A Restaurant

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1076 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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AM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Steven, was fantastic. Great Recommendations and Service.

o
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was average, busboy was to much in our space.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santiago made our Valentines amazing!

RM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service and food were amazing, the only thing bad was an obnoxiously drunk and super loud group. We complained but nothing was really done about them. You could tell everyone in the room was annoyed and fed up.

C
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Made a reservation for Valentine's Day dinner. We were seated immediately upon arrival. Cocktails were excellent. Appetizers were delicious. My steak was just ok; fairly tough piece of meat. My wife's steak was good. When the busboy asked to clear plates, my wife had only eaten about a 1/3 of her steak. I assumed that they would automatically box up the leftovers. When I later inquired of the waiter, he simply said, "Did you ask him to?" No offer to correct the miscommunication. We won't return.

CC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

We LOVE A’s!!!! But the table we were sat at was horrid. Tucked away at the side of the bar, playing a basketball game on the TV and all their servers gathered in the corner right by us to key in their orders and then chit chat with each other. Did not make for a very good ambiance ..... and it was for our Valentines celebration. Very disappointed in our table, I wouldn’t seat anyone there , especially for such a nice restaurant, this table left much to be desired.

s
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Reservations were for7:30, we were seated at 7:45 at a table that was vacant when we arrived at 7:15. We felt like we were not important enough to be seated right away. Food was very good, service was very good, noise level over the top. Average experience.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A = Always good

DH
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff, service, food, ambiance always 👍
Our weekly go to when in town

RL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warren the bar manager and all the bartenders are the absolute best!!! And Priscilla is the sweetest, most adorable server around! Yummy food and a cozy booth! That's what keeps A our favorite spot.

l
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent but it is a lively crowd and we had challenges talking to our table mates as the noise level was so high.

LS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Newport Beach, our other favorite would be their sister restaurant CDM. Always a great vibe, excellent service and food.

BM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best spots in Newport for dinner. Good food and a great vibe. Always.

F
Las Vegas
52 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from start to finish.

S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good but a little salty both the chicken and steak. The persimmon salad is to die for.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizers/dessert were great. We went during Restaurant week however didn’t want that. We looked at the menu before we went there and wanted the special. Then we were told that because it was restaurant week we couldn’t get the special. I ordered the salmon, which was over and under cooked in different places. If I was to go there again, I would seat in the bar area and order appetizers. However our server was great. Very friendly and helpful!

KM
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

“A” never disappoints. So fun, great service and delicious food. We always order a double order of the spicy Yellowtail Eggplant appetizer. I had the Restaurant Week menu- delicious and creative. My Branzino was a tad over salted but the steaks were perfect and we can’t wait for our next dinner there.

j
Los Angeles
144 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Still an old line Newport Beach establishment. drinks are well made and bar is active. Menu is limited and what restaurant doesn’t offer a chicken dish..except in tasting menu. While food seems to be well prepared it’s pork/steak focused. Limited fish offerings (and overpriced at that). We’ve been here numerous times over the years throughout A’s numerous iterations. This was the most disappointing meal in all that time . Stick to drinks at the bar! Service was professional.

KW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for accommodating our request to dine earlier than booked, especially during restaurant week. We had a wonderful night with good friends and look forward to dining with you again soon.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!

g
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience1

This is my 10th or 11th visit since it went from the Arches to A.
The noise is still just plain crazy.
I requested a seat as far away from the bar as possible, and while it was better than my previous visit, still waaaay too loud for a place trying..... to be a fine dining restaurant.

While I was braced for the noise, I was NOT prepared for my reliably good block cut steak to be not that great.
Temp was ok, but was a different quality of meat, and or maybe over rested.

I’ve had this meal a dozen times.

Definitely not where it used to be.

Service was fine.
The wait for the table has never been good, be prepared to wait at least 15 minutes past your reservation time.

But I will return, as I hope for it to return to former glory, and...there’s not much competition in the area.

s
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Always a great dinner experience at A restaurant!

DG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had driven by A many times & were intrigued with eating there. Restaurant week was the ideal time to try it out!
The ambiance is from time past ( booths in great condition but look like they’re from the 60’s), the wait staff attentive & friendly & the food was sumptuous!
We can’t wait to go back 😊

LS
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim is great so are Staci & Michelle. We love this place & the market

DJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and quaint restaurant with outstanding food and a fun atmosphere. Not too big of a place, so reservations recommended! And the A5 Waygu beef is definitely worth it!!

BS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to A restaurant is like a journey back in time. Great red leather booths, dark lighting, superb food and wonderful service. Love it!

KG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Went on a Tuesday and was surprised with half-price wines. Loved it!!!

AC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu and Michelle & Staci's service is always the best! Very professional which makes for a great dining experience.

LD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for NYE early dinner. Service was great. Ordered Scallops and Ribeye dishes and both plates were cleaned off. Ambiance was nice and dark with an old school feel. Will definitely come back.

DH
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger in town. Service always impeccable

L
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with mom and brother and sister in law

C
Orange County
128 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to A Restaurant for many years and we were glad we came back. Brian , our server, was extraordinary and the food was delicious. We won't wait so long to come back.

BC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place. Food and service is at high level

TC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Requested table in quiet table against a wall because I wear hearing aids. We were seated in the middle of the restaurant with the bar right behind us. Was not able to hear any of my guests. I made this specific request when I booked the reservation thru you on line.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This historic restaurant in Newport Beach has made a major comeback! As good as it ever was in the 80's and 90's! Sunday's are best service industry night in Orange County. It's loud but the place to eat on Sundays!

BM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never miss, Block Cut NY is the best steak in Newport Beach

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most Amazing Dinner ever.

SA
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Table Wonderful!
Our Waiter Exceptional👏👏👏!
The Food Is Outstanding.

This Is “ Fine Dining”... A Place That Is Nostalgic and Magical.


You Want to Savor Every Moment- Every Bite,And Appreciate That we Have Such Finery STILL Around.

LH
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy, great food, great service. A must.

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