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About A Restaurant
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.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Closed (Available for Private Parties)
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm,
Friday: 4:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
Social Hour: Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 6:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Self park and Valet
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
This was our first visit and expected a more conversational atmosphere rather than the noisy, bustling environment that made couples dining very difficult. The ribeye special was fair but nothing special but can say The Caesar salad was very good. Our waiter, Jared, was very attentive and most efficient.
We had a great dinner for our anniversary. Brian was terrific and made some great suggestions for appetizer (ahi tuna), dinner (filet Med-rare) and dessert (flan). We even received 2-complimentary glasses of rose champagne for our anniversary. Parking was a breeze, ambiance classy and cozy. Couldn't find a fault. Only recommendation I would offer is to add some Napa/Sonoma favorites such as Far Niente, Silver Oak, Caymus, Trefethen, Opus One. We did not recognize any of the wine vintages on the very extensive menu. Although we may not be the most sophisticated drinkers. Loved A-Restaurant. Will come again soon! THUMBS UP!
It was our anniversary but the hostess neglected to tell our waiter, so it was never acknowledged. The hostess appeared aloof, disinterested, looking down at her phone when we walked in......wonder if she was working on homework or reading a novel while she was working with us....?
The steaks are expensive, but delicious! In order to avoid the 50+ dollar price tag of most of the steaks, I ordered the Coulotte Wagu steak at $38. It looks much like a fillet mignon, ordered it medium rare, and it melted in my mouth! Delicious! My husband enjoyed the steak tartare. We would definitely return. One bit of advice, the wine list is expensive, with no ‘good choices’ under $75....we settled on a Paulmeyer Chardonnay at $80....Next time we will bring our own bottle from our cellar and pay the corkage fee!
After making our way through the smokers on the patio, we were greeted by A gracious hostess at kiosk. Knowledgeable waiter. Cheese and Spanish chorizo excellent. Found a reasonable priced delicious Malbec. Roasted beets were wonderful. Was not impressed with the puff pastry crust of pot pie. Duck leg was very tender, however the breast was tough and chewy. Noise level was way too loud. Most patrons around us were on their smart phones. It felt more like a bar (quite a bit of vulgar language) and pick up scene than a cozy restaurant, maybe midweek nights are quieter. Overall we enjoyed our experience.
This place is great and I loved it. Saturday night I had a reservation for 8:45PM to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. We arrived a little early and got a drink at the bar. Although the bar was really packed and the noise levels were energetic, I was able to get the bartenders attention and secure a drink in short order. We stood and enjoyed the ambience while enjoying our drinks which were nicely poured. In a short time one of the hostesses came over and showed us to our table which was awesome. The dinner and service were some of the best I've ever experienced. Really nice place which I can recommend with no hesitation.
I had always regarded Newport Beach as a slow-paced, rather boring town until I dined one Thursday night at A. The bar was packed and noisy, with aging beautiful people connecting with one another. They seemed to be having a very good time. Seated in the restaurant as far from the bar as possible, we found its din to be quite tolerable. In fact, the energy radiating from the bar was fun.
And A is also a very good restaurant. The four of us were all happy with our meals.
Went there for a couple of friends' birthday for the Waygu beef. Overall the Japanese A5 Miyazaki Cut was preferred over the Imperial Wagyu Coulotte. The flavor on the Imperial was a little disappointing in comparison to the Miyazaki cut. I had the Boneless Ribeye and amongst the 3 of us, we preferred the Ribeye. Service was not up to par from our waiter. He seemed a little frazzled covering his tables and we had to wave him down several times to place our order, correct our order, order wine (he didn't even ask if we wanted anything other than water), remind him the reservation was for a birthday celebration.
As the bar area is right next to the open dining area, the noise level did not make for good conversation. We had to basically yell to talk to each other in our booth.
I took a first time date to this restaurant as it had been recommended by a friend. Making the reservation was easy. Parked in valet ($6). Seated right away. Nice ambiance with red leather booths. Menu was full of interesting choices. Went with steaks and side veggies. Bottle of reasonably priced wine. No dessert. Total bill with tip $290. A little pricey even for Newport Beach. Overall, I give it four stars.
My boyfriend and I LOVE to go to A Restaurant! This past Sunday was the BEST experience we have had throughout our many times dining here. The reason from this is because of our server- Juan! We already know that this is the place to go to get the best ribeye EVER and the service is always great but Juan outdid himself and truly deserves so much recognition for making our whole experience.
Great service- Juan thoroughly describes dishes and made excellent recommendations. Our cheese plate, scallops and ribeyes came out prompt and hot!
Great ambiance- The World Series was on and the bar area was very active but where we could still have a calm and peaceful dinner in the dinning room.
The only thing I would change about this restaurant is that you have to valet and they charge you! I think that it should all be self parking or complimentary valet.
We are always delighted with our meal at the A Restaurant! One of the best places in SoCal to get Japanese A5 Wagyu steak (or a delicious aged bone-in ribeye). Craft cocktails are fantastic and change regularly. Wine list (and inexpensive finds) are amazing. Highly recommend!
Excellent evening of quality, service and exceeded my expectations. Having a night out with friends was pleasantly enhanced by the supportive and experienced wait staff. The food was perfectly prepared, complementary flavors and we enjoyed every bite. Highly recommend, A++ experience.
Our last dinner at As, I'm afraid...
The steaks are so inconsistent, and when you tell a manager they actually argue with you and make you feel like you either ordered it incorrectly or didn't tell them soon enough. This time we both ordered medium steaks - one came out way rare. We don't have this issue anywhere else. They just take the fun out of an evening. We'll take our $$ elsewhere.
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