A Restaurant

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1036 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid, consistent dining experience with superb service and delicious steaks. Excellent martinis, too.

OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always A is a night out that stands out. The food, service and ambience is what I come back to here. You won’t be disappointed. An institution ...

C
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time, high energy and festive during the holidays. We're never disappointed.

CP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was great, Stacey our waitpersonn was awesome. Best Charcuterie ever. Cool vibe at a historic locale. Food was outstanding.

MW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an old school steak house with a mostly local crowd. I love the red booths and dark wood with the low ambient lighting. The food is delicious and the service is excellent with lots of attention to detail. The wine selection is great and there is a nice bar in the front of the restaurant. Very nice place.

F
Las Vegas
50 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the time we walked in the door was wonderful. The restaurant is beautifully decorated for Christmas and was so festive. Service and food were outstanding. Our server Brian was great, as well as Brenda who found us a seat in the bar for a cocktail prior to our departure. We had a fantastic dining experience and plan to return soon.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!!!

DB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with a fun staff. It was very busy and they were properly staffed and friendly.

JM
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party for my special lady!

TY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Exceeded all expectations. Would definitely go again.

DK
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a fun time at A Restaurant and good food with an inventive menu.

KC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We love the ambiance .. so personable and warm. The food is great! We had halibut and filet mignon. The corn soup was super tasty. Service is unmatched...very attentive; but, non intrusive. Highly recommend this legendary restaurant. So much character and tasty food!

JS
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outstanding steaks, service. Old school, red leather booths - very comfortable and intimate. huge bar scene though dining rooms are quieter
only suggestion - add a burger to the menu. could be high end

p
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. best new york steak, mac, mash potatoes and brussel sprouts

S
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halibut and ribeye done too perfection. Old school done right.

DH
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We requested, and received, a booth in the bar. The service was wonderful and their blue cheese topped bacon cheeseburger, not on the menu, is the best I have ever had. Forget the fries and have the small side Cesar salad.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Request Steve!
Deserts are the bomb!

s
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I hadn't been to A's since the late 60's, when it was known as The Arches. I was probably 19 back then, my mom's gentleman friend taking her and her two daughters out for a special night. Going out to dinner to a nice restaurant was a rarity, so my younger sister & I were impressed.

Well, fast-forward 50 years, and I return, along with my sister-in-law, to try A's after attending a play at So Co Rep. I knew it had been remodeled, and was happy to see the reno stayed true to what I vaguely remembered; dark, comfy, leather booths. It wasn't too crowded at 6:15 pm, but the area close to the bar & tv was busy with many people enjoying the happy hour, the game, and lots of laughs with friends. The party was just getting started.

Our server Jarred was very attentive and was happy to explain questions on the menu. My sister-in-law decided on the chicken and I had their salmon. I scored with the salmon, prepared just the way I love-with seared skin, moist & tender inside. It was delicious, and must say it's probably the second best salmon I've ever had...if you read my reviews, you'll probably find out what was my first choice for "best salmon" . I would be happy to go back and have that again. My dining companion loved her chicken also, and we ended up sharing the warm chocolate cake with a wonderful hazelnut ice cream. Perfect meal...my salmon could not have been better.

A great evening, from start to finish. So happy to return after 50 years, and will not wait another 50 yrs to go again. Maybe a month or two??? I loved it, and I am sure my husband will be also-can't wait to return.

Thank you to the staff...great job in making our dining experience top notch!

JE
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best meal & service I’ve had in some time. I highly recommend this restaurant to steak lovers.

JD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Most of our party had beef of some kind. The side dishes were excellent, particularly the Ceasar Salad, mashed potatoes, and mushrooms.

Our server was friendly and attentive.

The ambiance was a throw back to the very dark restaurants of the 70s, which is why we came here.

FS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had been a customer at The Arches for decades, but had moved away and had not been to A Restaurant yet. I was pleased to see a very vibrant bar scene and that much of the same look and feel remained the same. As far as the menu was concerned, it was much more updated and all of our selections were excellent. The service was outstanding and they mastered just the right amount of attentiveness. I was pleasantly surprised as I reminisced my way through a wonderful dining experience!

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Santiago was amazing! That was my first visit. My husband had been once before and raved about it and since it was his Birthday, I thought I'd take him there... and it did not disappoint!

TR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food is always delicious here. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because it is uncomfortably loud. It was hard to have a conversation with my friend sitting right next to me, let alone anyone across the table. For that reason alone I might not go back.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! This place is top notch on just about everything. Ambiance can’t be beat!

j
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business celebration

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! One of our favorites!

TT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to A Restaurant on a Sunday. The lighting was very low. Most customers used the light on our phone to read the menu. It made for a romantic and private atmosphere. I had the Brussel sprout leaves, which was like a warm salad; It was delicious! I also had the filet mignon. My steak was cooked to perfect medium rare, as requested and it melted in my mouth! We had the cinnamon apple cheesecake for dessert and a glass of Sandman 30 year tawny port. It was one of the best date nights we’ve had in a long time!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow. Over priced. Too loud.

JC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great steak, good cocktails and terrific selection of wines by the glass. The daily specials are special dont miss chicken piccatta or rib night.

a
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality & taste of all the food was excellent. The macaroni & cheese was probably the best i’ve ever had. Great ribeye & wagyu. Had the “Palapa” and “A Buck” drinks. Both were great in strength and taste. Our server was extremely politely and helpful with the menu. Would definitely return again.

JM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was perfect as always!

TL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great! Noise level was too loud for reasonable conversation. I don't particularly care for the semi-round booths. Much prefer a regular booth, which they don't have.

AL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Gotta love when you go and you realize it's Wine Tuesday and half off all wines! Steaks and sides are all great! Service is wonderful!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school club environment - very cozy

CK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing! Favorites of the night were the beet and tomato salad and espresso martini. Our server Brian was fantastic as well. We loved that he saw we were celebrating our anniversary and brought out champagne. Such a sweet touch that we will remember forever.

Thanks for helping us celebrate and making it such a wonderful experience.

L
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a perfect evening with friends from out of town! We got the John Wayne table as requested. Our waiter and the staff were very attentive. Food and drinks were on the mark!

M
Orange County
103 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent, ambiance is cozy and service excellent

RL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our home away from home. Best people, food, cocktails, atmosphere!

KB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1 rib steak was great other 1 had 3 big hard gristle chunks in it price was high but over all good

LS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good consistent food and fantastic service.

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