R+D Kitchen - Newport Beach

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$31 to $50
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R+D Kitchen is a cozy American restaurant in Newport Beach, California. The restaurant has separate and distinct dining areas that feel intimate enough for a romantic date or a good conversation over a glass of wine. In the center of R+D Kitchen, a horseshoe shaped bar serves guests drinks during all open hours. Patio seating is available when the weather allows, so guests can enjoy fresh air and a wonderful atmosphere while dining.

On the menu, many classic American dishes are offered to guests. Sandwiches, salads and a variety of large plate entrees give guests a scrumptious assortment of meals for lunch or dinner. Popular entrees include Ding's crispy chicken sandwich, ahi tuna tartar, Greek-style chicken and wild mushroom meatloaf. R+D Kitchen serves a wide selection of wines, mixed drinks and beers from the bar.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American
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(949) 219-0555
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Business Casual
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AO
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends there and never felt rushed, although we probably took longer than the wait staff would like since we weren't drinking.

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CM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hillstone is the best small to mid size restaurant operator. I've been to most of their restaurants and they always deliver great food and service!

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B
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always R + D does not disappoint. It has become our go to dinning place at Fashion Island. Their chicken fried sandwich is one of our favorites and is always moist & delicious. Service is always is on point and a value for that location. Appetizer, sandwich, salad, two glasses of wine and dessert for about $80. Their triple layer carrot cake is a prefect ending to a delicious and casual dinning experience.

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H
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. The service was very good and we were well taken care of.

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B
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always consistent, wait staff is professional and friendly. Love the menu selection.
Food is always very tasty and fresh. Love the prices off your menu selection.

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OT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SARAH is the best!!! Our server was personable, professional, and attentive. She always stopped to make sure we were taken care of. This trip was a birthday celebration but we declined dessert. Fernando, the manager, insisted we take carrot cake home on the house. I love this restaurant and its people. I've never had a bad experience or bad meal.

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went, after somebody's recommendation, to R+D Kitchen first time and together with a friend.
I had been able to make a lunch reservation the day before, which was totally honored.
Our lunch salads were heavenly, chicken salad and ahi tuna tartar salad.

The ease to get there (hop skip from parking garage) and then home was great.

One of the most delicious, delightful, and hassle-free lunch experiences I've had in a long time.
R+D is also unpretentious - a big plus and often a minus for many of surrounding restaurants.

Thanks!

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R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm a regular at R&D for lunch, and it has never been anything less than outstanding.

All of their lunch selections are amazing - consistently excellent quality and perfectly prepared.
Servers are always gracious, knowledgeable and very efficient.

Highly recommend!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, whom I don't recall her name unfortunately, was fabulous!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This place was HIGHLY Recommended by a couple of co-workers and I HAD to try the French Dip Sandwich. - Dont get me wrong?! It was excellent...It literally melted in your mouth.
I knew going in, it was a $20 sandwich, thie picture made it look huge... it could have been bigger. I was still hungry after.

A side of fries was an additional $5 - that seemed high as well.

We had 1 Cocktail and 2 beers and the bill for 4 of us was $150... Pricey as far as I'm concerned.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly, a little noisy ........... , food is great and the service is excellent.

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JR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!! Enjoyed our afternoon lunch/Birthday!! Can't wait to visit again!

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N
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

My favorite go to restaurant, anytime. I am a regular customer.
Wish Open table would give points for this R& D :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food salad and burgers great service. Awesome location

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

When we asked for more time to look at the menu, the waitress didn't come back for 20 minutes. Cocktails were amazing. My friend ordered fries and they never came, but they were still on our bill. I would go back for drinks, but the food is over priced and not very original.

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OC
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I've never had a bad meal at R&D Kitchen. The French Dip sandwich is one of the best I've ever had. The service is great, cocktail selection is nice, and they offer comfortable booth seating. What I don't like about this restaurant is: you'll have a long wait if you don't make a reservation, and there is no table that holds more than 5 people. Lastly, on my last visit, I had to be careful as to not to trip over a large 80 lb. dog as I was seated at my table. When I'm spending over $100 for a dinner, I don't want to sit next to a dog :(

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and very fun to sit on the patio. The hostess is a little surly and gave us a seat on the patio that was cocktails only, no food for some reason. We had to move seats when our table was ready 20 minutes after our reservation. Food was excellent.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda did a great job as our server. She was friendly and was always there when we needed something.

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OT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. (See previous reviews). Valentines dinner with 6:45 reservation. Seated immediately. Service outstanding. Food outstanding. I can't not order the meatloaf!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Go to R&D at least once a week. The menu is limited, However consistent and can fit any palate. The energy and environment is perfect, not too loud but people who go to R&D seem happy to be there.

Hey, so many places in Newport Beach but I like R&D. Many are so expensive but leave me unfulfilled. Go R&D.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wish I could recommend this place because the moment we walked in, I knew I was going to like it and it was going to be great. It just looked like my kind of place. The hostess sat us right away, at a nice table. The waitress took our drink order... a perfect start. However, the menu was almost non-existent. I like to see several dishes on the menu that I would like to have... nothing. I had the filet because there was really nothing that looked very interesting at all. It was mediocre. My date had a meatloaf that was the same. I guess I might go there again... if I happened to be shopping at Fashion Island and wanted a drink, but that's all. Too bad.

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TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a terrific place to go for great food and spend time with someone you like to be with!

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G
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

R + D Kitchen never lets me down. It's one of those special places where the food is consistently good every time. Try to get there early for lunch, as they fill quickly.

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BS
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at R + D and always love the experience!

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Things were off tonight. Ran out of chips while we started on the dip duo and waited until after our meal was served to enjoy our dip duo and then to add insult to injury received our fries after we finished our sandwiches. It was a mess tonight.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All their food is great. But their carrot cake (which is usually a favorite desert of mine) could be improved by using cream cheese icing..

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A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a cold windy night, so most people did not want to sit outside on the patio, myself included. Because of this, we had to wait past our 6:45pm reservation for a table inside. The manager handled the situation superbly. He thanked us for our patience, purchased a round of drinks for us, and also gave us a gift card to the restaurant. Because of this manager's hospitality, I will forever be a customer. On top of all of this, the food is fantastic, atmosphere is great, and as I have said previously, the wait staff is awesome.

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B
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this resturant!!! Food always great!!! Service exceptional !!!

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CO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always very attentive service and outstanding food!

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Always enjoy the meal and the service in impeccable.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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W
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

R & D Kitchen is one of our go-to spots when we decide to go out for dinner locally. The food is consistently excellent, as are the cocktails (especially when Louis is bar tending), and the service. The atmosphere is lively and fun, so it's always a pleasant place to be, and the people watching at the bar is good, too. We always leave this place happy & full!

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VS
San Francisco
189 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved eating at this restaurant. I was a little taken back when after going there for lunch, about a couple of hours, I got an e-mail saying the restaurant cancelled my reservation. I had to call them to tell them I already ate at the restaurant when they opened and that at the front check in I informed them I had an open table reservation. Quite odd?? I wonder what happened.

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PF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been here several times and enjoyed ourselves. This visit was a little off! Invited friends that had not been here before... started with ordering appetizer's, dip duo came with only one dip as they were making a new batch. They did bring out the second dip with a fresh batch chips....tried ordering the meat loaf, all out at 7:45 pm.......one person in our party has nut allergies and told the staff....her dish came out with nuts...they did replace it but the rest of us were almost done with our meal. I was disappointed because we have talked up this place to our friends and while the conversation was great the dinning experience isn't what we had come to expect and had to apologize to our friends.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

A bit off Saturday night! Food ok, service ugh, overall I've had much better experiences at R and D!
It was my Mother's birthday, and overall first choice to celebrate...
Hopefully next visit will be a 5 star!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love eating at all of the Hillstone Group restaurants. R&D is a great place to eat!

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LS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need more seating for 5 plus
Had an issue where we ended up requesting for 4. But 5 friends showed up. Made 5th person sit alone
Very bizarre and could easily have put 5 at our table They complemented a drink but still found it strange

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KD
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great. Service was a little weird. We had a changing of waiters randomly.
There was lipstick on my glass. However I was comped my drink. After our food was delivered
we were not checked on the entire rest of the evening. A different server noticed us waiting and flagged down our server. Still a nice evening.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was a really disappointing experience. The food was less than average. I had the seared tuna salad and the tuna was greasy and left a bad taste in my mouth. I took a glass of Pinot Noir, the most expensive one on the card at $18 and it tasted like a 2 buck chuck. I asked for another wine and the waiter just gave me really bad attitude. We have to ask to get knives and forks and the noise level was totally insane. A good place to bring a date you really do not want to see again. ... If you enjoy good food and good service, this is really not the place to go.

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R
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience!

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