A Restaurant

4.8
942 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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M
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
40 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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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
8 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
22 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
1 review
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
3 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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j
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food, and a fun place...

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S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at A Restaurant twice on our trip here in Newport Beach. Brian was our waiter and saw to our every need. The food was delicious and the wine list extensive.

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AC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Great for girls night, date night or a group of friends. Lively vibe, but cozy atmosphere. Nice, big bar, too.

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L
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 the best service I have ever had in my life. Lindsay was amazing. The charcuterie board is a la carte and I loved that. You can choose what you want and it's some magic they have where all of their toppings make everything taste even better (honeycomb, onions, mustard, olive tapenade, etc). The steak was cooked perfectly and came with a head of roasted garlic, also the best thing I've ever had. This was definitely a special occasion so we had to splurge. Will be back for happy hour very often! :)

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service, the food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect!

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M
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always enjoy dining at A Restaurant. Stacy provided exceptional service. New pea soup on the menu, excellent and we also enjoyed their famous chicken pot pie. Drinks were superb. A very good eperience.

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C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. I had messed up and made a reservation for 5:30 and thought it was for 7:00 yet they quickly accommodated our party. Love the vibe of A restaurant a bit noisy but extremely fun and delicous

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H
Las Vegas
142 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellence
Food excellence
Drinks excellent
Ambience wonderful
One of our favorite “date nite “ restaurants

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TM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

thoroughly enjoyed...great service from John, cocktails great, wine very good and the steaks very flavorful...Musso and Frank vibe...we sat in the back in a booth which was fine but faced the kitchen door so not ideal. Very busy and energetic bar area.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. A bit noisy but the food and service make up for the noise. Good portion sizes and I highly recommend the hatch Chile sausage starter with the masa fritters. The roasted garlic which accompanied my filet was delicious. Nice to find a place which still takes pride in what and how they serve.

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LB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Restaurant is very charming as well as having a great vibe! The hostesses are kind and accommodating. The service is excellent, as well as the food! Cozy fireplaces and a fun bar also!

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CR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the ambiance at A Restaurant. There's always a lot of great energy!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our ALL TIME FAVORITE restaurant. Absolutely AMAZING food and the ambiance can’t be beat. Our server Staci is top notch and always points us to the new and exceptional seasonal items. The craft cocktails are incredibly delicious and always changing with the menu which keeps the restaurant on point.
The best part is the $$$
Your getting the highest quality food and service for a very reasonable price.
This place is absolutely PERFECT for a date night and great for any occasion.

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RK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A is definitely old school. It is right out of a Perry Mason episode. The server was excellent and knowledgeable. The food, as always, was cooked to perfection. My only negative is the noise factor.

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SI
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, unhurried and attentive service. Only complaint is it is exceptionally loud (a very active bar scene!), but then again I think the excitement and buzz is probably part of why people like to go there.

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BG
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, amazing food, great ambiance and you absolutely must try the chefs duck pastrami!

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JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Our new favorite spot :)
Highly recommend the filet mignon and pineapple dessert

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