, kale salad, pork chop and short ribs. All stand out with the meatballs being the low light but were still very solid. Dram on menu was a pleasant surprise and wine list was great. We drove down from LA on our way home to SD and would make the drive back up for sure. Bar was hopping and lots of bigger parties. Seemed consistent and well run.

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