A Restaurant

4.8
961 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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1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love A’s it’s our favorite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion at.

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I ordered lamb chops. My favorite. Very gristle and difficult to cut. And then a bite was so chewy. Not tasty or easy to eat. So disappointed.

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MW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I decided this will be our birthday spot, so if twice a year isn't enough I will have to sneak in an extra visit. The food is outstanding and the drinks are made to satisfy. it's got a really cool old steak house vibe going with a modern twist. I strongly recommend it, it's delicious.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Stacy, was outstanding. Loved the low light and ambiance of the room. Over all, food was good but not great, considering the price. We got out of there for $230 for two before tip. Had the spicy tuna appetizer which was amazing. Corn and crab soup had great flavor and a unique texture but I found the square black bowl it was served in to be too modern and unappetizing/ off-putting and didn’t fit with the feel of the restaurant. Also, there was only a single one inch piece of crab in it. Wife had the Caesar salad which was pretty run of the mill. Wife loved her halibut dinner. I had the ribeye, which had great flavor but a little tough. Sides were Mac and cheese and asparagus. Large asparagus was not trimmed and served with woody ends. Mac was thin and runny and if not for the crumb crust, could be mistaken for store bought. House Cabernet is outstanding. Pear martini was smooth and delicious. Jamaica whiskey sour was surprisingly unsweet for my wife. Had yummy cheesecake for dessert which comes with a scoop of pistachio ice cream that tastes way too much like straight pistachio nuts and not a sweet ice cream. I feel like I really trashed this place with my review but I would love to go back. I’d change my entree to something a little cheaper and skip dessert and the soup/salad course so I wouldn’t walk out feeling like I spent so much on a good quality meal.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. We had the server running around and she took it all in stride! Efficient. Front desk was a little snotty. Felt like she was scolding me.

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RK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at A is always predictably good. I have yet to have a meal that was not cooked as I ordered and not first quality. My only objection to A (which is a pretty uniform negative) is that it is LOUD -- obnoxiously so. However, I will go back because the food and service are top notch.

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FP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place is really nice but it is very dark and almost hard to read the menu. It is also quite noise considering the nice ambiance. The service was great and food good and not heavy (even the mashed potatoes were so soft!)

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t
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved our waiter and food was delicious.

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JZ
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal with our friends from back east. I wish that they had more selections of Chardonnays by the bottle that are reasonable priced.

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RZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service....fantastic steak,,,love the feel of this old classic.... mostly locals ...few tourists...

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner!!! Everything was phenomenal. Service was excellent and food was perfect!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stacy was awesome as always!

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SF
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

I love to experience fine dining and do not worry about
the cost when it is great.
But hate when the price is high and the food is poor.
Creeping arrogance with the staff from the manager
to the waiter to the valet.
Have enjoyed the market for years and will continue too.
But the restaurant will survive for many more years
without my business.

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WL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The quality of food and service has declined since I was there years ago. Such a shame because its a Newport Beach institution.

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SP
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was Priscilla and she was simply FANTASTIC! Food was very good to outstanding for sure! House wait staff never let the water glass get half full.... and all this during a fairly busy night too!

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time celebrating my wife’s birthday with great friends and will be returning on a regular basis.

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M
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance! You can’t go wrong with a nice fresh piece of salmon, grass fed ribeye and a Caesar salad. The cucumber mint martinis are excellent as well. Five stars*

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m
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. very nice place to take a date or your wife for dinner. romantic and all together perfect.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Services was exceptional, and our server was hilarious! Great sense of humor, and allowed our experience to be nothing less than fantastic. Food was above or, and can’t wait to go back!

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T
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals/restaurants I’ve been to in a long time! I love the ambiance, the music, the service and the food! This will definitely be one of our go-tos every time we visit Newport Beach.

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O
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

This is a place for the younger set. When you come in the restaurant - you cannot see....it is so dark...
I had made reservations in advance and asked for a quiet table...they weaved us through the bar and back to a back booth in the dining room which backed up to the noisy bar and was open. We had a great server which helped the evening. When our bill came each couple had 3 letters (can't remember what they were) but stood for employees insurance in the amount of $2 and something. We had already signed our credit card when we asked....and was told it could be removed.. Will not be returning.

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DH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the friendly greeting when you first enter to the great food and drinks a wonderful experience!

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time I went out with my mom and my girlfriend for Mother’s Day and we had a great steak, as always a restaurant came through with amazing food and great service

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PE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Showed up early on Cinco de Mayo was served French bread instead of chips and salsa. Food quality was good, presentation was nice but most everything lacked flavor--a little salt would have been nice.

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M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Restaurant is always a treat. We took friends who had not been there before and they enjoyed it as much as we did. It was cinco de Mayo menu and that was fun and delicious. Look forward to dining there again very soon.

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FF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We really normally enjoy the A, but on this particular night in we were in the bar and the noise level was so high that I couldn’t hear my husband. And I’ve never had a bad steak there until now:( My filet was very hard to cut, tough to eat and too heavily seasoned.
I’m sure it was just a one off. It’s a great place and the staff is wonderful.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement

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LG
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
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 on April 13, 2019
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
24 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
2 reviews
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
Orange County
2 reviews
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
5 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
2 reviews
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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